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Las Vegas Raiders? Don’t bet on it

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Forget the Alamo. Vegas wants the Raiders. But don’t schedule any weekend Sin City benders this autumn or any other. The NFL has never been bullish on having a team in the legal gambling capital of the country.

Still, what’s the harm in talking. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Mark Davis is scheduled to meet Friday with billionaire casino magnate and Republican sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson. Adelson’s company is planning a $1 billion football stadium near the UNLV campus.

Below is a short story I wrote fro the sports section:

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Highlights from an interview with former Raiders coach Tom Flores, owner of four Super Bowl rings

Tom Flores gestures to members of the Los Angeles Raiders as they carry him off the field after their 38-9 victory over the Washington.in Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa Jan. 23, 1984. (AP)

Tom Flores gestures to members of the Los Angeles Raiders as they carry him off the field after their 38-9 victory over the Washington.in Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa Jan. 23, 1984. (AP)

Tom Flores is one of the most noteworthy and also underrated figures in Raiders history. He is the proud owner of four Super Bowl rings _ one as a backup quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs, one as an assistant coach with the Raiders and two as head coach.

 

Flores not only directed two Super Bowl wins, but did it with teams that played at the absolute peak of their effectiveness on the day that it mattered most. He was the second Hispanic head coach in NFL history (after Tom Fears) and later coached and was president of the Seattle Seahawks. Continue Reading

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Mark Davis: Now and forever

Jack Del Rio, the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders, is introduced by general manager Reggie McKenzie, left, and owner Mark Davis during a press conference at the Raiders headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

Jack Del Rio, the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders, is introduced by general manager Reggie McKenzie, left, and owner Mark Davis during a press conference at the Raiders headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

Whenever there’s a rumor about someone like Larry Ellison buying the Raiders, the assumption is that Mark Davis will have to sell at some point to avoid a massive estate tax hit when his mother dies.

But that might no longer be a concern for the Davis clan. According to Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal (last year), the NFL quietly changed ownership requirements to help teams stay within families while avoiding costly estate taxes. Read about it here.

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Latavius Murray gives the Raiders another Pro Bowl selection

Latavius Murray is the Raiders' fifth Pro Bowl selection. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Latavius Murray is the Raiders’ fifth Pro Bowl selection. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders running back Latavius Murray was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Sunday night as the replacement for the Carolina Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart and will head to Honolulu for the Jan. 31 all-star game.

Murray gives Oakland five representatives — six if you included suspended fullback Marcel Reece, who is ineligible to participate — and a trio of offensive players. Murray joins quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper, who were also replacement picks, and safety Charles Woodson and defensive end Khalil Mack. Continue Reading

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Greg Knapp heads Raiders ties to Super Bowl 50

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 11: Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp of the Oakland Raiders against the Arizona Cardinals on August 11, 2007 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)

Former Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp will coach in Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos. (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)

Former Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is headed to Super Bowl 50, headlining the group of players and coaches with local ties who will be at Levi’s Stadium in two weeks.

Knapp had two stints as the Raiders offensive coordinator, holding that job from 2007-08 and again in 2012. He heads to the Super Bowl now with the Denver Broncos as their quarterbacks coach. Continue Reading

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Amari Cooper makes it four Raiders in the Pro Bowl

Rookie Amari Cooper was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Thursday. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Rookie Amari Cooper was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Thursday. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Amari Cooper has made more rookie history for the Raiders.

The first-year receiver was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Thursday, becoming the first Oakland rookie since Charles Woodson in 1998 to be named the NFL’s annual all-star game.

Cooper gives the Raiders four representatives for the Jan. 31 game in Honolulu. That includes Woodson, whose appearances marks the final game of his 18-year NFL career. Defensive end Khalil Mack and quarterback Derek Carr, who was added to the roster on Wednesday as a replacement for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, are also Hawaii-bound. Continue Reading

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Raider Nation of non-Domination (in SoCal)

La RAidersWith the notion out there that the Raiders would “dominate” in San Diego thanks to their fan base in LA, here’s a look at how the Raiders fared — from an attendance standpoint —  when they were nearby all those fans.

Below are game-by-game attendance figures for the LA Raiders from 1990 to 1993. Average attendance those years was 52,786. To be fair, attendance figures weren’t so hot up here when ticket prices were sky high. Continue Reading

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Derek Carr added to the Pro Bowl roster

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been added to the Pro Bowl roster. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been added to the Pro Bowl roster. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is headed to Hawaii.

The second-year quarterback was named Wednesday as the injury replacement for the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and will participate in his first Pro Bowl on Jan. 31 in Honolulu.

“First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to go to Hawaii,” Carr said in a statement released by the team. “Secondly, I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and all of Raider Nation for their support. Third, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all of the opposing players and coaches that voted for me. That means more to me than they know.”

Carr is the first Raiders quarterback to make the Pro Bowl since Rich Gannon made four straight appearances from 1999-2002. Gannon was the MVP for the last of those two appearances. Continue Reading

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Philip Rivers on San Diego Raiders: Don’t make me puke!

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The thought of the Raiders calling San Diego home makes Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers a little nauseous.

From Mighty 1090 in San Diego:

“That one is going to get me a little nauseated, to be honest with you. The thought of that one is a little sickening. That one is hard to stomach. It’s hard enough thinking about moving…”

 

The Station also interviewed folks about rooting for the Chargers in LA or the Raiders in San Diego. Funny segment.

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Todd Downing named PFF’s Quarterbacks Coach of the Year

Todd Downing was named Quarterbacks Coach of the Year by Pro Football Focus. (David Richard/AP)

Todd Downing was named Quarterbacks Coach of the Year by Pro Football Focus. (David Richard/AP)

Raiders quarterbacks coach Todd Downing’s work with Derek Carr this season earned him recognition from analytics website Pro Football Focus.

The site handed out its inaugural position coach awards and named Downing its Quarterbacks Coach of the Year.

Here is PFF’s write up on Downing:

“While people saw talent in rookie QB Derek Carr, he was still our 38th of 39 ranked quarterback in 2014. His deep and underneath game was significantly flawed, and his ability to read blitzes remained poor. That completely changed in 2015, turning into a borderline top-10 signal caller whose deep game has improved out of all recognition, with a penchant for taking on extra rushers—his QB rating when blitzed is now 108.7. Downing deserves credit for his part in turning Carr from a borderline case to a franchise-worthy player.”
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