Today I was reading Yahoo! Sports and came across an article written by Michael Sliver who rated the NFL owners from 32 to 1 (worst to best).
Even before clicking the link, I had a feeling this was going to be a negative post towards the Oakland Raiders and their owner Al Davis.
I sometimes wonder how a guy like this becomes a writer for a major website like Yahoo.
What bugs me most about this article is that just six seasons ago, Al Davis had his franchise in the Super Bowl.
Franchises go through down periods. No team is perfect. No owner is always right in moves they make and some do little to help the product on the field.
Some owners take risk.
Al Davis has been in charge of the Oakland Raiders since 1963.
Al Davis was born in 1929—Michael Sliver there is something which you need to learn and its called respect.
Al Davis has created one of the most successful franchises in all of professional sports with the Oakland Raiders as one of only two teams to play in the Super Bowl in four different decades, winning three of them.
Not only that but Al Davis was a Pro Football Hall Of Fame inductee in 1992 and has inducted a record of nine former players of his into the Hall Of Fame.
You can call his methods crazy all you want, Al Davis doesn't follow trends, Al Davis does things his way and the Raiders have been quite successful over the years.
Look at the list of teams who haven't won a single Super Bowl
Buffalo Bills, 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.
None of their owners (past or present) were able to win a single Super Bowl.
How in the world can you base your opinion of Al Davis off of solely his last six seasons?
Do you think Al Davis cares what you think of him?
So what the man is old? People feel that he has loss his touch due to his age.
Well, you know what...When the Oakland Raiders rise again many people are going to have to eat their words.
In football terms, we are talking about a living legend. Look at the picture I posted above. Do you see that smile from winning the Super Bowl?
That fire still burns in Al Davis—even today as we prepare for the 2009-2010 season.
When it comes to football Al Davis knows what he's doing.
I don't care what you say, the Oakland Raiders are on there way to getting respect back. People love to kick someone while there down, but soon you will remember what it was like to play the Oakland Raiders, and what the Sliver and Black stand for. I don't care how long it takes, we will be back with Al Davis leading the way.
Draft expert, after draft expert hated on Al Davis for picking Darrius Heyward-Bey over Michael Crabtree, they said Al Davis proves again why Oakland will never be good until Davis leaves office.
Yet look how the whole saga has turned out.
As we prepare for the upcoming season, Crabtree has yet to sign, and Heyward-Bey is ready to go.
Stop acting like Al Davis is the only owner in the league to hit and miss on NFL first round draft picks, in the end, Al Davis was right more times then he was wrong.
I don't want to go on and on, and I never meant for this to be this long in the first place, but I just can't stand by when reporters like Michael Sliver write these uninformed articles for the public to read.
Al Davis isn't the worst owner in the NFL.
He has the rings to prove it.
Davis is a winner, always has and always will be—he has created the Oakland Raiders image, the Raider Nation fan base and the Black Hole. We are talking about Oakland California, TOWN BUISNESS!!
Al Davis runs his team out of my home, the Bay Area of Northern California and I couldn't be more proud of the man.
I love going to games and repping for Al Davis and the Raiders. I understand we have been down for some years, but to all my true Oakland Raiders fans, when our time comes around, the Raider Nation will once again shine on the rest of the NFL.
Thanks to all my Raider fans for reading.