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Late-arriving Russell hears it from fans

It couldn’t be, it shouldn’t be, but it was.

If on some level I thought the Andre Ward-Allan Green WBA super middleweight title fight would be a temporary diversion from all things Raider, I was wrong.

Unlike the last Ward fight, which took place during the season in November, there wasn’t a Raider to be found at or around ringside Saturday night at Oracle Arena.

Then, with Ward having his way with Green throughout to the thunderous cheers of the home crowd, came a familiar figure.

Walking right past the press area where I sat near the aisle with columnist Monte Poole, I looked up as Ward was doing his work and saw . . . JaMarcus Russell.

He was wearing a University of Alabama red leather jacket and a new red Alabama hat. He was wearing sunglasses. Maybe Russell thought nobody would recognize him, given that he went to LSU and that sunglasses aren’t necessary in an arena.

Boy, was he wrong.

The boos started growing as an usher helped Russell find his seats. A Raiders fans wearing a crisp, new Rolando McClain jersey (No. 55), stood up and began taunting Russell, asking him for his money back on his season tickets. He’ll have to get in line, given that Al Davis wants $9.55 million of money he paid out to Russell as part of a grievance.

Russell attended the Nov. 21 fight between Ward and Mikkel Kessler, and although he got booed there as well, he stuck around and posed with sympathetic fans.

After Ward completed his 12-round shutout of Green, Russell heard the hoots again as he departed, with many fans standing and waving their hands in derision. There were a handful, however, that greeted Russell warmly, and one that even gave him a hug.

It was at the same time surreal and predictable.

Surreal that Russell would show up in Oakland at all. Surely he knows he’s well atop the list as the most unpopular ex-Raider.

Predictable that when Russell did get to the fight, it was two-thirds over.

It brings to mind one of the first qualities wide receiver Louis Murphy identified about Bruce Gradkowski when he took over for Russell last season.

Gradkowski, Murphy said, was punctual.

A strange appearance to be sure, but a remarkable contrast. Ward is earnest, serious about his craft and does little to draw attention to himself. Punctual, too.

Russell? None of the above.

Not sure whether Russell having the nerve to walk into that environment is something to be admired or pitied.

Green must have been OK with it though. For a couple of minutes at least, fans were diverted from the beating being administered by Ward.

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  • The Return of Godliness

    # Thec07 Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    ROG, your relative is going to be playin for the enemy chargers right…. He has a good chance to get some
    playing time, as VJ is going to sit out until nov…
    ******************

    Its my cousin boyfriend Seyi Ajirotutu…..yep he plays wide receiver

  • MistaBrown

    ROG, dont mention “cousin” MR could be lurking.

  • MistaBrown

    There’s a college baseball player for Oklahoma named Bushyhead.

    lol

  • Thec07

    MistaBrown Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 9:22 pm
    Oh, ok

    Kinda like OakGlen and all his aliases?

    >>>>>>>>>>>>

    No, nothing like that. This guy was witty, quick on his feet, didnt give a F(ck He would check you in a heartbeat verbally, or written.
    He was from the midwest, and moved back few years ago.

  • Thec07

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 9:56 pm
    # Thec07 Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    What up ROG, How u been Mang???
    Got two words for ya….Ron Artest…
    ********************************

    Yeah but I got two words for ya…….Kendrick Perkins lol

    +++++++++++++
    I am just glad I didnt lose any cash…

  • MistaBrown

    Oh, like me!

    Thanks
    :D

  • Thec07

    ROG, for the record fakers will 3 peat…

  • Thec07

    ROG, Do you know who Kenya Moore is???

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

    Bri3n

    This one is for you homie

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz3vwuDx0YM

    let me know what you think

  • Thec07

    RaiderDogg Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 10:06 pm
    Bri3n

    This one is for you homie

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz3vwuDx0YM

    let me know what you think

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    RD, I am not a fan of the dude gettin dissed, but why are they beefin???

