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By Matt Vensel | October 10, 2011
Iconic Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, he of the slicked hair, dark sunglasses and white jumpsuit, passed away on Saturday. He was memorialized by countless national football writers over the weekend, reminding fans like me who are under 30 years old that Davis was more than just the guy who had an annual ritual of selecting the fastest player on the board -- or the huskiest kicker in the case of Sebastian Janikowski -- in the first round of the...
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By Matt Vensel | November 7, 2012
Every week, I hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens' opponent that week. On Sunday, the Ravens play the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium. Thanks to Jerry McDonald, the Raiders beat writer for the Oakland Tribune and the Bay Area Newspaper Group, for giving us the lowdown this week. MV: I'm not sure how much our readers pay attention to what's going on out in Oakland, but with a new coach, a new general manager, and the late, great Al Davis rocking a white sweat suit up in heaven, how is the Raiders organization different than it was a couple of years ago?
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By R.E. Graswich and R.E. Graswich,McClatchy News Service | September 29, 1992
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It must be clean living. How else do you explain Sacramento's luck with the Raiders?Talk about close calls. I still get chills when I recall how the city almost handed Al Davis $50 million a couple of years ago. The cash wasn't an equity share in a proud old franchise. It was a finder's fee, a bribe to Dirty Al for gracing our community with his warmth, wit and playoff potential.Just think. Had Davis accepted the dough and moved the Raiders to Sacramento, we would be duty-bound to shell out $38 for tickets to see Todd Marinovich throw interceptions.
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By Matt Vensel | October 10, 2011
Iconic Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, he of the slicked hair, dark sunglasses and white jumpsuit, passed away on Saturday. He was memorialized by countless national football writers over the weekend, reminding fans like me who are under 30 years old that Davis was more than just the guy who had an annual ritual of selecting the fastest player on the board -- or the huskiest kicker in the case of Sebastian Janikowski -- in the first round of the...
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By Los Angeles Times | May 22, 1995
Not that the National Football League's presence in Southern California is tenuous, but the league's future here rests this week on the willingness of two longtime enemies to become partners.On one side of a hotel meeting room in Jacksonville, Fla., today was sitting an NFL Finance Committee composed of league owners who were once successfully sued by a fellow executive.On the other side was sitting that maverick, Los Angeles Raiders boss Al Davis. Together they will attempt to reach an agreement on the building of a stadium.
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By Ron Rapoport and Ron Rapoport,Los Angeles Daily News | October 4, 1994
NEWS ITEM: The National Football League is considering building a stadium in the Los Angeles area and contributing to its financing by holding the Super Bowl there on a regular basis. The stadium would be built with the help of local government and private enterprise or both. A permanent NFL theme park could be part of the stadium complex.Welcome to Frontiereland, the first stop on our tour of the NFL's Magic Kingdom. This portion of the park is sometimes called Six Flags Over Georgia and is a tribute to the woman who made it all possible.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | May 18, 1995
Reading Time: Two Minutes.The Los Angeles Raiders say they have discussed a move to Baltimore, Oakland is a couple of days away from offering the team its 13th straight annual deal, the NFL is reportedly set to build a football-only stadium at Hollywood Park (Inglewood) and Al Davis has Anaheim Stadium and even Dodger Stadium to threaten the L.A. Coliseum Commission with. It's all designed to give the fans a "first-class, state-of-the-art facility," of course. Not to mention all the proceeds from about 150 luxury boxes Davis can bank.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 6, 1992
Who's in that bobsled? Al Davis wants to knowALBERTVILLE, France -- Los Angeles Raiders coach Art Shell won't be coming to the Winter Olympics. But don't bet against Raiders owner Al Davis showing up for the two-man bobsled competition that begins Feb. 15.The reason?Raiders tight end Greg Harrell will be pushing the U.S.A. II sled driven by Brian Richardson."Coach Shell wanted to come, but said he wouldn't be able to," said Harrell, a former University of Maryland player who lives in Columbia, Md. "But Al Davis is definitely interested.
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By Sun staff writer Ken Murray | August 29, 1997
Five coaches who could be job-hunting by the end of the year:Cowboys' Barry Switzer: At least Barry can always say he won a Super Bowl.Bears' Dave Wannstedt: Unsettled quarterback situation and working on third personnel man in five years. (Got contract extension through 2000.)Raiders' Joe Bugel: The puppet coach for Al Davis.dTC Seahawks' Dennis Erickson: Paul Allen didn't put up all that money for mediocrity.Vikings' Dennis Green: After four playoff losses, he needs a postseason win desperately.
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By BILL ORDINE | January 26, 2008
We know about the stark-raving looniness that characterized Marge Schott's time as owner of the Cincinnati Reds, and the Madness of King George of the Bronx has been well documented. Now, Al Davis' stewardship of the Oakland Raiders is taking a decidedly unfortunate turn. It was reported yesterday that Davis - once considered one of the most canny operators in sports - sent a letter to coach Lane Kiffin asking him to resign. Kiffin has been on the job one year, and the early word is that he refused.
