February 7, 1990
Lew Erber Jr., an assistant coach with the Rams in 1985-86, died from an undiagnosed illness. Erber was an assistant with the New England Patriots from 1982-84 and was with the Oakland Raiders from 1976-81. He was 55.
July 30, 2013 |
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson is on record saying he was "robbed" of the Heisman Trophy back in 2004, when he finished second in voting to USC quarterback Matt Leinart. But now that he's won the NFL's MVP award, Peterson has changed his tune. Well, kind of. "I look at that [Heisman] trophy now and knowing that Matt Leinart has it, with how his career went, I would rather him have it," Peterson told the StarTribune of Minneapolis. "At least he has something positive to look back on and say, 'I won the Heisman.' I feel good that he has it. Even though I know it should have been mine.
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.
May 11, 2010 |
To celebrate its 30th anniversary last year, ESPN mounted "30 for 30," a still-unfolding series of new documentary films about sports over the last three decades. Installments already aired include Barry Levinson's "The Band That Wouldn't Die," about the Baltimore Colts; Peter Berg's "Kings Ransom," about Wayne Gretzky's trade to the Los Angeles Kings; Ron Shelton's "Jordan Rides the Bus," about Michael Jordan's adventures in minor-league baseball. "The Birth of Big Air" ( Spike Jonze, Jeff Tremaine and Johnny Knoxville on BMX rider Mat Hoffman)
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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.
June 29, 2012 |
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo about Los Angeles to the league's 32 teams Friday -- one that surely resonated with the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and any others that might be considering relocation to the nation's second-largest market. "Although substantial uncertainties remain," Goodell wrote in the two-page document obtained by The Times, "stadium development in Los Angeles has advanced to the point where the prospects for a new facility are better than they have been in many years.