Friday, February 28, 2014

Only The Cape Was Missing

A masked crusader swooped down onto Gotham's Knicks, showing the New Yorkers what happens when teams visit Miami and wanna play the villain role.  Lebron James, in his first game back since breaking his nose in a game, went up, under and around the Knicks in leading his team with 31 points and a 103-83 victory.

The black protective face mask that Lebron wore gave him a look of super hero invincibility.  Right now, even with a broken nose, Lebron is at the top of his game and simply unstoppable.  He makes other NBA superstars look like mere mortals as he picks and chooses which super power to employ against them.  And though at times it seems unfair that one with such specially gifted powers and talent should be allowed to participate in a 'league of just us' basketball players, we fans of the game can't help but watch in fascination, wondering if there will ever be another to come along and dominate the hearts and minds of mere mortals as has the man in the black mask.  When it's More Than Just A Game!

My Brother's Keeper Initiative

Listen, then ask yourself, how can I help contribute to this program's success?

We must remember that as a family, community, nation, society, we are only as strong and successful as the weakest, poorest link.  Unlike the reality tv shows that encourage competitors to put down, ostracize, abandon and kick off the island those who appear to be pulling down the team with their selfish irresponsibility or weak commitment, those in the real world group who have progressed have an obligation to lend a hand and help those who are failing to succeed.  

Helping those who for whatever reason(s) find themselves at the bottom of a group could be done by teaching, by leading, by caring about them enough to help them dust off and sharpen their God given tools in order to succeed in meeting the challenges of life.  We must remember that nobody succeeds without the help of others.  The byproduct of helping even one person succeed eventually pays dividends to the one who helps.  

I'm pledging here on my blog to offer whatever I can to help support President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative.  

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Claude McKay Poem - Raiderlegend Repost

A Poem by Claude McKay

In 1919 there was a wave of race riots consisting mainly of white assaults on black neighborhoods in a dozen American cities. Jamaican-born writer Claude McKay responded by writing this sonnet, urging his comrades to fight back. It had a powerful impact, then and later.


If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursed lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

A Shared Voice

My Dear Ines: Sacco And Vanzetti

This Information Age that we live in can make the simplest things in life seem like an act of God.  Yesterday I picked up a book and was moved to almost tears while reading a father's letters to his children, written as he sat in a cold cement cell awaiting the hour of his electrocution.  In his letters the father poured out all that was left him; his soulful, heartfelt love for his family.  He gave encouragement and instruction to the fourteen year old boy and devout love and affection to his six year old little girl Ines.  This condemned father knew that only through his writings could his children possibly one day know the true man that he'd been in life.  

He wanted them to know that he was a loving, caring and honest human being who believed in justice and equality for all. He wanted his son Dante to be strong and comfort his mother, sharing with him how he used to comfort her with long walks in the quiet country, gathering flowers, resting under the shade of trees near vivid streams, enjoying the harmony and gentle tranquility of mother nature.

While reading this condemned man's love letters to his son and daughter, I couldn't help but think of the times I've written to my sons and daughter. Though I'd written not from a condemned man's viewpoint, still I found myself similarly pouring out my heart in trying to convey exactly how "dear they are to their father's soul." I suppose all father's want their children to love and understand him, regardless of his failings or shortcomings as a father.  The fact that this father had spent seven years in jail for a crime he may not have committed makes his plea to his children for love and understanding that much more longing.

The condemned father used his last words to them to teach about the ugliness and beauty of the world they'd someday inherit and to drive home the fact that they were "the greatest and sweetest treasure" his struggling life ever produced. His attempt to instill in Dante the will to do right and help others in their fight for freedom reflects that fatherly action of bestowing on his son what little wisdom he may have attained in such a short life with limited time left. 

The father does not try to instruct his son in any religious enlightenment or vengeful vendetta he may hold for or against God or Man. He simply asks that the boy look after his mother and continue in the fight that he and his fellow anarchist comrade, Bartolo Vanzetti, fought and will likely die for, "freedom for all and the poor workers."

"Yes, Dante, they can crucify our bodies today as they are doing, but they cannot destroy our ideas, that will remain for the youth of the future to come."

The father who I talk of above is no other than Nicola Sacco, a shoe worker, who along with an anarchist comrade, fish peddler Bartolomeo Vanzetti, was arrested, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death for a robbery that resulted in the death of a paymaster and a payroll guard in South  Braintree, Massachusetts on April 15th, 1920.  What made their story so mesmerizing wasn't the crime itself, but the "unscrupulous, unethical and diabolically skillful" way by which the Massachusetts legal system prosecuted the men.  

Their story lives today as a symbol for all who fight against injustices of any kind. There's been books, songs, movies and murals dedicated to these men and their fight for justice on American soil. They may not have been the first martyrs in America, nor the last, but their story is easily one of the most lasting and memorable that's stood the test of time. 

I was curious after reading of the children of Nicola Sacco, how their lives turned out and if possibly they were still alive today.  The irony in it all is that his daughter, who his letter was addressed to as My Dear Ines, just passed away earlier this month. Dante, his son died in 1971.  There are grandchildren and probably by now great-grandchildren who still live in the Boston area.  Sacco's wife Rosa (Rosina) did remarry but forbid the family from talking about it at all and carried the scars it inflicted on her to her grave in the early 1990's.

This is my second book on the sad story of the two Italian immigrants and their unsuccessful fight for justice against a prejudiced, paranoid post WWI America. But unlike the other book that focused on the trial and evidence against them, this book "The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti: A New England Legend, written by Howard Fast 1953, looks at the last hours of the pair, of how a terrible sentence was passed upon them and carried out, and of what this sentence meant to millions of people the world over.

For me, a loving father living with the hopes and fears that life impregnates such a one with, I hold empathy and praise for the courage it took for Sacco to lay bare his soul to his children in those final moments of his life.  

Whether he and his compadre were guilty or innocent of the crimes they were accused of is still being debated today and will most likely continue to be so. What was declared, proclaimed and issued in a 1977 report to the Massachusetts Governor's Office was that "Sacco and Vanzetti had been unfairly tried and convicted" and that "any disgrace should be forever removed from their names." The Governor at that time was Michael Dukakis who said he did not pardon them, because that would imply they were guilty. Neither did he assert their innocence."

And so we are left with the story of a family's tragedy, A country's shame and a world's martyrs for freedom and justice.  And with the recent passing of Ines (Sacco) Talmo, we should pray that Sacco's descendants, as well as Vanzetti's, have found peace in their hearts for a country that failed them miserably. 

Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, The Murders and The Judgment of Mankind

Amazon Reviews

Warriors Getting It Done

Alright, let's face it; our Golden State Warriors are not ready to win a seven game finals championship series just yet. Sure they can play shutdown defense and shoot lights out from the perimeter, but not consistently over a seven game series.  There is where the dagger of defeat strikes hardest; consistency.

The Warriors simply have a way of playing down to lesser teams and stepping up to the challenge of competing against good teams.

Night in and night out there's no predicting how good or bad the Warriors will play, the only hint being the record of the team they're facing.  But lately they're finding ways to finish games and win regardless of turnovers, foul trouble, defensive breakdowns or any other negative actions on the court.  The Warriors are grinding out victories in ways that elite teams are known to do. 

If they could stay healthy over longer stretches, then we might see more consistency in their game and less struggle to finish. They've been a team that seems to always have main pieces missing. The good thing is the backups are stepping up their games and we're seeing what newly acquired players Jordan Crawford and Steve Blake can do. 

The one backup that's given a huge lift to the Warriors of late has been the return of Jermaine O'neal.  The veteran center has turned up his game big time in the last three outings, coming away with a double-double (reb/pts) in the last two.  If O'neal can stay healthy down the stretch, a challenge at 35 years old, the Warriors might go deeper than expected in the playoffs.

As of now the Warriors are enjoying a four game winning streak and hold a sixth seed playoff berth. After these remaining five road games we fans look forward to the teams' return home with the winning flames still flickering sky high. The hope of Warriors fans has always been consistent, win or lose.

Final Score
Golden State 104
Detroit 96

Around the league - Jan 10

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ray Rice? Come'On Man - Say It Ain't So

 Maurice Manley, Arena football player 
Real Men speak out against domestic violence ad campaign.- Feminicide, Stop Violence Against Women, Domestic Violence

Granted, all the evidence is not being shared with the public as of yet, but the video clip of Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee out of a casino elevator in Atlantic City looks bad.  Any viewer watching the clip can draw his/her own conclusions as to what transpired between the two inside the elevator, but the body language of both parties leads all speculations on a crash course with tragic implications.

Police claim they have additional video that proves the parties attacked each other, but so far the only video available to the public is the disturbing elevator exiting clip.   Both parties were arrested. The two have been together since 2008 and have a two year-old daughter.

News outlets have jumped all over the story and it seems they're licking their chops anticipating a juicy story.  Everyone is saying how good a person Ray Rice has been throughout his NFL career, which makes the disturbing elevator footage even more unbelievable.  

My first thought after seeing it was that the fiancee had too much to drink and had passed out cold.  On the clip, Ray looks like a man embarrassed, frustrated and trying desperately to normalize the situation.  But a limp body being unsuccessfully forced to stand up after being dragged out of a casino elevator is anything but normal.

Whatever did happen to bring on his fiancee's passing out caused Ray to lose his head.  The elevator footage, unfortunately for Ray, looks more like a cover up than a cry for help and assistance.  The fact that a man would drag a woman's unconscious body out of an elevator without calling for help raises doubt about his concern for the woman's well being. It makes Ray appear to be worried about Ray and the damage it'll cause his career. Or is it possible Ray was in shock?

We who are not in the public limelight cannot imagine the pressures that come with celebrity type status. Time and time again we see celebrities doing and saying the damnedest things when caught behaving badly. As for the limp body in the black dress, Janay Palmer, she might just sue Ray for pulling her body out of the semi-privacy of the elevator and making her an unwilling viral video sensation.  

Don't get me wrong, I take domestic violence seriously and agree that there's no reason at all for a man to be hitting a woman, ever. And I feel just as strongly against women who instigate or initiate a boxing match with a man; these women are doing a disservice to their sisters fearfully suffering domestic violence in silence; it reinforces the myth that she asked for it.  If police evidence shows that this woman was going toe to toe with Ray, she might not have won the physical battle but you can believe she'll score a TKO in any financial battle. Video footage is usually indisputable.

A word from the wise for men; when argument ensues with a female, just walk away. And take the stairs!

Note: football player domestic violence google results

NFL Domestic Violence Arrests

Does Watching Football Lead To Domestic Violence?

Woman Stabs Brandon Marshall

Cheerleader Arrested on Domestic Violence

Friday, February 14, 2014

Boxing Great Joe Gans

Joe Gans
Global ID9026
death date1910-08-10 (35)
height5′ 6½″   /   169cm
reach71″   /   180cm
aliasOld Master
residenceBaltimore, Maryland, USA
birth placeBaltimore, Maryland, USA
birth nameJoseph Gant
won 145 (KO 100) + lost 10 (KO 5) + drawn 16 = 176
rounds boxed 1475
Newspaper Decisions won 13 : lost 2 : drawn 5
rounds boxed 132
Total Bouts 196 KO% 51.02


I'm going blind reading about boxing legend Joe Gans, "The Old Master." This man's story and his rise to be one of the greatest boxers of all time is incredible. Set on a turn of the century stage, the book highlights all the change and history being made during the era. From bare knuckle brawling to Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope movie camera (still photos in rapid fire), the two decades from 1890-1910 was not only a golden age for boxing, but for American society as a whole. America was expanding and growing, and Joe Gans was a man fighting for honor and respect in the midst of change.

He fought fighters twice his size and won, he fought in a time where racism against negroes was the norm, he started out in the infamous battle royals which were brutal bouts of blindfolded young men fighting until only one stood standing to be crowned winner. He fought an epic 42-round fight in the blistering Nevada desert, a fight considered his best. Yeah, the story of Joe Gans covers all this and so much more. Its a story about the man who practically invented what we call today the "sweet science of boxing." 

For years only those in the boxing world knew of Gans boxing legacy. The greats like Joe Louis and Muhammed Ali knew, and you can believe that they used some of the knowledge passed down from the Old Master, a nickname that carries the respect of all boxers during and since. 

In the book I'm reading, "Joe Gans by colleen aycock and mark scott, there are pictures of Gans showing his small, muscular frame with the always dark penetrating eyes challenging the camera. He never took boxing lessons but instead, studied some of the great pugilists of his time.  Pictures of him in the ring reveal a tiger-like stance giving him the ability to attack and defend with little effort. Seems he was always learning in the ring. 

