Break out the Malibu and Captain Morgan Mateys . . .
Captain Jack Rack 'em Levy – Jul 13, 2012
… ‘Cuz the Captain is back to spread some tales and sea-stories!! Or to ever so slightly paraphrase the ‘International Man of Mystery’ – Mr. Austin Powers – ‘allow myself… to (re) introduce… myself!’
It’s great to take quill to paper, if you can’t take a carving tool to whale bone and make your best scrimshaw, but alas Mateys it ‘tis great to be back to give a ‘Pirate’s View’ of all things Raider. And just in time, too!!
I was able to polish off an article or two before I left the mainland in the form of a two part I Am
‘Raider Nation’ piece - http://raidernationtimes.com/article.php?id=8914 and http://raidernationtimes.com/article.php?id=8916 - so for those of you that didn’t get a chance to view the second part (and there are a few of you it appears missed it), please go back and get ‘the rest of the story’ as Paul Harvey used to say...
Besides, in part two, I got to show off my totally new “Captain Jack” Battle Jack for my excursion to the warm waters of my present home port change… the Caribbean. (Okay... I really dig the "Battle Jack" and did show it again above.... so sue me!! Thanks to Alex Soto for his design and construction).
Yes, there really IS a ‘Pirate in the Caribbean’… and I’m here as bodily proof. And besides, Johnny Depp I’m sure never had to put up with the heat here in the Summer – or had plenty of air conditioning and HOT Latinas with COOL drinks to make things right… and the only thing we MAY have in common presently is that I have working air conditioning (thank goodness for A.C.) …
But I digress…
Before I got on my flight here, I was indeed fortunate enough to spend some time with a few gentlemen I’m sure many of you are familiar - shall I say Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey?
Both Raider receivers were there in St Petersburg as Louis Murphy and his friends, family and others from the Mt Zion Human Services have hosted the ‘Louis Murphy, Jr. All Star Football Camp’ the past five years. LJ, as his family and friends call him to differentiate from his father, Mt. Zion Pastor Louis Murphy Senior, has been inspired to give back to the local community. I think this following passage on his camp's website from LJ - for Louis Junior, says it best:
"As an NFL professional athlete, I have been blessed with the ability to play a sport that I have enjoyed since childhood on the highest level. As a child growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, I not only dreamed of playing in the NFL, but also of being able to use that platform as a medium from which to give back to my community. Since 2008, in honor of that dream and in memory of my mother, Filomena Murphy, I have worked with Mt. Zion Human Services to sponsor an annual football camp for youth in St. Petersburg. Our camp teaches youth fundamental football skills and the importance of academic excellence, integrity, teamwork and high moral character. This camp strives to reach out to the community to help our youth channel their energies in a positive way, build character and become leaders of tomorrow."
As an added bonus this year, Louis and Darrius, along with two members of the Buccaneers were also on hand for a night before Camp Celebrity Bowling event the Captain was fortunate enough to attend. I wanted to make some time to go to the camp on Saturday, as I did last year, but since it was my last day of ‘tying up loose ends’ before travel the next day, it was not to be.
Members of the Florida Bay Area Raider Booster Club, whom I’m proud to be President (in absentia this year unfortunately, but with strong leadership and members to take the wheel in my stead) were there both days – for Friday Night’s Bowling fund raiser as well as Saturday’s Youth Skills Camp – giving volunteer time as well as a monetary contribution to Louis’ Mt Zion Human Services organization.
Members of the Florida Bay Area Raider Boosters along with Mt. Zion Pastor Louis Murphy Senior gather round "THE HELMET" at the Louis Murphy Celebrity Bowling Night prior to the next day's All Star Football Camp.
It WAS a fantastic time and a great way to ‘hang with the Raiders’… if only for a few minutes. Murphy came over to our group and stated how honored he was to play in the Raider organization, and that being a RAIDER and playing on this team is something he cherishes. Granted, he may have just been saying 'all the right things' to the fans, but looking into his eyes and how he stated those thoughts... I truly believe that HE TRULY BELIEVES.
Both Murphy and DHB were looking good physically, with great attitudes and quite personable like always. I had a chance to take DHB aside during last year’s event and told him that 2011 was HIS YEAR to ‘Break Out’ in his third year in the league, much like Darren McFadden ‘Broke Out’ in his third year of 2010.
Seeing Darrius again, I reminded him of my little ‘pep talk’ from last year, and we shared a smile as indeed DHB came into his own as the leading Raider wide out in last year’s air attack – 15 games played, 64 receptions for 975yds (15.2yds/catch average) and four touchdowns. Yes, the Captain DID SEE what Al Davis saw when “Hey-Bey” was drafted in the first round.
And Chris Carter and the rest of the BSPN haters and ‘laughing ingrates’ from Draft Day can indeed ‘Pack Sand!!’ However, that’s a story for another time... SOON!
Murphy appeared to be on his way, if not completely healed from the ‘injury bug’ that has so far kept him out of 2012’s walk-throughs and OTA’s, and is ready to again take on his role as a ‘plug and play, go to as needed vital cog’ in the Raiders’ receiving corps when called upon…
… So don’t pencil in any projected starting line-ups yet folks. A HEALTHY Louis Murphy has something to say about any proposals you’d make.
Look out NFL and AFC West foes – LJ Murphy, when not giving back to his hometown, is ready to play alongside probably the most capable group of receivers the Raiders have fielded in quite some time.
THIS Wide Out Corps not only runs fast mateys and wenches… they make dynamic and game-changing receptions as well. Carson Palmer and the rest of the offensive staff are sure to be ‘all smiles’ this year… and you will be too, Raider Nation!!
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