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Raiders Dream Of New Stadium

Posted by: BraveRaider on Wednesday/October 17/2012 - 12:53 PM
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In a recent interview owner Mark Davis stated at this time there are no plans to share the new 49er's stadium that is already under construction and a mere "stones throw" from Oakland in Santa Clara. There are also many issues regarding any possible move to LA and into one of the two new stadiums that are currently under proposal. The Raiders current stadium is 46 years old and beyond renovation that would make it fitting football stadium. So what are the Raiders going to do?

I recently read an update on all of this written by Darren Arrata of Carlmont High School in the Forum below an article on the Raiders in NFL.com. He seems to know more about this than any professional writer out there, so here is his take.

"Do your homework people! Raiders are not moving back to L.A.

First, the 2 Oakland proposals: Rick Tripp Development has a proposal on the table for a new Raiders stadium in Oakland, that is 100% privately financed (through a Saudi-owned investment bank, three private equity funds, a pension fund, in-stadium taxation, etc.) With that being said, his company also just received a 9 figure conditional commitment for naming rights should his project be the chosen one. There is a confidentiality agreement in place until a couple of milestones are reached, but I can tell you that the company is outside of the Bay Area (but in the U.S.), as to not interfere with the Raiders other sponsorship opportunities and ventures, and that it will be the first venture into the sporting world for this company.

The other Oakland plan is being run
by the City of Oakland, County of Alameda, and the JPA (Joint Powers Authority). They have appointed JRDV Urban International (which also includes Dallas-based HKS Sports and Entertainment) and Forest City Real Estate Services LLC for the development, planning, and architecture work. This proposed stadium plan, actually features a retractable room, as they would like it to also be used for large conventions and concerts as well. The city and county cannot justify the cost of a new football stadium for only 10-12 home games a season, plus a Super Bowl. This plan would require a $150-$200 million dollar loan from the NFL (and for all you naysayers who claim that the NFL will not loan the “other” Bay Area team funding, look no further than this article: Oakland Raiders Stadium: NFL Commissioner Sent Eric Grubman To Oakland - Oakland City Buzz | Examiner.com), in-stadium taxation, federal and transportation funding (the Coliseum site is eligible for this because of the close proximity of BART, Amtrak, the 880 and 580 freeways, and the Oakland Airport), and a form of Japanese private investor ship, etc. There may come a point where Rick Tripp’s Development team could become interactive with this plan also. There has been some recent talk of this being a possibility. Remember, voter approval is not needed for a Raiders stadium in Oakland, as the City owns all of the land in and around the site-with the exception of a Denny’s and truck yard. Tax dollars will not be available for this project, as Alameda County taxpayers are still on the hook for the renovations (addition of 10,000 seats-Mt. Davis, the Eastside and Westside clubs, and luxury box suites) done to the Coliseum when the Raiders returned to Oakland in 1995.

Now on to the L.A. stadium proposals. For 1., the NFL has made it perfectly clear that THEY will play a heavy role on deciding which stadium proposal will move forward, and which existing NFL team will be allowed to relocate. Per the NFL, both L.A. stadium proposals must include the option to house 2 NFL teams as well. The Raiders WILL NOT relocate to a stadium where they “might” have to share it, when they can do just as well in their own market in Santa Clara with the S.F. 49ers. The NFL has also mandated that neither AEG (who currently runs the Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum in Oakland-and who also has an agreement with the JPA that they cannot speak to the Raiders about relocation-not the no-poaching clause that was originally reported), nor Majestic Realty can speak to any NFL team about relocation until at the conclusion of the 2012 season at the earliest.

