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Shane takes aim

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 at 2:32 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Much was made of the low-hanging video scoreboard which hovers above much of the sparkling new Cowboys Stadium.

Speculation was that it would be a target for punters who really got into one and could interrupt the flow of the game.

False alarm. Through five home games, the screen remains untouched during a game, punters occasionally nail it during warmups.

And here comes Shane Lechler, who kicks the ball higher and farther than anyone in the NFL _ No. 1 all-time in terms gross yards per punt.

“I don’t think he’s gonna hit it if he kicks it. I mean, nobody’s even come close except the guy that kicked it straight up in preseason to try to hit it,” Cowboys coach Wade Phillips told Bay Area reporters during what may have been the most lifeless conference call in NFL history. “Shane doesn’t kick ‘em straight up. We haven’t had anybody that had any problem with it.”

As it stands, the only in-game striking of the scoreboard came from Tennessee’s A.J. Trepasso, who didn’t even make the roster.

Said Lechler: “If that guy in Tennessee can hit it, I can hit it.”

Lechler got his first scouting report from 49ers punter Andy Lee, who said, “it isn’t that big of a deal. He said you could hit it but it’s going to take a perfect shot. He said you can hit it in pre-game all you want.”

Lechler said trying to nail the scoreboard in the event of a big point margin one way or the other would be selfish. If he hits it, it’s a do-over, which taxes the coverage teams.

“If we’re backed up and they have to run 60, 70 yards, it takes a toll, especially to have to turn around and do it right away,” Lechler said. “I’ve got guys, some of them play on offense and some of those guys are going to go right into the defensive series. It’s tough on them.”

However, if the scoreboard happens to get in the way . . .

“I’m not going to go for it. If it’s there, it’s there,” Lechler said.

With the Raiders in town Thursday, and the Chargers Mike Scifres visiting in the Cowboys’ next game, the moment of truth has arrived.

“If it’s going to get hit, it’s going to get hit within the next two weeks, I would say,” Lechler said.

Quick update: Richard Seymour practiced without limitations, a good indication he’ll be ready to face Dallas. Jon Alston is having “residual” post-concussion symptoms and is being evaluated. Isaiah Ekejiuba did not practice and is questionable. With Alston out and Ekejiuba questionable, Slade Norris, who has been cleared to play after a hamstring issue, could be placed on the 53-man roster.

More to come . . .

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  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Hey, at least we have some goals for the game!

  • 4evaRaider

    Man i would LMAO if Lechler broke it !!!

  • 4evaRaider

    BUST IT SHANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Big Banana

    Big deal

  • aig

    Jeez La Kotex,

    kinda disengenious for you to call people wife bashers when you worship a guy that pays off rape case….real nice.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    “….Cowboys coach Wade Phillips told Bay Area reporters during what may have been the most lifeless conference call in NFL history.”

    Thursday’s game = The Soon to be Unemployed Coaches Bowl!

  • 4evaRaider

    Best thing 2 ever come from Texas???

    Billy Gibbons

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    aig Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 2:37 pm
    Jeez La Kotex,

    kinda disengenious for you to call people wife bashers when you worship a guy that pays off rape case….real nice.
    ____________________

    Shhhh wife beater, real men are talking. Save your BS for your anger management group.

  • Raider Dell

    4evaRaider Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 2:39 pm
    Best thing 2 ever come from Texas???

    Billy Gibbons

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Nice try 4eva

    Willie J and the Texas Hurricanes

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Raider Dell Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 2:43 pm
    4evaRaider Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 2:39 pm
    Best thing 2 ever come from Texas???

    Billy Gibbons

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Nice try 4eva

    Willie J and the Texas Hurricanes”

    I have to agree with 4eva on this one, no contest. Billy Gibbons was Jimi Hendrix’s favorite guitar player (look it up) and I tend to agree with Jimi when it comes to guitar playing.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    Seen a photo yesterday of Russell on the sideline during the Cincy game. It sure looked like he had some sort of junk food bag tucked in his waistband.

    I can’t remember if I saw it on IBA’s or SFGATE’s coverage. Maybe someone else saw it also, and can post it…

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Dakota

    Whole Lotta Rosie

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    oi!

    lol

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    Best two things from Texas?

    I would think BBQ’D Brisket, must be on that list.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    909RaiderLifer Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 2:51 pm
    Best two things from Texas?

    I would think BBQ’D Brisket, must be on that list.”

    Good call.

  • 4evaRaider

    As a matter of fact…as I’m sure Dogg knows…

    At the 1967 Monteray Pop Music Festival Jimi Hendrix GAVE Billy Gibbons yis PINK 1967 FENDER STRATOCASTER saying…here ya go Billy,you can play this thing better than me

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Dakota

    They are cracking on Artest’s appearance on Kimmel last night on PTI. I guess he came out in his underwear with “Jimmy Kimmel Live” shaved into his hair.

