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Yeesh, yeah those Allen years were dark times for sure :/  Seems nice for us to finally be on the right track!  I can't remember the last time I was so excited for an upcoming season!  Well, you know what I mean...I'm always excited but this year we have legitimate hope for a playoff run  8)

I'll go as far as calling it destiny. We are destined to be a contender this season. It's been a long time coming. We're due. How many other cliches can I throw out here?

These are definitely exciting times. Actually, these were shocking times when Free Agency opened and key players were actually signing with the Raiders. Now that enough time has passed to get used to that feeling, they're exciting times. And I so can't wait for the Draft! Seriously, if news starts hitting of the city of Oakland and the Raiders finally getting a stadium deal going through, I think I'll... well, I don't know what I'll do, but it'll be amazing. Do you think all of that is too much to hope for at this point?
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Hey Randy!  Hope you're doing good!  I've not been by for a few weeks but I'd love to see this forum get busy again.  Exciting times for our boys ;)

Hey Rodney! Yeah, lately when I come on the forum to update the news links, I've been seeing more people in here.....either logged in under their member name or browsing as guests. Either is very welcome. I can see what section of the forum they're looking at, and it usually isn't the news links.....it's usually some folder filled with old posts....where the latest entry was made in 2015 or even earlier years. I was seeing a steady decline the last couple of years....but the slight increase of people coming in here lately got me a little hopeful. I feel bad for people going into folders and reading posts from when Dennis Allen was coach (or even earlier coaches). I can add a few things, but I don't think every post coming from me would be very interesting. Greg doesn't even come in anymore, he just checks his Facebook page.

I just thought I'd throw this comment out and see if it stirs anything up.  :)    Thanks for commenting Rodney! You are one of our solid contributors for sure!

Yeesh, yeah those Allen years were dark times for sure :/  Seems nice for us to finally be on the right track!  I can't remember the last time I was so excited for an upcoming season!  Well, you know what I mean...I'm always excited but this year we have legitimate hope for a playoff run  8)
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Raiders and NFL Talk / Re: This forum is a ghost town....let's get it going again!
« Last post by Randy on March 22, 2016, 08:15:46 AM »
Hey Randy!  Hope you're doing good!  I've not been by for a few weeks but I'd love to see this forum get busy again.  Exciting times for our boys ;)

Hey Rodney! Yeah, lately when I come on the forum to update the news links, I've been seeing more people in here.....either logged in under their member name or browsing as guests. Either is very welcome. I can see what section of the forum they're looking at, and it usually isn't the news links.....it's usually some folder filled with old posts....where the latest entry was made in 2015 or even earlier years. I was seeing a steady decline the last couple of years....but the slight increase of people coming in here lately got me a little hopeful. I feel bad for people going into folders and reading posts from when Dennis Allen was coach (or even earlier coaches). I can add a few things, but I don't think every post coming from me would be very interesting. Greg doesn't even come in anymore, he just checks his Facebook page. If we could get something going in here, maybe we could get some of his input here. But get ready for all caps!  ;)

On the home page of this forum, at the very bottom, there is a counter that records the top number of people who were logged on today at the same time "Most Online Today", and the top number that were EVER logged on at the same time (Most Online Ever). The all-time record is 125 people logged in at once (record was set on August 10th, 2009). I wonder what happened that day? Lately the counter will say something like 4 for the current day.

I just did a Google search out of curiosity, to see what Raiders stories were posted on August 10, 2009. Here are a couple of them:

http://justblogbaby.com/2009/08/10/the-10-worst-moments-of-the-last-six-years-of-raider-football/

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/233745-the-quarterback-must-go-down-and-he-must-go-down-hard

http://onlineathens.com/stories/081009/spo_480109805.shtml#.VvE8F8ftL8s

http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2009/8/10/984337/raiders-matchup-preview-san-diego



I just thought I'd throw this comment out (about the ghost town in here) and see if it stirs anything up.  :)    Thanks for commenting Rodney! You are one of our solid contributors for sure! (Nice "Carr Insurance" graphic!)

Update: WOW....we have 11 guests logged in now.....someone else post something, quick!
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Hey Randy!  Hope you're doing good!  I've not been by for a few weeks but I'd love to see this forum get busy again.  Exciting times for our boys ;)
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Raiders and NFL Talk / This forum is a ghost town....let's get it going again!
« Last post by Randy on March 22, 2016, 08:05:00 AM »
You browse through the folders in this forum, and you see hardly any recent posts. They're almost all posts from previous seasons.....some of them from 3 or 4 seasons back. I guess everyone is on Facebook and Twitter now.

