May 6, 2010 |
Few players in Lakers history have squeezed more from their potential than Derek Fisher , whose value jumps as the regular season fades and the playoffs intensify.... As Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz noted this week of his former teammate, "He doesn't look 35." … JaMarcus Russell's failure in Oakland is another indictment of Al Davis , who never should have taken him No. 1.... Noting that Manny Ramirez is due to come off the disabled list this week, reader Chris Foster of South Pasadena e-mails to suggest, "Seems like Mother's Day would be a perfect time for the return of someone noted for his intake of female hormones."
November 16, 2009 |
at Carolina 28, Atlanta 19: Matt Ryan must be a baseball fan, since he is bringing the sophomore jinx over to football. at Miami 25, Tampa Bay 23: Time to call an immediate moratorium on all "Henne-powered" headlines or references. at Minnesota 27, Detroit 10: After Lions lose for 31st time in 33 games, Donald Sterling might start showing interest in buying them. Jacksonville 24, at N.Y. Jets 22: It seems all that "Mark Sanchez is the next Joe Namath" talk turned out to be a bit premature.
November 5, 2009 |
Coach Tom Cable said Wednesday that he has spoken with Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis about allegations that Cable has a history of violent behavior toward women. "What we talked about is between us and we'll keep it that way," he said. Cable said the conversation came within the last two days and that his job status was not discussed. Cable said he planned to coach the team for the rest of the season. The Raiders are undergoing a "serious evaluation" of allegations made to ESPN by Cable's first wife, Sandy Cable , and former girlfriend, Marie Lutz , that the coach physically abused them at various times during their relationships.
October 2, 2009 |
The factor that has Rich Gannon silver-and-blacklisted by the Oakland Raiders is one of the many qualities that makes him their impact player of this decade. The quarterback-turned-CBS analyst speaks his mind and stands his ground. "I've talked to several players, and not one of them has any issue with anything I've ever said or done in reference to their team," Gannon said in a phone interview. "But there's certainly someone who's not happy. But I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't say that the product on the field has not been up to snuff the last six years or so."
September 15, 2009 |
It was hard to argue with the accountant, John Shaw , recommending to Georgia Frontiere she move her Rams to St. Louis, where she would collect more than $25 million a year. A woman has to shop after all. The blunder of all blunders, though, belongs to Al Davis , who has become a blithering idiot with the passage of time and so many losing years, the Rams handing the Los Angeles market to him in 1994, and Davis fumbling the opportunity. A brand new stadium at Hollywood Park was waiting on his signature, luxury boxes and oodles of money to be made.
August 12, 2009 |
Looking for trouble on a Saturday night, we end up at that speedway in Irwindale, set amid power lines and gravel pits, the sunset as peachy as a beach drink. Sure enough, this is God's country (assuming God's a pipe fitter and keeps his wallet hooked to a chain.) I know what you're thinking: "You went where ?" But it is August and there is only so much baseball a boy can take, even if he loves baseball. The Dodgers seem to be playing every minute of every day. To make matters worse, they are working a lot of overtime.
October 5, 2008 |
Two decades ago, Al Davis and Bill Parcells were chatting during an NFL owners meeting when Davis' new coach strolled by. "I want you to meet Mike Shanahan," Davis told Parcells. "He's going to be a great head coach." Shanahan, 35 at the time, has indeed distinguished himself, but not with Davis' Raiders. Twenty games into his tenure, he was fired, the same point that Davis fired Lane Kiffin this week. So what happened to Kiffin isn't new. But it's sad. Because given recent history, it's easy to overlook the many contributions Al Davis has made to the NFL. They include moves that led to the AFL-NFL merger, making the league into the multibillion dollar corporation it is today.
October 4, 2008
As we head through another episode of "As the Raiders Turn," we must take notice that the current Raiders team has not been this competitive since the Rich Gannon years. This team has an aggressive young defense, and enough potential offensive stars to be a very good team in the near future. The problem with this team is Al Davis. He's delusional, old and cranky. Al needs to be put to pasture. And I'm not even a Raiders fan. Brian Haueter Ventura Al, you are the one who has lied; you sound like an immature little pirate who storms off the field with his treasure chest.
October 4, 2008 |
These are sad days for Raider Nation. All those skull-and-bones tattoos seem for naught. Their leader, Al Davis, has lost it. As the late radio mega-star Jim Healy used to say, he's gone the Leonard Tose route. His news-conference performance this week, in the firing of young coach Lane Kiffin, broke new ground in the category of bizarre. The only thing missing was somebody dragging a blindfolded Kiffin into the room, putting him on a plank and making him walk it.