At 11AM Pacific time today, the Coast Guard found Nick Schuyler clinging to the overturned fishing boat 30 miles off St. Petersburg, Florida. A former football player from the University of Southern Florida, Schuyler is conscious and is currently working with authorities and the Coast Guard has shifted their search for the remaining men lost at sea.
Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free agent Corey Smith, and Will Bleakley are still lost at sea. Fortunately, Schuyler mentioned that Cooper and company managed to put on their life vests and were all clinging on to the overturned hull of their fishing boat before the men were separated.
The group set sail on a sunny Saturday morning before weather turned for the worst. With winds up to 45 miles per hour on Sunday, Schuyler reported a wave flipped the fishing boat.
Cooper’s wife reports that both Cooper and Smith are experienced seaman and she is confident that they made it off the ship safely.
As the coast guard continue their search, hope remains that the players will be found unharmed.
How good is Raiders corner back Nnamdi Asomugha? Ask pro bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson. Coming off 3 consecutive games with a touchdown reception and over 200 receiving yards against the Tennessee Titans last week, Andre Johnson didn’t make his first reception until the 4th quarter.
As the Raiders pulled off a 27-16 home upset against the Texans, everything came together for the Raiders in Oakland today. With rain coming down throughout the game in an half empty stadium, the Oakland Raiders clicked on all aspects of the game. Asomugha and the defense shutdown a hot Houston Texans team. Fargas and McFadden controlled the ground game. While Jamarcus Russell gave Raider nation a glimpse of his potential completing 18 out of 25 passes for 236 yards while throwing two touchdowns. And shining all season, Johnnie Lee Higgins caught a touchdown and returned another spectacular punt return in the 3rd quarter to lock up the game for the Raiders.
After another disappointing season, the Raiders did their 40,000 fans at the coliseum right today by ending the last home game of the 2008 season with a win. The Raiders displayed their potential and for at least one game met the expectations of Raider Fans at the outset of the season. Rather than going out quietly, the Raiders have certainly built momentum going into the off-season today and Raider nation can hold their breaths for another season.
Highlights are available here at the NFL.com website
The Raiders meet old time coach Gruden next season for a Super Bowl XXXVII rematch in Tampa Bay next week. The Buccaneers having struggled recently themselves, I have but one small peace of advice, watch the Buccaneers-Panthers game from week 14 and run to the right.
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