Maybe Tom Cable wanted to celebrate the one year anniversary of a day he’d rather forget, or perhaps he just wanted the guys to blow off a little steam.
More likely, he was paying off a bet to cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha about the Los Angeles-Boston NBA championship series, where Cable’s beloved Celtics fell to Asomugha’s Lakers.
In any event, Cable canceled meetings Wednesday night and took the team bowling, much to the excitement of running back Darren McFadden, who made note of it on his Twitter account.
A year ago today, assistant coach Randy Hanson was injured in what he alleged was an assault by Cable, prompting a lengthy investigation which ultimately resulted in no charges being filed but which stayed in the news for months. The Hanson story begat an ESPN story about Cable’s anger-management issues, which included alleged domestic abuse.
The NFL, like the Napa authorities, found no grounds to pursue.
Through all the questions and an 11 loss season, Cable never lost his temper in public, the one thing which would have been career suicide, and rode out the storm.
On the 364th day since Hanson broke his jaw at the Marriott, Cable was playfully running a pass pattern, hoping to catch a pass from safety Tyvon Branch, saying he was in perfect harmony with his players and coaches.
“This is my team and we got at it together, coaches and players,” Cable said. “We enjoy each other, and I think that’s part of it. You need to keep in touch with them.”
Not that Branch can expect to test his passing skills in a game any time soon.
“Tyvon was trying to convince me that he needs to come to offense and throw a reverse pass,” Cable said. “You guys saw it. He can’t throw.”
Assuming Cable hasn’t canceled practice to take the Raiders to a miniature golf course, I’m heading to Napa, with highlights available on my Twitter page.