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Beano Cook, Lions/Raiders

December 24, 2011

Happy holidays to all. Beano Cook, best known as a college football expert, has a colorful blog,  It is written monthly with this month’s topic being “Things I really don’t want for Christmas.” Cook displays the wit that got him national exposure as he made the transition from Sports Information Director and network publicist to a commentator on the award winning ABC College Scoreboard Show of the 1980’s.

Andy B Sports and More interviewed Mr.Cook and next week’s edition will feature part 1 of that interview. Beano’s January blog is called “New year’s resolutions I will not keep.” Many of us can relate to that one. As 2011 draws to an end, something Beano wrote in his August 2011 blog on regrets stands out. He wrote “One thing I don’t regret and advise as often as I can, regardless of advisee’s receptiveness: if you still have your parents, tell them you love them. Someday you might want to and they may not be here.”

In last week’s Lions/Raiders game in Oakland, the Raiders scored a touchdown with 7 minutes and 47 seconds left to take a 26-14 lead when inexplicably Oakland coach, Hue Jackson decided to kick the extra point instead of attempting a 2 point conversion. Being ahead by 12 or 13 points at that point in the game is essentially the same but being ahead by 14 is a big difference. The Lions rallied to win 28-27 and of course if Oakland had gone for 2 and made it, and the same events transpired the game would have gone into overtime. Maybe it was historic fate.

In the last Lions’ championship year of 1957, they overcame a 27-7 deficit in the Bay Area and defeated the SF 49ers in a Western Conference playoff game which put the Lions in the NFL Championship Game. Detroit crushed The Cleveland Browns (59-14) in that game. The Browns had a rookie running back named Jim Brown,who won the NFL rushing title as a rookie and in 8 of his 9 seasons. The Lions likely will make their first playoff appearance since 1999.

Finally, next week we will look back at some of the people who died in 2011. Al Davis, the Raiders owner passed on in 2011 and he modeled the “Silver and black” image of the Raiders after the great Detroit Lions teams of the 1950’s (Detroit won NFL Titles in 1952,1953 and 1957 and lost in the championship game in 1954).

Andy B

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One Comment
  1. Jesse Krawitz permalink


    Enjoyed all these articles. You have a great journalistic style honing in on all the key information
    and insight with great knowledgeable style. Keep it up. I’m going to tell Jack and others about the blog. So glad you started doing it.

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