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Wakeup Call: Romanowski’s deranged Raiders bacon rant is a thing of wonder

Dec 14, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT


In the video following the jump we have Bill Romanowski in a classic, bacon-themed rant over the Oakland Raiders’ rather humiliating loss to the Packers on Sunday. Yes, bacon. (Wakes up, stretches arms) MMmmmm, something smells good … do I smell insanity?

You remember Romanowski: 16 years in the NFL — spit in receiver JJ Stokes’ face in a Monday Night game while playing for the Broncos; broke a teammates’ jaw in practice while playing for the Raiders in ’03. No surprise that he was all roided up in those days (he confessed as much to 60 Minutes). As Paul Simon once crooned, Still Crazy After All These Years. Romanowski, now a commentator for CSN Bay Area, went off on the Raiders’ perceived lack of effort in a most unique way.

ROMANOWSKI: “Hue Jackson, he’s got a bunch of guys, that like bacon. And you know what they do? They go to the grocery store and they buy their bacon. Well guess what? I need some damn boar hunters! I need them to hunt ‘em down with knives!”

TERRIFIED CO-HOST: “Can they go to the butcher shop?”


Quiet Bill, quiet! Piggy’s got the conch.


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  1. alligatorsnapper - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    At least Romanowski got out of the NFL with his health. The dirtiest player I ever saw play was Conrad Dobler, who today is paying for the abuse he suffered as a player and is yet to receive proper insurance or disability coverage from the NFL. Romanowski is suffering mentally but it appears maybe he was so before he started playing so we doubt his stint in the NFL caused is mental problems. Bacon is the reason for the Raiders playing so pitifully. Maybe it was the world champs Packers more than the poor play by Oakland? Maybe Bill just needs a little Cajun marinated jumbo shrimp, wrapped in thick pepper bacon and grilled or go on a boar hunt in southern Georgia?

  2. mjbulls45 - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    My only regret is that Romanowski didn’t suit up for the Raiders his entire career,

    how could you NOT love this guy?

    Listening to the rant and his intensity I wanna start lifting again, running, training, haha for what ? – I dunno ,

    he just gets my hyped , he needs to be coaching, his pre-game talks would be crucial

    and aside from all that HE’S RIGHT!

    the Raiders didn’t play with any emotion or intensity on Sunday and it showed right from the start.

    I bet the Raiders listen to this and deliver 3-0 the rest of the way WITH playoffs.


    simple as that, time to deliver Oakland.

    • sohosea - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      I am an English teacher, and my students are taking a test on the Lord of the Flies while I read this. Thanks for the classroom connection to the question “are we going to use this in the real world?”…..”Yes, nbc sportstalk is using it right now!”.

      • Rick Chandler - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:07 PM

        Glad I could help. And thanks for what you do. Well, gotta go — can’t let the signal fire go out.