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Roethlisberger lends helping hand to Oakland Police Dept.

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, September 20th, 2012 at 10:36 am in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders fans would just as soon Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hand out interceptions to the Raiders on Sunday, the way he did the last time he played here, in 2006, when he was intercepted four times.
For now, they will have to make do with Roethlisberger’s generosity in the form of handing out a grant to the Oakland Police Department.
Here’s the release, from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation:

Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl Quarterback and Findlay, OH native, Ben Roethlisberger, announced the second grant of the 2012-13 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The Foundation will be distributing a grant to the Oakland Police Department in Oakland, CA where the Steelers will play the Raiders this Sunday, September 23.

The Oakland PD K-9 unit currently consists of 14 dog teams, 12 of which are used on patrol. All are used to search and apprehend criminal suspects and two are cross trained for narcotics detection. The department is seeking financial assistance to purchase equipment that will be used by their K9 unit both in training and during deployment of the canines.

During the 2012-13 NFL season, The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will be distributing grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. The Foundation will also distribute several grants to the Pittsburgh area and will consider grants to any two non-NFL market cities in the United States if the Steelers make the playoffs. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs.

This marks the sixth season that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in Pittsburgh, PA and to support other charitable organizations, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Oakland Chief of Police Howard Jordan said, “The Oakland Police Department is grateful for the generous donation for such a vital program.”

In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, “We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units. The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We’re just thrilled to do our small part.”

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  • papertiger418

    Anyone mourning our current state of affairs and looking to last year as some kind of lost haven of potential would do well to remember that–offensive acumen aside–Hue Jackson was and always will be in it for HIMSELF. As demeaning as “Hubert” is as a moniker, it doesn’t come close to being as appropriate as the nickname “Huebris”. Remember the tears he shed after the last-minute victory in Houston? We all saw the footage in the locker room. Those tears weren’t shed for Mr. Davis; they were shed because Hue had just managed to make himself the center of the world for a day. They were shed because reality was matching the narrative he had scripted for himself with the help of his massive ego. It was and is sickening, as was his conduct and demeanor when reality started branching away from his narrative.

    As frustrated as I am with how our team is playing right now, I’m certain that Reggie suffers from no such delusions of grandeur. He may or may not become the GM we need him to be, but he has a plan and he knows how to put in the work. We won’t get tantrums or posturing from this man; we will get all of his effort. The results may not ever match our expectations, but he will be accountable for every move he makes. He’ll own it because he’s someone who understands the qualities that make football players.

    So go ahead and quote Silver and Poole and cite all the statistics then rant all you want–just try to remember that the coach you’re reminiscing about was and is a self-promoting fraud. I’m glad he’s gone.

  • raiderjhawk

    I heard Gruden was in line for a College head coaching gig in the next couple of years… is this not correct?

  • guest123

    Costumes are for women during sex and children on Halloween.

    ********

    1000% agreed. Dork Goth costumes for men are by default men who either aren’t getting any or taking it from behind.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Raider fans are the Juggalos of the sports world:

    http://pepwilliams.shockmansion.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/juggalos.jpg

  • DMAC

    Rich Gannon ranks #Raiders 30 in APPro32 poll. “If they can’t get McFadden going, they have no chance.”

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Wonder if Roethlisberger will make a donation to the OPD’s rape investigation unit.

  • raiderjhawk

    hey, i didn’t say I wanted Hujax back, I just want Al Saunders offense back… that’s all.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Guest123 Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:41 am
    I agree L.A. Raider Dave

    I never felt comfortable with those fans or being associated with them on TV. They look like walking poster children for birth control.

    Back in the day, the Raider fans that I knew were blue collar, flannel shirts over jeans and hardhats and lunchpails. Rough and tumble types who worked over at the loading docks and shipyard as longshoremen and pipefitters. They didn’t dress like freaks, they left the gey halloween makeup to the 49er grey poupon jetset fans.
    ———————–
    Yep,

  • DMAC

    Still got faith in this season.
    We need our O-line to step the fk up! (Especially our Guards)

  • DutchRaider77

    36.DMAC Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:34 am
    The Steelers will be without SS Troy Polamalu (calf) and OLB James Harrison (knee) again in Week 3 versus the Raiders.
    It only makes sense to rest the veterans with the bye week looming in Week 4. Safety Ryan Mundy will start for the third consecutive week while Chris Carter and Jason Worilds form a solid tandem to replace Harrison.
    Related: James Harrison
    Source: Sporting News
    ===========

    Si se puede!!

    __________________________________________________

    Also, Mike Wallace has a groin injury and “Jason La Canfora reports that Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall won’t make his season debut until Week 5.” Wonder if Wallace will play. Steelers might be resting some players, like it is a preseason game…

    Maybe this was like the year after I graduated high School and my High School football got their @$$E$$ handed to them by the School for the deaf.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Guest123,

    Look at all of those old NFL highlight reels from Raider games in the ’70s. No costumes. Just blue collar east bay residents in the stands. The costume stuff definitely started in LA in the 1980s.

