Raiders Blog and Q&A

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August 13, 2007
I'm a hack, all right

NAPA - Disclaimer: I don't play baseball. Never did growing up.

I never played softball, except for a brief summer stint at King Park in Long Beach.

But that didn't stop me from embarrassing myself by taking some swings during the Home Run Derby headed up by Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

It was a lot of fun. Warren Sapp pitched to me. I swung for the fence (about 200 feet away) and missed just about every time.

I wasn't being selective, just trying to hit the ball hard. Instead, I hacked air pretty good.

It's just another thing about this year's Raiders that makes the mood light around training camp. The players don't feel bogged. They practice hard, have some fun, and then get back to work.

They worked today without coach Lane Kiffin, who was taken to the hospital with a viral infection.

Without Kiffin to get things going, practice seemed to drag a bit. Kiffin, if he's not out of the hospital already, probably will fight to get out to watch film.

Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp ran the offense and Ryan, as usual, was in charge of the defense.

Knapp said Kiffin probably caught a bug that has been going around during camp.

Knapp said practice is laid out for the next couple of days already, so things should run smoothly.

The quarterbacks still are rotating, getting even reps. No starter has been named for Saturday's exhibition against the 49ers.

Regardless, Kiffin will hear it from the players when he returns.

- Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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