NFL 2016 Preseason Week 1 Raiders Recap

August 14th, 2016

NFL 2016 Preseason Week 1 Raiders Recap

After 6 long months, the NFL is finally back. As much as we leatherheads love football, we hate preseason. It tells us nothing. We watch it because the olympics and baseball are mind-numbingly boring. The Oakland Raiders kicked off the 2016 preseason against the Arizona Cardinals.

With pre-season games, the final score is unimportant. The goal is to evaluate players, see if you have depth, and get everybody out of their healthy. The Cardinals are a Super Bowl contender. The Raiders are an improved team, but most likely still a year away from being elite. However, it seems the years of frustration are in the past. This team has potential. This game was a measuring stick on what the Raiders could be and what they are.

Starting from their own 26 after a 31 yard kickoff return, Derek Carr immediately threw a 16 yard completion to Michael Crabtree. However, the drive stalled along with 2 dumb penalties. Keliche Osemele committed a false start and Carr took a delay of game. Carr and Jack Del Rio said they wanted crisp and clean football. This was not it.

The Cardinals soon faced 3rd and 10 at their own 20. Carson Palmer then brought the reality check. An 11 yard completion to JJ Nelson was followed by a 30 yard completion to Michael Floyd. Dave Johnson had runs of 8 and 23 yards. The Cardinals reached the Oakland 4 yard line before the defense finally stiffened. Chandler Catanzaro hit a 25 yard field goal. The Cardinals led 3-0.

So early indications were not positive. The Arizona first stringers won on both sides of the ball. Palmer was done for the night.

Carr played one more series. A 22 yard completion to Crabtree moved the ball to the Arizona 36, where the drive immediately died. However, Sebastian Janikowski drilled a 53 yard field goal that would have been good from 63. In his 17th season, seeing Seabass hit the long ones is still cause for optimism in close games. With the game tied 3-3, Carr was done for the night.

Carr was only 3 of 7 for 44 yards, but a gorgeous deep ball to Amari Cooper was incomplete only because Cooper did not get his feet inbounds. Carr has had his shackles removed. He is not drinking and dunking. He throws it down the field.

Now it was time for the backups. Drew Stanton and Matt McGloin both saw their teams go 3 and out on their first series. Then came the turnovers. Nelson fumbled a punt and the Raiders recovered at the Arizona 19. Jack Del Rio decided to be aggressive. McGloin quickly fired to Clive Walford in the end zone for the touchdown and the 10-3 Raiders lead. One play later from the Arizona 12, Stanton threw deep middle and was intercepted by Nate Allen. Allen returned it 27 yards to the Arizona 12. One play after that, McGloin threw the touchdown to Andre Holmes. The Raiders had a 17-3 lead after the first quarter.

McGloin plays very well in preseason against backups, but has struggled in regular season games as a starter. While both his touchdown throws were solid, the Raiders began both drives in the red zone. McGloin was not able to lead a scoring drive when the Raiders had more realistic field position. He completed 3 of his other 9 throws for a total of 10 yards.

In the second quarter the Cardinals finally got going with help from a 35 yard run by Andre Ellington. Ellington’s 5 yard touchdown run had the Cardinals within 17-10. Stanton was done for the night, finishing 2 of 6 for 42 yards. McGloin played the rest of the half, but both teams gave away scoring opportunities as Matt Barkley took over for the Cardinals. He would play for much of the game.

After an exchange of punts, a 25 yard run had the Raiders at the Arizona 35. A West Coast Offense dink and dunk pass lost 3 yards and then saw Holmes fumble the ball away. The Cardinals moved to the Oakland 23 but Catanzaro missed a 41 yard field goal. Oakland then faced 3rd and 3 at their own 38. McGloin completed a short pass for the first down, but illegal use of hands on the offense meant 3rd and 13 followed by an incompletion and a punt. The Raiders led 17-10 at halftime.

