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tsiguy96
10-08-2011, 08:28 AM
http://www.raiders.com/

wow.

Dr. Broncenstein
10-08-2011, 08:31 AM
http://blogs.e-rockford.com/willpfeifer/files/2011/08/No-Darth_Vader.jpg

bowtown
10-08-2011, 08:32 AM
RIP old crazy man. You meant a lot to the game.

Gort
10-08-2011, 08:32 AM
http://www.raiders.com/

wow.

in life, he was a worthy opponent and played the villain role well (just ask Pete Rozelle).

in death, i hope he finds greener pastures.

Dr. Broncenstein
10-08-2011, 08:33 AM
I'm serious when I say I wished he could have lived forever. Plus, I was kind of convinced he was going to live forever. Bummer.

Rulon Velvet Jones
10-08-2011, 08:34 AM
Yeah, it was one thing to make fun of the guy, but RIP. He was an interesting owner and a character. He was a tremendous part of that franchise and the face of the NFL and will be hard to replace.

Rohirrim
10-08-2011, 08:35 AM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7wd12zq5Tos/SZoEy6M1xzI/AAAAAAAAAzI/gaWRNqMNcmw/s320/Zip+Lip+2001.jpg

strafen
10-08-2011, 08:38 AM
One of the greatest characters the game has ever known.
R.I.P crazy old man. Thanks for the good memories and good old fashion rivalry.

Ratboy
10-08-2011, 08:38 AM
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Gort
10-08-2011, 08:40 AM
i predict a huge upsurge in demand for teardrop tattoos in Oakland, Los Angeles, and every local, state, and federal prison in the next 24 hours.

McDman
10-08-2011, 08:40 AM
We all joked about it and knew it was coming but it is still kind of a shock. It seems like it came out of nowhere.

The guy meant a lot to the game and provided us with a hell of a rival for many years. My passion to beat Oakland trumps SD and KC ten fold and Davis had a lot to do with it.

Dedhed
10-08-2011, 08:40 AM
RIP Al. For all his craziness he certainly made some great contributions to the NFL. As a Bronco fan I will miss him because I think he's held the Raiders back for the last decade.

Goobzilla
10-08-2011, 08:41 AM
RIP Greasy Al. Thanks for your contributions to the game.

rbackfactory80
10-08-2011, 08:42 AM
RIP AL

If anyone can come back from the grave it's you though.

Dr. Broncenstein
10-08-2011, 08:42 AM
http://gordonkeith.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/al-davis.jpg

Shocking news. Didn't see it coming.

Paladin
10-08-2011, 08:43 AM
We enjoyed making fun o fhim but Al Davis had a strong hand in helping Denver to get into the NFL as an equal francise/partner to the "old" teams. He was a blooming nut, IMHO, in his later years, but he was a football man. RIP you goofy old fart.

OABB
10-08-2011, 08:44 AM
r.i.p.

hated the guy, but meant a lot to the game...

Rohirrim
10-08-2011, 08:45 AM
The legal battle over that franchise is going to rip it apart. ;D

zdoor
10-08-2011, 08:46 AM
RIP

WolfpackGuy
10-08-2011, 08:46 AM
RIP, ya crazy old fart.

Ratboy
10-08-2011, 08:50 AM
The legal battle over that franchise is going to rip it apart. ;D

How so? Won't his son take control of his shares?

Dr. Broncenstein
10-08-2011, 08:51 AM
ESPN says the cause of death is unknown. I suspect he came down with a case of iseightytwoyearsold.

TheReverend
10-08-2011, 08:53 AM
Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

RIP to a Titan of the industry.

KO5K
10-08-2011, 08:57 AM
Wow, shocked to read the breaking news title on NFL.com

RIP.

Broncoman13
10-08-2011, 08:59 AM
He meant a lot to the NFL. Makes a little more sense why he didn't vote in the most recent CBA. RIP, you were the biggest part of our greatest rival.

titan
10-08-2011, 09:00 AM
Much as I hated Al Davis over the years he was good for the game, and good for the Broncos. Without his rebel spirit the AFL, and the Broncos, probably would not have made it. Rest In Peace, Al.

TheElusiveKyleOrton
10-08-2011, 09:01 AM
RIP

Chris
10-08-2011, 09:02 AM
Are we sure this isn't a hack? Seems like it's off their website and the fox sports link is dead.

Goobzilla
10-08-2011, 09:03 AM
Are we sure this isn't a hack? Seems like it's off their website.

