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Tweet Yesterday, I met a gentleman who claimed to do special projects for Oakland Raiders Manager Of The General Partner Al Davis and the organization. After a long talk about everything from the old Raiders to his exploits with John Matuzak and my relationship with ex-Executive Assistant Al LoCasale, and others, I asked him how Mr. Davis’ health was. After a long pause and my repeat of the question, the gentleman finally shook his head, looked down, and said “He’s seriously ill. I know what it is, but...

Tweet It just goes to show that this is preseason. Some were already writing off the Bears after the 49ers game. But it’s “practice” and not real. Bears use defense to ground Chargers NFL.com wire reports CHICAGO (Aug. 18, 2006) — The Chicago Bears carried over the tradition they established last year: Score early and often, just not on offense. Brian Urlacher showed why he was the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, intercepting a pass on the game’s third play from scrimmage and returning...

Tweet Unlikely hero leads Browns to 20-16 win NFL.com wire reports CLEVELAND (Aug. 18, 2006) — Jerome Harrison came to the NFL with a simple, modest plan. “I just practice hard, line up where the coaches tell me to line up and make plays,” he said. In a short time, the little running back has made a bunch of them. The 5-foot-9 rookie caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and finished with 107 total yards as the Cleveland Browns rallied for a 20-16 win over the Detroit Lions. With the Browns down...

Tweet Bengals roll to 44-31 win over Bills NFL.com wire reports ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Aug. 18, 2006) — Shortly after the game was over, Chad Johnson announced in the Bengals locker room the Buffalo Bills couldn’t stop him. The NFL officials, well, that’s another story. Johnson, the always colorful receiver, scored his first touchdown this preseason in Cincinnati’s 44-31 win over the Bills. Yet there was one thing missing: the touchdown dance. Johnson’s bid to do something — anything, without...

Tweet In this video, super star sex symbol Pam Anderson uses her star power to bring attention to the way KFC treats the chickens it uses to make its product. After this, you’ll think twice about Colonel Sanders. ...

Tweet In his recent article, Sports Illustrated’s Michael Silver notes that new Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart was spotted at the Pussycat Lounge in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Pussycat Lounge — not your typical strip club — hosts such notables as Jamie Foxx and Mike Tyson, who was reported to have grabbed some woman’s butt. Man, dude likes to party. Remember, Matt was seen earlier this year at a Playboy Party in Atlanta. ...

Tweet Over the year’s Sil’s written some pretty funny openings to his work, and this one’s certainly in the top 20. It’s about Kurt Warner, who Mike Silver (of SI) is picking to have a great year — didn’t he do that in 2005? Anyway, part of it comes from his good relationship with Warner, who lights up with a smile when he hears “You know my friend Mike Sliver.” The other portion is that Warner’s finally got the right mix of talent and scheme to do some real damage, not...

Tweet Fresh from being wrongly accused for a crime, UCLA’s Maurice Drew, drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars — who now goes by the name Maurice Jones-Drew — had a great first NFL game against the Miami Dolphins. Preseason, yes, but it’s still a great game and features his 55yd catch-and-run for a TD. ...

Tweet I just saw this Washington Post article (click on the title) where President Bush’s secret wiretaps were deemed unconstitutional by a Federal Judge. The trouble is this activity — an unconstitional one — has gone on for several years. What happens to those out there who may have been the target of such efforts and were wrongly accused of a crime? And did President Bush do this to Democratic Party activists? This opens a new can of worms, but it’s also evidence of how the Bush Administration...

Tweet Former Amabassor Andrew Young had stepped down from serving on a Wal-Mart sub-committee after making remarks that were seen as racially offensive. This is what he said: “In the Sentinel interview, Young was asked about whether he was concerned Wal-Mart causes smaller, mom-and-pop stores to close. “Well, I think they should; they ran the `mom and pop’ stores out of my neighborhood,” the paper quoted Young as saying. “But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us, selling...

Tweet I’ve been so critical of Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator Tom Walsh’s approach , I figured it was only fair to place my own ideas out there. Here’s how I would solve the Raiders offensive line problem and get famed wide receiver Randy Moss open all at the same time. Then formation here calls for a personal grouping of really three wide receivers and one back, but the third wide receiver plays flanker (Z) in the play, and Randy Moss is three-and-a-half-yards behind the weakside tackle where the...

Tweet This is one of my all time favorite songs. I never tire of hearing it, and it’s still hard to believe it’s 23 years old. But Banarama’s still going strong; their most recent album’s called “Drama.” ...

Tweet This is vintage video footage of the Rolling Stones on The Mike Douglas Show. ...

Tweet If you thought the timeless rock song Black Velvet was a product of The Wilson Sisters — as I did — you’re flar wrong. The amazing voice behind this classic is of none other than Alannah Myles. Take a look and give a listen here: Here are the lyrics (according to Songfacts, it’s about Elvis Presley, but I thought it was refering to black men in the South, or an African American man she knew — wishful thinking): Mississippi in the middle of a dry spellJimmy Rogers on the Victrola up highMama’s...

Tweet .flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Dolphins training camp, originally uploaded by dougllio. Just three days after giving a stirring speach that he was graduating and not retiring from the Miami Dolphins, and the San Diego Chargers, and The NFL, Junior Seau may graduate alright, right to the New England Patriots. It’s not suprising given that Seau remarked that no one wanted him,...

Tweet The Chiefs have not yet played at home. Manning, Giants sharp in win over Chiefs NFL.com wire reports EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Aug. 17, 2006) — Eli Manning and the New York Giants showed flashes of offense they’ll need to repeat as NFC East champions. They also showed Herm Edwards how much work his Kansas City Chiefs have left to do. Manning threw for one touchdown and set up another and the Giants starters and backups dominated in a 17-0 preseason victory over Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, spoiling...

Tweet Ravens rally past Eagles for 20-10 win NFL.com wire reports BALTIMORE (Aug. 17, 2006) — Standing in a corner of the Philadelphia Eagles locker room, Correll Buckhalter flashed a wide smile as he spoke excitedly about playing in the NFL again. “Everything in the past is in the past,” he said, referring to knee injuries that forced him to miss three of the past four seasons. “It’s a new beginning for me.” Playing for the first time this preseason, Buckhalter ran 48 yards with a shovel pass...

Tweet I saw this howler of an article on Washingtonpost.com that “Security Moms” — married women with kids — were leaving the GOP in droves according to polls. Well, I’ve got news: they were never there. There’s this really annoying tendency to pare down anyone who voted for George Bush in 2000 and 2004 as a solid support of him and the GOP. Well, no. First, you’ve only got two real choices for President — the Greens and Independents (flaky by the name) have not advanced a...

Tweet Never been to an NFL game? Matt? Wow! Newly signed Leinart to play 2nd quarter NFL.com wire reports FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (Aug. 16, 2006) — Matt Leinart finally gets to see his first NFL game against the New England Patriots — from under center. The Arizona Cardinals plan to play Leinart at least a quarter, Cardinals coach Dennis Green said. “He’ll go in the second, and then John Navarre will go in the third,” Kurt Warner and the Cardinals first team will play the first quarter. Then the rookie...

Tweet This report by Niki Finne makes you understand how short and precious our lives are. Click on the link to read it. Here’s an except below: From AP: Bruno Kirby, the veteran character actor who co-starred in When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers has died at age 57 in Los Angeles from complications related to leukemia, according to a statement today from his wife, Lynn Sellers. He had recently been diagnosed with the disease. “We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from Bruno’s...