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The 2009 Raiders: "Cable, Bumaye!"

To no one’s surprise, Raiders head coach Tom Cable failed to shed much light on his alleged assault of defensive assistant Randy Hanson in comments to the press Monday night.

According to the Oakland Tribune’s Jerry McDonald, Cable said, “It’s an internal matter and that’s all I’m going to say.”

Cable repeated it two more times just in case reporters thought he might crack.

Oakland’s players, however, said it all with their actions before practice started.  The team reportedly started chanting “Cable, Bumaye!” while in warmups.

The hilarious and impressive reference is to Muhammad Ali’s fight with George Foreman in Zaire, where the pro-Ali crowd’s chant can roughly be translated to “Kill him!”

It’s a safe bet that some enterprising Raiders fan is manufacturing T-shirts as we speak with the phrase on it.  Or at least someone should be.  [Editor’s note:  Sorry, Gregg . . . we’ve already diverted your salary for the month to the “Orton Hears A Boo” bumper stickers.]

The team may be finding humor in the situation — heck, it might become a rallying cry — but Cable could face serious repercussions from the incident.  The chant certainly won’t dispel multiple reports that Cable broke Hanson’s jaw.

One also has to wonder about Hanson’s future with the team.  He didn’t hear the chant because he was the only Raiders coach absent from practice Monday.

When Hanson hears what happened, he might not enjoy the “Cable, Bumaye!” chant as much as we do.

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26 Responses to “The 2009 Raiders: "Cable, Bumaye!"”
  1. Common Sense says: Aug 17, 2009 9:15 PM

    Chiefs suck!!!!!

  2. AvoidLLOYD says: Aug 17, 2009 9:23 PM

    Raiders fans if you’re going to make t-shirts feel free to use spell check, and a dictionary…oh and make sure you have spanish translation on the shirts as well…thank you!

  3. Alpheratz says: Aug 17, 2009 9:25 PM

    Hanson’s future with the team?
    He’ll probably OWN the team after litigation.

  4. WestCoastFootball says: Aug 17, 2009 9:26 PM

    we almost made it though one training camp without some BS. lol. you knew something was going to happen. i bet cable was just standing up to for the team. hansen was suspended lastyear by Kiffin of all people for “unappropriate comments” i bet this is the same deal, he said something he really shouldnt of said, and Cable being the far boy he is smacked him square in the face. Too bad its not going to make stansford routt play better. ugh. he is going to get beat all season. and the run D doesnt look any better. fml.

  5. Hillbilly Coach says: Aug 17, 2009 9:26 PM

    Cable is gone. He was expendable from the jump, even with his lips super-glued to Al Davis’ ass.
    Tom Cable is not qualified to be a head coach in the NFL. He doesn’t have the experiance and he is definitely not a winner.
    At Idaho, Cable compiled a record of 11–35 (.239) in four straight losing seasons. He’s coached an offensive (take that term with both meanings) line for a couple years and that’s it.
    He’s gone.

  6. East Bay Ray says: Aug 17, 2009 9:30 PM

    You wonder about Hanson’s future with the team? Sure seems like a person whose boss assaulted and battered him would have a great case to make in a wrongful termination suit, huh?

  7. TheMagicIsYou! says: Aug 17, 2009 9:41 PM

    Sucker-punching someone is a lousy thing to do. But this is hilarious.

  8. TylerDurden says: Aug 17, 2009 9:46 PM

    Well then, I guess we know who the baddest head coach is in the NFL.

  9. Darth Ringo says: Aug 17, 2009 9:53 PM

    Damn, broke the guy’s jaw?
    “One also has to wonder about Hanson’s future with the team.”
    Yeah, no kidding.

  10. DarthPirate says: Aug 17, 2009 9:55 PM

    I love it. All you self righteous pricks can take a hike. Cable did what he did, and it probably amounts to a simple assualt charge in California (and yes, it is still not known for sure what happened).
    Not to mention, the weasel that he hit didn’t even press charges.
    Kudos to the players for doing this, this was great.

  11. danlinker says: Aug 17, 2009 9:56 PM

    Or how about this one….FLORIO, he is gay?

  12. Ike Huminspurts says: Aug 17, 2009 10:00 PM

    he is completely qualified to coach the Raiders…Al Davis wanted a yes man who would back any move you make no matter how daring, unsupported, or foolish it may seem to everyone else but him. Have you ever been to someone’s house that stinks really really bad but they just live there oblivious to the smell because they have grown accustomed to it….that is the definition of the Raiders

  13. Legend says: Aug 17, 2009 10:06 PM

    Hillbilly – Idaho is traditionally such a powerhouse, it’s amazing Cable didn’t have more success there. lol
    Alpheratz – it will be interesting to see what legal ramifications this might have – but suing a team doesn’t bode well for future NFL employment. Not sure that’s right, but I think it’s reality. So far he hasn’t been willing to point the finger. We’ll see.
    AvoidLLOYD – too many words, can you pare that down for us? Thanks guy!