ESPN confirming FWIW

SouthStndJunkie
10-08-2011, 09:03 AM
RIP Al Davis....the game won't be the same without you.

You were the 'bad guy' fans loved to hate, but characters like you made the NFL interesting.

Your contributions to the game are second to none.

The NFL and it's fans owe you respect for all you did in helping make the NFL what it is today.

BleedingOrange
10-08-2011, 09:05 AM
RIP

Heyneck
10-08-2011, 09:08 AM
RIP Mr Davis! I always saw you as Mumm-Ra the Ever Living! You shall be missed!

Kaylore
10-08-2011, 09:11 AM
RIP Al. And now the Raiders turnaround makes sense. He was obviously losing health and as he gave away more and more control they were able to be less and less stupid.

Pick Six
10-08-2011, 09:15 AM
http://www.raiders.com/

wow.

That's sad news, but did you HAVE to use the Raiders.com link? Now, I have an unhealthy urge to go out and trick-or-treat...at 10 in the morning...Thanks, bastard! ;)

broncocalijohn
10-08-2011, 09:16 AM
RIP old crazy man. You meant a lot to the game.

Yes he did and helped grow the AFL into the powerhouse part of the NFL. Now, as Broncos fans, we are screwed. I always thought he would make it to 115 but 110 years of age isnt bad. The vertical game for Davis has now gone Horizontal. Hopefully Shanahan can recover his money owed to him. RIP Al Davis but this is bad for teams around the league.

BTW, who is left of the original group that helped with the AFL? Hunt died a few years ago and now Davis.

Bigdawg26
10-08-2011, 09:17 AM
He wasn't my favorite owner, but he did alot for the game. I loved to hate that guy! R.I.P. old dude!

gyldenlove
10-08-2011, 09:17 AM
And I thought he was one of the undead and would be around for ever.

RIP - a great football mind despite deteriorating badly in his old age.

chawknz
10-08-2011, 09:18 AM
Came here to pay a moment of respect for Al Davis rip okay moving on.

Kid A
10-08-2011, 09:18 AM
There are very few pro sports teams that have been able to develop and maintain a unique attitude, style and reputation for decades. From Super Bowl teams to the JaMarcus Russel clunkers, you could always recognize them as an Al Davis team.

And that's a huge reasons why that franchise has always stayed toward the top of the public imagination...and has been a fantastic rival for the Broncos and their fans. Sad to see the old guard of the AFC west (Lamar Hunt now Al) passing on.

titan
10-08-2011, 09:19 AM
BTW, who is left of the original group that helped with the AFL? Hunt died a few years ago and now Davis.

Ralph Wilson (Bills) and Bud Adams (Titans) are still around.

Spider
10-08-2011, 09:20 AM
rip you ...nevermind

Ugly Duck
10-08-2011, 09:21 AM
RIP Al. For all his craziness he certainly made some great contributions to the NFL.


First Latino QB, first female CEO, first African American coach, first Latino coach, Pro Football Hall of Fame, etc.. Thank you, Mr. Davis. Thanks for the 3 SuperBowl & the 25 playoff wins. We fans had a blast. Just Win Baby. Suggestion for tombstone design:

........................http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp348/UglyDuck2/avatar4199_28gif-1.jpg?t=1318085851..........................

Tim
10-08-2011, 09:25 AM
RIP

bronco militia
10-08-2011, 09:26 AM
Things will never be the same in oakland...dammit.

RIP

bowtown
10-08-2011, 09:27 AM
Does increase the chances that the Raiders go back to LA?

rugbythug
10-08-2011, 09:29 AM
Rip loved to hate the guy.

Rohirrim
10-08-2011, 09:29 AM
Things will never be the same in oakland...dammit.

RIP

I wonder if they'll stay in Oakland now?

Bronco Yoda
10-08-2011, 09:30 AM
There's a shelf life to formaldehyde??? Who the hell knew.

RIP goofy old man.

broncocalijohn
10-08-2011, 09:30 AM
And I thought he was one of the undead and would be around for ever.

RIP - a great football mind despite deteriorating badly in his old age.

He just got hired as the head zombie in the upcoming season on AMC's Walking Dead. He hires the fastest zombies that goes 4.4 minutes for the 50 yard dash. The living are in trouble.

rovolution
10-08-2011, 09:46 AM
RIP Greasy Al.

Important figure in NFL history and a great rival

Rohirrim
10-08-2011, 09:53 AM
How so? Won't his son take control of his shares?

