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Raiders put out for good cause

There’s a difference between lip service and a serious effort toward a greater good.

The Raiders, in conjunction with the NFL Network and Comcast, helped inaugurate refurbished physical education facilities at Roosevelt Middle School in Oakland as part of the Keep Gym in School Program.

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is the national spokesperson for the program, which stresses the importance of physical activity to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Over the past two years, the program has awarded $600,000 in grants to 45 schools.

More than 670 students participated in a pep rally Tuesday led by Asomugha and participated in various activities with Raiders players and executives on hand.

A photo gallery of the event is at this link on Raiders.com, although there apparently are no photos of Raiders CEO Amy Trask mixing it up with some eighth graders in a basketball game and coming away with a black eye after an inadvertent head butt.

This year’s Keep Gym in School campaign will honor an “NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year” which can be nominated by the public at www.keepgyminschoolcom between Sept 1 and Jan. 31 with the winner announced at an even tin New York City during the NFL draft week.

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  • priesttj

    KK did………..lol

  • RaidingTexas

    Raiders22 Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 12:31 am
    Did any of uou guys start last years billboard?

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    It was someone from Pittsburgh, wasn’t it?

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    I se talks has resumed about Gruden coming back, huh? Oh boy…

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RaidingTexas Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 4:18 am
    Raiders22 Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 12:31 am
    Did any of uou guys start last years billboard?

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    It was someone from Pittsburgh, wasn’t it?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If it was, it wasn’t me!

    Mornin’ a.m. crew!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    If the Raiders can win these next two games and get Big John, Murphy and maybe even Chaz back during the bye….man, I’ll feel a lot more confident walking into Heinz Field reppin’ the silver and black than I was when I got the tickets.

  • hwnrdr

    Hey PA…rep those colors! We beat them there last year…of course though, many say that it was without Polomalu…you never know though…we always play them tough, so…

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    MAYBE THE RAIDERS CAN LAY 57 ON PTTTSBURG AT HEINZ HUH…I KNOW I KNOW,ITS EARLY..

  • SilverNBlackPA

    hwnrdr Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 6:19 am
    Hey PA…rep those colors! We beat them there last year…of course though, many say that it was without Polomalu…you never know though…we always play them tough, so…

    ++++++++++++++++

    Oh, I always rep ‘em loud and proud.

    Honestly, if the 2006 team, which was the worst in the past 40 years, can beat the Steelers, then this group can

  • 504 Raider

    55.SilverNBlackPA Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 5:55 am
    If the Raiders can win these next two games and get Big John, Murphy and maybe even Chaz back during the bye….man, I’ll feel a lot more confident walking into Heinz Field reppin’ the silver and black than I was when I got the tickets.

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    I was with you until you said Chaz. Who is that? We are the only team in the league with a 52 man roster.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    “Raiders put out for good cause”

    So does my wife; it’s the charity known as “SilverNBlackPA’s Satisfaction”.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I know what you mean, 504; I made sure to add “maybe” because I was feelin’ optimistic.

  • Jimbo

    Good Morning Nation…

    Rise and shine!

  • Just Fire Baby

    The flood of e-mails and the thoughtful responses are a reminder that posts at the bottom of a blog are sometimes only a small percentage of fans who can be show-offs with the cloak of anonymity provided by the medium.

    *********************************************

    Jerry with a solid-left hook!!

  • Jimbo

    Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

    Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for one TD in each of his last two games (since the team’s week five bye), and he has eliminated the interceptions that plagued him early in the year (he had six interceptions thrown in the first four games). In the last two contests he’s posted 25/40 for 242 yards and one TD (at Chicago) and 20/38 for 192 yards with one TD (vs. Arizona). You won’t mistake the Seattle passing attack for the Giants’, but Hasselbeck is notching ‘W’s for his team. During the most recent two games, Mike Williams has been targeted very heavily, with 31 for 21/210/1 – he’s followed by John Carlson (10 targets for 3/24/0), Deon Butler (nine targets for 7/88/1) and Justin Forsett (six for 3/40/0). Big Mike Williams is the man in Seattle’s receiver corps right now.

