NFL Network snubs RADIERS..

The Raiders were once again overlooked and basically snubbed by the NFLN during the telecast of what the network calls the NFL’s Top 10 Single-Season performances. Omitted from that show are a number of GREAT RAIDER single-season performances that have been hailed everywhere as being the best in NFL history. Although there have been so many great performances by individual Raider players, and to list them all would be near impossible, I have compiled a few just to show you some that the NFLN obviously decided were not good enough to be included in their show.. 1970 George Blanda – Widely viewed as one of the greatest single season performance’s in NFL history, in 1970, George was named the AFC Player of the Year after leading the Raiders to the AFC Championship game. During a five game stretch of that 1970 season, George came off the bench to lead the team to either a game winning touchdown or to kick the game winning field goal. Not to mention that he did this all AT AGE 43 !! In 1970, Blanda became the oldest QB to play in a Championship game, having a hand in all 17 points that the Raiders scored – throwing 2 TD passes, 2 extra points and kicking a field goal.. And all this is not worthy of being mentioned in the NFLN show ?? Give me a break….

How about Lester Hayes 1980 season?? That year, Lester recorded an ALL TIME HIGH of 18 – yes 18 INT’s during the regular & post-season !! In 1980, Lester lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl as the FIRST Wild Card team to win it all.. Hayes was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year. During that year, he returned one of those INTs for a touchdown and added 2 fumble recoveries. He picked off 2 passes during the Wild Card game against the Houston Oilers, returning one for a 20 yard TD and picked off another in the end zone. During the Cleveland divisional game, he had 2 more INTs in frigid Cleveland Stadium ( “Red Right 88” game ) and the had even ANOTHER INT in the AFC Championship game against San Diego.. You tell me – not worthy ??

More recently, what about Rich Gannon’s 2002 MVP season?? He lead the Raiders to their 5th straight AFC Western Division title and their fifth Super Bowl appearance. His high powered offense that year lead the NFL in total yards ( 6,237 ) and passing offense ( 4,475 ). Gannon was the league best and Raiders record 4,689 yards – eight best in NFL history !! He set a league record of 418 completions. Gannon also set more records with 10 – 300+ yard games, had another record 43 completions in a non-overtime game ( 9-15 at Pittsburgh ) and tied the league record of 6 consecutive 300+ yard games along side Steve Young and Kurt Warner. Did the NFLN show even mention Rich’s AMAZING 2002 season ?? Nope.. not a word.. The NFL Network also decided NOT to give 2 Raiders SuperBowl teams their due when ranking what a so called “blue ribbon” committee deemed the top teams to win the Super Bowl.

Among the Raiders Super Bowl teams, the 1983 Champions were incredulously ranked #20 by this “committee” and the 1976 Champions were ranked #10. Raider great Tom Flores correctly called these rankings “ridiculous.” Quoting Tom on this matter ” These teams should be in the top THREE of all time. The 83 Raiders could beat ANY SuperBowl team from ANY decade, ANY league, under ANY circumstance. The 20th ranking by the NFL Films panel is a disgrace to the history of the National Football League. We ( the 83 team ) dominated the regular season, the play-offs and the Super Bowl itself!! ” Just as Flores called the 1983 team ranking “ridiculous,” most other people have deemed the ranking of the 1976 Raider SuperBowl Champions – a team the went 13-1 and dominated the post season and whipped the Vikings in the Super Bowl – as absurd. Once again, the NFL has taken it’s usual view of the Raiders and some of their greatest players and teams and completely over looked them and neglected to give them thier credit due. But is it really such a surprise to anyone ?? Maybe that is why the RAIDERS have some of the most loyal and fanatical fans of ANY pro sports team.. You tell me .. – ML


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