Both L.A. groups (AEG with the Farmers Field proposal in downtown L.A., and Majestic Realty with Los Angeles Football Stadium in the City of Industry) are requiring a certain percentage of ownership in whatever team decides to relocate to Los Angeles. Makes sense, right? Why would they build a stadium for a prospective team unless they had some kind of stake in the future success of the venture? Remember, the NFL has stated that they are not behind the current business models of either of these groups. They have said that they have seen progress, but not enough for them to back either one completely at this point. It is speculated that they prefer AEG’s Farmers Field proposal, but no one has gone on record to verify this. In any account, where this concerns the Raiders franchise, Mark Davis has repeatedly said that the Raiders are not, and will not be up for sale. He will not give up controlling interest (which is a contractually structured 47%) in the franchise, and the silent stake holders, have shown absolutely zero interest in selling their shares. With that being said, things could always change if all of his preferred options go down in flames. Highly doubtful that all of them don’t pan out.

Not to mention all of the potential lawsuits that AEG is beginning to face in their quest to win the NFL’s approval. See attached article: LegalNewsline | Farmers Field bill challenged in Calif. court

In the end, what is currently true, is that CEO Amy Trask and General Managing Partner Mark Davis are working extremely hard, and negotiating solely with the City of Oakland, County of Alameda, and the JPA to construct a new stadium on the current Coliseum site in Oakland. There are a lot of moving parts in East Bay politics, and when it comes to the Coliseum Complex, things are quite complicated. That’s why patience is needed. Silence is deafening sometimes, and the B.S. media reports and constant L.A. garbage can certainly wear on the best of us, but trust me, at this current moment in time, another relocation to L.A. by the Raiders franchise is nothing more than a far-fetched delusion. I am not saying that this could never be an alternative, but it isn’t now, and hasn’t seriously been (even with the garbage reports of Mark Davis being seen at a basketball game with Ed Roski-both own season tickets for the L.A. clippers, and Mark spends ½ of his time in L.A. and ½ of his time with his mother in Oakland) in the recent past."

What ever the final answer is, as long as the Black Hole is there, the Raiders will be allright.



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The Black Hole - Raiders Get 1st Win 34 -31- DHB Recovers

Posted by: BraveRaider on Thursday/August 16/2012 - 11:31 AM
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Pic of the Day- Darrius Heyward-Bey laid unconscious on the field for over 10 minutes after a helmet to helmet collision. His injury seemed to motivate the Raiders who went on to win. Today he was released from the hospital and is supposed to be ok. He suffered a concussion and neck sprain but no permanent injury.
Next Game - Sunday 9/30 - 1pm PT On the road at Denver TV Coverage:
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BACK HOME LOOKING FOR FIRST WIN- After losing their first two games, the Raiders come home looking for their first win against the Steelers. After the first half, our stats were so poor we were very lucky to be only down by 3. Then we went down by 10 in the second half before the Raiders got serious. They scored 13 points in the 4th quarter while shutting out the Steelers.


The Raiders come away with a 34-31 victory on a last second field goal by Janikowski. After an uneven 1st half, Carson Palmer got hot and finished hitting on 24 of 34 passes for 209 yards. Most importantly, the Raiders converted every 3 down conversion in the second half. McFadden ran 13 times for 113 yards. Denarius Moore led all WR's with 5 catches for 45 yards. TE Myers had 4 for 55 yards. In all, The Raiders had 9 players make catches. The Raiders won even though they lost the battle of total yards, 321 vs 433 for the Steelers. Just win baby!!!

On a sad note, after head to head contact in the end zone, that wasn't called by the refs, DHB was carted off the field with a serious injury. He looked like he was knocked out for awhile. On Monday he was released from the hospital and should have a full recovery.

RED ZONE IS LIKE A STOP SIGN- Raiders have not been a very good Red Zone team for years now. Up to now they have content to run the ball in when they can and let Jani kick a field goal when they can't. We can't get to the next level unless we solve the Red Zone mystery. The Pittsburg game is the first time we blew into the red zone three times on passes by Carson Palmer. Hope that continues.

RED ZONE WIDE RECEIVER- I went to research all the remaining free agent WR's since we have so many guys hurt and so many question marks at WR. Carson Palmer and Coach Allen when asked about our passing game and our WR's answer with " We're going to be alright."

