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

    Well work is finally done and I’m off to take my son to the lake down the road.

    Good chatting with y’all as usual. Have an excellent afternoon and enjoy that frog vid I posted a few posts back.

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

    Trent Dilfer just said “Forget the bad Bengals, how about the good Raiders? Good for them for fighting to the end and scratching out a victory”.

    OK, now I am out.

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

    According to The New York Times, “he [Saddam] murdered as many as a million of his people, many with poison gas. He tortured, maimed and imprisoned countless more. His unprovoked invasion of Iran is estimated to have left another million people dead. His seizure of Kuwait threw the Middle East into crisis. More insidious, arguably, was the psychological damage he inflicted on his own land. Hussein created a nation of informants — friends on friends, circles within circles — making an entire population complicit in his rule”.[7] Estimates for the number of dead in the Iran-Iraq war vary from 500,000[8] to 1.5 million.[9] Others have estimated 800,000 deaths caused by Saddam not counting the Iran-Iraq war.[10]”

    KK,

    How comfortable are you arguing for leaving a man like that in power?

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Dakota

    The poison gas was provided by the US, ok?
    _________________________-

    Repost

    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

    KK,

    How did it make you feel when you were hoping Bush would not succeed in Iraq so that your liberal agenda could be furthered?

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    The only reason that Clinton did not go further is that he had to clean up the carpets in the Oval Office. Skid marks and stains from Monica.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Dakota

    You are presuming my liberal agenda, my patriotism etc.

    Are you going to answer my question:

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

    Dakota, you down with that?

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    At least it was an American co. making money. Under Obama, it would have been China.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    At least it was an American co. making money. Under Obama, it would have been China.
    —————————
    Wow, really?

    Either of you have enough character to man-up?

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

    KK,

    I have never been comfortable with Cheney and his ties to Halliburton.

    Were we supposed to give those contracts to some European firm?

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

    Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld can burn in hell as far as I am concerned…but I am glad Saddam beat them there.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Were we supposed to give those contracts to some European firm?
    __________________________-
    I served in the US Navy. I can’t imagine contractors feeding sailors and doing their laundry at 100,000 per year, while I’m making 30,000.

    No that’s the way Cheney/Rumsfeld jimmied the military, so the Halliburtons of the world can get in on War Profits.

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

    KK,

    Call your Congressman.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Dakota

    Another question, are you comfortable with the Republican Party being er…….all, er……from such a narrow demographic?

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    I was not a Cheney or Rumfield supporter either. I was opposed to Saddam and believe we needed to remove him. Yes we should have had a better game plan but that is hindsight. My point is Clinton reinforced the policy of George Sr. and signed the act to undermine the Iraqi regime and use covert and other method to do it. It was NOT a Democratic or Republican partisan act but bipartisan.
    “Clinton also stated that, while other countries also had weapons of mass destruction, Hussein is in a different category because he has used such weapons against his own people and against his neighbors.”

  • Raider Dell

    KoolKell

    I would like you to comment about your red Corvette. What year? When did you purchase the car?

  • DKnight007

    AGAIN!

    After reading the non sense in this thread it amazes me the amount of morons who actually think Al Davis has been doing a GOOD job the last 7 years with his lousy coaching decisions and lousy personnel decisions.

    TRUE Raider fans knows what needs to happen to this organization to turn the ship around.

    Hey crazy idiot old man Al Davis…..HIRE Mike Holmgren as the GM/Personnel and have him be the new Ron Wolf!

    Then HIRE Jim Harbaugh or Jon Gruden as Head Coach and let Holmgren and one those two excellent coaches make the football decisions so they can turn around this miserable franchise you have built the last 7 years so the LOSING will stop!

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    The Chairman of the Republican Party is an African-American.

    Here comes the tokenism retort.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    I’m off the political remarks, maybe.

  • DKnight007

    Dakota Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 3:48 pm
    KK,

    How did it make you feel when you were hoping Bush would not succeed in Iraq so that your liberal agenda could be furthered?

    ^^^^^^^
    The GOP and Republican party are greedy, evil, racist lying, hypocrites who with their corrupt politics caused this country to fall into another recession….

  • Kirk

    Can we win on Thursday?

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    The Chairman of the Republican Party is an African-American.

    Here comes the tokenism retort.
    ————————-
    lmao ;-)

    The Base, the base

  • Raider Dell

    Kirk

    Good question, who’s the RB.

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

    KK,

    Don’t revert back to the race card yet again. Do we need to debate reparations once more?

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    L-E-T-S G-E-T R-E-A-D-Y T-O R-U-U-U-U-M-M-B-L-E :lol: Tell you :oops: what :!: Let’s find a central location for all of us to meet have a battle royal :!: I’ll :cool: be the first one there if all of you :oops: if you :oops: are serious :roll:

  • Raider Dell

    Trolls

    What happen to the Donkos?

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

    Maybe tomorrow KK.

    I am out for the night!

  • Raider Dell

    Bye Dakota, don’t forget your hand gun.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    It’s a 88′ roadster. Got it in…..00′ ?

    Love it, it’s probably the most dependable car I’ve ever had. GM, baby!

    Jelyrol, known about town.

  • Raider Dell

    KK

    Thanks for the info. Owned a 1971 and a 1976. The 71 was black and the 76 was brown. Great cars, especially with the woman.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Later Dakota, whenever you can handle the facts, holla.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Best thing 2 ever come from Texas???
    Billy Gibbons
    —–
    Watch Billy Gibbons & Jeff Beck jam on HBO 11/29.
    Jeff Beck + Best living guitar player.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Dell

    It’s an American Icon, just like Al Davis, no?

