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The final AFC Hard Knocks poll

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The Lions continue to wait for the AFC’s entry in the final PFT Planet Hard Knocks poll.  They won’t have to wait much longer.

Assuming that they even know what we’re doing.  And they probably don’t.

It’s now time to choose from the four AFC division winners:  the Patriots from the East, the Browns from the North, the Texans from the South, and the Raiders from the West.

The Raiders, by the way, won their division with a 53.5-percent majority of the balloting.  (As the ultimate Raiders fan would say, “Impressive. . . .  Most impressive.”)

Cast your vote.

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15 Responses to “The final AFC Hard Knocks poll”
  1. randysavage4ever says: Jun 2, 2011 6:14 PM

    No one has had a bigger impact on professional football then Al Davis.

    I think a lot of PFTers lose credibility when they pop off at the mouth on some anti-Raiders & anti-Al Davis rants…

    in respected football circles any REAL football mind knows how instrumental Al Davis was in bringing the 2 leagues together back in the day to form the NFL

    How many BIG playoff games were the Raiders shafted outta winning? too many

    & with that the Raiders STILL have one of the NFL’s all time highest winning percentage…

    here comes the thumbs down & dislike clicks from all the anti-Raiders…

    haha – go anywhere on the west coast and diss Al Davis & see what happens…

    Raiders own the WEST – TRUE STORY

  2. brazy44 says: Jun 2, 2011 6:58 PM

    I laugh when people quip about how secret the NE Pats are. Where the hell you think they got that que from? THE RAIDERS!!! I would love to see my Silver & Black from the inside, but am sure it won’t happen with Al still running the team. Maybe when his son takes over, but not now.

  3. normswifevera says: Jun 2, 2011 7:00 PM

    You do realize that the Raiders won because people like to watch embarrassing train wrecks, right?

    They’d be the NFL’s Snooki.

  4. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jun 2, 2011 7:09 PM

    Geez PFT give it up on this Hard Knocks thing. Why such an interest in someone else’s programming? Hardknocks is dead, if not this year then very soon. It provides no upside to teams and only causes distractions. If you think a team needs it to sell tickets or generate interest that’s just not right. Yes, some people may enjoy watching it, but there has to be something in it for the people being filmed. I challenge PFT to list 5-10 things that are “in it” for the teams. Go ahead. I dare you.

  5. trickbunny says: Jun 2, 2011 7:51 PM

    randysavage4ever says:
    Jun 2, 2011 6:14 PM

    No one has had a bigger impact on professional football then Al Davis.

    I think a lot of PFTers lose credibility when they pop off at the mouth on some anti-Raiders & anti-Al Davis rants…
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    I think *you* might lose some crediblity among PFTers by trying to equate Al Davis’s accomplishments as a reason to *not* rag on the Raiders. After all, most of us are fans of a *team*, not the contributions of the team’s owner. Most people couldn’t care less about Al Davis because Al Davis isn’t on the field on Sundays wearing silver and black. The guys who *are* are the ones we root for or against.

    Besides, going by your logic, maybe you should abandoned the Raiders and become a Browns or Bengals fan. Why? Because, according to Wikipedia:

    “Paul Brown has to be on the Mount Rushmore of NFL coaches. From 1946 to 1955 he led Cleveland to 10 straight championship games in two leagues. Not only that, he founded two teams, the facemask, playbooks, the draw play, year-round coaching staffs, and the 40-yard dash while putting the word ‘Pro’ in ‘Football’. Three years after giving birth to the Bengals he coached them into the 1970 playoffs for the quickest postseason bid for an expansion team until the Jaguars and Panthers emerged in the ’90s with an unlimited checkbook.”

    …and Paul Brown amassed a 66% all time winning percentage as a coach.

    When it comes to firsts, innovations, strategies, and success, Al Davis is a waterboy compared to Paul Brown… So since, in your view, the owner/coach of a team is *that* meaningful and important when it comes to respecting and/or rooting for a team, maybe you should switch allegiances to one of the teams founded by the God of modern football.

  6. j0esixpack says: Jun 2, 2011 9:13 PM

    The Raiders are going to win this in a landslide – in part because everyone loves to mock them and Al Davis (who does look like that “world’s ugliest dog” these days).

    But I’ll agree with the others who note that Al Davis has forgotten more about football than most coaches will ever learn (and I suspect he’s forgotten quite a bit)

    As brazzy said, Al cut his teeth watching guys like Lamar Hunt and George Halas spy and steal plays (yes, sorry to burst the bubble of those who think Belihick was the pioneer… it was the guys the NFL named the trophys after who started the tradition of spying).

    So while I doubt this would ever happen, watching the Raiders on Hard Knocks would both be informative and entertaining (much more so than a train wreck.)

  7. trickbunny says: Jun 2, 2011 9:21 PM

    lol, thumbs down from people who hate to hear the truth :)

  8. humb0lt says: Jun 2, 2011 10:10 PM

    It can’t be the Raiders because Al Davis has already signed his team up for the NFL’s other reality show: “The Biggest Losers.”

  9. Dawggpound says: Jun 2, 2011 11:22 PM

    The Raiders are the Bengals of the west coast! That would be hilarious to see!

  10. jgrange says: Jun 2, 2011 11:36 PM

    Raiders are the Bengals of the west coast? Raiders have actually won a Super Bowl or 3 – something your Browns, trickbunny’s Bengals, and humbolt’s Chargers never have.

  11. humb0lt says: Jun 3, 2011 12:24 AM

    And the Browns, Bengals and Chargers have never lost 11 or more games a season for 7 seven consecutive years – only the Raiders have ever sunk that low.

  12. hendeeze says: Jun 3, 2011 4:51 AM

    Come on guys, Who doesn’t like a good comedy? Oakland hands down!

  13. joetoronto says: Jun 3, 2011 5:31 AM

    What this poll really says is that the Raiders are relevant and a big part of the NFL.

    Unlike the Chargers, the lords of no rings.

  14. godofwine330 says: Jun 3, 2011 10:01 AM

    I am a Browns fan, but don’t want to see the Browns because I believe it gives away players we might try to get on the practice squad.

  15. bwisnasky says: Jun 3, 2011 12:58 PM

    And the Browns, Bengals and Chargers have never lost 11 or more games a season for 7 seven consecutive years – only the Raiders have ever sunk that low.

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    and it must really hurt humbolt to know you had to win 13 in a row against the Raiders just to get to a 55-44-2 all time record against them….

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