PLAXICO BURRESS- "Alright" isn't going to be good enough. We don't have one single WR who has proven that he can be one of the top receivers in the league. We have speedsters with promise....and injuries. So I went to look at the available free agent WR's receivers and one guy stood out from the ever shrinking crowd....Plaxico Burress. He caught 3 TD's in one game last October in a season that was considered a down year for him. He had 45 catches for 612 yards with a 13.6 average. Most importantly he had 8 TD's. Our two top WR's last year had 9 TD's combined. We ony had 20 receiving TD's all season. I pick Plax because he is 6'5" and if we want to be a better Red Zone team we need to make him our specialist. We all know how this is done. We just need to do it.

MATT LEINART- Matt has outplayed Carson Palmer during the preseason. He is already familiar with Knapp's offense having run it before. His QB rating is twice Palmer's rating and Carson has thrown in interceptions.....again. Matt may not play Saturday against Detroit, but if he does and outplays Carson once again, will we have a good old fashion "Quarterback Controversy." So far Matt has not played during the first 3 games.

GREGG KNAPP- Even though the players are still getting familiar with the new offense, I like what I see so far from Gregg Knapp's offense. To me it has the best of what we saw years ago in the West Coast offense ran by the 49ers. Joe Montana back in those days would kill you throwing the ball to the 3rd option. If you cover the primary receivers he always had somebody to dump the ball off to. They only threw long just enough to set up all the throws underneath. It will also be hard to say whether or not we are running just enough to set up the passing game or passing just enough to set up the running game. Expect this team to run a lot.

DEFENSE- For the first time, our defense got a couple of stops against the Steelers when it mattered. But this defense is not putting pressure on the QB and can not stop the pass. Maybe we are a work in progress.

ROD WHO? Who the hell is Rod Streater? Rod didn't catch enough passes at Temple to get anybody's attention. But he ran a fairly fast time in the 40 at the combine so the Raiders noticed him and signed him as a undrafted free agent. He will remind you of Chaz Schillins in that he has good height at 6'3" for a WR, he gets open, and has good hands. He was our shining star last Monday and had 6 catches for 66 yards.



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Matt Leinart Makes Raider Debut On Monday Night Football

Posted by: BraveRaider on Monday/August 13/2012 - 02:54 PM
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OK, I know it isn't really Monday Night Football, but it feels like it to me. After all, the Raiders are on ESPN at 5PM on Monday Night for their first preseason game against the Dalllas Cowboys.

It figures that our starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, will see action but probably not much past the 1st quarter. Then it will be our first chance to get a look at Matt Leinart who was signed as a free agent during the off season.

Matt brings a history of success as a college QB, lighting up the record books at USC. His successes include winning the Heisman trophy and taking USC to a BCS Championship. He was drafted 10th in the first round by Arizona. Despite having what draft experts believed was the size needed for an NFL quarterback at 6'-5” and 230 pounds, they believed his lack of a strong throwing arm, such as that possessed by his predecessor at USC, Carson Palmer, would be a detriment in his professional career.

So far the critics have been correct. His college success has not translated over into the NFL. He played for 3 seasons in a backup role for the Arizona Cardinals before taking snaps for one season with the Houston Texans. After an injury to their starting QB, Leinart was named as the starting QB only to suffer a season ending injury himself on November 27, 2011 against the Jaguars. That brings him now to the Raiders.

Some supporters would say that Matt hasn't yet had the proper chance to show what he can do. And he might not get a chance with the Raiders either unless Carson Palmer gets hurt. But Raider fans are hoping that he is just good enough to take over the helm of the this team is he does get hurt. He has the experience and the pedigree to be something special. Only time will tell if he will get the chance to prove his doubter wrong.



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New Coach, New GM, New Owner, New Attitude

Posted by: BraveRaider on Monday/August 13/2012 - 11:37 AM
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Pic of the Day- It was hard to find one pic that said it all, but featured here is new head coach Dennis, new GM Reggie McKenzie, and new owner Mark Davis.

With the passing of Al Davis during the regular season last year, it was easy to expect that there just might be big changes for the upcoming season in Oakland. Mark Davis wasted no time clearing house in the front office and brought in a new GM Reggie McKenzie.