Long, but interesting excerpt from Wiki:

Legally, the club is a limited partnership with nine partners — Davis and the heirs of the original eight team partners. Since 1972, however Davis has exercised near-complete control as president of the team's general partner, A.D. Football, Inc. Although exact ownership stakes are not known, it has been reported that Davis currently owns 47% of the team shares.[73]
Ed McGah, the last of the original eight general partners of the Raiders, died in September 1983. Upon his death, his interest was devised to a family trust, of which his son, E.J. McGah, was the trustee. The younger McGah was himself a part owner of the team, as a limited partner, and died in 2002. Several members of the McGah family filed suit against Davis in October 2003, alleging mismanagement of the team by Davis. The lawsuit sought monetary damages and to remove Davis and A. D. Football, Inc. as the team's managing general partner. Among their specific complaints, the McGahs alleged that Davis failed to provide them with detailed financial information previously provided to Ed and E.J. McGah. The Raiders countered that—under the terms of the partnership agreement as amended in 1972—upon the death of the elder McGah in 1983, his general partner interest converted to that of a limited partner. The team continued to provide the financial information to the younger McGah as a courtesy, though it was under no obligation to do so.[74]
The majority of the lawsuit was dismissed in April 2004, when an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled that the case lacked merit since none of the other partners took part in the lawsuit.[75] In October 2005, the lawsuit was settled out of court. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but it was reported that under its terms Davis purchased the McGah family's interest in the Raiders (approximately 31 percent), which gave him for the first time a majority interest, speculated to be approximately 67 percent of the team. As a result of the settlement, confidential details concerning Al Davis and the ownership of the Raiders were not released to the public.[76] His ownership share went down to 47% when he sold 20% of the team to Wall Street investors [73]
In 2006, it was reported that Davis had been attempting to sell the 31 percent ownership stake in the team obtained from the McGah family. He was unsuccessful in this effort, reportedly because the sale would not give the purchaser any control of the Raiders, even in the event of Davis's death.[77]
Al Davis died on October 8, 2011, at the age of 82.[78] According to a 1999 partnership agreement, his wife Carol is to assume full control of the team.

(Surprising how quickly wiki gets things posted)

DarkHorse
10-08-2011, 09:55 AM
RIP - sad news and I HATE the Raiders, but Davis was a huge part of the NFL.

Mogulseeker
10-08-2011, 09:58 AM
The legal battle over that franchise is going to rip it apart. ;D

Nah. The Raiders know no law.

jhns
10-08-2011, 10:00 AM
RIP

Wes Mantooth
10-08-2011, 10:07 AM
Loved to hate that guy. RIP.

LonghornBronco
10-08-2011, 10:14 AM
RIP crazy all. I loved you like a hole in the head.

vonqkilla
10-08-2011, 10:27 AM
FTR!!!!
Thanks to Al for what he did in the AFL and merger!!! A true legend if the game.


Now....

FTR!!!

Jason in LA
10-08-2011, 10:30 AM
Love him or hate him, and we all hated him, the NFL lost a key figure to their history. RIP

brncs_fan
10-08-2011, 10:31 AM
RIP to a legend of the NFL. He meant a lot to the game of football.

SimonFletcher73
10-08-2011, 10:35 AM
RIP. Thought he was way older than 82.

ozomulsion
10-08-2011, 10:43 AM
"Jamarcus Russel is a great quarterback! Get over it!"

Pure gold you won't find from anyone else left on earth. R.I.P.

Kind of a shame. He had a pretty decent team this year, too.
This really hurts Terrel Pryor's chances of becoming a starting
QB extremely soon. Al had his first QB who could run a 4.3--40.
I had him starting by week 10, but not now.

GreatBronco16
10-08-2011, 10:43 AM
RIP you crazy old man.


"And that's all I have to say about that."

Gcver2ver3
10-08-2011, 10:46 AM
RIP...

24champ
10-08-2011, 10:51 AM
Loved to hate him, wish he could have lived forever.

RIP you crazy ****er.

Elway 4 Life
10-08-2011, 11:03 AM
RIP.........having said that I kind of want to point out that this news is gonna be so bad for the Broncos and the rest of the NFL. With competent leadership the Raiders are going to be a handful. They already have a good team, with a smart couple of draft years(which is something they have not had in years) they are gonna be dangerous.

Popps
10-08-2011, 11:08 AM
RIP Al and condolences to Raider Nation.

