Coach “Sabotaged” Raiders In 2003 Super BowlJanuary 22nd, 2013
This sports media business is getting downright crazy and Joe doesn’t know where it’s going to stop.
First, a thieving liar of a bike rider finally fesses up he’s a thieving liar, then an All-American linebacker from Notre Dame has a Facebook relationship with a chick (?) who apparently died of cancer, yet it turned out to be fake and later a Cowboys beat reporter goes on local airwaves, killed by soccertalk (!) if you can imagine such a thing, suggesting — unchallenged — that Chucky and Monte Kiffin were at odds in their final days with the Bucs and tried to make the bizarre comparison between Warren Sapp’s Hall of Fame election status to Joe Montana and Art Monk.
It’s to the point Joe just wants to lift a bottle of Bushmills and see how much of the bottle Joe can kill in one swig.
The weird sports news continued when Tim Brown, who had a legendary career with the Bucs (sarcasm!), but is more famous for his long years with the Raiders, claims that the Bucs didn’t beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl, it’s Raiders coach Bill Callahan who Pearl Harbored the Raiders chances and, in so many words, threw the game on purpose to help out his friend, Chucky.
This is what Brown tried to pedal on SiriusXM NFL Radio over the weekend, documented by creator, curator and overall guru of ProFootballTalk.com, Mike Florio.
“We all called it sabotage . . . because Callahan and [Tampa Bay coach Jon] Gruden were good friends,” Brown said. “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. So really he had become someone who was part of the staff but we just didn’t pay him any attention. Gruden leaves, he becomes the head coach. . . . It’s hard to say that the guy sabotaged the Super Bowl. You know, can you really say that? That can be my opinion, but I can’t say for a fact that that’s what his plan was, to sabotage the Super Bowl. He hated the Raiders so much that he would sabotage the Super Bowl so his friend can win the Super Bowl. That’s hard to say, because you can’t prove it.
“But the facts are what they are, that less than 36 hours before the game we changed our game plan. And we go into that game absolutely knowing that we have no shot. That the only shot we had if Tampa Bay didn’t show up.”
Brown also claims this stunt by Callahan led Raiders starting center Barrett Robbins to go off the deep end in Mexico, leaving him unavailable for the Super Bowl.
This is no less than outrageous!
Let Joe get this straight: Callahan threw a Super Bowl — and to be forever remembered as a Super Bowl loser — all because he was buddy-buddy with Chucky?
And Callahan hated the Raiders so much he agreed to coach for Al Davis, not just one year, but for multiple years? Really?
Joe understands Brown may still be irked about losing a Super Bowl, but get a hold of yourself! Next thing you will know, Brown will try to say the Bucs should have kept one of the two McCown clowns to quarterback the team instead of Josh Freeman.
Why, this is almost enough for Joe to compare Sapp to Montana or Monk … or to hatch some story that Chucky and Kiffin got into a wrestling match in the locker room, or listen to local soccertalk on radio.
No, that’s not quite correct. Joe hasn’t grabbed the bottle of Bushmills. Yet. But Joe admits last night upon reading this story and hearing the wild stuff of local sports radio, he had to turn to his DVR recordings of 24 for solace.