Mark Davis brought in a former Raider to take over the helm. Previously, McKenzie was a linebacker for the Raiders and was later the director of player personnel for the Green Bay Packers.

Soon after Reggie's arrival the search for a new head coach began with the firing of Hue jackson after only one season. A season where he raised the Raiders up to the best record in quite some time at 8-8. Hue was popular with Raider fans and with the players so it seemed like a curious move.

The search didn't take to long with the announcement of new head coach Dennis Allen. Dennis Allen is the 18th head coach for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. Allen previously coached for the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, University of Tulsa and his alma mater, Texas A&M University. Dennis is promising to field a tough, smart, disciplined and committed football team, noting that organizations win games in the National Football League by more than talent alone.



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The 2012 Raiderettes

Posted by: BraveRaider on Monday/August 13/2012 - 10:55 AM
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Oakland Raiders 2012 Schedule

Posted by: BraveRaider on Monday/August 13/2012 - 10:51 AM
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WEEK DATE OPPONENT TIME Result

Pre Mon Aug 13th Dallas 5:00 PM

Pre Fri Aug 17th at Arizona 7:00 PM

Pre Sat Aug 25th Detroit 7:00 PM

Pre Thu Aug 30th at Seattle 7:00 PM

1 Mon Sep 10th San Diego 7:15 PM

2 Sun Sep 16th at Miami 10:00AM

3 Sun, Sep 23rd Pittsburgh 1:25 PM

4 Sun Sep 30th at Denver 1:05 PM

5 Bye

6 Sun Oct 14th at Atlanta 10:00 AM

7 Sun Oct 21st Jacksonville 1:25 PM

8 Sun Oct 28th at Kansas City 1:05 PM

9 Sun Nov 4th Tampa Bay 1:05 PM

10 Sun Nov 11th at Baltimore 10:00 AM

11 Sun Nov 18th New Orleans 1:05 PM

12 Sun Nov 25th at Cincinnati 10:00 AM

13 Sun Dec 2nd Cleveland 1:25 PM

14 Thu Dec 6th Denver 5:20 PM

15 Sun Dec 16th Kansas City 1:25 PM

16 Sun Dec 23rd at Carolina 10:00 AM

17 Sun Dec 30th at San Diego 1:25 PM

PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE TBA

SUPERBOWL SCHEDULE TBA


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Raider Nation Fan of the Week

Posted by: BraveRaider on Sunday/December 11/2011 - 01:16 PM
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This is weekly installment of our Raider Nation Fan of the Week contest, where we search all of the photo galleries out there looking for the most impressive fans of the Raider Nation. Each week, we will honor a diifferent guy or girl who has shocked the world with their finest Raider attire.

So far, I have found many pics of the ladies that I would love to be winners, but I am afraid to post them here. Wow!

Also, if you go to games and you know the names of the people who we have chosen as our winner, please hit the discuss button below and give us their names. We will then honor them both by name and by pic. Also, if you find a pic of a member of the Raider Nation and them to be considered as a future winner of the contest, simply hit the discuss buttom below and post a link to the pic and we will check it out. Thanks.

Go Raiders!



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The Black Hole - Week 10 - This Game Is The One To Remember

Posted by: BraveRaider on Wednesday/November 02/2011 - 11:49 AM
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The Black Hole is a new weekly feature that gives you a quick read on the latest news, rumors, or updates on the Raiders.

This will be the game that you need to Remember. It is the game that Carson Palmer became a Raider. It is the game that Denarious Moore emerged as one of the best WR's in the league. It is the game that Michael Bush declared that he is not only the best running back in the league named Bush, but he just may be the best running back on the Raiders and in the NFL period.

We have seen other games where Bush emerged. But he has been playing second fiddle to RunDMC who was leading the NFL in rushing before he got injured.....again. Where McFadden is your consumate finesse running back, Bush is a power monster who just wears you down, runs you over, and demolishes you along the way.

Bush ran a career-high 30 times for 157 yards and one touchdown, and also had three catches for 85 yards. His 242 yards from scrimmage are the most by any Raider since the AFL-NFL merger and the fourth-highest total in Raiders team history. He passed Bo Jackson's 1987 total of 235 yards from scrimmage against the Seattle Seahawks.

