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NFL 2015 Preseason: Week 2 Raiders Recap

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

NFL 2015 Preseason: Week 2 Raiders Recap

The Oakland Raiders traveled to Minnesota to play the Vikings in the second preseason game for both teams.

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While these franchises have both had some tough times in recent years, there is excitement in both quarterbacks Derek Carr and Teddy Bridgewater. They impressed as rookies, and do not look to regress in their sophomore season.

The Vikings got the football first and soon faced third and nine at their own 21. Bridgewater threw incomplete but D.J. Hayden was called for illegal contact. While the defense eventually held at the Oakland 46, the penalty changed the game from a field position standpoint. A terrific punt had the Raiders starting at their own 2 yard line and going nowhere. A poor punt had the Vikings starting at the Oakland 39, but the starting defense did just enough. On 4th and 3 from the Oakland 17, superstar kicker Blair Walsh actually missed a 35 yard field goal.

The Raiders began their second possession on their own 25, and this time the starters did well. Latavius Murray ran for gains of 6 and 9 yards. Carr hit Marcel Reece for 12 more. Then came the play that had Al Davis smiling from above. From the Minnesota 48, Carr went for the bomb to Amare Cooper for a 40 yard gain. Murray would run it in from two yards out to make it 6-0 Raiders. With the new extra point rule in effect, the Raiders went for 2. Murray was stopped short.

Sebastian Janikowski sent the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, giving the Vikings the ball at their own 40. Bridgewater moved the Vikings easily, and the second quarter began with him throwing a 10 yard touchdown to Johnson to tie the game. Walsh’s struggles continued as he missed the extra point for a 6-6 tie. Bridgewater was done for the night while Carr stayed in for two more series. Murray was out and Trent Richardson came in. Again, Richardson was ineffective. Minnesota backup Shawn Hill was intercepted, and with 6 1/2 minutes left in the half Christian Ponder came in for Carr to face his old team.

Taiwan Jones had a 10 yard run, but Richardson lost 5 yards on the next play. Ponder would lead the Silver and Black down to the 5 yard line, but a short pass lost 3 yards and then Ponder threw incomplete. The field goal was good as the Raiders led 9-6 with only 2 minutes left in the half.

The backups on the Oakland defense then melted down as Hill moved the Vikings 80 yards in 13 plays. With 8 seconds left in the half, Hill threw a touchdown pass to give the Vikings the 13-9 halftime lead.

Ponder did well to start the third quarter, moving the Raiders from their 20 to a 4th and 3 at the Minnesota 35. In the regular season this would mean a 53-yard field goal for Seabass. This is preseason, so Jack Del Ri0 decided to go for it. Ponder lost a yard.

Minnesota’s third string quarterback came in. Heineke was quickly hit and fumbled, giving the Raiders the ball at the Minnesota 29. Ponder could not take advantage, as the Raiders were forced to settle for a 37 yard field goal to trail 13-12.

With less than four minutes left in the third quarter after the Vikings went 3 and out, third string Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin came in. McGloin sometimes looks brilliant, but he is a very raw talent. From the Oakland 12, his first pass was intercepted at the 22 and returned all the way to the one yard line. On third and goal, the Vikings banged it in for a 20-12 lead.

McGloin could not get anything going but the game was an absolute nightmare for Blair Walsh. Midway through the fourth quarter Walsh missed again from 38 yards out. With just over one minute left Walsh missed from 49 yards out. Oakland’s fourth string quarterback Fajardo came in and tried to rally the Raiders from their own 39. The Raiders went virtually nowhere as Fajardo was intercepted near midfield with 16 second left.

Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray could be the new triplets. let’s not put them in Canton yet, but they are all quite good. Trent Richardson is awful. Ponder and McGloin are both too much of a see-saw ride. The Raiders will be in big trouble if their starters go down. As for Blair Walsh, the former Pro Bowler may not even make the Minnesota roster if he keeps shanking short field goal tries. It was ugly, as preseason often is, but Mike Zimmer and Jack Del Rio can both find some positives and some room to improve.

20-12 Vikings

NFL 2015 Preseason: Week 1 Raiders Recap

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

NFL 2015 Preseason: Week 1 Raiders Recap

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The nightmare known as the NFL offseason is over. The Oakland Raiders played their first preseason game on Friday night against the St. Louis Rams. These teams both used to play in Los Angeles, and they may do so again. That is business. Friday night was about football, and only football.

Normally the preseason Raider games are called by Jim Plunkett, Tom Flores and Greg Papa. This time it was Tim Brown, Matt Millen and Beth Brown.

The Raiders have fallen on hard times since their 2002 Super Bowl run, but there is significantly more optimism than in past years. Coach Jack Del Rio has young building blocks in quarterback Derek Carr, running back Latavius Murray, receiver Amari Cooper and defensive standout Khalil Mack.

