Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chester McGlockton Dies

Stanford University announced that former Raiders defensive lineman Chester McGlockton died of an apparent heart attack today. McGlockton played 6 seasons for the Raiders (1992-97), before moving on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs (1998-00), Denver Broncos (2001-02) and New York Jets (2003).

“Everyone in the Stanford Football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton,” said Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw. “For the past two seasons, Chester has been a valuable member of our football staff and a wonderful friend to us all.”

The Raiders drafted McGlockton in the 1st round in 1992. He would make four Pro Bowl appearances during his 12 year NFL career.

The big defender spent the last two seasons working for Stanford as a D-line coach. Several news sources report that McGlockton woke up complaining of chest pain.

McGlockton leaves behind his wife Zina and two children. He was 42 years old.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

End of an Era: Al Davis 1929-2011

Enigmatic Raiders owner Al Davis has died at age 82. His passing ends a legendary career as NFL head coach, commissioner and owner. The 1992 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee had been suffering from poor health for several years.

"Based on personal achievement, team achievement and contributions to the game, no one has had a more profound and lasting impact on professional football," Davis' biography says on the team's website,

The team posted a large tribute to Davis on the team's website, also noting that more information will be posted today, regarding the circumstances of his death.



Monday, August 22, 2011

Raiders grab Pryor in Sup Draft

The Raiders decided Terrelle Pryor was worth a 3rd round pick in next year's NFL Draft. The decision was an easy one for a team still in search of the next great passer. While Jason Campbell is a serviceable QB, he's never going to take a team to the top.

Pryor is a steal as a 3rd rounder in my opinion, so this was a gamble worth rolling the dice on.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Howard to Bengals

CSN is reporting Raiders linebacker Thomas Howard will sign with the Cincinnati Bengals. QB Bruce Gradkowski is also rumored to be interested in inking a deal with the Bengals.

Cooper Carlisle's days are apparently over in Oakland as well, after he was cut by the Raiders on Thursday.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

RIP Skip Thomas

From Daily News Dispatches

Former Oakland Raiders cornerback Alonzo "Skip" Thomas, one of the more colorful members of the club's first Super Bowl championship team, died in Kansas on Sunday of an apparent heart attack. Thomas, a seventh-round draft pick out of USC in 1972, played six NFL seasons, all with the Raiders, and was on the 1976 team that beat Minnesota in Super Bowl XI. His death at age 61 comes just three days shy of the one-year anniversary of the death of former teammate and close friend Jack Tatum.

Thomas started in the defensive backfield along with Tatum, cornerback Willie Brown and strong safety George Atkinson in a defensive backfield dubbed the "Soul Patrol." Thomas was an imposing physical specimen who loved to play the intimidator, nicknaming himself "Dr. Death."

Thomas was one of the unsung heroes of the Raiders dynasty days, playing second fiddle to bigger name players Brown, Atkinson and Tatum. I will always remember him as a big hitter that was an imposing player because of his size.

Raider Nation lost one of its own.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Wisniewski? Really?

The Raiders pulled another "we're smarter than all of you" cards out on the second day of the 2011 NFL Draft, by taking OL Stefan Wisniewski, the nephew of former Raiders lineman Steve Wisniewski (now O-Line coach).

Pro Football Weekly had Wisnieswki ranked 134th on their list of draft eligible players, but the Raiders used the 48th overall selection (16th pick of the 2nd round) to take the 6'3", 297 lb lineman out of Penn State.

There's no doubt the Raiders need to shore up the O-Line, but this pick is yet another head scratcher. After Oakland seemed to clean up its act last season with the selection of Rolando McClain, they pull another Darius Heyward-Bey by taking Wisniewski.

It wasn't the 7th overall pick (the one they used to take Heyward-Bey), but with the likes of Clint Boling, Marcus Gilbert and Marcus Cannon still available, you have just shake your head and wonder what's going on once again in Alameda.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Henderson arrested on gun charges

WBBH in Fort Myers, Florida, reported that Raiders offensive lineman Mario Henderson as arrested early Thursday morning for carrying a concealed firearm.

Henderson was pulled over in downtown Fort Myers for playing his music too loud and when asked if he had any weapons in the car, Henderson said there was a gun in the glove box.

"The gun was actually between the driver's seat and the center console," WBBH reported. "A records check revealed Henderson did not have a concealed firearm permit."


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Gallery Won't Return

Reports out of Alameda indicate the O-liner Robert Gallery will not return next season.

