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Players gone from Raiders’ Web site

The listed rosters are still intact, but the Raiders have removed the images of players, including Nnamdi Asomugha and Darren McFadden, from the borders of the lead page of their official Web site.

Welcome to the lockout.

Considering that other teams haven’t done the same thing (haven’t checked all of them), I can only assume this was either an NFL directive or suggestion.

Next up will be the union’s antitrust suit in an attempt to block the lockout, which could lead to an eventual start in free agency with the league setting the rules.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • What’s up Aig? Are you over the fact that your boy Gradkowski isn’t going to be the QB next season? On the bright side, there may be no NFL, and you can watch Grads play his heart out in the UFL where he belongs. I think you belong there too you pathetic weasel.

  • Just Win Baby

    Following Sinclair’s take on business makes as much sense as seeking marital advice from a catholic priest.

  • Just Win Baby

    Anyway, I’m going on vacation for 3 weeks. Hopefully by the time I get back there will be a new post and a reason to talk about the draft again.

  • aig-raiders

    A.B. Paine III Says:
    November 27th, 2010 at 7:46 pm
    Grads should have come in during the second quarter in Pittsburgh.

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    Didnt you dump your boy Jason in the middle of last season? Who’s the weasel now?

    Grow up already dude.

  • TerrapinRaider

    44.inonewordraider Says:
    March 12th, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    TerrapinRaider Says:
    March 12th, 2011 at 8:19 am
    Good union job? LOL. You must be kidding. LOL.

    Maybe you do. Who knows. But I don’t want to be in no damn union man so they can take money away from my pockets! They tried that sht when I need a job in college. Tried to work for UPS loading trucks but they said I had to join a union. Hell to the NO! That basically cut my pay by a significant margin. It wasn’t even worth it to have a job LOL!!!

    Now I make very good paper doing what I do and my job is freakin awesome! I don’t envy no “good union job” …trust me! lol!

    Selfish brat is what you are, only worried about yourself. Try growin up in the hood in a broken home, with an addict mom, with drug dealers and gang bangers as neighbors and then try to make it through college and make all that paper. It’s not a level playing field so we should all help our fellow man

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    Whoa-hoe!!! looks like somebody struck a nerve. Dude, you don’t know jack sht about me yet you are making some hellified assumptions. I didnt grow up in no damn priviledged society. We were bottom middle class if you ask me, probably lower given all the mouths to feed.

    In fact, the town I grew up in has gotten so bad, years after I left the Feds had to come in to start shuttin it down. Still, my upbringing was solid.

    I’m minority you dipsht. So you can kiss my azz.

    I have worked for everything I have from the bottom up. And by many accounts I have “made it”. Still, making it is not what you think it is.

  • TerrapinRaider

    86.Just Win Baby Says:
    March 12th, 2011 at 7:32 pm
    If big business makes 800 million dollars in the first fiscal quarter and 780 million dollars in the second fiscal quarter, they call that a 20 million dollar loss. I still see it as a 780 million dollar gain. This is how big business shows a loss in profits and says they are going broke. Profits down 5%. it is still a 780 million dollar profit any way ya slice it.

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    This makes no sense

  • TerrapinRaider

    88.Just Win Baby Says:
    March 12th, 2011 at 7:47 pm
    Thats so true. And the talking heads on the evening news report businesses showing “losses” in the millions and using this logic to justify laying off workers who have been employed by said companies for many years just so they can replace them with new workers on a starting pay scale. This doesn’t happen where I work because of union seniority.

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    You all seem to be under some assumption that you are ENTITLED to a job. You are NOT entitled to anything. What you can do is build YOUR OWN business and hire who you wish at whatever compensation you think is fair; but don’t tell someone else how to run THEIR enterprise. YOU are the one looking for a job that the owner owns.

    You don’t like it? Go somewhere else or build YOUR OWN enterprise. Don’t wait for someone else to build something then become a leash demanding things (and trying to tax them out of business …then where does that get you?). Go out and build you own and stop complaining.

    I just don’t get your sense of entitlement.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Everyone and anyone can negotiate salary benefits and anything involving their general welfare.

    Unions represent less than 10% of the private sector workforce. Yet they are some 40% of the govt workforce. That a serious difference …many questions should be asked about it.

    Truth be told …by its mere representation noted above within the private sector, most Americans don’t find today’s union viable or necessary.

  • TerrapinRaider

    And that “union senority” stuff is a load of bullcrap …you should not receive higher compesation for the mere fact that you aged by 1 year. That’s downright retarded! And that’s probably a good reason why so many of the companies that have unions suffer or are in serious risk of bankruptcy.

