ESPN Vs. Raiders: Spotlighting The Lowlights?

Jimmy QuinnContributor IAugust 13, 2010

ALAMEDA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a press conference to announce the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin of the Oakland Raiders at thier training facility on Septemer 30, 2008 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Last night, the Oakland Raiders made a trip to Dallas for their preseason opener.  The Defense looked strong, despite failing to get off the field on 3rd down a few times.  The Offense didn't look bad.  Didn't look good either.

All in all, Raider fans, I think some of our questions have been answered.  How about that Lamarr Houston?  (I purchased a home and away Jersey of Mr. Houston's)

What I'm wondering, though, is why this morning, when I turned on Sports Center, ESPN showed 1 highlight of Mean Lamarr Houston chasing down Romo for a sack, with no commentary... yet there was 3 separate showings of the single sack given up against Jason Campbell? 

What about the other 5 times the Oakland Raider Defense spilled a Cowgirl (oops) QB? Trevor Scott got one, with a Forced Fumble. Matt Shaughnessy got the other two, one on Romo, one on Kitna (I believe).  How can you justify, ESPN, showing the single sack against the Raiders with commentary from Chris Carter regarding the lack of cohesion within the Silver & Black O-Line and the dominance of the Cowboys D-line (on that play). Chris, to your credit, you did have some glowing things to say about the Defense and team as a whole...

But, you think Jason Campbell "could be a productive player" in the NFL, do you Mister Carter? Didn't Jason Campbell have better stats than Joe Flacco and Carson Palmer last year? Would you, ESPN Analyst Chris Carter, classify Flacco or Palmer as "productive players?" If you answered yes, than Jason Campbell is already a "Productive Player" in the NFL. So there, ESPN.

Also, why is it JaMayonnaise Russell got a longer Time-Slot than the entire Raider game?  This may be due to the fact that I am currently Stationed (military) near Seattle, Washington. . . I doubt it, though.  Regardless, what makes ESPN think anyone in Raider Nation is (even remotely) interested in what that fat slob says?

He said he's been 'off that drank' since College.  Explains a LOT.  'Nuff said.

I suppose all this is because ESPN is bound and determined to abstain from giving the Oakland Raiders professional Football team any positive media.

And RIGHT now. . . As I write this, ESPN is mocking Al Davis's praise of Jason Campbell, comparing it to his infatuation of Russell.  Followed by an interview where Russell admits to using codeine syrup while waiting to report to Training Camp his rookie season. . . No surprise there, but I don't care about that enough to comment further.

Now, I know I may have deviated from the original tangent, but I'm obligated to defend my beloved Raiders, and their... eccentric... owner. Al Davis is a one of a kind personality.  A personality that's best described as "Leader."  By publicly singing the praise of his QB, he is giving Jason Campbell positive reinforcement.  He is telling Jason Campbell, declaring to him; "Sir, I don't need you to BE the best, I just need you to give me YOUR best, and you will be compensated."

Al Davis, for all of you who lack the perception to realize, is old.  Thus, he is a Leader of 'old School Mentality. A man of from before the business of Football (and the rest of the world) usurped the throne of pride and passion for achievement.  Al Davis is giving Jason Campbell his full support and another reason to give us (Raider Nation) his all.

Run a report on that, ESPN.

Go Raiders!

Even if ESPN is determined not to like you, we still love you!