Gallery released the following statement:

"With the end of the league year coming today, and the few conversations I've had with the Raiders and Mr. Davis, we've come to a mutual agreement that it's time for me to move on with my career," Gallery said Thursday from his home in the Oakland area. "I appreciate the start that they and Mr. Davis gave me and I truly have enjoyed my time wearing the silver and black. I wish them well, I thank the fans and I take away great memories of my time in Oakland."


Friday, February 18, 2011

Donald Rumsfeld thinks the Raider are "Evil"

Former US Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld gave his opinions on the Raiders in a recent interview with the Financial Times.

The interview was done on Super Bowl Sunday, and when interviewer Gideon Rachman asked Rumsfeld on his views about who would win the Super Bowl, Rumsfeld threw in his support for the Steelers.

Here's why. He doesn't like the Raiders.

Rachman explains.

As we get ready to part, we resort to the standard topic for male banter – sport. The Super Bowl – the most important game of the American football season – is being played that night, and Rumsfeld asks if I will be supporting the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Green Bay Packers. I say I like the Steelers, because I have memories of watching them play some epic games against the Oakland Raiders, in my first visits to the United States in the 1970s. “Oh nobody could support the Raiders,” he says, “they’re evil.” At this the retired boss of the Pentagon laughs heartily, and strolls back to his office and his archive of documents.

Regardless of your opinions on Rumsfeld. He got his pick wrong, which should be no surprise to anyone.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Raiders Ink Seymour to Two-Year Deal is reporting that the Raiders have signed Richard Seymour to a two-year deal worth $30 million. The veteran defender was given the Raiders franchise tag last season after being acquired from the New England Patriots in 2009.

Extending a career well beyond the NFL average, Seymour will enter his 11th NFL campaign next season.He's racked up 452 combined career tackles and 48.5 sacks, including 9.5 in his two seasons with the Raiders.

Jason La Canfora from the NFL Network also confirmed the deal.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bush Arrested for DUI

Raiders running back Michael Bush was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Saturday morning in Indiana, according to WHAS11 in Louisville.

Not good news for the Raiders, as they transition to new head coach Hue Jackson.

Bush rushed for a career-high 655 yards in 2010 to help the Raiders establish a foothold in the ground game. The Raiders drafted Bush from Louisville in 2007.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Don't get you Detroit Free Press panties in a bunch

Looks like Big Al got under the skin of the Detroit Free Press last week regarding his comments on Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Free Press writer David Birkett was responding to comments made by Davis that were quoted in San Francisco Chronicle.

“JaMarcus hurt a great deal,” Davis said, according to the Chronicle. “But the ones they wanted to take instead of JaMarcus, Brady Quinn, hasn’t played yet. There was some talk of Calvin Johnson. But you can take a look at Calvin up at Detroit. How many games did they win this year, Detroit, do you know? Six? Yeah. But up until now, Calvin hadn’t done anything for them. He had been eulogized, but he hadn’t made a lot of indelible impression on the won and lost.”

Birkett took it as a jab.

Davis was giving his opinion on the wide receiver in context to his value in helping the Lions make the playoffs. That apparently riled Birkett, who really isn't qualified to respond given the lack of anything related to the playoffs and the Lions.

The Raiders have won more Super Bowls than the Lions have even qualified for the post season, so it's rather amusing that any Detroit writer have any opinion on football. Given all the top 5 picks the Lions have amassed in the last 40 years, it's even more bewildering that any Detroit beat writer is ripping anything other than the Lions brass and the Ford Family.

The sad part is, Davis is about as easy a target to take a shot at as they come these days, but that's like shooting fish in a barrel. Where is the creativity? I suppose you have to do whatever it takes to sell newspapers these days. Given the direction that industry is going, Detroit may be seeing another employer go the way of the Edsel.

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Super Bowl XVL Odds

Who doesn't love prop bets.

