According to Fox News, Rich Bisaccia has been named the Las Vegas Raiders interim Head Coach on the heels of Jon Gruden's resignation.

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Gruden resigned (was fired) after offensive e-mails, he sent were unearthed. Enter a New Fairfield High School graduate Rich Bisaccia. According to the CT Post, Bisaccia not only graduated from New Fairfield High School but was a standout football player for the Rebels. He was so good that after high school he earned a spot playing ball for  Yankton College in South Dakota.

Bisaccia has coached in some capacity in college and the pros for many years and now finds himself in an unusual spot, replacing an elite and Super Bowl winning coach in Jon Gruden.

Those who listen to my radio show (The Ethan and Lou Morning Show) know that I am lifelong Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders fan and this situation stinks to holy hell. The things Gruden said were awful and I can't excuse them just because I think he's a good football coach but it's not great for the team.

I am starting to see a silver lining in this story, what if a Greater-Danbury area coach takes over this team, I love so much and actually makes them better? This would be the best way for this story to end.

A lot of great things, wonderful stories begin at the end of a negative saga and I choose to believe this will be one of those cases. Bisaccia will get the Raiders to the playoffs, earn the job outright and the Raiders will have many successful years to come.

At the end of the day, I don't need to have a coach with snappy sayings or a bobble head doll, Just win baby. That is what team founder and Raiders legend Al Davis would say.

It's time for the Raiders Commitment to Excellence to play out on the field of battle and it would be a delight to know, that a New Fairfield graduate, a local guy led the team to gridiron glory.

As I sit here writing this, I'm getting excited for the future and it's making me want to draw inspiration from the past. There is a poem that became famous when it was published back in 1974 by Steve Sabol and NFL Films. The poem was an adaptation of Mary Jane Carr's "Pirate Wind" about autumn weather. Sabol's version is called: "The Autumn Wind is a Pirate" and reads:

"The Autumn Wind is a pirate
  Blustering in from sea,
  With a rollicking song, he sweeps along,
  Swaggering boisterously.

 His face is weather beaten.
 He wears a hooded sash,
 With a silver hat about his head,
 And a bristling black mustache.

 He growls as he storms the country,
 A villain big and bold.
 And the trees all shake and quiver and quake,
 As he robs them of their gold.

 The Autumn Wind is a raider,
 Pillaging just for fun.
 He'll knock you 'round and upside down,
 And laugh when he's conquered and won." 

Rich, the Raider Nation has your back, Just win baby! Oh, by the way, I've had this wall art my whole life and it was my father's before it was mine. It now hangs in the I-95 studio.


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