Caldwell recalls experience with Al Davis


Doing the family thing today and am currently attempting to get a brined turkey breast smoked (mesquite, hickory) in the backyard before the rains come.

Here’s a fascinating story on the Web site AOL Fanhouse on the experience Colts coach Jim Caldwell had with Al Davis 30 years ago.

Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to everyone.

I’ll be checking in Sunday from Colts-Raiders, of course.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Merry Christmas Jerry.
    We appreciate your hard work, so keep up the great work.
    Enjoy your smoked turkey breast.

  • What up Nation?
    Merry Christmas to all!

  • Very cool story. Merry X-mas all!

  • hwnrdr

    Mele Kalikimaka Nation!

  • EMRaiders

    Feliz Navidad Raider Familia!

    Tough game coming up, but I believe in Christmas miracles. We win, SD loses, KC loses and the playoffs are just 2 weeks away!!!

    Ind 27 OAK 28


  • hwnrdr

    That was a cool story…

  • RaiderRetribution

    Peace on earth!

  • Alameda Lee

    That is a pretty awesome story.

  • Plunketthead

    Merry Christmas Jerry and thanks for the blog.
    Thanks to your staff as well for doing such a fine job trolling

  • HairyBush

    Merry Xmas to all

  • Bobby Bushay

    Merry Christmas, Jerry, from Columbus, Ohio. The best to you and your family! Same to all of Raider Nation!

  • Merry Christmas Jerry to you and your family!

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  • 90806RAIDER77

    Merry Christmas to you Jerry, and to all RAIDER fans everywhere

  • LondonRaider

    Merry Christmas from Melbourne, especially to you Jerry.

  • JLofty

    Merry Christmas Nation!
    And Jerry best of luck out there. You are too late I’m afraid. It’s raining turkeys in the NoBay.

  • Ghost2Post

    Merry Xmas everyone!
    If we go no further than this, it’s been a great year.
    Fight on!!

  • VanHeathen

    Happy Holidays to the ONLY Nation,
    the original nation,
    the Raider Nation!

    Hope everyone of you has a Happy, Healthy Holiday…
    Enjoy the day, tommorow it’s back to business,
    winning the AFC West…

    Go Raiders!

  • rAiDeR_DyNaStY


  • 504 Raider

    Merry Christmas to all of the “Nation.” And to the USA as well.

  • 504 Raider

    Al Davis has done more for Race Relations in this country than the Rainbow Coalition…..

  • SuicideRaider

    Merry Christmas NATION!

  • raidermarty

    Merry Christmas RAIDER NATION from orange county!!!!!!!!

  • raidermarty

    Watching jerry jones on nfl network makes me glad Al Davis is our owner. jerry jones annoys the heck out of me

  • Raider56

    I love God, Baby Jesus, Al Davis and the Raiders. Merry Christmas Nation.

  • Merry Xmas, Jerry & all of Raider Nation!

  • fingers

    Merry Christmas to the Raider Nation….. And to all you fans of the lesser teams…

  • Gary

    Merry Christmas to you too Jerry….to your family and the Raider Nation as well!

  • alex7


    I have that Ghost to the Post game on DVD, if you want a Christmas present 🙂

    That’s awesome you saw it live.

  • alex7


    Have been a fan for about 25 years. I’m 31, and remember watching and listening to the Raiders in the 80s.

    Through video, I’ve been able to see many of Oakland’s games dating back to the Ghost to the Post season, the 70s games against the Steelers, games vs Griese and the Shula-led Dolphins…fun history.

  • alex7

    and R8rwill,

    that fact about QBs and who they are after 5-6 years starting shows true for just about every QB the last two decades. The NFL wad completely different in the 60s and 70s with race issues and lack of technology/scouting.

    So I’d say there’s merit to that 5 year starting stat until anyone can show otherwise.

  • alex7

    Great Al Davis story up there.

    Hard not to miss the old Al Davis, as far as missing so much good that he did with the NFL, with race relations, at USC, and his ahead-of-the-curve tactics with the Raiders.