With ACDC’s “Thunderstruck” and Guns n Roses’s “Welcome to the Jungle” blaring, Sebastian Janikowski boomed a touchback to start the 2015 NFL preseason.

Sam Bradford has been shipped off to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Nick Foles. Foles began by immediately tossing a long completion to a wide open receiver. After only two plays, the Rams were in the red zone. The Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley had the night off. On third down and four from the Oakland 14, a well thrown ball to the end zone was well defended incomplete. Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein hit the 32-yard field goal for the 3-0 Rams lead.

Trindan Holliday fumbled the ensuing kickoff and covered it up in the end zone for a touchback. On the second play from scrimmage, Carr and Cooper had their first connection, and it went for a first down. After another short completion to Cooper, Murray took a delayed handoff for 17 yards.

Last year the Raiders ran a boring, predictable, dink and dunk West Coast Offense, especially early on. Del Rio is determined to open up the playbook. Cooper was used on a reverse. On third and four from the Rams 40, Carr quickly fired over the middle to Kenbrell Thompkins for six yards and a first down. Carr was being utilized in various different ways. He took snaps out of the shotgun and behind center. He stayed in the pocket and he rolled out. On third and two from the Rams 26, Carr went for the bomb. The ball was well defended incomplete. Seabass hit the 44-yarder to tie the game 3-3.

On the next Rams drive, on third down and four from the Rams 40, Foles was sacked. However, holding penalties on both teams gave the Rams another chance. Folks was sacked again. Khalil Mack delivered the pressure and Shelby Harris took Foles down for a 14-yard loss. Holliday returned the punt 22 yards as the Raiders took over at the Rams 48.

Carr immediately hit Michael Crabtree for a 15 yard gain. Murray looked good on successive carries, bouncing his way from a loss into a gain that created first and goal at the six. On second down as the opening quarter was ending, Carr fired to the end zone and was intercepted. Carr never saw the defender.

The second quarter began with Foles calling it a night and being replaced with Case Keenum. The Rams punted and a moment of amusement occurred when Carr tried to sneak back on the field to stay in the game. Del Rio was having none of it. Carr came off the field and was done for the night. So was Murray. Christian Ponder and Trent Richardson now had their chance to show that they were not busts.

Ponder avoided a sack and scrambled for a first down. He found Bruce Butler for a 16-yard gain as the Rams got caught twice for defensive holding. Another long completion by Ponder had the Raiders again inside the Rams 10. On third and goal Ponder fired to Andre Holmes for the touchdown. With six minutes left in the half the Raiders decided on practicing a two-point conversion due to the change in the extra point rule. Ponder fired a completion but the officials ruled that while the receiver’s feet were in the end zone, the ball did not break the plane. The Raiders led 9-3.

The Raiders were ready on the ensuing kickoff, as the Rams took over at their own 12. After the two minute warning and facing third and 21, the Rams surprisingly ran the ball, gaining seven yards. A shanked punt had the Raiders taking over at their own 41 with 1:41 left. With 35 seconds left in the half the Raiders were called for offensive pass interference. That was actually the first penalty the Silver and Black had in the entire first half. Curious play-calling in the last two minutes had the Raiders run the ball and throw short. On the last play of the half, rather than throw a Hail Mary or try a 63 yard field goal, Ponder threw a short pass that was intercepted.

The third quarter saw third string quarterback Matt McGloin come in for the Raiders. McGloin’s strength is the deep ball, and on third and nine he found his receiver for a first down. Yet it was some quick short passes that went for big gains as McGloin had the Raiders in the red zone. On second and one from the 19, McGloin fired a pass right in the receiver’s hands near the goal line. After getting blasted by the defender, the ball fell incomplete. An badly designed delayed run on third and one was blown up in the backfield as the Raiders settled for a field goal and a 12-3 lead.

Jeff Fisher is known for discipline, but his team committed critical penalties on both sides of the ball. A big gain was wiped out by offensive holding. The Raiders struggled on third down defense, as the Rams converted six of their first ten third down conversion attempts. Keenum moved the ball well but the drive eventually bogged down. With two minutes left in the third quarter, a backup kicker for the Rams missed a 48-yard try.

With 12 minutes left in regulation, McGloin found Brice Butler for a 16-yard touchdown. The Raiders again went for the two-point conversion and the pass was broken up. The Raiders led 18-3 as McGloin completed 10 of his first 11 passes.

The Rams and Raiders may both have third string quarterbacks who could be bumped up to the second string spot. The Rams had a brief spark until their quarterback got blown up on a blindside hit. With less than nine minutes left the Raiders brought in their fourth string quarterback Cody Fajardo. Also in the game was running back George Atkinson III, son of the Raiders defensive legend. The drive would stall, but not until Fajardo had taken five minutes off the clock. When Marquette King punted the ball with four minutes left, it was the first Raiders punt of the night.

