September 7, 1996
Last weekend, the Oakland Raiders (who used to be the Los Angeles Raiders, who used to be the Oakland Raiders) played the Baltimore Ravens (who used to be the Cleveland Browns), and the Indianapolis Colts (who used to be the Baltimore Colts) played the Arizona Cardinals (who used to be the St. Louis Cardinals, who used to be the Chicago Cardinals), and the St. Louis Rams (who used to be Los Angeles Rams or the Anaheim Rams, who used to be the Cleveland Rams) played a home game, but I was busy rooting for the Houston Oilers (soon to be the Nashville Oilers)
October 5, 1996 |
Defensive end Anthony Smith reported to the Oakland Raiders, nearly a week after announcing he was leaving the team. Smith was put on reserve and remained suspended without pay, the Raiders said Friday. He would not travel with the team for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. A spokesman for Smith announced last week that Smith would no longer play for the Raiders. He left the team last Thursday for his home in Los Angeles.
October 3, 2009 |
A psychologist walks into an Oakland Raiders team meeting. Stop if you've heard this one. He's talking about gray matter, a pair of almond-shaped masses in the temporal lobes. He wants to know whether any players are familiar with these regions of the brain that process fear and sadness. Here comes the punch line. A defensive lineman blurts out: "The amygdala." But it's no joke. Last month, the Raiders invited a psychologist to counsel rookies about keeping their cool and the lineman who spoke up was Desmond Bryant, newly graduated from Harvard with a degree in psychology.
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March 7, 1996 |
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis announced Wednesday that the team will not return to train in Oxnard, as he expects to settle on a Northern California site for a training camp as early as next week. Oxnard officials learned last June that the Raiders planned to return to the Bay Area after 12 years of playing in Los Angeles, so Wednesday's news came as no surprise.
August 16, 1996 |
Playing after only four practices, Jeff George completed 17 of 24 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns in the first half Thursday, sparking the Atlanta Falcons to a 27-6 exhibition rout of the Oakland Raiders. George signed a one-year, $3.6-million contract last week. He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. George connected with Eric Metcalf on an 11-yard scoring and hit Tyrone Brown on a 48-yard scoring play.
July 21, 2011 |
NFL owners have ratified a deal to lift the player lockout but it's unclear what that means for a collective bargaining agreement or when free agency might begin. According to NFL Network, the vote was 31-0 with the Oakland Raiders choosing to abstain, as they often do. While owners have been meeting at an airport hotel in Atlanta, representatives for the players are in Washington working on their next move.
June 18, 1989 |
Former Oakland Raiders defensive lineman John Matuszak was pronounced dead Saturday night after he was rushed to a hospital for an undetermined ailment, officials said. "He came into the hospital, and he has expired," said Karen Marlin, a nursing supervisor at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. The cause of death would be announced by the Los Angeles County coroner, she said. Ms. Marlin said additional information was being withheld, pending notification of family members.
October 26, 1990 |
Larry Todd, a former wide receiver and running back for the Oakland Raiders, died recently of cancer in an Oakland hospital, it was announced. He was 50. Todd was recently diagnosed with myeloidosis, a form of cancer, and died Oct. 17. Todd was troubled by injuries during his six seasons with the Raiders from 1965 to 1970. One of his best games came during his rookie season when he rushed 20 times for 134 yards and one touchdown against the Houston Oilers.
November 26, 1992 |
Hewritt Dixon, the No. 8 rusher and No. 10 pass receiver in Raider history, died at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long fight with cancer, a hospital spokesman said Wednesday. He was 52. Dixon was selected in the eighth round of the American Football League draft in 1963 by the Denver Broncos. He spent three years at Denver, then was traded to the Oakland Raiders.