Having RunDMC injured is painful for the Raider Nation. But having Michael Bush available to step up and give Pro Bowl performances, certainly takes the pain away.

Meanwhile, Carson Palmer became a Raider last night. He was in control of the game and control of his team. Palmer was 14 of 20 for 299 yards, with one interception. He threw touchdown passes of 33 and 26 yards to Denarious Moore in his second start and third appearance since being acquired in a trade with Cincinnati. He was agressive in throwing down field and has apparently found his favorite target in Denarious Moore. This Palmer to Moore combo is a key to our making the playoffs and moving on to the SuperBowl.

Denarious Moore has suddenly emerged as the leading WR for the Raiders. DHB hasn't caught a ball in two games. He didn't play much to weeks ago and didn't even have a ball throw his way last night. Meanwhile, Moore is going deep, getting open, and making plays. It's not just that he is catching the ball, it is how he is doing it. His fingertip catch last night is a catch that DHB could only dream of. DHB will come back, but will Palmer want to throw much to him with his favorite target on the field.....Moore. Moore had 5 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a nice 21 yard punt return before the two touchdowns. And remember, he is only a rookie.

The defense finally stepped up and did a good job of stopping the run. Our zone defense in the backfield still creates gaps where opposing WR's seem to be just wide open. However, the Raiders latest reclamation project, Kamerion Wembly, had 4 of the Raiders 7 sacks in the game.

Our next game is on the road against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday November 20. We have 10 days to prepare and with McFadden, Ford, and Janikowski all hurting, the extra time will certainly help.

Well, that's a quick rundown on the highlights for week 10. To put a spotlight on any of the top news or rumors of the week, go to the Forum and start a thread or comment on one that is already live.
Go Raiders!


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The Carson Palmer Era Begins With Oakland Raiders

Posted by: BraveRaider on Tuesday/October 18/2011 - 08:22 PM
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The Oakland Raiders made a franchise changing trade to replace injured quarterback Jason Campbell, trading two high draft picks on Tuesday to the Cincinnati Bengals for Carson Palmer. The trade leaves the Raiders with picks only in the fifth and sixth round in next year's draft.

Coach Hue Jackson paid a high price to acquire a quarterback that he knows well but who has struggled in recent years. He refused to report the Bengals this season despite being under contract through 2014 and demanded a trade. This was a demand that went unanswered. He has been working out in SoCal waiting for his ticket to be punched and is apparently is really top physical condition. He is ready to go and supposedly really excited about joining the 4-2 Raiders.

While the Raiders may get ripped for paying to much to get Palmer's services, they just might be vindicated if Palmer leads them deep in the playoffs or to a Super Bowl. Also, the opportunity of getting a QB with Pro Bowl credentials doesn't come along every day. Not to mention that it could be possible that starting QB Jason Campbell could be out for the season. With Campbell on the last year of his contract, it's obvious that Palmer is the QB of the future.

So the Carson Palmer era begins in Oakland. At age 31, you have no reason to believe that he is over the hill. Even though he was in the Pro Bowl a couple of years, that is the Carson Palmer of the past. He has been slightly less productive the last couple of years and the Bengals finished 4-12 last year. Interestingly, they have started this season at 4-2, the same record as the Raiders. They have done so with a rookie QB. So the argument that Carson was struggling because he didin't have a very good team around him might hold water.

The Bengals had sent strong signals about not trading Palmer, who wanted to be dealt from a team that with only two winning records in the last 20 years. Carson had made it cool to be a Bengal. He gave them credibility. But the trade went down when the Raiders made them an offer they couldn't refuse, especially with the strong start of the team and their current QB.

Coach Hue Jackson, who apparently orchestraded the trade for Raiders, has had a mantra all season "the time is now," and he backed that up by dealing for Palmer, who is coming off a 20-interception season last year with the Bengals.

