TMP: T.O. makes sense for Raiders

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…It’s easy for football fans and even members of the media to poke fun at Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and question some of the personnel the team has brought in over the years — particularly the perceived “bad boys” like Randy Moss, Warren Sapp, etc. But one current free agent who, before last week, hadn’t been linked to Oakland as much as I thought is wide receiver, who in my opinion would fit nicely into the Raiders’ offense. Head coach Tom Cable, however, shot down the Owens report last week on the Murph and Mac show on KNBR. “We really haven't had any discussion about that,” Cable said. “We've got a good, young receiving corps. It's never been a point of conversation.” I don’t know exactly how “good” the young Raiders receivers can be, though, and that’s the main reason why Owens would be a good fit. With the acquisition of quarterback Jason Campbell, whom Cable praised for his work ethic in the team’s minicamp, this offense could actually be solid in 2010 — if it can get any production out of the receivers. But out of the group of Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Darrius Heyward-Bey and recent draft pick Jacoby Ford, who is going to scare opposing defenses? While T.O. obviously isn’t the same player he once was, his presence in the lineup could increase the effectiveness of Murphy and Schilens — two players who have shown promise — particularly because T.O. would become the main option in the intermediate passing game while Murphy and Schilens could be freed up for big plays down the field. While getting more production from Darren McFadden and the rushing attack may ultimately determine whether the Raiders can hang around in the AFC West next year, bringing T.O. into the fold could be a valuable move in completing the revamped air attack in Oakland.

…Should we read anything into the fact that the jersey of Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton is currently on sale for $20 on the team’s official website? Granted, it's a youth jersey, but the adult replica is priced at just seven dollars more at $27. Just something to think about as trade rumors continue to swirl around the Mile High City regarding the former Chicago Bears signal-caller.

…Does anyone know who Diana Vickers is? I’m still getting to know the artist of The X Factor fame, as I just happened to read about her yesterday while researching for today’s Morning Percolator. However, her debut single, “Once”, scored a No. 1 debut in the UK, so I felt that she was worthy of a debut on the pages of the Daily Jolt. You can follow Ms. Vickers on Twitter, though I’m sure we’d all prefer to follow her around the streets of London.

…Is there a weaker player in professional sports than Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks? For years I was a big supporter of Thornton, particularly when he was playing for the Bruins in Boston and was dogged in the media for not being a big enough star and team leader. After arriving in San Jose, Thornton’s inability to take the Sharks deep into the postseason threatened to define him as a good, but not great, player. But this postseason, the Sharks looked poised and determined to put aside all of the playoff disappointments of the past, as they were well-positioned for a Stanley Cup finals appearance as the top seed in the Western Conference.

But this past Sunday, Thornton and the Sharks repeated history once again.

The Chicago Blackhawks completed the conference finals sweep of San Jose that likely will prompt — once again — some major changes to the roster. Thornton still has done nothing to quiet his critics, as there were times during this series when it seemed as if he wasn’t even on the ice — with the exception of when he tried to agitate Blackhawks center Dave Bolland.

Sadly, Thornton and the Sharks once again proved that they will never be ready for prime time. For the Blackhawks, they will skate against either Philadelphia or Montreal for a chance to raise Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time since 1961. A congratulations to my hometown Hawks.

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