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Here is the opening to my Wednesday column about Darren McFadden:

ALAMEDA

He advances straight at you with his head held high and a slight smile on his handsome young face. He is the prototype of a great running back and when he is good — that means healthy — he may be the best back in the NFL, better even than Adrian Peterson. On a scale of 10, he is an 11.

He is walking out of the Oakland Raiders training facility, 24-year-old Darren McFadden, the gods’ gift to football except for one thing — the gods always give and take away. He has a flaw.

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  1. Capts

    The guy is maddening. His skill is so apparently amazing, probably the most skilled back Raider fans have seen since Bo, yet he crumbles every season. The Raiders absolutely need him to be healthy for most of the year or they are not going to go anywhere. Nine years is enough, hopefully the football gods have forgiven Al’s sins and we finally catch a break.

    May 15th, 2012 5:17 pm

  2. Stan

    The countdown until his newest season ending injury is on. Like a big poached egg timer, cuckoo clock or Mayan calender..he’s going to say around late October he needs a game off “I’m sore” he will say and name your foot part. That will be that start of the end. That’s a sure thing.
    McFadden getting hurt and the Atomic clock..equals.

    May 15th, 2012 5:52 pm

  3. Albert Park

    Who cares about Darren McFadden’s foot? I want to know which circle of Hell Al Davis has been consigned to. Does anyone know?

    May 15th, 2012 6:34 pm

  4. Loneraider78

    Can’t stand this website.

    Write out your thoughts and then the page resets and it’s all gone.

    Not going to rewrite it.

    In short, we know DMC is a beast but until he shows he can make it through multiple seasons as a productive back I don’t think you can make an arguement that he’s in the same class as Gore and A.P.

    He has that potential, no doubt about it, but he’s in the unenviable position of having to prove himself all over again.

    My fingers are crossed.

    May 15th, 2012 8:30 pm

  5. B-Rad

    He has a “well-formed forehead”? I’m curious to see what that looks like.
    Too bad he doesn’t have a well-formed mid-foot, toe, shoulder, knee
    or hamstring since he’s lost 19 games to injuries to those things.
    He hopes to run for 1800 yards? That would be pretty good, wouldn’t it?
    In 4 seasons so far, he’s got 2627 yards.

    May 15th, 2012 9:35 pm

  6. Tommy CostaRica

    Without a doubt, he’s the best rusher in football and he is the most fun to watch, especially the way he can completely take over a game. I’m hoping we all get that pleasure this season. Again it’s great having two teams to watch being a bay area fan!

    May 16th, 2012 10:23 am

  7. Tiburon Dave

    All that talent and character but like Achilles, great warriors have always been felled by problem feet.

    Reggie already took care of plan B at quarterback, but with Bush gone this team really needs a plan B in the backfield or it’s gonna be a long season.

    May 16th, 2012 10:39 am

  8. Fritz Q Newman Jr PhD

    A little misleading when you write that it’s a good thing he didn’t come back last year because were going nowhere, anyway. That’s because McFadden was injured. If he’d been around, they probably would have made the playoffs!

    May 16th, 2012 10:41 am

  9. Stan

    Lone Raider—-when the page resets,hit the X on the browsers title…then hit the “back” arrow…and ALL you wrote is still there.
    Works most of the time.

    May 16th, 2012 11:03 am

  10. Stan

    Has pro sports ever seen such a huge load of Jakers?..Oh,my underarm is stinky-give me three weeks off say the players with the huge contract that pays him if he plays or not.

    I thought it sounded fishy when the A’s Inge diagnosed himself AND how much time off he will need..”To be on the safe side”. That’s on top of Crisp’s “Inner ear infection” that needs 15 days to heal…not 14,but 15.
    Wait until they hit the real world…

    May 17th, 2012 11:32 am

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