OTC: Are These Your Father’s Raiders?


"The Silver and Back.”
John Anderson, ESPN
GH: There are strong rumors that this Raiders’ squad is more formidable than forlorn. The Chiefs would be wise to buckle their bonnets as they head west.
“They’re waiting out there and they’re ready to unleash the dogs. And let me tell you, they’ve got dogs to unleash! I’ve watched those (Raiders’) games on tape and they’re legit. … I cannot wait for this game! I cannot wait!”
Mitch Holthus, on the Chiefs/Raiders game this Sunday at 3:15 (CT), 810 AM
GH: Another Sunday, another big game for the Chiefs. A win in Oakland puts the Chiefs as the hands-down favorite to win the AFC West. And as the division champ, our imaginations will be allowed to dream dreams we have not dreamt in quite some time. Come on, Sandman.
“The Autumn wind is a Raider.”
John Facenda, NFL Films
GH: Click here for the video and audio of Facenda’s famous clip on the Raiders. Watching this clip makes me want to go sit Indian-style in front of my dad’s 19-inch b/w Zenith along with my nine brothers. Who knew I would ever miss my 3-foot square of carpet that we each guarded ferociously by foregoing bathroom breaks beyond all human thresholds. I often wonder if my kids’ memories will be nearly as colorful as my b/w childhood.

“The Raiders can’t possibly be as good as they’ve been the past two weeks. They can’t!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: These Raiders are nothing like the JaMarcus Russell Raiders we have known. These Raiders not only look tough but also play tough. Do not allow the old man in the white jogging suit fool you. These Raiders have an autumn wind about them that brings a chill to my Chiefs-red heart.
“Some believe Darren McFadden is the most improved player in the league this year.”
Pedro Gomez, on the Raiders rejuvenated Raiders’ running back, ESPN
GH: I would not trade Jamaal Charles for any back in the league. My hope is that he explodes on Sunday and reminds Raiders’ fans of another former Chief – Marcus Allen.
“I think the Oakland Raiders win based on their defense. They’re going to lock you up in man and they are going to dare you to throw the football. They are going to put eight guys in the box to really stop the run.”
Mark Schlereth, NFL analyst, ESPN
GH: No NFL analyst I have heard thinks Cassel can play if forced to win a game via the pass. They may be correct.
“I think (Tamba Hali) has the potential to be the AFC defensive player of the year and people don’t even know about him.”
Bill Barnwell, of FootballOutsiders.com, 610
GH: Barnwell also talked glowingly of the Chiefs’ postseason chances this season. He currently projects the Chiefs and Giants in the Super Bowl. Cue the TDG’s “Eli’s coming…”
“I call it ‘calculated boldness.’ I don’t know if that’s a word but I like it.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Todd Haley’s nouveau and risk-filled fourth-down play-calling style, 810 AM
GH: I call it being a dumb ass.
Soren Petro, who sounded anything but like an adult as he screamed his points to Caller Crush while debating how the Chiefs need to develop a passing game to win in the playoffs on the road, 810 AM
GH: Petro is easily the most volatile and emotional voice on local sports talk radio. For a host who doesn’t have a funny bone in his plushy bod, he can be very entertaining when a caller like Crush hits his hot button.
“Really? Ernest Hemingway wrote for The Star?”
Soren Petro, responding to Pete Enich’s comment about the former Star journalist, 810 AM
GH: If you want to stump this chump, ask him anything that has to do with the world he lives him outside the ball park.
“Derrick (Thomas) would be with us right now if guys would have just pulled him along and not made excuses for him all the time. Everybody wanted to be friends with him instead of kicking him in the butt and telling him, ‘Hey, you need to do it this way.’ ”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: We all have friends like Grunhard describes that could use some tough love. Give a buddy a butt kicking this weekend in memory of DT.
“Sometimes you want to take a peek (online) and see what people are saying and see what people really think about you.”
Branden Albert, Chiefs lineman, in an interview with Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: I loved this peek into Albert’s head. Nice work by Wright to draw it out of him.
“On predictions, I’m going to be wrong a lot. It’s one of the reasons I stopped gambling.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
“All the best uniforms in the NFL are the ones that have never changed. The best college uniforms are the ones that have never changed.”
Nate Bukaty, on the stability of the Chiefs’ and Raiders’ uniform designs, 810 AM
GH: I am old enough to remember a lot of NFL and college uniforms. But I don’t think a static unie is all that cool. I loved the Broncos’ remake as well as the Patriots. I would like to see the Chiefs not necessarily go wild with a new design but definitely update their Arrowhead logo and add some flare to their jersey and pants. What could it hurt to get some artwork? Maybe The Star can unleash some of their very talented artist on this as a Thanksgiving treat?
“2 unbeaten heavyweights in MIAA meet Sat. Central Missouri (8-0) vs. NW Missouri St. (7-0). We’ll preview the game at 6 on NBC 41.”
Jack Harry, about 4 PM Thursday on Twitter
“No preview of NWMS/UCM game at 6. Open tape box and it was an Orkin commercial instead of interviews. Sorry. Scrambling for something at 10.”
Jack Harry, about 5 PM Thursday on Twitter
GH: Mad Jack might be cracked but the dude is impossible not to like.
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9 Responses to OTC: Are These Your Father’s Raiders?