In the third quarter Barkley moved the Cardinals all the way from the Arizona 22 to the Oakland 15. However, Barkley was then intercepted by Nikeo Thorpe. Thorpe would bail the Raiders out later on by recovering a fumble of his teammate to prevent a turnover.

Although Arizona did not score on their next drive, Raider fans should still be concerned. On 3rd and 7 from the Arizona 34, Barkley threw incomplete but roughing the passer kept the drive going. From the Oakland 45, Barkley was intercepted but defensive pass interference gave Arizona another chance from the Oakland 39. Give the defense credit. They stopped the drive and forced a punt.

The rest of the scoring belonged to running back George Atkinson III, son of the legendary hard hitting Raiders secondary star of the 1970s. Atkinson is not succeeding on nepotism. He can play. Yes, he was playing against backups, but he still played well. Atkinson ran for touchdown runs of 53 yards in the third quarter and 35 yards late in the game to complete the scoring.

Barkley finished a terrible 8 of 24 for 121 yards and an interception. With 3 minutes left in the third quarter, rookie 4th round draft pick Conor Cook came in for the Raiders. Given that Carr is firmly entrenched as the starter, the drafting of Cook made little sense. However, now it was time to see what he could do. He finished 7 of 11 for 71 yards.

Cook began his first drive at the Oakland 9 yard line. On 3rd and 4, a short pass to Washington went for a 32 yard gain. The next play saw Atkinson do the rest. So a 4 play, 91 yard touchdown drive is a nice welcome to the NFL for Cook. On the next 2 drives Cook faced critical 3rd and 3. The first time Cook could not convert, but the second time he did. On the next drive Cook threw a 33 yard completion to the Arizona 28, but offensive pass interference ruined that moment.

With 10 minutes left, Arizona’s fourth string quarterback Coker came in. With 3 1/2 minutes left and the Cardinals down by 21, Bruce Arians reminded the football world that preseason is about staying healthy. He called 6 straight runs up the middle and ran out the clock.

The Raiders did some things right. In a regular season game, beating Arizona by 21 in Arizona would be miraculous. This is preseason, so the celebration should be significantly tempered.

The Raiders rushed for 166 yards, which is good. However, they gave up 172 rushing yards, which is not good. The Raiders were outgunned in total yards 383 to 322. They were only 3 for 12 on third down. They lost the time of possession battle badly 35 1/2 minutes to 24 1/2 minutes. The number of penalties was totally unacceptable, 11 for 86 yards lost. Arizona only had 3 penalties for 20 yards.

A positive note was the offense not giving up a sack or an interception. They turned the ball over once while taking it away from Arizona three times. They had 69 return yards to only 23 for Arizona, a big field position special teams differential. The Raiders scored touchdowns in the red zone rather than field goals. Staying aggressive worked for Del Rio.

Overall it is hard to find fault with a 21 point win, even in preseason. However, the penalties must be reduced. For the very first game, it was a good start to the season. 31-10 Raiders

More Hillary Clinton Jokes

August 13th, 2016

More Hillary Clinton Jokes

Power-obsessed Hillary Clinton is consulting polls and focus groups to learn why she’s running for President.

With the gender card failing, Hillary Clinton is now demanding we vote for her since it’s been seven years since we had a man in White House.

Hillary Clinton hired Rachel Dolezal and Rupaul to learn what race and gender she should be. She has vowed to be her real self upon learning what she is.

Hillary Clinton is terrified the FBI will find proof on her server of Bill Clinton‘s eHarmony and Ashley Madison profiles.

The real Hillary Clinton email scandal came when Huma Abedin found out Hillary and Anthony Weiner liked each other on Tinder.

Hillary Clinton is like Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction.” She will not be ignored. However, In Hillaryworld, the bored bunny rabbit kills himself.

Hillary Clinton sent GOP 2016 presidential contenders her book. She plans to win in 2016 by boring her opponent to death. The GOP candidates vowed to use it to torture Islamist prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Hillary Clinton is uncomfortable that her server is backed up. Somebody needs to get her some prune juice and a bran muffin. She’s full of it.

