just yesterday nobody had a problem making fun of him and called him a terrible owner, now that hes dead everyone is like "awww poor Al Davis he was such a great owner he did such great things for the NFL in the 60s and 70s" yeah it sucks when anybody dies but get off his nuts
Originally posted by TheFunkyChicken:
He was obviously not the easiest man to work with. But his bullheaded desire to do everything his way is part of what shaped the Raiders, the modern NFL, and the bay area sports landscape.
One thing that just about everyone agreed on about him is that he knew football like no other owner.
His style was a tough fit with the complexities of today's pro sports business. He was, more than any other owner, a combination of fan and GM. The sort of combination that many of us on this board obviously fantasize about being.
Most of us are too young to have seen anything but the misfit that didn't want to work within the confines of salary caps, league wide TV deals, and commissioner autocracy. But there was a time when guys like him were able to do great things, and built the NFL into the most popular sport in the country.
As a tip of my cap to one of the long time legends of the game, I will be rooting for the Raiders this sunday.
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