Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

May 21, 2009
An introduction to Silver and Blackdom

Confucius once said - or was it my dad? - that the only constant in life is change. So, Raider Nation, I'm sure you've noticed change is afoot at The Bee regarding the paper's coverage of Silver and Blackdom, both in the cyber and the fiber versions.

Jason Jones, The Bee's Raiders beat writer since 2006 and resident expert Blogger, has been re-assigned within the paper and is now doling out his expertise on all matters NBA and WNBA. As such, after two years of reporting on and writing about bigger picture stories on the NFL in general, my gridiron scribin' will now focus on the Raiders.

So cheer, jeer, throw your hands up in celebration or in disgust, do what you must, but this change is in effect now as I take over the Raiders "beat" and its Blog. It's a daunting task, following my man Jason, and a welcome challenge since you may remember me from the 2005 season. I took over the beat five games into Norv Turner's last season at the helm, after Gregg Bell departed The Bee, and Jason took over from me the following season.

I will do different things with the Blog in hopes of making it more interactive with readers/users. And it will be more analytical, more big picture than the mundane nuts and bolts.

In the ultra-competitive world of "life on the beat," I want to make The Bee's Raiders Blog more of a clearing house, more one-stop shopping for Raiders fans. If I have something Raider-related that is unique, you will undoubtedly find it here, along with my take on things. By the same token, I will also post Raiders news from other outlets. Consider this a Raiders "team page," of sorts, with links to Raiders news from across the Web.

It being May, it's a quiet time for Raiders reports but I'll be sure to scour the wires and the Net and put my own spin on things for your perusal. Bookmark it and make this a once-a-day Silver and Black stop as I welcome any and all feedback.

Welcome to the change. It's gonna be one helluva ride.

-Paul Gutierrez

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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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