    You should be comp’d by your productivity ..not just because you are older than me. That sht is retarded.

  • TerrapinRaider

    For the record: I believe unions WERE necessary back in the late 1800s early 1900s when labor conditions by many accounts were horrible. Coincidently, that is when unions became powerful advocates of better conditions. Having achieved its goal, its power since began to diminish.

    Now, if labor conditions deteriorate as it were in the past I would expect unions to reassert themselves.

    That is the balance.

  • Sooo…

    Who will be Al’s sleeper draft pick this year, ala Veldheer?

    What sub 4.0 forty yard time guy be in Silver & Black, when ever they play football again?

  • Tell the families of the Dead Coal Miners, of the Union Busting Massey Mines. After busting the unions, they proceeded to gut safety standards in preference of profit.

  • lefty12

    If business owners were honest and not such greedy basta@#s unions wouldn’t be necessary.The problem is most wouldn’t treat their employees like decent human beings without someone forcing them to,ergo the reasons we must have unions.Unions equal 40 hr work weeks,vacations,sick leave,retirement packages,health benefits,etc.Without unions the working man would have none of those things.If someone believes business people would just give employees those benefits out of the goodness of their hearts or because they like the employees they are living in fantasy land.Those type of employers are few and far between.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Unions represent folks that dont want to represented.
    The Unions then confiscate money from their paychecks and then fund campaigns of crooked corrupt Dem candidates with the money that came from their rank & file. If those Dems win they give the unions huge kick backs.

    The Dem party and thug unions are joined at the hip like 2 crooked kunts that they are. Politics and unions should have no bond or relationship unless they need each other to survive, and they do.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Yes lefty all corporations are greedy pigs that treat their employee’s like garbage. Keep sucking on the tit of liberalism and bury your head in their a$$ like the pawn that you are.

    D-bag, move to Spain or Greece and live in the misery of a green economy where govt holds your hand every step of the way. Take about 10 million libtards with you and make this a better country by subtraction, thanks in advance. Dont forget KK & MR, you should be in appropriate company.

  • phatcable

    Mistabr0wn Says:
    March 13th, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    Yes lefty all corporations are greedy pigs that treat their employee’s like garbage. Keep sucking on the tit of liberalism and bury your head in their a$$ like the pawn that you are.

    D-bag, move to Spain or Greece and live in the misery of a green economy where govt holds your hand every step of the way. Take about 10 million libtards with you and make this a better country by subtraction, thanks in advance. Dont forget KK & MR, you should be in appropriate company.
    …………………………This should be a lesson to you cause this is what happens too you when you watch too much fox news channel,when you watch the show 24 and see jack bauer beat the crap owt of a muslim every week you think all muslims are bad,when you watch too much fox news channel you think bankers are good guys ,so step away from the remote and turn off the tv.

  • gogo0

    If business owners were honest and not such greedy basta@#s unions wouldn’t be necessary.The problem is most wouldn’t treat their employees like decent human beings without someone forcing them to,ergo the reasons we must have unions.Unions equal 40 hr work weeks,vacations,sick leave,retirement packages,health benefits,etc.Without unions the working man would have none of those things.If someone believes business people would just give employees those benefits out of the goodness of their hearts or because they like the employees they are living in fantasy land.Those type of employers are few and far between.
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    this is not a blanket “unions are bad” post, but those changes were in the past. people can be grateful for the change achieved by unions in the past, however that doesnt mean they are still the benevolent organizations they perhaps started out to be. a union is a business too.

  • lefty12

    Phatcable,he can’t help himself.Another ignorant,right wing nutcase, tea bagger.Instead of living by food and water,they live on hate.The problem is with their narrow-minded bigoted ways they are helping destroy this once great country.

  • lefty12

    So unions and politics should be separated at the hip,yet corporations should be allowed to spend freely to elect their puppets to political offices.What a fool.

  • phatcable

    NFL wants Congress out of labor dispute, except when it helps the NFL
    Some of you blame the NFL for the current predicament that football fans face. Some of you blame the players.

    We blame everyone, since grown men of goodwill and common sense and reasonable intelligence should have been able to figure out how to carve up a $9 billion pie.

    And so whenever anyone in this debacle-bordering-on-shibacle says or does something that merits a good calling out, call them out we will.

    This hour’s target is the league, which has long resisted any suggestion that Congress be involved in the current dispute between the NFL and the NFLPA*. On January 21, 2011, for example, the league posted at its labor propaganda website a blurb declaring that 99 percent of all fans oppose Congressional involvement in the labor dispute.

