Al Michaels got caught up in some friendly banter with the paparazzi team at TMZ and, when asked if the Oakland Raiders could win the Super Bowl with 82-year-old owner Al Davis at the helm, he set off a media firestorm by saying no.
Here's the weird part, he's right.
While nobody outside of the organization knows exactly how much Davis' opinion matters to the personnel department, the fact that the Raiders consistently target players with good 40 times would suggest he still plays a key role in the decision making.
It's no surprise that Davis' team, as well as Ralph Wilson's Buffalo Bills, has struggled in recent seasons. The game has clearly passed these two veteran owners by and while Davis' pull is much larger than Wilson's, neither team will have any success until new ownership takes control.
The Raiders believe the reason Michaels took a shot at Davis was because the veteran announcer holds a grudge over a fake radio report that stated he committed adultery. The team says Davis has no part in the prank and that Michaels should stop having a personal vendetta against the team.
Irvin said the Raiders can certainly win a championship under Davis because the owner has a minimal effect on the team once the games start.
Sadly for the fans of the Black Hole, Irvin is forgetting that Davis has some part in the decision-making process. A process which has been a mess since the team appeared in the Super Bowl at the end of the 2002 season.
As it stands right now, the Raiders have some very promising pieces like Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford and Rolando McClain, but don't have nearly enough talent throughout the roster to compete for the Super Bowl.
Playing for the Oakland Raiders used to be something guys dreamed of doing. The team's slogan was “Commitment to Excellence” and they did a pretty good job of living up to it. But now, playing for the Raiders is the butt end of a bad joke.
Until Davis relinquishes any power he has over personnel decisions, the Raiders are doomed. Which is unfortunate because they have some of the most passionate fans in the league.