Oakland Raiders' Top Bleacher Report Writer Is a Woman

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIFebruary 8, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 18:  Tim Brown signs a one day contract with the Oakland Raiders as Raiders CEO Amy Trask looks on during a press conference at the Grand Ballroom of the Oakland Airport Hilton on July 18, 2005 in Oakland, California. Brown announced his retirement from professional football.  (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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Al Davis has started something. He has made history by hiring the first African American head coach during the modern era (Art Shell), and the highest ranking female in the NFL (CEO, Amy Trask). More historical facts are among his accolades.

Now on Bleacher Report , we have another finding that makes history for the Raider Nation.

Of the 32 top writers for the NFL teams, according to a tally on Feb. 8, the Oakland Raiders' team page has made history.

Here is the list of top B/R writers on the team pages (these ranks can be very fluid so that is why I am dating this list):

1. D. Estes, KC Chiefs

2. A. Bensch, 49ers

3. S. Kimberly, Seahawks

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4. D. R. Batcher, Carolina Panthers

5. T. Edington, Buccaneers

6. Kevin Roberts, Vikings, Packers, Cardinals

7. J. McCurdy, Falcons

8. T. Higgins, Jaguars

9. Dave Stanley, Titans

10. Lou DiPietro, Eagles

11. Ed Sheahim, Redskins

12. Daniel Wolf, Browns

13. Nick Signorelli, Steelers

14. Bob Warja, Bears,

15. Jordan Belfiori, Lions

16. Dan Van Wie, Bills

17. Chris Nelson, Dolphins

18. Erik Frenz, Patriots

19. Nick Antoniciello, Jets

20. Gene Strother, Cowboys

21. Kyle Langan, Giants

22. Randy Savoie, Saints

23. Justin Javan, Colts

24. Robert Vega, Texans

25. Dan Parzy, Bengals

26. Mike Keller, Broncos

27. Matt Miselis, Ravens

28. Paul Preibisius, Chargers

29. Bryn Swartz, Rams

30. Damali Binta YAEL, Oakland Raiders

There are 32 teams and 30 team writers. One person writes for three teams. The historical "fun fact" is that there is only one woman among these 30 top writers.  She is Damali Binta YAEL, a top writer for the Bleacher Report's Oakland Raiders' team page.  She just happens to be an African American. That's me. Wow!

Well, I am keeping fine company these days, and it is an honor to be listed among these outstanding people.

My inspiration to write about sports comes from a retired Oakland Raiders player who is 67 years old now. Who knows what joy it may give this old-timer to know that he has inspired the professor to delve into a new arena called sports writing. The ingredients that I add are statistics, mathematical models, and charts.

I enjoy digging through the historical facts. Don't worry, I am getting ready to "talk football" with pathos in a few more days.

Thanks for the support from the readers. Thanks for the recent invitation to join a project launched by Nick Signorelli.