  • Kirk

    Cops are heroes.

  • JB

    DMAC Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Still got faith in this season.
    We need our O-line to step the fk up! (Especially our Guards)
    ******************************

    Brisel, our BIG FA acquisition is the weakest link. Right behind him is Cooper Carlisle. I suggest the following line-up:
    Veldheer-Wiz2.0-Parsons-Barksdale-Barnes

  • DMAC

    Cops are pigs and only a few are heroes.

  • Kirk

    Sullivan44 Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:52 am
    Guest123,

    Look at all of those old NFL highlight reels from Raider games in the ’70s. No costumes. Just blue collar east bay residents in the stands. The costume stuff definitely started in LA in the 1980s.

    ……………………………………

    I was trying to explain Raider fans to my GF, and finally she says, “So it’s like Halloween?”

    I said, “Exactly.”

  • AmysInCharge

    GRUDEN 2013

  • guest123

    I agree Sullivan44, LA trashed the Raiders culture and poisoned it. After ahwile, it got to the point that it permeated the culture and it transcended to what it is today. There’s a whole new generation that thinks that freak costumes and monkey suits are all about being a Raiders fan. It’s embarrasing, but that’s all the younger set know.

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    I remember Raider Gorrilla, Darth Raider, and the dude with the bandana and shoulder pads. That was it. I dont even see those guys anymore.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    JB Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:53 am
    DMAC Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Still got faith in this season.
    We need our O-line to step the fk up! (Especially our Guards)
    ******************************

    Brisel, our BIG FA acquisition is the weakest link. Right behind him is Cooper Carlisle. I suggest the following line-up:
    Veldheer-Wiz2.0-Parsons-Barksdale-Barnes

    —-

    Brisiel is not the weakest link.

  • AmysInCharge

    Amy Trask…Bruce Allen…Jon Gruden…2013,..the return of the good times. Bring on the 0-16. ;)

  • DMAC

    JB Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    DMAC Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Still got faith in this season.
    We need our O-line to step the fk up! (Especially our Guards)
    ******************************

    Brisel, our BIG FA acquisition is the weakest link. Right behind him is Cooper Carlisle. I suggest the following line-up:
    Veldheer-Wiz2.0-Parsons-Barksdale-Barnes
    ==========

    WTF is up w/ Brisiel?
    I thought he was a zone blocking specialist?
    Maybe the Texans knew something we didn’t know.

  • JB

    Brisel is getting pushed around like a rag doll. He’s terrible in pass blocking. IMO, he IS the weakest link.

  • guest123

    Raider fans I knew back then (I was just a kid), would stick together and show great love and respect to their team. It was common for them to meet players like Sistrunk and Hendricks at the local bar and buy them beers. It was truly Oakland’s community team. That was before they went Hollywood.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Brahs, it’s your best blog buddy, The Beeeech Diggity Dawg

    I know some of you nerds are down about the team. While others are just down about being overweight, unemployed and married to an old hag with a bad bowl cut

    That’s why I invented the hot new fragrance CERTIFIED PLATINUM by BEEECH DAWG

    If you need a pick me up, just splash my essence all over the abs, weiner and nads (in that order) and in minutes a stripper will be calling your cell looking for some hot action

    You don’t have to be down in the dumps all day long anymore. Thanks to the Beeech Diggs, life is about to get a WHOLE lot better. And fast.

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  • AmysInCharge

    Hey guest, you really use cliches like “went hollywood”?…really?…that the best you got?…loser.

  • VanHeathen30

    Go to the games and the amount of costumes are a very small percentage of the crowd…
    The costume face paint crowd are all about a second of fame IF they get on TV.
    Don’tmlet the TV coverage fool you, the crowd is still a blue collar/lunchpail crowd for sure…
    Now we just need some LunchPail types on the field to win us a game.

  • MEX_GHOST

    36.DMAC Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:34 am
    The Steelers will be without SS Troy Polamalu (calf) and OLB James Harrison (knee) again in Week 3 versus the Raiders.
    It only makes sense to rest the veterans with the bye week looming in Week 4. Safety Ryan Mundy will start for the third consecutive week while Chris Carter and Jason Worilds form a solid tandem to replace Harrison.
    Related: James Harrison
    Source: Sporting News
    ===========

    Si se puede!!
    ======================
    Dámn!! I can read this one!
    Thanks DMAC for throw me a bone!. LOL

  • guest123

    It’s not even Briesel. It’s the damn scheme. It’s all wrong for this team and these players. But DA is going to bullheadedly stick to it come hell or high water. God help us all!