Palmer has already reported to the Raiders' facility and will immediately start learning the offense. Oakland hosts Kansas City on Sunday and then has a bye week. It is speculated that Palmer has restructured his contract with an extension but there are no details yet available.

While Palmer has not played or practiced for awhile, he has a history with Coach Jackson, who was offensive coordinator for two years at USC and the wide receivers coach for three seasons in Cincinnati. He also was instrumental is his recruitment to USC.

Coach Jackson was with the Bengals in 2005 when Palmer had his best season and threw for 3,836 yards with 32 touchdown passes. He had a 101.1 QB rating while leading the team to an AFC North title. Palmer tore up his left knee during a playoff game against Pittsburgh that season.

He came back and had two solid seasons before partially tearing a ligament and tendon in his passing elbow during the 2008 season. He has not been an elite quarterback since, despite getting back to the playoffs in 2009.

Over the past two years, Palmer completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 7,064 yards, 47 touchdowns, 33 interceptions and a passer rating of 83. He had led the Bengal to a 14-18 record. That QB rating is comparable to what Campbell has done since the start of the 2009 season. But where Palmer will shine compared to Campbell is as a red zone quarter back.

But the Raiders were not willing to trust their future to Boller, who has not started a game since 2009 and had lost his previous 10 games. Terrelle Pryor, a project who will need time before he can be an NFL quarterback, is not as yet a reliable answer.

"It'll be a learning curve for him because he hasn't played football in a while but I'm excited to have a leader on that side of the ball of his caliber," Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "Anytime you have an opportunity to acquire someone of Carson's pedigree I don't think it's something that you can pass up on."

Will Carson Palmer revive his career with the Raiders? Would Al Davis made that trade? Go and vote in our poll. Then let your voice be heard in the Forum.

The Carson Palmer era begins......Go Raiders


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Raider Nation Fan of the Week

Posted by: BraveRaider on Thursday/October 13/2011 - 10:22 AM
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This is weekly installment of our Raider Nation Fan of the Week contest, where we search all of the photo galleries out there looking for the most impressive fans of the Raider Nation. Each week, we will honor a diifferent guy or girl who has shocked the world with their finest Raider attire.

So far, I have found many pics of the ladies that I would love to be winners, but I am afraid to post them here. Wow!

Also, if you go to games and you know the names of the people who we have chosen as our winner, please hit the discuss button below and give us their names. We will then honor them both by name and by pic. Also, if you find a pic of a member of the Raider Nation and them to be considered as a future winner of the contest, simply hit the discuss buttom below and post a link to the pic and we will check it out. Thanks.

Go Raiders!

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A Legend Passes

Posted by: BraveRaider on Tuesday/September 20/2011 - 04:44 PM
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A Legend has passed. Al Davis was the Oakland Raiders. It was his creation, his passion, his team. You have to think that when the Raiders won last Sunday on the last play of the game, Al looked down from the heavens and proclaimed......Just Win Baby!



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Raider Nation Fan of the Week

Posted by: BraveRaider on Tuesday/September 20/2011 - 04:15 PM
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This is the first installment of our Raider Nation Fan of the Week contest, where we search all of the photo galleries out there looking for the most impressive fans of the Raider Nation. Each week, we will honor a diifferent guy or girl who has shocked the world with their finest Raider attire.

So far, I have found many pics of the ladies that I would love to be winners, but I am afraid to post them here. Wow!

Also, if you go to games and you know the names of the people who we have chosen as our winner, please hit the discuss button below and give us their names. We will then honor them both by name and by pic. Also, if you find a pic of a member of the Raider Nation and them to be considered as a future winner of the contest, simply hit the discuss buttom below and post a link to the pic and we will check it out. Thanks.

Go Raiders!


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Raider Nation Fan of the Week

Posted by: BraveRaider on Friday/September 02/2011 - 07:37 PM
 

This is the first installment of our Raider Nation Fan of the Week contest, where we search all of the photo galleries out there looking for the most impressive fans of the Raider Nation. Each week, we will honor a diifferent guy or girl who has shocked the world with their finest Raider attire.

