November 5, 2012 |
ALAMEDA. - Equipment manager Bob Romanski has been working for the Oakland Raiders longer than head Coach Dennis Allen or any of his players have been alive. Yet that's only good for second place on the family list when it comes to service time with the team. Romanski's father, Dick, 84, who still reports to work as something of an equipment manager emeritus, joined the team a half-century ago at the invitation of an old Army buddy named Al Davis. And although the feisty, combative Davis went on to become the man behind the Raiders and their outlaw image, Dick Romanski might actually have been the face of the franchise.
July 30, 2012 |
NAPA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders know their past, are surrounded by reminders of their past, and pay homage to their past. But they're no longer stuck in their past. That's the early indication, anyway, as the Raiders begin their next chapter with new owner Mark Davis - son of the late Al Davis - first-year Coach Dennis Allen, and top football executive Reggie McKenzie, the club's first general manager since the elder Davis began running the entire operation in 1963. Al Davis died in October, and control of the franchise was passed to his son. Even the team's 2012 media guide, finally printed in color, reflects the change, bearing the slogan "A New Era of Excellence" on the cover.
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April 1, 2012 |
George Anderson, the longtime athletic trainer for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders who devised an innovative knee brace that became standard for football players, died Thursday in Santa Fe, N.M., his daughter Kristi Anderson Ornstein said. He was 82 and had Parkinson's disease and diabetes. FOR THE RECORD: George Anderson: The obituary of former Raiders athletic trainer George Anderson in the April 1 California section gave his age as 82. Anderson was born Jan. 23, 1929, and was 83 when he died March 29. The obituary also omitted his wife, Gailey Vollmer, from the list of survivors.
January 10, 2012 |
The Raiders have long been considered a candidate to relocate back to Los Angeles, and Tuesday new owner Mark Davis officially put them in play. Davis, son of late owner Al Davis, said it's essential that the Raiders get a new stadium and that the organization has had conversations with L.A. stadium groups. "The timetable is yesterday. So that's where it is. We've got to get a stadium. We've got to get that done," Davis said Tuesday at a news conference to introduce Reggie McKenzie as Raiders general manager.
November 9, 2011 |
Reporting from Alameda — Almost three decades before becoming coach of the Raiders, Hue Jackson turned his back on NFL football. And he was paid to do so. Jackson, a tough but levelheaded kid from South Los Angeles, was one of those yellow-jacketed security guards at L.A. Raiders games in the 1980s. His job was to stand at field level at the Coliseum, facing away from the game, and scan the stands for unruly fans. There were plenty of those, although he concedes he was a bit halfhearted in carrying out his assignment.
October 27, 2011 |
Reporting from Alameda, Calif. — It's obviously an off week for the Oakland Raiders because Coach Hue Jackson was wearing a maroon sweat suit Thursday when meeting up with a reporter at team headquarters. That's not standard attire in the land of Silver & Black. "Sorry about the outfit," Jackson said. "Just grabbed the first thing out of my closet. " The colors aren't changing, but the Raiders undeniably are a franchise in flux. They have a new owner — the late Al Davis has been replaced by his son, Mark — a first-year coach, and a just-acquired quarterback in Carson Palmer.