    SMH

  • DMAC

    Wiz was beasting last season at guard and Center.
    He’s clearly struggling at Center thus far. WTF is up? Is he not cut out for this zone blocking?

  • purvisman

    Sullivan44 Says: The costume stuff definitely started in LA in the 1980s.////////////////// Wrong, went to most games thru’ ’89. Didn’t see any of it. Try again.

  • guest123

    Hey guest, you really use cliches like “went hollywood”?…really?…that the best you got?…loser.

    ********

    yawn…

  • DMAC

    Gotta run peoples!
    Peace!
    Go A’s!
    Go Dubs!
    Go Cal Bears! (fire Tedford)
    Go Raiders!

  • AmysInCharge

    Lol how would Duckie know what went down in LA?…too funny.

  • xHOWIE75x

    guest123 Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:54 am
    I agree Sullivan44, LA trashed the Raiders culture and poisoned it. After ahwile, it got to the point that it permeated the culture and it transcended to what it is today. There’s a whole new generation that thinks that freak costumes and monkey suits are all about being a Raiders fan. It’s embarrasing, but that’s all the younger set know.

    ————–
    I hear you…don’t like all the costume BS. Other teams do it as well but I have seen some pretty random get ups people throw together that dont even make sense. Just wear your teams colors, jerseys etc. and leave it at that.

    I cringe everytime I hear an announcer say its like “halloween” at the black hole every weekend. It just paints us as a whole bunch of clowns wearing clown suits.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DMAC Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:59 am
    Wiz was beasting last season at guard and Center.
    He’s clearly struggling at Center thus far. WTF is up? Is he not cut out for this zone blocking?

    —-

    He’s had 10 practices & 1 game to learn it.

    Not really enough to form judgement on right?..

  • VanHeathen30

    Our OL can’t practice their cut blocking in practice, so they are having to perfect it during the games, which begs the question.
    How can they have ANY idea what the team is actually like since we can’t practice it full tilt…seems a bit of a long transition at this point…
    Probably the reason ONLY 7 teams employ it and only 2 run it well.

  • guest123

    I went to the games in LA, the only significant difference was the crowds were sparser and disconnected from the game compared to Oakland crowds. Fans in Oakland were much more intense. In LA they were just looking to go to a place to look cool and show their colors. Walking to the parking with limited security was always an adventure.

  • beechams gay lover

    Brahs, it’s your best blog buddy, The Beeeech Diggity Dawg

    buddy is what gay men call each other. right buddy?

  • raiderjhawk

    Post # 78…………… EXACTLY!

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    KoolKell Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:49 am
    Guest123 Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:41 am
    I agree L.A. Raider Dave

    I never felt comfortable with those fans or being associated with them on TV. They look like walking poster children for birth control.

    Back in the day, the Raider fans that I knew were blue collar, flannel shirts over jeans and hardhats and lunchpails. Rough and tumble types who worked over at the loading docks and shipyard as longshoremen and pipefitters. They didn’t dress like freaks, they left the gey halloween makeup to the 49er grey poupon jetset fans.
    ———————–
    Yep,
    ——–
    I bet the costumed fans aren’t the ones getting in fights and acting like drunk idiots.

  • raiderjhawk

    Why would any team go with a scheme that you can’t practice, IN PRACTICE???

    Way to go Dennis! WAY. TO. GO!

  • hwnrdr

    L.A. Raider Dave Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:54 am
    I remember Raider Gorrilla, Darth Raider, and the dude with the bandana and shoulder pads. That was it. I dont even see those guys anymore.

    Darth Raider still goes, but not in costume. He does sell some cool stuff though

  • AmysInCharge

    Seeing how the Raiders power ranking is 32nd in the league, and they have an illiterate dummy for a GM,..lets say we talk about what fans wear in the stands. Lol,..these poor blog losers,..sinking lower and lower. Poor babies. LMAO

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    You got the Raider fans who look like rejects from Rob Zombie video and then you got the dumb ass thugs looking for fights. I’m sure most Raider fans are just normal dudes like Klas.

  • AmysInCharge

    Darth Raider at every game,..section 127,…his name is Charles.

  • guest123

    Why would any team go with a scheme that you can’t practice, IN PRACTICE???

    *****

    Impossible to evaluate until thrown into the fire, but by then it’s too late. Maybe the entire season is just one big extended preseason for next year?

  • VanHeathen30

    The costumes started With the original ‘Darth Raider’…
    Back when he started, he’d walk around the coliseum all game, instead of posting up on the rail like the modern macabre crew…regardless of what I think about the get ups, those folks lay their money down and attend the games and support the team.

  • AmysInCharge

    GRUDEN 2013 GRUDEN 2013

  • guest123

    post 93.

    And you have the temerity to join us blog losers. So what does that make you? :lol:

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Seems like Raider fans are the only ones in sports who come with preconceived notions about what type of person they are.