Thursday, September 15, 2005

I Love Al Davis

As a diehard Raiders fan, I am a regular recipient of “I hate Al Davis” remarks. Usually, these come from people who root for the 49ers or some other lame team or those who have just blindly bought into the media's “Raiders = Evil” equation. When asked to back it up, they usually give me one of three reasons:

1. Al Davis moved the Raiders to Los Angeles.

My take: The L.A. move was indeed a bummer. But they’ve been back in Oakland for 10 years. Last I checked, the Colts weren’t back in Baltimore, the Ravens weren’t back in Cleveland, and the Cardinals weren’t back in St. Louis, to name a few. It’s not like Mr. Davis is alone in looking out for number one, and at least he returned to Oakland. So get over it.

2. Al Davis is a dinosaur and the game has passed him by, and he should hang it up.

My take: Last I checked, the Raiders have gone to Super Bowls in four of the past five decades, including one just a few years ago. Looks to me like Mr. Davis has kept damned good pace with the game of football. When I hand over my $80 to catch a game at the Coliseum, I’m glad it’s going to someone smart enough, and willing enough, to reinvest it in playmakers like Randy Moss and LaMont Jordan.

3. Al Davis is the ringleader of a pack of thugs known as the Raiders fan base.

My take: If you want to sit near a cappuccino-sipping grandmother in the temperature-controlled Edward Jones Dome while the Rams run around a piece of carpet, go right ahead. Just don’t call it football. Yes, Raiders fans are vocal and colorful, which is ultimately a reflection of the authenticity, passion and staying power that Mr. Davis represents when it comes to football. But Raiders fans are not thugs (although there are bad apples in any crowd), and if you’d actually come to one of the games instead of talking ignorant smack, you’d discover this for yourself.

9 Comments:

Blogger RaiderGreg said...

Eloquent and to the point. Great take on Al Davis, couldn't have said it better myself.......Love the "thug" comment! It's true....ain't nuthin like the Raider Nation...the original crazed fans.

Raider Greg

9:39 AM  
Blogger javy1209 said...

I'm a cowboy fan and yes I am attending the Raider and Cowboy game. I will be wearing my jersey as to show who I represent. I'm going there to enjoy a great game. If Dallas wins I won't be jumping up and down I won't be screaming my ass off. I'm going there to watch a game and hope the cowboys come out with a "w". To all cowboy fans don't disrespect the home team on any game that you are visiting remember you are at there home.Show how much class you have and how well you were brought up. Act like an idiot among your own at your home games. Example Raider Nation. Look how they dress at home.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You cant blame the Raider Nation for the way we dress, we're just fans showing our true colors. Raider fans dont call Sunday "Black Sunday" for no reason. I'm from IL but a die hard Raider fan for 18years, its actually one of my dreams to attend a Raiders game, playoffs or not. I scream my head off whenever the Raiders play on national tv, and ussually my throat is sore the next day. I'll always serve the Silver and Black AKA The Raider Nation

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Leighraider said...

Love the Rams comments.Its hilarious watching a game there,the variety of quality knitwear is a truly intimidating sight.

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST LEAVE IT AT RESPECTING ANOTHER STADIUM AND ITS PEOPLE!, YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT DISRESPECTING AND THAN YOU TALK TRASH ABOUT HOW PEOPLE DRESS IN THEIR OWN STADIUM, I AM SORRY YOU ARE A COMPLETE FAKE! I COULD TRASH YOU BUT I AM NOT GOING TO GO TO YOUR LEVEL,

1:33 PM  
Blogger cbcoplen said...

Whoa, slow down there, yelling man. What he said was completely tongue-in-cheek, the rest of you fools honestly think The Nation (yes, the ONLY one) is comprised of criminals. If you can't see the Rams comment as hyperbole, you need to get you some, my friend.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous mongoose said...

There was an era when Al was king but no longer. There comes a time in every man's life when you see the writing on the wall. Al needed to have taken his cue a few seasons back. He's of no use to a franchise in desperate need of rebuilding with a fresh vision. We have some good young players to build around but we're going nowhere so long as that guy keeps pushing bad personnel decisions (players and coaches).

Please do not cite getting to the 2003 Super Bowl experience as an achievement. That whole season was a bust thanks to one of the most embrassing humiliations of all time in any sport. Nothing will ever wipe that stain away.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still love Al Davis?? lol

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So lets see a follow up to this thread. you still love the wonderful, oh so knowledgeable Al Davis? lol lol lol

6:15 PM  

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