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.

 

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A win at the final seconds of a NFL game

 

If you want to become a proffesional NFL football sports bettor, you need to be able to handle stress, so this story is about how a tight NFL sports game, turned out to be what I expected…

 

I was at my local pub watching an NFL football game the other day; the 49ers were playing the Raiders, and the NFL football point spread was clearly favoring the Niners, but by the third quarter, Oakland was leading the NFL football score by 24-12, and as usual, I had some bets on. This time I decided not to go for the NFL football point spread but for the under, and the over/under line was at 49 ½, so everything was pointing in the right direction with just one quarter left and 10 ½ points of advantage.

 

The only low was that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith had other plans when the Raiders were starting to celebrate their supposed NFL football victory, and the experienced quarterback was aware of his team’s necesity of winning the match to stay alive in the season, so with his team’s help, he managed to score a touchdown and with a kick, things were 24-19, then Oakland had the posesion, and went through the Niners zone, but failed to score a TD, and they missed their kick, so we were still happy about the possible outcome of the game but knowing that there were only 2 minutes left on the clock and the Niners were a team that was known in NFL sports for taking a long time to go into the rival’s scoring area, so everything was possible at the time.

 

With the total at 43, we knew that with a touchdown and a kick, everything would turn against us, so we were praying for good results. What happened was that the Niners did scored a touchdown, so we were winning by half NFL football point spread, and it was the turn for kicker Joey Nedney, it was truly a decisive moment… Luckily Nedney missed the kick and we won the bet, not bad at all…


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Violence in Sports

 

Chaotic brawls, both by athletes and spectators have been an ongoing issue on sports for ages, specially seen in competitive sports such as soccer, american football, ice hockey, boxing and such. Violence in sports may include, but are not limited to, threats, physical harm, aggressive behavior and uncontrollable violent crowds.

 

A well-known issue is what is called Hazing, which are initiation rituals performed in high schools, colleges, and even professional sports teams. In 1999, Alfred University and the NCAA found out that approximately four out of five college US athletes (250,000 per year) experienced hazing. These initiation rituals often included alcohol, drugs and humiliation.

 

Also, part of the violent behavior is built up in people since early ages: coaches, parents and even older kids tent to encourage this aggressiveness into little children when they are part of sports teams and little leagues. It is common to see how the pressures associated with sports produce low self-esteem, excessive anxiety, and aggressive behavior in children.

 

Athletes sometimes resort to violence, in hopes of injuring and intimidating opponents, an example of this is the very famous match between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in 1997, during this match Mike Tyson lost it and bit off a piece of Evander’s ear.

 

Fan violence is also common and perhaps a much bigger issue, it has been normal to see groups of fans become violent to show some sort of loyalty to their team for example, The actions of English football hooligans and firms in the 1980s caused English teams to be banned from European competition for six years after the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985; also, In 1994, Vancouver Canucks fans rioted in the streets of Vancouver after their team lost in the Stanley Cup finals.

 

The NFL has not been a stranger to these violent issues: During the Super Bowl XXXII in 1998, Denver Broncos fans rioted in the streets of Denver after their team won Super Bowl XXXII. Near-riots happened when the team won the Super Bowl again the following year and after the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001. In another state, fans rioted and destroyed property in 2003, after the Oakland Raiders loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

 

These situations could be caused by some sort of “Intermittent explosive disorder” and also to the fact that some athletes may be genetically predisposed to violence or (particularly male athletes) and have unusually high testosterone levels provoked either by a genetically predisposed body or it is induced by drug abuse.


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