Pirate Booty: No Denying the Waufle Effect, Raider Legends Hit the Links, NFL Lockout News and More

Welcome to the first Saturday in June edition of Pirate Booty. This is always a very touching and special edition of Pirate Booty. The drama is sure to permeate until next year's first Saturday in June edition. I have no idea what I'm talking about.

I do know that it is another day and another Raiders' charity event is in the news. Great job to everyone involved in making these, and events like these, happen. We also have a look at the impact of Mike Waufle throughout his career. The results are pretty undeniable. There is also lockout updates, and the greatest prank call story I have ever read. Jump over....

Raiders Grab Bag O' Booty

Wauffle's history of success leaves little doubt that the success of his D-lines is about way more than talent.

No Waffling On Importance Of Raiders DLine Coach | Football News Now
After becoming the Raiders’ defensive line coach in 2010, Waufle oversaw a group that helped Oakland record the 2nd most sacks in the league (47). Some people may downplay the importance of a position coach saying it’s just a coincidence after all players are the ones who play.

Tell me the following doesn't sound awesome:

Biletnikoff Golf Classic set for Monday in Lincoln - El Dorado Hills Telegraph
Proceeds benefit the Biletnikoff Foundation, which was established in memory of Tracey Biletnikoff, the late daughter of the NFL Hall-of-Fame receiver.

Prize packages include an eight-day trip for two to Scotland, an eight-day trip for two to Hawaii and an eight-day trip for two to Augusta, Ga. Several former Raiders players are confirmed as guests, including Biletnikoff, Ted Hendricks, Willie Brown, Daryle Lamonica, Ken Stabler, Jim Plunkett and Tim Brown.

For tickets and information, contact the Biletnikoff Foundation at 7080 Donlon Way, Suite 126, Dublin, CA 94568; or (925) 556-2525. Tickets may be ordered online at www.biletnikoff.net.

Speaking of Raider legends:

Cliff Branch by the Numbers - Silver And Black Pride

Raider Roster Ramblings

Plaxico is getting a lot of headlines for an old receiver that hasn't played in two years.

Could Burress be AFC West-bound? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Raiders have long been connected to Burress, and they could use a veteran receiver. But would the Raiders really want to go there? Chances: Medium

The Raiders were the only team in the AFC West that graded out higher than low. ESPN actually had their bloggers for each division. You can see all the grades in the article below. The only teams that graded out to have a high chance to land Plax were the Eagles and Jets:

Where Plaxico Burress might land - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN

I really don't want to see Michael Bush leave. I really, really don't want to see him leave to Denver.

Woody's Mailbag: Wish list for Broncos RBs continues to grow - The Denver Post
Here are some other potential free agents, depending on the collective bargaining agreement, the Broncos will consider: Jerome Harrison , Michael Bush , Jerious Norwood , Jason Snelling and, the best of the bunch, Ahmad Bradshaw . But not [Steve] Slaton.

Are you a gambler? If you said yes, then you probably like this next option:

Oakland Raiders 2011 NFL Free Agent Targets: Jared Gaither Edition - Silver And Black Pride
A look at the pros, cons and possibilities of the Raiders pursuing Jared Gaither in free agency.

Around the AFC West

San Diego Chargers

The Raiders are going to have to sign some linemen to block this guy:

Chargers.com
It comes as no surprise, then, that when San Diego selected Corey Liuget with the No. 18 overall pick of the NFL Draft, it spawned some discussion about whether the Illinois defensive tackle was a good fit to play end in the Bolts’ defense. Don’t overthink it, defensive coordinator Greg Manusky says. "Quick. Strong. Fast. And can hold a point. For defensive linemen, if you find those characteristics in a player, you want to draft him," Manusky said.

Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs Coach Todd Haley Says Fewer Carries For RB Thomas Jones - Arrowhead Pride
In the 2011 season -- if we have a 2011 season -- you can expect Jones' carries to decrease. Haley said as much in an interview with Bill Williamson of ESPN.com this week. He also said Jones will likely drop some weight from his 220-pound frame. I would guess, though, that Charles' carries won't increase by an exorbitant amount. Haley has said pretty consistently that having someone to share carries with Charles is ideal so, while he may receive more carries, I would guess we won't see him jumping past the 300-carry this year.

So, if Jones gets less carries, and Charles doesn't get many more, who will? I spent the entire last season thinking Charles was a carry away from getting injured. Especially against the Raiders. They pounded the guy. He even limped off the field a time or two, but he came sprinting right back. Maybe his durability is just going to surpass his size and position, or the injuries will come in bunches.

Denver Broncos

Chris Cooley just became one of my favorite athletes. Cooley has a burning passion for prank calls. He describes two of them in this article. Both are hilarious. The most recent one involves him calling and impersonating John Elway, Carson Palmer and Marvin Lewis while pretending to orchestrate a trade.

Chris Cooley Loves Prank Calls

Around the Lockout

This is one of the better takes on the lockout I have read yet. The author has to be an uber-genius. Of course I probably feel this way because I have expressed similar ideas already.

NFL lockout a Superbowl for lawyers | Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/04/2011
Meanwhile, as a show of solidarity or something, as a means of proving how much they love this darn game and can't wait to get back to it, the players are working out together and tossing the ball around. See, fans? All we want to do is play.

It is probably a better exercise in public relations than in exercise, but if the players really want to get something out of these sessions, they need to get organized and play each other. It doesn't sound like a good idea to actually play tackle football, but who wouldn't turn on the television to see the Pittsburgh Municipal Parks play rough touch against the Cleveland Community College Practice Fields?

Judge Bye's closing remarks gave people a reason to believe that the overturning of Judge Nelson's decision was not a slam dunk:

Deciphering Judge Bye’s warning to the NFL, players | ProFootballTalk
Either way, Judge Bye’s words give the NFL good reason not to presume that the lockout will be allowed to continue, if the case isn’t settled before the Eighth Circuit decides that the calendar says "due course." Since no one knows when "due course" will arrive, it makes sense for the parties to continue to negotiate continuously, aggressively, and in good faith.

I'm not buying it. It is going to be a 2-1 decision in favor of the owners.

Hey everyone, Tom Brady is positive and optimistic.

Tom Brady is "relatively confident" labor deal will be reached | ProFootballTalk
"There’s been a lot of positive news from both sides," Brady said. "Everyone’s working hard for a great outcome and I’m confident that a lot of reasonable people will come to a very reasonable agreement."

I guess when you have a fistful of Super Bowl rings and your married to a super model not much gets you down.

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