In a square boxing ring surrounded by screaming white faces in 1902, I wonder how the heck a black boxer could even make it to the ring much less stay focused and fearless enough to knockout a white man and win a championship. It might've been the closest thing to a lynch mob a black man could experience.

There was a section for blacks to watch the fight, but it states that they were wise to leave early to avoid the violent tempers of inebriated whites when Gans was announced the winner. For the most part it seems that whites respected the boxing skills of Gans and were seen congratulating more than cursing the man for beating some of the great white boxers of his time. Unlike the great black champion Jack Johnson, who was a bold and brash heavyweight boxer inside and outside the ring, Gans was a master strategist and tactician in the ring and humbly helped others outside the ring. 

The hows and whys of the forgotten legacy of Joe Gans is speculated on in this book, but there's really no sure reason why his amazing story got lost along the way. The authors make a good case for the reason being a controversial loss the old master incurred in Chicago which was dubbed the 1900 "Chicago Fix." The fight was caught on film. Research suggests that something was afoul before and during the fight. Afterward, Chicago would ban professional boxing for the next quarter century as the city and Gans suffered black eyes to their sporting reputations.  The scandal was a forerunner to the 1919 Chicago Black Sox world series fix, but unlike Shoeless Joe and his banned baseball teammates, Gans would return to the ring and within two years win the championship. 

No proof of a fix ever surfaced from the fight, but the scarring to the old master's legacy had taken hold and the scab would cover over much of what he later accomplished.  

A bronze statue of Gans has stood in Madison Square Garden since 1931, but other than boxers on their way to the ring rubbing their gloves to it for good luck in their match, there's little said about the old master. A good old madison square garden ghost story exists, but not much else. 

I plan to enjoy finishing the story of The Old Master and adding to my ever growing knowledge of the sweet science. It's never too late to adopt new heroes. Someday, someone has to make a movie about Joe Gans; its just that epic of a story. 

Max Berstein interviews author Colleen Aycock

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lebron Lifts Heat Over Warriors

After shooting last night's 3pt. dagger that ripped the game out of the hands and hearts of the Golden State Warriors, the Miami Heat's Lebron James pounded his chest proclaiming himself King.  How do you argue with that?

Instead of argue, I say to Lebron finish up business in that Miami Kingdom of yours then come on over to the west coast and lead the Warriors to a championship.  If Lebron could build another kingdom in a land suffering from years of championship drought, I might consider him the best of all time.  Sure is nice to dream every now and then, if for no other reason than to forget a Heat crushing loss.


Final Score
Miami 111
Golden State 110

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

White Innocence vs Black Guilt

 Florida was once nicknamed The Sunshine State; Not Anymore

Thought I'd share an interesting CNN opinion article I read about the Michael Dunn murder case in Florida, where again a white adult male is on trial for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager. Dunn says he felt threatened by the teens and is therefore using Florida's "Stand Your Grand" law in his defense.

The article is an opinion piece that points out the inequality and racism of the 'stand your ground' law, as well as, law enforcement's profiling of minorities.  It also points out research showing how law enforcement's assumption of white innocence has led to slower recognition and response to white crime.

"The ability of white skin to mask a threat" is alarming in a 'Stand Your Ground' environment.

From just the short clips of Michael Dunn's testimony, I'm under the impression that the man's pent up anger and frustration triggered him to commit a murderous crime.  Whether that anger was triggered by the loud sound of black music, the glistening faces of black teens or the raw lingo of black slang he thought he heard spoken, Michael Dunn acted with murderous anger.  

I'm really starting to believe that Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law was adopted to permit cowards the opportunity to feel what its like to be brave.  Only problem is you can't manufacture bravery with a law, but you can sanction violence and murder by arming an angry coward with a weapon.  

A coward lives with premeditated fantasies of performing heroic acts.  Add a gun to the fantasy, along with a law like 'Stand Your Ground,' and its like giving muscles to a scared skinny man. 

Even with muscles he'll carry a coward's mentality and avoid anyone or anything that threatens him.  However, you can believe the now muscled skinny man will put a hurtin' on the first non-threatening person he perceives has kicked sand in his face.  A deadly hurtin'!