Miss I.
10-08-2011, 11:14 AM
Rest in Peace, you crazy old man. You were key in making this rivalry sizzle with your own special brand of crazy. Sorry to hear of your passing partly because death is always sad and also because this might mean the Raiders could actually have a chance at being competent again. I really thought you'd live forever to be honest. Condolences to your family.

Bronx33
10-08-2011, 11:34 AM
The faiders will miss your constant meddling i will miss your constant meddling.

Boobs McGee
10-08-2011, 11:46 AM
RIP Al. As much as I loved to hate you, thanks for everything! Thanks for one of the longest, most exciting, deeply emotional rivalries in sports. Thanks for championing the AFL, and essentially bringing us into the NFL. Thanks for being a bat **** crazy owner that always stuck to his guns.

You are as much a part of Bronco history as anyone else that's come along.


EDIT: oh, and thanks for falling asleep at the wheel and allowing us the best QB in history. I'm sure that's one decision that'll haunt you for eternity ;D

maven
10-08-2011, 11:49 AM
Now, move them to LA before other teams do.

Requiem
10-08-2011, 12:08 PM
RIP Al Davis -- and thoughts for all of Raider Nation. A pinnacle to the game of football. Godspeed.

gunns
10-08-2011, 12:17 PM
Wow, I just saw this. As much as he was an intregal part of his teams demise the last several years, I do thank him for what he did for what the NFL is today. And it was obvious he loved the game. RIP

Sodak
10-08-2011, 12:48 PM
My Mother said "If you don't have anything good to say...".

Enough said.

Mogulseeker
10-08-2011, 01:01 PM
My Mother said "If you don't have anything good to say...".

Enough said.

I guess Oakland Public Schools are never getting that money Davis owed Shanahan.

SoCalBronco
10-08-2011, 01:15 PM
RIP Mr. Davis.

He made tremendous contributions to the game over his lifetime. He was a coach, an owner, an innovator, he did alot to advance the role of women (Trask) and minorities in the league. Obviously, the last 20 or so years of his life he struggled to keep up with the times, but he was definitely a giant in so many respects.

Many condolences to the Ugly Duck, Raider Bill, TNS, Yoda and the rest of the Raider Nation and ofcourse Mr. Davis's family.

ColoradoDarin
10-08-2011, 01:18 PM
RIP.

The NFL and the Broncos (and the other AFL teams) are what they are thanks in large part to Al Davis. I loved to hate him and he relished that from everyone who wasn't a Raider fan. I think this also ups the odds that they move back to LA.

cutthemdown
10-08-2011, 01:28 PM
What a great man. He did so much for NFL football in particular the AFC. He forgot more about football then we will ever know and really did a lot for the game we know today. My condolences to Raider fans who I'm sure are really upset. RIP AL Davis and thanks for all you did for the game we love.

Ugly Duck
10-08-2011, 01:37 PM
Gotta admit you guys have been less abrasive than many ChiefsFanz during this dark day in RaiderLand. We truly appreciate your condolences (still hate you, but reluctantly respect you much more now). You guys are all right (for Bronco fans). Seriously, we don't know what we are any more. In good times & bad - Al Davis was the Raiders. Feeling lost. He was only not involved in the organization for 3 of our 52 years. An AlDavis-less Raiders? We don't even know what that is....

"Al Davis makes Darth Vader look like a wimp." — Hunter S. Thompson

"In football, I root for the Oakland Raiders because they hire castoffs, outlaws, malcontents, and **** -ups, they have lots of penalties, fights, and paybacks, and because Al Davis told the rest of the pig NFL owners to go get ****ed. Someday, the Raiders will be strong again, and they will dip the ball in s*** and shove it down the throats of the wholesome, white, heartland teams that pray together and don't deliver late hits." - George Carlin.

Punisher
10-08-2011, 01:41 PM
RIP the guy meant alot to the game

chanesaw
10-08-2011, 01:41 PM
A sad day for the NFL. I hated Al, but also respected him. Hard to imagine the Raiders without him.

txtebow
10-08-2011, 01:42 PM
Al Davis did a lot for the game of football. RIP Mr Davis.

Mogulseeker
10-08-2011, 01:47 PM
I respect the guy, and my thoughts are with his family. I wasn't alive back then, but he apparently had a huge part in the AFL-NFL merger, which means the Broncos might not exist without him. That said, as far as football is concerned, the man died (or at least became irrelevant) back in 2001 when the Bucs routed the Raiders in the Super Bowl.

Archedamian
10-08-2011, 03:08 PM
http://gordonkeith.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/al-davis.jpg

Shocking news. Didn't see it coming.


