Raiders Blog and Q&A

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October 21, 2007
Parental Advisory: Explicit Gunther

OAKLAND – One thing that can be funny about being in the press box at McAfee Coliseum is the opposing coach’s press box is right next to the media that cover the Raiders.

And if you caught any of Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham’s profanity-laced act on the HBO Hard Knocks series, you can imagine what was overheard during today’s game.

While it’s impossible to recount all the expletives Cunningham spewed during the game, the most memorable line came near the end of the game.

As Daunte Culpepper looked like he was in position to lead the Raiders to a potential game winning score with passes to Ronald Curry, Cunningham yelled “Ty Law, you piece of (crap).”

Fortunately for Cunningham, Jarrad Page intercepted the next pass. What a way to cover up the smell of Law for Cunningham.

*The Raiders were surprisingly upbeat following their 12-10 loss.

The message was clear: they’re all behind Lane Kiffin and what he’s doing. They believe things will get turned around. Last year, the players saw no hope.

The defense looked like the unit it can be most of the game. The offense still has a lot of work to do. But unlike last season, the defenders believe the offense will improve and eventually do enough to win some games.

*Did any notice Jarrod Cooper’s impact on special teams? He was flying down on punts like he hadn’t missed any time. He’ll help out a lot.

I ran into the fan that tattooed Cooper’s likeness on her leg for his tattoo contest last year. She was sure to let me know that Cooper was back and her tattoo was fine.

As big a Lakers fan I am, I can’t imagine getting any player tattooed on my body.

Imagine how silly I’d feel with a Shaq tattoo on me?

--Jason Jones

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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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