At least Hillary Clinton is willing to compromise to get things done. She’s compromised her integrity, her competence, and America’s safety.

The Dan Rather movie is called “Truth.” The sequel will be a Hillary Clinton bio directed by Rosie O’Donnell called “Kindness.”

O44 strips “man” from all military titles. Makes sense. He had his own title of man stripped years ago by Michelle.

More proof O44 would never survive as a Muslim. “Michelle, Sharia says you have to submit to me.” She’d beat the tar out of him.

O44 only pushing gun control because he’s desperate for a legacy. He should relax. He has a legacy. It’s called failure

3 guys stormed #Trump VT rally. 1 calmly intoned, “I’m Larry, this is my brother Darryl, this is my other brother Darryl.”

Saw 2 people nearly get in fistfight. One yelled #Trump! Other yelled #NoTrump! 80-year old ladies take bridge seriously.

O44 was not crying. His mascara was running.

O44 signs executive order declaring himself competent relevant success

2nd Amendment exists so innocent women can protect themselves from #BillClinton.

Thanks to O44, America’s Star Spangled Banner has been replaced with Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a clown.”

Am I pro-Israel? The country, yes. Steve Israel, no.

O44 like guy in “Office Space” who can’t be fired. His desk moved to boiler room, he still insists GOP took his stapler. He’s irrelevant.

Clockboy is back, finally confesses to being love child of O44 & Pajamaboy. Allah Clockbar!

If gay Orlando nightclub murderer’s dad wants any credibility, he needs to disavow Hillary Clinton.

Dan Rather attacking Trump. When pressed, Rather claimed his remarks were fake but accurate.

What Trump said about Hillary was nothing. You want violence? Picture what Hillary screamed at Bill in private over his women.

Hillary Clinton’s problem is not that 1/2 the country hates her. It’s that she hates 1/2 the country.

NYT dolt Thomas Friedman says Trump fosters violence. NYT gave away secret troop movements, getting US soldiers killed. Liberal violence. It just never ends. That does not even factor in those who have died from being bored to death reading Thomas Friedman. His columns cause climate change. He’s almost as big a gasbag as John Kerry.

Of course media focused on Trump. Hillary bores them to sleep. Hard to cover a story when you’re in a coma.

If Donald Trump cured cancer, media would blame him for putting doctors out of work.

Hillary Clinton upon getting elected vows to scream at us all until we eat our vegetables.

Trump says he has only had sex with women, not men. Hillary Media claims this is proof of his sexism & homophobia. His discrimination is sickening. True decent human beings don’t discriminate. They act like Bill Clinton and have sex with anything and everything regardless of race, religion or level of ugliness.

Michael Phelps won 23 gold medals. Bill Clinton struck gold with 23 year old interns.

Julian Assange runs Wikileaks. Hillary Clinton too old to run, has a wick that leaks.

Liberal Martin Sheen called Donald Trump “empty headed moron.” Explains why Trump kids are into drugs & hookers. Oh wait. Never mind. I’ll side with Trump values over Martin Sheen Hollywood values.

Secret Service investigating Trump’s comments. Nobody investigating Secret Service South American hookers.

Nutcase climbing Trump Tower. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton still climbing the walls over Bill’s sex scandals.

Nutcase climbing Trump Tower warned that if he’s captured, he may become backup QB for NY Jets.

Nutcase scaling up Trump Tower almost as fast as Bill Clinton scaling an intern.

Nutcase scaling up Trump Tower is like the Olympics without Zika.

Secret Service is questioning Trump. Meanwhile, decent society is questioning Hillary Clinton.

Unlike Hillary Clinton, Trump Tower nutcase didn’t get anyone killed during his climb to the top. If Hillary loses election, I can see her in the dead of night climbing up Trump Tower or White House, hell-bent on gaining entry. She will ask Bill Clinton for his expertise, but he will tell her that his knowledge consists of sneaking out of the White House, not into it.

Q: Is it ok for any Republican to support Hillary Clinton? A: Only if she’s committing her own euthanasia & you’re Dr. Kevorkian.

