Friday, February 29, 2008

Back in Action

An extra-long February has come and gone while I've stepped back to try and avoid the Super Bowl and the Kiffin fiasco. My plan to avoid the Super Bowl was well-laid, as I was flying home after having experienced the second-best day of my life one day earlier in Detroit. Then Frontier Airlines tempted me with free DirecTV in every seat. I made it well into the second half before I was hooked; my hatred for the Patriots took over, and Kristy and I cheered every jarring hit to Brady. Then, with about eight minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Giants punted and our DirecTV feed switched to some ridiculous cartoon about David Beckham, Posh Spice, and a talking "football."

At that moment one of the great Super Bowls of all time broke out. I suppose I got what I asked for - I was able to avoid watching it and those despicable Patriots lost.

I haven't gotten much that I've asked for when it comes to the Raiders in recent years. As James Lofton was hired for what appears to be Interim Head Coach in Waiting, and Kiffin only makes news for going dancing - or not, this offseason got difficult in a hurry. Then something happened today. The Raiders signed Gibril Wilson. He may never go to a Pro Bowl, but I'm convinced he's an upgrade that will allow the Raiders to do a lot more with their defense next year. Of note, Wilson was widely regarded as the best player available at arguably the Raiders' greatest position of need.

So there's hope.

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