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August 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Ron Rickard has attended 215 consecutive Raiders games since moving to California in 1985, but the super-fan known as "Raider Ron" has had plenty of help to get there. Rickard, who grew up in Kentucky and adopted the Raiders as his team as a 9-year-old, needs a liver transplant because of Hepatitis C. Time is running out on a fatal prognosis that in December gave him only months to live. Without insurance, it's been an uphill battle for the Garden Grove resident, one that Raiders fans have been willing to join.
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August 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Ron Rickard has attended 215 consecutive Raiders games since moving to California in 1985, but the super-fan known as "Raider Ron" has had plenty of help to get there. Rickard, who grew up in Kentucky and adopted the Raiders as his team as a 9-year-old, needs a liver transplant because of Hepatitis C. Time is running out on a fatal prognosis that in December gave him only months to live. Without insurance, it's been an uphill battle for the Garden Grove resident, one that Raiders fans have been willing to join.
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SPORTS
September 2, 2006
Now the Raider Nation has a coach who hasn't coached for 10 years and a quarterback who hasn't played in five years. What is Al Davis drinking? When Jeff George tears his rotator cuff, maybe Al can call Marc Wilson. GENO TRUNZO Mission Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
Ben Davidson, an iconic face of the 1960s-era Oakland Raiders and later a popular fixture in Miller Lite TV commercials, has died. He was 72. Davidson, who had been receiving treatment for prostate cancer, died Monday night, former Raiders coach John Madden reported on KCBS radio in San Francisco. If the late Al Davis was the creator of the renegade Raiders, then Davidson could be considered one of the founding fathers, cutting a larger-than-life swath with his handlebar mustache and intimidating 6-foot-8 physical presence at defensive end. His 11-year professional football career started in Green Bay with the Packers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2009 | By Greg Braxton >>>
USC and UCLA square off today at the Coliseum, but it wasn't allegiance to the Trojans or Bruins that brought Ice Cube to the empty stadium earlier this week. He was lamenting a team that hasn't taken the field here in more than 14 years. Rather than celebrating the cardinal-and-gold or the blue-and-gold, the rapper-actor-producer roamed the stands recalling the darker, more ominous colors belonging to the last NFL team to call the Coliseum home -- the Los Angeles Raiders, a band of outlaw athletes who united rowdy football fanatics and hip-hoppers with roughhouse antics and championship play.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
Ben Davidson, an iconic face of the 1960s-era Oakland Raiders and later a popular fixture in Miller Lite TV commercials, has died. He was 72. Davidson, who had been receiving treatment for prostate cancer, died Monday night, former Raiders coach John Madden reported on KCBS radio in San Francisco. If the late Al Davis was the creator of the renegade Raiders, then Davidson could be considered one of the founding fathers, cutting a larger-than-life swath with his handlebar mustache and intimidating 6-foot-8 physical presence at defensive end. His 11-year professional football career started in Green Bay with the Packers.
SPORTS
December 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
A season's worth of frustration came barreling out of Bill Callahan's mouth after Oakland's latest mistake-filled defeat when he called the Raiders "the dumbest team in America." "If we don't learn how not to beat ourselves, we won't win again, and we won't win for a long time," the Raider coach shouted to reporters after his team's 22-8 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. "We've got to be the dumbest team in America in terms of playing the game.
SPORTS
January 27, 2003 | Diane Pucin
In the end, none of it mattered. Not Jerry Rice's past greatness nor Tim Brown's consistent excellence. Not Al Davis's lifelong greed, nor Raider mystique. Not Rich Gannon's perseverance and toughness and MVP award, nor Bill Romanowski's pills, potions or intimidating methods. Not the Raider Nation and their silver and black faces and their spikes and tattoos. And certainly not the betting line, which had the Raiders favored, nor all the NFL experts.
SPORTS
May 25, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Quarterback Kerry Collins signed with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, ending his monthlong search for a team and raising questions about the future of 2002 NFL most valuable player Rich Gannon. The deal is for three years and about $12 million. Collins, a nine-year NFL veteran, was released by the New York Giants on April 28, four days after they'd acquired Eli Manning, the No. 1 pick in the draft. Collins is the kind of quarterback Raider owner Al Davis has always wanted: big and strong-armed.
OPINION
May 27, 2005
Re "To the Coliseum," editorial, May 24: Regarding the return of the NFL to Los Angeles, I wholeheartedly agree that a renovated Coliseum is the best venue. As the son of a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles Rams, I can attest that our city strongly supported its team playing beneath the majesty of the peristyle end. Even now, 30 years after my father retired, on those now rare occasions when my last name provokes the question, "Are you any relation to ... ?," I am often treated to a wistful story of "father and son" memories of Sunday afternoons at the Coliseum -- seated among 80,000 to 90,000 fans.
