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Al Davis turns 82

Raiders owner Al Davis, one of those truly only-in-America stories, turns 82 today.

Here’s a column on Davis posted on the Inside Bay Area Web site by longtime columnist Martin Snapp which illustrates the “you’re with us or you’re against us” approach the Raiders owner had with the media back in the 60s.

As the column illustrates, Davis’ acts of behind-the-scenes kindness for those he feels are in his corner are legendary.

Davis hasn’t had regular exchanges with the local media for years now, saving his best theater for press conference situations where he demonstrates he’ll turn on a coach in a minute if they do anything to undermine the greatness of his Raiders. That’s the other side of Al, and no less fascinating.

At an advanced age, the challenges have never been greater for the organization which has been his life. The Raiders face serious economic difficulties in an environment the richest owners are looking to maximize profits for themselves at the expense of the league as a whole.

The Raiders reached mediocrity last year at 8-8 after an unprecedented run of seven consecutive seasons of 11 or more losses, and Davis is looking to Hue Jackson to help him return his team to championship form.

From a purely selfish perspective, here’s hoping Davis gets his wish. As John Madden has said hundreds of times, the NFL is a better and more interesting league when the Raiders are good. Depending on how long the lockout continues, the NFL will need all the help it can get.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Bauce Rules

    Its like getting I-280 and I-880 confused hahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Bauce Rules

    Naw Kell….Im not interested in holding a similar job to Mrs Kelly….diaper changing on grown men not my thing

  • Bauce Rules

    But Kell nevermind Al for a seCond……anything on those links or that Elway quote from Sac Bee in 09?

  • Bauce Rules

    Chomp on that for a sec with your wooden George Washington teeth….I’ll be back later to see the riveting answers

  • Never mind Al? this is a Raider blog right?

    *The Raiders haven’t developed a homegrown QB in 43 years!!!!

    *The Raiders recently set an NFL Record for Losing.

    *The Raiders have lost 57% of their games since 1989.
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  • Davy Jones

    How about the most recent data, statistician?

    * The 2010 Raiders tied for 2nd in sacks

    * The 2010 Raiders starter at RB was 2nd in the league in overal yardage and led the league in runs of 20+ and 40+ yards

    * The 2010 Raiders swept their AFC opponents.

  • Good. Like I said, Hue Jackson is Al Davis’ last chance.

  • Davy Jones

    Not going to say you’re wrong. Al might have another chance after Hue, but at 82 he won’t have many.

    But I like how it feels. Hue’s the first coach since Gruden that can beat another team with a gameplan, IMHO.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hue Jackson is Al Davis’ last chance

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    Kell,

    I don’t think the Jackson/Campbell duo is anything close to the Gruden/Gannon combo.

    Hue Jax & JCamp have potential, but remember that nobody wanted Campbell as a starting QB and nobody wanted Jackson as a Head Coach prior to Al Davis snagging the both as a “hope for the best” measure. These guys are nowhere near AS GOOD AS IT GETS imo

    I’m not even certain they’ll bludgeon Fox & Tebow over in Dungver!

  • Davy Jones Says:
    July 7th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Not going to say you’re wrong. Al might have another chance after Hue, but at 82 he won’t have many.
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    Not only the age. But 22,000 season ticket holders. Another coaching change would decimate even that meager amount.

    No businessman can go on without customers.

  • Master Beeecham

    Brian the Genital its going to be so awesome to see you hide and wait for the season to start. Can’t wait to roast you every day about it!

    Of course when it does, you’ll start begging me to show up to go Hermes Franca on your melon.

    That’s 2 months you’ll be hiding scared from your master and lord, Beeecham.

    So which blogger are you calling tonight for some chit chat? Too hilarious! I love it!

    Just brought in the Coors Light Party Ball for some mad jacuzzi action. Holla back at yo bizz oy.

  • Al Davis right now is an anvil around the necks of the other investors.

  • raiderfankirk

    Bicher why don’t you send us a few pics of those skins,boat, and hoes

  • Master Beeecham

    Ha, there’s my newest minion/servant raiderfandork, showing up on cue to give me praise.

    So which fast food joint in Sacramento do you clean milkshake machines for?

    C’mon minion newbie, tell my fellow bloggers all about yourself!

    MO MONEY = NO PROBLEMS (TRUST ME, I KNOW)

  • raiderfankirk

    Bicher you mean you got a 40 of Coors for a bidet? LMFAO …what a joke. Only a real dweeb would keep makin whist like that up.

  • Master Beeecham

    Hurts to have to serve folks like me and my ladies in your drive thru lane, huh little dork?

    I love that I can get under your skin so easily. Honestly, I don’t remember owning a blogger this quickly before. But I’ll take it!

    And to answer your question, yes I am strongly considering you for my stable of obedient minions.