So far, I have found many pics of the ladies that I would love to be winners, but I am afraid to post them here. Wow!

Also, if you go to games and you know the names of the people who we have chosen as our winner, please hit the discuss button below and give us their names. We will then honor them both by name and by pic. Also, if you find a pic of a member of the Raider Nation and them to be considered as a future winner of the contest, simply hit the discuss buttom below and post a link to the pic and we will check it out. Thanks.

Go Raiders!

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Terrelle Pryor Practices With Raiders- Available For Games

Posted by: BraveRaider on Monday/August 22/2011 - 02:35 PM
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In a surprise move the Raiders cut Trent Edwards, making Terrelle Owens the #3 Quarterback on the roster. Now that the Raiders have played 5 games, Pryor has joined the Raiders on the practice field and will be available to play in games if necessary. Expect Terrelle to be used on occasion in wild cat style formations or as a WR with the option to pass behind the line of scrimmage.

Remember Jason Campbelll has already been knocked out of a preseason game as has been fragile in the past. If both Campbell and Boller gets knocked out, then Terrelle is going to play QB. Also if two of our QB's get hurt, and Edwards had not signed on with another team, they would just bring him back.

Meanwhile, Pryor's old coach Jim Tressel, who had signed on with the Colts, has been suspended for 6 games. The Colts were not obligated to do anything to Tressel, and the NFL wasn't going to do anything, which shed a big spotlight on the double standard that exists today. But the Colts felt is was not fair for players to be suspended while the coach walks away unharmed. This action could possibly hurt Pryor in his effort to get his suspension reduced.

The Raiders signed Terrelle Pryor to a 4 year deal, paving the way for Terrelle to begin practicing with the Raiders. But with only a handful of practices under his belt, Coach Jackson decided not to play him in the final game of pre-sseason. Now that the regular season is set to begin, Terrelle will begin his 5 game suspension given to him because of actions during his college career. When he returns for week 6, it is unclear under what circumstances we will ever see Terrelle play during the regular season. Unless 2 QB's get hurt, we may only get to see him during a mop up operation in a Raider blow out game. It now looks like they are going to bring him along slowly. As of now, he is the only QB that is under contract for next season. But Jason Campbell is starting to look real comfortable in his starting role and I can't imagine that they would not bring him back. Terrelle could be the #2 QB by next season and slip into the starting role if Jason gets hurt. But this is all speculation for another day.

Al Davis wasted no time eliminating any opportunity by other teams to take the man that he wanted. He used a surprise 3rd round pick to take Terrelle Pryor in the NFL supplemental draft. The Raiders did not have a 2nd or 4th round pick next season and Al probably felt offering a 5th round pick would not seal the deal.

Terrelle is a super athletic 6'5" QB with a 32" verticle leap. Moreover, he just ran the 40 in 4.31. Those are numbers you expect from a smaller WR. Athletes like this just do not come along that oftern and this is exactly the kind of player Al Davis likes to draft.

Before his sophomore year began he ran a 4.33 forty in a race against Ray Small and many others. In his sophomore year Pryor led the Buckeyes to another Big Ten Championship. After starting the season slow he eventually developed into a better passer, and went on to earn the 2010 Rose Bowl MVP trophy after leading Ohio State to a 26-17 victory over Oregon. Pryor had the best passing game of his career, and also rushed for 72 yards. Following the 2009 Big Ten Conference football season, he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection by the media.

Entering 2010, Ohio State began second in most polls and Pryor began the season as a favorite for numerous awards. On September 25, 2010, Pryor had a break-out game in a 73-20 win over Eastern Michigan. He had 6 total touchdowns, including one rushing and one receiving. Following the 2010 Big Ten Conference football season, he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection by both the coaches and the media. He was edged out by Denard Robinson as the 2010 Big Ten Conference MVP as voted by the Big Ten coaches. They had the same number of first place votes. In his last college season he threw for for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 135 times for 754 including four TDs.

On December 23, 2010, the NCAA ruled that Pryor and four of his teammates would be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, as a sanction for selling memorabilia. The NFL then suspended Terrelle for the first 5 games of the NFL season. He can workout with the team and play during preseason games.

