Here is the opening to my column about the latest Raiders’ loss. It involves a quiz, call it a do-it-yourself column. Try your hand at it:


The (choose an adjective) Oakland Raiders lost again on Sunday.

They were defeated by (name an opponent).

They lost by a score of (fill in the score.)

By losing, they now have lost (fill in the appropriate number) times in a row.

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  1. Tiburon Dave

    Coach Allen looks like the neighborhood Boy Scout coming to the door on behalf of the local newspaper drive. I can’t imagine grown men following him and I can’t imagine why Reggie hired him unless no one else wanted the job…

    That said, I don’t think Harbaugh, Walsh, Shula , Noll or Lombardi could have done much with this group of losers…

    Reggie gave an interview over the weekend and discussed the disaster of the roster and organization in general in the post Al era…

    Settle in Raider fans…8 – 8 was fools gold…there are no quick fixes in sight…

    December 3rd, 2012 8:58 am

  2. Stan

    Now THAT’S a brilliant post. It was so accurate to the Planck level.
    And why said the Raiders wouldn’t win..and I just waited for the inevitable blackouts to start weeks ago. Its the same over and over.
    Hue had healed the broken record of it all,then he “left us”..and it all went with him.
    I’m sure the rookie coach and GM want to fall on the “give us time”..well,the Raiders have had as much time as they should need since returning to Oakland. In return for the 10 mill a year Alameda county pays them..they give us this garbage?

    December 3rd, 2012 9:31 am

  3. loneraider78

    I used to be an impatient person too. But I’ve done my research and have seen just how many coaches, who eventually became successful, lost a lot of games in their early years.

    If those owners had felt the way so many people are feeling right now then nothing great would’ve ever happened.

    That was the Al Davis way. Unable to ever admit that he completely butchered his drafts and signed rediculous deals, he would just blame the coach and start firing everyone.

    I’m sick and tired of that. Allen and McKenzie need a full offseason that actually has all it’s pieces in place. Even this next draft they’re down two picks. How can we fairly judge these guys when they’re still working with Al Davis’ roster mostly, and compensating for the lack of resources available?

    This group of players just is not good. How much more proof do people need? All the sudden BenJarvis Green-Ellis is Walter Payton? Weeden? Brandon Weeden came into Oakland and won? Just like Ryan Tannehill beat them. That’s two rookie QBs that have beaten them.

    People just need to stop with the “coaches are on thinner and thinner ice” BS. No they’re not. I repeat. No they’re not. Until they can actually have the time to overhaul the roster and completely get out from under the “Al Davis hangover”, they will–and should–be given the time to make serious strides.

    How much progress did anyone expect this year? Come on people! They went 8-8 last year, that was an illusion. They couldn’t even beat Tim Tebow to win the west. Where’s Tebow now? Backing up the worst QB in football. What does that tell you?

    These players stink. Period. Like Dave said, Lombardi couldn’t turn these yay-hoos into players.

    December 3rd, 2012 10:09 am

  4. Bob In Portland

    How many years until they get a full slate of draft picks?

    December 3rd, 2012 10:17 am

  5. B-Rad

    During that entire last Raider TD drive, poor Greg Papa was imploring the Raiders
    to either score the TD fast or kick the field goal and hope to recover the on-side
    kick and then go for the TD, but not to take all the time off the clock scoring
    the TD, which does you no good being down by 10. So Knapp takes all but 1
    second off the clock in scoring the TD. But the Raiders had little chance anyway
    being down by 10 with a couple minutes left.

    Unlike the Niners Greg Roman, who called a desperation play in a non-desperation
    moment. So little to gain and so much to lose.

    We now have the second ranked rushing game in the NFL, but are beating Frank
    Gore to death doing it, but only the 25th rated passing offense. Why is that?

    December 3rd, 2012 10:41 am

  6. Steve the cat rescuer

    First and foremost, brilliant column Lowell. I laughed out loud numerous times, building to a thunderous crescendo near the end.

    Next, memo to all the Al, Hue defenders. Ask yourselves, who is responsible for this bunch of talentless, heartless, gutless, so called “professional” football players? Who traded away the foreseeable future for a washed-up, overrated, never really was all that good quarterback? Had the Raiders had their 2012 first round pick they might have been a player for one of the many talents available in one of the best drafts in recent memory. Instead, the NFL “reinstated” their third round pick, probably because of all the goodwill McKenzie has built up over the years throughout the league. It will take McKenzie many years to restructure the quagmire that is the Raiders.

    As for Allen, he doesn’t appear to be head coach material. Obviously he is coaching with a heavy heart and the distraction of his ailing father isn’t making it any easier to deal with a team that never showed up to begin the season. I stated in a previous post that coordinator may be his ideal position. Allen will likely be among those taking the fall for this year’s debacle, but I think he’ll land on his feet somewhere as a DC, which cannot be said for many of the others. The Raiders need a dynamic head coach that will instill and enforce discipline; I suggested Jack Del Rio, but there are others out there that fit the criteria.

    And lastly, lucky for all of us that the Raiders were blacked out. We got to see an incredible football game played by two titans of the league. If you weren’t moved by the ending of the Steelers/Ravens game and the outpouring of emotion by Charlie Batch and his teammates, you don’t have a soul.

    December 3rd, 2012 10:47 am

  7. Dennis

    I suggest that the Raiders hire Jim Schwartz when he gets fired by Detroit. He would be a perfect fit in Oakland. He would bring a whole lot of attitude which is what they sorely need.

    December 3rd, 2012 11:33 am

  8. Frank in Minnesota

    LOL…this is fun Lowell!!!!

    December 3rd, 2012 12:10 pm

  9. Steve the cat rescuer

    @Dennis: the last thing the Raiders need is a coach with a thug mentality.

    December 3rd, 2012 2:55 pm

  10. Albert Park

    Brilliant column, Lowell! Just friggin’ brilliant! LMAO!

    December 3rd, 2012 5:39 pm

  11. chris

    the blame goes to all three dudes at the top………Mark Davis who’s clueless by his own admission, Reggie McKenzie who has no experience as a GM announcing that he’s going to change the culture when he’s never done that before, and Allen who’s no head coach and who cant really be blamed because he was thrown into something he couldn’t handle……like i’ve mentioned before, McKenzie shoulduv played it safe by keeping Hue Jackson around for one more year until he got his feet wet as a GM, because the fans and the players liked Hue.

    December 4th, 2012 12:22 am

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