Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

December 16, 2007
Postgame tidbits

OAKLAND – One thing you can’t say about the Raiders is that they’ve quit.

That Jerry Porter was so mad following the no-call when he appeared to be interfered with by Kelvin Hayden was a microcosm of how frustrated the Raiders were not to beat the Colts.

I believe the words aimed at head linesman Ed Camp were that he was a “lousy piece of (trash)” for not throwing the flag.

There was no laughing the locker room (there has been in the past) and not much of talk of being happy to only lose by seven.

That bodes well for the future.

For the second straight week, the Raiders we’re unable to challenge a play in time because they didn’t see the replay.

I have no faith in officials when it comes to replays because I’ve seen too many that look obvious not go they way they should.

This time it cost them late. There’s a good chance Reggie Wayne’s third-down catch in the fourth quarter would have been overturned.

Then the Raiders would have forced a punt and probably won the game.

Instead the Raiders lost. Credit Peyton Manning for getting a play off fast before the Raiders had time to see the replay.
Things with JaMarcus Russell didn’t go as well as they did in his last game. The energy and excitement that came with his debut wasn’t there.

That has a lot to do with the playcalling.

Kiffin came out running the ball so the fans couldn’t get into the game as quickly as they did two weeks ago, when Russell passed on his first play.

Also, the entire stadium knew he was going to play. There was a lot of anticipation last week because no one knew for sure he would play.

--Jason Jones

About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

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.

Raiders stories on

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31