    “That isn’t anything Congress needs to regulate, nor should it require federal intervention at all,” said Ed Morrissey, proprietor of the site that conducted the poll. “As Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, puts it, ‘The NFL and NFLPA are literally and figuratively big boys. They do not need Congress’s help to referee every business dispute.’”

    Apparently, someone from the one-percent minority is minding the store at NFLLabor.com today.

    The latest blurb posted at the site points out that three Congressmen have written a letter to NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith, urging him to meet (for the first time ever) with NFL Alumni president George Martin.

    “The retirement benefits for former players are an important issue,” Congressmen Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler (D-N.C.; pictured) said in their letter to Smith. “Therefore, we urge you to set time aside to meet soon with Mr. Martin and NFL Alumni. . . . We look forward to a prompt response to our request.”

    Given that the league’s latest offer increases benefits to retired players, the NFL obviously is hoping to squeeze the NFLPA* by persuading current and former players to clamor for the offer to be accepted, or at a minimum for further negotiations to occur.

    And that’s fine. But it’s horribly poor form, in for the NFL to take the position that Congress should stay out of the labor dispute when involvement could pressure the league to do a deal, and then to embrace Congressional involvement when it could pressure the players to do a deal.

  • Just Win Baby

    I think it’s silly to draw too many parallells between the players union and any blue collar working man’s union anyway. I will never in my life earn what Asomougha earned just last year. I have a hard time feeling terribly sorry for either side and, quite frankly, I can be perfectly content to watch college football this year.

  • Avg NFL Career is 3 years. By 50 these guys can barely get out of bed.

    But, there’s a lot of African American’s making big money in the NFL, and therein lies the public relations problem.

  • But nobody seems to mind the good ole boys in Police & Fire Depts unionizing. Funny that.

  • Mistabr0wn

    KK, you are a natural born retard. Funny that.

  • Pisses me off we don’t have union for burger flippers. A person can turn a burger and have the greasy hot thing land on their flippin wrist and and have that hand rendered useless. I’m gonna start a ‘Flippin Burger Union’. Burger flippers of the world, unite! Then and only then can the world truly enjoy how a burger was meant to enjoy. And that goes for hot cakes too.

  • Mistabr0wn

    If corporations are doing that its their business with their own hard earned cash vs the unions who are confiscating hard earned cash from rank & file and not putting it back into the rank & file gen fund.

    Even a retard like you lefty can know the difference between confiscating cash and earning cash, or maybe not. Libtards can’t really put 2 & 2 together without coming up with 3.
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    # lefty12 Says:
    March 13th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    So unions and politics should be separated at the hip,yet corporations should be allowed to spend freely to elect their puppets to political offices.What a fool.

  • KoolKell Says:
    March 13th, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    Avg NFL Career is 3 years. By 50 these guys can barely get out of bed.

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    Their choice. Its the lure of dollar and fame. Construction workers can barely make it out of bed too by age 50 with very little in the bank or retirement.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Why so many Raider fans are such slobbering libtards is beyond me. I had no idea this many zombies are walking about.

    Staggering really…

  • phatcable

    KoolKell Says:
    March 13th, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    But nobody seems to mind the good ole boys in Police & Fire Depts unionizing. Funny that.
    …………….well i mind most of those fat bast@RDs just sit around and eat twinkees and doughnuts.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Realtors that sell 1 house in a calendar year while sponging off their butch wife have no problems getting out of bed at age 50.

    Well except for the gout, corns, being over weight and just plain lazy!
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    KoolKell Says:
    March 13th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Avg NFL Career is 3 years. By 50 these guys can barely get out of bed.

  • phatcable

    Mistabr0wn Says:
    March 13th, 2011 at 4:10 pm
    Why so many Raider fans are such slobbering libtards is beyond me. I had no idea this many zombies are walking about.

    Staggering really…
    ………………well most of us are honest people who have not sold our soul too the devil.

  • phatcable

    Mistabr0wn repent!

  • SharkCatcher

    Raider fans talking unions and labor agreements….damn, it’s Going to be a lonnnnng spring.

  • phatcable

    Peyton Manning to the New York Jets? It could happen in the new NFL after labor struggle settled
    Gary Myers
    Originally Published:Sunday, March 13th 2011, 4:00 AM
    Updated:

    Huh/APCould Peyton Manning (l.) be Mark Sanchez’s (r.) teammate on the Jets? No possibility can be ruled out in a post-lockout National Football League. Related NewsAFC Wild Card: Breaking down the matchupsLupica: Ryan should be a nervous RexManning: Preparing for Rex’s D takes timeSuper Bowl matchups: Breaking down Saints vs. ColtsSmith: Colts the picture of consistencyVilma plans for Peyton with old Jet pals
    Mark Sanchez has taken the Jets to two straight AFC Championship Games in his first two years, but how many PSLs do you think Peyton Manning would sell for Woody Johnson if he signed with Gang Green as a free agent for a couple of years?

