Throwback Thursday: Interview with cover32 Raiders writer Walter Spargo

Back in 2012, I was writing for the now defunct Sports Fans News and I had the opportunity to do my first Raider Nation spotlight piece with someone our readers are quite familiar with, Walter Spargo. It took place just before the Oakland Raiders traveled to Denver to take on the Broncos. And, as I’m sure most of Raider Nation can attest, it was a really rough loss. A really, really...
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Raiders sign K Giorgio Tavecchio

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent kicker Giorgio Tavecchio. The move, which the team announced Tuesday, will give Oakland an offseason backup to Sebastian Janikowski. Tavecchio played one preseason game for the Raiders last summer, kicking a pair of 47-yard field goals against Seattle. He has also spent time in training camps with San Francisco, Green...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders become the laughing stock of the NCAA championship game

The Oakland Raiders are used to being mocked by other teams in the NFL. After a decade of terrible teams, the Raiders are commonly the butt of jokes around the league. But after three years in which the team only won 11 games, the trash talking is reaching all new levels. It has gotten so bad that the Raiders became the laughing stock of the college football championship game even...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Sebastian Janikowski is back, but could he have holder issues again in 2015?

Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski had one of the worst years of his career in 2013. But in 2014, the Polish Cannon rebounded putting up the sixth best field goal percentage of his 14 year career. What was the difference? Well the Raiders decided to splurge and spend $8 million on a holder for Seabass. Ok, so they really spent that $8 million on Matt Schaub to be the quarterback...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders haven't been good on the road since 2011

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders salvaged a little something from this season by winning their final three home games. Yet they've remained one of the NFL's worst road teams since 2011 and are down to their final shot at rectifying that problem this year. It's something interim coach Tony Sparano has wrestled with all season. The Raiders have tried altering when they practice...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders knock Bills out of playoffs with 26-24 win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) One week after shutting down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to move into playoff contention, the Buffalo Bills came up short against rookie Derek Carr and the lowly Oakland Raiders. Carr threw two touchdown passes, Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals, and the Raiders knocked the Bills from playoff contention with a 26-24 victory Sunday. The...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Derek Carr throws 2 TDs as Raiders knock out Bills

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes and Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals to help the Oakland Raiders knock the Buffalo Bills from playoff contention with a 26-24 victory Sunday. The Bills (8-7) needed to win their final two games and get some help to end the NFL's longest active playoff drought at 14 seasons. But they failed at the easiest part, beating...
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December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders knock out Bills with 26-24 win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes and Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals to help the Oakland Raiders knock the Buffalo Bills from playoff contention with a 26-24 victory Sunday. The Bills (8-7) needed to win their final two games and get some help to end the NFL's longest active playoff drought at 14 seasons. But they failed at the easiest part...
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December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders haven't needed much from Janikowski

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) For years Sebastian Janikowski has been the saving grace whenever the Oakland Raiders' offense stalled. The veteran kicker repeatedly bailed the team out with his powerful leg, setting numerous franchise records along the way. He's about to establish another team record - though it's clearly one he'd rather do without. With two games left before the Raiders...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Game recap: Raiders vs Chiefs

The Raiders once again come off of a signature, dramatic home win in typical Raider fashion of late by laying a big rotten egg on the road, this time against the Chiefs. There is a pattern developing with this team of late and if that pattern holds true, the the Raiders should finish the season at 3-13 with a win next week at home against the Buffalo Bills and a blowout loss ot the...
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December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders-Chiefs Capsule

OAKLAND (2-11) at KANSAS CITY (7-6) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE - Chiefs by 12 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 7-6, Kansas City 9-4 SERIES RECORD - Chiefs lead 57-52-2 LAST MEETING - Raiders beat Chiefs 24-20, Nov. 20, 2014 LAST WEEK - Raiders beat 49ers 24-13; Chiefs lost to Cardinals 17-14 AP PRO32 RANKING - Raiders No. 27, Chiefs No. 14 RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders doing their best to ruin the playoff hopes for others

The two wins for the Oakland Raiders this season have been big ones. Rather than coming against lackluster teams who are struggling themselves, the Raiders have taken down to playoff contenders in the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. Well, at least they were playoff contenders before they came to the Oakland Coliseum to take on the Raiders. Both teams went from being right...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Is the old Seabass back? Sebastian Janikowski quietly having a solid year

The Oakland Raiders have not used kicker Sebastian Janikowski much at all this season. We are well past the mid way point of the year but Janikowski only has half of the number of attempts as he did in 2013. This is in large part due to the fact that the Raiders have the best touchdown percentage in the redzone of any team in the league. Part of it is that there have been large stretches...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week: Sebastian Janikowski

