A a single trip to Training Camp this Year, I knew this Team was different… There was confidence racing thru the camp… But a lack of Intensity was visible. Armani Cooper was on sideline just watching.
There was not the pace or intensity I had seen in Coach Jack Del Rio’s Group the previous two Seasons at camp. This was similar to the lethargic Dennis Allen Training Camp style. Another 0-4 Pre-season followed. But weren’t the Raiders were a lethargic 1-3 in Pre Season 2016, and ended at 12-4. Nothing to worry about? Right?
Attended the 11 Day Debacle, as the NFL scheduled 3 Home Games in 11 Days. Adding the Mexico Date was Just Another See Ya Later Get less Good Bye, and Finger from NFL. They are now offering the same “deal” to Season Ticket Holders as Last Year… 7 Dates
Would like to have seen Brady in Oakland 1 last Time. Oh Well. Well next Year right… If we host them in a Playoff Game. I’m going to go out on a limb, and say that more likely the Patriots had played their last Game in Oakland in 2014. Dennis Allen’s last game in Oakland as Coach.
What is worse… Management paid too many, too well, too soon. I would have required my Quarterback to at least have a history in Playoffs before I give away the largest contract. I also think the Gabe Jackson, and Seth Robert’s extensions were premature, That triggered the Donald Penn Holdout. We also have learned the value of the derided DJ Hayden. As a Fan I could see the lack of speed of our corners, Why didn’t Reggie & Jack. Ken Norton needed to up his game… Have to have the tools. Can’t defend the back end on Paper… Let alone in Games. If I were running an NFL Team, Once you get lucky and Draft a Franchise QB. You have 4 Years to win a Title. A first round pick might allow 5 Years. Before you have to start paying Franchise Money. I would have waited and evaluated the Final Contract Year of my Draft Picks. Before discussing extensions.
Brandon Crooks ran by Sean Smith for New Orleans Saint in the 2016 Home opener, just as easily Yesterday. DJ Hayden at least had the speed to stay with fast receivers. There was no question in training Camp how slow our most counted on Corners are. Add to the roster the Zero impact of the 2017 Draft Class… The contracts & monies spent, limits quality additions to the 2018 roster. Thus the only move the Raiders can make in the Off-season is gut the Coaching Staff. Which pretty much means no Title in Oakland before the relocation. As the Los Angeles Angeles of Football, the LV Raiders have wasted another season of the Defensive excellence of Khalil Mack.
At times words cannot Describe, and even Video misses the Mark. This is what I try to bring to those that buy, Standing in a Bay Area Park is watching a Total Solar Eclipse… It is not.
They are rare, Yes Rarity, Your neighborhood, (Within 250 miles) August 2045… Probably too old. So I settled for regional(Within 1000 miles). 21, August 2017.
This particular Day in John Day started with Clear Blue Skies, Something one cannot even Achieve, yet appreciate at all in My Hometown. In the Bay Area, the media was selling the local partial eclipse… As the equivalent to Totality. It is not.
During Totality, This Day at Clyde Holliday State Park, Think a Dark Royal Blue Sky… Also the Twinkling of the Star in the Picture… Made me rethink the Mercury description. It is in fact the Star Regulus. Magnificent, or as a Noted Yankee Fan, comedian would say, Marvelous, simply Mahervolumeless. One can lose thoughts of everything… Even Today’s constant media.
Next Regional 8, April 2024 – Think Oakland
When the Raiders leave for Vegas, I will be a NFL Fan Only… Maybe. A “Free Agent” at the least… Mark… The price of Vegas is that You WILL HAVE cut, Fans like me, Heretofore “US” out. “Oakland Raiders” Together was home to me, My solace.
My Future is now neither… I cannot no longer tolerate an anti-business, pro Grant, Financially mismanaged, overtaxed Community Economic Devaluement Programs. This is the Leadership that has cost me the Team… And MD. It’s true, I followed Your Father… Into the Dirt. But I will NOT follow you into the Desert. Look at the Mayweather- McGregor Fight Crowd… You are not going to have a Home Field like this is, in Oakland. You think you won LA, well hooty ho… It is good for Raiders that the Blackout rules were lifted so Vegas people can see Games Live. Your market is LV. LA will embrace the teams the 2 LA Teams, eventually… If they Win. I mean it’s LA…
Who am I to make a judgement like this, so make it IMHO. But before ABB, I don’t believe the musical category existed. I was fortunate to be able to make 2 recordings with Gregg Allman and the Alameda All Stars. On the road as Gregg Allman & Friends.
Due to this relationship with the Group, Gregg was a Guest at the smallest venue one would imagine. Rooster’s, now hosted one of the GOAT’s. Yes, while Rock Gods have played the Venue many times… This, was A “Musical GOAT”, in a Dive Bar…94501.
It is hard to imagine how the many people that occupied that very tiny corner of Alameda that Sunday Evening felt. When I think about that moment, the music… From the corner of Clement, & Grand Streets… This is my favorite song from the set…Melissa. While I am sorry the Audio was not better… The moment is more special as the Years progress…
With Gregg’s passing, Butch Trucks passing earlier this Year. I find the Symmetricity: Duane passes ’71, Gregg ’17. 7117, ABB, It’s fitting metaphor. They join Duane & Berry Oakley in The other side’s, now newly reformed Allman Brothers Band. The music now, as with all, …Timeless, Now belongs to the Ages…
The SSUC, They did not clean the Front of their Building for this. They took the Friday off for “Cesar Chavez Day”. This allows the International Field enjoy the everyday Trash in front of the Spanish Speaking Unity Council. The Community Economic Devaulation Corp of East Oakland… I stopped shooting this at this point. I was NOT going to sit in UC trash to get shots.
CED(Community Economic Devaluement) + UC = SSUC.
The 10% possibility the Oakland Raiders win Super Bowl LII.
Doesn’t matter how much money she will have accumulated to support her campaign.
The Anger of the Raider Nation will Boil over, as the remaining Home Dates dwindle under 5 Election Day Tuesday 6, November 2018.