I seriously wonder though, had the carload of teenagers been white and the loud music rock n' roll, would Michael Dunn have, as he claims, felt his life endangered and pumped about 10 rounds from his 9 mm pistol into their SUV? Maybe, but would he still have fled the scene and not bothered to call police also?  Welcome to The Gunshine State folks!


CNN Opinion: Florida shooter saw black, thought threat

Editor's note: Carol Anderson is associate professor of African American Studies and History at Emory University and a public voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project. She is the author of "Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights" (Cambridge, 2003).

(CNN) -- In "Stand Your Ground" Florida, Michael Dunn said he felt threatened by a car full of teens playing loud music and pumped about 10 rounds from his 9 mm pistol into their SUV, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. There were, of course, no return shots, because the teens were unarmed. Dunn is white, and all the teens in the car were black. He didn't bother to call the police afterward.
Dunn, 47, is on trial, charged with murder.

He took the stand Monday, detailing how he was pulled up at a gas station when he asked the teens to turn down the music -- "rap crap" he called it. Through the teenagers' tinted windows he saw menace, someone reaching for something.
"You're not going to kill me, you son of a b***h," Dunn recalled saying as he reached for his loaded gun in his glove box. And he only "stopped firing when it appeared the threat was over."

Under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which could be used in this case, you are granted immunity from criminal and civil charges -- even if you didn't first try to retreat -- if you can show you had a reasonable fear of imminent bodily harm or death. And reasonable is up to interpretation.

A 2012 study by The Urban Institute found that in the "Stand Your Ground" states, when white shooters kill black people, "34% of the resulting homicides are deemed justifiable. Only 3% of deaths are ruled justifiable when the shooter is black and the victim is white." And Dunn feels justified.
"I am NOT a murderer," Dunn has said. Instead, he has taken on the mantle of victimhood and claimed, "I am a survivor."
Dunn saw black and Dunn saw "threat." And he still does.

He wrote, while awaiting trial, "This jail is full of blacks, and they all act like thugs. ... This may sound a bit radical, but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they're threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior."
But it's not just the vigilantes. In January, Philadelphia police determined that a group of African American teens wearing hats and scarves in 13 degree weather looked "suspicious." The resulting stop and frisk led to the crushed testicles of a straight-A student who was simply on his way to a high school basketball game. He is now in a wheelchair.

Jordan Davis was 17 when he was gunned down and killed in his SUV.

Michael Dunn, 47, is on trial on a murder charge in the shooting and killing of Jordan Davis, 17.

Recently, researchers at Stanford University conducted studies where police and others, cued with an image of a black person, quickly deciphered very blurred images often associated with crime, such as a gun. White people see an African American, and they're immediately looking for something illegal. They almost instantly see a threat.

Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell and the scores of other unarmed African Americans gunned down because the killers felt threatened make that clear.
Still, there's another story. The toll that the assumption of white innocence has on public safety is rarely examined.

For example, years ago in Wisconsin, one of Jeffrey Dahmer's young victims ran naked, bleeding and screaming into the arms of Milwaukee's finest. But the serial killer's blond hair worked like pixie dust: The officers ignored the pleas of several African American women, who begged the police to protect the child and get him to safety. Instead, the cops took Dahmer's word that this frail 14-year-old Asian American boy was really a consenting adult and handed the child back over to the cannibal.
For most Americans, danger doesn't look like Jeffrey Dahmer. The second part of the same study at Stanford affirmed it.

Researchers found when they flashed pictures of whites to police and others, subsequent fuzzy images linked to crime remained a blur for a lot longer. In the Rorschach psyche of America, the words "white" and "crime" are not synonymous.

This means that authorities are slow to recognize the threat even of serial killers and certainly by gun-toting shooters in neighborhoods, malls, schools, and airports -- if they're white.
The ability of white skin to mask a threat was evident in Atlanta last year. In October, a white man pulled up to an elementary school and breezed through an elaborate security system while packing multiple guns, including an AK-47, and nearly 500 rounds of ammunition. Eight hundred children scrambled out of the building and a SWAT team set up outside. Then, Michael Brandon Hill pointed his gun out the school window and started shooting.

