Mays, Lakeside hope to keep pace in 6-AAAAA race

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAAA:

- The best race in Region 6-AAAAA will be the one for the fourth playoff spot behind top-ranked Tucker, No. 2 Stephenson and No. 4 M.L. King, and this week’s teams to watch are Mays and Lakeside-DeKalb. The Raiders and Vikings are currently tied with the big three for first place but have tough challenges this week. Mays picked up a big victory against Miller Grove last week and could take another step toward a playoff berth by beating M.L. King on Saturday. Lakeside beat Dunwoody last week but is really looking to be more of a spoiler against Southwest DeKalb, which must win to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2002 and maintain any realistic hopes of making the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

- Third-year program New Manchester announced itself as a potential playoff challenger in Region 5-AAAAA with a 41-30 upset victory over North Paulding last week. Now the Jaguars have one more chance to pad the record, with a game on Friday against Woodland-Cartersville, before heading into the part of the schedule that will determine their fate. New Manchester begins a three-game stretch next week in which it plays East Paulding, Rome and Allatoona, the top three teams in the region last season.

- The four playoff teams from 8-AAAAA last year aren’t exactly on a hot streak heading into region play. Defending region champion Flowery Branch is 0-2. Gainesville, the region runner-up but state champion last season, is 1-1 after getting thumped by Buford 38-14. Heritage-Conyers is 1-1 and lost to rival Rockdale County 9-7 last week. Clarke Central is the only one of the four heading into region play off a victory (37-12 against Central Gwinnett last week). But all four teams are expected to win easily in their region openers.

- Warner Robins and city rival Northside likely won’t face much of a challenge in region play until they meet on Nov. 1 in the game that almost certainly will determine the region champion. But they should face at least mild challenges this week in non-region games against teams from lower classifications. Northside takes on Class AAAA No. 10 Westside-Macon on Thursday. Warner Robins faces a Peach County team on Friday that will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Baldwin that cost it a spot in the AAA rankings.

- Richmond Hill can move to 3-0 with a victory against Savannah, which has lost all five previous meetings against the Wildcats. It would give Richmond Hill its third consecutive 3-0 start, something the Wildcats haven’t accomplished since they began playing varsity football in 1986.

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Eastside

September 12th, 2013
10:01 am

If swd loses to lakeside they need to fire the whole coaching staff immediately after the game don’t even allow them to ride the bus back to the school

Sportsnut

September 12th, 2013
10:41 am

Do you think you can do better? These are coaches that know what they are doing. Did you consider that the talent may not be there? Did you consider that the other schools may just be better this season?

I have heard and read where Pebblebrook is much improved. They are also in a higher class. They play in a region where their (region) overall record is 13-3, the best in AAAAAA at this moment. Sometimes schools go through lulls.

SWD is not special. They are not the team that can win by their name. They must play. When they take the field, there is another team there for the same purpose. To win.

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 12th, 2013
10:49 am

Well EAST PAULDING’s win last week over WOODLAND / BARTOW doesn’t really tell much even though EAST won 30 / 0 because WOODLAND / BARTOW is now 0 / 3 on the season by a combined score of 3 / 107 against VILLA RICA, ALLATOONA and now EAST.

WOODLAND / BARTOW now travels to NEW MANCHESTER who is sitting on TOP of Region 5AAAAA with a 3 / 0 record! If WOODLAND continues to play as they have so far…AND… NEW MANCHESTER plays as they have so far you would expect them to come out of this game with another win and a 4 / 0 record!!!

EAST now has to visit PAULDING COUNTY this week before hosting NEW MANCHESTER on the 20th. The win at WOODLAND proved NOTHING as far as the coaching ability of Coach Goddard and the kids HAVE to stay focused and win this coming week AT PAULDING COUNTY…that would put EAST at 2 / 1 on the season and in the region, then the home game against NEW MANCHESTER and an away game at VILLA RICA… EAST has to go no worse than 2 / 1 over these 3 games (3 / 0 would be HUGE) before an open week. This gives the injured starting Senior QB (Mitchell Webb) time to heal and be ready for the big games at the end of the schedule.