    FILET MIGNON FOR BREAKFAST BIGGIE SMALLS STYLE Y’ALL

  • @Raiderfankirk

    FYI:

    What Is A Troll?

    The term derives from “trolling”, a style of fishing which involves trailing bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The troll posts a message, often in response to an honest question, that is intended to upset, disrupt or simply insult the group.

    Usually, it will fail, as the troll rarely bothers to match the tone or style of the group, and usually its ignorance shows.

    Why do trolls do it?

    I believe that most trolls are sad people, living their lonely lives vicariously through those they see as strong and successful.

    Disrupting a stable newsgroup gives the illusion of power, just as for a few, stalking a strong person allows them to think they are strong, too.

    For trolls, any response is ‘recognition’; they are unable to distinguish between irritation and admiration; their ego grows directly in proportion to the response, regardless of the form or content of that response.

    Trolls, rather surprisingly, dispute this, claiming that it’s a game or joke; this merely confirms the diagnosis; how sad do you have to be to find such mind-numbingly trivial timewasting to be funny?

    Remember that trolls are cowards; they’ll usually post just enough to get an argument going, then sit back and count the responses (Yes, that’s what they do!).

    http://www.flayme.com/troll/

  • raiderfankirk

    Bicher I got problems just like everybody else. Some more than others like dilutions of grandger.

  • Master Beeecham

    Krappy I’m glad you have plenty of free time to research blog terminology rather than go out and hustle an actual, legitimate real estate listing.

    Love you, old fool – don’t ever change!!

    Nerds, I can’t decide if I should take the ladies back to Javier’s tonight or down to Rampart for some Tommy burgers and wine coolers.

    Guess I’ll put on some classic Toto and get this figured out, wizzle.

  • Master Beeecham

    Not sure what grandger is – a new items on the value menu perhaps?

    Dork, don’t worry I’ve got your problems solved. Now that you’re almost one of my official minions, you’ll have real meaning in your life. That is the gift I sometimes give to people.

    And maybe, just maybe, you’ll be invited to work one of my party boats as a humble shrimp cocktail servant.

    WHAT WHAT

  • FYI: Bumb Beech Is A Troll.

    What Is A Troll?

    The term derives from “trolling”, a style of fishing which involves trailing bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The troll posts a message, often in response to an honest question, that is intended to upset, disrupt or simply insult the group.

    Usually, it will fail, as the troll rarely bothers to match the tone or style of the group, and usually its ignorance shows.

    Why do trolls do it?

    I believe that most trolls are sad people, living their lonely lives vicariously through those they see as strong and successful.

    Disrupting a stable newsgroup gives the illusion of power, just as for a few, stalking a strong person allows them to think they are strong, too.

    For trolls, any response is ‘recognition’; they are unable to distinguish between irritation and admiration; their ego grows directly in proportion to the response, regardless of the form or content of that response.

    Trolls, rather surprisingly, dispute this, claiming that it’s a game or joke; this merely confirms the diagnosis; how sad do you have to be to find such mind-numbingly trivial timewasting to be funny?

    Remember that trolls are cowards; they’ll usually post just enough to get an argument going, then sit back and count the responses (Yes, that’s what they do!).

    http://www.flayme.com/troll/

  • Master Beeecham

    Krappy, you’re like a lovable old circus pet – you do whatever trick I want!

    Now post the Raiders record over the last 7 years. Or tell us how much you hate Al Davis.

    I’m sure KrappyWife and her bowl cut never get sick of hearing that one!

    Hilarious

  • raiderfankirk

    @kk. If calling a blatant liar a liar is a troll. Then yes I’m a troll . I come here to read Raider football. If I wanted to read politics then I would go to a political site. If I hated Al Davis and had no hope for the team I was clamming to be a fan of then I would go somewhere else.

  • raiderfankirk

    Masterbater.Do you ever post anything about Raider football?

  • raiderfankirk

    Enough of the BS. I know training camp cut down numbers will probably be larger this year because of the offseason crap. Does anyone think the final roster will be larger than 53?

  • raiderfankirk

    Maybe a prelude to an 18 game schedule?

  • raiderfankirk

    Just watched Plax on NFLN,very humbled. If I was any GM in the league I would want this guy on my team.

  • Trade DMAC! Glass ass will nev bring mo…

  • raiderfankirk

    Trade DMAC? He’s still a kid. We’re still 2or3seasons away from his best football. Dude has best hands on the team.

  • raiderfankirk Says:
    July 7th, 2011 at 4:47 pm
    Just watched Plax on NFLN,very humbled. If I was any GM in the league I would want this guy on my team.

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    this is a test….

  • DIE YOU ROTTEN SOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dcraiderfan

    tick tock tick tick tock Grandpa Al slipping ever close! A reprieve from the staff at the nursing home. Give up my beloved RAIDERS, go away to a better place as fan not an owner! Happy BDay, geezer!