As much as I love to watch ESPN, ESPN2, and Fox Sports, I can't stand the negative remarks towards Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders.
Whether it's personal attacks against Mr. Davis himself or attacks on the franchise, one thing is for sure: the Oakland Raiders are looked down on by almost every NFL broadcaster or so called NFL "expert."
Now I understand the Raiders over the years have always been a wild football team in the NFL.
If you look at the history books, a lot of these broadcasters were former NFL players who used to battle the Oakland Raiders: players such as Tom Jackson, Terry Bradshaw, Chris Carter, Ron Jaworski, Keyshawn Johnson, Chris Mortenson, Warren Sapp, etc. The list goes on and on.
The point being that over the years, all of these former players, coaches, and NFL experts in one way were against the Sliver and Black at one point of their career.
So now, when regular old football fans from across the nation see and hear the negative remarks, those fans learn to hate Oakland and Al Davis. It almost becomes "cool" to bash the Oakland Raiders during this current down period for the Raider Nation.
Al Davis doesn't get enough respect. These broadcasters say that Al Davis has lost touch of current times, and that Al Davis is too old. They say that until he leaves or dies, the Oakland Raiders will never return to glory.
Although the Oakland Raiders have been down since there 2003 Superbowl defeat, you can't take away the fact that Al Davis has won three Super Bowls in the NFL. If Al Davis feels his way is the right way, then so be it.
Look at all the teams in the NFL who have never won a single Super Bowl: Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, and New Orleans Saints.
And yet Al Davis has won three Super Bowls. Al Davis has been running the Oakland Raiders since 1960.
For the ones who want to poke hate towards Al Davis for his crazy draft picks or picking the wrong coaches, you know what? It doesn't matter the Oakland Raiders are Al Davis' team he can do whatever he wants, because Al Davis is the man.
People want to look down on his formula for winning, well ask yourself this, in a league where it's so hard to win Super Bowl championships, how many has your team won? Regardless whether it's 1960, 1977, 1983, 2003, or 2009.
Al Davis will always handle business the Oakland Raider way.
To all the NFL broadcasters on these major sports networks, keep hating on the Oakland Raiders. When the Raider Nation returns to glory, I don't want to hear a single word from Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Warren Sapp, Mel Kiper, or Todd McShay. For the last seven years of watching ESPN, I have heard nothing but negative comments.
There is nothing more I would love to see than Al Davis holding his fourth Super Bowl Championship in one hand and flipping the camera off with the other.