    As long as he keeps his sh1t straight on the court he can do whatever he wants. It’s not like he was wearing short shorts and old headphones, roller skating down Venice Beach!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Dogg,

    Are you kidding? lol

    Now that is funny…I’ll have to see if I can look that stuff up.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    4evaRaider Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 2:53 pm
    As a matter of fact…as I’m sure Dogg knows…

    At the 1967 Monteray Pop Music Festival Jimi Hendrix GAVE Billy Gibbons yis PINK 1967 FENDER STRATOCASTER saying…here ya go Billy,you can play this thing better than me”

    4eva knows. Billy played that axe regularly for many years, until Bo Diddley(RIP) gave him one of his trademark red “box guitars” which then became the guitar that Billy used for most live performances.

    BTW Billy Gibbons appears on the song “Brokedown on the Brazos” on Gov’t Mule’s new album By A Thread. Sounds like Gov’t Top or ZZ Mule.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg
  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Thank god they were not briefs!

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Dakota Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 3:00 pm
    Thank god they were not briefs!”

    Leave that for The Beard

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Dakota

    Does it bother you that Dick Cheney starts a phony war in 1raq, then his old company Haliburton makes billions on said war?

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Oh jeeeez KK, don’t tell me you are a wife beater too!

  • 4evaRaider

    well that would cover a wide spectrum Dogg

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Hehe, I hear ya.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    I’m just a frog looking to get some wood man, and uh, mission accomplished!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP1DptN-_7M

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Not just Cheny’s war.

    “In the fall of 2002, Senator Hillary Clinton sought to discredit those questioning Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice-President Dick Cheney, and others who were making hyperbolic statements about Iraq’s supposed military prowess by insisting that Iraq’s possession of such weapons “are not in doubt” and was “undisputed.”
    In March 2003, well after UN weapons inspectors had been allowed to return and engage in unfettered inspections and were not finding any WMDs, Senator Clinton made clear that the United States should invade that Iraq anyway. Indeed, she asserted that the only way to avoid war would be for Saddam Hussein to abide by President Bush’s ultimatum to resign as president and leave the country.”

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    4eva

    Gov’t Mule’s By A Thread is an amazing album, one of the best I have heard by any band in a long time. Solid.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Exlaraiderseasonticketholder,

    You’re absolutely right. She was running for President and thought she was being prudent. Shameful.

  • 4evaRaider

    Sadly I havnt heard it…yet!!!

  • EMRaiders

    Cincy is still scratching their heads.

    Dallas will be a tougher win, but it is not impossible. The team has picked up some confidence but it is clear they still have their sense of reality that in order to keep winning they are going to have to play a lot better. Let’s hope Grad has that sense too and doesn’t get too over confident and tries to be hero. Keep your cool, stay focused and don’t try to do too much.

    Run the ball, use Bush, start Chaz and Murphy, and start using Myers a little more on two TE sets. It’s not that hard to figure it out. The rookies are beginning to make themselves heard. Let’s hope DHB joins them soon. but as a 3rd WR. at least for this year…

    Gobble! Gobble! Muthaf….! … Happy Turkey Day! and Remember, give thanks BEFORE the game, not after. Otherwise you might not end up giving thanks at all.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    4eva

    http://www.mule.net/home.php

    click on the Start Audio button on the right, near the top. The first song is Broke Down on the Brazos featuring a killer guitar duel between Mule’s Warren Haynes and Billy Gibbons.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    February 18, 1998:
    “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear,” President Clinton said. “We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program. We want to seriously reduce his capacity to threaten his neighbors.”

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    KK,

    As a young man, my Dad was a co-recipient of a certain fellowship along with Dick Cheney. ..

    He also worked for an Iowa Governor, a democrat, and met with RFK…

    And he got to deliver flowers to Lady Bird Johnson….

    He didn’t care for either DC or RFK, but Lady Bird was okay, lol.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 3:22 pm
    February 18, 1998:
    “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear,” President Clinton said. “We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program. We want to seriously reduce his capacity to threaten his neighbors.”
    ____________________________
    Yes, BUT, he didn’t invade. Peace & Prosperity. 34 Soldiers died in 8 years of the Clinton years. And that included Bosnia.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    December 16, 1998
    Web posted at: 8:51 p.m. EST (0151 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — From the Oval Office, President Clinton told the nation Wednesday evening why he ordered new military strikes against Iraq.

    The president said Iraq’s refusal to cooperate with U.N. weapons inspectors presented a threat to the entire world.

    “Saddam (Hussein) must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons,” Clinton said.

    Operation Desert Fox, a strong, sustained series of attacks, will be carried out over several days by U.S. and British forces, Clinton said.

    “Earlier today I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces,” Clinton said.

    “Their mission is to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors,” said Clinton.
    —————————————————
    My point is that pre-Bush, there was confirmation of Iraq’s WMD programs and was not made up by Chaney.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Dakota Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    KK,

    As a young man, my Dad was a co-recipient of a certain fellowship along with Dick Cheney. ..

