Daily Archive for February 23rd, 2005

Moss to Oaktown

Randy Moss is going to OaktownThis just in: Randy Moss (and his fabulous hair) is going to be a Raider. He’s been (unofficially) traded to the Silver and Black.

This is great news for The Raider Nation, especially on the heels of the Jerry Porter signing. With young up-and-coming superstar Ronald Curry as the third wide receiver, QB Kerry Collins has to be licking his chops for the 2005 season to start. Moss is statistically the best WR since Jerry Rice and the new Raider WR corps has a chance to be the best ever put together. At the very least, the most explosive.

I look forward to the return to the exciting, old school, vertical game the Raiders made famous and, most importantly, the return of the franchise to the top where they’ve been through the decades and where they belong today. To use a beer analogy – no more light, less filling football and back to more flavor. Death to boring football like this year’s Super Bowl team plays – the “take what the defense gives you” style. Back to exciting football that puts fear in the opponent’s defense – the “we’ll take what we want” style of dominating gridiron action.

Now, to work on and improve the Silver and Black defense.

Dynasty Shmynasty

I’ve been preoccupied with much more important things in my life….like my newborn daughter, but I have to take a few moments to put my two cents in on the aftermath of the Super Bowl.

I was afraid of this, but fully expected it considering sportswriters and their eagerness to label: The Patsies being called a dynasty. As the media goes nuts with the D word, I really think that the average football fan doesn’t really think of that team in those terms. A dynasty is a group of great stars who play well as a team, winning championships, and who other teams FEAR and who win by DOMINATING the opposition. Let’s face it, New England does not dominate and they don’t have great stars/athletes. I bet even a regular NFL fan can’t name a half dozen players on that team. They do just enough to win, helped immensely by turnovers (e.g. Philadelphia had 4 to their 1 in the game) and officiating.

They are a solid team that possesses great chemistry, coaching, and each player is unselfish and plays an integral part in their winning. I have to grudgingly admit that I admire them for that. But do other teams fear them? No. Do they have stars who other teams build their game plan around? No. Just look at the Pro Bowl rosters, where they are not represented any more than any other top 10 team. Just look at the fact that their so called “stars” have changed in the last four years. You do have to give their coaches much credit for that though.

Let’s get back to domination, the area in which a proper dynasty should excel in. Do they dominate their opponents? No. Their three Super Bowl wins were by 3 points and went down to the wire AND lest anyone forget that they were only in the first of those three due to a gift from the officials in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. I will never credit them with 3 Super Bowl wins in four years because that first one was simply not legitimate. If the Raiders had rightfully won that playoff game and gone on to win that year’s Super Bowl, undoubtedly the media would have been crawling all over themselves and calling them a potential dynasty in the days preceding the following year’s Super Bowl versus Tampa Bay. Remember also, that the Patsies were 9-7 and weren’t even a playoff team the following year. You don’t hear much about that disappearing act, do you? Sorry sportswriters, I won’t swallow your bullshit. I respect them for getting to and winning the last two, but don’t fear them one iota.