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LAst Night's Action: Raiders and Cowboys, Oh My!

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NOTABLE NOTES

The Autumn Wind. Oh the Raiders how I hated you so. When you left Los Angeles after the 1994 season, my heart was ripped out. From that point on I vowed to laugh at your demise. By the way, thanks for that most entertaining Super Bowl XXXVII.

But something has happened over the years. What was once intense pleasure seeing your four-win seasons after five-win seasons, draft bust after draft bust, head coach after head coach, it became pathetic. And much to my horror I found myself cheering for you once again this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs. What in the holy hell is going on? Am I becoming a softie as I dive head-first into my 30’s?

I didn’t get a chance to finish watching your game, but when I found out that you beat the Chiefs in overtime 23-20 I smiled. Then I felt dirty and took a shower.

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He’s No Bum. The Dallas Cowboys were supposed be the first NFL team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium. But going 1-7 and being embarrassed two weeks in a row by the Jacksonville Jaguars 35-17 at home and the Green Bay Packers 45-7 at Lambeau Field Sunday night, someone had to atone for their sins. So goes Wade Phillips.

Let’s not get it twisted: Phillips isn’t the only one to blame. The players with very few exceptions have quit on the team. Perfect passes hitting receivers on the helmet; pass coverages being blown; idiotic stupid penalties. Week in, week out it was the same story culminating in that Wagnerian scene in Green Bay.

When asked if he could put his finger on what was wrong with the team, Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones replied he couldn’t because he didn’t have enough fingers. Well I can put my finger on it, and I only need one finger. Jerry Jones is the problem. He’s the one who put the team together, put the coaching staff together and allowed this nonsense to happen. He’s the one who generated all the false bravado thinking his team was talented when in reality they’re nothing but overrated attention whores.

Jones is clearly trying to save face in firing Phillips and show he’s proactive and won’t allow this to continue. Unfortunately if he doesn’t want this to continue, he’ll have to step down.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

Minnesota Timberwolves (1-6) at LA Lakers (7-0). 7:30 pm FSWest, AM 710 KSPN.

LA Clippers (1-6) at New Orleans Hornets (6-0). 5:00 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 980 KFWB.

Anaheim Ducks (15 pts., 7-7-1) at San Jose Sharks (13 pts., 6-5-1). 7:30 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 830 KLAA.

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