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Jay Wayne Jenkins (born October 12, 1977), better known by his stage name Young Jeezy, is an American rapper. He is a member of the hip hop group United Streets Dopeboyz of America (USDA) and a former member of BMF (Black Mafia Family). He began his career in 2001 under an independent label and joined Boyz ‘N Da Hood in 2005, the same year his solo major label debut Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 was released. Its single “Soul Survivor”, which featured Akon, became a top-ten hit in the US. more »

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Just Win, Baby: The Truth About Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders

This article is in some ways a confession. I have published articles in the past in which I preached my defiant optimism for the Raiders.

Yet, at the same time, it sickens me when they fail.

Of Collapses and “Big Lies” / a Defiant Will vs. the Triumph of the Will

The 2003 season is the most memorable for how dreadful it was. I even celebrated with fireworks at the end of that season.

That was of course, the season after the Super Bowl, in which the mass media claims that it was the, ‘biggest post Super Bowl collapse in NFL history.’ The reality though, is that idea is complete rubbish.

As Wikipedia has defined the ‘Big Lies’ of NAZI propagandist Joseph Goebbels, “based on the principle that a lie, if audacious enough and repeated enough times, will be believed by the masses.”

I do not buy those lies, but I do believe that players have. That though is where it hurts.

The Raiders finished 11-5 in 2002 on the record setting numbers of MVP Rich Gannon, only to lose to the Gruden Buccaneers, and finished the next—discord riddled—season at 4-12.

The “Dirty Bird” Atlanta Falcons however, finished the 1998-1999 season at 14-2 on the legs of Jamal Anderson and shoulder of Chris Chandler, only to lose to the Elway/Davis Broncos in the Super Bowl and finish the next season at 5-11. The media would ultimately regret that they labeled Mike Shanahan a “genius,” by the fact that he could not win without John Elway.

In terms of percentages, the Falcons and Raiders both lost approximately 64 percent of their win total from the previous season.

Both the Raiders and Falcons would lose star-players early in the next season to injury. Rich Gannon lasted seven games into the 2003 season, while Jamal Anderson would last for only two.

Both Atlanta and Oakland had similar problems going into the Super Bowl. In the case of Atlanta’s defensive-back Eugene Robinson, police arrested him for solicitation the night before the Super Bowl, which was also the same day he received an award for, “High Moral Character.”

In the case of Oakland, center Barrett Robbins battled his bi-polar demons on a booze-bender in Tijuana the week before the Super Bowl, only for Coach Bill Callahan to scratch Robbins from the lineup in favor of backup Adam Treu. The global antics of Robbins would ultimately lead to a plea-sentence of five months probation for attempted murder.

Yet, the media has proclaimed that the Raiders of 2003 were the biggest post Super Bowl collapse in NFL history, even though the evidence has shown a stark contradiction to that idea.

Thus, it is a big lie when an idea is not given to debate when the evidence clearly shows that it should be. Instead, the writers hammered it as a fact

In other collapses of near equal proportions, the St. Louis Rams of 2001-2002, aka, “The Greatest Show on Turf,” would go from dominant to doormat in a season that effectively ended the tenure in St. Louis of two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner.

Warner would one-day haunt the Rams by returning to the Super Bowl as the quarterback of their divisional rival, the Arizona Cardinals in 2008-2009. After of course, the media had pronounced Warner’s career to be finished.

That must be why the media has continued to question whether Kurt Warner is a Hall of Famer with one Super Bowl ring, and two appearances.

Even though, 49ers quarterback Steve Young earned induction into the Hall of Fame with only one Super Bowl win as a starter. Young had seven productive seasons with two awards for NFL MVP and a career passer rating of 96.0, while Warner so far has had five productive seasons with two awards for NFL MVP and a career passer-rating of 93.8.

Even though, Warner led two teams that had long mired in futility to the Super Bowl, with one win and two appearances, yet Steve Young was shooed-in, while the writers consider Warner as questionable.

The reason why is because the media has not fallen head over heels for Warner as they did for Young.

What the media wants you to believe is that Young could have won the other two rings as a starter, when he was a backup for Joe Montana. The fact is that Young did not do so.

From One Journalist to Another: Have You No Shame?

I always remain defiantly optimistic because I know that the media will spin propaganda about the Raiders, so I have to hit back just as hard.