It’s time to BUCKLE UP the chin straps and as someone in the stands last week said play “Slobber-knocker” football…Run to the ball, HIT EM HARD! Get the turnovers, CREATE a play!!! HIT the hole HARD!!! That’s what the RAIDERS do year after year!!!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

J

September 12th, 2013
11:17 am

Well said Sportsnut!! Every team has it’s moments… good and bad!

rwdekalb

September 12th, 2013
11:27 am

The Lakeside-Swd game will show a lot about whether Swd can challenge for the 4th playoff spot. A much improved Pebblebrook and always tough Mlk was a tough 2 games for what appears to be a very young and undersized Swd team. Swd needs to beat Lakeside to have any shot at playoff spot. If they win they then have Mays to deal with the following week, again a must win for Swd because Stephensen and Tucker await.

5AReg6Fan

September 12th, 2013
11:58 am

A MUST win for the Vikings of Lakeside over the PROUD Panthers of SWD, to stay in the conversation of possible surprises in REGION 6. Lakeside will see the following region 6 opponents and look for a 1-6 record when they have the possibility of another “W” (*):
SWD
Stephenson
Tucker
Miller Grove
ML King
Mays
*North Atlanta

As can be said in competition – Anything can happen, but the odds for the Vikings, are against them. Look for SWD to put one in the winning column and a HUGH matchup, 9/20, against Mays to stay in the playoff hunt. The SWD coaches will have a ride back, on the team buses. (LOL)

No surprises in 5A rankings 1 – 7, after week 3.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – The Tigers have been RELEASED!!!

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

JAB

September 12th, 2013
4:21 pm

Stephenson
Tucker
MLK
Mays
In that order of finish! NEED I SAY MORE…

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBAL & #1 IN THE STATE…

JAB

September 12th, 2013
4:29 pm

@ Leave SWD alone we all knew that they had some questions marks in the beginning of the season, as well as last year when coach Godfrey was still there as head coach; SWD will be alright it’a a matter of the quys learning the new coach and getting the chemistry down.

Region 6AAAAA is the SEC of high school football, 4th place was like that last year, I say, don’t be surprise if SWD come through the back door and make the playoff just like they did last year. It’s a lot of tradition over there and I bet you right now every coach and football player is doing every possible they can to get back on the winning track. They will get better each week, don’t count them out, SO MUCH PANTHER PRIDE ALONG WITH THAT AWESOME BAND, NOTE: “I’M NOT EVEN A PANTHER FAN!”…!!! ;)

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBAL & #1 IN THE STATE…

High 5

September 12th, 2013
4:38 pm

No way Arabia MTN beats Tucker but they need to show that they can rebound from that beat down they took from Stephenson! Should be an interesting game at Lakewood between Mays and MLK. Jarvis vs his old school! Also, I know region 6 is the best in 5A but that Allatoona team is pretty darn good.

MIGHTY LION KING

September 12th, 2013
7:18 pm

LAKEWOOD SAT 14th,2013 the RAIDERS of MAYS HIGH takes their 1st blow from the BIG 3!! It will be a good game, but a DEFINITE loss to the RAIDERS.. SAD to say wont be their last of the season, but if they play their cards right they only should lose 2 more games after they lose to us.. MLK remains KING either way! GET WIT IT OR GET GRINDED!!

YOU MESS WITH THE KING, YOU MESSIN WITH THE BEST!!!!

LION NATION / THE DOMINATION!!!!!

MIGHTY LION KING

September 12th, 2013
8:36 pm

LMBO @ EASTSIDE !!! TURE STATE MENT THO!!!

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!!!

MIGHTY LION KING

September 12th, 2013
8:39 pm

“TRUE STATEMENT”

POP

September 12th, 2013
8:47 pm

SWD will make the playoffs this year.

Gamer

September 12th, 2013
9:22 pm

In a Thursday night game NSWR beat Westside of Macon 28-14. It wasn’t easy. Westside has a lot of weapons at QB and receiver. Whoever else plays them have better be ready to chase receivers all night. They threw 75 percent of the time.

