Raiders camp summary (811): Preparing to win


Raiders camp summary (811): Preparing to win

Not Practicing: Taiwan Jones (knee), Brandon Myers (shoulder), Denarius Moore, (hamstring), Eddie McGee (hamstring), Mike Goodson (neck).

Notable: Aaron Curry remains sidelined with a knee injury. He is in Los Angeles, and head coach Dennis Allen will get in touch with him to see where he's at in the healing process. Allen said he's "not the same healthy Aaron Curry we saw on tape last year." Allen did acknowledge it's getting "closer" to the point where Curry may not be ready to go for the regular season opener, but he emphasized they are not there yet.
Back in Action: Richard Seymour and Tyvon Branch.

Seen, Not Heard: In street clothes (or "beach clothes" if you know the punter's personality), Shane Lechler was back on the Raiders practice field. He was off to the side, exchanging pleasantries with personnel.

Long Time, No See: Jon Gruden was back on the Napa practice field for the first time since 2001. He's here scouting the team for Monday night's broadcast, and perhaps picked up some pointers from our own Greg Papa. The two were spotted talking as practice went on in front of them.

Close Call: Wide receiver Duke Calhoun was carted off, sitting in the front passenger seat of a golf cart. He hobbled past me on crutches with his right knee bandaged. Mario Kurn also left with a knee injury. Both will undergo MRIs.

Eye on Reps: For first offense drills, it was Darrius Heyward-Bey, Rod Streater and Jacoby Ford lining up for a three-wideout set.

Quotable: Raider Nation might not join fan bases that have been disappointed with their team's first preseason effort because, according to Allen, the Raiders are geared up for a win Monday. "The emphasis is on a win, that's the only reason we play the doesn't mean our starters will play four quarters. We're trying to win the game, but also evaluate who will best help our team. (Preseason games) don't count, but they matter. The best way to develop a winning attitude is to win the game."

Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table


Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

Tiger Woods' re-felted pool table is for all of Raider Nation.

To no surprise, quarterback Derek Carr approves of the new look. 

The golf legend tweeted a picture of his new table where he went with silver felt and a Raiders logo right in the middle. Woods' table also has silver and black balls with the Raiders logo on them. 

Woods grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford in 1994, the Raiders' last year in Los Angeles. That same year, Woods helped the Cardinal become the NCAA Division I golf champions before turning pro.

After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old


After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.

"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.

Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August. 

"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.

Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans.