Ramble 101: Holy Rolling to Infamy

To reiterate a statement in an earlier segment, the Raiders have had their fair share of good AND bad highlights. They were involved in some of the most controversial plays that went in their favor and some that didn’t. One of the most well-known of the NFL’s controversial wins ended up clinching a game for the Raiders, a play that still angers Chargers fans everywhere. It’s not an unfair chip to keep on your shoulder, Chargers fans, because everyone has a little bit of a different story. There’s nothing like a Sunday afternoon with a Holy Roller. Continue reading Ramble 101: Holy Rolling to Infamy

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Ramble 101: Stickum Up – Breaking The Rules Before They Were Rules

The Oakland Raiders have a long and illustrious history that lends heavily to the development of the NFL into the league that it is today.
To understand the Raiders is to understand the NFL. How could so much be attributable to one team, you may ask, but a glimpse into the past tells you everything you need to know about how Al Davis and his Raiders have molded the league in their own way. Continue reading Ramble 101: Stickum Up – Breaking The Rules Before They Were Rules

A look back: The Oakland Raiders win first Super Bowl in 1976

  NFL Films kicked off a 32 day countdown to the upcoming NFL draft highlighting the Oakland Raiders 1976 Super Bowl win against the Minnesota Vikings. Via NFL Films’ official Twitter account they sent out the legendary highlights one of the most important moments in Raiders history. Kicking off our 32 day countdown to the #NFLDraft w/ this film from the @RAIDERS 1976 champion season. OAK won its first SB 32-14#32Days pic.twitter.com/Tact5kIQPz — NFL Films (@NFLFilms) March 26, 2017 This was truly the “Golden Age” of the Raiders with a team that had a plethora of future legends such as Fred … Continue reading A look back: The Oakland Raiders win first Super Bowl in 1976

Happy Birthday to Tom Flores from RaiderRamble.com

Happy Birthday Tom Flores, a true pioneer and one of the most professional football coaches in recent memory. Tom Flores just turned 80 years old yesterday and deserves all the accolades that have been bestowed upon him. Happy 80th Birthday to Tom Flores … a #Raiders Original. 3/21/1937.Super Bowl XV & XVIII Champion HC pic.twitter.com/ZlYAkugnrX — AFL GODFATHER (@NFLMAVERICK) March 21, 2017 Tom Flores, son of Mexican field workers became the first Hispanic quarterback to play professional football, accomplishing this for the Oakland Raiders in 1960. Likewise, he became the first Hispanic head coach in the NFL in 1979 and first Hispanic … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Tom Flores from RaiderRamble.com

End of an Era: My Final Word on Vin Scully

  Written by Mario Tovar   With 2016 officially over and 2017 Spring Training soon commencing for the Blue Crew I quickly wanted to share my thoughts now that Mr. Vin Scully has moved on and will no longer be the voice of my beloved Dodgers. Whether sitting at home enjoying the game with a beer in my hand or attending the game live at Chavez Ravine, the voice of Mr. Scully was an unmistakable part of the Dodgers experience that I believe will never be duplicated. His demeanor on the microphone was something that I think all broadcasters should … Continue reading End of an Era: My Final Word on Vin Scully

Animus: Revisiting the Shanahan Era

Written by Mario Tovar   In the aftermath of the Broncos spoiling Oakland’s hopes of winning the AFC West and amidst rumors John Elway might bring in Kyle Shanahan to coach Denver, it felt this should be an interesting time to revisit the Shanahan era with the Raiders. The history alone of the grudge match that was Al Davis versus Kyle’s father was ugly, but the possibility of a Shanahan coaching the Raider’s rival would undoubtedly revive some of that historic tension.   When Mike Shanahan was hired in 1988 he replaced one of the most popular head coaches in … Continue reading Animus: Revisiting the Shanahan Era

Echoes of The Archduke

Echoes of The Archduke Written by Mario Tovar More than a century has passed since Archduke Franz Ferdinand was murdered in the streets of Sarajevo, yet just a few days ago on live television it seems my generation has experienced its own similar event; Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was gunned down by Mevlut Mert Altintas. When Ferdinand was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip in 1914 it set off a chain reaction that ultimately led to the “War That Would End All Wars” and with it, leaving an entire continent destroyed and almost 38 million dead; in retrospect the total … Continue reading Echoes of The Archduke