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Raiders Getting Healthy for Thanksgiving

Raiders Getting Healthy for Thanksgiving

Oakland has had a lot to be thankful for in 2013. Widely considered by analysts to be a laughingstock of a team, rivaling the 2008 Lions in terms of ineptitude, the Raiders are 4-7 with a number of narrow losses and have been extremely competitive all season long. Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie successfully retooled a defense that was a franchise-worst a season ago despite having about a third of the salary cap in dead money. The team's pass defense is still gelling, but the run defense has proven to be incredibly strong all year long behind a great set of linebackers and an impressive defensive line. The offense is a work in progress, but McGloin has put together strong performances against strong pass defenses in back-to-back weeks. It seems like the team is only going to get better as time goes on; McGloin led a very impressive drive late in the game to take the lead before the defense squandered it with a number of impressive throws. With the recent news out of practice, it is likely that the Raiders may be the healthiest that they have been all year come Thursday. Jared Veldheer, injured early in the preseason with a torn triceps, is expected to make his season debut at left tackle against the Cowboys. In case you were wondering: yes, this does seem to push Khalif Barnes to the left guard position, replacing a historically-bad Lucas Nix with a capable veteran. Barnes may not have been great at left tackle, but he too has greatly exceeded expectations after entering the season as a backup right tackle and third-string left tackle. With the improving play of Pashos/Watson at RT, the surprisingly steady play of Brisiel and Gurode at guard, and the expected excellence of Wisniewski at center, the Raiders could go from having one of the league's worst offensive lines to having a very strong line. This should be wonderful news for ...

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1914 translation by H.

"But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"

Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

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"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains."

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Hello! My name is Tyler. I'm a 23-year old living in Northern California after graduating from UC Santa Cruz. I'm a lifelong Raiders fan and NFL fan, and I have always enjoyed looking deep at the game to better understand it. I love fantasy football and sharing fantasy information. Expect to see me all over this site! In addition to writing, I also have a full-time job with the State of California and manage an art company, Mandalove Designs.

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