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I find meaning, in this meandering life of mine, by finding things to care about. Finding things that arise passion and deliver me into the now. For whatever reason sports has always done this. Playing or watching, it is easy for me to get lost in the black and white boundaries of the action.
I want to root for athletes that care more than I do—teams that play together. Where their sum is greater than the parts. Enjoyment comes from success and success is measured by expectations.
On this note, let me leave you with a quote from the Bard, "If all the year were playing holiday to sport would be as tedious as to work, but when they seldom come they wish for come.... Nothing pleaseth but the rare accident" W.S.
This game isn't a must win. Even if they lose they will still be tied for first place. But this is a game they should win. And the Raiders need to prove they can take care of business when they are supposed to.
The Raiders' defense may be without its heart on Sunday. Richard Seymour did not practice on Friday. His absence on Friday surprised Hue Jackson. Here is Jackson following Friday's practice, as...
Carson Palmer and the Raiders' passing offense will be the key to victory against the Vikings. The reason is simple: The Vikings are tough against the run and sublimely awful against the pass.
The Vikings are not going to make it easy on the Raiders this week. Oakland loves to establish the run and pass off of that. And establishing the run may not be easy this week.
Aaron Curry got his bully on and blew up Marcus McNeill. And for that he gets the esteemed honor of winning this week's power play.
This is a little late, seeing as how the game is in the second quarter, but I thought I'd throw it up anyway. The Jets and Broncos are tied 3-3 right now. Go Jets! I'll root against the AFC West...
The Raiders aren't going to miss Chekwa because he hasn't been around long enough to create a presence worth missing.
There isn't likely to be another week where it is harder to decide who gets the game ball than this one.
Michael Bush and Denarius Moore were human highlight reals against the Chargers, and both are up for awards on NFL.com.
Carson Palmer isn't going to have to worry about Antoine Winfield stopping any of his passes on Sunday.
It's hard to believe, but the Raiders are in solo possession of first place in the AFC West. And they are only one game behind in the loss column from the best record in the AFC.
There are some pretty amazing stats emerging under the Raiders new offense with Carson Palmer. There are also just some nice stats that emerged from destroying a soft Chargers' defense.
Denarius Moore can catch anything. You just can't teach the kind of hands and instincts that this kid has.
Jacoby Ford's body is not doing him any favors this season. This time is especially troubling as Ford was really hitting his stride and displaying dynamic chemistry with Carson Palmer.
The Raiders make no sense. For the past season and a half (and longer, but especially then) the games where they seemed to be their most doomed end up being their most dominant.
Well, as it turns out the Raiders will only have three corners active for this game, and Michael Huff—who also plays corner—is out. Wow! The good news about this is that the first time the...
The Raiders have some crippling injuries in the secondary. It has reached the level that the recently signed from his living room Lito Sheppard will be starting at corner.
Unless the Raiders get healthy fast it is hard to see them putting together a solid effort. 11 players missed Tuesday's practice. And almost all of them are starters.
How do you pick a power play when your team was humiliated and gave up 300 yards rushing? It is not easy. All the power was with the Broncos. At least in the second half.
The Raiders are the team coming off of the bye in their matchup with Denver, but you'd never know it by looking at the injury report. The Raiders injury report is as long as it was before they went on bye.
The Raiders offense is going to be completely unrecognizable this Sunday. It is both thrilling and frightening at the same time. This has the potential to be an absolute disaster. Carson Palmer...
Derek Hagan is no longer a Raider. He has been replaced by TJ Houshmandzadeh. Chris Johnson was also put on the IR for what must be the worst hamstring pull in the history of humanity. These moves...