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

    Thec

    They were beefing cuz it’s good for publicity ;)

    East Bay Sick just released this track, with Dirt Nasty and Andy Milanokis:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-82pkYHNV6A

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    # MistaBrown Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I haven’t hallucinated since HS.

    …………..

    You mean you don’t daydream in your bedroom by yourself about beating up your bullies anymore?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Anyone know why Plunkethead copied and pasted that article earlier? If he tried to relay it in his own words his little redneck brain would have exploded.

  • DKnight007

    I was at the Ward fight (if you can call it that) Ward dominated.

    That JaMierda Russell has not shame man. The lazy ass shows up in Round 7 or 8 and sticks out like a sore thumb with his 6’6, 300 pound frame wearing Alabama gear for crying out loud!?? LSU alums would be puking if they saw that…and me and my three buddies started chanting BUST! He heard…we were right above seated in section 101.

    Then after the fight most in the arena booed the crap out of him out of the arena. My buddy got an close photo to see if it was really him and it sure was.

    Can’t belive that idiot is still hanging around here. That guy has no integrity, no brain, and shameless.

  • souldogdave

    Pretty sad about JaBustus. I mean, get a clue. Shows up in the middle of the fight. “Dressed up” in a costume, like he’s an athlete. What a British Cigarette this guy is. He is still in the Bay Area?? Why???

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Thec07 Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 9:56 pm
    # Thec07 Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    What up ROG, How u been Mang???
    Got two words for ya….Ron Artest…
    ********************************

    Yeah but I got two words for ya…….Kendrick Perkins lol

    +++++++++++++
    I am just glad I didnt lose any cash…
    *****************************

    How so you bet me lakers in 6 and double or nothing it

  • DKnight007

    LAKERS! World Champs again baby! While the Boston Celtics are World Chumps! LOL

    Told yall the Celtics were and old SOFT team!

    Screw ALL Boston teams!

  • Blacksword

    He’s just glad someone is talking about him…. good or bad …makes no diff….he’s like the john bobbit of the nfl….

  • Legacy510
  • Legacy510
  • Legacy510
  • The Return of Godliness

    # DKnight007 Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    LAKERS! World Champs again baby! While the Boston Celtics are World Chumps! LOL

    Told yall the Celtics were and old SOFT team!

    Screw ALL Boston teams!
    *****************************

    Old….but soft? no….thats a complete lie…lakers got out by skin oftheir teeth so therefore its shows your “soft” crap is a lie….but Lakers are champs

  • The Return of Godliness

    # DKnight007 Says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I was at the Ward fight (if you can call it that) Ward dominated.

    That JaMierda Russell has not shame man. The lazy ass shows up in Round 7 or 8 and sticks out like a sore thumb with his 6′6, 300 pound frame wearing Alabama gear for crying out loud!?? LSU alums would be puking if they saw that…and me and my three buddies started chanting BUST! He heard…we were right above seated in section 101.

    Then after the fight most in the arena booed the crap out of him out of the arena. My buddy got an close photo to see if it was really him and it sure was.

    Can’t belive that idiot is still hanging around here. That guy has no integrity, no brain, and shameless.
    ***************************

    Yeah for real

  • The Return of Godliness

    goodnight yall

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  • Vinous

    Can’t believe he thought wearing an Alabama jacket would make a difference. Raider fans will never forget. Did he think he could pass himself off as McClain? lmao…what a brain he’s got.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Ahhh…much better.

    Let’s see what type of community organizing skills I have.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Nmamdi and his RaiderNation Station links.

    That site blows!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Barack would not be too proud right now….

  • fat kidd

    Saints have yet to visit White House
    Posted by Mike Florio on June 24, 2010 5:43 PM ET
    The New Orleans Saints have gotten their Super Bowl rings. But they’ve yet to make their traditional trip to the White House for a visit with the Commander-in-Chief.

