RIP Al Davis

Yesterday was a very sad day for Raiders Nation as they lost one of their own-renegade Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. For those who don’t know, Davis is easily considered one of the most influential men in NFL history. The Hall of Famer was the commissioner of the AFL and very instrumental in the NFL-AFL merger. Although Davis was decidedly different as an owner, he was also a trailblazer. In 1988, he hired Art Shell, a former Raider, who became the first black head coach of the modern era. He hired the second Latino coach, Tom Flores; and the first woman CEO, Amy Trask. And for Davis, his loyalty was evident: To be a Raider was to be a Raider for life. In all, Davis won 3 Super Bowls with the Raiders and 1 AFL title and above all else will be remember for his phrase, ” Just Win Baby!” Click the image to enlarge.

Al Davis

RIP Al Davis.


That Kid is Good…

Two weeks into his NFL career, Cam Newton is looking like a future Hall of Famer. Not only was Cam the first player in NFL history to throw for over 400 yards in his first two games, he briefly held the NFL record for most yards in the first two games of a season (that mark was broken three hours later by Tom Brady). The interesting thing is, despite these incredible video game like numbers, is that Cam was more interested in figuring out how to improve and win games. At this rate, many analysts are wondering just how good Newton will be when it is all said and done. The exciting, electrifying Heisman trophy winner has also done something else; he has turned the downtrodden Carolina Panthers into a team to contend with and given the fanbase there hope (similiar to the LeBron effect in Cleveland). If Cam can keep this up, I see NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and Pro Bowls in his future. What do you guys think?

Cam Newton


Peyton Agrees to 5 Year Deal

What do you give a 4 time NFL MVP who has a Super Bowl ring and is without question one of the greatest quarterbacks of his generation? If you’re Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, you give him whatever he wants. Irsay granted Peyton Manning’s wish not to become the NFL’s first $20 million player and Manning agreed to a five year deals worth $90 Million, equal to the contract New England QB Tom Brady received. Manning told the Indianapolis Star, “While I appreciate Jim Irsay offering to make me the highest-paid player. I told him I’d rather he save that money and keep whoever it is … Joe AddaiCharlie Johnson … whoever that may be. I’m willing to take less than they’ve offered if they are going to take that money to keep players we need to keep and go get other players. All I want is for them to have the cap and the cash to keep the players they want to keep and to sign other players.” Click the pic to enlarge.

Peyton Manning
Indianapolis locks Peyton Manning in to a new 5 year deal worth $90 Million

Manning is currently rehabbing from offseason neck surgery and hopes to be ready in time for the Colts regular season opener, which would be his 209th consecutive start, tops among active players. Do you think Manning’s deal should have been longer, shorter, more or less?


Free Agency Frenzy

NFL’s free agency started with a bang yesterday, with a number of big trades and free agent signings. Among the big names changing addresses are Donovan McNabb (traded to Minnesota), Reggie Bush (traded to Miami) and Albert Haysworth and Chad Ochocinco, who both are now calling New England home. One silent team in the free agent frenzy has been the Dallas Cowboys, and Cowboys fans aren’t thrilled about that either. Click the comic to enlarge.

July 29, 2011 Keep the Change comic strip

Who do you think has made the biggest splash in free agency thus far?