Ice Cube has done it again Raider fans. ESPN showed the premiere of Ice Cubes "Straight out of LA" tonight and it was great. It basically covers the thirteen year period that the Raiders stayed in Los Angeles and what it meant for the fans.
To begin with both Ice Cube and Snoop Dog talk about what the Raiders meant to them in their youth and also how it affected their recordings. The affect of wearing Los Angeles Raider colors Silver and Black and how even teams i.e. the LA Kings went to Silver and Black and the profits resulting. This story just really lays everything out on the table and if youre a Raider fan like me , I just have to get a DVD of this movie.
Ice Cube even interviews legendary Al Davis. He asked Al what happened between him and Raider RB Marcus Allen. There's also interviews with Howie Long, and it even shows the video of the Los Angeles Raiders "Silver and Black". It was just a great segment and to me it showed the greatness of the Raiders at that time. this was a Superbowl team and LA was glad to have em.
Al Davis moved the team to Los Angeles when Oakland refused to build his coliseum. Al Davis has always handled business in his own way which is why I am glad he is Al. It should be noted that the Raiders won a Superbowl in Los Angeles with Marcus Allen being the MVP.
I highly recommend this segment and hope that you can enjoy it when ESPN airs it again on this Thursday May 13th. It is just always wonderful to see how the Raiders have done so much for peoples everywhere.
The segment itself mentions Al Davis as being the first to hire a Latino coach (Tom Flores) and a black coach (Art Shell) which means that there are no boundaries in Oakland. Al Davis has been fair and does not discriminate unless you are the NFL.
I also enjoyed it when Al Davis says the Raiders have been sued numerous times but yet the Raiders have sued no one. Its great to see Al Davis say we won the majority of the cases and yes they have. I remember when the Raiders were sued by the Pittsburgh Steelers for playing to rough. That's Classic Raiders!
I would hope that the current Raider players watch this story and see what a great opportunity they have and thats bringing the greatness back to the Raiders with hard hits and wins! I love the direction the Oakland Raiders are heading and Raidernation I am hoping for a 10-6 season and the Oakland Raiders getting back the AFC West title.
Go Raiders! Go Ice Cube!!!!