Is Al Davis Bull Headed, Somewhat Like Paul Westhead?

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIApril 3, 2010

ALAMEDA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a press conference to announce the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin of the Oakland Raiders at thier training facility on Septemer 30, 2008 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Paul Westhead probably doesn't care if the media calls him "bull headed." I just heard this tag on him a few minutes ago on television. I immediately thought that bull headed is probably what some people call Al Davis.

Maybe that's what it takes these days.

Why do I say this?

Well, Westhead is the only coach so far in history who has won championships in both the NBA and the WNBA. This man has turned both men and women into champions.

Another thing that made me think about Davis is that Westhead reportedly likes the "run and gun" game. He coaches his teams to move fast and to "tire out" the opponent.

He admitted in the telecast that his team may not always win the game, but the opponent will certainly remember his team and the fast, aggressive performance on the court.

Over the years I have seen and read that Davis loves speed. That is the "run."

He also has been known to go for the "deep threat" receivers who know how to get to the endzone. That is or was his "gun."

Most of all, it seems that some of the best coaches in football and other sports are the ones who are bull headed, strong and determined to have a winning team.

One thing we do know is that "wimps" don't make it in life or in sports. Strength, smarts and determination are qualities that separate the winners from the losers.

Are you a winner? If so, think about what it took to win whatever game you played. Did you stand strong and "hold your guns." Or, did you back down, and "scratch your head" like a clown?

It just makes sense to be a little "bull headed" when you have set a goal of getting at least two more Super Bowl victories when you are 80 years old.

A soft approach won't work when you know the clock is ticking and your time is running out.

For that matter, the clock is ticking on each of us. Whatever goals we have set, we need to be a bit "bull headed" and press toward the mark of our "high call."

A little Hebrew won't hurt since there is a word in the language which means "to miss the mark."

So, Davis does not want to miss the mark (get two more Super Bowl wins). Furthermore, he probably knows the meaning of "chatar" which means "to miss the mark." Davis was an English major and he, no doubt, is very familiar with languages.

The English translation for "missing the mark" is "to sin." So, we don't want "to sin," we want to "win."

Go Raiders! Don't miss the mark (to sin), just win, baby!


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