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Remembering the Oakland Raiders’ Good Times

Hey Kemo Sabe, here are three Raiders happenings you might enjoy from the dim past.

Remember one of my favorite Raider defensive players of the '70s, No. 41 Phil Villapiano, hard-hitting LB?

He hit ball carriers at the line of scrimmage and otherwise, sometimes hitting a receiver before the ball—you have to time it right, or the refs blow the whistle.

But you may not recall this little human interest factoid I observed several times at the Oakland Coliseum.

For the first several games of 1971 and perhaps 1972, Phil played in bright blue shoes, instead of the regulation black ones.

I googled his high school, the Asbury, N.J., "Blue Bishops"—so that must be where he got those shoes, from his high school football playing days! I'll bet none o...

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