Raiders Blog and Q&A

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June 3, 2009
Raiders snubbed by Canton?

Chatted with Tom Flores briefly during today's OTA and catching up with the only two-time Super Bowl-winning coach in Raiders history got my blood going again.

The fact that the man is never given any love for Hall of Fame consideration is ridiculous. And if that makes me sound like a Raiders homer, so be it. But the fact remains, he has won twice as many Super Bowls as the recently inducted and well-deserving John Madden.

Ask any somewhat knowledgeable football fan who was the first minority coach to win a Super Bowl, and I bet you'd hear so many Tony Dungy references you'd think you were in Indianapolis. Sorry, but that trail was first blazed by Flores...twice. And Marv Levy, a four-time AFC champ who four times lost the Super Bowl has a yellow blazer and his bust in Canton but Flores' name can't get into the voting room the day before the Super Bowl? Please.

It got me to thinking. Sure, the Raiders are well represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame but I came up with a list of five that deserve not only consideration, but enshrinement. Yesterday. I receive my Baseball Hall of Fame vote this winter but, with what many will see as a rant, I'm sure I'll never get a vote for Canton. In any event, here's PG's 5 Biggest Raiders Snubs By Canton, in order. What are your thoughts?

1) Tom Flores
2) Jim Plunkett
3) Ray Guy
4) Cliff Branch
5) Ken Stabler

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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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