Here are a number of odds, courtesy of the folks from

Super Bowl XLV Odds

Pittsburgh Steelers +3
Green Bay Packer -3
TOTAL Over/Under 45

Super Bowl XLV - Pittsburgh Steelers Total Team Points
Over/Under 21

Super Bowl XLV - Green Bay Packers Total Team Points
Over/Under 23.5

Super Bowl XLV - Pittsburgh Steelers Total 1st Half Team Points
Over/Under 11.5

Super Bowl XLV - Green Bay Packers Total 1st Half Team Points
Over/Under 12

Super Bowl Media Props

Super Bowl XLV Specials - What will the TV Rating be?
Over/Under Nielsen Rating 46

Super Bowl XLV Specials - Which region will have the higher local TV Rating?
Pittsburgh -140
Green Bay EVEN

Super Bowl XLV - How long will it take Christina Aguilera to sing the National Anthem?
Over/Under 1 minute 50 seconds

Super Bowl XLV - How long will Christina Aguilera hold the note “Brave” at the end of the National Anthem?
Over/Under 6 seconds

Super Bowl XLV Specials - Will Christina Aguilera wear a cowboy hat while singing the National Anthem?
Yes 3/1

Super Bowl XLV Specials - Will Christina Aguilera's hair color be anything except completely blonde when she sings the National Anthem?
Yes 7/4

Super Bowl XLV Specials - What will Fergie be wearing when she appears first on stage during the Super Bowl Halftime Show?
Skirt/Dress 1/1
Pants (Below Knees) 1/1
Shorts (Above Knees) 7/2
Thong/G-String/Bikini Bottom 10/1

Super Bowl XLV Specials - Will Fergie be dressed as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader at any point during the Halftime show?
Yes 5/1

Super Bowl XLV - How Many Times will FOX show Jerry Jones on TV during the Game?
Over/Under 3

(Wager is on the number of times Jerry Jones will appear on TV during the Game (from kick off until final whistle). Live pictures only, Any Taped Pictures or Past Video does not count towards wager.)

Super Bowl XLV – Who will FOX show first on TV during the game?
Jessica Szohr (Aaron Rodgers’ Girlfriend) -140
Ashley Harlan (Ben Roethlisberger’s Fiancée) Even

Super Bowl XLV - How Many Times will FOX mention “Brett Favre” on TV during the Game?
Over/Under 2.5

(Wager is on the number of times “Brett Favre” will be mentioned on TV during the Game (from kick off until final whistle). Live commentary only, Any Taped or Past Video does not count towards wager, must say “Brett Favre” exactly.)

Super Bowl XLV - How Many Times will FOX mention “Lockout” on TV during the Game?
Over/Under 2.5

(Wager is on the number of times “Lockout” will be mentioned on TV during the Game (from kick off until final whistle). Live commentary only, Any Taped or Past Video does not count towards wager, must say “Lockout” exactly.)

Super Bowl XLV - Who will the FOX announcers say has better hair TV during the Game?
Troy Polamalu -120
Clay Matthews -120

Super Bowl XLV - What Color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?

Yellow 3/2
Clear/Water 2/1
Orange 5/2
Lime Green 5/1
Red 15/2
Blue 10/1

Super Bowl XLV - What side of the ball will the Players that perform the Gatorade Shower be from?
Offensive +150
Defensive -200

Super Bowl XLV - Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the Game thank first?
God 3/2
Does Not Thank Anyone 2/1
Teammates 5/2
Family 4/1
Coach 10/1

Super Bowl XLV - Will a punt hit the scoreboard during the game?
Yes 10/1

Super Bowl XLV Specials - Will a Steelers player do the Aaron Rodgers Championship Belt Celebration during the game?
No -140

Super Bowl XLV Specials - Will Any Player do the Lambeau Leap after a TD?
Yes 2/1

Super Bowl XLV - Will B.J.Raji be on the field for at least 1 offensive play?
Yes -175
No +135

Super Bowl XLV - Who will President Obama pick to win the game?
Pittsburgh Steelers -140
Green Bay Packers Even

Super Bowl XLV -How many current NFL Players will be arrested during Super Bowl Week?
Over 0.5 +150
Under 0.5 -200

Super Bowl XLV - Which Super Bowl commercial will have a higher rating on USA Today's annual Ad Meter?
Bud Light 11/4
Budweiser 11/4
Doritos 11/2
Pepsi Max 6/1 10/1
Skechers 12/1
Teleflora 15/1
Other 5/2

Super Bowl XLV Specials - If there is a picture of someone holding the Lombardi Trophy on the Cover of the USA Today on Monday February 7th, who will it be?
Aaron Rodgers 3/2
Ben Roethlisberger 3/1
Troy Polamalu 12/1
Clay Matthews 15/1
Mike Tomlin 18/1
Mike McCarthy 18/1
Any Other Pittsburgh Player 2/1
Any Other Green Bay Player 2/1
Any Other Person 15/1
Jerry Jones 100/1

Super Bowl XLV Specials - What will happen with the Dow Jones the day after the Super Bowl?
Market Up -140
Market Down EVEN