Dekalb Watcher

September 12th, 2013
11:16 pm

@Sportsnut it’s not that true that just because you are a coach, you know what you are doing, or what you are doing is correct. The main knock on Dekalb schools in general has been Quality of coaching, meaning not a lot of it. Let’s look at who applied for the MLK and SWD jobs this year, NO and I mean NONE big name coach applied for either. With so much prestigious talent in Dekalb, why did only a handful of coaches even apply? You had to figure that at least ONE coach would leave his school with a lot less talent and go to where it is abundant. MLK took so long to pick a coach they had players transfer to Tucker, SWD had a lot of players transfer to MLK after Buck left.

Based on Tanks record when he coached and remembering those teams, SWD would have been better off giving one of the assistants a shot at it. Now just because Tanks did nothing at Tri-Cities, doesn’t mean he has not gotten better as a HC. Only time will tell in the end, but right now things are not looking good at SWD, and the coaches are one reason for that. Let’s be honest, so many people wanted Buck gone, there were a lot of things said about him from other schools to steal players, not to mention what went on behind the scenes at SWD. We will see in the next few weeks who are the playoff contenders in Region 6, I hope some of you fans can temper your excitement until your teams have actually proven something in Region play.

itsonlywrite

September 13th, 2013
12:19 am

aye, just watched some highlights of the MLK vs SWD game… MLK looks like us out there. Very impressive. I knew that QB was gonna get better. MLK will be the team to beat Region 6 AAAAA. I know JAB dont wanna hear that. lol

#ELEPHANTNATION

Dekalb Co Guy

September 13th, 2013
8:07 am

SWD should take care of their business against Lakeside. I wont rule out SWD for the playoffs, but got to say it looks like Mays will be the 4th team from Region 6. They are capable of pulling off an upset against any of the Big 3. Mays-MLK was a great game last year and could have went either way. And now with Jarvis coaching against his old team, the stakes will be even higher. I have to work tomorrow evening, hate Im gonna miss it. Got a feeling it will be a classic. I think Mays will pull the upset.

rwdekalb

September 13th, 2013
9:12 am

@Dekalb Co Guy. So you think this Mays team thst lost to Carver and beat a mediocre Miller Grove team is gonna upset Mlk. Don’t see that happening. Mays may keep it close for a half but Mlks depth should wear them down in the second half.

rwdekalb

September 13th, 2013
9:19 am

If Swd struggles to beat Lakeside, this season is a wrap. However if they can find themselves and win convincingly it will do wonders for the young players confidence and their meeting with Mays next week would have significant playoff implications.

Mr. Johnson

September 13th, 2013
9:45 am

Mays will beat MLK Saturday…

5AReg6Fan

September 13th, 2013
9:47 am

Would agree with rwdekalb, on his analysis of the MLK/Mays game, the Raiders will play the Lions close for a half, after that MLK’s depth, along with their size, will wear them down – this has been one of Mays issue over the last few years. What been surprising is no posting from their loyal fans – been real quiet on the HILL from the southwest side of the ATL.

@itsonlywrite – Hope you get to see some highlights on Tucker, because the Tigers will remind you of someone – “BUFORD”. You do remember Buford?

“WE ARE TUCKER” – The Tigers have been RELEASED!!!

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

JAB

September 13th, 2013
9:55 am

SWD…SWD…SWD It seems like so many are talking about SWD…!!! Well, as I said in my earlier post, SWD will be alright, they are like, to me, the little Engine that could, once they build their confisdence up, watch them Panthers come out on top! Many are thinking of the Lakeside tradition fell once Phil Lindey left, but that was because of Dekalb County ending M to M.

SWD is located in a community that breeds athlete’s unfortunately every time Dekalb county built a new school it took away from SWD pool of athlete’s, but I really think the kids take pride in their community & school tradition; you will see a new SWD this week and the weeks to come. It’s just like”Eye Of The Tiger”, in this casE eye of the ‘PANTHER”, watch for them in the sun…!!! :)

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBAL & #1 IN THE STATE…

JAB

September 13th, 2013
9:56 am

“confidence”

JAB

September 13th, 2013
10:27 am

@ itsonlywrite Lol., don’t think so, not not this year! You guys must know that Stephenson is the highlight of region 6AAAAA, they make all the other teams in their region shine (smile). Isn’t it ironic that you will have 4 Big cats in one region (6AAAAA) Lions, Tigers, Panthers & Jaguars… All four of these feline’s are hungry for their prey! So MAYS, N. ATLANTA, LAKESIDE, DUNWOODY. MILLER GROVE, ARABIA MT., you (ALL) know what time it is, and the rest of AAAAA. The Big cats (STEPHENSON) will see you in November on our way to the Dome…!!!
GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBAL & #1 IN THE STATE…

MIGHTY LION KING

September 13th, 2013
10:55 am

@ JAB-” they make all the other teams in their region shine”LMBO ROTFL!!! You deserve to be on.B.E.T. comic view with that joke!! Jags gotta bring it a lil more…well..ALOT MORE if they want to be the spotlight of KING’S attention..JAGS gotta earn their spot to be considered a threat to us again! HALLFORD is KING’S house and this region is our backyard!! And guess whats in the backyard???
KENNELS!! LOL and guess whats in the kennels,TIGERS, JAGS,PANTHERS,WOLVERINES,RAMS, AND WILDCATS.. LOL We even keep RAIDERS AND WARRIORS locked in the basement!! lol Just some 6-5A trash talkin fun!! GOTTA LOVE IT!!

LIONS,AND,LIONS,AND LIONS..OH MY!!!!

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!!

5AReg6Fan

September 13th, 2013
10:58 am

@JAB – Question, will you be in attendance at North DeKalb, for the Jags matchup with Dunwoody? I know you don’t favor one sided stadiums. (LOL)

“WE ARE TUCKER” – The Tigers have been RELEASED!!!

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

5AReg6Fan

September 13th, 2013
11:16 am

@MIGHTY LION KING – Man you are off the CHAIN. Maybe you should join JAB on stage at comic view. (LOL) O’ just to let you know, the door to the kennel that holds them TIGERS has been unlocked. Someone call the game warden, because the jungle, known as Halliford, is full of hungry and vicious TIGERS.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – The Tigers have been RELEASED!!!

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

rwdekalb

September 13th, 2013
11:19 am

@5AReg6Fan. Will you be at Mlk-Mays game saturday. I can’t make it, just wanted your take on the game if you could make it.

5AReg6Fan

September 13th, 2013
11:37 am

@rwdekalb – Sorry I want be able to make Sat MLK/Mays game. I coach in Tucker’s youth football program and Saturday HS games are difficult for me. Tucker feeder youth program match up tomorrow with the Jaguars of Central DeKalb, Stephenson feeder. So the future for both will be on display at Tucker Park. I will be looking forward to reading comments from my region authorities on the outcome.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – The Tigers have been RELEASED!!!

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

Coach Buck

September 13th, 2013
12:46 pm

@Sportsnut — Yes, I think I could do better.

Big Dog

September 13th, 2013
1:50 pm

It is sad to see what has happened to Dunwoody’s football program. They used to be a good team and over the last 4 years had gone steadily downhill to the point that are now getting blown out by Lakeside.

Informed Observer

September 13th, 2013
3:47 pm

What is happening to Dunwoody’s program is similar to what continues to happen at Lakeside, SWD and to some extent Redan and Miller Grove. Dekalb County is doing its residents, students and schools a disservice by not properly managing county funding.

I coached in the Gwinnett feeder programs when my kids were much younger and I was always amazed by the quality of their park systems. They are well kept, well maintained and run like corporations with funding generated through the parks to help offset the costs to parents.

