The (long-awaited) Autumn Wind

I became a fan late in the 2008 season after my dad purchased a cable TV service that included ESPN America (known back then as NASN). It was at that time that I was first exposed to college football and fell in love with the sport immediately. But although college football was fun, it was nothing compared to the big boys. So in search of my team, I did what every boy does… ask dad.

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TRF’s Playoff Possibility Pontificator: Week 12

8-2!!!  What a game….Stealin’ one just like a Pirate should!

Right now we are going to  geek out and talk playoffs.  For the first time in over 13 years, we finally look to be on a sustainable path that will get this Raider Ship into the playoffs.  No more ‘Ten and Then’ or even ‘Five and We Are Alive’ nonsense.  What we will be discussing here, good friends, is the myriad of possibilities associated with the 2016 playoff run we are deeply immersed in right now.

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The Two Most Influential People in My Business Life

When I graduated from UC Davis in 1981, my girlfriend and future ex-wife, had a job in LA at Oscar Meyer so we moved to Westminster.  My father at the time was semi-retired and purchasing a small company in Orange County.  I had worked warehouse and trucking jobs over the past few years, so he asked me to help out and verify the inventory, meet with the vendors and manufacturers of the product, among other tasks.  Five years later, we were bankrupt, but it was a great run.

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Raider Approved Rooting List for Week 11

As a biased Raider fan the rest of the week in the NFL only matters to me as much as it affects the Raiders in the standings or the general downfall of our most hated rivals. So fellow homers, here is who you should root for week 11 as a Raider fan.

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Skeleton Keys: Week 11

The doldrums that is the mid-season bye week is finally coming to a close. The pillaging pirates in black look to emerge from this Bermuda Triangle with a healthy roster of swashbucklers. With the team setting sail to Mexico City to take on the Houston Texans, we take a closer look under the hull and give you the skeleton keys to the game.

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The L.A. Raiders: A Fan Perspective

My dad is a sports fanatic.  Growing up in Mexico his favorite sports were soccer, boxing, and eventually American football. Although there wasn’t much American football being played in Mexico, they would occasionally air Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raider games.  Coming from a tough neighborhood in Mexico city, the rebellious nature of the team from Oakland, along with having a coach and quarterback of Mexican descent made it an easy choice of who to root for.

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Slowly But Surely

One of the biggest critiques of our beloved Raiders has been the defense. How can we be 7-2 with a defense that is currently ranked 27th overall and 23rd in scoring allowed?

Well my friends let’s look under the hood and take a closer look. Sometimes superficial stats don’t tell the entire story.

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