Look and See: Run Oakland Raiders, Run!

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIApril 6, 2010

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: Wide receiver Chaz Schilens #81 of the Oakland Raiders grabs a seocnd-quarter sideline pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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While shopping at a large grocery store, I saw a children's book titled "Dick and Jane."

It reminded me of a primary reader in the early years. It also reminded me of the basic qualities that some of the senior Oakland Raiders had during their best years in the NFL.

The children's book was called "Look and See, Dick and Jane."

Redundant is what I believed the title to be. For many years, I thought about "looking and seeing." Are they the same? I think not.

When we look, we often turn the eyes toward something. It is obvious which way we will move just by the direction we move our eyes.

Now, consider this action on the football field. If a player is going to "juke" to the left, he may turn his eyes to the left. But a smarter player may shift his eyes to the right or firmly look straight ahead, then move so many degrees, at a certain angle, to trick his opponent.

My friend, the senior Oakland Raider, was excellent at "cut and juke."

Even at 67 years old, he sees whatever is around him, and he is alert like a panther perched for a quick move.

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Over the years, I would ask my friend since our college days to "look at me" while I am talking to you. Lately, I have realized during our short visits in a park that he sees what is going on without directing his eyes toward the action.

This quality is a gift.

And, only after much research and questioning him have I discovered that his "peripheral vision" is still superb. This type of vision may be what helped make him an above average NFL player among other strong characteristics.

In addition to speed, this former Oakland Raider had a gift of "looking and seeing."

He had a gift of catching the football, and grasping it with his well-formed hands. The contour of the palm of his hands and the length of his fingers seem just right to take hold of a football.

So, now I almost want to measure all of the dimensions of his hands, and suggest that since he was such a gifted wide receiver that perhaps we need to select the next generation of receivers with certain "specifications" to see if those characteristics are the ones that separate the good receiver from an excellent receiver.

I admit, I am always doing research.

I guess you wonder how I come up with all of these questions. Well, I am one who likes to delve deep and "see" with understanding. And, I am trying to separate the variables to determine what we need to get our team back on track.

Will I ask more questions and do more research? You betcha!

Let's just say I am looking and seeing, and trying to determine what we need to move forward. So, "Look and See, Dick and Jane" is not a redundant title.

Rather, it is an effort to inspire us to pay more attention to what made the Oakland Raiders of the past so great that they dominated and devastated their opponents.

Let's "look and see", Raider Nation. Let's tell the young guys to "Run, Spot, Run" and get those touchdowns!

Go Raiders!

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