Odds and ends

Coming into Napa this morning, I had the chance to listen to some of the banter about the NFL going to an 18-game format. Darren Rovell of CNBC discussed the situation on 1140 KHTK and believes that if the player’s union and the league can agree to the new format along with the pay for the players, there won’t be a work stoppage in 2011 or 2012.

I can’t see how going to an 18-game season is any good for the league, the players, or the fans, but if it keeps football on the field, then I can back it — but I don’t have to like it do I? At this point, with Roger Goodell announcing that the owners are behind the extended season, it’s more than likely to be the future of the NFL.

I’ve seen posts on other sites where some of Raider Nation has been calling for the signing of Kevin Mawae. Don’t expect the Raiders to do anything like that. Cable was asked about the possibility of going outside of the organization on Wednesday and he tersely answered, “We’ve never had any discussions about that.

After two days of practicing in high temperatures, the Raiders will start practice this morning at a cool 60 degrees. I hope I don’t regret wearing shorts today. It’s the last day the Raiders will be practicing in Napa, but it’s going to feel like a cool day in Oakland instead.

Check back later for my camp report.