Is anyone interested in doing any Raiders talk in this forum? I scour the internet every day and post all the latest news stories on the Raiders and the NFL.....and I hope I'm not the only one reading them. http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1368.0   Can you guys give me some feedback on whether or not you read any of the news stories?

If you are interested in talking Raiders, or AFC West, or any other NFL related topic.......help me get some discussion going in here!

Thanks.
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Raiders and NFL Talk / Re: NFL Free Agency (THE RAIDERS ARE ROLLING NOW!!!)
« Last post by Raider G360 on March 21, 2016, 06:27:57 PM »
This is what put us in the cellar of the league in the first place! Being too much in a hurry to do something NOW....having no patience to let things develop. That's not how you rebuild.

Extremely well said, everything you said, but I had to focus in on this one point because this is what understandably frustrated fans didn't want to have to deal with. We have a commitment to excellence and the will to win, but we also must have the patience to win. Long-term success doesn't come overnight; it takes the right personnel. But sometimes you have to hold onto the wrong personnel until the right people come along. Yeah, we had to suffer through Pryor and McGloin and Dennis Allen (and believe me, I felt Raider Greg's pain every step of the way), but eventually we got Carr and Mack and Del Rio, and now the other pieces are being filled in, notably through Free Agency. We got a few guys who brought some success and now more are coming on board to join up with the excitement our young talent is bringing. And it only gets better from here. I honestly can't wait to hear future podcasts. The positive energy is going to be through the roof! ;D
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Listen to the show now:
http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/podcasts/RNP-Show457-2016-03-17.mp3





TOPICS:

Segment #1: Power Shift in AFC West?

The Broncos lost Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiler to free agency. The Chiefs lose CB Sean Smith to the Raiders. The Raiders have played the Chargers well recently and Rivers is a year older. The Raiders are young and fortified with great new talent, and the 2016 draft is yet to come, the Raiders having 8 picks this year. Things are looking up for the Raiders in the AFC West.

Segment #2: Raiders big winners to start the 2016 Free Agency period

The Raiders added OL Kelechi Osemele from the Ravens, LB Bruce Irvin from the Seahawks, CB Sean Smith from the Chiefs, LB Daren Bates from the Rams, S Brynden Trawick from the Ravens, and resigned LT Donald Penn, K Marquette King, WR Andre Holmes, and WR Seth Roberts. NFL analysts are ranking the Raiders offensive line #1 in the NFL, and many are picking the Raiders to make the playoffs with up to 11 wins. The 2016 season is shaping up to be very exciting for the Oakland Raiders.

Segment #3: Raider Nation “Boneline” Call-in Segment

You can call in to the Boneline and get on the podcast yourself. Toll-Free 1-800-620-7181. Try to keep your call around 2-3 minutes long. If we get a lot of calls we may not be able to air all of them, so make them good. Preference may be given to first time callers. Sorry if your call is not aired. Please call back to get on another show.

This week’s callers:

Boneline 457 Caller List

01. The Raider General in Michigan
02. Raider Todd in Long Beach
03. Raider D from the IE
04. Raider Steve in Vegas
05. Pomona Raider Call #1
06. Canton Raider
07. Nebraska Raider
08. Raider Jaime in Bakersfield
09. Pomona Raider Call #2
10. Autumn Wind Williams
11. The Raider Optimist
12. Raider Garrett from Montana 

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Music credit: The Raiders by Sam Spence; Back in Black by AC-DC; Sail by Awolnation; Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood.

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Running time - 1:10:53

Listen to the show now:
http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/podcasts/RNP-Show457-2016-03-17.mp3
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Raiders and NFL Talk / NFL Free Agency (THE RAIDERS ARE ROLLING NOW!!!)
« Last post by Randy on March 20, 2016, 12:02:58 PM »
What a difference a 2 or 3 years makes. Disappointing free agent pick-ups the 1st few years under Reggie. Pretty clear now it was because no quality players wanted to come to the Raiders looking at 4-12, 3-13, etc with a team that wasn’t competitive, Dennis Allen as coach, etc. Once we picked up a few top quality players like Mack, Carr, Cooper, Crabtree, Aldon Smith, Del Rio as coach, Ken Norton as D-Coordinator......and coming off an improved 7-9 record.......players are a LOT easier to sign. They're coming to US now....and our players are helping to recruit other good players! Plus having so much cap space and  being forced to spend most of it this year because of the minimum cap spending requirements........it all adds up to a huge difference in who we were able to get in free agency.