The Rams brought in their fourth string quarterback for some snaps. After converting one fourth down, the Rams suffered a delay of game penalty on fourth and six that was the final mistake on a night filled with them. On the other hand, the Raiders had only two penalties the entire game, and one of them was on punt coverage. The Raiders are a young team, but they are improved from an ability and attitude standpoint.

Jack Del Rio and Jeff Fisher are both USC guys, and they shared a lengthy and friendly chat during the postgame handshake. This is only one preseason game, but there is legitimate cause for cautious optimism for the Raider Nation.

18-3 Raiders

NFL 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Sunday

Monday, August 10th, 2015

NFL 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Sunday

http://www.commdiginews.com/sports/nfl-2015-hall-of-fame-game-recap-46465/

eric

NFL 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday

Monday, August 10th, 2015

NFL 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday

http://www.commdiginews.com/sports/nfl-2015-pro-football-hall-of-fame-saturday-46408/

eric

Tom Brady still much worse than Ray Rice

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Tom Brady still much worse than Ray Rice

http://www.commdiginews.com/sports/tom-brady-still-suspended-still-worse-than-ray-rice-45824/

eric

Raider Nation will always love Ken Stabler

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Raider Nation will always love Ken Stabler

http://www.commdiginews.com/sports/oakland-raiders-ken-the-snake-stabler-enters-football-heaven-44724/

eric

 

239 decadent reasons to love America

Monday, July 6th, 2015

There are plenty of serious reasons to love America.

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From 1776-2015, here are 239 decadent reasons to love America. God bless the USA.

eric

 

