Mar 312017
 

After three games, with a 1-2 record, the Raiders were a definitively middling team. All three games were close and the team’s point totals on both sides of the ball were near the league median. The Raiders had significantly outscored their opponents in the first and fourth quarters, but the reverse was true in the middle two periods and they had yet to score at all in the third. Yes, it was the preseason and this was all meaningless, but the Raiders were thought to be under a real handicap because of their late start and to see them play competitive ball was both a relief and encouraging.

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Mar 282017
 

With Tom Flores unavailable to play quarterback in the near term and with roster reductions looming, Raiders head coach Eddie Erdelatz was planning to give more playing time to the men on the far end of the bench, starting with Paul Larson. So far, Larson hadn’t shown all that much in camp, displaying an inaccurate arm. Consequently, he had received almost no in-game opportunities, but he was going to get a chance tomorrow, sharing time with Babe Parilli. Plenty of other neglected players were going to get their chances, too.

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Mar 282017
 

With the Raiders leaving Santa Cruz to head east and play the Bills, today marked the end of team’s first training camp, but bad news accompanied the departure. Head coach Eddie Erdelatz revealed that quarterback Tom Flores was likely to miss the rest of the preseason. The cause was a shoulder injury suffered at the hands of the Chargers on what Erdelatz called a “hit after the whistle.” That meant the signal-calling chores would be performed by Paul Larson, who had thrown but a single pass in live action so far, and newcomer Babe Parilli, who had less than a week’s familiarity with the playbook.

Oakland Tribune

Mar 272017
 

A report from Raiders team trainer George Anderson said tight end Gene Prebola‘s pulled hamstring muscle would keep him out of Wednesday night’s game in Buffalo. The team held out hope that the Boston University product would recover in time play against the Patriots on Sunday.

Two other players, defensive end Carmen Cavalli, who had suffered a broken nose against Los Angeles, and fullback Billy Lott, who bruised a shoulder in the same game, were going to be ready to go against the Bills, according to Anderson. However, there was still no word about the health of quarterback Tom Flores, who had taken a beating of his own Friday night.

Oakland Tribune

Mar 272017
 

Raider head coach Eddie Erdelatz remained positive about his team after the close loss to the Chargers the previous evening and attributed it to the attitude of his players. “This club right now has as much spirit and hustle as any team I ever had at Annapolis,” he said. “We need help in some spots, but even if we don’t get it, this club will still do okay.”

Attitude was all he had to gauge his players by right now, because Friday night’s fog-obscured game films “looked like two polar bears fighting on an iceberg,” according to the Raider coach.

Oakland Tribune

Mar 272017
 

Well, it appears that the deed is done. It could have been worse. I can root for the Las Vegas Raiders even if I never call them that. And I won’t. I was around the last time this happened and didn’t call them the Los Angeles Raiders either. They’ll still be the Oakland Raiders to me, forevermore. But, like I said, it could have been worse. I’m not sure I could have stayed with them if they had moved to San Antonio. That would have been a nightmare.

And while Vegas is at least marginally appropriate for a team with the reputation and history of the Raiders, it still ain’t right. As Marky Mark said, even though he doesn’t have the right to say it, Oakland is and always will be in the team’s DNA, no matter what happens. And I dread the day when we’ll hear the phrase, “the last of the Raiders from the Oakland days.” That will be hard to take. We’ll never see a phenomenon like the Black Hole in Vegas. The team’s home field advantage there will be next to non-existent. Fan bases from all over the country will plan their vacations around when their team is playing in Vegas and Davis, whore that he is (just like his daddy that way, I suppose), will gladly promote his team that way. And a domed stadium? I guess they don’t have much of choice out there in hell’s half acre, but ugh, there’s nothing I hate worse than football under a roof. I guess I’ll get used to it, but I’m never going to see it as anything other than a sad come-down from a better time. At least Adelson’s out of the picture.

A bitter pill to swallow. The team can call themselves whatever they like, but here at the Logbook, they’ll always be the Oakland Raiders. Always.