From Comcast SportsNetTAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who signed him after injuries decimated their roster midway through last season. General manager Mark Dominik announced the move Wednesday, saying he appreciated Haynesworth filling in for seven games and that he wishes the 350-pound tackle the best moving forward. The veteran of 10 NFL seasons was claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots on Nov. 8. He started six games for Tampa Bay, finishing with 25 tackles. Haynesworth developed into one of the league's top defensive linemen during seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans, but has underperformed since signing a seven-year, 100 million deal with the Redskins in 2009.
There has always been a substantive difference between the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, and Sunday was the latest and greatest proof yet.
The 49ers elevate wins beyond their station and make the quarterback the recipient of all their love. The Raiders construct unimaginable ways to lose and curse the gods that incinerate them. These are their designated places in the Great Narrative, and so, apparently, shall it always be.
The 49ers are enthused beyond reason by their fourth win of the year, and all the credit apparently is going to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for setting up six field goals in a 25-23 win over the Tennessee Titans.
And the Raiders are encased in despair and rage after being out-index-carded and weird-fumbled in a preposterous 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys that spits down the throat of conventional sport in almost Shakespearean ways – as in, “There are more whackadoodle things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your barely-a-rulebook.”
And you, the lucky fan, get to decide what matches your personality best.
Elsewhere, Comrade Maiocco explains how the 49ers are completely and utterly enthralled by their third consecutive victory, one in which they moved the ball with impunity all day long against the absurd Titans but only scored one touchdown and needed Robbie Gould to kick them back from the jaws of death.
Here, we will discuss how the Raiders – and ONLY the Raiders – could lose this way, with these things, done in these ways, and have it all explained by head coach Jack Del Rio by saying, “I don’t want to get fined.”
They lost because of a 21-yard fake punt by Dallas’ Chris Jones on a fourth-and-ten – with nearly 20 minutes still to play. They lost because quarterback Dak Prescott ran one yard and one folded index card in referee Gene Steratore’s pocket that didn’t fit between the first down stick and the ball on a fourth-and-one-yard-no-card-needed to keep the game-winning drive alive.
(Absurd Nonsense Addendum: Steratore told pool reporter Vic Tafur of The Athletic six times in six questions that he didn’t use the index card to make the ruling but only to “reaffirm” what he saw with his eyes, thus trying to render the nickname “The Office Depot Game” moot. Sorry, Geno, no dice. You did it, we saw it, and it lives forever).
And they lost because their own quarterback, Derek Carr, dove for a touchdown on a play that he had already converted for a desperately needed first down but fumbled out of the end zone with 39 seconds left, thus losing possession entirely and ruining a potentially great comeback. Better yet, it was a play he wouldn't have called had his favorite target, Michael Crabtree, had been in the game at the time rather than the concussion pup tent.
So allowable trickery beat them, a first-down conversion never conceived by humans before beat them, and a fumble that made a successful play they didn't want to run a disaster beat them.
Hell, it makes the 14 penalties for 100 yards an afterthought. It surely eliminates the value of Carr’s most intrepid game in three months.
And it leaves the poor unlucky bastards . . . err, the Raiders hoping for one bizarre combination of scenarii to occur in the final two weeks:
1. The Raiders beating Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Chargers.
2. The Miami Dolphins beating Kansas City and Buffalo.
3. The Tennessee Titans losing to the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville.
4. The Bills losing to New England as well as Miami.
5. The Baltimore Ravens beating either Indianapolis or Cincinnati.
*Raiders could make a five-way tie at 8-8 if the fifth team is the Chargers.
The odds of all these things happening, based on 100,000 simulations, is less than one percent. A lot less.
But that is, for the moment anyway, less important than the narratives. The 49ers and their fans will make as much out of their quarterback’s work in a game won by six field goals as the Raiders and their fans will make out of finding new and bizarre ways to turn gold into zinc and then into styrofoam packing peanuts.
And both teams and fan groups will find their own comfort in those massively divergent world views. One team waits for a quarterback to love and to love them back, and the other waits for a trick of circumstance to hate. It may explain why 49er fans live in hope even in the most ridiculous of times, and why Raider fans die in agony even in the most glorious events.
Besides, the index card really was a hell of a prop that will never be repeated. Nobody’s ever losing a game by outmoded office supplies again, damn it. Next time, knowing them, the Raiders will get beaten by solar flares from the eyes of Zeus.
The Raiders lost Sunday night to the Cowboys, 20-17, by inches in Oakland. Literally.
Derek Carr's fumble as he flew through the air was the final outcome, but another play kept the Cowboys alive. With 4:49 left and the score tied 17-17, the Cowboys went for it on 4th and 1.
The ball was so close to the either being a first down or a turnover on downs, the referee used a folded piece of an index card to determine the outcome. The call stood as a first down and Dan Bailey eventually nailed a 19-yard field goal to give Dallas the lead.
Several Raiders went to Twitter to show their frustrations.
WTF?! Soooo are we using the front of the folded piece of paper or the back??? 👀 pic.twitter.com/XWDElPaMUq— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) December 18, 2017
Index card though 😂😂😩😩🤔— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) December 18, 2017
A piece of paper that’s even worse 😂😂— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) December 18, 2017
Unbelievable bro. https://t.co/yfY70m3tVT— Vadal Alexander (@v_alex74) December 18, 2017
Others joined in too.
This game was lost to a piece of paper ,folded in 4 parts ,bull stuff— Delisa Lynch (@MommaLynch24) December 18, 2017
If anything, tonight we learned that the margin for error in the NFL is, well, paper thin. #2Fold— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) December 18, 2017
This Ref thinks the game is a joke... he smiling bout sh** that’s important ... a folded piece of paper to determine a first down?— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) December 18, 2017
We'd like to point out the only time a folded piece of paper is used in baseball is for the lineup cards. #SNF— Omaha Storm Chasers (@OMAStormChasers) December 18, 2017