Had to do this.

Taco John
10-08-2011, 03:14 PM
RIP Al.

I loved to hate you, but I never actually felt "hate." Thanks for what you did for the NFL. Thanks for what you did for Denver Broncos culture. The rivalry we have with the Raiders wouldn't have meant so much without you.

wolf754life
10-08-2011, 03:17 PM
won't hate the raiders as much now................

RIP Mr. Davis

Mile High Mojoe
10-08-2011, 03:31 PM
As much as hated him and the Raiders as a nemesis at one time he was a smart personnel guy. From the Mid-80’s on he lost focus and became more concerned about money rather than the team. Moving the team to LA was a big mistake, and then back to Oakland and all the NFL lawsuits inbetween destroyed much his early legacy.

From a Broncos Fan’s viewpoint one would say we were happy that he did lose focus because the Raiders have been one of the worse franchises in all of sports for years and years as a result. Personally from a Fan prospective I wish he’d of lived a lot longer because his stranglehold on the day to day operations of the team and his constant meddling with the many coaching staffs he rotated in out of Oakland helped the Broncos take over the AFC West in the 80’ and 90’s.

Sad to see him go, because now the Raiders just suddenly became a more dangerous team no matter who runs the front office.

broncosteven
10-08-2011, 03:54 PM
RIP, the man did what he loved to do up until the end.

Now it looks like the only true villan left is mCd.

I do wonder if he will still be trying to call down to the field to tell his HC's to Chuck it deep to the fast guy?

Ugly Duck
10-08-2011, 04:10 PM
Funny quote from the Raider board where folks are pissed off at some callous ChiefsFan responses to Al's death: "Broncos fans just earned some respect in my eyes. If I ever see a Broncos fan and a Chiefs fan in a fight, I'm helping the Broncos fan."

Steve Prefontaine
10-08-2011, 04:20 PM
You meant a lot to the NFL, you crazy SOB. You will be missed. RIP.

baja
10-08-2011, 04:24 PM
He may rise in three days don't bury him just yet.

RIP Al.

broncolife
10-08-2011, 04:24 PM
RIP

Sim Pilot 4.0
10-08-2011, 04:26 PM
Funny quote from the Raider board where folks are pissed off at some callous ChiefsFan responses to Al's death: "Broncos fans just earned some respect in my eyes. If I ever see a Broncos fan and a Chiefs fan in a fight, I'm helping the Broncos fan."

Funny you say this. I'm talking to Max right now after he just surfed chiefs planet. He hates them with a passion. Dude is taking it hard.

RIP Mr. Davis! You were one of the the GOAT's in all sports.

Yoda
10-08-2011, 04:42 PM
Love or hate him. The NFL will NEVER be the same. In a cookie cutter league, copy cat leauge. I truly hope the Raiders don't become a " blah corporate team". I hope Mark Davis can take this team forward. His presence will be missed.

I know the team will dedicate the rest of the season to Mr. Davis and Just win baby!

TDmvp
10-08-2011, 04:50 PM
Rip . The history of the AFL/NFL might not look the same without AL.

Love him or hate him the guy loved the game.

cutthemdown
10-08-2011, 04:53 PM
Funny quote from the Raider board where folks are pissed off at some callous ChiefsFan responses to Al's death: "Broncos fans just earned some respect in my eyes. If I ever see a Broncos fan and a Chiefs fan in a fight, I'm helping the Broncos fan."

Meh your women could beat most queef fans.

Tombstone RJ
10-08-2011, 05:32 PM
bummer... I too wished he could run the faiders for the next 20 years. Now that he's passed the faiders will probably get new ownership and a whole new lease on life. Al Davis the owner/gm has not been relevant since the 1980's as he remained glued to his old ways. Oh well, all good things must come to in end. RIP Mr. Davis.

Simple Jake
10-08-2011, 05:38 PM
http://gordonkeith.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/al-davis.jpg

Shocking news. Didn't see it coming.

:pity:

fontaine
10-08-2011, 05:45 PM
Rest in peace old man.

A true titan of the game and gave everything he had into his franchise.

vanbrugh
10-08-2011, 06:08 PM
Personally i loved a bit of crazy AL raiders, his draft picks will be missed. Choose to admit it or not, he was a game changer in life and in death - i hope bowlen now admits his final victory and - well fill in the blanks.........

db56
10-08-2011, 06:21 PM
RIP

Maximus
10-08-2011, 06:22 PM
Lot's of class in this thread RIP Al

shakenbake
10-08-2011, 06:29 PM
It would be funny if the left 200,000 in his will for Mike Shannahan.