As dramatic as the shootings may be, the assumption of white innocence has a more widespread, corrosive effect on the criminal justice system and society. The New York Police Department has documented evidence that the relatively small number of whites who were stopped and frisked accounted for nearly twice as many illegal firearms and one-third more contraband than blacks or Latinos.

Still, Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormick instructed his officers to target African Americans. "I don't have any trouble telling you this," he said, "male blacks 14 to 20, 21." In other words, where the presumption of white innocence is concerned, facts carry much less weight than perception.
Similarly, whites and Hispanics are two-thirds of all crack users in the United States; yet, the U.S. Sentencing Commission found that 79% of sentenced crack offenders in 2009 were black. As journalist Saki Knafo noted, "When it comes to illegal drug use, white America does the crime, black America gets the time."

Law professor Jonathan Simon wrote about the ways that the American obsession with crime has created "a culture of fear." Yet, any sense of real safety and security will continue to elude this nation as long black is the default threat setting in America.

 Carol Anderson
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Carol Anderson.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

2012 Oakland Raiders - Promising Game 1

The Oakland Raiders 2013 season opened against the Indianapolis Colts with a promising bang.  The silver and black offense and defense surprised many of us with a gallant effort against a formidable opponent.  In the end it added up to a loss, but the team looked better than we'd remembered it being in 2012.

Looking back on that game I have to admit that I thought there was something special about this Raiders team.  They fought, never quit, backed up one another and had a shot to win the game at the end. Quarterback Terelle Pryor looked fresh and fast as ever, wide receiver Denarius Moore continued to catch everything thrown his way, and of course a healthy D-Mac showed power while barreling his way into the end zone.  The game was full of promise for the Silver & Black season.

Next season I will remember that nothing is promised in the NFL. You win or you lose, there is no in-between. I will take a sure win over a promising loss any day.  Next season will be different.  Time to cash in on some of those promising moments we saw this past season.  I'll be there. Promise! Hopefully the Raiders will begin fulfilling their many promises, the main one being Just Win Baby.

Truth Is - Brother Ali

Uncle Sam Goddamn - Brother Ali

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Invention of the Jewish People

Book summary

Sand began his work by looking for research studies about forcible exile of Jews from the area now bordered by modern Israel, and its surrounding regions. He was astonished that he could find no such literature, he says, given that the expulsion of Jews from the region is viewed as a constitutive event in Jewish history. The conclusion he came to from his subsequent investigation is that the expulsion simply didn't happen, that no one exiled the Jewish people from the region, and that the Diaspora is essentially a modern invention. He accounts for the appearance of millions of Jews around the Mediterranean and elsewhere as something that came about primarily through the religious conversion of local people, saying that Judaism, contrary to popular opinion, was very much a "converting religion" in former times. He holds that mass conversions were first brought about by the Hasmoneans under the influence of Hellenism, and continued until Christianity rose to dominance in the fourth century CE.[22]


Sunday, February 02, 2014

Seahawks Defensive Domination in SBXLVIII

When I saw the first offensive play of the game for Denver result in a safety I said, "its gonna be a rough day for Peyton Manning and the Broncos."  It was!  It might've been the worst game ever for every Broncos player as the Seattle Seahawks beat them up in every way possible. 

The best thing the Broncos accomplished was avoiding a shutout, which could've easily happened the way Seattle's defense was playing.  The Broncos had 4 turnovers and a kickoff returned against them for a touchdown by the x factor, Percy Harvin.  A 22-0 half-time lead and QB Russell Wilson playing mistake free football allowed the Seahawks to cruise down the stretch for a perfect landing, mission accomplished. Former Raider and HOF'er Marcus Allen presented the Lombardi Trophy to the Hawks.

Congratulations Seattle Seahawks on a Championship Season

MVP #55 LB Malcolm Smith

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Hall Of Famer Ray Guy

We who wear silver and black have known all along, now the rest of the league and fans can marvel at the feats of the best punter who ever played the game.

Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy has finally been selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He is the only punter in the hall and we Raiders fans are wondering, so what the heck took you guys so long? Anyone who ever saw the high kicking style of Guy's along with the booming sound of the ball coming off his foot knew they were watching greatness. It was a thing of classical beauty to behold.

Thanks for Your Commitment To Excellence