Dear Oakland, and Everyone Else

 

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Lets be completely honest right now. I mean gloves off, emotion out of it (at least for a couple of paragraphs), it’s mostly people that’s NOT from Oakland or who never even been to Oakland, hollering that “I’m a fan no matter what” shit. Lets be clear, Oakland needs a lot of help financially, and if the rich ass owners, and the multi-Billion dollar NFL, and every person who complains about The Town don’t want to help a city in need, but hold the citizens for ransom over a stadium, then bounce for the corporate dollar anyway, then FUCK YOU!

Raiders turned their back on Oakland twice! Twice! At the end of the day they made a business move, and I’m making one too. I don’t have to support shit. At the end of the day, I rep Oakland, and we don’t have to hang our heads over RICH FUCKS WHO DONT CARE ABOUT THE CITIZENS. 

And as far as the fanbase in Oakland, from Oakland, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES GO TO ANY OF THESE GAMES. MARK THINKS HE WILL PLAY IN OAKLAND UNTIL HIS SHINY NEW PROFIT MAKER IS BUILT, in 2019.

Let’s keep it a stack, since we are being honest. All the money the NFL and each owner has, why does every host city have to pay for a stadium, and everything to go with it, and don’t get not a nare discount? The owner gets the profits from ticket sales, concessions, parking, jersey sales, and what does the fan get? That’s an honest question. What does the fan get? 

What about the citizens who are stuck paying for a stadium via taxes, who don’t like sports? Am I being too real right now? I really could care less, because all I’m seeing is people who didn’t mind seeing the great citizens of Oakland, Ca. get screwed for the sake of, 3 hours, for 8 Sundays, in a calendar year worth of entertainment.

If anything, I just hope Mayor Libby Schaaf makes great decisions, for the future of what is — the pulse of the Bay Area.

In conclusion, Mark Davis never wanted to be there, the Las Vegas citizens will get screwed on this deal everyone thinks is so sweet (on the surface), and Oakland, Ca deserves better than the treatment it’s received from sports owners, and people who complained, but never helped.

I’m a proud man from The Town until the day they bury me. I love you Oakland!

-Ex Raiders Fan

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The Couch Sports Podcast EP. 67

Pleasantries (:55 – 2:40) NBA Fight Club (2:41 – 6:42) Raiders Relocation & Dave’s Message to Oakland (6:44 – 10:50) Baseball is Back! [Fans, Giants, Tigers, Barry Bonds] (10:52 – 19:36) Kaepernick vs Trump (19:38 – 32:20) Lavar Ball & Over-Parenting (32:23 – End)

 

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Video of Podcast EP. 49

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Pleasantries (:50- 1:50) The Pulse of the Bay Area [socially and Raiders, A’s, 49ers] (1:55-25:20), Will Millennials except Baseball (25:30-33:00), The Couch Sports Movie Segment (33:00-37:10), Charles Barkley vs LeBron (37:40-43:50) Giving the Spurs credit & where Carmelo should go [Sidebar Dave & Tareau argue if Carmelo is a Hall of Famer] (43:52-58-35) Super Bowl talk and predictions (58:40-1:04:20) Lets go home (1:04:25 – End)


 

The Couch Sports Ep. 49

Pleasantries (:50- 1:50) The Pulse of the Bay Area [socially and Raiders, A’s, 49ers] (1:55-25:20), Will Millennials except Baseball (25:30-33:00), The Couch Sports Movie Segment (33:00-37:10), Charles Barkley vs LeBron (37:40-43:50) Giving the Spurs credit & where Carmelo should go [Sidebar Dave & Tareau argue if Carmelo is a Hall of Famer] (43:52-58-35) Super Bowl talk and predictions (58:40-1:04:20) Lets go home (1:04:25 – End)

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It’s Called Karma

Well, well, well. Look he has to come crawling back.

 

So the sky is falling for Mark Davis after he tried to do a backdoor deal behind the back of the most powerful man in Las Vegas, Sheldon Adelson, on January 30.

And now word comes down that long time business associates of Adelson, Goldman Sachs is pulling out today.

Adelson had this to say about the deal, “It was certainly shocking to the Adelson family,” the statement said. “We were not only excluded from the proposed agreement; we weren’t even aware of its existence.”