    One of the most intriguing possibilities that comes out of the decertification/lockout battle between the trade association – the once and future NFL Players Association – and the NFL is that Manning could soon become the greatest unrestricted free agent in the history of the sport.

    When the union decertified Friday, it filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL with Tom Brady the first name listed (it’s alphabetical) among the 10 plaintiffs. Manning is a plaintiff, too. The union also filed a request for a preliminary injunction – not for a temporary restraining order – to stop the lockout. The lockout went into effect Friday night at midnight.

    It will take several weeks before federal judge David Doty, who has made several crucial rulings in favor of the players and is expected to preside over the case, makes a decision in Minneapolis. A temporary restraining order would have been ruled on right away, but would have lasted only a short time.

    It is anticipated Doty will grant the injunction. The NFL will immediately appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. It could take days or weeks to get a decision.

    So, in the time between the injunction stopping the lockout and a ruling on the appeal, the NFL is expected to be back in business with a new league year starting and the beginning of free agency. Manning, who has played 13 years with the Colts but never been an unrestricted free agent, was among 14 players designated with the franchise tag in February.

    NFLPA outside counsel Jim Quinn said yesterday that the tags can’t be enforced and have no effect. “Null and void,” he told the Daily News.

    There is no union and no collective bargaining agreement and presumably no franchise tags.

    It will be up to the league to impose new free agency rules and perhaps up to Doty to rule whether franchise tags are legit.

    Quinn said the 2010 rules – no salary cap, with the unrestricted free agency requirement jumping from four years to six – are too “restrictive.” A return to the 2009 rules with the four-year requirement and a salary cap would be more acceptable.

    In either case, Quinn said the franchise tags will be challenged. If the players win, Manning would be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. What do you think he would be worth on the open market? Let the bidding start at $25 million per year.

  • Perhaps that’s why so many people are indeed blaming the players for the current situation, even though as Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly capably explains it the owners bear the brunt of the blame for wanting to shift the status quo during a time of unprecedented popularity and prosperity, without proving that a shift is needed.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/13/dolphins-message-to-season-ticket-holders-hints-at-coordination-of-message-by-league/

  • phatcable

    They need to settle this and play football and the only way too settle it is thru a third party stepping in and helping out like the Internal Revenue Service.

  • phatcable

    OAKLAND RAIDERS
    1220 Harbor Bay Parkway
    Alameda, CA 94502

    March 11, 2011

    Dear [Player Name]:

    This is to inform you that the Oakland Raiders (“Club”) will institute a lockout of its players (“Peasants”) as of 12:00 a.m. Eastern time on March 12, 2011.

    During the lockout, the following will be in effect:

    1. You will not be able to enter any Club facility or the stadium. Mr. Davis will be monitoring you via satellite from his secret underground lair. If you are even seen in the parking lot, you will be immediately incinerated with either a laser beam fired from space or a cannonball blast.

    2. You will not receive any compensation from the Club. Contracts, however, will be honored for those bringing Mr. Davis the severed heads of either Lane Kiffin or Jon Gruden.

    3. The Club will not pay for or provide health insurance. You will receive additional information about options to continue your current coverage through COBRA. Please note that COBRA is in a pitched battle with G.I. Joe and it might be some time before you hear from them. If you need assistance, please contact the plan administrators, Zartan or Serpentor, through the Hasbro Corp. via sealed diplomatic pouch.

    4. You will not be able to perform any duties under your Player Contract or otherwise perform any duties for the Club. Those of you who made extra money digging up graves seeking fresh bodies for Mr. Davis’ cloning experiments may continue to do so, as that is considered an Outside Contract and essential for his plan of world domination.

    5. Testing and treatment obligations under the Policy and Program for Substance of Abuse and Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances will cease. Gamma (Dr. Banner), Cosmic Ray (Dr. Richards) and Super Soldier (Dr. Erskine) treatments do not fall under this category, and will continue unabated.

    6. The Club will not give you further instructions or guidance as to workout or trainings. This will not be any different from how we do things normally.

    7. Club security and player development staff will not assist you with legal or any other problems. If such services are needed, Mr. Davis recommends any of the following: Matt Houston, Thomas Magnum, Simon and Simon, or the fictional comic book characters Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

    8. During the lockout, the explosive tracking chips that Mr. Davis installed in your neck will be deactivated. Please be aware that extreme temperatures and moisture can result in chip malfunction and explosion. We apologize for any inconvenience or anxiety this may cause.

