Sunday, October 29, 2006

DE Derrick Burgess - The Autumn Wind Indeed

October 29, 2006

McAfee Coliseum

Oakland, California

Attendance: 62K+

By now the entire Football World has heard about the Oakland Raiders upsetting victory over the defending superbowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Everyone is wondering if the Raiders Defense is as good as it looked in stopping the Steelers offense time after time when it mattered most.

Time became a huge factor at the end of the game with the Raiders leading by seven and Pittsburgh marching down-field on quick offensive gains. But the NFL's 5th ranked defense going into this weekend's contest proved true to their ranking by denying Pittsburgh a taste of the endzone on four downs beginning at the 10-yard line. The Raider Defense's game clinching goal-line-stand helped beat the clock and the Steelers 20-13.

On a day that began with setting clocks back an hour, the Oakland Raiders treated a sellout crowd to throwback Raiders Football by imposing their Defensive Will on an opponent's offense. I wasn't there to be a part of those Raiders of Old games but I've heard many stories from oldtimers who did witness the magic. Everthing these diehard fans have talked about and passed down over the years was witnessed by us new generation fans in the Oakland Coliseum (McAfee Coliseum) on Sunday. From the fan noise to the dominating defense scoring touchdowns on the field to the opposing Pittsburh Steelers fans waving "Terrible Towels" throughout the stadium, it all seemed like one big throwback gameday. And of course the Autumn Winds of late October were rollicking and sweeping along the stands, sending chills through those unprepared or too sober to fend off the late cool afternoon breezes.

Except in this game there was no Immaculate Reception to thwart the Raiders Victory. No Franco or Fuqua to cause a frustrating and controversial outcome. A Pittsburgh Hail Mary completion at the three yard line as time expired was close, but the Raiders defense had played too great a game to allow any breakdowns at this stage. They stuffed the desperation play and swaggered boisterously off the field as Victors.

Play of the Game: Chris Carr's 100-yd interception return put the exclaimation point on the Defensive Unit's dominating day.

The Home Crowd Noise without question wins the 12th man award. It felt so good to see, hear and feel the rumble of the fans shaking the Coliseum once again, and not with fist-fights but actual screams, chants and whistles in support of our team. As a matter of fact, though I'm sure there were some incidents of disruptive fan behavior Sunday, I did not witness any encounters of fan disturbance. The many many Pittsburgh fans that showed up wearing their colors were treated with much respect and football brotherhood. I guess the action on the field kept us all too focused on the football action to consider any attacks in the stands. The fan rivalry was as good if not better than what I saw at candlestick park a few weeks ago against the Niners. Well, maybe not, but when you win all seems right and wonderful in the world.

To sum up the day of Victory for the Oakland Raiders fans who couldn't be at the Coliseum Sunday, I give you this word: PRIDE!

Our team, though not perfect as a team yet, made us PROUD to be Oakland Raiders Fans. The Autumn Wind is a Raider!

Final Score
Raiders 20
Steelers 13

Thursday, October 19, 2006

X Marks The Spot

I've commented on past stories about corpses being harvested for bone and tissue parts for sale to biomedical supply companies. I knew then that funeral home directors and morticians were involved in this grisly scheme which profited them greatly. What I didn't know about at the time was oral surgeon Michael Mastromarino's alleged involvement in such cases.

It is alleged that THE DOCKTOR not only removed skin, bone and other parts from up to 1,000 bodies in funeral homes and made millions of dollars selling the stolen tissue to bio medical companies, but x-rays of victims show plastic pvc pipe fittings where leg and hip bones should have been.

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Someone had inserted white plastic pipes - the kind used for home plumbing projects, available at any hardware store. all without the permission of the deceased family of course. The pipes were crudely reconnected to hip and ankle bones with screws before the legs were sown back up.

Today's news reports that seven funeral directors linked to a scheme to plunder corpses and sell the body parts for transplants pled guilty to undisclosed charges and have agreed to cooperate with investigators.

The X-rays shown in the SF Chronicle today are simply unbelievable, clearly showing the pipes and fittings attached to skeltal remains as part of a coverup. It proves to me that the men who did this give Mary Shelly's Dr. Frankenstein a bad name. At least herr Frankenstein was scientifically trying to create life, not profit from death.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Raiders Need Leader Who Can Get Things Done By Any Means Necessary

The Media has labeled him a criminal with the nickname "Casino Jack," a name synonymous with bribery and scandal. His past actions still trickle down into today's headlines exposing guilty politicians throughout the country. And no one political group is exempt from his influence which reaches as high up as the White House.

Who is this man and why do I think he'd be a good fit to lead the Raiders out of the darkness they find themselves in at 0-4?

He's Jack Abramoff that's who, an opportunist who obviously thinks outside the box and gets the job done. Casino Jack has been successful at lobbying for many causes and it seems he has a knack for getting people to buy into his ideas. He's what you'd call a natural born leader with just the right charisma to make people unselfishly give of their time, money, professional skills and committment. Casino Jack is a top level negotiator who can bargain with the best.

I believe if we had Casino Jack running things for Raider Nation, we'd have coaches, trainers, players and even marketing personnel lining up to be a part of his team. You think John Gruden was a mover and a shaker, wait til' Casino Jack strolls onto the turf, fedora hat cocked at a slight forward-downward angle. He's already acquired the Raiders Mystique, the villain everyone wants to blame and hate. Sure he robbed them politicians of their gold, they offered and he gladly took it. And as of today he still laughs as he's conquered and won.

So for all you old Raider Faithfuls who've stuck with the decisions of Big Al throughout the years, take a minute to read about the man I think would be a perfect fit for running the Oakland Raiders. A man who knows how to acquire the resources needed to get the job done, by any means necessary. Pillaging just for fun.

Read about the colorful history of: Casino Jack Abramoff