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 on: Today at 09:29:41 AM 
Started by TIBERIUS - Last post by TIBERIUS
Wide receiver Cliff Branch played 14 years in the NFL. Played in 205 games, counting playoffs. Branch never had one surgery. Branch, though, may have had his fingernails clipped once or twice.

And that’s not the most interesting thing about the former Raider.

Pittsburgh’s Mel Blount, the 1975 Defensive Player of the Year, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, greatest cornerback in NFL history, was benched in the second half of the 1974 AFC title game because Blount couldn’t stop Branch, who caught nine passes for 186 yards.

That’s pretty interesting but that’s not the most interesting thing about the former Raider.

While the Raiders would be standing on the sideline during the playing of the National Anthem, Branch would turn to coach John Madden and say, “I’m going to have a big day today. I’m going to burn their defensive back.”

“Cliff,” Madden responded, “you don’t even know who their defensive backs are!”

That’s a cute story but, still, his confidence is still not the most interesting thing about the former Raider.

This is:

Branch has more receptions and yards receiving than Paul Warfield and Bob Hayes. Branch has more touchdown catches than Charlie Joiner and John Stallworth. Branch has more touchdowns than Ozzie Newsome. Branch has more catches, receptions and touchdowns than Lynn Swann.

Every person named in the preceding paragraph is in Pro Football’s Hall of Fame.

Except Branch.

How does Canton ignore Branch? How do you ignore the streaking comet? How do you ignore the speed of light when in the 1970s a football offense was a punch in the mouth, a run here, there, everywhere? How does it ignore this simple fact: After Branch’s retirement in 1985, Al Davis spent the rest of his days trying to find another Cliff Branch, and never did?

These questions will have a year to find an answer. Branch is not on the Hall of Fame ballot this year for the first time in six years. He’ll be back again next year as a senior candidate. Which will work either in his favor or against him.

Some of it Branch is rather helpless to defend.

“The Ghost of Al Davis still hovers,” Branch said.

The Raiders could move to Bangladesh and the opinion that so many have of the late Raiders owner would move with them. Al did such a good job of putting his imprint on his team that nothing, even the passage of time, would wash it away.

“A lot of writers didn’t like the way Al did things,” Branch said. “But Al always did it his way.”

Without apology. With a smirk. For those who still can’t help but fill up a spittoon at just the mention of his name, they conveniently whine about this number: 12.

A dozen Raiders are in the Hall of Fame who played on at least one Super Bowl winner with the team. A dozen Pittsburgh Steelers who are in the Hall of Fame played on at least one Super Bowl winner.

Manufactured Whine: The Steelers were the The Team of the Decade. The Raiders weren’t so how can they have the same number of Canton residents as the Steelers? Yes, that’s petty and that’s politics and that how — as another example — Kevin Durant at this writing is not in the starting lineup for the Western Conference at the NBA’s All-Star Game.

Politics is not reserved just for those slinging mud in government. Ask anyone if they have ever been exposed to “office politics” and the answer will begin with a roll of the eyes. It is no different in sports.

Perception carries a lot of tonnage in the NFL so think of the perception of trying to compare in the NFL of the ’70s and the NFL of today. Raiders Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff provides a classic example.

When Biletnikoff retired in 1978 with 589 career catches, Freddie was fourth all-time in receptions. Today? Freddie is 73rd. The NFL poobahs saw what the fans wanted. They wanted big numbers and they wanted them quick.

So make defensive backs defensive — look but don’t touch that receiver. Fans want scoring and they don’t want a 12-play, 80-yard drive.

This is the era of Instant Gratification. Don’t make me wait five minutes for the next end-zone dance.

“So how many yards, Cliff, do you think you’d catch with these rules?”

I think I saw Branch drool. Then he spoke. “A thousand (in a season). Easy.”

The definition of a Hall of Famer in any sport begins with a simple premise: Would that player be great in any era? Period. It truly is the only judgement that matters. The rest is, groan, politics.

No wonder Branch’s eyes glowed when he brought up the concept of speed, the ultimate weapon in any sport. Can’t hit what you can’t catch. Speed simplifies: Can’t block a shot or hit that fastball if it’s too fast to catch.

“Tyreek Hill,” Branch said. He’s the burner for the Kansas City Chiefs. Branch has a soft spot for burners since he was close to being The Original.

“Andy Reid (Kansas City’s coach), look what he does with Hill,” said Branch, 70, but still fit at 178 pounds, eight pounds over his playing weight. It was with both wonder and awe that Branch spoke. Awe, for how Hill is used, going everywhere except backward. And wonder what he would have done if he was the free-roaming chess piece.

Of course now we could be entering the Feel Sorry For Me part of the Cliff Branch story. Branch won’t have any of that. He lost his Fountaingrove home in the 2017 Tubbs fire and he didn’t complain then and he won’t now. He’s a man of speed and it’s time to move on.

So last week Branch flew with Jim Plunkett and Jerry Robinson to Las Vegas to participate in the ground-breaking ceremonies of the new Raider stadium there. Branch will move to Vegas in January of next year and then wait — it says here with unflinching certainty — for his Hall of Fame announcement. Meanwhile Branch’s schedule is full up with what could be called The Cliff Branch Appearance Tour.

Sunday Branch will be at Friar Tuck’s in Cotati, watching the AFC and NFC title games with other former NFL players, signing memorabilia with some of the proceeds going to a charity run by former NFL defensive back Honor Jackson.

Branch is at similar functions for Walmart with a Safeway gig of the same type coming soon. All the while Branch has a simple tape playing over and over in his mind.

