Raiders: QB Russell Lost ‘Quite a Bit’ Of Weight

Longtime Oakland Raiders staffer Willie Brown appeared on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s Chronicle Live on Monday to claim that JaMarcus Russell has lost a “quite a bit of weight” thanks to “special meals” and supervision from a former Raiders player.

JaBlargus Russell at McDonalds Drive Thru

(That’s JaBlargus, not JaMarcus)

“You’ll be surprised when you see him. It’s quite a bit of weight that he’s lost. I don’t want to pin it down and say how much he lost but it will be a significant difference when you see him compared to last year.

“The most important thing is he’s getting in shape. Not only losing weight, but getting in shape. He’s watching his diet, he has special meals brought in that he’s eating, and we have one of the Raiders, a former player there with him to monitor him and make sure things are going fine. The weight thing, he’ll get it down. He’ll get it down.

Jerry McDonald of reports that the former Raiders player helping Russell lose weight is Eddie Anderson.

Hate to ruin Brown’s surprise, but I’ve obtained a photo of Russell taken last Friday at the Lakers-Suns game in Phoenix:

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LA Mayor Lobbied Dementia-Impaired NFL Owner?

Much to my delight, I discovered that the former Mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown, apparently has a column for the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. His latest piece reminds me of the golden age of journalism, when Larry King’s “King’s Things” made USA Today the must-read powerhouse of the printed word that it is today.

Alex Spanos Willie Brown Antonio Villaraigosa

(Villaraigosa lobbied dementia-suffering Spanos about Bolts-to-L.A.?)

The crazy thing is, Brown doesn’t just cover Frisco. He covers all! Excerpt:

Here’s a scoop. The San Diego Chargers are looking to move to Los Angeles.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his people were at the Chargers playoff game last week, and they were being extremely solicitous of team owner Alex Spanos.

Yeah, you read that right. Alex Spanos. One problem though, Alex Spanos, sadly, recently revealed he has dementia, and has essentially removed himself from public life.

So was Brown wrong in his reportage? If you know Villaraigosa like we know Villaraigoisa in this town, not necessarily. Read more…