Thursday, December 14, 2017

What's Wrong With Carr?

Where has QB Derek Carr disappeared to?

After the Raiders 26-15 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City this past Sunday, an espn staff writer wrote an article about QB Derek Carr that "pointed out the obvious;" broken finger, broken fibula, broken bone in the back.

Basically, Derek Carr has been "Broken" since late last season. And like a broken bone, the marrow of his courage and confidence seem brittle, as if enough time hasn't passed for them to fully mended yet.  The question I have is will Carr ever wholly mend and return to being that courageous, efficient leader we saw commanding the playing field early last season. Time will tell.

In the meantime the Raiders are 6-7 and looking up one game to the Chiefs and Chargers in the AFC West Division lead. Its more likely that the Raiders will miss the playoffs than make them. They host the Dallas Cowboys this week in their final home game of the season. Many eyes will be on Derek Carr this coming Sunday, looking for any hints of truth to the theory that broken bones lead to broken courage and character in sports.

Will Derek Carr begin to look more like the fearless leader we all know he's capable of on the football field, or will the ghosts of his record high career sacked NFL quarterback brother David Carr haunt him into obscurity? Again, time will tell. 

"Geology is the study of Pressure and Time. That's all it takes, really. Pressure and time. That and a big god-damn poster."   Quote from movie Shawshank Redemption

Monday, December 04, 2017

Raiders in Three-Way Division Leading Tie

The Oakland Raiders are showing much improvement on defense and the offense seems to be rediscovering its strengths. They took down the lowly Giants (2-10) at the Oakland Coliseum yesterday and did it without their two starting wide receivers, Coop and Crabtree.

The game had many Raiders highlights but coulda, shoulda been a Raiders blowout. The New York Giants are simply not a good team. They fired their head coach and general manger this morning, and I hear that benched quarterback Eli Manning is ready and expecting to take back his starting job come their next game.

Meanwhile, the Raiders are now 6-6, tied with the Chiefs and Chargers for first place in the AFC West. With four games left in the regular season, the division title is up for grabs. The teams will meet up in the following weeks and those games will likely determine who will represent the west in the AFC Playoffs.

With the backup receiving corps showing some grit, and the emergence of a beastly Marshawn Lynch effectively grounding and pounding yesterday, it's not far-fetched to see the silver and black in the Playoffs. Win out and they're in. 

Game Ball to WR Cordarrelle Patterson for killing the Giants with his speed. Also the defense, now under newly promoted defensive coordinator John Pagano, played with a passion. Yes, the Raiders defensive engine is revving and ready to make up for past transgressions. The team heads to Kansas City this weekend for a showdown against the Chiefs. With the playoffs on the line, its time to be great.

Just Win Baby!

Final Score
Giants 17
Raiders 24

Monday, November 20, 2017

Raiders a Mexico City 'No Show'

Monday Morning News:
Raiders Hit Rock Bottom in 33-8 loss to Patriots in Mexico City

At this point I'm ready to ship the Raiders off to Las Vegas in hopes that maybe organized gambling can pay off NFL officials and/or opponents to let the silver and black win some games. How else can they compete? The team is simply done for the season. There's no fire in their play and absolutely no hint of the high-power offense that was the talk of the league last season.

Something happened to the Raiders offensive mystique when quarterback Derek Carr went down with a broken leg late last season. That and the loss of offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has drained the confidence and character right out of this year's Raiders offense. We are left with a disinterested group of players going through the motions while a mediocre coaching staff hasn't a clue as to what's broken.

Time to re-evaluate the effectiveness, or ineffectiveness, of coach Jack Del Rio staying at the helm. Though he looks and sounds good at the podium in front of reporters, he's become a consistently bad leader on the sideline. In the front office it's Reggie McKenzie who needs replacing. He's always a day late and a dollar short. Its time for a change in the Raiders organization, top to bottom.

I say ship'em off to Las Vegas early. Find some entrepreneur GM not named Reggie; with vision and guts the likes of Moe Greene, who can build them into a powerhouse football team once again. Because what the Oakland Raiders are today is an embarrassment to the uniform. The Raiders are done in 2017, and have been done since late last season; we just didn't want to believe it.

"You son of a bitch. Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders."
―Moe Greene to Michael Corleone[src]

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Raiders Need Everyone In Mexico City

So how the heck do you take down Brady and Belichik on the road in a high altitude environment like Mexico City?

Each and Every Raiders player and coach has to show up and contribute every talent in their arsenal. Then dig deep down and pull out something that resembles a win. There can't be any hesitation or second guessing. No confusion or questioning what to do. See ball get ball. See opponent get opponent. Beat your man with your hunger and skill. 

Go out there and lay it down for each other. Hold back nothing. Focus on the task in front of you and trust that your coaches and teammates are doing the same.  Remember it's not just a game, its a commitment to excellence and winning. On any given Sunday, anyone can get got. Now go get me the Patriots.

Be Professionals, Be Fearless, Be Raiders!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Warriors Locked In & Loaded

What more can you say about the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors that hasn't already been said. They were home facing a feisty, young Philadelphia 76ers team last night, finding themselves in a 74-74 tie midway through the third quarter. No Worries, No Panic, just continue working hard and trusting in the championship delivery plan; pressure defense, offensive ball movement, aggressive high percentage shooting.

The Warriors would break the tie and go on a 20-4 scoring run to show the visiting 76ers the dangerous striking power of a championship team.  The formula seems to always kick in during the third quarter and now with both young and old bench  players flexing their muscles, the Warriors can withstand the best shot an opponent throws without missing a beat.

Casspi, McGee, Young, West, Looney, Livingston, McCaw, Bell. All are showing the unique talents that make them invaluable to another Warriors Championship run.

On a night where former NBA Finals MVP Andre Igoudala was given a rest, the bench players gave notice to the league that there's absolutely no rest for opponents of this seasons' Golden State Warriors; None!

Final Score
76ers 114
Warriors 135

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Tai Chi vs Bagua Scene

There's definitely more to these martial arts forms than meets the eye in this fight scene. The chopping, swirling and flipping that goes into preparing the food below is a reflection of the fighting movements being displayed above.

Though made for the visual pleasure of movie going eyes, the fluidity and balance of the forms are not lost. More important, the respect that the styles have for one another, its as if watching the yin/yang symbol swishing around in a circle. Watch as the two forms become one. Amazing!

Almost as good as watching Snake vs Crane. Almost!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

World Series Champions Wearing Orange

Yes Indeed! The Houston Astros closed out game 7 in Los Angeles to earn their first ever World Series Championship. They did it by pouncing on the Dodgers early with five runs over the first two innings and chasing the Dodgers starter out of the game.

Then after the Astros rotated four pitchers through five innings without allowing a run, in comes Charlie Morton to suffocate the Dodgers with four Houston Strong innings.

The home team, wearing that ugly White jersey with Blue lettering and blood Red numeral on front, squeaked out a run in the sixth against Charlie, but beyond that little blip the Dodgers and their fans wore puppy dog eyes the rest of the night. It was a beautiful sight! Los Angeles never looked so good at night as tonight. Seeing Astros orange jumping up and down in jubilation at Chavez Ravine felt like Mardi Gras had come west. But not for Da'Bums.

Astros 5    Dodgers 1

Congratulations Houston Astros
..........2017 World Series Champions..........

News Flash: Astros shortstop Carlos Correa proposes to his girlfriend on the field after winning World Series. Wow!