The Raiders used to have a reputation of being one of the best teams in the league. For several decades they had the top won/loss record in the NFL. Younger players and fans only know the Raiders as being one of the weakest teams in football. They had so much to overcome in order to turn it around. Imagine if Mark Davis had followed the sentiments of some Raiders fans when they got impatient after two or three years under Reggie as GM....and fired him. Then having to start all over AGAIN....with a new GM (who knows who?), another new coach. We never would have gotten Del Rio and Norton. This is what put us in the cellar of the league in the first place! Being too much in a hurry to do something NOW....having no patience to let things develop. That's not how you rebuild.

It seems to me that the media and lots of people in general love to make fun of the Raiders and their poor record since their loss to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII. They act like the Raiders are the only team to have had bad times. They look for any statistic that will paint the Raiders as the biggest losers ever. The talked about how many consecutive losing seasons the Raiders had. Then when they had their two 8-8 seasons, they found a new statistic to talk about.... consecutive "non-winning" seasons! No one ever mentions the fact that just about every team in the NFL has gone through bad times at one point of another. Just check the record books and you'll see that even the darlings of the NFL, like the Patriots for instance, had dark times.

Some examples...


Buccaneers: 15 straight non-winning seasons ('82-'96)   

Broncos: 13 straight non-winning seasons ('60-'72)                                                                     

Patriots:  11 straight non-winning seasons ('65-'75)   *Then 5 more non-winning seasons '89-'93

Eagles: 11 straight non-winning seasons '67-'77

Jets: 11 straight non-winning seasons '70-'80

Falcons: 10 straight non-winning seasons ('81-'90)

49ers: 8 straight non-winning seasons ('2003-'2010)

Seahawks: One winning season out of 10 ('91-2000)

Chiefs: One winning season out of 12 ('74-'85)

Lions: One winning season out of 13 ('2001-'2013)

Bears: One winning season out of 13 ('64-'76)

Bills: One winning season out of 14 ('2000-'2013)

Bengals: ONE winning season out of 16  ('89-2004)

Eagles: ONE winning season out of 16  ('62-'77)

Packers: ONE winning season out of 16  ('73-'88)

Cardinals: ONE winning season out of 21  ('77-'97)

The Saints didn't have a single winning season until 1987. That's 20 consecutive non-winning seasons ('67-'86)! Do you ever hear the media mention THAT?

The Rams CURRENTLY are on a 12 year streak without a winning season (2004-2015). Do you ever hear about THAT?

Complete NFL Won/Loss History:    http://www.footballdb.com/teams/index.html
Check out the other teams in the NFL and you'll find MANY more down times...

The Raiders current streak of non-winning seasons is at 13. We hear that statistic all the time. Why don't we talk about consecutive non-LOSING seasons? The Raiders hold that record at 16 consecutive non-losing seasons ('65-'80). The Patriots are currently on a 15 season non-losing season streak. No other team has even come close to the Raiders' record.

How many teams have NEVER won a Super Bowl, but the Raiders remain the worst team in the history of the NFL in the minds of many, regardless of the true facts. This all added up to a huge obstacle the Raiders had to overcome to get a real rebuild off the ground. But it looks like we're finally on our way.

We're rolling now! FINALLY! Momentum is on our side for once!


What do you guys think?
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Raiders and NFL Talk / NFL FREE AGENCY
« Last post by Raider G360 on March 19, 2016, 04:23:22 PM »
Free agency has been HUGE :o this year! Like Raider Greg said in the latest podcast, it's like being a kid at Christmas. Reggie's delivering the goods; and let's be real here, it's because the Raiders are finally on the right track (Thank you, Reggie!) and players are sniffing a Super Bowl or two in the Raiders' near future.

My prediction is that the Raiders will be the first NFL team to three-peat. We know the Patriots will never do it because cheating can only take you so far, and because Brady and co. will be one their way down now. The Raiders are rising to the top and we'll be there for a good long while. All the haters are gonna have to get used to that.  8)
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Raiders and NFL Talk / Re: Stadium Issues
« Last post by Raider G360 on March 19, 2016, 04:13:24 PM »
I feel like the Raiders will be staying in Oakland. My guess on why the city of Oakland has been dragging their feet on a new stadium is that they want the Raiders to be a winning team first then, magically, the money to help build a new stadium will appear.

The Raiders will be a winning team this year (I'm predicting at least 11-5). I think the excitement surrounding their success early in the season will be a driving force in negotiations with the city of Oakland. Playoffs will also be a huge factor. I believe Oakland wants to see a football team that has a bright future, and right now that's the Raiders.
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