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Will Los Angeles Have an NFL Team Ever Again?

In 1995, Los Angeles had two professional football teams: the Rams and the Raiders. That same year, due to failed stadium talks, both teams relocated from the Los Angeles area. The Los Angeles Raiders moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, becoming the Oakland Raiders once again. The Los Angeles Rams moved to the Midwest and became the St. Louis Rams. 1995 was a terrible year for football fans living in Los Angeles. To this day,more than 17 years later, America’s second largest sports market is still without an NFL franchise.

The Los Angeles area, which includes Orange County, forms one big sporting market. It has a total of 8 professional sports teams, which include the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Galaxy, and Chivas U.S.A. The L.A. area also has two big college football teams; UCLA and USC. With a population of more than 17 million people, you would expect L.A. to have a football team once again, but that is not the case. It’s absolutely ridiculous that the L.A. area has no football franchise at all.

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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Football

 

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The Oakland Raiders 2012 Offseason Up To Date

It’s been a decade of constant losing season disappointment, coach after coach, and internal organization drama for the Oakland Raiders. Since the 2003 Superbowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Raiders haven’t had a winning season in more than nine seasons. The franchise has been in a state of decline. Since 2003, the Raiders have had seven head coaches, such as Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, Hugh Jackson, and now newly appointed Dennis Allen. The franchise has been very unstable, and every two years they have a new direction or system, because of coaching changes. Until recently, the Raiders did not have a general manager, and late owner Al Davis called all the shots, making him a very controlling figure. In the last decade, Al Davis did draft some good players, but he also drafted some bust draft picks, such as JaMarcus Russell in 2007. Russell was a complete bust pick, who was given a six-year $60 million deal, collecting more than 31 million in guaranteed money. Davis also signed several players, including wide receiver Javon Walker, corner back DeAngelo Hall, and safety Gibril Wilson, who did not pan out at all, but collected big pay days. These type of decision put the Raiders at least more than $24 million over the salary cap.

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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Football

 

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San Francisco 49ers 2012 Offseason Up To Date

Since 2002-2003, the San Francisco 49ers haven’t had a winning season. They went through multiple head coaches, from Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan, and Mike Singletary. Everything changed for the 49ers when the organization hired former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers also hired Trent Baalke as General Manager to improve the team’s personnel. In 2010 the 49ers had a dismal 6-10 finish, and many in the organization, NFL analysts, and fans did not expect the 49ers to have a winning season the following year.

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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Football

 

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Wes Welker Unhappy With Contract Talks with Patriots

It’s that time of the year again in the NFL; the off season contract talks between players and their teams. Several players in the 2012 off season are currently unhappy with their contract talks, such as running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, and wide receiver Wes Welker of the New England Patriots. Welker, who is looking for a long-term deal and a higher paying contract, is upset with the New England Patriots front office over this past week. He has not received a contract that is both long-term or high paying, and he believes his work is going unappreciated by the franchise. Owner Robert Kraft of the Patriots has stated that the team and the representatives of wide receiver Wes Welker are in negotiations for a new deal.

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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Football

 

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Rolando McClain Sentenced to 180 Days In Jail

Since the 2003 Superbowl blunder where the Oakland Raiders lost 49-21 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the franchise has been on the decline. The Raiders haven’t had a winning season since 2003, and they have had various incidents of drama surrounding the franchise. In 2011, the Raiders finally had a decent offense and defense, and were predicted to make a tough fight to win the AFC West division. The Raiders, under the new direction of head coach Hugh Jackson and his creative offensive formations, had all the right pieces in motion. The franchise had a good start to the 2011 season, but in October 2011, long-time Raiders owner Al Davis died after complications from surgery. Davis was the face of the Raiders, but he was also a pioneer in the development of the NFL.

 

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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Football

 

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LeSean McCoy Signs New Deal with Eagles

In the 2011-2012 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles were expected to be one of the NFL’s most elite, top teams. Unfortunately, the Eagles were far from that. Last season, the Philadelphia Eagles finished 8-8, third place, in the NFC East division. It was a very strange and unexpected season of failure for the Eagles organization. Inconsistent plays by the Eagles defense, countless injuries to key players like Micheal Vick, a lack of coaching and finishing games, and player feuds resulted in the 8-8 season. Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid has vowed to put the Eagles back on track and to make them into a playoff caliber team in 2012-2013.

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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Football

 

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Vikings New Stadium Gets the Go Ahead!

The Minnesota Vikings football organization was first established and joined the NFL in 1961, and the organization has been in Minnesota for over 51 years. For the past two years, the Minnesota Vikings have asked the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota to build a new stadium for the franchise, after the roof of the Metrodome collapsed, during a violent and heavy December snow storm in 2010. After the incident, it was evident by the ownership of the Vikings that a new stadium had to be top priority. For over two years now, negotiations have been on and off, and rumors started to form that Owner Zygi Wilf was considering relocating the team to Los Angeles if his demands were not met. In March of 2012, a plan was constructed by the city council members of the city of Minneapolis to build a state of the art $975 million stadium for the Vikings. On May 10th, 2012 the plan for the new stadium was passed in the state senate with a 36-30 vote. Finally, on May 14th, 2012 Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota signed the voted bill into effect, giving the go ahead for the construction of the Minnesota Vikings new stadium.

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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Football

 

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