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Two Fans in Joe Montana Jerseys Fight at Raiders-Niners Game (Video)

We rarely post fan fight videos here on LBS, but this one was too entertaining to pass up.  When you schedule a weekend preseason game between intrastate rival (kind of) football franchises, something is bound to go wrong.  When two frustrated fan bases come together for a meaningless game, tempers flare.  Even if it means Joe Montana fighting Joe Montana, there’s going to be a scrap.  Check out this Niners-Raiders fan fight video that our friends at Busted Coverage passed along:

These fights usually end with a quick knockout punch, but there was a point in this video where I thought these guys might never stop throwing fists.  I guess anything worth doing is worth doing right.

Crazy Hue Jackson Thinks Raiders Can Win the Super Bowl

The Oakland Raiders have already lost Robert Gallery in free agency and they’re about to lose their best player, Nnamdi Asomugha. That hasn’t affected head coach Hue Jackson’s confidence in his squad. Asked recently if he thinks the Raiders can make a run in the playoffs, Jackson said he has bigger dreams than that.

“Why not us? Why not the Raiders? We’re trying to win a championship. It’s what I talk about. It’s what I believe. I don’t know anything else.

“I know some of you look at me and say, ‘Man, this guy must be crazy.’ No, I’m not, because the first place we’re going to beat people is in the mind.”

Well, at least we’ll say that’s the type of attitude you need to have in order to win. Not many teams have had success thinking they were going to lose every game. But could you just imagine Hue Jackson going into a job interview and saying that to Al Davis? Davis is the same guy who thinks his quarterback is the next Jim Plunkett. Comments like these are probably music to his ears.

He should just hope this aspiration works out better than Brandon Marshall’s did last year.

Record-Setting Raiders Win Eases Fan Pain

Call it the Chucky Curse, the Oakland Raiders haven’t won more than five games in a season since 2002, the year they went to the Super Bowl and lost to former coach Jon Gruden. Since losing that game, the Raiders joined the Detroit Lions as one of the laughingstocks of the league and amongst all fans. Yet on Sunday, the Raiders blasted the Broncos in Denver scoring 59 points, simultaneously easing the pain of the embarrassment from the last seven years.

The first time I glanced at the TV and saw the score Sunday, I couldn’t believe it. While other afternoon games were just starting, the Raiders were already up 21-0. A quarter and a half into the game, they were already up 38-0. They settled for a 59-14 drubbing which was a franchise record in points, but it could have been much worse. Check out some of the records they set in the win:

    > 59 points – most in team history
    > 8 touchdowns – a team record
    > 4 touchdowns for Darren McFadden, tying a team record
    > 328 rushing yards, 3rd most in team history (28 shy of the team record)
    > 5 forced fumbles (two recovered)
    > Jason Campbell set a career high in passer rating, McFadden in rushing yards

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels had no choice but to apologize to the team and fans after the hideous loss. It’s rare that we see an NFL team come into a game so unprepared and lose by such a margin at home — they should be embarrassed. As for Raiders fans, they’ve taken a beating for almost 10 years. It’s about time you’ve had a chance to finally gloat. Though the chances of Darren McFadden running the team into the Super Bowl, as one fan told me, is highly unlikely at this point.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/ Jack Dempsey

Al Davis: I See Jason Campbell Like I Saw Jim Plunkett

To say Al Davis has high hopes for his offense in the near future would be an epic understatement. If he truly believes the things he says — and we have no reason to believe Crazy Al doesn’t — then he must believe Jason Campbell and Darrius Heyward-Bey can become one of the greatest quarterback/wide receiver duos to ever play the game of football. Not long ago, Davis ordered a press release that compared Heyward-Bey to Hall of Fame receivers such as Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, and Randy Moss.

The Raiders owner also apparently thinks releasing JaMarcus Russell and acquiring Campbell could turn out to be one of the best moves in franchise history. In a recent interview with Sirius NFL Radio, Davis compared the current Raiders squad to the 1980 Super Bowl team, and made comparisons between his new quarterback and two-time Super Bowl (one MVP) winner Jim Plunkett. It would seem as though anything less than Tom Brady/Randy Moss circa 2007 would disappoint him at this point. Here’s what Davis told Sirius NFL via ESPN:

I really liken this team a great deal to the team of 1980, in which the great Jim Plunkett pulled us out of the doldrums, took us to the Super Bowl as a wild card, and we had so many great players who eventually made their way into the Hall of Fame,” Davis said in an interview with Sirius NFL Radio.

