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Oak”LA”nd Raiders Super Reunion

On Sunday, December 29, a group of men took the field at O.co stadium.  They weren’t there to play football.  They were there to recognize an achievement reached roughly 30 years ago, a 38-9 victory in Super Bowl XVIII, when the LA Raiders took it to the Washington Redskins, 38-9. When I say group, I don’t mean just the players. They had people from the public relations office like Bill Glazier, to equipment personnel including then teenager Rob (Bobby) Romanski, to the head coach of one of the greatest teams to ever take the field, Coach Tom Flores. SB 10 The players were walking around the sidelines before the loss to the Denver Broncos. That gave me an opportunity to speak to some of these guys, players that were,( did I just say were?),  ARE still heroes in my eyes. Why? Well, let’s start with the obvious.  They were not supposed to win. The Washington Redskins were reigning Super Bowl Champions.  They had been there, done that, and were over the nerves. They also were 14-2, meaning they had the better regular season record largely because of “The Hogs”, their dominant offensive line, which was matched on the other side with their #1 ranked rushing defense.  Then one had to consider they beat the Raiders in the regular season, 37-35.   What many people forget  was in that regular season game, the ‘Skins scored 17 unanswered points in the final 6 minutes of the game after the Raiders had taken a 35 to 20 lead on a Greg Pruitt 97 yard punt return for a touchdown. SB 7 a Getting back the big game, the 29 points separating the winners and losers was the biggest  point differential in the Super Bowl to that date.  It still remains in the top 5, and no AFC team in a Super Bowl  has matched or put up more than the 38 points scored by the Raiders  on that  day. I wish I could have been at the dinner they had together  the Saturday  night before the game, but alas, as a mere fan, that  wasn’t in the cards for me. So  to catch up  with a few of these people was pretty  easy. Obviously, after leading the Raiders, Coach Flores went up north to the Seattle Seahawks.  He started off as the president and general manager before hitting the sidelines as their head coach.  He was unable to duplicate his success from his Raiders days, and was fired after only 3 seasons as HC.  He is currently color commentator for the Raiders, the team he quarterbacked and coached. Bill Glazier is now editor-in-chief of the South Pasadena Review which is published every Wednesday by  SCG Publishing,LLC.  He is happy to  still be involved in the media, and also  does  a lot of writing for thr SPR. Rob “Bobby” Romanski is now the equipment manager for the Raiders, after taking over for his father, Richard Romanski.  Little tidbit, I have known Rob since  the 3rd grade, where we both attended grammar school. So now onto the good stuff , the players. I have to admit I can get really tongue tied around the players that  I admired for years. Briefly on offensive guard Charley Hannah, he’s a proud father of 5, with a teenage son that plays basketball, and twin daughters, at least one  of whom is pretty  good at volleyball. SB 2 a Lester Hayes still has smooth moves and keeps in great shape shooting hoops.  His vertical is still as high as some of the guys that will be at the combine, and I don’t mean the big guys, either. Don Mosebar was a rookie back in the ’83 season.  He is looking good, but was rather quiet.  I didn’t push much out of respect. Mike Davis tried to photo bomb me, and instead, I changed the picture, and he ended up in the frame with me.  For those that don’t remember – I just have 2 phrases for you : Mistake by the Lake and Red Right  88. I told him we could use a player like him on the team again.  Oh , and a quick message tohim-  I waited by the sideline, in vain, post game. SB 4 a Don Hasselbeck  was a tight for us in the ’83 season. We talked some about the NFL wages, and he was happy that  at least his son Matt Hasselbeck was able to take advantage of the NFL pay scale as it is structured now. I talked briefly with quite a few players, asking as my first question what their best memory was.  Most picked the Super Bowl game, though some referenced the Dallas Cowboys game. That  game, was a 40-38  win at Texas Stadium.  That game was back and forth, with 3 lead changes before the teams tied at  17 in the 2nd quarter. Half time had the Raiders leading 31-24. The final scoring drive ended with a 26 yard Chris Bahr field goal for the Raiders vict...

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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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I have watched football for 47 yrs, and have been a Raiders fan for 46 of them. I have a full time job, but football has been my passion for years. I started writing back in '96, for one site, and I link everything I write at the officially recognized booster club I helped form, www.fansinblack.com. Like Al Davis, over looking all gender/race issues, I was the first club president. I am luck enough to have a full sideline photography pass, and am proprietor of BC Photography.

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