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You say Oakland, I say LA…

January 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Since I’ve got the tranquil breezes of Ocean trade winds on my mind, whilst soon to be frolicking in the warm, pleasant and relatively calm waters of the Pacific Ocean, hopefully being “Buzzed” by the friendly Green Sea Turtles…

All of this sun, surf and sand talk, for which California’s famous for, most notably “Hangin’ 10!” Made me decide it was high time to point out the obvious, which any Diehard Sports Fan will have already known, as I’ve once again shown off my apparent lack ‘O “Stick ‘N Ball” sports prowess - with several blunders in regards to my latest 12 Dazes ‘O SportyMas in regards to the 2014 Oakland, NOT LA Raiders…

The Twelve Days of Sports - 2014 Edition…

First off, contrary to my ‘Ol Memory banks, the Oakland Raiders current starting Quarterback is Derek Carr, not David, albeit Derek is indeed the younger brother of David, who I recall being a gritty QB who seemed to be an NFL “Journeyman” Quarterback, as I tend to think I last remember David playing for the Chicago Bears?

WRONG AGAIN BUCKEROO!

Both of the Carr brothers are from Bakersville and attended local high schools before both played their collegiate careers at Fresno State.

Big Brother David was drafted No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans in 2002 where he starred as the team’s signal caller through the ‘06 season before jumping ship to the Carolina Panthers, prior to somebody named Cam (Newton) coming to town…

After one season at Carolina, David next played sparingly for the New York Giants, as Eli Manning’s back-up before serving as Alex Smith’s back-up at San Francisco under the tutelage of Jimmy “HarBooBoobaugh,” before a second stint with the Giants, once again as back-up to Manning, where he netted a Super Bowl ring in 2011, and now is an unsigned free agent at the age of 35.

Meanwhile, Interestingly, Derek Carr is playing for his home team, although I’m well aware that California has two NFL Franchises; the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers, albeit the latter seems in a bit of disrepute coaching-wise at the moment, having just decided to go a different way upon jettisoning winning coach Harbaugh, who’ll take over the reins at Michigan…

OOPS! Almost did it again! As Uhm, think the San Diego Chargers play in California too; Hya! But I digress…

Derek was drafted in the second round (#36 overall) by the Oakland Raiders and became the team’s rookie QB for 2014, notching up three “Spoiler” victories, first shocking the then undefeated Kansas City Chiefs before making San Fran’s Jimmy Harbaugh say NUTS! And finally throwing a monkey wrench in Buffalo’s playoff plans by knocking the Bills out of post season contention.

And while John Gruden did indeed coach the Raiders, perennial Pro Football Czar of the Telestrator; Hya! John Madden led Oakland, not LA to its first Super Bowl victory in 1976 before handing over the coaching reigns to Tom Flores.

Flores then led the Raiders to a further two Super Bowl victories in 1980, 1983, while the team’s last Super Bowl appearance came in 2002, losing to the recently traded John Gruden and the Oakland Raiders have since endured twelve losing seasons and would be hard pressed to match 2013’s 4-12 record, which indeed didn’t happen, thanks to the Denver Broncos walloping Derek Caar and Company 47-14 in the week-17 regular season finale.

Madden, who retired from his longtime Sunday Night Football “Gig” with al Michaels, letting Chris Collinsworth take over for him, was last seen on an NFL stage when giving the first Hall of Fame Kicker Ray Guy’s induction speech in 2014…

Why Ray Guy chose John Madden to induct him

Then again, I may have this whole Los Angeles pigskin thingy somewhat correct? Although it pertains to the St Louis Rams instead of the Oakland Raiders returning to the “Raisin State,” Like isn’t that where we heard it on the grapevine; Hya!

Alas, with all of the conjecture over St Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke proposing to build a new 80,000 seat “Bling-Bling” NFL Stadium in Hollywood Park in Inglewood. Then again it could just be bluster to force St Louis into more favorable terms on a new stadium? And let’s not forget that there’s already a new LA Football Stadium project on the drawing board, having been “Fast Tracked” thru the environmental statement process. So who knows if either the Rams, Raiders or even Gasp! San Diego Chargers come to La-La Land, as these three teams seem to be leading the charge for “cough-cough” a new billion-plus state of the art stadium. Now if they could just have a winning record…

Whether or not Rams return, they’re still Family

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