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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.

Available in the iTunes store.

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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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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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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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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Sorry that it's been over a month since our last podcast, our longest gap ever in over 10 years.....but Greg has been dealing with some personal issues that had to take precedent. He'll be ready to do a show soon, but now my wife and I are leaving on a 3-week trip first thing tomorrow morning (Wed. Feb. 24th), and won't be back in the country until March 15th. As soon as we return, Greg and I will get together and plan a show covering all the important Raiders happenings so far this off-season.

In the mean time, you can post your thoughts here on the forum, leave toll-free (in the USA) voicemail messages on the "Boneline" (1-800-620-7181) and I'll go through the messages when I get back from the trip....and use the best ones on our next show.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Feb. 23-29: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. (yes, there is a Feb. 29th this year....leap year!)
• March 1: Deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players at 4 p.m. ET.
• March 7-9: Clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2015 Player Contracts at 4 p.m., ET, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m., ET, on March 9.

•March 9: 2016 NFL League Year begins. Free agency opens at 4 p.m. ET.

Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2016 on all players who have option clauses in their 2015 contracts.

Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

• March 20-23: Annual League Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida.

• April 4: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2015 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

• April 18: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

• April 22: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.

• April 28-30: 2016 NFL Draft, Chicago, Illinois.

After the final selection in the Draft has been made, clubs may begin signing Undrafted Free Agents who were eligible for the 2016 Draft.

• May 6-9 or May 13-16: Teams may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday of the first or second weekend after the NFL draft.

• May 20-23: NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Invited Rookies (typically, first and/or second-round selections) must be permitted by their respective clubs to attend. Such players are unavailable for offseason workouts, OTA days, and minicamps during this period.

• May 23-25: NFL Spring League Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina.

• June 1: Deadline for prior club to send "June 1 Tender" to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a Right of First Refusal Only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA's "June 15 Tender" provision.

For any player removed from the club's roster or whose contract is assigned via waivers or trade on or after June 2, any unamortized signing bonus amounts for future years will be included fully in Team Salary at the start of the 2017 League Year.

• June 19-25: Rookie Symposium, Aurora, Ohio.

• July 15: At 4 p.m. ET, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2016 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club's last regular season game.

• Mid-July: Training camps open. Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club's earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players. Veteran players (defined as a player with at least one pension-credited season) other than quarterbacks or injured players may report to a club's preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club's first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later.
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Also, feel free to post your thoughts here on our forum. Let's get some discussions going. This forum has been dead lately. I guess everyone is doing Facebook and Twitter instead.  ??

I'd like to see some discussion going on the forums again. Personally, I'm not a fan of Facebook (too much drama) and I don't really participate on Twitter.

I'm glad that the forum section is still up and running and that Randy keeps up with all the Raider related news.

On another note, I got a Carr jersey for Christmas and love it!

Go Raiders!

Thanks Kev. Congrats on the Carr jersey!
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Also, feel free to post your thoughts here on our forum. Let's get some discussions going. This forum has been dead lately. I guess everyone is doing Facebook and Twitter instead.  ??

I'd like to see some discussion going on the forums again. Personally, I'm not a fan of Facebook (too much drama) and I don't really participate on Twitter.

I'm glad that the forum section is still up and running and that Randy keeps up with all the Raider related news.

On another note, I got a Carr jersey for Christmas and love it!

Go Raiders!
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Listen to the show now:
http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/podcasts/RNP-Show456-2016-01-14.mp3





TOPICS:

Segment #1: Raiders @ Chiefs Postgame Thoughts

Brief thoughts on the Raiders season finale at Kansas City.

Segment #2: Ken Stabler a finalist for NFL Hall of Fame

Ken Stabler is one of two senior committee finalists for the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Raider Greg gives his thoughts on his nomination and selection as a finalist.

Segment #3: Lost Angeles Relocation Stadium Owners Vote

NFL owners met in Houston this week to discuss and vote on which team or teams will be allowed to relocate to Los Angeles. Raider Greg gives his thoughts, plus we hear from several others on the topic via the Raiders flagship station 95.7 "The Game". ESPN NFL reporter Jim Trotter gives his opinions and explains the G4 stadium loan situation, the $100 Million offered the Raiders and Chargers if they build new stadiums in their existing markets, and more. Greg Papa and John Lund discuss the outcome of the vote and it's implications for the Raiders and Raider Nation. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf joins Chad, Joe, and Lo on 95.7 to discuss her feelings and what the City of Oakland is hoping to do to help the Raiders build a new stadium in Oakland.