I see this young Jason Campbell as a football player like I saw Jim Plunkett. He has everything. He was 13-0 in college, at Auburn, he can throw up the field, he can run, he’s big, he’s smart,” Davis said. “I really predict great things for him. I hope he doesn’t let me down. I don’t think he will.”

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Raiders Join in the Rookie Haircut Hazing

With the new media age we live in, items that used to be private business within teams spills out to the public most often via players’ twitter accounts. As a result, we’ve seen the funny haircuts the Patriots, Jaguars, and Broncos all gave to their rookies, not to mention the Cowboys. The worst cut probably was Tim Tebow’s haircut but nothing compares to the evil nonsense the Jags were up to.

The latest team to join the fray is the Oakland Raiders. Safety Tyvon Branch posted some pictures of the haircuts the veterans gave the rookies on his twitter page. With so many teams participating in the practice, it’s hard to find anything too original these days. Regardless, the Raiders found a way to make it happen. The two face look in particular was priceless. Here are some of the others, including first-round pick Rolando McClain:

RAIDERS HAZING PICTURES

Heyward-Bey a Legend in the Making?

I’ll gladly admit that it’s a little unfair to call an NFL player a bust after only one season.  Although he had an awful year after being chosen with the 7th overall selection in the 2009 NFL draft, it remains to be seen if Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey will emerge as a top pass-catching threat. 

We’ve already told you how we feel about Heyward-Bey’s potential (or lack thereof) at the professional level.  So far, we’re right.  Al Davis, on the other hand, seems to think we’ll be wrong in the long run and he even went so far as to have a press release drawn up informing the public of how well Heyward-Bey has been performing at practice this off-season.

After rattling off a list of receivers that have played for the Raiders that includes Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, and Tim Brown among others, here’s what the Raiders press release said about their young receiver:

Now Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Raiders’ top pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, is prepping to join that select group. Heyward-Bey has enjoyed a workmanlike offseason where he has put in time and energy to prepare for his second NFL campaign, when many of those whose names mentioned blossomed in professional football competition.

The list of wide receivers should make any pundit or so-called expert think twice before putting negativity on Heyward-Bey. No one has come close to the excellence at wide receivers that have worn the Silver and Black. These performers have been the greatest players who have ever played the game.

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Raiders Set to Release Russell

After surprising the football world and putting together what appears to be a logical draft class last weekend, it seems certain that the Raiders will make another practical roster move and release quarterback JaMarcus Russell.  However, with crazy Al Davis at the helm of the Raiders organization, there is no such thing as a certainty.  ESPN is reporting that the team is ready to release Russell and has spent time figuring out ways in which they can do it without losing an incredible amount of money.  The team is now awaiting the final word from owner Al Davis before they can proceed.

I don’t expect Davis to stop this from happening, but if I’ve learned one thing about the Raiders over the years it’s to expect the unexpected from Weird Al.  JaMarcus Russell was a bad fit for the Raiders — then again it seems everyone they’ve gone after the past decade or so has been.  The last thing an Oakland organization in peril needed was a college quarterback who seemed to generate the most buzz about himself when he showed he could throw a football 60 yards from one knee.  Is Russell talented?  Absolutely.  What he accomplished at LSU — playing in the powerhouse SEC — is not to be overlooked.

The problem with JaMarcus is he just doesn’t care.  His teammates know it.  His coaches know it.  The fans know it.  LBS knew it years ago.  Al Davis might even know it, and it takes a lot to get that guy to understand important concepts.  The only thing that would stop Davis from giving the team the go-ahead to release Russell would be a hesitancy to admit another colossal mistake for his organization — one that will have cost him $39 million in exchange some of the worst quarterback play in the NFL.  Maybe it’s being in Oakland that makes Russell not want to try.  Randy Moss can certainly relate to that feeling.

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