Leave Al Davis Alone
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I come not to pile on Big Al Davis, but to praise his visionary, polyester-jumpsuit wearing, nearly 80-year-old soul.
Al Davis is good for the league. Always has been, always will be. He drives the Armani-Armoneyed suits in New York crazy and there's nothing wrong with that. I must remind those who think it's a bad thing for him to be coaching the Oakland Raiders' defense that the man who pioneered slicked-back hair long before Pat Riley has the chops. Back in the '60s in a little thing called the AFL, he coached 'em up in Oakland -- and went 23-16-3 in three seasons. So there, whippersnappers -- get off the old guy's lawn.
You also have to love Al for other things, as well: Saying "Just win, baby;" hiring John Madden as a coach; leading the AFL as commissioner and coming out against a merger with the NFL (think how different life would be if they were feudin', fightin', just-plain-don't-like-each-other rivals); suing the NFL and winning; and ... did I mention the polyester jumpsuit? He's the Elvis of fubball.
Now, sure, it stinks if you're Lane Kiffin or defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. And I'm not urging all owners to coach (although I admit I would like to see Jerry Jones do it for just one game). But Davis has said he won't retire as GM until the team wins two Super Bowls so the best course of action for the Raiders is, duh, to just win.
After that, Al Davis can offer tutorials to guys like Jones and Daniel Snyder.
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