  1. Gavin says:

    insert headline here
    Sigh. I guess I’m back to being the guy who corrects you on the spelling of names. "Hemingway" only has one "m" in his name._________________ I agree with you on the Chiefs needing a uni re-design, Greg. Nothing too drastic, but I’m sure a good graphic artist could do some stuff that would be cool and not too far out there. Also, while I like the Patriots’ current uniforms, I will always be a fan of the Crapping Minuteman. And while I pretty much despise the Chargers, I will go on record and say that they should be required to always wear their throwback powder-blue jerseys and the old-school white helmets with the bolts on the side. That uniform is classic, timeless and way cool. It’s just too bad a douchebag like Philip Rivers gets to wear it.

  2. Cliffy says:

    All I know is that if Pinkel made the same decisions Haley is making (and he probably has at some point) he would be raked over the coals. (paragraph) Petro is a "dumb jock" but was never a jock. The way he treats his callers is very sad. (paragraph) I couldn’t disagree with Bukaty more. The most boring uniforms in college football are Penn State and Nebraska. (paragraph) Hope I’m wrong, but I think the Chiefs go down big time this weekend.

  3. bschloz says:

    Ghost Of Curt Gowdy
    Great Vid….I’ll never forget being a kid freezing my ass off watching Ben Davidson slamming Lenny to the turf at Municipal. God did I hate those guys….Blitnikoff..Lamonica..Stabler…Wells..Otto…funny we knew their roster just like we knew ours—-I like the Chiefs to win in a wire job.————–College card looks pretty good at first glance. I like Sooners….Cowboys….Tigers….Buffs…..Utah v TCU should be very good action I like Utah….also LSU v Alab doesn’t get much better than that for a 2:30 Kick. Takin LSU +

  4. Greg says:

    GH: Gavin response
    GH: I’ll get the Hemi fixed. On all unie issues, you and I couldn’t agree more.

  5. Kerouac says:

    Yesterday, the Chiefs troubles seemed so far away
    "Barnwell … currently projects the Chiefs and Giants in the Super Bowl."

    ~ ~ the chiefs AND the Giants? Ne’er the twain to meet, nor singularly either one such a trip… _________________________________________________________

    "All the best uniforms in the NFL are the ones that have never changed. The best college uniforms are the ones that have never changed.

  6. nick says:

    I would NEVER want the Chiefs to change their KC/Arrowhead logo on their helmet. Maybe it’d be cool to have the logo on a white helmet on some occasions, for something different.

  7. dp says:

    Can’t Count SD out….
    Win this week and the Chiefs have to be prohibitive favorites…but watch out for the Chargers. They always start slow and end strong. They’ll be favorites in Vegas for every game they play the rest of the year except @ Indy. Beat Houston and 10-6 is a real possibility for SD.

  8. Kerouac says:

    Kerouac & Janikowski nail another…
    Mother Nature, rabbit’s foot, officiating & 9 lives the cat fail the chiefs… rain, slick turf & all the momentum built on the backs a cream puff schedule could not save let alone deliver chiefs from a fate worse than a loss… EXPOSURE. _____________________________________

    Another loss to yet another .500 team for the massively over-hyped kc chiefs. Now 0-1 vs winning teams: they’ve only played 1, HOU & lost … and they are now 1-2 v .500 teams, losing to OAK & IND while needing all of the 4th quarter escape v the Jaguars and their ‘man off the street’- check that, ‘farmer off the tractor’, qb, 4th on the depth chart. Is REALITY starting to settle in yet friends? Kerouac rests his case till the next chorus "yeah buts" reign down. _________________________________________

    This 5-3 MIRAGE that’s nigh on 2-6 stands to crumble a bit more next Sunday: 5-3 becomes 5-4, Raiders take over control the AFC West aka worst via their bye & DEN’s repeat of OAK’s beating to a bloody red pulp kc, W’s v kc & den Raiders unlike chiefs L’s to those same two teams. ____________________________ And if not, Kerouac – a lifelong fan since 1963 – submits he has still yet to see his team WIN a game this season when some form or another fortune (tomato cans, weather, officials calls, etc.) did not intercede.

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