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By Sam Farmer | December 12, 2010
Maurice Jones-Drew is a running back and always has been. But by John Madden 's thinking, the Jaguars star is pro football's best "corner" back. "I've always had that theory that in the NFL as fans we kind of forget the teams on the corners of the map — Buffalo, Seattle, Jacksonville," Madden said in a recent phone interview. "I think the Jaguars are the most underrated team in the NFL. " Said Jones-Drew: "In Jacksonville, if we don't win games in a dramatic fashion or don't do something crazy in a game, you really don't see us on 'SportsCenter' or NFL Network.
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April 22, 2010
Count on the Raiders Omar Kelly Sun Sentinel Raiders owner Al Davis has thrown many drafts off course in his five decades of running the Oakland Raiders' draft room, and this year won't be any different. Good old Al (and I do mean old) will mock everyone's mock draft by doing something out of the box, coming from left field with a selection such as Darrius Heyward-Bey, whom the Raiders took with the No. 7 pick, making this marginal Maryland receiver the first wideout taken in 2009.
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By Kevin Cowherd | April 15, 2010
Now it's officially getting ugly. Remember how the Orioles motto this season was supposed to be a variation of the old Al Davis saying: "Just win, baby?" Now it's officially getting ugly. Remember how the Orioles' motto this season was supposed to be a variation of the old Al Davis saying: "Just win, baby"? So far that's not working out real well. Just nine games into the season, the Orioles looked completely devoid of life in a 9-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday at Camden Yards.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | November 27, 2008
So many candidates, so little space. Tom turkeys Isiah Thomas, the Dallas Cowboys' Adam Jones and Bud Selig made my short list, but only one man belonged at the top of the pecking order: Al Davis, the four-bald-tires-on-ice owner of the hapless Oakland Raiders. Out of control and with no traction, Davis has gone from being the force that drove the Raiders to three Super Bowl victories and NFL honchos to distraction to being a laughingstock incapable of doing anything but running his mouth.
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By BILL ORDINE | August 19, 2008
What a bizarre world the Oakland Raiders inhabit. While other NFL camps are abuzz with optimism and crackling with competition, Raiders coach Lane Kiffin sounds defeated already and says there are not enough people fighting for jobs in his camp. In a newspaper report, Kiffin complained that the Raiders organization (read: owner Al Davis) wasn't bringing in available bodies who could push the players on a team that was 4-12 a year ago. He flat-out called some of the guys he has "borderline," who will make the club simply because there is no one to replace them.
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By BILL ORDINE | January 26, 2008
We know about the stark-raving looniness that characterized Marge Schott's time as owner of the Cincinnati Reds, and the Madness of King George of the Bronx has been well documented. Now, Al Davis' stewardship of the Oakland Raiders is taking a decidedly unfortunate turn. It was reported yesterday that Davis - once considered one of the most canny operators in sports - sent a letter to coach Lane Kiffin asking him to resign. Kiffin has been on the job one year, and the early word is that he refused.
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By Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | November 19, 1992
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Al and Lila Davis have bee married for 46 years -- or so they thought.They could clearly remember the wedding, a small ceremony at the New York City home of Lila Davis' parents. And they clearly remember receiving a certificate from the family rabbi certifying a Jewish wedding.But it wasn't until six years ago, when they sought a duplicate copy of their marriage certificate, that they learned that the rabbi had never submitted their marriage license and that there was no official record of the wedding.
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By Paul Needell and Paul Needell,New York Daily News | July 31, 1992
*TC Joe Namath at 49 is tanned and fit, grinning and in great spirits, happy and handsome as ever. The signs of wear and tear don't become evident until he begins to walk, or has to climb a step. Then, the most famous player in New York Jets history looks like he is learning to walk all over again.To a large extent, he is.It has been just three months since Namath underwent replacement surgery on both knees, but already he can get around without the use of a cane. He is not at all self-conscious about the scars, arriving at Jets camp yesterday appropriately attired in polo shirt and shorts.
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By MIKE PRESTON | January 26, 2003
SAN DIEGO - Now that we've gotten through all the subplots like Jon Gruden vs. Bill Callahan, the Oakland geriatrics and the vagabond quarterbacks, and have heard from owners who still wear black leather jump suits (Al Davis) and who remind you of the Clampetts from The Beverly Hillbillies (the Glazers in Tampa), it's time to move on to the bottom line of Super Bowl XXXVII. If the fat boys on Oakland's offensive line can snack on Tampa Bay like a good, old Philly cheese steak and eventually wear down the Bucs at the end of three quarters, the Raiders will win tonight.
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By Laura Price-Brown and Laura Price-Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 8, 2003
ALAMEDA, Calif. - There is a place on the other side of San Francisco's Bay Bridge where flecks of silver glimmer as beguilingly on heads of hair as in the team's menacing crest. Here, NFL players cast aside because of salary caps, injuries and depth charts toss away their afghans and feel the spring return to their weary legs. Forget searching for eternal youth in Florida. Did Ponce de Leon ever do away with shoulder pads in January? "Seeing what they had accomplished in the past and knowing what type of team they are, they were going to be competitive and have a chance to win a ring," said Oakland Raiders safety Rod Woodson.
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