If Hillary Clinton spent less time violating God’s 10 Commandments, maybe she’d spend less time violating my 10 Amendments.

When is Hillary Clinton not angry? How can an angry woman who screams all the time lecture anyone else about temperament?

Liberals to boycott McDonalds after learning that Egg McMuffin is running for president as a conservative independent. No word yet on whether the vice presidential nominee will come with bacon, sausage, or for Jews who keep kosher, beef.

Donald Trump never denied eating babies. This is further evidence that he eats babies. This was today’s Liberal Media Report. The only babies harmed during the making of this report were liberals engaged in crying temper tantrums before this report was issued anyway. Their harm was emotional only, and consistent with their lives, not rational.

Publicly Dan Rather says media “must shame” Donald Trump. Privately rather admitted not knowing what shame was. An investigative report concluded that Rather had none. What Rather meant was media must be ashamed of how they cover Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Rather still believes that Hillary Clinton is ethical by Rather standards and that the 2004 memos were fake but accurate.

Democrats should make “Freakout! Le freak, c’est chique” their official campaign song. They freak out over every little thing. Plus it has French words and they worship anything French. This was today’s anti-Donald Trump Liberal Hysteria Disco Report.

My Presidential Policy Platform

August 13th, 2016

I do not expect you to agree with all of my ideas, but unlike my critics, I have ideas. They actually work. Here they are.

MY ECONOMIC POLICY:

1) Massive supply-side income tax cuts
2) Capital Gains tax cuts, 0% rate on those with < 100k in stocks.
3) Eliminate all estate taxes.
4) Reduce corporate tax rate to 15%
5) 0% tax on all overseas repatriated assets
6) Repeal Dodd-Frank
7) Repeal ACA. Let insurance companies sell across state lines.
8) Massive tax credits for small business owners.
9) Drill for oil everywhere. Find a plot of land and frack it dry.
10) Strengthen the dollar
11) Partially privatize Social Security & Medicare for those < 55.

MY DOMESTIC SOCIAL POLICY:

1) Arrest all violent protesters. Shut down all violent protests. Zero tolerance for violent protest. Repeat offenders get citizenship revoked and deported.
1) Shut down all public universities that violate First Amendment free speech rights. Shut down all public universities until ideology of the professors reflects society at large. Ideological affirmative action. If the university is not a place of various ideas, it should cease to exist.
3) Eliminate Common Core
4) Eliminate Agenda 21
5) Defund all government climate change research. Let rich white liberals privately fund it like they do Google, Apple and Facebook.
6) Shut down as many public schools as possible and use the savings to invest in charter schools and home schooling.
7) Block all gun control attempts. Make gun owners immune from lawsuits by criminals using guns. Crack down on gun criminals while giving more gun rights to law abiding citizens. Punish cities that try to enact de facto gun bans.
8) Expand the death penalty to include rape and drug dealing (Kingpin levels, not the local street dealer).
9) Allow stop, question and frisk.
10) Privatize everything except the military. This includes the Post Office, DMV, and airports.

MY FOREIGN POLICY:

1) Repeal Iran deal. Reinstitute sanctions until Iran returns $400 million they took from us. Work behind the scenes to overthrow mullahs and enact forcible regime change.
2) Leave Israel alone. Let them do whatever they need to do to defend themselves without interference.
3) Triple foreign aid to Egypt and Jordan to be used to build middle-class neighborhoods. Offer Palestinians voluntary relocation from Gaza and West Bank to these Egyptian and Jordanian nations. After deadline, relocation is no longer voluntary. Suspend all foreign aid to the Palestinians until they are in Egypt and Jordan.
4) Secure the border. Stop rewarding illegal entry. Crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants. After border is secure, a guest worker program can exist as long as growth is 4% or higher.
5) Call out Radical Islam by name and eliminate it anywhere and everywhere with as much force as possible.
6) Zero tolerance for those who take American hostages. If they take one, we take 100. We batter hostage takers until it stops.
7) No immigration of any kind until after 2016 election. This is to prevent Democrats from rigging election.
8) No Syrian refugees. Their Muslim brothers can take them in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. Rather than drag down America, fix Syria by enforcing the 2009 Red Line and removing Assad.
9) Free trade but fair trade. Crack down on cheaters.
10) Any news organization that gives away secret American troop movements or endangers American troops gets fined. A repeated violation gets the news organization shut down and the owner arrested. There is no free press right to endanger American citizens.
11) Double the size of Guantanamo Bay.
12) Allow use of predator drones against non-state actors such as ISIS and al Qaeda.
13) Allow coercive interrogation methods including waterboarding and rendition with specific approval of the President.
14) Ban terrorists from receiving civilian trials. They are to be tried in military courts.
15) Profile at airports.

