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Sin City makes way for silver and black

Sin City makes way for silver and black

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 2016

Earlier this month, Nevada lawmakers approved legislation to raise the hotel bed tax in Clark County. The increase will go towards a new $1.9 billion football stadium, which the city hopes will be the new home of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. In order for a team to move to Sin City, at least 24 of the 3...

Raiders beat Ravens on the road

Raiders beat Ravens on the road

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2016

A quarter of the way through the 2016 NFL season finds the Oakland Raiders in unfamiliar territory. For the first time in more than 15 years the silver and black are a perfect 3-0 on the road and 3-1 overall. That places them in second place in the AFC West just behind the undefeated defen...

Raiders defense comes up big in road win

Raiders defense comes up big in road win

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

September 28, 2016

After giving up 70 points in their first two games this season, the Oakland Raiders were lucky to be 1-1. However, it was the defense that finally came through for the silver and black on Sunday in Tennessee when they improved to 2-1 after a 17-10 road win over the Titans (1-2). The de...

Preseason begins for NFL

Preseason begins for NFL

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

August 18, 2016

For football enthusiasts, it is the best time of the year. The NFL preseason kicked off last week and both of our local teams, the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, finally got to hit another team after long couple months of training camp competing for roster spots with team- mates. ...

Expectations high for silver and black

Expectations high for silver and black

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

August 10, 2016

No more flying under the radar for the Oakland Raiders. For years, the silver and black expectations have been lower than my bank account around Christmas time. However, flying low will not be a luxury for the Raiders in 2016-2017 now that there are expectations. After a 7-9 finish last season,...

Raiders draft gets respect, questions

Raiders draft gets respect, questions

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2016

For the third consecutive year, the Oakland Raiders draft class is being praised. NFL draft guru and ESPN expert Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. both spoke favorably of the former collegiate players the Raiders added to their squad over the weekend at the 81st NFL draft in Chicago. There was just one head-scratcher for all analysts and fans alike. Th...

Anywhere but here for football

Anywhere but here for football

Louis LaVenture,
News and Sports Editor

February 10, 2016

Since 1995, when the Oakland Raiders returned from their brief hiatus in Los Angeles, the silver and black have been looking for a new home. More than 20 years later, they are still seeking new facilities. Oakland currently has no lease to play in any stadium and fresh off of their recent Los Angeles...

Amari Cooper is the future of the Oakland Raiders

Amari Cooper is the future of the Oakland Raiders

Erik Khan,
Contributor

January 27, 2016

The Oakland Raiders desperately needed a wide receiver going into the 2015 Season. They used the fourth overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft on Amari Cooper, who proved to be a valuable weapon for the Raiders and demands the respect of their opponents. Cooper provides the Raiders offense with a rece...

Attention Bay Area: The Super Bowl is coming

Attention Bay Area: The Super Bowl is coming

Louis LaVenture,
News and Sports Editor

January 20, 2016

Despite the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers’ absence from the 2016 NFL postseason, the Bay Area will feel the impact of Super Bowl 50. The big game will be at the home of the 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, which brings with it a unique set of situations. With the entire...

Raiders lose relocation attempt

Raiders lose relocation attempt

Louis LaVenture,
News and Sports Editor

January 14, 2016

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell scolded the Oakland Raiders last week for their lack of viable options to keep the franchise in the East Bay city, it was a clear indicator of things to come. The silver and black have no current plan in place to keep the team in Oakland, while they do have a rough...

Raiders cheesed by Packers

Raiders cheesed by Packers

Louis LaVenture,
News and Sports Editor

December 23, 2015

There will be no playoffs for the Oakland Raiders this year, the Green Bay Packers made sure of that. For the thirteenth consecutive year the silver and black will miss out on the postseason after they fell to the Packers (10-4), 30-20 on Sunday in Oakland. The Raiders are 6-8 with just two games...

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