Lexus Built A Working HOVERBOARD
Unusual Stuff

Did The Oakland Raiders Throw A Super Bowl?

Posted 1/23/2013 6:30 am by

bill-callahan

Super Bowl XXXVII was one of the strangest football games in NFL history.  On one side, you had the Oakland Raiders, led by former Jon Gruden assistant coach Bill Callahan.  On the other side you had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by former Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden.  The year before, Gruden was traded by the Raiders to Tampa Bay for draft picks, and Gruden then proceeded to lead Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl.  Tampa Bay crushed Oakland 48-21 during that 2002 championship game, with the game being so lopsided some participants are certain the fix is in.  Retired Oakland wide receiver Tim Brown believes that then-coach Bill Callahan deliberately threw Super Bowl XXXVII so his friend Jon Gruden would win.

“We get our game plan for victory on Monday, and the game plan says we’re gonna run the ball,” said Brown during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio.  Brown added that, on the Friday before the game, Callahan wanted to “throw the ball 60 times.”  Said Brown, “We all called it sabotage … because Callahan and Gruden were good friends.  And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders.  You know, only came because Gruden made him come.  Literally walked off the field on us a couple of times during the season when he first got there, the first couple years.”

Of course, there’s a more likely suspect to this weird last-second change in offense, and that’s Oakland’s legendary owner Al Davis.  Davis was a notorious meddler, and when you consider he had two of the best wide-receivers of all time in Tim Brown and former record-holder Jerry Rice and Davis LOVED throwing the ball deep, well… then again, Jerry Rice backs up Tim Brown’s claims, and has even said that Callahan kept the entire offense the same, including terminology, so Tampa Bay’s defense knew what plays were being called and how they were going to run.  Sounds like either a horribly incompetent coach (as Callahan’s head coaching record would suggest) or deliberate failure.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Share this post, or Subscribe:

More Stuff Worth Checking Out »

Unusual Stuff

Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Bans

Posted 6/26/2015 7:33 pm by

One of America’s most divisive issues has been officially decided by the highest judicial authorities in the land, thereby ending a culture war that wrapped up religious groups, fast food chicken restaurants, political activists of all stripes, and the national media writ large.  Now, thankfully to those exhausted with the media cycle and all the […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Showtime Turning To Hulu For Streaming

Posted 6/23/2015 6:48 pm by

There’s no such thing as too much choice.  Sure, in some cases, you might not want all the choices you get, but when it comes to paying for something like, say, a cable channel, then options are always good.  In the wake of HBO’s announcement of a stand-alone streaming service, Showtime immediately jumped on board, […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

The $10 Woman Quest Is On

Posted 6/22/2015 5:33 pm by

Everyone wants inclusion.  Everyone wants their contributions to the United States to be acknowledges, and not just by some coin no one uses, like a Sacajawea dollar, a Susan B. Anthony dollar, or a random state quarter.  Paper money is where it’s at, and it looks like a woman will be getting her face on […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Miles Of Doughnuts Break World Record

Posted 6/19/2015 7:21 pm by

The Guinness Book of World Records is pretty weird.  There are lots of records, and no doubt a bunch of them are doughnut related.  The world loves doughnuts; Americans really love doughnuts.  There’s a doughnut holiday, and we’re even looking into making getting doughnuts a lot easier.  The city of Hamburg Township, Michigan, really loves […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Red Sox Player Benched For Instagram Habit

Posted 6/18/2015 8:06 pm by

Every workplace has a social media policy.  Some companies encourage the use of Twitter and Instagram, and other companies ban it for productivity reasons.  Generally, the pro-social media companies like the promotion, but when you’re a professional athlete, you’re in charge of your own brand.  However, you still can’t break the rules of your team, […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

St. Louis Cardinals Hacked Into Houston Astros Computer?

Posted 6/16/2015 5:17 pm by

Saint Louis prides itself on its baseball team.  They’re huge baseball fans in that part of the world, and they’re alwasy very proud of the way their team conducts itself and the way the team behaves.  Sure, fans might get a little blue, but the orgainzation does things the right way, according to them.  Not […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

NAACP Present Pretending To Be Black

Posted 6/12/2015 5:34 pm by

She attended Howard University, where her art portfolio was of mostly black people.  She has adopted black siblings courtesy of her parents.  She’s been a spokesperson for Spokane, Washington’s black community on national television, and she’s the president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (or NAACP).  And […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

First Ever: FTC Goes After Kickstarter Fraud

Posted 6/12/2015 6:00 am by

Talk about a winner.  Take Monopoly, combine it with Lovecraft, carve some awesome-looking horrors to populate the game board, and go to Kickstarter to collect the money.  All is well and good, unless of course no one actually comes through with the games, rewards, and goodies promised to Kickstarter followers.  That fraud is what caused […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Tesla Rolling Out Model X SUV In 3-4 Months

Posted 6/10/2015 7:06 pm by

In 2012, everyone was eagerly awaiting the newest model of Tesla Motors’ hip new electric car.  The Model X SUV was originally scheduled to come out in 2013, but was delayed significantly time and time again.  Tesla is a company that wants to put out the best product they can, not simply rush something to […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

White House Television Briefing Interrupted By Bomb Threat

Posted 6/09/2015 8:45 pm by

Another day, another press appearance by White House press secretary Josh Earnest.  I couldn’t tell you what it was about (probably hot dogs), but it wasn’t the contents of the talk that were interesting, but the interruption.  The White House’s James S. Brady Briefing Room was evacuated during a live, televised press event.  One minute […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

American Pharoah Breaks 37-Year Triple Crown Drought

Posted 6/07/2015 7:51 pm by

When it comes to American thoroughbred horse racing, the sport of kings has fallen on hard times.  Sure, it still draws big, drunk celebrities to the signature events, like the Kentucky Derby, but aside from that, horse racing isn’t exactly setting the world on fire.  However, that might be changing.  It’s been 37 years since […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

US Government Personnel Department Hacked

Posted 6/04/2015 7:38 pm by

When you’re dealing with data on a massive scale, it’s really hard to keep everything secure.  The more things get stored on servers or put up into the cloud or whatever, the more likely things are to get misplaced or outright stolen by nefarious parties or rogue states.  When you’re talking about the United States […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Amazon Offering Store-Brand Groceries

Posted 5/28/2015 7:10 pm by

Amazon offers just about everything you could want, and thanks to Amazon Prime, you can get it all pretty cheaply and pretty quickly.  Awesome stuff, right?  I sure think so; I’m one of Prime’s many customers, and not just for awesome streaming videos.  I love Amazon, and I use it to buy products in bulk, […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Fourteen FIFA Officials Captured In Corruption Probe

Posted 5/27/2015 9:13 pm by

Billions of dollars in incredibly lucrative advertising.  Billions of viewers.  It’s one of the most lucrative businesses in the world, particularly the sports world.  It’s also infamous for its corruption, but nobody has done anything about it.  Until now.  Leave it to the United States, the least football-mad country in the world, to stand up […]

Read »