Each high school has their own stadium. They get to keep their gates…..all of it. While I have not participated in anything in Gwinnett for >7 years, I am still closely aligned with many people within their systems. The major schools are generating so much revenue that the contribution to the academic systems are also growing every year. As the school systems improve in equipment, more teachers want in, thus better competition for better teachers (I’m not saying we dont have excellent teachers in Dekalb, because we do). Here is my point, everyone strives for a better quality of life for their kids. Thus the movement to better neighborhoods, better school districts and systems. Gwinnett gets it!! Dekalb on the other hand is lost. What does it have to do with our athletics? A lot!! Imagine if Tucker, SWD, Stephenson, MLK, Dunwoody as well, etc could keep their gates over the years? Imagine what that would do to those programs athletics and subsequently academics. Money doesny bring love, but it can sure make a down payment!! I love Dekalb football. For a long time it has been the most exciting in the state. The best athletes still come from Dekalb; it’s just that many of them are schooled in Gwinnett and for those who can afford it, private schools.

I am the father of a Tucker graduate who played football from middle school through high and was a Championship team participant at Tucker High. I have see tremendously talented head-coaches come through that school; we have one now in Lamar (by the way, I have another son on the Tucker team today). The issue in Dekalb is that you are not attracting the best coaches anymore. They all leave for greener pastures. Dekalb has to put a stop to that or other “mediocre” programs will falter. Great teams dont last forever, but SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS!! That’s what has made Dekalb athletes so good……………..but we need to build upon that characteristic and stop the bleeding.

Tonight I will watch my son and his teammates play Arabia Mountain in what I expect to be a non-competitive game, but not short on talent on both sides of the ball. I hate to say this but if Dekalb continues to field the type of decision makers we have seen in the past, our county will continue to decline.

I hope that others see this as well and voice their support for a change. Our 4-5 stadiums are an embarassment; but I won’t stop loving watching the Tucker’s, MLK’s, Cedar Groves’ Stephenson’s etc.

JAB

September 13th, 2013
5:21 pm

Hey guys sorry, I join the party late, MIGHTY LION KING, man you too funny, Lion’s house, right only on borrowed by the Jags, @ 5AReg6Fan, No sir, I will not be at that one sided stadium. Especially Adams. Last time I went it was too crowded and couldn’t enjoy the game because of so many students standing in front of me. I will be at the Mays/MLK game tomorrow, hope I see you guys there, I always sit at the very top around the 50 yrd line (better view).

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS AND REGION 6AAAAA, THE SEC OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBAL & #1 IN THE STATE…

MIGHTY LION KING

September 13th, 2013
7:37 pm

this TUCKER game is a str8 domination!! I cant wait til those tigers pic on sumbody their own size lol.. MLK will be that contender that TUCKER been waiting for and same results from last yr..KING on top and TUCK on bottom.. Great game tonight TUCK but MLK night will be the 1st worst night of the year for you…OR will it be the 2nd??

LION NATION/ THE DOMINATION!!!!!

gsmith

September 13th, 2013
9:26 pm

i can remember when Lakeside was one of the best high schools in the state and i am not talking about football. it was a great school 35 years ago. for the life of me i cant figure out what happened ??

Dekalb Co Guy

September 13th, 2013
10:44 pm

@gsmith

Yeah I remember playing Lakeside back in the late 80’s and early 90’s and their teams were always great. But as someone else mentioned, Lakeside and Dunwoody really suffered after M to M was ended. It kept those athletes in S DeKalb and that has a lot to do with why you are seeing the success of schools like MLK. The North side of the county is generally weaker in football with the exception of Tucker who has an elite youth program in place. I think for the next few years, things will stay pretty status quo with Tucker, Stephenson and MLK getting most of the better players. SWD has suffered a lot because of the opening of Miller Grove and then MLK. NOt sure it will ever get back to the elite status that it was a decade or so ago. Most other teams like Lithonia, Cedar Grove, Redan, Druid Hills, Miller Grove, etc, are just fighting for the scraps and hope they can string together an occasional good group that can get them into the playoffs.

itsonlywrite

September 14th, 2013
9:07 am

@5AReg6Fan .. lol I hear ya, but Tucker DOES NOT look like Buford. Thats not a diss, but Tucker looks like Tucker. I understand what you’re getting at though. Tucker is more SPEED than power ground game(IMO).

rwdekalb

September 14th, 2013
11:27 am

@Informed Observer Says. You made a lot of true comments and many of those same comments have been made before by other concerned dekalb supporters. Don’t know exactly what it would take to bring about changing those issues.
.

