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Matthew Bonesteel
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Matthew Bonesteel

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Denver at Oakland, Week One


Monday, 10:15 p.m.

Time heals all wounds. Except for the still-silver-and-black bruise on Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan. Take this conversation from Shanahan's press conference earlier this week.
Q: When you first got here, I'm sure when you were playing the Raiders, and, you know, Al Davis, there was probably more heightened emotion. As time has passed, does that disspiate almost to nothing with Al Davis?
A: No, it doesn't dissipate at all.
Q: The feelings are still the same today as they were the day you became the coach here in the first place?
A: Yeah, when I say it doesn't disspiate at all, that's what that means. You're welcome. [Turns to leave] Okay, might as well get it fired up. [Reporters laugh]
Shanahan lasted all of 20 games with the Raiders, getting fired four games into the 1989 season because he wasn't enough of a Raider Guy for Davis, who also allowed Shanahan to hire only three of his 12 assistants (after Shanahan fired two assistants from the previous regime, Davis hired them back days later). After landing in Denver in 1995, he has gone 20-6 against the Raiders, and obviously relishes every opportunity to beat them.

By Matthew Bonesteel  |  September 5, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  | Category:  Week 1 Previews Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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