MY ETHICS POLICY:

Arrest anyone associated with Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS targeting, and illegal email use from unauthorized servers to fake email addresses as used by EPA. Tough jail sentences for election fraud.

eric @ Tygrrrr Express

Bret Stephens, Sean Hannity, and Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment

August 13th, 2016

Bret Stephens, Sean Hannity, and Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/election-2016/bret-stephens-of-wsj-breaking-the-11th-rule-of-conservatism-69341/

eric

NFL 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Recap

August 13th, 2016

NFL 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Recap

http://www.commdiginews.com/sports/nfl/nfl-2016-pro-football-hall-of-fame-induction-weekend-69106/

eric

A heartfelt plea to Never Trump Republicans

August 13th, 2016

A heartfelt plea to Never Trump Republicans

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/an-open-letter-to-nevertrump-conservatives-69025/

eric

President Big Ears turns 55, remains a toddler

August 13th, 2016

President Big Ears turns 55, remains a toddler

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/obama-celebrates-being-born-obama-each-and-every-day-68977/

eric

26th anniversary of Iraq invading Kuwait

August 13th, 2016

26th anniversary of Iraq invading Kuwait

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/26-years-after-saddam-invaded-kuwait-clinton-has-no-iraq-policy-68857/

eric

Tygrrrr Express August 2016 speaking schedule

August 1st, 2016

Tygrrrr Express August 2016 speaking schedule

Monday, August 1, 2016 — Lockport GOP Township near Chicago, Illinois. Evening. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 — Ronald Reagan Breakfast Club in Rock Island, Illinois at 9am. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016 — Temple B’Rith Sholom in Springfield, Illinois at 10am. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016 — Williamson County GOP Central Committee in South Illinois. Evening.  Tentative

Sunday, August 14, 2016 — LiberTEA Fest in Springfield, Illinois at 1pm. 

Monday, August 15, 2016 —  Kendall County GOP Central Committee near Chicago, Illinois Evening. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016 — Rock Island County GOP Central Committee. Evening.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 — Flying from Chicago home to Los Angeles.

eric

2016 GOP and Democrat Convention Complete Wrapup

July 30th, 2016

2016 GOP and Democrat Convention Complete Wrapup

Republicans in Cleveland, Ohio

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/2016-gop-convention/republican-convention-opening-night-its-about-security-67810/

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/donald-trump-jr-brings-strength-chris-christie-prosecutes-clinton-67901/

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/gov-mike-pence-introduced-to-america-from-the-gop-convention-67980/

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/donald-trump-rises-to-moment-delivers-strong-address-68192/

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/2016-gop-convention-speech-letter-grades-from-trump-to-cruz-68261/

Democrats in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/philadelphia-democrat-convention-the-bloodbath-begins-to-simmer-68366/

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/bernie-sanders-owns-the-dnc-convention-headlines-68446/

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/blm-and-sanders-anti-hillary-protests-overshadow-dnc-convention-68479/

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/obama-dominates-makes-tim-kaine-irrelevant-68549/

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/hillary-clinton-excoriates-trump-demands-unity-with-her-68623/

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/grades-for-the-2016-democratic-convention-speeches-68656/

eric