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    The GOP and Republican party are greedy, evil, racist lying, hypocrites who with their corrupt politics caused this country to fall into another recession….

    —————————-
    So are the Democrats with their multi-trillion dollar deficits. Nancy Pelosi flies around in a mini Air Force 1 and they have pork-barreled the budget to death.

    Obama burns 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go to a save the tree rally.

    Good Night All.
    GO RAIDER’S AND LAKER’S

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    How comfortable are you arguing for leaving a man like that in power?
    ———-
    How comfortable are you with letting Osam bin getting away at Torora Bora & never looking for him?

  • DKnight007

    Just read that OLB/DE Matt Roth of the Fins was released today. He was battling injuries this year.

    Roth is someone the Raiders should look to pick up and have him as a down left or right DE.

    They guy is 6’4, 275 and is a beast when healthy who brings alot of energy, passion, has a good work ethic, is smart, and is a good tackler.

    The Raiders should sign him early and let him rehab and get healthy and watch him be a steal of a pickup next year.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    I found it. Sure looks like Russell has some munchies tucked in his waistband during the game, in this photo. Probably sunflower seeds, or beef jerky.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/c/a2009/11/23/SPS41AORBD.DTL&object=/c/pictures/2009/11/22/ba-raiders_014_c_0500874235.jpg

  • DKnight007

    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 4:28 pm
    The GOP and Republican party are greedy, evil, racist lying, hypocrites who with their corrupt politics caused this country to fall into another recession….

    —————————-
    So are the Democrats with their multi-trillion dollar deficits. Nancy Pelosi flies around in a mini Air Force 1 and they have pork-barreled the budget to death.

    Obama burns 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go to a save the tree rally.

    Good Night All.
    GO RAIDER’S AND LAKER’S

    ^^^^^^^^
    Don’t waste your time talking about Dems “pork barreling” when god knows the amount of EVIL things the GOP and Republicans have done to ruin this country!

    Sorry….it’ll be a loooong time before any Republican is the President again as far as I’m concerned.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    “So are the Democrats with their multi-trillion dollar deficits”
    ———————
    Yeah, you better run, Ex.

    Cause, you don’t have a grasp of the facts.

    Did you know Clinton passed on a Cash Surplus to Dumbya?

  • DKnight007

    OLB/DE MATT ROTH of the Fins was released today. He was battling injuries this year.

    Roth is someone the Raiders should look to pick up and have him as a down left or right DE.

    They guy is 6′4, 275 and is a beast when healthy who brings alot of energy, passion, has a good work ethic, is smart, and is a good tackler.

    The Raiders should sign him early and let him rehab and get healthy and watch him be a steal of a pickup next year.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    cr@p! didn’t work.

    It’s in yesterday’s sfgate.com articles on the game, in the photos link. I found it via raidernews.com

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    So are the Democrats with their multi-trillion dollar deficits. Nancy Pelosi flies around in a mini Air Force 1 and they have pork-barreled the budget to death.
    Obama burns 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go to a save the tree rally.
    ————–
    What a petty Hypocrite!! GWB was/is wasting billions of $$ what is it now 7 billion an hour & thousand of American lives in Iraq(Viet Nam) & all you got is wasted jet fuel? Pelosi gate has been disproved because the secret service insist she fly the jet for saftey. Drop in the bucket compared to the Trillions in tax breaks for the rich/corporate welfare.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Then he runs off. Probably change his handle……..

  • DKnight007

    RaiderTW Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    So are the Democrats with their multi-trillion dollar deficits. Nancy Pelosi flies around in a mini Air Force 1 and they have pork-barreled the budget to death.
    Obama burns 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go to a save the tree rally.
    ————–
    What a petty Hypocrite!! GWB was/is wasting billions of $$ what is it now 7 billion an hour & thousand of American lives in Iraq(Viet Nam) & all you got is wasted jet fuel? Pelosi gate has been disproved because the secret service insist she fly the jet for saftey. Drop in the bucket compared to the Trillions in tax breaks for the rich/corporate welfare.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    I’m telling you…the GOP and Republican party are full of delusional and hyprocritical insane people!

    I’m not even a Democrat…I’m a registered Independent.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Thanksgiving Day Game and JaMarcus Russell is on the bench.

    That’s embarrassing Russell!

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Have you seen the trailer for palin 2012 disaster movie?

  • Crimedog

    On NFL Network, they just showed the play where Leon Lett tried to recover the blocked field goal for no reason at all and ended up costing the Cowboys the game against the Dophins. That has to be the single biggest bone-headed play of all time. Its hilarious every time I see it.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Nah, haven’t seen that one. lol

  • VanHeathen

    KK..letting JaMarcus PLAY right now is an EMBARASSMENT! He’s got serious work to do, regardless of all of his ‘perceived talent’(big arm)…

  • Plunketthead

    You folks debating reps and dems remind me of a story
    I walk downtown and punch every liberal in the nose with my right hand and punch every conservative with my left hand.
    Next day some liberals say plunks left hand is cool but his right hand is a facist.
    Conservatives say plunks right hand is cool but his left hand is a facist.

    The federal gov.con has been punching us in the nose while we about the left and right hands.

    All they do and know is WAR. Every since the feds decided to consolidate power from the states, we the people have become subjects., aka slaves.
    And we have become a war mongering nation.