Lane Kiffin out of the Raiders

Lane Kiffin has now earned the title of former pro football head coach of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was hired by Raiders‘ owner Al on January 23, 2007, making history by being the youngest head coach in the Raiders staff, and the youngest head coach since the formation of the modern NFL. Later that year, On August 12, 2007, in his NFL head coaching debut, Kiffin and the Raiders won their NFL preseason opener 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals.

Problems apparently started since the beginning of 2008, when it was reported that Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis drafted a letter of resignation for Kiffin to sign after his first season with a record of 4-12. Kiffin said he was not going to sign the letter because it would cause him to forfeit his salaries for the remainder of his contract (2 years remaining at $2 million per year on his contract). The Raiders denied the story.

There were many rumors in the past few months and then on September 15, 2008 NBC Sports reported Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis was unhappy with the head coach; Lane Kiffin was officially fired on September 30th, 2008.

Lane Kiffin was preciously an offensive coordinator for the USC Trojans and football flows through his veins given that he is the son of veteran college and NFL coach Monte Kiffin, who currently serves as defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The future is not certain for the young head coach Kiffin right now since the Oakland Raiders said the move was made for cause, meaning they will avoid paying Lane Kiffin for the remainder of his NFL contract. He signed a two-year deal worth about $4 million with a team option for 2009 when he took over last year.

 

What’s there after the NFL?

The NFL is exciting and living under the spotlight of the pro football games provides certain status and life style to the players not easily compared to a regular way of living: hard trainings, traveling from state to state for the NFL games, money and luxury that are hardly enjoyed because of the hard work. NFL players are willing to live this life to achieve their goals, break records and be part of the NFL history. Is it really worth it? According to some experts, just the fact that most of these men will be thrust into the so-called real world with few marketable skills to increase their wealth some sort of cultural shock is bound to take place in some cases.

The NFL is part of the American traditions, part of our homes, families and memories, yet the main characters of all those memories will vanish from our minds as soon as they leave the NFL career that gave them so much. Apparently, 78% of all NFL players are divorced, bankrupt or unemployed two years after leaving the National Football League.

As a former NFL player and 12-year veteran with the Green Bay Packers himself Ken Ruettgers found a way to help athletes overcome this transition as the executive director of www.gamesover.org. Games Over is a Non-profit organization that helps professional athletes address the transition from professional sports to other careers. Ruttgers explains that the most common losses after retiring any professional sports career (not only the NFL) will include:

  • Loss of celebrity status.

  • Instant name recognition vanishes.

  • Income is slashed.

  • Such perks as free meals and support staff end.

  • Self-doubt, fear and a lack of direction.

As corny as it may sound, this transition is not easy. As an NFL player you are waited on, served, assisted and usually it is very hard to be alone or even have a chance to feel alone, after a professional career in sports ends, all the attention ends with it. People are not aware that 50% of NFL players only have careers of a little more than three years, meaning that an average of about 320 veteran players lose their job each year. What are the odds? NFL stars, record breakers and idols can be really retiree material at the age of 35 years old?

Monday Night Football Betting

 

 

Monday Night football kicks off today after much anticipation from its’ fans. NFL sports betting aficionados will start the week with a great game to look forward to: The main course will consist of Green Bay Packers against the Vikings and for desert we’ll have Raiders vs. Broncos. What will it be like for the Packers during this first Monday Night Football game without Favre? We’re all about to find out tonight. The Packers are scheduled for 3 games on the Monday Night Football spot for this 2008-2009 NFL football season.

Although in my personal opinion Monday Night Football will never be the same without John Madden and Al Michaels, I still can’t wait for this years Monday Night football opening game in  prime-time network television.. Tonight Oakland should be ready to step it up for their eternal rivals: the Denver Broncos. The Green Bay Packers on the other hand count fully on quarterback Aaron Rodgers –their substitute for good ole’ Favre– but I’m not sold on Rodgers just yet. Ok I’ll admit he did alright on the preseason but c’mon this guy has only done 1 touchdown in his entire NFL professional career. All I know is he has got some big shoes to fill and the pressure is on among both NFC North teams. The defense will be in charge of making sure the Packers survive this one victoriously however, we have to think of other factors like the weather –chances of rain tonight-  the Minnesota Vikings running game and even the tampering charges against them may play a role in tonight’s’ opening match up.

Now I did say there were two games this Monday Night Football correct? Well here’s what I think of the 2nd game for the night: Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos:

This has always been one of the most interesting rivalries in the NFL. Both AFC West teams have their strengths well defined: The Raiders will rely heavily on their defense and we’ll get to see the debut of rookie Darren McFadden. The Denver Broncos will need to show a revitalized, more solid offense to put on a decent fight. Overall both teams have a history of playing each other tough. This game (I’m crossing fingers) won’t be any different.

For those looking for free Monday Night Football picks I’m going to say that for the first Monday Night Football game this season the Packers won’t be celebrating much as the Vikings are going to leave the field as winners. On the Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos I’m going to go with the Broncos.

What are your picks on both games? 

 

A regular day of a quarterback in training camp

If you think that the life of an NFL football player is easy, you’d better think twice…

 

Let’s see how a regular day is for an NFL quarterback, this time we’ll choose Peyton Manning.

 

Manning is at Colts training camp, and he has to be up at around 6:30 in the morning, no matter what the starting schedule for practice is. He makes sure he wakes up his roommate and both go right to the Football field.

 

Practice starts around 8 am, and Manning finishes with about 90 NFL throws. Then it’s time to visit the cafeteria for lunch, a little nap at the dorm and then an afternoon meeting before nightly practice.

 

A walk-thru, some warm-ups, then around 70 NFL throws and it’s time for Peyton Manning to visit the Colts training staff for regular treatment.

 

Now Manning is heading for dinner before going to a session of meetings: first the whole team, then just the quarterbacks and by 10 pm his day at training camp is over, so it’s time to go chill out before hitting the bed at 11 pm.

 

The question is… Is this what Brett Favre is looking for being a 38 year-old almost-retired player? “Well, I don’t think so” Manning said, “but that’s the cost of doing what you love the most and having fun on the field” he ends.

A good relationship with your bookie

 

 

 

I am the kind of guy that waits until the last moment to place an NFL football bet as it is exactly a few minutes before the line goes off the board that you get the best football betting odds.

 

By the end of the past NFL football season I was about to place a bet on the Packers and the guy that was taking my NFL wager over the phone couldn’t hear what I was telling him since there was a lot of static and I was kind of upset at my sportsbook for allowing that to happen. When I called back a few minutes later to get a run down on the bets I had placed, I realized that the guy had put my money on the other side.  I stopped for a moment to analyze the play with determination and found out that he actually did me a favor by making a mistake.

 

With the NFL football point spread turned, I hung up without telling the guy about his error and waited for the outcome of the game, and as expected, I won.

 

But that is just half of the story, as what I did not know was that someone caught the guy taking a wager wrongly, and so they turned the wager as I originally request, which meant at loss for me.

 

So when I called to check on my balance after they had finished grading all my bets, I realized that I was missing the money for the win, and so I had a long talk with one of the supervisors of the sportsbook… Since I am a long time customer, they proceeded to handle me the winnings of such NFL football bet.

 

What can I say? betting frequently with the same bookie can have excellent consequences as trust is built upon the client and the bookmakers.


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