  14. bobinpuertorico says: Aug 17, 2009 10:07 PM

    Where is Goodell? Cable has clearly violated the NFL personal conduct policy and even if Weird Al does nothing, Goodell needs to intervene with a suspension.

  15. Brewster says: Aug 17, 2009 10:14 PM

    More Al Davis brilliance in manipulation. This is all a smokescreen, a media diversion, to take pressure off Al for drafting butterfingers DHB in the first round.
    Pure brilliance, have the Head Coach punch out an assistant to divert attention from another first round draft pick bust.
    Seriously though, if anyone knows that an assault lawsuit brought against the team & Head Coach can be devastating, costly and a time & management resources drain, it’s Al Davis. He’s been on the other side of way too many lawsuits.
    It will be interesting to follow this one.

  16. Ike Huminspurts says: Aug 17, 2009 10:46 PM great that good ol’ roger goodell will be watching..maybe no suspension but Cable will coach a couple games this year for free

  17. godofwine says: Aug 17, 2009 10:55 PM

    The title was great. I had to comment on that. Ali, Bumaye! LOL.

  18. realityonetwo says: Aug 17, 2009 11:05 PM

    We knew Cable was a crappy coach. Now we know he’s a POS chicken shit, too…
    This is why the Raiders will always suck as long as you know who’s running the ship.

  19. veistran says: Aug 17, 2009 11:26 PM

    @DarthPirate according to the original article on fanhouse “A jaw fracture could warrant felony charges” and the later reports are that he has a fractured jaw. Cable could definitely find himself in deep shit with the league if nothing else considering guys are getting $100,000 fines for possession of marijuana.

  20. misterjeremy says: Aug 18, 2009 12:41 AM

    you were write Rosenthal there are t-shirts at this website: sure didnt take long

  21. Silver&Black666 says: Aug 18, 2009 12:48 AM

    Ike Huminspurts
    That’s your attitude you smell and your upper lip from sucking the sphincter of the media.
    Its funny to watch you Sheep clamor to any kind of negative Raider press like a bunch of mindless hillbillies.
    Cable was an offensive lineman he is a huge, mean, SOB if you are stupid enough to buy into the lie he would have to sucker punch a guy 100lbs less than he is, then your about as smart as box of rocks.

  22. Bob Nelson says: Aug 18, 2009 12:51 AM

    I still want to know why a coach with authority over his staff was motivated to sneek up and Pearl Harbor one of his assistants.
    Well, this incident will either be swept under the rug and the victim fired
    some version of the truth will come out and the victim will be blackballed and not work in the NFL.

  23. UFL says: Aug 18, 2009 2:35 AM

    I love it. All you self righteous pricks can take a hike. Cable did what he did, and it probably amounts to a simple assualt charge in California (and yes, it is still not known for sure what happened).
    Not to mention, the weasel that he hit didn’t even press charges.
    Kudos to the players for doing this, this was great.
    Ah yes, keep defending your Raiders.
    Can Raider fans ever tell the truth without blaming anyone?
    Play the Raiders are singled out card.
    Play the self righteous card.
    Raider fan defending a guy getting his jaw broken card.
    Well, lets see your jaw get broken by your boss and see what your actions are.
    I am sure you would not press charges …..

  24. p ditty says: Aug 18, 2009 7:46 AM

    I just watched the documentary “When We Were Kings” which chronicals the build up to the Rumble in the Jungle between Ali and Forman, the pre-fight, the delay when all camps were basically under house arrest in Zaire after Foreman got cut while training, the musical festival and the fight itself. A tremendous movie that had me chanting “Ali Bumaye!” for a week.
    Well worth the time, rent it.

  25. eklypse69 says: Aug 18, 2009 4:19 PM

    bobinpuertorico says:
    August 17, 2009 10:07 PM
    “Where is Goodell? Cable has clearly violated the NFL personal conduct policy and even if Weird Al does nothing, Goodell needs to intervene with a suspension.”
    OH, so it’s okay for Bellichick to cheat – no need for the league to suspend him, and it’s ok for Smith to punch out a teammate in Carolina – that’s just handled internally, but if an OAKLAND coach does something, then it’s time to haul out the commish and crack some skulls!
    How predictable and pathetic you haters are.

  26. as big as a hat says: Aug 18, 2009 10:29 PM

    Kiffin wanted to knock Hanson on his ass last season, but didn’t have enough man parts, so he gave Hanson a time-out instead. Crazy Al wasn’t impressed with that move because Hanson is allegedly one of Al’s snitches, and when Kiffin chafed at ending the suspension early, Al decided to create an elaborate story about Kiffin being a liar so he could fire him and promote an assistant with a serious right hook.

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