Earlier this month, Raiders representatives told the Stadium Authority board that construction would be financed by Goldman Sachs — with or without the Adelsons as partners.

Now the deal is on the verge of falling apart, and Mark Davis and the Raiders may have to come crawling back to Oakland. Ronnie Lott and his financial group released a statement earlier today stating:

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From what I’ve been reading, the Raiders and San Diego may have mutual interest in each other. At the end of the day, we all know Mark Davis is getting his spin filled speech ready for the city of Oakland.

The Couch Sports Podcast EP. 45

Pleasantries (:55-2:30)  Too much Fun (2:31-4:15), Wake’em up Wednesday [making too much sense]  (4:15-31:40), Great NBA Conversation (32:00-37:28), Warriors Talk [W/sidebar complaining about Xfinity] (37:30-49:15), Understanding LeBron’s frustration (49:20-57:53), More NBA Talk including will Dave & Tareau have a breakthrough with the new generation? (57:55-1:04:25) Football Talk [including BitterSweet Raiders Talk & NFL vs. Weed] (1:04:55-1:14:05)  Lets Go Home (1:14:05-End)

Mentions: Lady G shout out @ (2:32), Sista Garland mention @ (2:55), Sista Josie mention @ (2:57) Sista Suede Shout out @ (29:28)

 

 

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Raiders season review

This may have been the most bitter sweet season of my life time. I’ve seen 4-12 seasons that I felt more complete about.

We watched the young Raiders arrive a year ahead of schedule. Boasting a league best, 7 players selected for the 2017 Pro Bowl, and two All-Pro’s.

derek-carr-fist-pumpDerek Carr emerge with a MVP caliber season, only to go down with a broken fibula. Before the freak injury, or the fake outrage about Derek still being in the game, defense’s were getting carved up. 3,937 yds, 28 tds, only 6 ints, completing 63% of his passes. I was rooting for the man to reach the 4,000 yard mark, but fate is making us wait. Again. But,

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he’s 7th on the Raiders all-time passing yards list. And 5th in Touchdowns (81). My prediction is in about 3 short years Carr will be the sole leader in both categories. Keep in mind he’s only 25!

The offense as a whole was high Octane, and the wide receiving corps. was easily the best group in the league.

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After coming this close to having two 1,000 yard receivers last year, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper both arrived, 1,003 & 1153 respectively. Pick your Poison.

The Raiders didn’t go Raider. When the leader of the team went down, so did the team.

khalil-2-thumbsKhalil Mack tried to put the team on his back, but at the position he plays, that’s difficult to do. Lawrence Taylor in his prime couldn’t have saved the team, when Carr went down.

Mack finished the 2016 season with 54 tackles and 11 sacks (8th). Yes, he started off slow, but Khalil always does. Teams often double and sometimes triple team the man.

Overall the defense was decent at best. Too many big plays were given up, and the pass defense was awful. The Raiders gave up 275 yds per game through the air. 9th worst in the league. 117 yds per game were given up on the ground. Again, bottom 10. Overall Oakland gave up over 6,000 yards, and that is unacceptable. Offenses came in a little too confident all season.

 

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The offensive line needs a lot of credit. Skill positions get all the glory, but the game is won in the trenches. Derek Carr was only sacked 16 times. Compare that to Tyrod Taylor, who was sacked 42 times in 2016.  Only quarterback that got touched less than Derek Carr was Tom Brady. And he missed 4 games.

It was also running back by committee for the Raiders, also a credit to the O-Line.

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Jalen Richard, and DeAndre Washington, were bright spots that no one seen coming. The Oakland rushing attack combined for 1,922 yards. Not bad, overall there was great balance to the offense.

The Raiders ended the season 12-4. I suppose we all could call that a great season seeing as there were 14 previous losing seasons — however I wanted to see my boys make some noise. But when your most important player, at the most important position goes down, well…such is life for the Nation.

I won’t get into the whole Las Vegas thing, that put the ‘bitter’ in the ‘sweet’ because I covered that plenty of times.

However, I am calling my shot for next year.  The Oakland Raiders will go 13-3, and be Super Bowl LII champions. Remember you heard it here first.