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Old 10-09-2011, 12:17 AM   #31
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R.I.P, Al Davis. He did a lot for football, and the Raiders were just starting to look relevant again. His death, even at his age, took me by surprise.
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He will be missed by family and friends, and the media who no longer has an easy target to nail. He built a franchise, won 3 titles, and helped usher in the modern day NFL. It is too bad he couldn't see another title. I think it is sort of hypocritical though by a lot of thes sports writers to be bending over backwards to sing the praises of a guy that they demonized unfairly for the better part of the decade.
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:48 AM   #33
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These clips were aired today (10/8/11) on the passing of Mr. AL Davis. Comments from Richard Seymour, Jason Campbell, Shane Lechler, Hue Jackson, Willie Brown, and Nnamdi Asomugha.
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:02 AM   #34
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R.I.P. Mr. Davis . One of the pioneers of the NFL ( former commis' AFL ) , took a franchise to " greatness " as a coach , GM and then owner . Maybe J.K. Cooke can get that remach now ....... R.I.P.
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:43 AM   #35
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He will be missed by family and friends, and the media who no longer has an easy target to nail. He built a franchise, won 3 titles, and helped usher in the modern day NFL. It is too bad he couldn't see another title. I think it is sort of hypocritical though by a lot of thes sports writers to be bending over backwards to sing the praises of a guy that they demonized unfairly for the better part of the decade.
Seems they're perhaps not the only ones being hypocritical
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:17 AM   #36
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RIP Al Davis, the Raider mystique you created was unmatched.

The Autumn Wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along
swaggering boisterously
His face is weather beaten
He wears a hooded sash
With his silver hat about his head
And a bristly black moustache
He growls as he storms the country
A villain big and bold
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
As he robs them of their gold
The Autumn wind is a Raider
Pillaging just for fun
Heíll knock you íround and upside down
And laugh when heís conquered and won.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:02 AM   #37
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RIP Al Davis, the Raider mystique you created was unmatched.

The Autumn Wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along
swaggering boisterously
His face is weather beaten
He wears a hooded sash
With his silver hat about his head
And a bristly black moustache
He growls as he storms the country
A villain big and bold
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
As he robs them of their gold
The Autumn wind is a Raider
Pillaging just for fun
Heíll knock you íround and upside down
And laugh when heís conquered and won.
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:10 PM   #38
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RIP Al Davis.
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:59 AM   #39
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Mike Shanahan once ordered Elvis Grbac to throw at Al Davisí head - Shutdown Corner - NFL*Blog - Yahoo! Sports



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It was 1994 and Shanahan and Grbac were both with the San Francisco 49ers. Shanahan, the offensive coordinator, was working with Grbac before a game against Oakland. [...]

[...] Davis, as he does before almost every game, was walking the field, talking to players and others. Shanahan pulled Grbac aside, Grbac recalled, and gave an unusual order: ''See Al Davis over there? I want you to throw the ball right at him.''

A shocked Grbac replied: ''I can't do that. If I hit him, do you know what he could do to me?''

Shanahan looked at Grbac with his intense glare and said, ''Throw the ball.''

So Grbac did. He threw a tight, hard spiral some 30 yards directly at the head of Davis. At the last second, Davis saw it and ducked, the ball missing him by only a few inches. Davis, his hair ruffled, then made an obscene gesture at Shanahan, witnessed by a former Raiders coach who confirmed Grbac's story.

I know, I had the same exact thought: Who knew Elvis Grbac could throw a tight, hard spiral 30 yards and barely miss his target by inches?

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Old 10-11-2011, 09:24 AM   #40
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Great story. One of the reasons why I immediately warmed to Shanahan was because of his well-known hatred for Davis. Atta boy, Shanny.

By the way, the picture of Shanahan that is featured in the story looks remakably like Craig James.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:48 AM   #41
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Young Mike Shanahan was a real douchebag. He wanted 7 TDs in that Super Bowl for Steve Young. Watch the America's Game on that Super Bowl for confirmation if you like.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:41 AM   #42
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Young Mike Shanahan was a real douchebag. He wanted 7 TDs in that Super Bowl for Steve Young. Watch the America's Game on that Super Bowl for confirmation if you like.
I just read the article on Yahoo sports , Im surprised the Raiders actually let Elvis leave the building alive
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:34 PM   #43
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I wonder if the Raiders tried to put a little extra "something" on Elvis that game? Great story.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:55 PM   #44
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Wow this is pretty remarkable:

On final play, Raiders had 10 men on the field | ProFootballTalk
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