Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tom Foolery: Ugly Raiders Try to Get Cute

By Rick Richardson

Any hope for Tom Cable to ditch the "interim" attached to his official title was dashed when he took the Raiders to new heights of ridiculousness with a fake field goal that led to an easy scoop and score for Kansas City's Maurice Leggett. There were only three outcomes that were possible when Sebastian Janikowski lined up for what will most definitely be “Football Follies” fodder for years to come, and two of them were bad. Just add the sound effects and “dink, doink”, look at the Raiders while you point and laugh. Add Justin Fargas and his football juggling act with a few sound effects and now you have a show. Somewhere Marty Schottenheimer is crooning his age-old cliché, “just hang in there and the Raiders will beat themselves”. Much to the chagrin of the Raider nation on this topic, ole' Marty seems to be always right.

NFL Football games are won by the narrowest of margins, in both points and inches. The chip shot field goal turned dark comedy was a 10-point swing, and enough to make most Raider fans proclaim, “NOW I have seen it all.” The Chiefs were clearly the inferior team, but the Raiders managed to impersonate the old Cincinnati Bungles of yesteryear just long enough to make them look like a team on a roll.

On the defensive side, the Raiders brought the heat on many occasions, but failed to consider history and adjust to the midfield grappler, Tony Gonzalez. He is the Kansas City version of the Charger's LaDainian Tomlinson; making a career of torching the Raiders. In fact, he broke a record for most yards received versus the Raiders, and the Raiders seemed all too willing to accommodate him.

After this latest three hour marathon of slapstick comedy, no one can blame Raider fans if they are calling for the next purge of Raider brass. Even if you are pulling for the nice guy Tom Cable. This is all too familiar territory for Raider fans.


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