Segment #4: Summation of the Raiders Situation

Raiders season wrap-up thoughts and a look forward to the 2016 season, the Raiders opponents both home and away, and Raider Greg's feelings on the outlook for the Raiders in 2016. We also hear from JT The Brick via the Damon Bruce Show on 95.7 The Game.

Segment #5: 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 456 Caller List

01. Raider Timmy Tim - 1st Time Caller
02. Raider Steve in Vegas
03. Ruben from North Carolina (after Chiefs game)
04. Autumn Wind Williams (after Chiefs game)
05. Raider Fan NC
06. Nebraska Raider
07. Raider Chris from Scranton, PA
08. Raider Trey - 1st Time Caller
09. The Unknown Raider
10. Raider Red from Southern Illinois
11. Raider Dan from KC
12. Moneyman has spoken Raider
13. Canton Raider
14. Raider Rick from Utah
15. Pennsylvania Raider (after stadium vote)
16. Kansas Raider
17. Houston Raider Steve (after stadium vote)
18. Autumn Wind Williams (after stadium vote)
19. Raider Mystic
20. The 360 Raider
21. Ruben from North Carolina (after stadium vote)
22. Raider Nitty in Jersey (after Chiefs game) 

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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.

Available in the iTunes store.

Running time - 2:57:24

Listen to the show now:
http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/podcasts/RNP-Show456-2016-01-14.mp3
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Listen to the show now:
http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/podcasts/RNP-Show455-2015-12-28.mp3





TOPICS:

Segment #1: Chargers at Raiders Postgame - Was that the last ever Raiders game in Oakland?

The Raiders beat the Chargers in a close hard fought game that went right down to the wire. It was the last home game for Charles Woodson, with one more game in Kansas City before he retires. Anyone who was at this game couldn't help but wonder if we were watching the last ever Raiders game in Oakland. The tailgate party was emotional, and Raider Greg gives you his thoughts. We also hear Charles Woodson's speech on the field to the fans at the end of the game, as well as his locker room speech.

Segment #2: 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 455 Caller List

01. Raider John from Rhode Island (After Packers game loss)
02. Raider Chris from Scranton, PA (After Packers game loss)
03. Raider Sid the Desert Raider (After Packers game loss)
04. Raider Red from S. Illinois (After Packers game loss)
05. Moneyman Has Spoken Raider (After Packers game loss)
06. Raider Rick from Utah (After Packers game loss)
07. Canton Raider (After Packers game loss)
08. Ruben from N. Carolina (After Packers game loss)
09. Raider Rondez in Vegas (Before Chargers game win)
10. Kansas Raider (After Chargers game win)
11. Raider Rick from Utah (After Chargers game win)
12. Houston Raider Steve (After Chargers game win)
13. Raider Dan From KC (After Chargers game win)
14. Raider Fonz In Denver (After Chargers game win)
15. Raider Sid The Desert Raider (After Chargers game win)

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

Available in the iTunes store.

Running time - 1:08:14

Listen to the show now:
http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/podcasts/RNP-Show455-2015-12-28.mp3
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We actually had a podcast all recorded and ready to release yesterday, but decided to throw it in the garbage since it had a lot of material on the stadium issue that will soon be outdated when the outcome of the owners meeting is released possibly today. As soon as we have news of the latest happenings, we'll put together a show.

We won't have a whole lot on the Chiefs game....not a real "postgame", but more of a season wrap-up and stadium news show.

In the mean time, check out news links that I'm updating daily. There were a bunch of new articles on the stadium issue that came out today, and we have all the links there.

Also, feel free to post your thoughts here on our forum. Let's get some discussions going. This forum has been dead lately. I guess everyone is doing Facebook and Twitter instead.  ???

Here's a direct link to our latest news story links:

http://www.raidernationpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1361.0

Looking forward to hearing all about it from you guys.  Its looking good for this year at least, but lets hope a long term plan down in Oakland is possible!

Was great seeing you guys again at the Packers game, Im finally home from the honeymoon and need another holiday to recover from it!

Raider Argo!

Thanks Argo.....loved meeting you and your wife at those two games in Oakland last season. I guess we'll be back with the Bad Boyz of BBQ next season too!
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