    Usually, the visit has occurred before late June. Last year, the Steelers made the trip to D.C. in May. The year before, the Giants stopped by in April. After the Colts won Super Bowl XLI, the visit also occurred in April. In 2006, Steelers linebacker Joey Porter and adopted the Secret Service look, wearing his shades inside the White House on June 2.

    So why haven’t the Saints gone yet this year? The talk is that owner Tom Benson, a Republican, has resisted the trip due to his political leanings. Apparently, coach Sean Payton has been pushing the issue, explaining that the team has to make the trip to see President Obama, who was rooting for the Saints when they upset the Colts in February.

    We’re told that the visit tentatively has been scheduled for August, in conjunction with the team’s trip to New England for a preseason game against the Patriots. Whether Benson attends remains to be seen; the current thinking is that he won’t.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    So I know everyone wants to say that Asians all look-a-like, but for my money the Danish look all alike.

    A bunch of tall, slender, pale, blue-eyed toe heads.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Fat Kidd!!!!!!

    Isn’t it so much better on a fresh thread??

  • Just Fire Baby

    Get over it Tom Benson!!!

    Don’t screw over your team, if he doesn’t like BO, he can sit it out.

  • Just Fire Baby

    What happened??

    Did Fat Kidd use my great idea to come push proganda?

    I feel used.

  • BigTed707

    Bwah! I thought you were kidding JFB!
    You need DSL bro!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Great 30 for 30 on the June 17th, 1994.

    Kudos to the KC Royals announcer who had the huevos to drop an OJ joke on that exact day.

    “Did you hear OJ played golf today?”

    “He shoot two under”

  • fat kidd

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 24th, 2010 at 3:12 pm
    What happened??

    Did Fat Kidd use my great idea to come push proganda?

    I feel used
    ……………………..yes commrade long live socialism.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Got this qwest wireless thing, it kind of blows.

    But it is the “highest” speed Direct TV has in their bundle.

  • Just Fire Baby

    So saw the debate earlier who would have the most sacks.

    My guess is Scott, by watch out for this Groves guy. I am eager to see him off the edge.

  • fat kidd

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 24th, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    Got this qwest wireless thing, it kind of blows.

    But it is the “highest” speed Direct TV has in their bundle.

    …………………i got rid of direct tv switched to dish network got free dvr and redzone channel.

  • Just Fire Baby

    $400 for the HD football package.

    I still think it will save me money from years prior when I lived in Vegas and went to the casino each weekend.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I don’t think they will keep both Heard and Henderson on the 53.

    If Henderson can still play, him, Bryant and TK should be just about locks.

    Seymour and Houston can slide inside occasionally.

    Heard would be a practice squad candidate then.

  • Just Fire Baby

    After a half an hour, I got Fat Kidds’ proganda and Ted making fun of me.

    So far, not so good.

    I will not go back!!!

  • fat kidd

    Does Kim Kardashian have a thing for athletes?

    First, it was Reggie Bush of the New Orleans Saints. A few weeks ago, she was linked with shirtless soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Now come reports that Kardashian has been caught ‘canoodling’ with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin. Austin made it to the Pro Bowl this year and finished the 2009 season with 11 touchdowns.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I have a thing for Kim, that’s for sure.

  • fat kidd

    Medvedev arrived at the White House on a sweltering summer morning for a series of meetings with Obama and U.S. officials. It was their seventh meeting since Obama took office 17 month ago.

    Leaving the formality of the White House, they sneaked away for an impromptu ride across the Potomac River to a popular hamburger joint – Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, Va. Customers cheered when the two walked in.

    Later, at the news conference, Medvedev called the burgers “probably … not quite healthy but it’s very tasty.”

    After their joint news conference, Obama and Medvedev were going together to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Ahead of the talks, U.S. officials pointed to signs that Obama’s much-heralded efforts to start fresh with Moscow have delivered results, from Russian support for new U.N. sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program to the signing of a major treaty to reduce the two countries’ stockpiles of nuclear weapons. They say the U.S. is standing its ground with Russia but shifting the tone away from conflict.