Super Bowl Game Props

Super Bowl XLV - What will be the result of the Super Bowl XLV Coin Toss?
Heads (Coin Toss) -105
Tails (Coin Toss) -105

Super Bowl XLV - Team to win the opening coin toss
Pittsburgh Steelers (Win Opening Coin Toss) -105
Green Bay Packers (Win Opening Coin Toss) -105

Super Bowl XLV - Team to score first in the game
Pittsburgh Steelers (Score First) Even
Green Bay Packers (Score First) -130

Super Bowl XLV - Will there be a score in the first 7min 30 seconds of the 1st quarter?
Yes (First 7 min 30 sec of 1st Qtr) -175
No (First 7 min 30 sec of 1st Qtr) +145

Super Bowl XLV - Will Either team score 3 unanswered times in the game?
Yes (3 Unanswered Scores) -180
No (3 Unanswered Scores) +150

Super Bowl XLV - Will there be a score in the final 2 minutes of the 1st half?
Yes (Score in Final 2 Minutes of 1st Half) -260
No (Score in Final 2 Minutes of 2nd Half) +200

Super Bowl XLV - Which Will be the Highest Scoring Quarter?
1st Quarter 4/1
2nd Quarter 8/5
3rd Quarter 4/1
4th Quarter 2/1

Super Bowl XLV - Will the game go to overtime?
Yes (Overtime) +900
No (Overtime) -1800

Super Bowl XLV - Longest Touchdown Scored in the Game (Yardage)
Over/Under 43.5

Super Bowl XLV - Shortest Touchdown Scored in the Game (Yardage)
Over/Under 1.5

Super Bowl XLV - Will there be a Special Teams or Defensive Touchdown scored in the game?
Yes (Defensive or Special Teams TD) +145
No (Defensive or Special Teams TD) -175

Super Bowl XLV - Super Bowl XLV - What will be the result of the first coaches challenge in the game?
Play Overturned -130
Play Stands Even

Player Odds

SUPER BOWL XLV - Odds to win MVP
Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB 7/4
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB 7/2
Rashard Mendenhall (PIT) RB 15/2
Greg Jennings (GB) WR 12/1
James Starks (GB) RB 14/1
Troy Polamalu (PIT) S 15/1
Mike Wallace (PIT) WR 16/1
Clay Matthews (GB) LB 18/1
Charles Woodson (GB) CB 20/1
James Harrison (PIT) LB 22/1
Tramon Williams (GB) CB 25/1
Hines Ward (PIT) WR 25/1
Heath Miller (PIT) TE 25/1
Donald Driver (GB) WR 25/1
James Farrior (PIT) LB 28/1
Lawrence Timmons (PIT) LB 28/1
James Jones (GB) WR 30/1
Jordy Nelson (GB) WR 30/1
A.J. Hawk (GB) LB 30/1
B.J. Raji (GB) DT 30/1
Emmanuel Sanders (PIT) WR 35/1
Sam Shields (GB) CB 35/1
Cullen Jenkins (GB) DE 50/1
Brandon Jackson (GB) RB 50/1
Field 15/1

SUPER BOWL XLV - Player to score the first TD in the game
Rashard Mendenhall (PIT) RB 5/1
Greg Jennings (GB) WR 13/2
Mike Wallace (PIT) WR 15/2
James Starks (GB) RB 17/2
John Kuhn (GB) FB 12/1
Hines Ward (PIT) WR 12/1
Heath Miller (PIT) TE 12/1
Donald Driver (GB) WR 12/1
James Jones (GB) WR 12/1
Jordy Nelson (GB) WR 14/1
Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB 14/1
Emmanuel Sanders (PIT) WR 16/1
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB 16/1
Brandon Jackson (GB) RB 18/1
Andrew Quarless (GB) TE 20/1
Isaac Redman (PIT) RB 20/1
Antonio Brown (PIT) WR 25/1
Mewelde Moore (PIT) RB 28/1
Donald Lee (GB) TE 28/1
Any Other Pittsburgh Player 14/1
Any Other Green Bay Player 14/1
No TD Scored In The Game 50/1

SUPER BOWL XLV - Total Passing Yards - Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
Over/Under 240.5

SUPER BOWL XLV - Total TD Passes - Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
Over TD Passes O 1½ (+125)
Under TD Passes U 1½ (-155)