“Stay alive so you can enjoy going to the Hall of Fame,” John Madden once told Branch. “It’ll come.”

And thus we may have the most interesting part of the Cliff Branch story. The man built his legend on running past people. Now, he waits. And waits and waits. For something so much the antithesis of who he is. He waits for something to catch him.

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/sports/9182914-181/padecky-former-raiders-great-cliff?sba=AAS

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 on: Today at 12:55:23 AM 
Started by TIBERIUS - Last post by TIBERIUS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnPkEyP_Tzg

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 on: Today at 12:52:19 AM 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHA2afBxmbs


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 on: Today at 12:39:39 AM 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF-HcDYlVL0

Well, it's five o'clock in the morning
Feel just like the end of a mule
Somebody's been yawning
Trying to break out the rules
Yes, it's high time we went
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went there?
Ain't it high time we went?
Well, it's four o'clock in the morning
Somebody's shouting the news
Nobody's been yawning
Preachers all around for the blues
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Three o'clock and I'm dreaming
Somebody's shouting the way
Nobody can see me
Trying to find a brand new day
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Two o'clock and I'm rolling
Everywhere I look is the same
Somebody's been calling
Trying to put the blame on my name
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went, darling?
Ain't it high time we went, hehe?
Oh, ain't it high time we went, went on?
It's one o'clock and I'm falling
Falling for the same old game
Somebody's been shouting
Let me be by the stage
Ain't it high time we went?
Baby, ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Well, it's twelve o'clock and I got there
Didn't think I'd make it in time
Somebody's been shouting
"Don't forget the lemon and lime"
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went, love?
Ain't it high time we went?

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 on: Today at 12:32:43 AM 
Started by TIBERIUS - Last post by TIBERIUS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfW3Plbi3J4

Sweet Lucy was a dancer
But none of us would chance her
Because she was a samurai
She made electric shadows
Beyond our fingertips
And none of us could reach that high
She came on like a teaser
I had to touch and please her
Enjoy a little paradise
The lock was in my pocket
When Lucy met the rocket
She never knew the reason why
I can't deny it
With that smile on her face
Oh, it's not the kill
It's the thrill of the chase
Feel it coming
It's knocking at the door
You know it's no good running
It's not against the law
The point of no return
And now you know the score
And now you're learning
What's knockin' at your back door
Sweet Nancy was so fancy
To get into her pants we
Had to be the aristocracy
The members that she toyed with
At her city club were something in diplomacy
So we put her on the hit list
Of a common cunning linguist
A master of many tongues
And now she eases gently
From her Austin to her Bentley
Suddenly she feels so young
I can't deny it
With that smile on her face
Oh, it's not the kill
It's the thrill of the chase
Feel it coming
It's knocking at the door
You know it's no good running
No, it's not against the law
The point of no return
Now how you know the score
And now you're learning, aha
What's knockin' at your back door
Sweet Lucy was a dancer
But none of us would chance her
Because she was a samurai
She made electric shadows
Beyond our fingertips
And one of us could reach that high
I can't deny it
With that smile on my face
Oh oh, it's not the kill
It's the thrill of the chase
Feel it coming
Knocking at your door
You know it's no good running
Now it's knocking at your door
Ah ha, knockin' at your back door

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 on: Today at 12:20:13 AM 
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When the fuck is Mayock putting out his mock? Anyone?  :belch

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 on: Today at 12:17:00 AM 
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 on: Today at 12:14:55 AM 
Started by TIBERIUS - Last post by TIBERIUS
Vegas tickets more affordable





A major concern for teams when they relocate to a brand-new stadium is pricing out the existing fan base. It has happened in Santa Clara with the San Francisco 49ers and will likely happen with the Golden State Warriors once they move to San Francisco.

The Oakland Raiders, who are moving to Las Vegas in 2020, are hoping that they can mitigate the impact of pricing out die-hard fans. As such, the team adjusted the PSLs for a “couple hundred fans” including one fan who received a refund of $2,850 when the Raiders adjusted his PSL from $7,000 to $5,500, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Marc Badain emphasized the importance of making Las Vegas affordable when he was contacted on Friday according to Silver and Black Today.

“We had the first two phases of PSL sales – the Club seats and then Phase II – and now we’re into the third deck and pricing level,” Badain said by phone. “We’ve said all along we’d have PSLs priced differently to make it affordable for as many fans as possible and this is another indication of that.”

The organization has made it clear during its lame-duck time in Oakland that it wants to make tickets affordable for all of Raider Nation. And the recent gestures toward the future PSL owners in Las Vegas is evidence of that.

That being said, the information coming thus far doesn’t state how much in total money was refunded aside from the Raiders saying they issued a couple hundred refunds. The only exact number so far is the fan on Twitter showing he was refunded $2,850.


https://www.silverandblackpride.com/2019/1/18/18188997/raiders-provide-partial-psl-refunds-to-couple-hundred-fans-to-make-vegas-tickets-more-affordable

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 on: January 18, 2019, 08:25:50 PM 
Started by TIBERIUS - Last post by varaider
Edge Guy or move down and get more picks.

Since we have a bunch of needs, why not just trade down and pick up picks in the mid or late first and second round. Instead of 1 star try and draft some solid picks.

If we're in a so-called "complete rebuild"... this makes the most sense...

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 on: January 18, 2019, 08:21:56 PM 
Started by varaider - Last post by varaider
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM5LZS-lSUw&feature=player_embedded_uturn

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