I hope Khalil Mack doesn’t mind playing football on dirt

I hope Khalil Mack doesn't mind playing football on dirt - Bent Corner
The Oakland Raiders, with the fifth pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, chose Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack.

He’s the guy they wanted from the get-go, but didn’t think he’d last to the fifth pick. Thanks to the Jacksonville Jaguars taking Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles at number three, and the Buffalo Bills trading up to number four to take receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson, the Raiders lucked out and got the player they coveted.

Expect this to be the last time the Raiders find themselves to be the recipients of good luck for the remainder of the year.

Raiders trade Terrelle Pryor to the Seahawks

Raiders trade Terrelle Pryor to the Seahawks - Bent CornerThe Oakland Raiders have traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks for a seventh-round pick in this year’s entry draft. Pryor has one year remaining in his rookie contract. Since the Raiders recently acquired the quarterbacking skills of Matt Schaub, they don’t need Pryor.

Not that they ever needed Pryor. Not really. The Raiders picked up Prior in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft. Prior left Ohio State after an investigation into players receiving money (and tattoos!) for memorabilia. It resulted in that phony hypocrite for a head coach Jim Tressel loosing his job. In his three-year NFL career, Pryor played in only 16 games.

Considering that the Seahawks don’t need a quarterback, there’s a good chance Pryor may see time at another position, something that better takes advantage of his size, speed, and athleticism.

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Richie Incognito wants to be an Oakland Raider, thinks his ‘personality’ would be a good fit

Richie Incognito wants to be an Oakland Raider, thinks his 'personality' would be a good fit
Former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, the psychotic, racist bully who harassed fellow former Dolphin teammate Jonathan Martin so relentlessly that Martin felt the need to quit football, believes that his personality would make him a good fit for the Oakland Raiders.

If a horrible person like Richie Incognito thinks his personally would make a good fit for your organization, your organization has a problem.

Jonathan Martin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers where he will be reunited with head coach Jim Harbaugh. Martin played for Harbaugh at Stanford. Incognito will turn 31 in July, and it’s an established fact that the Raiders like to acquire washed-up players in their thirties. It’s unclear if Incognito will ever be allowed to play again in the NFL. He’s free to sign a contract with any team, but must first undergo a comprehensive evaluation before he’s allowed back in the league.

Incognito recently spent time in an Arizona psychiatric care unit after he took a baseball bat to his own Ferrari. I don’t know what I find more surprising: that¬†Incognito owns a baseball bat or that he owns a Ferrari. He doesn’t look like he plays baseball. He doesn’t look like he would even fit in a Ferrari.

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Could the Oakland Raiders move to Portland?

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A group in Oregon is trying to lure the Oakland Raiders away from Oakland and move to Portland. They even have a petition. I have signed it and you should too.

In a perfect world, the Raiders would leave Oakland and return to Los Angeles, but since the world isn’t perfect, I’d love to see my once beloved team move to Portland. Anywhere would be better than Oakland. If you’ve watched an MLS Portland Timbers home game, you already know the city has some incredible sports fans. Nobody is dressed up like Gene Simmons from 1978, like some fans in Oakland are known to do. Sometimes I watch Raiders games, and I cringe when I see some of these weirdos in the stands. People didn’t dress up like that when the Raiders played in Los Angeles. In LA, when people want to cosplay, they go to a comic book or anime convention, they don’t go to a sporting event.

With that said, I’ve never understood the fascination these dress-up Oakland fans have with skulls. The Raiders logo features a pirate with a leather football helmet, an eyepatch, and two crossed swords. That’s it. No skull. The current Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo has a skull, the Oakland Raiders logo does not. If you insist on turning a sporting event into a cosplay event, make sure you aren’t dressed up using another team’s imagery.

Portland is a cool, eclectic place. Oakland, not so much.

Oakland is one of the worst cities in North America, and that includes Mexico. It’s one of the most dangerous places in the United States.

The stadium the Raiders play in, the O.co Coliseum, is a hellhole. It’s the only stadium in professional sports that hosts both a football team and a baseball team. Early home games for the Raiders are played on a partial dirt field. Not even high school teams have to do this. The aging, poorly maintained plumbing system often results in raw sewage backing up and seeping into places it shouldn’t be, including the locker rooms and offices.

The stadium the Raiders play in is an awful place. The city the Raiders play in is an awful place. At least some of the fans the Raiders play in front of are truly awful people. Could the Oakland Raiders move to Portland?

I sure hope so.

Did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go to the Arena Football League and someone forgot to tell me?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled their new ugly uniforms Monday and coupled with their new helmets with the fancy chrome facemask, are sure to be the worst looking team in the NFL. Seriously, these new uniforms look hideous.

Though there may be times when insignia red and creamsicle orange look good together, this is not one of those times. Sometimes a uniform is so ugly that it looks kind of cool, this too is not one of those times. This new Tampa Bay Buccaneer uni is so ugly, that it’s just ugly.

How does a team’s ugly uniform effect its ability to sign free agents? Most players like to look good, and if you play for the Bucs, you’re guaranteed not to look good. All things being equal, I wouldn’t be surprised if a player chose to play elsewhere if given the opportunity.

I feel sorry for Buccaneers fans. Almost. At least they don’t have to play their home games on a dirt baseball infield.

Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII

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The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos last night 43-8 to win Super Bowl XLVIII. It’s the first championship for the Seahawks. It’s the fifth Super Bowl loss for the Broncos.

The game was never close. The Seahawks were dominant from the beginning and never allowed the Broncos to even pretend they had a chance. If anything, the final score doesn’t show how lopsided this game really was. The Seahawks were better and the Broncos were worse than the score of 43-8 reflects.

Payton Manning is now 1 for 3 in Super Bowls.

The most confusing part of last night’s game, at least for me, was when the Vince Lombardi Trophy was brought out to be presented to the Seahawks. The NFL chose Marcus Allen to bring out the trophy. The public address announcer identified him as a Marcus Allen, MVP of Super Bowl XVIII when he was a member of the Oakland Raiders. The Oakland Raiders didn’t play in Super Bowl XVIII, the Los Angeles Raiders did. Furthermore, Marcus Allen never played for the Oakland Raiders, he was drafted into the NFL in 1982 by the Los Angeles Raiders. To say Marcus Allen played for the Oakland Raiders is like saying Ray Lewis played for the Cleveland Browns.

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