Ugly Duck
10-08-2011, 06:32 PM
It would be funny if the left 200,000 in his will for Mike Shannahan.

Opposing players and teams despised the Raiders. Those who worked for Davis soon learned about the value of loyalty. Once a Raider, always a Raider, Davis believed. So it was that Davis routinely paid the medical bills for former players, without seeking any publicity. He gave jobs to former players who remained loyal to the organization and needed a break. He even paid for the funeral of Kansas City Chiefs rival Derrick Thomas.

http://www.marinij.com/raiders/ci_19071833

There were many contradictions to Davis. Though he could be quite hard on people who worked for him and an implacable opponent to those in the way of what he wanted, he could be very generous to others. A couple of examples. When Hank Stram had a heart attack, Davis paid for the best heart specialist to treat him. When his wife, Carol, nearly died from a heart attack, a grateful Davis paid for new beds in the hospital where she was treated. In each case, and in many others where he was very generous, he forbade any publicity on what he had done. "He's the only man I know who keeps his good deeds secret and publicizes his bad ones," Durslag marveled.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/201...-one-of-a-kind

vanbrugh
10-08-2011, 06:54 PM
RIP AL see you and the LA Raiders again SOON!

Old Dude
10-08-2011, 07:47 PM
R.I.P. It just won't be the same.

Circle Orange
10-08-2011, 08:14 PM
How so? Won't his son take control of his shares?

It was my understanding that Al had majority ownership, but only by two percent. He had 51, his partners 49.

Didn't he have major health problems?

phisig150
10-08-2011, 09:32 PM
Just rot baby!

DenverBound
10-08-2011, 09:46 PM
Just rot baby!

Your a ***in douche.


In related news...

2012 Raiders..... :lombardi:

Kid A
10-08-2011, 09:46 PM
Opposing players and teams despised the Raiders. Those who worked for Davis soon learned about the value of loyalty. Once a Raider, always a Raider, Davis believed. So it was that Davis routinely paid the medical bills for former players, without seeking any publicity. He gave jobs to former players who remained loyal to the organization and needed a break. He even paid for the funeral of Kansas City Chiefs rival Derrick Thomas.

http://www.marinij.com/raiders/ci_19071833

There were many contradictions to Davis. Though he could be quite hard on people who worked for him and an implacable opponent to those in the way of what he wanted, he could be very generous to others. A couple of examples. When Hank Stram had a heart attack, Davis paid for the best heart specialist to treat him. When his wife, Carol, nearly died from a heart attack, a grateful Davis paid for new beds in the hospital where she was treated. In each case, and in many others where he was very generous, he forbade any publicity on what he had done. "He's the only man I know who keeps his good deeds secret and publicizes his bad ones," Durslag marveled.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/201...-one-of-a-kind

Wow, did not know either of those stories. There's no doubt he played up the "villain" aspect of himself and his team...it was a huge part of their appeal nationally and the fun for their fanbase. Cool to hear that he used his position to make a difference and didn't expect media attention for it.

GoBroncos DownUnder
10-08-2011, 11:03 PM
RIP Al.

theAPAOps5
10-09-2011, 12:16 AM
Man the guy was an integral part of the NFL we see today. RIP Mr. Davis, may your hair be well greased and your wind suits plentiful up in that big Stadium in the sky!

theAPAOps5
10-09-2011, 12:21 AM
Opposing players and teams despised the Raiders. Those who worked for Davis soon learned about the value of loyalty. Once a Raider, always a Raider, Davis believed. So it was that Davis routinely paid the medical bills for former players, without seeking any publicity. He gave jobs to former players who remained loyal to the organization and needed a break. He even paid for the funeral of Kansas City Chiefs rival Derrick Thomas.

http://www.marinij.com/raiders/ci_19071833

There were many contradictions to Davis. Though he could be quite hard on people who worked for him and an implacable opponent to those in the way of what he wanted, he could be very generous to others. A couple of examples. When Hank Stram had a heart attack, Davis paid for the best heart specialist to treat him. When his wife, Carol, nearly died from a heart attack, a grateful Davis paid for new beds in the hospital where she was treated. In each case, and in many others where he was very generous, he forbade any publicity on what he had done. "He's the only man I know who keeps his good deeds secret and publicizes his bad ones," Durslag marveled.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/201...-one-of-a-kind

When Gene Upshaw passed away didn't Al pay for the hotel and airfare for the former Raiders so they could attend the funeral. I know it was something like that.

