Daily Archives: April 24, 2010

Revamped In The Right Areas: The Raiders Draft Came Out Pretty Good…

Match made in heaven? Sorry, you'll have to ask Rodger Lodge that one.

Wow, I never would have thought I’d say the Raiders had the best 2010 draft of their division, bus as I see it right now, we did! I wrote a week ago that I was scared as hell about what we’d do with our picks, because a lot of times, it isn’t always clear what Al was thinking or if he was really thinking at all. I’m not sure what happened in the draft room this year, but I have a gut feeling Mr. Burns let Cable give him some input into the picks. I mean, if Coach Cable is geeked to get a player, he must’ve had a hand in the decision. I have reserved high hopes this year. I could see them being the team that was good at the end of the year, or I could see them being terrible until it doesn’t matter and start winning then. Either way it feels like Cable does have a say in the teams decision making, unlike the past four or five coaches. Isn’t he the one that was highly against starting Jamarcus, and finally convinced Al to let him bench Russell. Cable knows how to reason with Al a little, and that is a rare thing, so I prey it keeps happening, so I can be excited about future drafts. Their best news is the guys we got wasn’t even the biggest news of the day. As Mceezy wrote about earlier. Who knows if any of these guys we drafted will work out, but I feel like we gave ourselves as good a chance at future success by picking some solid talent. Here’s how it all went down.

Pick #8 – Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

I’ve heard a handful of people say they didn’t like the pick, but if picking him got Cable geeked, then he must see him as our defensive leader on the field. If you caught any of Bama’s games last year, he was the motor of that Championship defense, and seemed to be in the right places making the right plays more often than not. He was also in charge of all their audibles and led them to the 4th ranked defense in the nation. I’m glad we didn’t take Bruce Campbell like so many people were saying we would that might’ve set us up for the Robert Gallery version 2.0. Lando is a pretty safe bet to be good in the league, and he better be since we traded away Morrison to Jacksonville for a box of cracker jacks to move up a round in this years draft. I think we should’ve asked for more, but I like the receiver we got with the pick, which I’ll get to later.

Pick #44 – Lamarr Houston, DE, Texas

I wasn’t completely for this pick, but the more I thought about it the more I like it. The guy is durable, and can play in multiple spots on the line in the DT or DE spots. Weighing in at slightly over 300 pounds will make him a menace for any linemen to handle, especially since he does have speed, and one of those “motors” that Jaws is always talking about. Does that sound familiar to a guy we already have? Like say Richard Seymour. Seymour is the perfect guy to mentor him because he plays the same type of game that Houston does. It can’t hurt him to learn from the best in the business. This guy is good at stopping the run and paired with McClain it will be a much improved front line with a few less holes to run through. All in all, not a bad pick, he’ll look good in silver and black.

Pick #69 – Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale Continue reading

Raiders Swoop Up Another Leftover Quarterback

These days, it’s almost more exciting to be a Raider fan during the offseason than during the season.  The Raiders are the one team I can count on to make big moves each year to try and get better the following year. It doesn’t pan out in a favorable way, but it’s nice to know that management, for lack of a better word, is not just sitting around apathetically in it’s cryogenic chamber. The most recent addition to the Oakland roster is supposedly Jason Campbell. The guys over at ESPN reported during this morning’s draft coverage that the now expendable Redskins quarterback is headed to Oakland in a trade for the Raiders’ 4th round pick in 2012. This gives Al Davis yet another backup QB to add to his two decade long collection – maybe even longer, because as I think back as long as I’ve been alive, I can’t recall a single franchise caliber QB donning the silver and black. Many will point no further than Rich Gannon earlier this decade, but to me, Gannon will always be the Kansas City Chiefs’ backup. I’d have to go back to Plunkett personally. But that predates my Raiders fandom. I think of names like Jeff Hostetler, Jay Schroeder, Jeff George, Kerry Collings and regretfully, Jamarcus Russell. Now we’ll see how Campbell adjusts to life in the Black Hole. I usually have optimistic expectations for guys who basically got pushed out the door in their old clubhouse, but I’m not sure Campbell ever had the makeup of a starting QB. He had the keys to the truck in Washington for a while, but never really delivered. I really like the idea of two former standout SEC quarterbacks battling it out for the job in a season that will likely make or break both of their seasons.

College Baseball Charades

I don’t think we’ve ever put up a post on college baseball, unless it had to do with the MLB draft, so I figured we were due for a cherry popping post. I ran across the clip above, and apparently this game between Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky game was in the midst of a rain delay. I’m not sure exactly how these shenanigans started, but the two teams decided to play a game where charades meets “Who’s Line is it Anyway”. I’m not sure exactly how long this rain delay was, but I’ve never seen two schools put on a show of this variety on the field. I found some of them pretty good, but at the same time, I’m shocked the whole teams were participating on both sides. I’m kind of curious if the two teams went into the locker during times of heavy rain to make out with each other. Maybe they wanted to prove that they were worthy of replacing the bi-sexual guys that are getting sued in the gay softball league in SF.

Anyways, the highlights of the video as I saw them were:

  • 18-23 year olds playing imaginary shooting games with bats – Isn’t that why we invented video games? Maybe my imagination isn’t quite what it used to be…
  • Rockband – Not bad, but that was a weak mosh pit. I can see Betty White surviving that one without losing her balance once.
  • The Shake Weight – Very clever, easily an award winner of the limited selection of skits, If you haven’t seen the commercial, Mceezy did a post awhile back on it here if you are interested.
  • Dance off – They both just got served by humping the ground with a field full of guys.
  • WWE Wrestling – Reason #1 why I think they took breaks to run into the locker room to make out. Who knows maybe they did a little more than that coming out of the locker room with their clothes upside down.
  • INS – Strange to say the least. I’m guessing the Florida team is used to this from all their Cuban recruits…

In all seriousness though, this is one of the things that makes you realize how much more serious pro sports are. Can you imagine if any pro player participated in anything like this? They’d be crucified for possibly injuring themselves, and hurting their teams chances at the elusive title. Everyone gets pissed when they run and slide on the tarps during delays, so this would never happen in the MLB.

While we’re on the college baseball theme, in case you missed it, this was a once in a lifetime kind of play. I doubt we’ll see anyone taking the over the catcher somersault method of scoring, but I’m glad one person did it. Once again, this proves that baseball is truly the sport where amazing happens!