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October 8, 2007
It's all about Daunte and the Trojans

ALAMEDA – Daunte Culpepper will start Sunday in San Diego.

Raiders coach Lane Kiffin announced that after practice. Josh McCown (foot) is still out and apparently Kiffin felt no need to drag out what we all know.

No news on LaMont Jordan’s back. Jordan wasn’t speaking to the media, but did take time to poke fun at Mike Williams.

Well, everyone did today.

First, let me say I like Williams. He’s fun to talk to and knows a thing or two about college football.

But he went to USC, which is where this Cal grad and he have a chasm.

Williams taunted me a couple of weeks ago, predicting Oregon would destroy Cal. Didn’t happen.

But Williams was hearing it from everyone after the Trojans lost to Stanford.

There are other USC players on the Raiders (Justin Fargas, practice squad receiver Chris McFoy), but none run their mouth about the Men of Troy quite like Williams.

Warren Sapp reminded Williams Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh talked trash since the summer and backed it up.

Jordan said he thought Stanford was ranked No. 800 or something like that. He added USC shouldn't be allowed near the BCS title game with a loss like that.

Linebacker (and Stanford grad) Jon Alston had his laughs.

So what do the players eventually do?

Attack me.

JaMarcus Russell said my opinion didn’t matter since I didn’t play college football after I said LSU would have lost to the USC team it split the national title with after the 2004 season.

I guess my very brief stint, as a walk-on at Cal doesn’t count. But I guess if my knowledge trumps you, go to the “you didn’t play ball” card. But I wasn’t too bad in my day at Long Beach Poly High. I even started.

Sapp said it’s amazing how schools that never won anything (while looking at me) start feeling good with a little success.

Hey, I'd take Cal over Miami right now.

I guess this is what it’s like to be on top, Cal fans.

Williams told me Cal might beat $C in water polo but was no football power.

But it get it straight, Cal would also dominate in rugby, among other sports. I was told I was from a school of tree huggers, tree sitters, philosophers and students that specialize in growing marijuana.

All that said, this locker room this year is more fun than it’s been since I’ve been out here since 2005.

It’s amazing what a .500 record can do for the attitude of a team.

--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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