1980 Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Team
1980s hard rock hair metal
2 Live Crew’s Banned in the USA
7-Eleven Big Gulps and Slurpees
ACDC’s You shook me, Thunderstruck, Moneytalks
Adam Sandler
Aerosmith
Airheads band The Lone Rangers
Al D’Amato’s singing
Alf
America the Beautiful sung by Ray Charles
American soldiers and veterans
Animaniacs
Anthony Clark
Bad Touch’s Discovery Channel
Batman: The Dark Knight
BB King and Lucille
Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia
Biff Henderson
Bill Cosby, Himself video
Bill Murray’s Quick Change
Bill of Rights
Bill the Cat
Billiards
Blue Collar Comedy Tour
Bluegrass Junction
Bounce houses
Bouncing 25 cent rubber balls
Boxing promoter Don King
Brooklyn
Bubblebaths for two
Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck
Burgertime
Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise movies
Caddyshack
Capitalism
Capture the flag
Cards Against Humanity
Chabad Houses
Charitable people
Cheerleaders
Cheers’s Sam Mayday Malone and Norm Peterson
Cherry Lime Rickeys
Chocolate covered cherries
Chris Berman
Chris Gardner’s The Pursuit of Happyness
Chris Noth’s Mike Logan
Chris Tucker singing Barry White
Coca-Cola
Coed touch football
Colorwar
Commando and pantsless Wednesdays (until HR intervened)
Conan O’Brien’s In the Year 2000
Corn Fritters
Cosmic Bowling
County Fairs
Dale Intimidator Earnhardt’s 1998 Daytona 500
Dana Carvey
Dann Florek’s Captain Donald Cragen
David Letterman’s Top Ten Lists
Dennis Farina
Desperate Housewives
Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo
Die Hard
DirecTV NFL Package
Dog-riding monkey
Donald Trump’s Apprentice
Doritos
Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry Soda
Dr. Charles Krauthammer
Duck Dynasty
Ebay
Edible underthings
Entrepreneurship
ESPN
Eye of the tiger
Fireworks
Flavored massage oil
Founding Fathers
Fox News
Fraggle Rock
Freedom, liberty, right of dissent
Gaga (dodgeball using closed fist and cherry ball)
Game nights
Garlic knots
Gatorade dumping on coaches
George W. Bush picks up bullhorn
Glow sticks as fake cigars
Golden Corral
GPS trackers
Greg the Bunny
Hamburgers
Happy face emoticons
Harmonicas
Hawaii
Henny Youngman
Hot Chocolate’s You sexy thing (I believe in miracles)
Hot scantily clad women
Howard Stern
I once finger-(blanked) a hermit crab (whoever said that)
In n Out Burger
Independence Day BBQs
Instant messaging
Internet dating
Iphones
Italian ices
J. Geils Band’s Centerfold
Jack Nicholson’s Colonel Nathan R. Jessup
Jacuzzi romps
Jell-O
Jell-O wrestling
Jerry Orbach’s Lenny Briscoe
Jerry Reed’s Eastbound and Down
Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura, Pet Detective
John Cougar Mellencamp’s Pink Houses and Hurts so good
John Facenda’s The Autumn Wind
John McEnroe’s tennis tantrums
Judaism celebrated in peace
Justice Scalia’s scathing dissents
Karl Rove’s whiteboard
Kazoos
KFC Popcorn Chicken
Kickball
Kim Kardashian’s bare bottom
King of the Hill
Kool-Aid
Kosher imitation bacon and crab
Krispy Kreme Donut Hamburgers
Laff-Olympics
Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing on Dallas
Las Vegas
Lee Greenwood’s God bless the USA and Bandit Express
Louisiana Cajun Cooking (Especially with Justin Wilson)
Lucky Charms
Madden Football
Magnum, P.I.
Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Mark Levin’s rants
Married with Children’s Al Bundy
Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing and Let’s get it on
Mascots
McDonalds
Meat and potatoes
Michael J. Fox’s Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties
Mills Lane yelling Let’s get it on
Miniature golf
Monopoly
Morris Day and the Time’s Jerk Out
Mountain Dew Code Red
MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch
Murder, She Wrote
Nathan’s Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest
National Federation of Republican Women
National Football League
Neocons
New Years Eve noisemakers
New York Post front and back page
New York Stock Exchange opening and closing bells
NFL Films
NFL Network
Oakland Raiders
Old School with Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn
Overtime playoff hockey
Pajama parties
Peaceful transition of political power
Phil Hartman
Pizza
Political Conventions
Pool volleyball
Pringles
Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
Q-Bert
Queen’s I want it all
Raider Nation
Rainbow Sherbert
Redeye with Greg Gutfeld
Republican Jewish Brunettes
Republican Party Animals
Riptide
Robin Williams
Ronald Reagan’s self-deprecating jokes 
Rudy Giuliani’s New York toughness
Run DMC
Rush Limbaugh
San Diego Wild Animal Park
Satellite TV
Save a horse, ride a cowboy
Scrabble
Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts
Seinfeld
Sexting
Sherman Hemsley’s George Jefferson
Sizzler
Sky high skyscrapers
Skype
Slim Jims
Snoopy’s Joe Cool
Snow football
Social networks for building businesses
South Beach, Miami
South Park
Spiderman
Sportsbars
Stock trading
Stratego
Strip chess
Stuart Scott
Sudoku
Summer camp
Super Soakers
Supply-side tax cuts
T-shirt originals
Taco Bell
Talk radio
Thanksgiving with John Madden
The Color of Money
The Counter Build Your Own Burger
The Expendables
The Frat Pack
The Honeymooners
The Muppets
The Onion
Tivo
Toby Keith’s Courtesy of the Red White and Blue
Train rides
Trampoline Dodgeball
Tygrrrr Express
USA Cartoon Express
Video Arcade Games
We’re not France
Weekend at Bernie’s
Western medicine
Whitesnake’s Here I go again video
Wifi on planes
XM Sirius Satellite Radio
Yoo-Hoo
Young Jewish Conservatives
Yummy bouncies and badonkadonks
ZZ Top’s Sleeping Bag and Sharp Dressed Man

Jewish Belmont Stakes Shabbos Friday

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Jewish Belmont Stakes Shabbos Friday

http://www.commdiginews.com/featured/american-pharoah-oprah-jenner-and-the-arab-israeli-conflict-42818/

eric

2015 NBA Finals bigger than basketball

Friday, June 5th, 2015

2015 NBA Finals bigger than basketball

http://www.commdiginews.com/featured/cleveland-and-oakland-are-no-longer-losers-42805/

eric

Angela Lansbury & Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner 1985 football highlights

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Angela Lansbury & Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner 1985 football highlights

Normally I don’t liveblog 30 year old TV episodes but NFL offseason has me losing my ever loving football mind

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0653623/fullcredits/

Notice the credits. QB character listed as Caitlyn Jenner. No. Caitlyn Jenner only in existence in last day or two. Back then actor was Bruce Jenner. I know NFL players take steroids which can cause guys to grow breasts but there are no women pro football players. Therefore, QB was played by Bruce, not Caitlyn. Either way, Bruce/Caitlyn, Dick Butkus & characters who resembled Robert Kraft and Georgia Frontiere were innocent.

Spoiler alert: John Beck, who played co-owner McCord, killed co-owner Kruger so he could get sole control of the Leopards football team. Leopards won their finale by overcoming a 21-7 deficit in final 90 seconds. Angela Lansbury’s Jessica “JB” Fletcher remains a 4% Leopards owner. She willed her stock to Bruce Jenner’s daughter. Daughter not played by any Kardashian.

This concludes Murder She Wrote 1985 Leopards football highlights.

Three months until NFL 2015 season kicks off. 90 days. Dear lord. Every offseason gets tougher.

eric