While it was anything but for Florida State University athletics, it was a quiet week for former Seminoles playing professional sports. As a result, the Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week for the week of December 1st through the 7th goes to a NFL placekicker. The longest field goal made in the NFL in Week 14 and the third longest this season belonged to former Florida State...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Notable Raiders vs Broncos rivalry facts

Since I’m extermemly stoked and restless waiting to get to Oakland and tailgate with my Senior Editor, I thought I’d kill some time by noting some high points in the Raiders/Broncos rivalry. Enjoy: These two former AFL teams have played 109 games against each other, including the playoffs. The Raiders lead the all time series 60-47-2 including the playoffs. The teams are tied...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: First-Round Picks, Bears, Cardinals, Rams, Redskins

First-Round Picks Dane Burgler of CBS posted an updated count of first-round picks still on the team that drafted them now that the Packers have waived OT Derek Sherrod. 2010: 28 2009: 11 2008: 10 2007: 10 2006: 10 2005: 4 2004: 5 2003: 3 2002: 0 2001: 1 (Reggie Wayne) 2000: 1 (Sebastian Janikowski) Bears The Bears are moving Jordan Mills from right tackle to left guard....
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Sebastian Janikowski Wanted A Shot At A 63-Yard Field Goal

Sebastian Janikowski wanted a shot at a 63-yard field goal on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks.
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

What a shock: Raiders' attempt at fake field goal goes horribly wrong

Who didn't see this coming? The Oakland Raiders went for a fake field goal on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns and well ... things didn't go well. See for yourself: Let's run down the list of what makes this play awesome: 1. Sebastian Janikowski lining up as a wide receiver 2. Bad snap 3. Matt Schaub (remember him?) throwing a -- surprise! -- interception. The Raiders are always...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Raider Nation is Loyal, Porn Star Says Janikowski Parties Hearty, Bold Predictions, Draft Prospects, Saving Reggie and much, much more

The Raiders are off to Cleveland to try for their first win of the season. This is one of 2 or possible 3 remaining games in their season that appear on the surface to be winnable. While you wait for tomorrow’s game, here is a recap of last week’s top stories to abate the anticipation: - Why does Raider Nation remain faithful despite years of bad play. (Hit it here) - Brice Butler...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Haps – 10/23: 76 Classic Sports Halloween Costume Ideas, B1G Mascots ‘Shake It Off’

What’s The Haps for October 23rd? SEABASS parties hard, Sparty vandalizes Michigan’s “M”, classic sports Halloween costumes are looked at, and more. The Links - No one parties harder than Sebastian Janikowski SEABASS Block ‘M’ on University diag painted green overnight The best thing about this article was the first comment: “The good news is [&hellip No visits...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The one position group that the Raiders should be proud of

First off, if you haven’t read about the porn star who recently revealed how wild Sebastian Janikowski is to party with, read it. Best **** ever. Now let’s get to it. There really is only one answer to this article’s headline, depending on if you count quarterbacks as a group. But outside of the quarterback, the offensive line is the only group the Raiders can be proud of –...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Porn star: No one parties harder than Sebastian Janikowski

Adult film star Brooke Haven made an interesting revelation to TMZ earlier this week when she was discussing the various professional athletes she has partied with. The 34-year-old admitted that she has hung out with “a lot” of athletes, yet she hardly hesitated when asked who parties the hardest. The answer is Sebastian Janikowski. Janikowski,...Read More
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders coaches refuse to make adjustments in the run game

One of the biggest disappointments for the Oakland Raiders this season has been their run game. After an offseason spent adding massive linemen who were supposed to run blocking machines, this is not what fans expected. The run game has looked absolutely non existent as the Raiders are currently last in yards and tied for last in touchdowns. Part of the problem is that the offensive...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Porn star says Sebastian Janikowski parties most of any NFL player

When the Oakland Raiders drafted Sebastian Janikowski, they knew he was a guy who liked to party. In college, he had two run ins with the law after getting in fights outside of bars, and at one point was arrested for attempting to bribe a police officer not to arrest his friend. So it’s not surprising that when porn star Brooke Haven was stopped by a TMZ reporter, she named Janikowski...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Game Recap: Raiders vs Chargers

The Oakland Raiders put up a valiant effort against the San Diego Chargers, but came up short once again. They actually had a chance to at least move into field goal range for K Sebastian Janikowski to force overtime, but a last minute interception by QB Derek Carr sealed the loss for the Raiders. Interim head coach, Tony Sparano had his team ready to play today. The fact that they...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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