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  • YoungAmerican

    Jerry: “I consider Routt and Kelly to be the “if wishing made it so” quotes. If he keeps talking about how good they are, somehow they’ll actually be that good.”

    Hahaha.

  • buckeyeraider

    I’d like to see JLH have a bounce back season. He regressed terribly last year. If he was gun shy from getting his bell run or what, I don’t know.

    He was nowhere near the punt return/big play threat he was the year before. When he took 3 to the house.

    He should defenitely be pushed by Jacoby Ford.

  • RaiderRockstar
  • RaiderRockstar

    later fellas 🙂

  • Just Fire Baby

    JLH didn’t want to run up and make the fair-catch, so he just it bounce and gave up a good 10-15 yards in field position, ran straight for the sidelines and was very timid on punt returns.

    I found ways to blame other issues on Jamarcus, so I will also chalk up 2009 JLH issues to the purple-drank man as well. And you generally got the field from body language that JLH was not the biggest Jamarcus supporter.

    Go get ’em JLH!!

  • buckeyeraider

    Hard Knocks/NYJ debuts in less than an hour. Great, we get to hear the Jets whine about Nnamdi’s contract and their impasse with Revis.

    Last year it was Katie Blackburn-Brown arguing with Andre ManBoobs Smith’s agent about DHB’s deal. lol.

    Al is wreaking havoc in front offices across the league, at least.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Andre Smith, lol.

    For the record, Lakota (Dakota) followed up his brilliant pandering for drafting Darren with saying we should take Tits Smith.

  • JB

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 11th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    John Henderson

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa1lY–7H-g
    *************************

    Tom Cable, resident slapper & head authoritarian, has the right to be first up to biotch-slap John Henderson to get his attention. Who better to get the large man motivated to kick some a$$.

  • DirtyRaccoon
  • buckeyeraider

    Cannot believe Raider football, albeit preseason, is less than 24 hrs away. I just hope the Raiders look competitive vs NFC fav’s. I know week one of preseason is usually pretty sloppy. But I hope they look fairly disciplined. Minimal false starts/offsides, etc.

    Other than that, a couple of things I want to watch for personally are MM34 getting to hit somebody in anger. Then I want to keep an eye on Bruce Campbell. First look at this guy. Hope he pulls and leads some sweeps.

    Those are besides the obvious, debut of Jason Campbell and Ro McClain in Silver and Black.

  • DirtyRaccoon

    Shawne Merriman plans to report this weekend
    Posted by Michael David Smith on August 11, 2010 7:57 PM ET
    The San Diego Chargers are about to get one of their restricted free agents back.

    Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is planning to sign his one-year, $3.269 million tender offer and report to San Diego this weekend.

    The question now is whether Merriman can ever regain his form as one of the league’s top pass rushers. He missed all but one game of the 2008 season, and although he started 14 games in 2009, he recorded just four sacks.

    The Chargers are still missing two unsigned restricted free agents, wide receiver Vincent Jackson and offensive tackle Marcus McNeill. Neither is expected to report any time soon, and there has bee speculation that both could hold out into the regular season — or even for the entire season.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hadn’t seen that hit before from McClain.

    Now obviously he benefitted from the guy bobbling it, but he was basically at the LOS showing blitz, dropped back, had a great read and instincts, and nailed the WR over the middle.

    Can’t wait to see this kid in Silver and Black.

  • YoungAmerican

    That’s what I think people don’t give McClain enough credit for. He may not be the fastest linebacker in the world in terms of pure speed. But when your read and react skills are as sharp as his, you don’t necessarily have to be. That’s why the Raiders are basically making him the quarterback of the defense.

  • buckeyeraider

    Nice hit! Cannot wait to see this D in action.

    Trying to remember if Capt. Kirk ever knocked anybody the F out.
    Nevermind.

  • Just Fire Baby Says:
    August 11th, 2010 at 6:22 pm
    Andre Smith, lol.