    He also worked for an Iowa Governor, a democrat, and met with RFK…

    And he got to deliver flowers to Lady Bird Johnson….

    He didn’t care for either DC or RFK, but Lady Bird was okay, lol.
    ————————–
    What happened to you?

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Don’t worry KK, he is republican through and through. He just used his connections to hook into some high ranking Dems for a decent start to his career.

    Worked out well for him…he got to nail all those liberal chicks in the 1960s.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Dakota Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 3:33 pm
    Don’t worry KK, he is republican through and through. He just used his connections to hook into some high ranking Dems for a decent start to his career.

    Worked out well for him…he got to nail all those liberal chicks in the 1960s.”

    Is this your way of admitting that your mom is a liberal? ;)

  • 4evaRaider

    That is really SWEET Dogg…man talk about a nice hook very interesting and hard to escape ya know ?

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    So Clinton’s air strikes in 98′ destroyed Saddam’s WMD infrastructure?

    The Inspectors since have found nothing. But Whatever, it doesn’t bother you that Cheney Did decide to invade, his old company Halliburton made billions?

  • 4evaRaider

    I see what ya mean also Mule/Top

  • 4evaRaider

    BBL

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Dogg,

    She used to be…then she matured and started paying taxes…

  • Richochet

    # aig Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Richochet,

    I merely remind you that while you brag about how you own other people on here and they aer your LAP DOG. yet when they call your bluff, you wilt and citing the coliseum as unsafe for you.

    RICHOCHET: Wrong, wife beater. I stated there IS NO GAME this weekend. Also gave directions where I’ll be. Also invited YOUR SORRY PUNKASS TO SHOW..Instead all you managed to do was make it clear you’re a scared sorry joke of a man who ONLY finds his balls when he’s beating on small women.

    Is there any bigger coward in THE WORLD than a man who first states he’s afraid of every man out there, but then attacks a woman? And THEN says ‘she deserved it because she cheated on my short fatass”.

    You’re a freaking coward. A punk. And a worm.

    ###########################

    No I dont call La Kotex or you my lap dogs. La Kotex thinks he is tough and mock me for not wanting to endanger my family in my neighborhood. I wanted to remind him that when you live in teh 2nd worst crime city in the US (memphis) you best shut your mouth and move on when idiots and thugs cross you.

    RICHOCHET: Ahhh..but YOU BEAT WOMEN, THOUGH..and that’s ok. Those big meany’s have you soiling your little panties, but when it comes to a woman, then you’re a tough guy, right?

    ##################
    Get it? I doubt you do. you jumped in the middle of the argument and didnt know your shyt and began your tough talk calling me names. I thought it would be nice to remind you that you called mac your lap dog and you refused to meet him at the coliseum citing “his friends” as the excuse.

    RICHOCHET: Again, wifebeater, I didn’t call you names. “names” indicates made up, no desire to be appropriate/appropos. Calling you a wifebeater isn’t a name. It’s a title that you admitted to.
    Calling you a coward isn’t a name. It’s a title that YOU admitted to.
    Calling you an unemployed stay at home, sit on his ass while his wife supports him, I.E. a scumbag, isn’t a name, it’s a title that YOU admitted to.

    Now, while your cowardly ass would love it if I took the time, and spent the parking fee just to go out to the coliseum to “look for someone in whatever area of the parking lot”, personally I can’t be bothered.

    I’m sorry, that confused you. I CAN’T BE BOTHERED..not worth my time. Drive out there? Pay for parking? wander around looking for someone? LMFAO..are you serious?

    What I will do is take time out from my beer, while at the bar, up at the Englander, if Smac wants to follow through on HIS threats..gladly.
    That’s easy stuff.

    You know..like when YOU see someone walking down the street, where you admit to quickly crossing the street..”just in case they’re scary’??
    Or when you see a defenseless woman, and decide to backhand her across the face..because you feel “tough” around women?

    Yeah..just like that, coward.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    4evaRaider Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 3:34 pm
    That is really SWEET Dogg…man talk about a nice hook very interesting and hard to escape ya know ?”

    Thought you might like that. Some of the songs appear to be just excuses to jam. If you get the album, there are 2 tracks that stand out to me the most: Inside Woman Outside Woman Blues #3 and Any Open Window. Both are smokin and take you to another place. The song Steppin’ Lightly is pretty smokin too. Hell it’s all good, some songs are mellower than others, but every song is excellent and very well written.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Dakota Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 3:36 pm
    Dogg,

    She used to be…then she matured and started paying taxes…”

    Hey bro, I re-read that post and realized that could be misconstrued as disrespect against your mom. Totally not intended, just a sorry attempt at humor I guess. Speaking of which, whatever happened to LMN?

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Dick Cheney’s company, Halliburton made Billions in Taxpayer dollars, on a War Dick Cheney started. How Convenient, no?

    Dakota, you down with that?

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    No worries Dogg.