SPORTS
November 22, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Green Bay's ongoing quest for perfection, the Dallas Cowboys' surge to the top and the Harbaugh Bowl make for a full Thanksgiving NFL schedule. As the sun sets that night, thoughts typically turn to the next holiday season. Christmas? Yes, for most. For Raider Nation, that would be the postseason. And for a franchise that has waited nearly a decade to qualify for the playoffs, the tumblers are falling into place. At 6-4, the Oakland Raiders have the comfort of knowing one of their AFC West pursuers will lose Sunday when the Denver Broncos (5-5)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2009 | By Greg Braxton >>>
USC and UCLA square off today at the Coliseum, but it wasn't allegiance to the Trojans or Bruins that brought Ice Cube to the empty stadium earlier this week. He was lamenting a team that hasn't taken the field here in more than 14 years. Rather than celebrating the cardinal-and-gold or the blue-and-gold, the rapper-actor-producer roamed the stands recalling the darker, more ominous colors belonging to the last NFL team to call the Coliseum home -- the Los Angeles Raiders, a band of outlaw athletes who united rowdy football fanatics and hip-hoppers with roughhouse antics and championship play.
SPORTS
September 2, 2006
Now the Raider Nation has a coach who hasn't coached for 10 years and a quarterback who hasn't played in five years. What is Al Davis drinking? When Jeff George tears his rotator cuff, maybe Al can call Marc Wilson. GENO TRUNZO Mission Hills
OPINION
May 27, 2005
Re "To the Coliseum," editorial, May 24: Regarding the return of the NFL to Los Angeles, I wholeheartedly agree that a renovated Coliseum is the best venue. As the son of a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles Rams, I can attest that our city strongly supported its team playing beneath the majesty of the peristyle end. Even now, 30 years after my father retired, on those now rare occasions when my last name provokes the question, "Are you any relation to ... ?," I am often treated to a wistful story of "father and son" memories of Sunday afternoons at the Coliseum -- seated among 80,000 to 90,000 fans.
SPORTS
May 25, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Quarterback Kerry Collins signed with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, ending his monthlong search for a team and raising questions about the future of 2002 NFL most valuable player Rich Gannon. The deal is for three years and about $12 million. Collins, a nine-year NFL veteran, was released by the New York Giants on April 28, four days after they'd acquired Eli Manning, the No. 1 pick in the draft. Collins is the kind of quarterback Raider owner Al Davis has always wanted: big and strong-armed.
SPORTS
January 31, 2004
I see that Al Davis has hired Norv Turner to continue the "greatness" of the Raider organization. Is this the greatness that prompted schools in Los Angeles to ban Raider attire because of their association with gangs, a concept the Raiders did nothing to dispel? Joe Woods Los Angeles
SPORTS
October 1, 2001 | Associated Press
Jerry Rice loved his first leap into the Black Hole. At the center of a prolific afternoon for the Raider offense, Rice got his first two touchdowns in silver and black as Oakland scored the first 38 points in a 38-14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. In front of a roaring, patriotic Raider crowd celebrating the home opener, Oakland's star-studded offense finally gave a performance befitting its pedigree.
SPORTS
January 31, 2004
I see that Al Davis has hired Norv Turner to continue the "greatness" of the Raider organization. Is this the greatness that prompted schools in Los Angeles to ban Raider attire because of their association with gangs, a concept the Raiders did nothing to dispel? Joe Woods Los Angeles
SPORTS
December 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
A season's worth of frustration came barreling out of Bill Callahan's mouth after Oakland's latest mistake-filled defeat when he called the Raiders "the dumbest team in America." "If we don't learn how not to beat ourselves, we won't win again, and we won't win for a long time," the Raider coach shouted to reporters after his team's 22-8 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. "We've got to be the dumbest team in America in terms of playing the game.
SPORTS
January 27, 2003 | Diane Pucin
In the end, none of it mattered. Not Jerry Rice's past greatness nor Tim Brown's consistent excellence. Not Al Davis's lifelong greed, nor Raider mystique. Not Rich Gannon's perseverance and toughness and MVP award, nor Bill Romanowski's pills, potions or intimidating methods. Not the Raider Nation and their silver and black faces and their spikes and tattoos. And certainly not the betting line, which had the Raiders favored, nor all the NFL experts.
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