    The Raiders’ pass D allowed 12/29 for 165 net yards, two TDs and one interception to Kyle Orton and company last week; and Alex Smith put up 16/33 for 191 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions against Oakland two weeks ago. Though the Raiders are fifth in the league in terms of average net yards allowed per game (192.3), they’ve bled 14 pass TDs over seven contests (tied for second-most in the NFL at this juncture) vs. just three interceptions generated (31st in the NFL). The team does have 16 sacks, which is in the middle of the NFL range. On balance, this unit is mediocre – they’re giving up a lot of points in this phase of the game.

    Two so-so units lock facemasks in this matchup – that sounds about even to us.

  • Just Fire Baby

    How about those W’s and SF Giants!!!

    Raiders win the AFC West, Giants win the World Series, and the Warriors take the #7 seed in the NBA West.

    Bay Area sports are rolling along nicely right now.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    AND RIGHT ON TARGET WITH THAT LEFT HOOK JFB,GOOD MORNING BY THE WAY..

  • Just Fire Baby

    Someone earlier was talking about Ryan Fitz over in Buffalo.

    #2 rated QB in the league right now I believe.

  • Jimbo

    Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

    The mercurial Jason Campbell had an easy time against the Broncos – it isn’t hard to look good when your running backs reel off 52/328/5 rushing in a game. Campbell added 12/20 for 204 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to the mix en route to a team-record 59 points scored. Zach Miller was Campbell’s favorite target (six for 3/65/1), and he also found Darren McFadden for a TD (2/31/1). Louis Murphy had four targets for 2/29/0 (and he suffered a bruised lung during the game, knocking him out for week eight) – it wasn’t an exciting day to be invested in the Oakland wide receivers, as you can see. The team is still waiting on Bruce Gradkowski’s sore shoulder to heal – he’ll be the starter again when healthy. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com’s players in the news to monitor who is taking the first team snaps in Oakland later this week.

    Seattle limited the Cardinals’ QBs to 12/33 for 114 yards, zero TDs and one interception last week; and Jay Cutler was blanked in the TD column two weeks ago (17/39 for 246 net yards). So far this year Seattle is giving between the 20′s, averaging 261.3 net passing yards allowed per game, but they are stingy when the field gets compressed around the goal line, with just six passing TDs given up vs. six interceptions and 19 sacks generated (tied for 18th in the NFL and seventh in the league, respectively). Despite the large amount of yards allowed, this pass D is pretty respectable, overall.

    Campbell has been inconsistent this season, while the Seahawks are consistently solid in this phase of the game. Oakland is also tied for 28th in the NFL with 20 sacks allowed through seven games, so look for a lot of pressure to be in Campbell’s face this Sunday

    - advantage, Seattle.

  • Jimbo

    Seattle Seahawks Rushing Offense at Oakland Raiders Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

    Marshawn Lynch assumed a larger role in the Seahawks’ game plan last week, toting the ball 24 times for 89 yards. Justin Forsett saw 9/41/0 rushing and 2/31/0 receiving in the third-down/change of pace role for the team – this looks like the blue-print going forwards. Leon Washington had one target for zero yards last week, and remains relegated to special teams this year. Both Lynch and Forsett scored against Chicago two weeks ago (Forsett led the team in rushing that day with 10/67/1 rushing and 1/9/0 receiving, while Lynch led in touches with 17/44/1 rushing and 3/9/0 receiving). So far, so good with the new-look Seattle backfield.

    The Raiders crushed the Broncos 59-14 last week, so there wasn’t a lot of rushing attempts as the Broncos played in catch-up mode virtually from the first minutes of the game. All told, the Broncos put up 17/75/0 rushing against Oakland. Two weeks ago it was a different story when Frank Gore and company put the lumber to Oakland for 31/158/0 rushing – most of the time, the Raiders are closer to the week six numbers, averaging 138.9 rushing yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores surrendered through seven games. This is not a great rush D, folks.

    Lynch and Forsett are doing well in tandem, and they have a good matchup to work with this week even though they have to play in the Black Hole on Sunday.

