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Grandma
10-08-2011, 08:00 AM
Al Davis is dead


Raiders owner Al Davis, whose legend began 60 years ago as an assistant coach with the Chargers and included a 1992 Hall of Fame induction in Canton, has died at 82.

The team's website released the news Saturday morning, posting a simple tribute with his name in large silver letters above "July 4, 1929-October 8, 2011."

The Raiders said the team will issue a statement later Saturday. No cause of death was released.

Reports surfaced in April that Davis had been hospitalized, but team executive Amy Trask told CSNCalifornia.com that Davis was in good health. The team said at the time Davis was doing well and was preparing for the draft.

wstsidela
10-08-2011, 08:19 AM
Good!

Premium Roast
10-08-2011, 08:25 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=thompson/011127_new

There is a much more humorous story in an early chapter of Thompson's 'Shark Hunt' about his initial visit to Raider camp and meeting Davis.

RIP Al. You ole bastard.

thefunkylama
10-08-2011, 08:52 AM
He was insane and creepy-looking as all get out in these later years. It's possible the Raiders will turn themselves around as a team after this, but at the same time, god damn, there goes the rest of a great man.

J~$$$$
10-08-2011, 09:13 AM
Al Davis was the reason the Broncos-Radiers Rivalry was so intense. I always wanted to throw a snowball at him when he visited Mile-Hi but never got the chance. Peace out Al.

TickleMeElmo
10-08-2011, 09:20 AM
This announcement is really more of a formality.

TickleMeElmo
10-08-2011, 09:24 AM
Now he's in a place where everybody runs the 40 in less than 4.3 seconds.

Premium Roast
10-08-2011, 09:26 AM
he was really fixated on that the last few years, huh

GeezrRckr
10-08-2011, 09:48 AM
I'm not one to usually spew hate at someone dying, but for this creep I declare "good riddance."

His mistreatment of players over the years (Marcus Allen, in particular) was the reason why I finally stopped paying attention to the Raiders. Hopefully his departure will cause a rebirth in the silver and black.

buddy
10-08-2011, 09:53 AM
the man was bat shit crazy, but he hired a lot of minority coaches when people weren't doing that in the league. r.i.p.

chunk
10-08-2011, 10:12 AM
He had his faults and pissed me off more times than I can remember, but I still feel sad today. He seemed larger that life during my childhood. The football Godfather. RIP.

nahuatldream
10-08-2011, 11:24 AM
As a Raider fan, he was the source of a lot of frustration in his later years, but, he WAS the Raiders and as he went, so did they (for good and bad). RIP.

Hmm, I just realized, we share a birthday. Cool.

suprefan
10-08-2011, 11:27 AM
He merged the 2 leagues, you gotta give him some credit. So will the Raiders draft slow players now?

shermanoaksyo
10-08-2011, 11:28 AM
Are we gonna end up with the Raiders and Chargers, now? Ugh. I guess I'd root for the Raiders.

TallGuyCM
10-08-2011, 02:40 PM
Now he's in a place where everybody runs the 40 in less than 4.3 seconds.

hahahahaha SIGGED