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This was the Raiders' first game since the passing of owner Al Davis.
On Saturday morning, the NFL lost one of its greatest characters in the form of Al Davis. Davis, who became managing partner of the Oakland Raiders in 1972, helped see the Northern California franchise to an extraordinary amount of success.
Between 1976 and 1983, the Raiders won three super bowls under the stewardship of Davis. He was never afraid of controversy, and he often upset "Raider Nation" by benching or trading away players who had been large role players on the team. He would also lead the team to make peculiar draft choices, as evidenced by the 2000 NFL draft, in which he took Polish kicker Sebastian Janikowski 17th overall.
The late owner is the reason that you won't find the name "Oakland" on any Raiders apparel. Davis stated that he wanted to be able to move the team to any city at his whim, another one of his many odd characteristics.
In losing Al Davis, the sports world has lost one of its few remaining characters. Davis is a man who will certainly be missed by all football fans. Always an entertainer, his motto for the franchise was "Win baby, win." And on Sunday, that's exactly what the Raiders did.