Let's Send Al Davis Off with a Bang

TommyCorrespondent IIIMay 15, 2010

ALAMEDA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and Tom Cable speak during a press conference after being named new head coach after the firing of 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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Al Davis was born on July 4, 1929. In 1963, he was assigned the head coaching and general manager job of the Oakland Raiders. He became the commissioner of the American Football League three years later, only to return the Oakland after the merge of the AFL and NFL.

Fast forward to 44 years later, Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders have three Super Bowl wins and appeared in five.

The Raiders have had the second worst record in the NFL since 2002, with only the Detroit Lions losing more.

Ever since, the Raider Nation has been ridiculed by the ignorant fans of the teams that we have so long dominated in our team's existence.

In our attempts to climb back to the top, we drafted key position players on offense, such as JaMarcus Russell, Darren McFadden, and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that these players have not played as well as hoped.

Fast forward a little more up until this very moment. JaMarcus Russell is no longer a part of the team. The team traded for a quarterback who can run an offense in Jason Campbell.

The team's current best running back is finally getting the appreciation that he deserves, supported by one of the best college athletes ever in Darren McFadden. Chaz Schilens and Louis Murphy have made it look like they were Tim Brown and Jerry Rice in 2002 compared to our receivers last year.

On the other side of the ball, our defense is looking to be one of the best, on paper. We drafted two rookie run stoppers early by selecting Rolando McClain and Lamarr Houston. We improved our pass rush and pass defense by trading for Kamerion Wimbley to team up with Trevor Scott, Nnamdi Asomugha, Michael Huff, Chris Johnson, and Tyvon Branch, as well as drafting Walter McFadden, Stevie Brown, and Jeremy Ware.

The Oakland Raiders organization is starting to take shape again and it's time for the Raiders to return to the top of the league where they belong.Β 

Now, time to connect all of that to the title of this article.Β 

Al Davis is now 80 years old. It's obvious that his time is close. However, we have the opportunity to give the legend a few more Superbowl wins before that terrible day comes.

This Raiders team is the best we've had in nearly a decade. I believe that with a little hard work, we can win the Superbowl for Al. Sure, call me a stupid, ignorant, dumb, etc. for making such a bold comment. I know it's possible and I know that the rest of the Raider Nation believes in the same thing.

Here's to a great 2010 season, Raider Nation! We prepared to root for the team in January, because we're making the playoffs!

On an unrelated note, I'm opening a sports discussion forum up soon with the focus on our beloved Raiders. Just thought that I'd let my fellow Bleacher Reporters know before anyone else does. Hope to see you guys help out my forum when it opens!


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