For instance, in the 1980-1981 AFC Championship game, Al Davis told the media that ProBowl OT Art Shell would negate the force of All-Pro DE Fred Dean. Both Dean and Shell would earn induction into the Hall of Fame, but Dean’s body of work derived more from his days in San Francisco than from San Diego.

Shell meanwhile, set himself a part from the perennial All-Pro Gene Upshaw for his performance against Fred Dean, and effectively made Shell a Hall of Famer.

Davis ‘ statements were a shock, mainly because Shell at the time was 34 while Dean was 28 and the San Diego defensive-line was an imposing one. After all, all that Dean had to do was chase a quarterback, Jim Plunkett, who had a history of bad knees.

The Fine Line between All-Pro and ProBowler

Meanwhile, future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts led the Chargers. The debate still goes on today, as to whether Jim Plunkett belongs in the Hall of Fame. Thus, it was easier to say than do the task for Art Shell. But Shell got it done.

The media had named Dean an All-Pro and snubbed Shell for the same honor (which they had done for most of his career). Players, fans, and coaches select the Pro Bowl berths. The All-Pro selections are chosen by media pundits that *seem* to believe that they know more than those that play and follow the actual games.

The media will only honor Raider players as All-Pro only when he is undeniably the best player at the position.

Whereas, the media will honor questionable players when they think they have an excuse, like the helmet thrower, RT Kyle Turley in 2000; RS Leon Washington in 2008; CB Rashean Mathis in 2006, or CB Antonio Cromartie in 2007.

Rather than of course, RT Lincoln Kennedy in 2000, RS Johnnie Lee Higgins in 2008, and CB Nnamdi Asomugha in 2006 & 2007—when they had been the best players at their position in those respective seasons.

The Truth of Victory

Shell though rose to the occasion in 1981 and neutralized Dean to help the Raiders defeat the Chargers and go onto the Super Bowl where they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles.

The next season, the Chargers sent Dean to the San Francisco 49ers—the season of course, in which Joe Montana led the 49ers to win the Super Bowl.

Now, no one can truly remember the San Diego, “Bruise Brothers”—the nickname for the defensive-line that featured Gary “Big Hands” Johnson, Louie Kelcher, Leroy Jones and of course Fred Dean; a line that had that led the league in sacks.

All that anyone can say about the Chargers of Dan Fouts and “Air Coryell” was that they did not have enough defensive talent to make-it to the Super Bowl.

It was all because Al Davis had the guts to defy the collective conscious of the media that had wrongly christened the Chargers as something they weren’t, and a media that often projects their personal failures onto others (like Joseph Goebbels). It also effectively eviscerated San Diego’s bid-for-dominance in NFL lore.

Meanwhile, Al Davis packed-up the Raiders, invaded Southern California after the 1982 season, and claimed another Super Bowl victory in the 1983 season (the year of my birth) in Los Angeles.

Greatness in the Minds of Men

That is a prime example of why the media truly does hate Al Davis and has tried to do to him, what he did to Fred Dean and the Chargers, and why they adore San Diego — a team that represents what the media wants you to believe.

Is it any wonder why Al Davis muzzles and monitors all activities within the organization? The media has then questioned — why would anyone want to play in an environment like that one? The answer is all that matters in the NFL is whether you win, regardless of the city.

Just forget to tell that to someone who foolishly dumped a fortune into some college in an expensive city.

Think of it this way: There IS an East Coast bias, but also, a Southern California bias. The difference is that a defiant will—will speak the truth.

No wonder the media seems to love the BCS — they in part, get to pick the winner (AP Poll), rather than let the players decide on the field, and in effect get to decide greatness, which is a definition that often favors those, that reflect their biases.

The propaganda of gilded failures that live vicariously through players that they believe emulate greatness (or *supermen*), like Steve Young, Dan Fouts, and GMs (as parents do with children)—is just a big lie. It does remind me of the Clint Howard character Lou from the 1989 film Parenthood .

Thus, I hope that all in the Raider organization, buck-off the yoke of the Goebellian media, and instead focus on football and eliminate mistakes in order to of course: Just Win, Baby!

Because, if you lose the game, at least, you did not lose to yourself, just go and ask Barrett Robbins — he defeated himself.

The media will always spin propaganda about the Raiders, so: Why don’t you just go out there and win? The media can never take that away.

There is no gray area to that: Just SILVER AND BLACK.

This article is in some ways a confession. I have published articles in the past in which I preached my defiant optimism for the Raiders. Yet, at the same time, it sickens me when they fail…