How can people still support the Oakland Raiders when they have abandoned the city twice?

I really want to know why people are still going to games in Oakland to watch the Oakland Raiders play? Seriously!

Not only have they announced they are moving, they have basically said they don’t care about the city or the people who live there. They are moving away from Oakland a second time.

For those of you who may be unaware, the Oakland Raiders have announced that they are leaving for Las Vegas who gave them a sweet deal on a new stadium. This is even when the Raiders could not fill the stadium they are currently playing in. It will probably end up like the home stadium the Los Angeles Chargers are playing in, being dominated by the visiting fans and not the home team.

The Oakland Raiders first left Oakland in 1982, defying the National Football League, abandoning their fans. Up until this point, I was a die-hard Raiders fan. I would go to the games with my grandfather, who had season tickets. I would emulate the players in the backyard. I had all the gear. I even had the pleasure of attending the 1976 AFC Championship game between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers. What a game and experience.

After that, I was done with the Raiders and the rest of my family. The Raiders even had the gall to call my grandfather when they were moving back to Oakland in 1995 and he told them where to put the tickets. After the abandoned us that first time, I was done with the Raiders.

It was once a great franchise, but it was run into the ground by the Davis family who has no loyalty to anyone. If you believe they do, then you are mistaken.

They are now leaving Oakland for a second time and I think their fans need to ask themselves, why in the hell to I still root for a team that gives a crap about me.

If you are a fan of the Raiders, please let me know why you support a team that does not care about you.

A great hockey game almost ruined by officials, DU defeats UMD 4-3

The NCHC playoff game between the University of Denver and University of Minnesota Duluth was an amazing game. However it was almost ruined by the referees. I would guess UMD fans would say it was. 

The game started fast, but UMD was really dominating the game. Only a great steal and goal by Ty Loney got DU equal with UMD after the first period. UMD took the lead and then went on a 5 minute power play thanks to a major penalty on Didier. It was a good call and I am surprised he didn’t get a game misconduct.

During this power play, the call that I think everyone disagrees with occurs. DU gets a short-handed goal but after a lengthy review, I would say more than 5 minutes, the referees wave off the goal.

Everyone thought it was because the net came off before the puck crossed the net. But in reality it was because the referee said the DU’s Heinen interferred with the goalie. See for yourself

I just don’t see the interference. Heinen is the one carrying the puck and shoots. It is saved. As he goes by the goalie, the goalie appears to cause the contact or is at least going down before there is contact. Also, Heinen is not in the crease. 

It should be known the referee ruled a goal, so to reverse the goal you need definitive evidence. There is just not the evidence here to reverse it. Especially if it takes 5 minutes to review it. 

But after DU killed off the 5 minute major, they seemed to take control of the game. Tying the game up quickly after the 3rd period started. UMD took the lead again on a great shot from a tight angle. Jalliet looked to have it covered, but somehow it found the back of the net over his shoulder.

DU added a PP goal. Kaskiuso for UMD couldn’t handle the shot and DU pounced, putting the backhander into the net.  

Then some controversy for UMD. DU scored what would become the game winner, but it appears Loney could have hit it with a high stick. Watching it in real time, it appeared to be a goal. Looking at replays, it is tough to tell but looked like the goal should count.

In the end, DU takes a 1-0 lead in the best of three series with game 2 coming on Saturday night. Both of these teams are really good and will go far in the NCAA tournament. The question remains who will go to Minneapolis next week.

Let’s hope the officials don’t have a say in who wins. The NCHC is a great league, the level of officiating should be at the same level. I am not sure it was at the highest level it could be tonight. 

DU defeats UMD 4-3
DU defeats UMD 4-3

NHL Game Scoring is weird

I just don’t get the NHL game scoring that determines the standings.

You get two points for a win in regulation. But if game goes to overtime, each team gets a point and the winner then gets another point.

This makes it a three point game.

Why not make every game a three point game. It puts more emphasis on winning in regulation.

It just makes sense. I guess it’s why they don’t do it.

What a crazy day in college football

Today was a weird but fun day in college football.

  • Alabama showed that it was the best team in the Nation with a huge win over Arkansas.
  • The Football Championship Series and lower conference teams show they can play with the big boys with Western Kentucky beating Kentucky, Utah State should have beat Wisconsin, and University of Louisiana Monroe taking Auburn to OT.
  • Football sucks in Colorado. The university of Colorado got killed by Fresno State. They were down 55-7 at half. That is just embarrassing. Colorado State lost to future Mountain West Conference foe San Jose State.
  • Its not good in Wyoming either who lost to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at home. A team from sea level coming to play at 7,000+ feet.
  • …and my team the Idaho Vandals going into Death Valley and hanging with the LSU Tigers for a half before bring out gunned.

College football is fun and I can’t wait until next week. You never know what will happen.

Rapids lose again

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The Rapids lose again. While they can’t score, the defense needs to stop the errors. Too many mistakes early in the match. Combine that with a Pickens error and that is a loss.

While this was going to be a tough match to win, a point would have been nice. Now they have to play flawlessly throughout the rest of the season if they want a chance to make the playoffs.

Torn by the news of Idaho Vandals going independent in football

I am torn by the Idaho Vandals going independent in Division I football and moving all other sports to the Big Sky Conference. They are fighting for survival in Division I after being snubbed by the Mountain West Conference. I am torn because I want them to stay at the FBS level in football, but feel the security of the Big Sky is where they probably should be.
I personally feel that Idaho would fit in perfectly in the Mountain West. They compete on an equal basis with all the schools and do quite well in all of the olympic sports. Though they have struggled in football, they almost beat Colorado State University in Fort Collins a couple of years ago.

I think Idaho has suffered from a perception problem. People think it is hard to get to Moscow, but it is not that hard to get to.

Then there is a media market problem. Moscow is in one media market (Spokane) but its major fan base is located in Boise, another media market. But they also have a large fan base in Portland and Seattle. I think the Mountain West and others are discounting this larger fan base.

Has Idaho made some mistakes? I think so. When they had the opportunity to develop and expand its facilities, they were slow to the party. They have made some steps to expand the Kibbie Dome, but it only sits 18,000. They need about 12,000 more to have a good size for Division I. While they use the Kibbie Dome for basketball, or as it is known as the Cowen Spectrum, they do need a dedicated activity center complex where they can play basketball, volleyball, dare I say hockey, and the jazz festival.

But fans, alumni, students, and residents of the inland northwest need to start coming out and supporting the Vandals. Getting only 12,000 to come out for a game against a team is something that all of us Vandals should not stand for. Since the Kibbie Dome only sits 18,000, that place should be sold out every game.

We are all Vandals and I trust that Rob Spear and Duane Nellis are going to do what is best for Idaho.

Go Vandals!