Sportsnut

September 14th, 2013
10:21 pm

Did Mays just beat MLK? 36-28 Mays, if what I saw was real.

Oh really

September 14th, 2013
11:24 pm

Yes, Sportsnut….what you saw was real. MLK lost to Mays. I imagine Mr. Johnson will have a lot to say tomorrow. His prediction came true. Kings fans are stun. They are not use to this. 1st loss in a regular season in 3 years.

Mr. Johnson

September 15th, 2013
1:14 am

Oh really…. I saw this coming a long time ago.. Cortez Allen has never beaten Corey Jarvis…. EVER… And he never will. Like I said before they were given the keys to a Cadillac and watch how they turn it into a pinto… They are trying to duplicate what the past staff at MLK did and that is not who they are. The OC for MLK now is not a spread guy. He is out of his element trying to please the players and they fans because that’s what they grew accustomed to the past few years. He’s not that kind of coach. His forte is line up with two running backs, two tight ends and run the ball at you.. Not fast paced, wide open football.. He’s just doing it to please the parents, but as we all know you can’t please everybody. If they do make it to the playoffs it will be as the 4th seed, but don’t be surprised if Miller Grove beats them. They will definitely lose to Stephenson and Tucker this year…

Maysforever

September 15th, 2013
6:51 am

Mays has spoken, what do you say now,
MLK fans? We don’ t have to brag, never have, we simply leave our comments on the field!

Oh really

September 15th, 2013
6:57 am

Mr. Johnson, I am a supporter and fan of MLK,. I don’t claim to be a football novelist; but from my standpoint I too sense a different look and feel from the past two years. Last year the Lions went down at halftime more than you want to know; but after halftime they would always turn it up. Didn’t happen. They looked sloppy and “the Defense” just wasn’t good. If the Defense just get a bit better, who knows… I have to say I am a bit worried. It’s hurts me to say this season look like a 5-5 season for the Lions.

MHSRaider09

September 15th, 2013
7:56 am

Well done Raiders! No one thought you could do it, but I’m not shocked. Came out and made the plays we needed to. That’s that. Hats off to MLK for a wonderful game, but hey what was up with the band playing towards our side at halftime and barely playing in the first half?

Oh really

September 15th, 2013
8:30 am

@MHSRaiders, to make matters worse I heard that the Band was on strike???? Or has an issue and wanted to make a point….. I don’t have the details, but I can say this. They were surely missed. So did you enjoy the performance?

MHSRaider09

September 15th, 2013
8:41 am

@oh really , I really did. I started to go grab food since I thought they were playing to the other side, but then it got loud lol. I’ve always had much respect for MLK’s program.

BGH

September 15th, 2013
6:03 pm

SWD WILL ALWAYS BE A LEGEND SCHOOL WIN OR LOSE. HAS ANYONE SEEN THAT BAND FULL OF CLASS AND PERFECTION THEY HAVE LEFT THE BOOTY SHAKING TO THE REST OF THE SCHOOLS LOL AND I’M NOT FROM ATLANTA

BGH

September 15th, 2013
6:15 pm

ML KING BAND IS VERY RUDE AND DISRESPECTFUL THEY WERE REALLY DISRESPECTFUL TO SWD BAND AND SWD BAND JUST STOOD IN SILENCE. WELL DONE, SWD SO MANY WANT TO BE LIKE YOU ALL!!!!

duneyjuice

September 16th, 2013
6:42 am

@BGH…are you serious??? SWD dancers are still booty popping, bending over, gyrating, and swinging hair just like almost every other black dance team in DeKalb County. They all need to clean up their acts. It’s disturbing to see young, high school girls looking like OLD cookie cutter strippers. Same 10 lbs of weave, same makeup, same everything. What happened to originality? But anyway, this is a football blog not a band blog so sorry everyone but I felt that statement needed to be addressed.

goodbyekittee

September 16th, 2013
8:42 pm

Well said, duneyjuice. They look way too grown and dance way too provocative. All they’re missing is the pole. Congrats to the Raiders. Well played.