  • djohnnyg

    We had my 80 year old Aunt over for the holiday and she shakes when she talks (like Katherine Hepburn) and on the way to our house she drove straight into a ditch. Seems she thought the ditch was the actual road and just drove straight into it. Now, our Al Davis is 81 and he is the acting GM of the Raiders. At that age, how effective can he reallly be? I have not known ANY 80 plus yr. old who has the mental capacity to do a whole heck of alot. I’m not saying an 81 yr. old can’t be effective but all the 80 plus yr. olds I’ve known have trouble even forming cohesive thoughts. They are always forgetting things, and have a lot of trouble doing even rudimentary tasks. There are exceptions of course, alhough I’ve never met one in person, but I’ll grant that it is possible.

    I guess Mr. Davis is the exception, but running an NFL franchise and handling the duties of GM is a mentally tough job for a 30 yr. old, no less an 81 yr. old.

    How long can Al Davis do this and what happens if/when he becomes totally mentally incapacitated or starts making delusional and unsound decisions? Does the league have recourse if an owner loses it mentally, or can Al Davis continue to run this franchise like a Colonel Kurtz; alone on an island with a group of submissive natives?

    A legend at 81 yrs. old is still 81 yrs. old.

  • djohnnyg

    After reading that story I’m sure there is one incorrugible jerk who will claim that Caldwell made the story up, and that he was laughing behind Al’s back or that he had his fingers crossed when he said it. Nobody could possibly be indebted to Al Davis for ANYTHING.

  • jebus krist, what a game!?

  • RaiderDebo

    Tonight’s game is proof that an NFL QB’s success is directly related to his supporting cast. Tony Romo is good. But with the talent they have at WR, all three QBs have looked damn good. And Skelton was the hero tonight because of Fitz. If we ever want to have a great passing offense, we have to overhaul the WR position no matter who the QB is.

  • Even pushing 80, former Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon is still basketball’s Clown Prince
    He left the Globetrotters more than 30 years ago and reportedly is pushing 80, but the “ageless” Clown Prince of Basketball — he puts his age at “between 118 and 150” — is not retired.
    He left the Globetrotters, he says, to bring more balance to his life. An ordained minister and Christian evangelist, he awakens daily at 4 a.m. Then, after stretching, shooting baskets and running wind sprints for 2½ hours, he turns to his ministry. As an evangelist, he says, he makes more than 100 appearances a year.
    He also finds time to play 60 to 80 games annually, his next scheduled for this weekend in Anchorage, Alaska. That’s down from the 350 a year he used to play with the Globetrotters worldwide, but still quite a load for a near-octogenarian.

  • 504 Raider

    Down here in New Orleans there is an older man name Dr. Norman Francis. He is the president of Xavier University. This guy is like Al Davis (sharp as a tack).

    He was named the most powerful man in New Orleans just two years ago and he was appointed to head the Hurricane Katrina recovery in Louisiana by Bush in 2005. This man is always on TV doing great things for that University and the City of New Orleans.

    He is the longest current sitting president of any College or University in the United States at over 41 years serving. The man is still going and shows no signs of slowing down. He’s got to be 80 plus.

    So I can still see how Al can still have it going.

  • Merry Christmas to all, Jerry, enjoy with the family! Let’s upset on Sunday, my present from Santa, and RaiderTW, I have seen Meadowlark Lemon 5 times, the consumate gentleman, he leads by example. Happy Holliday’s to all my brothers, even MR! Night Gents!

  • The Dirtee Raccoon

    Merry Christmas NATION!

  • Merry Christmas Al bashers and kool aid drinkers, and those of you who think you’re all pragmatic and above the fray when you know you’re kool aid drinkers. And a happy nuevo ano prospero with much dinero and patron and cuervo and maybe Modelo!

  • LOL. Wow. Reaching into the barrel to find successful 80 year olds now, to make the case that Al’s in his prime? The kool aid flows 24/7/365. ha ha. So who do we have so far? Meadowlark Lemon? Keep ’em coming.

  • Duct Tape

    I read this blog numerous times a day, although I do not post often. I wanted to say to all the readers Merry Christmas Raider Nation!

  • UCSBPreMedMike

    Surprised Davis didn’t remember doing something like that? Al-zheimer Davis??? Hope not. Ugly disease. Great story though.