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Oakland Raiders vs New England Patriots: Breaking Down New England's Game Plan After bouncing back from a Week 1 loss by dominating the Minnesota Vikings , the New England Patriots are looking to sport a winning record for the first time this season. The Oakland Raiders are the obstacle in the way. They visit Gillette Stadium for the first time since losing 30-20 during the 2005 season. Here is what New England needs to do to start their first winning streak of the year ...
Oakland Raiders Take Stand Against Domestic Violence Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis has opened up about domestic violence in the NFL.Davis offered his thoughts about the issue in an exclusive interview with The San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami on...
Raiders-Patriots Preview Despite winning decisively last week, the New England Patriots' usual dynamic offense didn't surface. Tom Brady and the Patriots' passing game have been particularly subpar, and he'll try to get that back on track in Sunday's home opener against the winless Oakland Raiders. New England bounced back from a season-opening loss in Miami with a 30-7 rout of Minnesota last Sunday, but totaled 292 ...
Raiders’ Road Just Gets Rougher With Trip To New England In Week 3 The Oakland Raiders are 0-2 with no relief in sight, as they travel to New England to take on the Patriots in Week Three. That's not the remedy for what ails the Silver & Black, of course, so it could be an ugly week for the team. Be prepared, Oakland fans, for a disastrous road trip.
How Many Games Will The Oakland Raiders Win This Year? Diehard fans may want to close their eyes: with an 0-2 start and staring at possible 0-6 start now, the Oakland Raiders will be hard-pressed to avoid two ugly fates in 2014: they could end up worse than the 4-12 record they posted last year, and they could end up as the worst team in the NFL.
Belichick touches on Raiders ... and T-Birds FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick covered everything from the Oakland Raiders to the T-Birds, his middle school football team, during his Wednesday press conference. Experienced Raiders team: Belichick knows the Raiders, who are the NFL’s second-oldest team as it relates to opening-day rosters, have a valuable asset: experience. “A lot of familiar faces, but ...
Oakland Raiders vs Houston Texans 2nd half thread Sure enough, the Texans drove all the way down again and scored another TD. The 2nd quarter started out with Derek Carr showing off his speed with a beautiful 44 yd run, his under rated athleticism on full display. The Raiders defense held finally and forced a 33 YD field goal for the Texans.
Kawakami: Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis has plan for domestic violence Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is not commenting on fate of coach Dennis Allen
Oakland Raiders sign former San Diego State wide receiver Vincent Brown According to multiple sources, former San Diego State wide receiver Vincent Brown has been signed by the Oakland Raiders after working out for the club Monday afternoon. Brown, who was cut by the San Diego Chargers towards the end of training camp, had been recovering from a strained calf muscle. Monday's workout was Brown's first post-injury, and had interest from eight other teams, according ...
Raiders Need Emotional Leadership to Overcome Multitude of Issues The Oakland Raiders are not just 0-2; they are an 0-2 that stinks worse than the San Francisco bay mud at low tide. In Week 1, the New York Jets thrashed the Raiders in every way except in the final score. In Week 2, the Raiders were bludgeoned in their home opener by the Houston Texans —the worst team in the league last season. It didn ’t take long for the Raiders annihilate all hope of a ...
The man they called "Tooz'' was the No. 1 pick in 1973, going to the Houston Oilers out of the University of Tampa. But that's not what the 6-foot-8, 282-pound defensive end is remembered for. His legacy was that of a brawling, incorrigible miscreant who occasionally played hard but always partied harder. It was inevitable that Matuszak ended up with the Raiders, where he spent the final six years of his career (1976-81), because Oakland by then had become a halfway house for the NFL's unrepentant, rowdier crowd.
Matuszak was born in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 1950 and was always big for his age, which became an advantage as a defensive lineman in football. When he eventually turned pro, he stood 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 meters) and weighed over 280 pounds (127 kilograms). He attended the University of Tampa where he was the star of their football team. (Incidentally, the football program at the University of Tampa ended after the 1974 season.)
Matuszak, drafted by the Houston Oilers of the NFL, was the first draft pick of 1973. In addition to his contract with the Oilers, he joined the Houston Texans of the World Football League, but never played because of a restraining order that barred him from playing for two teams at the same time. The Oilers, displeased that he tried joining the WFL, traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs where he played until 1975. Then he found himself with the Raiders in 1976. He helped the Raiders win two Super Bowls (XI and XV) before retiring after the 1981 season. He played a total of 123 games in nine seasons of professional football.
His football career was often overshadowed by his even more famous (or infamous) partying and seemingly endless use of drugs. In his autobiography, he stated that he took many painkillers as well as other narcotics while playing professional football. Because of this, an article written for Sports Illustrated's website in January 2005 named him one of the top five all-time "bad boys" of the NFL.
During his playing career, Matuszak is said to have enjoyed what he considered the "breakfast of champions,'' a vodka and valium combination that can not be found on any Wheaties box. Before the Raiders played the Eagles in Super Bowl XV, Matuszak was quoted saying he was going to see to it that none of his teammates strayed too far from the team hotel, thereby risking a curfew violation.
"I'm going to see that there's no funny business,'' he said. "I've had enough parties for 20 people's lifetimes. I've grown up. I'll keep our young fellows out of trouble. If any players want to stray, they gotta go through Ol' Tooz.''
The only problem? The next night Matuszak was caught partying until at least 3 a.m. and was slapped with a $1,000 fine for his indiscretion.
After his playing days ended in 1981, Matuszak went on to a fairly successful career in movies, generally playing a version of himself.
Matuszak became a fairly successful actor in the 1980s, making appearances in movies and on television, often portraying football players and gentle giants. His first major role was in the 1979 movie North Dallas Forty as a football player. He appeared in the movies Caveman (1981) and The Ice Pirates (1984), but is frequently remembered as Sloth in The Goonies (1985). He had numerous guest appearances in popular TV shows such as M*A*S*H, The Dukes of Hazzard, Hunter, The A-Team, and Miami Vice.
His autobiography, Cruisin' with the Tooz, written with Steve Delsohn was published in 1987. John Matuszak died of heart failure in Hollywood, California at age 38. His early death has been blamed on his extreme lifestyle, including the possible use of anabolic steroids.
He died in 1989, of heart failure, at age 38.