Felger: 'The Oakland Raiders are garbage, and they always have been'

Felger: 'The Oakland Raiders are garbage, and they always have been'

Want a classic Felger rant? Or forget Felger; a classic rant, period?

Watch the video above as Michael Felger eviscerates the Oakland Raiders.

"You know what the Oakland Raiders are? And their fans, and their city? A bunch of dirtbags," Felger said Tuesday on Felger & Mazz. "If that's not the most overrated team and organization in the history of sports, I don't know what is . . . That is a garbage organization and it has always has been.

"And the way people are treating them now, like . . . the Green Bay Packers or the Boston Celtics or the Montreal Canadiens or the New York Yankees are moving, is laughable. Laughable! The Oakland Raiders are garbage. And they always have been."

There's more . . . ,much more. Watch the video to hear the full treatment.

NFL owners OK Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas

NFL owners OK Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas

PHOENIX - NFL owners have approved the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas. 

The vote was 31-1 to approve the move, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, with the Miami Dolphins opposing.

The Raiders, an original AFL franchise from 1960, left Oakland for Los Angeles in 1982 before returning to Oakland in 1995. 

The Raiders will continue playing in Oakland at least for the 2017 season, and possibly 2018, while the $1.7 billion stadium near the Las Vegas Strip is built, leaving fans to root for a lame-duck franchise that has left the Bay Area once before. 

The vote was a foregone conclusion after the league and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland's proposals for a new stadium, and Las Vegas stepped up with $750 million in public money. Bank of America also is giving Raiders owner Mark Davis a $650 million loan, further helping convince the owners to allow the third team relocation in just over a year.

The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016, and in January the Chargers relocated from San Diego to LA. 

Las Vegas, long taboo to the NFL because of its legalized gambling, also is getting an NHL team this fall, the Golden Knights.

"Today will forever change the landscape of Las Vegas and UNLV football," said Steve Sisolak, chairman of the Clark County Commission and a former member of a panel appointed by the Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to study the stadium tax funding plan.

"I couldn't be more excited for the fans and residents of Clark County as we move forward with the Raiders and the Rebels," Sisolak said.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and a group trying to keep the team in Oakland, made a last-ditch presentation to the NFL last week. But that letter was "filled with uncertainty," according to Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Monday, she asked the owners to delay the vote, wanting to give her city a chance to negotiate with a small group of owners to complete a stadium deal at the Coliseum site.

"Never that we know of has the NFL voted to displace a team from its established market when there is a fully financed option before them with all the issues addressed," Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. "I'd be remiss if I didn't do everything in my power to make the case for Oakland up until the very end."

Schaaf said the city has presented a $1.3 billion plan for a stadium at the Coliseum site that would be ready by 2021. She says the existing Coliseum would be demolished by 2024, with the Oakland Athletics baseball team either moving to a new stadium at the Coliseum site or somewhere else in the city.

The Raiders' move became more certain earlier this month when Bank of America offered the loan. That replaced the same amount the Raiders lost when the league balked at having casino owner Sheldon Adelson involved and he was dropped from the team's plans.

Leaving the Bay Area is not something new with the Raiders, who played in Los Angeles from 1982-94 before heading back to Oakland. Davis was passed over last year in an attempt to move to a stadium in the LA area that would have been jointly financed with the Chargers. Instead, the owners approved the Rams' relocation and gave the Chargers an option to join them, which they exercised this winter.

 

 

Report: Martellus Bennett drawing interest from AFC teams

Report: Martellus Bennett drawing interest from AFC teams

The New England Patriots are still interested in signing tight end Martelleus Bennett to a new contract, according to The Boston Globe's Ben Volin. But they'll have some competition. Volin also reports the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders are interested in hiring the 29-year-old.

Bennett's contract with New England expires at the start of the 2017 season on March 7. He joined New England by trade during the 2016 offseaon at which point he turned down an offer from the Patriots that came in at $7 million per year, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Bennett finished the 2016 season with 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdown receptions. In Super Bowl LI, he had five receptions for 62 yards.

While Bennett has said he's interested in returning to the Patriots, he has also expressed on Twitter his disinterest in taking a discount to stay.