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Being Mr. Irrelevant

If you can’t be the 1st, 2nd, 3rd… 200th player taken in the draft, you might as well be the last one taken. Will history remember Dave Tollefson or Vickiel Vaughn, taken #253 and #254? No chance. But Kevin McMahan is your 31st Mr. Irrelevant in draft history.

For being lucky(?) enough to be chosen last in the draft, McMahan will be the guest of honor for Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach, CA. For five full days, he’ll be a mini-celeb including a banquet, a trip to Disneyland, and the awarding of the Lowsman trophy. Not a bad deal.

McMahan has got the right attitude about this.

I was aware of the nickname. But I didn’t realize all the stuff that goes with it. It’s a lot bigger deal than I thought. look at the Mr. Irrelevant designation as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m going to have fun with it.

[Democrat and Chronicle]: As Mr. Irrelevant, McMahan sure is getting lots of attention
[Wikipedia]: List of past Mr. Irrelevants
[Irrelevant Week]: Official site of Mr. Irrelevant

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Raiders decide winning is not for them, sign Aaron Brooks

There’s no ifs ands or buts about this — Aaron Brooks stinks. Think about this, Raiders fans, Brooks was benched last year for Todd Bouman. When you get benched by the New Orleans Saints, something is terribly wrong. Oh I know you Raiders fans are thinking, ‘Aaron Brooks stunk because he was on the Saints.’ Aaron Brooks stunk because he is a terrible quarterback with no decision making abilities.

Aaron Brooks is Kerry Collins with some mobility. Great. That just means he can scramble around before throwing an INT. And if you think he was brought in to tutor Vince Young or Matt Leinart or Jay Cutler until they are ready to play, then you’re going to be severely disappointed. What exactly is Aaron Brooks going to teach them? How to smile after throwing an interception? How to throw lateral passes to your lineman? How to not lead your team into the playoffs?

Good luck Raider Nation. It’s going to be a long year.

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[SFGate]: Raiders sign ex-Saints QB Brooks

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It’ll cost less to see the Raiders suck next year

I’m cheap!

This year, for the first time since the Raiders moved back to Oakland 11 years ago, the Raiders are selling season tickets directly to fans. Here are the highlights.

  • No more PSLs. (Though PSL holders get season ticket priority.)
  • Lowered ticket prices on about 65 percent of the seats in the Colliseum. Tickets will range from $26 to $101.
  • 15% of the seats will be $36 or less; 27% of the seats will be $46 or less.

Now, you couldn’t pay me to go to the Colliseum again but at least now there’s some hope that good games will be sold out and those of us in the Bay Area can actually see some Raiders home games.

[InsideBayArea]: New fan-friendly Raiders make nice with customers

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Al Davis hiring like it’s 1989

In a move that had everyone scratching their heads, and Mike Shannahan laughing his ass off, Al Davis introduced Art Shell as the new Raiders head coach. This is after Ken Whisenhunt decided that he’d rather be a coordinator Pittsburgh than work for Al Davis and Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino decided college was a better place.

Poor Grandma Davis, he can’t even hire anyone and now he has to go to Art Shell. This is like calling up your ex-gf from 10 years ago in a fit of desperation and getting married. I think if Art Shell turned him down, Al Davis would have propped Lyle Alzado up and coached the team himself, Weekend At Bernies’s style.

Here’s what the Raider Nation is saying:

[]: AutumnWind32: “This hire can be spun and rationalized into what ever anyone wants it to be. If you want to look hard until you find that silver lining then go right ahead. The bottom line is Al went back on his word. He has not done everything neccessary to get this team turned around. Instead he’s settled for a candidate that he projected as his 3rd or more likely 4th option. In other words, his fall back, desperation plan.”

[Raidertake] : While Art Shell hasn’t prowled a sideline lately, neither had Joe Gibbs, and he seems to be writing a fine second chapter for himself in D.C. Art Shell is a presence. Art Shell is a true Raider. Art Shell can anchor this team and instill a winning attitude from the top down. Welcome back to the helm, Mr. Shell.

[Oakland Tribune]: While the Raiders might have been better off with a dynamic individual who could inject a new urgency, they hired a good man who knows, above all, how to get respect, take command and capture the ear.

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Definition of Blue Moon changed to Weekly

File Under: Obvious

Randy Moss admitted on Real Sports with Bryant Gumble (hey, are they bringing back that Gumble and Gumble police show or not?) that he has smoked pot since he’s been in the NFL.  Randy says he doesn’t abuse it but that he smokes pot every “blue moon”.  Apparently, unlike Onterrio Smith, his Whizzinator ™ works.