    For the record, Lakota (Dakota) followed up his brilliant pandering for drafting Darren with saying we should take Tits Smith.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Trade DMAC for the tits.

    Playoffs.

  • buckeyeraider

    Anybody else watchin Hard Knocks?

    They’re showing rookie FB John “Terminator” Conner from UK lighting people up at Jets camp.

    I know alotta people were hoping for this guy prior to the draft.

    Damn. He looks good.

  • J Wiggle

    Can’t believe RRS snuck in here for private film study, lol!

    What good is it if we can’t look at it together?!?!?

  • buckeyeraider

    G’night fellas.

  • RaiderFanFromJersey

    Anybody know how i can watch the game from NJ? Preferably from my smartphone…

  • Preppie!!!!!
    The OSU > Mich!!

  • YoungAmerican

    NFL Network is re-broadcasting the game on Friday.

  • RaiderFanFromJersey

    Thanx Young American
    I’m trying to find someway to see it live (at work). There’s just something about watching it as it happens. I’m so excited about this season, AFC West here we come!!!!! Playoffs Baby….ok, lemme calm down, lol.

  • BSJ,

    I hope all is well bro.

  • HairyBush

    Just reading the article about Nnamdi speaking his mind. I have to say that guy is such a class act. When the Raiders do turn this around I give him his share of credit for challenging people (coaches/players)while staying positive. I get 1 new jersey a year, it’s time for me to purchase a new #21 jersey!

  • HairyBush

    RaiderFanFromJersey Says:
    August 11th, 2010 at 8:20 pm
    Thanx Young American
    I’m trying to find someway to see it live (at work). There’s just something about watching it as it happens. I’m so excited about this season, AFC West here we come!!!!! Playoffs Baby….ok, lemme calm down, lol.
    ———————–
    I live in Ma. the game will be televised at 3 or 330 pm on fri. (our time)
    I will have to avoid this blog between tomorrow night and friday night so the “surprise” is not spoiled.

  • priesttj

    Great point HairyBush, Nnamdi21 deserves to win more than anyone I can think of because of his consistant battle to make this team better.

    Any player would want to leave a toxic situation that they have come to believe will not get better. But Nnamdi has always hoped for the best and been a very good soldier. Sure they have been times that I thought he whined a bit much but who wouldn’t the wya they were losing he just wanted to do more. It wasn’t selfishly motivated. He just knew that he could help more if they let him. And now he’s getting that opportunity.

    Unlike Darrelle Revis Nnamdi waited out his contract and was rewarded very well for doing so.

  • fat kidd

    Jeff Garcia takes the UFL route
    Posted by Mike Florio on August 11, 2010 6:09 PM ET
    The Omaha Nighthawks have had their eyes on a certain former Raiders quarterback. As it turns out, they’re getting another former Raiders quarterback instead.

    Spurned by JaMarcus Russell, the Nighthawks reportedly will be acquiring the services of Jeff Garcia.

    News of Garcia’s decision to join the UFL comes from David White of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I was hoping to get back into the NFL this year,” Garcia said. “We had teams that expressed interest, but nobody wanted to fully commit.” (Or, for that matter, partially commit.)

    Garcia signed last year with the Raiders, but the veteran eventually requested his release. He later would explain that Russell resisted efforts to assist the first overall pick in the 2007 draft with his development. After Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb suffered a broken rib in Week 1, Garcia spent a few weeks in Philly.

    Despite scattered rumors of a potential return to the Eagles, Garcia had no other serious sniffs during the balance of the 2009 season, or during the 2010 offseason.

    It’s possible that a strong 2010 UFL performance by Garcia could prompt a team with needs at the position to give him a shot in December.

    Reached for comment, Bengals receiver Terrell Owens said, “If it looks like a Nighthawk and quacks like a Nighthawk . . . .”

    (OK, Owens didn’t really say that. Thanks to the inclusion of that disclaimer, only 17 percent of you will believe that Owens said that.)