    9. You are free to engage in any alternative employment during the lockout. Any services provided to Communist, Socialist, Mormon or Werewolf organizations, however, will not be tolerated and you will be hunted down and killed by Mr. Davis’ loyal band of ninja assassins (“The Autumn Wind”). Once a new labor agreement is reached between the NFL and the Union you may be expected to join the Club immediately. Therefore, you should structure any alternate employment so you can return to the Club promptly after a new labor agreement is reached.

    If you have any questions, please contact the blood-sucking stooges that run the NFL Players Association.

    Sincerely,

    Al Davis
    Owner/General Manager
    Oakland Raiders
    19th-Level Warlock

    P.S. Please remember that if an agreement is reached, the first Thursday of each month is Hawaiian shirt day, and I expect 100 percent participation this year. Davis out!

  • PlunkforHOF

    How I wish this forum had an “ignore” feature. It would be so much less tedious and sad to do without many, many ” I know you are, but what am I?” conversations, and just be able to read Raider discussions.

  • 10.TerrapinRaider Says:
    March 12th, 2011 at 7:45 am
    To increase already hefty profits???? LOL …man you are nutz …they have to move ops to stay in business …to stay competitive …its all economics man

    If I move my business overseas to save money on lower labor cost I have a dual advantage over my competition:

    1. I can keep my prices the same and make more money from reduced input cost and play nice

    2. I can use my savings to undercut his price and drive him out of business which will increase my profits based on increased quantities sold

    This shts simple econ man

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    only to a simpleton like yourself!

    You think it’s OK for jobs to be shipped elsewhere where nobody has fought and died for equal and human rights and is also willing to work in a sweat-shop at less than fought and bargained for wages is a corporations right and is supposed to be acceptable to all of us here who have fought the fight?

    You sir are at the very least…UN-american! And that is coming from a Canadian, the most tolerant of people.

  • Anarchy will finally rule the NFL. What once was a structured organization has now become mired in greed, chaos and hostility. Players will be likened to musical chairs and loyalty to a team will be non-existant. Owners will ruthlessly pay top dollar for top athletes and salaries will skyrocket. Those fans left who are wealthy enough to afford unrealistic ticket prices will still attend games, but the numbers will be few. Concessions will cease to exist because of cost vs. proffit. It won’t be uncommon in the future for a player to have suited up on say, 15 to 18 different teams before his career is done.

    Great job not avoiding this lockout you, the NFL and the NFLPA saw coming for years. You could have at least considered the outside businesses that thrive off the sport, but that would be asking too much. Good luck gettting the games back on track, and remember it’s the fans who really make you the dollars.

  • Midwest Fan
  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    So dissapointed my hero Coach Davis did not avert the lockout. He tried tho, showed those greedy owners just how inflated salaries could get, set the wage scale, but they didn’t listen. Coach Davis set the bar to high, and neither party could reach it.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    Dear Coach Davis, please make the trip to DC and take tour shoe off and slam it on the table to get everyones attention, and then set them straight, tell them like it is. That would most certainly be appreciated.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    Just goes to show you how screwed up things really got without Coach Davis’ presence at the CBA table. As goes Coach Davis, so goes the NFL.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    Coach Davis has to be upset, after all he founded the NFL, made it what it is today for fans enjoyment, at the expense of his own team at times, mind you, and look at it now. So anyone wants to rag on Coach better keep in mind if it wasn’t for him, there would probably be no NFL and, for that matter, no Coach Davis for all you haters to hate on.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    And one more thing for all you Coach Davis haters. Coach rewards loyalty with loyalty. When the late Mr. Upshaw was in charge, him and Coach knew how to make it work. Now, look what these upstarts have done.

  • noteasilyimpressed

    Some news about who the Raiders have looked at:

    http://85percentsports.com/2011/03/09/nfl-teams-draft-interests/

  • Sweeper777

    I think the owners should CRUSH the players union! When Peyton Manning is whining with his 100+ million dollar contract I get nauseated. Come work for my $12.00 Hr digging trenches you whiney rich losers. Free agency destroyed the game. Players don’t play to win, they play to increase their already bloated contracts. There is no team loyalty, teams don’t stay together anymore. Bring on the replacement players, I’d love to see another guy like Tim Mazzetti get a shot. Put a couple plumbers and pipefitters on the steelers, some long shoreman on the raiders. I’d rather watch B grade football with guys that care than A++ with rich losers that don’t give a hang.