  • Jimbo

    Oakland Raiders Rushing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

    It looks like Darren McFadden’s hamstring is all healed up, huh? The Broncos sure think he’s fine – McFadden blasted Denver for 16/165/3 rushing with 2/31/1 receiving during the 59-14 rout last week. Michael Bush added 15/52/1 rushing with 1/13/0 receiving. Marcel Reece even got in the action with 7/39/1 rushing and 1/19/0 receiving – the Raiders’ RB stable racked up 52/328/5 rushing last week, with seven players carrying the ball at various points. It was utter domination, folks.

    The Seahawks trashed the Cardinals 22-10 last week to claim the lead in the NFC West, allowing 20/113/1 rushing to the Cardinals in the course of the game. Two weeks ago, Chicago managed 14/61/1 rushing in their loss to Seattle – the Seahawks are playing adequately in this phase of the game, but they aren’t shutting down their opponents of late. To date, the team is ranked second in the NFL averaging 77.5 rushing yards allowed per game, with four rushing scores given up – they’ve bounced around that mark in recent weeks.

    The Raiders’ rushing attack exploded last week, but they’ll have to fight hard to move the solid Seahawks aside – this looks like a neutral matchup to us, with neither team holding a big edge over the other.

  • Jimbo

    Weather: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum expects a high of 62 F on Sunday, with a low of 56 F – there is a 20% chance for precipitation. It should be a great day to play and watch pro football.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Morning Dirt-Lot……

    Inching closer to maybe the biggest Raider’s game that wasn’t week 1 in a few years.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    IN BETWEEN 2 DIVISION GAMES,CABLE HAS 2 KEEP TEAM FOCUSED ON SEATTLE.HUGE GAME.

  • Just Fire Baby

    David Lee with a 17, 15 and 6 dimes (2nd most on the team). Over 50% shooting.

    Meanwhile, Anthony Randolph is out for at least week, after getting hurt in practice……again.

    Playoffs!!

  • J Hill

    LOL at the W”s making the playoffs.

    Houston was just spent from the night before mayne.

  • Jimbo

    Congratulations Giants fans. Your team did what no team in the AL could. Bring down the might Rangers pitcher Lee.

  • Jimbo

    I’m a Sacramento Kings fan. Are they still in the tank? Haven’t watched B-Ball in a long time.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Houston is on the fringe as a playoff contender and they are 0-2.

    1.5 games up on them, lol!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    When was the last time we had a WR catch a TD pass?

    I think they are 0 for October.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    NFL security is investigating a former Cincinnati Bengals player for allegedly attempting to defraud three rookies of more than $350,000, Yahoo! Sports has learned.
    The probe centers on a trio of 2010 draft picks – Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Lamarr Houston(notes), Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington(notes) and Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox(notes) – who have been interviewed during a league investigation into former Bengals cornerback Horace Smith.
    The suit filed by Woy & Willis states that Smith allegedly took out loans “in excess of $350,000” using the players’ names without their knowledge – many at high rates of interest – then had the money directed into secret accounts with a brokerage firm in New York City, where Smith could access the funds for his own use. The suit also claims Smith engaged in “unauthorized and extravagant expenditures supposedly on behalf of players,” and misused two rental cars tied to the sports agency – one of which remains unaccounted for.

  • Jimbo

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 7:04 am
    When was the last time we had a WR catch a TD pass?

    I think they are 0 for October.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    This game is technically still played in Octber. I bet that we remain 0 for Oct to the WR’s.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    What? A Bunghole breaking the law? I thought only Raider players did that!?!?!?!

  • Jimbo

    Horace Smith, a 10th round selection of the Bengals in 1992, Smith landed on the team’s practice squad and failed to play in a regular-season NFL game, eventually finishing his career in the Canadian Football League. A source familiar with Smith said he had been a real estate investor before eventually joining Woy’s agency in recent years.

  • Plunketthead

    I just read the last two blogs and that floored me. I went through our posts to see if anyone else caught it and was about to paste it again.

    I wonder how much jerry appreciates our contribution.