  • fat kidd

    A little more than a week after wrongly accusing Florida’s Urban Meyer of cheating, first-year Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin has had his own hand slapped … again.
    Tennessee plans to self-report a secondary violation, the third one involving Kiffin in the last month, after he mentioned unsigned prospect Bryce Brown by name during a radio show in Knoxville on Friday morning.
    Brown is scheduled to make an official visit to Tennessee this weekend and is rated by Scouts Inc. as the No. 2 running back prospect in the country.
    Kiffin was talking about the growing trend of high school prospects waiting until after signing day to choose a school and made a reference to “great players like Bryce Brown” while appearing on WNML Radio. Those comments came after the host of the show, Dave Hooker, couched the question by reminding Kiffin that he couldn’t talk about specific recruits.
    NCAA rules prohibit coaches from commenting about unsigned prospects, specifically their ability. The other two secondary violations involving Kiffin had to do with simulating game-day experiences while prospects were on campus.
    In reporting those violations, Tennessee officials issued letters of admonishment to both Kiffin and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron.
    Tiffany Carpenter, director of public relations for Tennessee’s athletic department, said this most recent violation will be filed with the SEC and NCAA.
    Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said Tennessee will continue to take a “pro-active stance” as it relates to any potential violations, whether they’re secondary or otherwise.
    “It’s the sign of an effective compliance program,” said Hamilton, who hired the 33-year-old Kiffin after firing 17-year veteran Phillip Fulmer following last season.
    From the day he was announced, Kiffin has seemed to revel in stirring it up.
    Last week at a recruiting celebration in Knoxville, Kiffin accused Meyer of violating NCAA rules by calling eventual Tennessee signee Nu’Keese Richardson while Richardson was on his official visit to Tennessee.
    “Just so you know, when a recruit’s on another campus, you can’t call a recruit on another campus. I love the fact that Urban had to cheat, and still didn’t get him [Richardson],” Kiffin told a group of mostly Tennessee fans at a breakfast the day after signing day.
    Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley immediately demanded an apology, pointing out there was no rule preventing coaches from calling recruits on visits, and SEC commissioner Mike Slive responded by publicly reprimanding Kiffin.
    Kiffin issued a statement later that day apologizing, but has indicated several times afterward that he’s unconcerned about what anybody else in the SEC thinks about him.
    “There’s nobody outside the Tennessee fans. There’s nobody outside the Tennessee family, and there’s nobody outside this group of players that will ever help us win a football game. So we really don’t care if we offend some people on the way to getting there,” Kiffin said earlier this week while speaking to the Big Orange Tipoff Club.
    Chris Low is a college football reporter for ESPN

  • priesttj

    I thought the joint was empty I was about to turn out the lights.

  • priesttj

    I think erbody went to bed early to get to tomorrow sooner to see the game. lol

    Mr Davis sold 5,000 tickets with one interview guy’s are so pumped now they’re going on 5 mile runs to reduce the adrenaline rush.

  • Boy, that Pac-Bell Park is nice.

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great pre-game night to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?

    It’s waaay too tough to sleep the night before a game!

    So…we’re all agreed then? We’re all on board, right?

    Raiders. Al Davis. Silver & Black. Tradition. Pride. Excellence. Back In Black. Raiders. Al Davis. Just Win. Raiders. Oakland Raiders.

    It’s a great night to be a Raiders fan!

  • HayesDaze37

    KK — With a little of support from neighbors like you, the Raiders could have one of the finest venues in all of sport…the location and weather are perfect for it, too.

  • JB

    # KoolKell Says:
    August 11th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Boy, that Pac-Bell Park is nice.
    **********************

    Yeah but it’s still baseball – yawn! Even preseason football is better than baseball. I just can’t get excited over baseball. To me it’s just boring.

  • HayesDaze37 Says:
    August 11th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    KK — With a little of support from neighbors like you, the Raiders could have one of the finest venues in all of sport…

    …………..

    Winning doesn’t hurt either.

