Straight No Chaser: The Right Stuff

By Desi Cortez, BASN Columnist
Updated: April 3, 2010

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DENVER (BASN) — The Oaktown Raiders — despised since the dawning of time, or at least since Al Davis has been at the helm — find themselves in a unique position; right here, right now.

Today, the opportunity exists to regain that long-lost illustrious stature and fame . . .

the silver n’black, the skull n’ crossbones, the pride and poise . . . it would a-l-l return, be re-bestowed upon the . . . damned, the marked unworthy . . . if they make the wise decision.

Now chances of that occurring . . . how long can a balloon stay alive at a porcupine convention? The Raiders find themselves in a position keenly resembling that of the Jackasses . . . the Democratic Party; if they acquire the Black signal-caller, Donny McNabb, the franchise goes from being ridiculed and hated . . . to being merely hated.

And if they win . . . let’s say Al baby also brings in TO – reunites a more matured Terrell El Dorado Owens and a even more seasoned McNabb . . . the AFC West crown, playoffs, yes playoffs – well-within grasp this coming season.

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The Democrats, the political party composed of America’s alleged misfits, oddballs and outcast – was, before Obama took the Oval Office, hated by those “real Americans” for placing in the White House that despised “charming cripple,” FDR, the meek peanut farmer Jimmy Carter and a plantation playboy Bill-vis, but now they’ve gone too-far with enabling and empowering this arrogant Black quasi-intellectual to call the nation’s signals

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The Raiders were the NFL’s — hell the nation’s — undisputed bad-boys long before this discussion of acquiring No. 5. Gentlemen like Al Davis, Lamar Hunt, and “the Little General” Hank Stram tapped the Historically Black College ranks, strapping AFL helmets on Buck Buchanan, Otis Taylor . . . the upstart league was able to challenge the established and entrenched conservative NFL because of their inclusion, i.e., the show-casing of the Black athlete.

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You just wait n’ see, if the Raiders sign McNabb it will solidify the image of Oakland, both the city and the franchise as “no good.” Home of renegades and outlaws despite McNabb is neither, and the city is more then it’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

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Consider, McNabb’s career is one which is void of run-in’s with Johnny Law, no “other woman” scandals; no driving while under the influence of firewater – he’s been an “Officer n’ Gentlemen,” an ambassador of the game, yet for some reason, his name is seldom mentioned with Wes Welker, Joe Montana, John Lynch, Peyton Manning . . . as if Donavan is not cut from the same All American red, white and blue cloth.

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McNabb’s a family man, wife, two and half-kids . . . but you’d never know that. Why? The American sportswriter is simply not inclined to cover a Black Quarterback from the “angle” he covers a White QB. That “angle” – he’s a good decent man – which men would, could and should follow into battle, an All-American guy.”

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A leader, Alpha-Male, family man . . . all the “right stuff” – that’s an approach, an angle the average, everyday sports writer just does not see a Black man in . . . end of story.

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It’s as if . . . it’s very difficult, if not virtually impossible for the average White sportswriter to admit, amplify and promote a Black man as Captain America, even if, as McNabb – he is.

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It’s as if . . . it’s virtually impossible for about half this nation, the average White person to admit, accept confess to the obvious – the Black man in the White House is Captain America; intelligent, fair, decent, compassionate . . . a husband, father, college professor and US Senator . . .

Yet according to the right-wing pundits . . . he’s a mildly educated con-man, an immature race-pimping slickster and hustler . . . . a “man-child” as Rush regularly refers to the President as, who has no loyalty to the US.

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It’s not so odd, and it’s strikingly telling that both these men, Obama and McNabb, and other Black-Alpha males across this land . . . can find little, if no respect in the eye’s of White America. So with either one in charge of- an NFL team, or a major country . . . both the Raiders and Team USA are deemed to be leaderless.

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Because there’s a Black man in charge, America is presumed to be in such a precarious position, now . . . gun n’ ammo sales – through the roof, the Tea Baggers preparing to wage war, Rush and Beck threatening/signaling to leave the country in the face of the Obama Blueprint for change, which is a direct reflection of how the average Right-winger views the current state of America.

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If McNabb finds himself a Raider, the intensity of hatred for the Silver n’ Black will increase with unseen-ever-before veracity, and that detectable rise – will be only because the team will be lead, at the key position . . . by a Black man.

Now if the Raiders were to release the Cable man, possibly bring in a Herm Edwards . . . you’d be amazed and mystified by how the sports world would react to the sight of two Black men winning it all.

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An absolute possibility; if the pro pigskin game is ever seen as a “too Black” like the NBA is today is branded in it’s post-Larry Bird era – white fans and the established advertiser base would flee, desert the NFL.

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To maintain White America’s interest – a Black field general and head coach tandem would need to be composed of the “right” Black men . . . men akin to George Foreman, Joe Louis, OJ – the Negro version, Larry Elder, Armstrong Williams . . . is he still alive? Anything outside this real would be perceived as arrogance, cockiness, aggressiveness personified.

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Black Power. Black Power scares White folks, always has, always will.

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Dungy was acceptable simply because he’s “mild mannered” – a reverend even, humble and docile, think Dr. King on Quaaludes’ or Valium. And, insultingly . . .

we all know, Dungy was just there for “symbolic value,” Tom Moore was the “real head coach” and Peyton Manning was the only real reason the Colts won it all that year.

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Mike Tomlin has flirted with disaster by endorsing and embracing Obama – he’s no longer viewed as “one of the few good ones” in the eyes of ESPN and FOX Sports writers.

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McNabb was forever tainted and to be painted as a complainer, moaning, groaning n’ bitching – because he “played the race card” by uttering some insane nonsense about Black QB’s being held to another standard . . . . How absurd is that?!

Very . . . in the eye’s of the everyday white sportsfan.

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See, I’m trying to tell your ass . . . it’s extremely difficult to twist n’turn one’s self to appease and accommodate White America . . . so why even try?

I’m going to be going to bed tonight, and every night from now-on, begging the gridiron Gods to please reunite McNabb and TO in the East Bay, the combination will be good for the game, the Raider-nation . . . the nation itself. It’ll be another example of a good and decent man doing well at his chosen profession.