Archive for January, 2005

Friday, January 21st, 2005

This would be a blockbuster deal:

…In other news, Raiders senior assistant Michael Lombardi refused to comment on an unsubstantiated trade rumor in the St. Paul Pioneer Press that would send Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss to Oakland in exchange for the Raiders’ first-round pick (No. 7 overall) in April’s NFL Draft and disgruntled cornerback Phillip Buchanon.

However, a team source characterized the report as “a big lie. It’s just a stupid rumor.”

I really like Moss, despite his antics, but a number one and a former number one is way too much.

Monday, January 17th, 2005

The Barret Robbins saga continues. This story is way bigger than football. I don’t think anyone realized how really troubled this guy was and is. Pray that this man can get his life back together. Here’s more from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Just saw the Seahawks choke in the first round of the playoffs, losing to St Louis. Dropped balls again did them in. I only mention the game on my Raiders-only page because of Jerry Rice. If he hadn’t been a big baby and had swallowed his pride by staying with the Raiders, he could have helped them after Curry went down. Thus, I’m kinda glad Seattle was eliminated. He didn’t have a ball thrown to him all game. He was last heard from when he had a huge game against Dallas in a loss on MNF in week 13, but the last two weeks of the regular season, he had zippo. Add to that his disappearing act in today’s huge playoff game and I think that should spell retirement for him. I wonder if he threw a tantrum in the locker room after the game? He was announced as a starter against the Rams and you would have never known he was on the field. Sad way to go out.

Tim Brown’s case was even worse. Check out his paltry numbers. Gruden didn’t even play him in weeks 9 through 13 or the season finale and he only had 4 catches in the second half of the season.

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

I know this news about Al Davis going off is a little old (after the Atlanta collapse), but I wanted to post it to show that the old man still cares and gets fired up.

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

I don’t like to read this. I wish I knew who those OLs were, who were hamming it up on the sidelines.

At least there’s a little good news. J Porter has changed his tune a bit and would like to return. He even got a little choked up at the final press conference when asked about the possibility he’d leave the Raiders. Al MUST sign him.

Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

Typical game to end and epitomize this hideous season. A 13-6 loss to Jacksonville. It seems there’s always at least one facet of the game missing, like totally missing. This time it was terrible QB play and dropped balls. And the icing was the two mistakes in the end. Raiders were unable to get into the end zone from inside the five yard line in the fourth quarter…TWICE. Both times no points at all. Zero touchdowns today, at home. Kerry Collins was absolutely horrific. Of course, there were the usual negatives of poor defense in third down conversions and again losing the turnover ratio, 4-2 (though one Raider turnover was highly suspect).

It was looking good when Zack Crockett started running wild in the fourth quarter and the Raiders had a third down inside the one. Zack went in on the next play….Touchdown Rrrraaiders!…but hold the phone….a flag was thrown. A bonehead tripping penalty (mistake #1 – 15 yards) by TE Roland Williams, a veteran who should know better as it was away from the play, pushed them back and Collins threw a terrible INT two plays later. Then, after the D held, they were back down on the 3 at the end with a first and goal. I fully expected overtime, but then I remembered this was the 2004 edition of the Oakland Raiders, so I waited for something to go wrong.

It did.

First down: one yard run by Crockett.

Second down at the 2: Incomplete pass through the hands of Porter (I didn’t see this, so don’t know how tough a catch it would’ve been).

Third down: Rush up the middle by Crockett for no gain.

Time out before fourth down to prepare for the big, final play.

What happens?

Fourth down: Collins fumbles the snap (mistake #2 – game over).

A pitiful 5-11 season thus ends meekly. Not a great way to end a season with hope for next.