SUPER BOWL XLV - Total Passing Yards – Aaron Rodgers (GB)
Over/Under 275.5

SUPER BOWL XLV - Total TD Passes – Aaron Rodgers (GB)
Over TD Passes O 2 (+125)
Under TD Passes U 2 (-155)

SUPER BOWL XLV - Who will record more Rushing Yards in the game?
James Starks (GB) RB +25½ (-115)
Rashard Mendenhall (PIT) RB -25½ (-115)

SUPER BOWL XLV - Who will record more Receiving Yards in the game?
Mike Wallace (PIT) WR +9½ (-130)
Greg Jennings (GB) WR -9½ (EVEN)

Historical Matchups

HISTORICAL MATCHUP - Total Passing Yards, which will be higher?
Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl XLV -29½ (-110)
Brett Favre Super Bowl XXXI (246 Passing Yards) +29½ (-120)

HISTORICAL MATCHUP - Total TD Passes, which will be higher?
Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl XLV +125
Brett Favre Super Bowl XXXI (2 TD Passes) -155

HISTORICAL MATCHUP - Completion Percentage, which will be higher?
Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl XLV -11.5% +105
Brett Favre Super Bowl (51.8%) +11.5% -135

HISTORICAL MATCHUP - Total Passing yards, which will be higher?
Ben Roethlisberger Super Bowl XLV -115.5 yards
Ben Roethlisberger Super Bowl XL (123 Passing Yards) +115.5 Yards

HISTORICAL MATCHUP - Total Passing yards, which will be higher?
Ben Roethlisberger Super Bowl XLV ` +15½ (-115)
Ben Roethlisberger Super Bowl XLIII (256 Passing Yards) -15½ (-115)


SUPER BOWL XLV CROSS SPORT PROPS - Blake Griffin (LAC) Total Rebounds against Miami Heat vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Total Points
Blake Griffin Rebounds vs. Miami Heat +7½ (-115)
Pittsburgh Steelers Total Points -7½ (-115)

SUPER BOWL XLV CROSS SPORT PROPS - Which Game will have the larger Winning Margin?
Super Bowl XLV Pick (-115)
Orlando Magic @ Boston Celtics Pick (-115)

SUPER BOWL XLV CROSS SPORT PROPS - LeBron James 1st half points against Clippers vs. Green Bay Packers 1st Half Points
LeBron James 1st Half Points vs. LA Clippers Pick (-115)
Green Bay Packers 1st Half Points Pick (-115)

SUPER BOWL XLV CROSS SPORT PROPS - What will be higher on February 6th 2011?
Aaron Rodgers Completion % -6 (-130)
Dwight Howard Free Throw % +6 (Even)

SUPER BOWL XLV CROSS SPORT PROPS - What will be higher on February 6th 2011?
Aaron Rodgers TD Passes Pick (-150)
Alex Ovechkin Points Pick (+120)

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TEP is Looking for Contributors

I have to admit that my lack of time to write has really let our regular readers down, so rather than shudder the site, it makes more sense to try and find some help.

If you;re interested in contributing to The Eye Patch, please shoot me an email:


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Raider Legend Jack Tatum Dies

CSNSportsBayArea is reporting that former Raider legen Jack Tatum died of a heart attack today in Oakland. Tatus was 61 years old.

Nicknamed "The Assassin," Tatum died of a heart attack Tuesday in Oakland, according to friend and former Ohio State teammate John Hicks.

In his nine-year NFL career, Tatum was named to the Pro Bowl three times and was a member of the 1977 Super Bowl champions. He was regarded as one of the most-feared hitters in the NFL.

He was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Tatum is perhaps most remembered for his hit on New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley in a game at the Oakland Coliseum that left Stingley paralyzed.
On Aug. 12, 1978, Stingley, playing for the New England Patriots, ran head-on into the hard-hitting Tatum on a crossing pattern. The blow severed Stingley's fourth and fifth veterbrae and left the receiver paralyzed.

Tatum said he tried to visit Stingley at an Oakland hospital shortly after the collision but was turned away by Stingley's family members.

Stingley died in 2007.

"We have lost one of our greatest Buckeyes," Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said in a statement that was issued Tuesday. "When you think of Ohio State defense, the first name that comes to mind is Jack Tatum. His loss touches every era of Ohio State players and fans."

Read more: Raiders Great Jack Tatum Dies
Tune to SportsNet Central at 6, 10:30 and midnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area for more on this story

I wrote this piece on Tatum and Darryl Stingley a couple of years ago.

Tatus was a true competitor and will be missed.