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THE RAAIDAHS! The real ones.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Michael_ Gee, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    This could be a cosmic DB, but the NFL network is showing its Super Bowl champion feature on the 1976 Raiders, and holy cow is it great. Basically, Phil Villapiano just confessed to war crimes. It's half over now, 9:30 EST, and I urge all football fans to check out the remainder.
  2. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Watching it now, and Villipiano is great.
  3. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Villipiano still looks like a badass and talks a good game, though I think he needs to be reminded that other than 1976, the Steelers got the better end of that particular rivalry. :)
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    For those of us without NFL Network--that would be 97.6 percent of America--can you summarize what exactly Villipiano did?
  5. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Used cast-like weapons disguised as tape on his arms and hands. Designed by team trainer.
  6. RokSki

    RokSki New Member

    That was one hell of a rivalry, those Steelers and Raiders. I lived outside of Pittsburgh from '78 on, and I remember how crazy people got for those games. Terrible Towels everywhere.
  7. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    I defy anyone who watched that to tell me the game is more interesting today.
  8. pallister

    pallister Guest

    It's not so much the game but those who played it that were vastly more interesting. There are very few characters left in the NFL, just arrogant assholes and corporate shills.
  9. the fop

    the fop Member

    Villapiano also was great on HBO's "Rebels of Oakland" about the 1970s Raiders and A's. (I'm biased because I grew up out there on those teams, but check it out if you get a chance, it works its way into HBO's rotation every few months.) Villapiano talks about how he'd tell his wife he dreaded training camp, but how it was really a nonstop party for the Raiders.
  10. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    Professional fooball in America is a special game. Played nowhere else in the world, it is a unique game. The Men Who Play It, make it so.


    It must also be noted that the only time those Raiders beat Pittsburgh was when Hariis and Blier were out for that 1976 AFC title game. Otherwise, Oakland lost AFC title games at a bad clip that decade. Starting in 1968, I think they lost in 68, 69, 73, 74, 75 and 77. But what a cast of characters; I can't get enough of their stories.
  11. RubberSoul1979

    RubberSoul1979 Active Member

    What number is the (cue Alec Baldwin voice-over) "America's Game" countdown on now?

    Personally I think the 1983 LA Raiders should be a lot higher than No. 20. Can anyone else back me up?

    The manpower:Marcus Allen (Hall of Fame running back), All-Pro caliber players at other offensive positions (Cliff Branch at WR, Todd Christensen TE), a two-time Super Bowl winning QB (Jim Plunkett), Howie Long and Ted Hendricks on the D-Line, together with two of THE BEST corners of their era (Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes).

    The record: 12-4 regular season, two blowout wins the playoffs, a Super Bowl 38-9 demolition of Redskins team - the defending SB champs - that had set a record for most points in the regular season.

    The countdown competition: No. 19 is, ghhehh (Keith Olbermann voice), the 1999 St. Louis Rams. PUH-LEASE. Their marquee players were limited to the offense only, their Super Bowl competition was decidedly ordinary, they played in a weak NFC West, and I see two HOF'ers tops (Marshall Faulk and Tory Holt) on that roster.
  12. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    And don't forget the conference semifinals (whatever they called it then) in 1972. Please remind Madden about that one. He's STILL pissed about the Immaculate Reception.
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