Oakland Raiders Need More Players Like George Blanda, Wells and Lamonica

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Subtitle:  Never forget what was and always hope for what can be--Victory in the last few seconds 
The Last Eight Seconds
This article discusses the statistics and a powerful episode of two teammates (Warren Wells and George Blanda) who had overlapping careers during a five-year period which is the focus of the analysis.  
Research shows that George Blanda is recognized for last-minute victories. A quote: “George Blanda played pro football for 26 seasons—longer than any other person. However, he’ll probably be remembered best for his 1970 season with the Oakland Raiders.
That year, in a five-game period, George provided Oakland with four wins and one tie with last-second touchdown passes or field goals—at age 43.” 
One of those 1970 games was played at Shea Stadium in December 1970.  I was at Shea Stadium witnessing the last minute, or better yet, last seconds t...

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