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.
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October 21, 2013 |
Kenneth Stanley "Bud" Adams, owner of the Tennessee Titans and one of the founders of the American Football League, was found dead Monday at his Houston home. He was 90. Adams, an eccentric Texas oilman, lived alone and reportedly had not been seen since Saturday. He died of natural causes, the Titans announced. A sharply controversial figure in Houston, Adams moved the Oilers to Tennessee after the 1997 season because he could not strike a deal for a new, publicly funded stadium to replace the aging Astrodome.
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.
December 25, 2013 |
Take the list of coaching clients of a sports agent, and there's a good chance that it could be mapped like a family tree. At the top branches, successful coaches such as Pete Carroll, and below them, several of that person's current and former assistants usually follow. In Carroll's case, that includes Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, Ed Orgeron and Sammy Knight. The tight setup meant that as Orgeron fought for a permanent coaching job at USC in November, his agent, Gary Uberstine, was also helping fellow client Sarkisian through the vetting process for the same gig. Similar situations arise a few times every year when an agent has multiple clients vying for a single coaching or playing position.
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.
August 23, 1995
A day after trying to trade him to the Green Bay Packers, the Oakland Raiders released running back Greg Robinson on Tuesday. Robinson, who led the Raiders in rushing in 1993 before sustaining knee ligament damage, reported to the Packers, then failed their physical and came back to El Segundo. The Raiders also placed center Don Mosebar on injured reserve. He is wearing a patch over his left eye after it was poked by Dallas' Chad Hennings during a practice in Austin, Tex.