Archive for football

A Ball Problem

Posted in Rant with tags , , , , , , on January 23, 2015 by BrainRants

If you’re not a Rants Army Regular, you might have clicked this because the current issue surrounding the New England Patriots ‘deflategate’ story is still hot.  To be honest Continue reading

Rantswers® 8.1

Posted in Awesome, Humor, Rant, Rantswers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2014 by BrainRants

Hi there all y’all in the Rants Army!  Yeah, I got good and buzzed – well, maybe more than that, truth be told –  before I attempted the below Rantswers® to your awesomesauce questions.  After some months of Continue reading

Super Bowl … XLMeh

Posted in History, Humor, Rant with tags , , , , , , , on February 5, 2012 by BrainRants

It probably doesn’t take a lot of imagination to know that this year’s NFL matchup classic holds very little excitement for me. It’s not that I don’t like football. On the contrary, after playing four years in high school, I attempted to walk-on my college team, unrecruited. Probably best that they shooed me away given the state of my knees now. I can only imagine how totally Continue reading

Football Season Near Rant-Up

Posted in Humor, Rant with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2011 by BrainRants

Today I’m mentally a bit paralyzed thinking of all the shit I have to do between now and the time I leave, Christmas, my son coming to visit, and other issues that are ongoing and continue to eat up my Rant processor time. Continue reading

Breaking News: Al Davis Dies

Posted in History, Humor, Random with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2011 by BrainRants

Seems I got what I wanted here. Now my Raiders can proceed with having a kick-ass team. We hope. Yeah, I know, I’m a real bastard, but I think we’ve covered that enough already.

An Ongoing Test of Patience

Posted in Humor, Random with tags , , on July 19, 2011 by BrainRants

Well, like many football fans, I am moderately interested in the ultimate resolution of the player/owner talks.  Though I think athletes tend to be overpaid primadonnas, and NFL owners concern over their ‘investments’ drives the game to conservatism (English: not exciting to watch), I still am a football fan.  It was the only sport I showed any talent at other than track, and note there that I intentionally left “& Field” out.  I could run really fast in a straight line.  Not a lot of skill necessary.  Anyway, I am digressing.

Unlike many football fans, I am a Raider Fan.  We are a notably special breed because to be a Raider Fan means you have to get comfortable with disappointment and frustration.  Long-term frustration.  The last really strong showing was Super Bowl 37 in 2003.  One of the seasons near then they got knocked out in the playoffs.  The last win before that was Super Bowl 18 (1984).  To us, most of the intervening years have sucked.  The important thing to the member of the Raider Nation is the loyalty.  Sticking by the Silver and Black season after season, hoping for a miracle but getting another season of pummelling.  We console ourselves on the embers of greatness remembered.  Personally, it’s a good fit because the college teams I root for are Army and the USC Trojans.  Army is well, Army, but you just have to love them and as a grad I have to support the team.  USC was working out pretty well for me there for a while, until they started paying players salaries and had to do that whole give-back-the-BCS-Title thing.

I’ll come out and say it: we Raider Fans also are united in patience.  Not that our Raiders eventually build a roster, keep a head coach longer than one season, or find that spark that results in the Big Win.  No, we are all just patiently waiting for Al Davis to die so we can get on with running a pro football team under some kind of management framework that wasn’t created in a dark niche between Paranoia Land and the Twilight Zone.

Yeah, I’m a callous SOB.