    63.Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 6:36 am
    The flood of e-mails and the thoughtful responses are a reminder that posts at the bottom of a blog are sometimes only a small percentage of fans who can be show-offs with the cloak of anonymity provided by the medium.

    *********************************************

    Jerry with a solid-left hook!!

  • Jimbo

    Yahoo is stretching it to call Smith a “former player”.

    That’s like calling Danny Southwick a former player, dont ya think?

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Careful with any negative Danny Douthwick remarks! LMFAO!

  • LA to TheBay

    The Seahawks trashed the Cardinals 22-10 last week to claim the lead in the NFC West, allowing 20/113/1 rushing to the Cardinals in the course of the game. Two weeks ago, Chicago managed 14/61/1 rushing in their loss to Seattle – the Seahawks are playing adequately in this phase of the game, but they aren’t shutting down their opponents of late. To date, the team is ranked second in the NFL averaging 77.5 rushing yards allowed per game, with four rushing scores given up
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    Let’s see how they deal with 35 carries.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Another Real Estate crook.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Three sources familiar with the NFLPA and league probes said investigators are also looking into a jewelry deal allegedly brokered by Smith, in which the players were offered custom jewelry at nearly double the appraised value. The items, which allegedly included high end Breitling watches priced at nearly $85,000 each, ultimately were not purchased by the players at the inflated prices.

    Must have really thought these player were fools. You buy jewelery at less than retail unless you are JaMarcus Russell and shop at Zales.

  • Jimbo

    I am very happy that about Satele’s progress. Having him lets us keep Veldheer at LT. I hope CJ is active as well.

    I am curious to see how active Campbell will be to our WR corps of DHB, JLH, and Ford. I think we have to air it out to establlish the run.

    Which WR is gonna step it up?

  • Jimbo

    In the Bill Parcell’s “Boys will be Boys – As Long As They Produce” segment today:

    Titans WR Kenny Britt was beaming last Thursday after a nice Week 6 performance. “To finally get out of the doghouse and have things come together for me like they have,” Britt said with a smile. “I just hope I can keep riding this momentum.”

    Ten hours later he was allegedly pummeling some guy in a Nashville bar. Some two days after that, he was tearing through the Eagles for 3 touchdowns and 225 yards.

    Because he’s really good.

    On the other side of that coin, Tampa Bay TE Jerramy Stevens was cut this week after police found marijuana in his car.

    Because he’s not very good.

    It’s the way of the world. Get used to it.

  • AirborneRaider

    N.Miller will step up!

  • Jimbo

    N.Miller will step up!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    If they will only give him the chance. I don’t know why they keep him down. All he does is produce.

  • AirborneRaider

    I’m thinking he’ll produce big this next game. Then you’ll see him get more snaps.

  • Jimbo

    Really? Cable said in a Q&A that Ford would get the opportunity to step up (over Miller).

  • AirborneRaider

    Didn’t you know? Ford was a pick by Davis. He automatically gets the back up spot because of that. I think we’ll see N.Miller because JLH or Ford will get lit up.

  • Jimbo

    I know that Ford is a Davis pick. But Nick Miller is also a Davis guy. How can you explain keeping him active for 16 weeks last year?

    Don’t know why they are delaying Nick the quick’s coming out party?

  • mistic1

    I heard this morning far re wants to play this weekend, what a selfish ego maniac. Old man retire already. This is the most overated qb of all time. Farvre is a tornado of turnovers, i dont know why he is so highly rated. Longevity, ok that is impressive, but the picks are ugly. Why does he get a pass for this. Dont give me this gunslinger garbage. He has won 1 superbowl. Most almost every single farvre led playoff run has ended with multiple farvre interceptions! The only time he won was when holmgren reigned him in and relied on the running game. Plenty of qbs have been guys that make big plays, but also throw picks, they never get that kind of love. Farvre childress & moss what a joke. Go away favre, step aside & let jackson & ad lead.

  • AirborneRaider

    Perhaps they want to keep him as a return specialist only? Taking over both punts and kicks may be what they want out of him.

    I want to see him play more as well. Not just on ST.

  • AirborneRaider

    Favre just wants to add to his stats at the expense of a good team losing.