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Cindy Boren
Deputy Sports Editor

Cindy Boren

The Post's NFL/Redskins editor

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.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 12, 2008; 11:53 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Have you ever noticed how similar Al Davis and Kim Jong-il look?

Posted by: Emil Steiner | September 12, 2008 11:48 AM

Cindy, you obviously don't mean what you are writing here. You are using satire to basically say Al Davis is a nut. Come on. Sadly, most Redskins' and Raiders' fans won't get it, and they will think you truly think he is a good team manager now. He's not. Lindsay has it right, plus she's really cute!

Posted by: The Landry Hat | September 13, 2008 5:28 AM

The Raiders were founded with the coach as the owner. Paul Brown got let back in with the Bengals but I believe conditions were attached. Ergo, the Raiders are the only true TEAM in pro sports.

Posted by: laborer | September 13, 2008 11:24 AM

I hope this is sarcasm. While fond memories of a by-gone era are fun to rehash, the plain fact is Al Davis is bad for this team and the league in his present capacity.

Please retire, Al.

Posted by: g23 | September 13, 2008 2:16 PM

The last good move Al made was to hire chucky. Its been a disaster ever since. We used to dominate the league, now we get blown out in the 2nd quarter. Al doesm't understand the salary cap. Its that simple. We got great uniforms, and players love to play here, esp. on D. We been gettin jacked by the O's for a few years.

Posted by: Brian | September 14, 2008 4:22 AM

Agree Cindy, Count Chocula is good for the AFC West (if you're a Broncos, Chargers or Chiefs fan).

Posted by: Snap, Crackle | September 14, 2008 9:13 AM

I'm a huge Raider fan and the last three times I went to the Coliseum was to see soccer games, that's how bad it is.
Standing on the ramp waiting for BART i looked back at the large "Commitment to Excellence" banner and asked a friend if we should get a ladder and add a huge "?" to that now empty statement.

Posted by: Luis | September 19, 2008 11:57 AM

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