  • HayesDaze37

    Colt Brennan is a pure ‘slinger, with a slinger’s attitude. He didn’t chalk-up all those college numbers by not having the confidence to pull it off.

    Old school QB confidence and ingenuity. Brennan was an excellent signing FOR CAMP. Here’s hoping he shows some magic game time tomorrow…w/short-notice and lack of practice. Another year of marinating (in a good way) might make a pro QB of him.

    Question Of The Night:

    What’s the likelyhood Colt Brennan takes the #3 QB spot instead of Frye or Boller?

  • Raiders. Al Davis. Silver & Black. Tradition. Pride. Excellence. Back In Black. Raiders. Al Davis. Just Win. Raiders. Oakland Raiders. 5-11.

  • priesttj Says:
    August 11th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Mr Davis sold 5,000 tickets with one interview

    ………..

    Do you really think Raider fans are that stupid?

  • Kirk

    First game of the preseason.

    Pretty exciting.

  • # RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 11th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    5pm in Podunk. later gents!

    # Raider O Says:
    August 11th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Later Gents.

    ………………….

    Hmmm.

  • Try Some Reality

    Wow – can’t believe football is here.

  • HayesDaze37

    Very exciting, yes indeed.

    How will McClain fare vs athletes as good as him (if not as tall)? How will Houston do vs guys with as much as attitude as him? How will Mitchell do in his quest to make himself noticed?

    How will Campbell do? Now that he’s been annointed savior…before he’s officially done anything?

    I say Jason Campbell’s got the goods.

    If he’s got the receivers, I say Campbell’s got the goods to get this team to 8-8. And if they can get to 8-8, they can get to 10-6…and if they get anywhere over .500, they’ll be in the hunt for the Playoffs.

    Jason Campbell might not be THE answer. But…he’s not going to be the problem this year, either.

    Better players…better coaches…a better team (we’ll see)…and a better QB (hardly disputable).

    Lots to be excited about!

  • Try Some Reality

    Positives:
    DHB improved (still needs to prove it in game)
    Jason Campbell (huge upgrade over Purple Drank)
    Hue Jackson (do we have a real offense now?)
    McClain!
    Secondary and the addition of Walter McFadden
    Lamar Houston

    Negatives:
    O-line (still the same cats for the most part, how will they hold up?)
    McFadden looking pretty dam injury prone
    Same with Schilens, will he hold up?

    Question marks:
    How will the new linebackers fare against pass & run
    Is the retooling of the D-line going to help resolve our run defense?
    Injuries (an issue for all teams. man, I hope we stay healthy)

  • HayesDaze37

    Early call…

    Later!

    It’s a great Game Day morning to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?!

  • Try Some Reality

    Tell you one thing HayesDaze…people say that Campbell did nothing in Washington but his numbers aren’t all that bad. There were other forces there and you can’t put it all on his shoulders. I think the addition of Hue + Campbell will be big for us.

  • Try Some Reality

    That’s it for me too. Time for some shut eye…

  • Try Some Reality Says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    “There were other forces there and you can’t put it all on his shoulders.”

    ………………

    Somewhere there’s a Redskins fan saying: “Nope. He didn’t work hard enough. He was given an opportunity, and failed. It was up to him to lead the team, and he didn’t lead. The blame is squarely on him. For anyone to blame anyone other than him is ridiculous”

  • Raider E

    I am only looking for one thing this season, an early Christmas present if you will. “11 ANGRY MEN” 🙂

  • You’d would have thought that Sapps’ doctor would have cured his verbal diarrhoea by now.

  • GG

    Not long to go now.

    Main things I’ll be analyzing…

    1. Colt Brennan’s play
    2. How the LB corp looks against the pass
    3. How the DTs, especially the NT, looks against the run
    4. How DHB looks, if he has taken that step
    5. The play-calling on offense and defense (new wrinkles)
    6. How the other rookies and fringe players look (campbell, veldheer, ford, ware, mcfadden, goethel, etc)
    7. The Kick/Punt return: JLH vs Ford vs Miller