The Raiders Kickstarter Campaign
In a Line: Help rebuild a franchise destroyed by Al Davis's ways by re-implementing Al Davis's ways.
The Premise: The Raiders are in roughly similar shape to that of a young democracy emerging after years under an out-of-touch dictator. They've made some progress, but touches of the old ways are still lurking in the shadows, waiting to appear at the slightest hint of trouble. Enter this week's PR scandal, in which the Raiders fired public relations director Zak Gilbert months after a negative article was written about the team in Sports Illustrated. The article in question was notably negative toward Raiders owner Mark Davis, the son of Al, but more positive toward general manager Reggie McKenzie, who brought Gilbert into the Raiders organization last year after working with him in Green Bay. You connect the dots.
The Project: If Davis is going to go over McKenzie's head to make shortsighted and surreal decisions, he might as well go Full Al and document his work in the process. Our Kickstarter project will be part of making a book that glowingly details the methodologies and strategies that produced a team that made the playoffs three times in 18 years since moving back to Oakland. These are the Raiders that banned Rich Gannon and gave up on DeAngelo Hall after three months, not your daddy's successful Raiders. What do you tell your scouts when you pay attention only to a guy's 40 time? How can you give up two first-round picks for a quarterback with no trade leverage and then try to defend it years later? These are the important questions this book will uncover for anybody who wants to run a business the Raider Way.
Notable Donation Levels: For $7,500, you can get an urn containing some of the ashes of McKenzie's long-term rebuilding project, which could very well be up in smoke by the end of this season. What you'll really want, though, is to donate $30,000. At that price point, backers can have Mark Davis show up at their door and install a culture of fear and insubordination in their own homes! You'll pay the transportation and hair-care costs, of course.
soxfan121 said:OFT needs a tagline - "Imbued with the ghost of Al Davis" or something funnier than that.
mascho said:Wasdin, you clearly need to fire the head of your team's security. You should have seen this coming with Hernandez.
ElcaballitoMVP said:He'll go great with our rookie DT who has a bad heart and our rookie CB who's had like 17 surgeries before playing a down in the NFL.
Aaaaaand with their first pick in the upcoming supplemental draft the JnaiZombies select: the Phoenix Suns medical team.
In the first quarter of the Cardinals’ preseason opener against the Packers, Mathieu had a hit that caused an incomplete pass. In the second quarter, he had a tackle on a kickoff. In the third quarter, he had back-to-back plays on which he made a tackle at the line of scrimmage and then dove to the ground, grabbed Packers quarterback Graham Harrell by the ankles and sacked him for a loss of 12 yards. In the fourth quarter, Mathieu had a punt return for 24 yards, and another tackle on a kickoff.