Meet Our Staff
Michael D. Loede – Co-Editor
As a life long Raider fan, Mike has been through the ups and downs of Raider football. One of the very first football games he recalls remembering watching was SuperBowl XI Jan 9th 1977 when his beloved Raiders pummeled the hapless Minnesota Vikings 32 to 14. He cannot explain what it was about the Raiders that made him fall in love with them, but since that game, he has had a lifelong passion for the men in Silver and Black. He started collecting Raiders gear basically at that time, and his collection has grown every year – along with his love for the Raiders. Last year ( 2006 ) he was able to fly to Oakland to attend his first RAIDER game against his home town Browns. He cannot begin to explain the feelings that rushed through his body as he entered MacAfee stadium. He had such a great time in Oakland and at that game – even though they lost – he is considering planning on making it a yearly tradition. He is looking forward to a much improved year of Raider football and he is looking even more forward to seeing this site grow and be a fun place for RAIDER FANS to participate and be a part of !!
Nirpal Sihota – Co-Editor
They always say timing is everything right? Nirpal was a young, fair-weather fan of the NFL and went into the Super Bowl 18 as a fan of the defending champions, Washington Redskins. After watch Marcus Allen and the defense demolish the Redskins, he became a member of the Raider Nation! Unfortunately, it has come with 3 AFC title matches, 1 Super Bowl appearance and 0 Super Bowl titles. While being a fan can be very, very difficult with the amount of QB and Coach changes that seem to happen each year, there is no team that he can imagine being a fan with. The atmosphere tailgating, in the stands with the most diehard fans in the league and every year with the hope that this is the year that it turns around keeps bringing him back. He is looking forward to providing his candid thoughts about the status of the organization and the team on the field to entire Raider Nation.
Scott Johnston – Columnist
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day.
Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years.
His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three.
Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!
Matt Loede – Columnist
Matt has been in the sports media for over 16years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and of course, the National Football League. On NFL Sunday’s you can hear Matt on National networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and other stations around the country. Matt also joined The Washington Post in 2009 as a guest columnist on league hot topics. Born and raised in Cleveland, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.
Oren Shiri – Columnist
Oren is a Los Angeles based sports writer and analyst during baseball, football and basketball season and beyond, he never stop’s commenting on all the transactions made whether they are truly necessary or not. He is especially into examining the NFL draft throughout the year. Oren is always waiting for the magic that happen in sports that we all love to watch. He says “look its all about sports and what makes sports fans relate to each others interest. I guess you can say I am a writer that is the eyes and ears of a fan.” Oren’s articles have been linked to ESPN, CBSSports.com and FoxSports among other major networks.