Pride and Poise Is All About Crushing Lane Kiffin

Al's WingmanAnalyst IMarch 16, 2009

In case you missed it, the locking of horns battle between Lane Kiffin and Al Davis is starting to take on a new legal phase. 

Lil' Kiff will give a deposition next week in his grievance against the team for being dismissed "with cause."  This is a battle which Lil' Kiff is surely going to lose—and lose badly. 

We already know this because Lil' Kiff is his own worst enemy, even more so than his archenemy, Mr. Davis. 

Lil' Kiff has no game regardless if he has expensive sunglasses, a Mercedes, control of a big fat budget at University of Tennessee and whatever underlings he gets to boss around.

You don't take on Davis in the legal arena.  Even if he loses, he wins.  He'll wear you down worse than a pencil eraser on SAT day. 

Davis' legal history is an endless saga of "finger-pointing, placing blame and exacting revenge."  (a quotable by Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News).

This is the same Davis who suckered a bunch of Wall Street guys into buying into the franchise as "partners" and then doling out that cash like lollipops.

Yes, that Wall Street trick was slick.  I mean come on, there's no way Davis knew the economy would tank right after he collected those multi-millions, right?

Just like he did Wall Street, Davis is playing Kiffin like a fiddle (or a banjo or ukulele).  He is going to show Lil' Kiff that playing a bad hand with the media, setting a bad example as a head coach, failing to honor the language of his contract all will spell his legalized doom.


Al is too slick to do legal battle with.  Speaking of which, if you are a Raider fan and you haven’t read Mark Ribowksy's book "Slick: The Silver and Black Life of Al Davis" then you should pick it up (plenty of cheap used copies available online).


The book explains the roots of Al's mentality of whatever it takes.  Al not only believes he can dominate everything put in front of him but he craves to dominate it with a passion unheard of. 


Whatever Al Davis chose to do with his life, he used a military style freight train strategy, demolishing everything in his path.  Even his closest associations (of which he has very few) contains a trail of broken branches and hard feelings.


Al doesn't operate as an ordinary person would. He has to crush you.  He can't just walk away from a business deal that went south.  He has to make you pay dearly for opposing him.


Of course, you already know this but it bears a reminder on the eve of the opening round of Lil' Kiff's final ongoing saga of demise.  His error was getting involved with anything to do with Davis to begin with.


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