I had heard that he was really loyal and generous to those loyal to the club.

Perry1977
10-09-2011, 01:14 AM
Opposing players and teams despised the Raiders. Those who worked for Davis soon learned about the value of loyalty. Once a Raider, always a Raider, Davis believed. So it was that Davis routinely paid the medical bills for former players, without seeking any publicity. He gave jobs to former players who remained loyal to the organization and needed a break. He even paid for the funeral of Kansas City Chiefs rival Derrick Thomas.

http://www.marinij.com/raiders/ci_19071833

There were many contradictions to Davis. Though he could be quite hard on people who worked for him and an implacable opponent to those in the way of what he wanted, he could be very generous to others. A couple of examples. When Hank Stram had a heart attack, Davis paid for the best heart specialist to treat him. When his wife, Carol, nearly died from a heart attack, a grateful Davis paid for new beds in the hospital where she was treated. In each case, and in many others where he was very generous, he forbade any publicity on what he had done. "He's the only man I know who keeps his good deeds secret and publicizes his bad ones," Durslag marveled.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/201...-one-of-a-kind


Also, if I remember correctly, when the Barrel Man passed away, Davis sent a huge bouquet of flowers to his funeral.

Yes he was a bit crazy, but that's part of what made him great. He made it fun to hate the Raiders. And in the end despite everything, he was always a helluva guy.

RIP Al, glad you are finally free of all that ailed you. Thanks for all the memories! God bless you, your family, and even all those goofball Raiders fans.

boltaneer
10-09-2011, 05:10 AM
RIP Al.

SouthStndJunkie
10-09-2011, 06:51 AM
We always poked fun at Al Davis in his old age....but he and the Raiders made/make for a great rivalry and that is part of what football is all about.

The Raiders are one of my least favorite teams in the league, but if I had to pick a handful of teams to keep in the league, they would be one of them.

Their history, reputation, helmets, uniforms, and our rivalry with them is unique.

tebowisdabomb
10-09-2011, 08:32 AM
"Jamarcus Russel is a great quarterback! Get over it!"

Pure gold you won't find from anyone else left on earth. R.I.P.

Kind of a shame. He had a pretty decent team this year, too.
This really hurts Terrel Pryor's chances of becoming a starting
QB extremely soon. Al had his first QB who could run a 4.3--40.
I had him starting by week 10, but not now.

You know what, Jameatloaf could have been a great QB, but drugs and money changed his desire for the game...

tebowisdabomb
10-09-2011, 08:35 AM
We always poked fun at Al Davis in his old age....but he and the Raiders made/make for a great rivalry and that is part of what football is all about.

The Raiders are one of my least favorite teams in the league, but if I had to pick a handful of teams to keep in the league, they would be one of them.

Their history, reputation, helmets, uniforms, and our rivalry with them is unique.

Same here, as much as I despise the Donks and Cheaps & Sparks I really love the weeks when My Raiders play them...

Garcia Bronco
10-09-2011, 09:13 AM
The story I like about Al Davis is the one about his wife's fight with cancer.

Gort
10-09-2011, 09:26 AM
The story I like about Al Davis is the one about his wife's fight with cancer.

he was a gifted jeweller as well. he made a number of magical rings and handed them out to several Elf, Dwarf, and Human kings. he kept one ring for himself, but he lost it and was never able to retrieve it.

Spider
10-09-2011, 10:21 AM
Funny quote from the Raider board where folks are pissed off at some callous ChiefsFan responses to Al's death: "Broncos fans just earned some respect in my eyes. If I ever see a Broncos fan and a Chiefs fan in a fight, I'm helping the Broncos fan."

just make sure you stab the right one

Bronx33
10-09-2011, 12:58 PM
comments are funny (http://kissingsuzykolber.uproxx.com/2011/10/why-do-the-good-always-die-so-young.html)

bronco militia
10-09-2011, 01:03 PM
just make sure you stab the right one

Ha!Ha!

bronco militia
10-09-2011, 01:06 PM
comments are funny (http://kissingsuzykolber.uproxx.com/2011/10/why-do-the-good-always-die-so-young.html)

I love KSK

Ha!

“Redskins fans are soooo jealous right now.”

LOL

Tyrell Jones
10-09-2011, 02:10 PM
nice to see da bronco fans worshipping Al

bombay
10-09-2011, 02:22 PM
Al became a caricature over the past 10-15 years, but he was a great owner, an innovator, and as responsible as anyone for the way the NFL looks today. He also died with three super bowl rings, which is more than about 90% of the league can say.

