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Al Davis Fools Only The Fools In Seymour Press Conference

Al's WingmanAnalyst ISeptember 14, 2009

Every time Al Davis speaks to the media, he shows more and more how his vision for the Oakland Raiders franchise is a shadow of its former self.

During the Richard Seymour press conference, Al spoke of greatness in terms of former trades that paid off.  He talks of players from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s who fit the Raiders system and helped define the franchise.

Now the future has arrived. There is no doubt Richard Seymour is a great player but in looking at the path he took to become a Raider, Al’s words ring hollow.  Raider greatness no longer exists in any form except the past.

In Al’s world, he thinks he’s sticking it to critics who suspected Seymour did not want to be a Raider because of his failure to report after being traded from New England.  Seymour’s mention of his childhood acknowledgement of the Sliver & Black is supposed to validate Al’s belief that all players want to be Raiders.

What Seymour’s presence in the Raiders lineup indicates is he is a victim of being sold down the river by his former coach Bill Belichick

It’s a reality in professional sports that every player is eventually expendable or replaceable, regardless of their achievements.  It all comes down to how well you can adapt to the ups and downs of winning, losing, being injured and of course traveling.

The wear and tear of travel is a key component of pro sports.  So to say that Seymour was not reporting because of family concerns is a blatant admission that he really just didn’t want to change teams.

People with a lot less money find ways to make do when the head of the household has to travel for work.  You don’t need to uproot your family on a moment’s notice.  You have enough money to take planes in your free time.

Sure, it is hard being separated from loved ones but this is your chosen profession.  You signed up to make several million dollars.  Travel is part of the deal.

Lots of players have families, kids in school, and all sorts of related issues.  You don’t refuse to report to your new team and then file a grievance with the NFLPA when your new team sends you a five day notice unless you have serious resistance.

Then, in the same breath as showering Seymour with greatness praise, Al informs us sending him the five day notice was his entitlement.

What’s a little legal nudge when greatness is concerned?

It’s all a complete sham.  This episode puts the dot on the i and crosses the t in pointing how the better players want nothing to do with Al Davis or the Raiders.  Not that the team can’t get better any given season, but more because Al’s reputation has sunk to new lows.

He’s got nothing left to offer anyone except a large paycheck. 

The reason Al won’t ever win again is because his manipulative ways are all backfiring.  What comes around goes around.  He’s doomed in far too many ways we can count, and as Raiders fans, the most entertainment we get are the dog and pony shows he creates out of press conferences.

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