The great mystery of the Oakland Raiders’ No Gold Yard Line edict continues, even though it’s not really a mystery at all.
The NFL has semi-mandated that its teams have a gold 50-yard line to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, but the Raiders have played two home games with the standard white, and their front office won’t say why – only that there won’t be any gold yard lines at the Coliseum.
[RELATED: Report: Raiders refuse on-field markings honoring Super Bowl 50]
Many people guessed why, including Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, including the following paragraph of reasons:
“While no reason has been provided the refusal to comply, Occam’s Razer (author’s note: it’s Razor) suggests that the Raiders don’t want to acknowledge a Super Bowl that will be played down the road in Santa Clara, home of the 49ers. At one level, that’s because the two teams don’t get along. At another level, it’s because the 49ers had no interest in sharing their swanky new stadium with the Raiders. At yet another level, it’s possibly a great big eff you to a league that arguably isn’t dong all that much to help the Raiders find a solution to its longstanding stadium woes.”
Well, no, Mikey, it was the first reason and only that reason. It’s isn’t the stadium sharing scheme because the Raiders don’t want to play in Santa Clara any more than the 49ers want them, and in any event the personal seat licenses mean that most Raider games would be played in front of 49ers fans. It also isn’t any kind of middle finger to the league because Mark Davis needs the other owners to like him enough to let him move the team to Los Angeles.
It’s just the Raiders being the Raiders, yes, but they’re not as Raider-y as they used to be when Al roamed the earth.
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Political genius Curt Schilling will give the pre-race prayer prior to Sunday's Sylvania 300 NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and announced in a statement why.
“The people in New England are as passionate as they come. Tom Brady is free and NASCAR is coming to New Hampshire again — all is well in New England.”
He will also be the grand marshal at the Pandering At Will Parade in December.
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USA Hockey introduced John Tortorella as the head coach of the 2016 U.S. World Cup of Hockey team and held a media teleconference (with Torts and our pal Dean Lombardi) in which the first three questions from “media members” were actually prank calls.
The old Torts would have eaten Lombardi and USA Hockey media relations head Dave Fischer. This one took it all in good form, while mentally noting that, yes, hockey fans tend to be easily amused, and thus easily ignored.
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Angel Salazar, a player for La Canada High School (Calif.), was the apparent victim of a surprise Icy-Hot attack during a game against Salesian, and there is a suspicion that the perpetrator could have been UCLA commit Rahyme Johnson. According to video evidence, Johnson’s pants had a white substance on them and he was seen washing his hands and taking off his gloves.
All that said, he may have a future as a trainer.
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Every Day Should Be Saturday founding wizard Spencer Hall has created a character called Hatin’ A** Spurrier, which is basically a construct of the South Carolina football coach talking smack about other games and teams. Here, then, for your edification were some of his samplers from the Stanford-USC game:
“I call USC ‘Gawker West’ because they had their year ruined by a gimpy old Hogan.”
“I call USC the Catholic Birth Control Sermon ‘cause they're Trojans getting dissed by the Cardinal.”
“I call USC a keyboard 'cause they get mashed by nerds all the time.
“I call USC toddlers because they only know two songs, go crazy over a horse, and s--- the bed consistently.”
“I call USC Twizzlers 'cause they're overrated, red, stale, and only useful when you don't have something else that can suck.”
I did that for Stanford fans. Don’t say I’m not a giver.
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And finally, Robert Lewandowski is the greatest living thing. The Bayern Munich striker entered Tuesday’s game at halftime against Wolfsburg, and he singlehandedly changed a 1-0 deficit to a 5-1 lead in . . . yeah, seriously . . . in a nine-minute period. That means he’s better than Tom Brady, and even Tom Brady’s dad would acknowledge that.