All told, Pryor won 31 of 35 games he started as a college Quarterback. The Raiders have the luxury of bringing him along slowly since they have a solid starting QB and two backups who both have experience as a starting QB in Trent Edwards and Kyle Boller.

Will they try to convert Terrelle to a WR or Running Back. Don't count on it. That will only happen if he fails to make progress as a bonafide starting QB in the NFL.


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Raiderettes In Mid Season Form

Posted by: BraveRaider on Saturday/August 20/2011 - 10:40 PM
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Hue Jackson and the Scar

Posted by: BraveRaider on Monday/August 01/2011 - 12:44 PM
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I think most of us are real proud of the job Hue Jackson has done while coaching the Raiders so far. Just Win Baby.

With Coach Hue the "Bully" is back. And you have to admire his never say die attitude. He epitomizes the power of positive thinking. The glass is never half empty or half full......it's FULL.

The thing I have noticed most about Hue is he just looks like a Raider coach. Why? It's all about the scar baby. If you put an eye patch over the other eye, top him off with a pirate hat and give Hue a sword, he would look like he is ready to do a little swashbuckling. He could be a sidekick for Johnny Depp in the next Pirates of the Caribean movie.

He has the look, he has the right attitude, he has the scar. He was born to be a Raider coach. Aaaaaargh matey!

Don Allen
aka Brave Raider

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Lockout Ends - Are You Ready For Some Football?

Posted by: BraveRaider on Tuesday/July 26/2011 - 02:05 PM
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OK, the lockout is over, Raiders are headed to the workout facility in Alameda, and fans are dusting off their Raiders gear so the Raider Nation can continue to be the most intimating fans in the country.

The Raiders first game is a preseason game at home on August 11 against the Arizona Cardinals. The season opens on September 12 against the Denver Broncos. This road game will be the opening game on Monday Night Football and will be covered by ESPN. After the first two games on the road, the first home game will be against the New York Jets on September 25.

Under new head coach Hue Jackson, the Raiders will be looking forward to improve on last years break out season where they finished with an 8 - 8 record. In the middle of the season they won 3 in a row and finished winning 3 out of the last 5.

The Raiders key free agents that they want to sign appear to be tight end Zach Miller, quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, free safety Michael Huff, and running back Michael Bush who is a restricted free agent. Two free agents that they are likely to lose are Robert Gallery and Nnamdi Asomugha.

This all means that the Raiders are going to have to work on signing a veteran wide receiver and do extensive work on their offensive line, as well as shoring up positions at linebacker, free safety, and cornerback.

Will the Raiders finish this season above 500?

Will the Raiders win the Western conference?

Will the Raiders make to the playoffs?

Superbowl?

Are you ready for some Football?

Don Allen
aka BraveRaider

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Oakland Raiders Schedule 2011-2012 Season

Posted by: Dave on Tuesday/September 21/2010 - 08:46 PM
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WEEK... DATE......OPPONENT...TIME.....RESULT

1 Mon Sep 10th San Diego 7:15 PM

2 Sun Sep 16th at Miami 10:00AM

3 Sun, Sep 23rd Pittsburgh 1:25 PM- Raiders win 34-31

4 Sun Sep 30th at Denver 1:05 PM

5 Bye

6 Sun Oct 14th at Atlanta 10:00 AM

7 Sun Oct 21st Jacksonville 1:25 PM M

8 Sun Oct 28th at Kansas City 1:05 PM 10 Sun Nov 11th at Baltimore 10:00 AM

11 Sun Nov 18th New Orleans 1:05 PM

12 Sun Nov 25th at Cincinnati 10:00 AM

13 Sun Dec 2nd Cleveland 1:25 PM

14 Thu Dec 6th Denver 5:20 PM

15 Sun Dec 16th Kansas City 1:25 PM

16 Sun Dec 23rd at Carolina 10:00 AM

17 Sun Dec 30th at San Diego 1:25 PM

PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE TBA

SUPERBOWL SCHEDULE TBA



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