RIP

Bronx33
10-09-2011, 02:24 PM
nice to see da bronco fans worshipping Al

Did you attend any type of school?

Ugly Duck
10-09-2011, 03:01 PM
RAIDERS 25, TEXANS 20

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/1009/nfl_a_silence_200.jpg

http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/attachments/oakland-raiders-forum-message-board/15993d1318193418-win-mr-davis-313758_926808192182_39101918_39873275_1912445894_n .jpg

Spider
10-09-2011, 04:50 PM
RAIDERS 25, TEXANS 20

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/1009/nfl_a_silence_200.jpg

http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/attachments/oakland-raiders-forum-message-board/15993d1318193418-win-mr-davis-313758_926808192182_39101918_39873275_1912445894_n .jpg

LOL what an Idiot if he is paying respects to Al he is looking in the wrong direction

Dr. Broncenstein
10-09-2011, 06:24 PM
LOL what an Idiot if he is paying respects to Al he is looking in the wrong direction

Al is laughing/screaming up at you.

DontBeMessin
10-11-2011, 01:04 PM
I have read most of the posts in this thread. I thank you… Not from being a fan, but being a “human being”! Death is something that we all must face. In death, any/every death is sorrow, and for “some” of you to put aside your rivalry with the Raiders and know him for being a man and creating the game that you watch and the Superbowl you so want to get back to means something. Thank you for the RIP’s!

For those who think it’s funny to talk smack about someone who is now dead, that person has family – people who love them – and those who care… I pray that nobody treats those whom you love who have or shall pass away as you have done Al Davis. Can you imagine looking up your mother and seeing “She was a slut” from someone who has never met her? It just upsets me that people can be so detached to the real world and post such f’ed up crap about someone who just died due to a stupid football rivalry…


Pathetic…

DontBeMessin
10-11-2011, 01:04 PM
Lot's of class in this thread RIP Al

I agree.... mostly!!

tebowisdabomb
10-11-2011, 01:20 PM
I have read most of the posts in this thread. I thank you… Not from being a fan, but being a “human being”! Death is something that we all must face. In death, any/every death is sorrow, and for “some” of you to put aside your rivalry with the Raiders and know him for being a man and creating the game that you watch and the Superbowl you so want to get back to means something. Thank you for the RIP’s!

For those who think it’s funny to talk smack about someone who is now dead, that person has family – people who love them – and those who care… I pray that nobody treats those whom you love who have or shall pass away as you have done Al Davis. Can you imagine looking up your mother and seeing “She was a slut” from someone who has never met her? It just upsets me that people can be so detached to the real world and post such f’ed up crap about someone who just died due to a stupid football rivalry…


Pathetic…

That kind of stuff is not as frequent on a Broncos forum but that kind of insulting is everyday conversations on sites like chiefsplanet, lots of scumbag trailer park trash post there, don't get me wrong, they have some stellar people there too but the scum of the earth also resides there.

bendog
10-11-2011, 02:51 PM
thing was A$ really became a caracature of himself, what with the paranoid conspiracy of being denied the rights to Elway despite making a better offer to firing shanny, and not paying him, and then shanny having Elway throw at him till he got off the field in Mile High. And that whole move to LA and then back again. It gave bronco fans a lot to laugh about. The raiders were very difficult for the Elway teams, but then in the decline, shanny just murdered them. It was great theatre. Meanwhile, KC and then SD really became more of a comptetive theat ... until the wheels fell off in Shanny's last year and then the two year debacle.

But Davis was probably the last of the working class guys who bought into a team cheap and then worked it through the years. Richardson was a player, but Davis was a players' owner, which Richardson is clearly not. The money was never an issue to A$, not personally, but he wanted ever advantage to compete. I personally only really disliked him for being the thorn in Rozelle's theory of spreading the wealth, and ability to win on merits, around.

DontBeMessin
10-12-2011, 03:43 PM
I have directed some folks to see this thread. Thank most of you again...

DontBeMessin
10-13-2011, 08:57 AM
I meant that I had them read most of your post then read mine...

Forgot to add that - I don't know if anyone will join, but at least they know that your Bronco Fans aren't half bad! We all appreciate the kind words for a fallen Football Icon. :thumbsup:

I have read most of the posts in this thread. I thank you… Not from being a fan, but being a “human being”! Death is something that we all must face. In death, any/every death is sorrow, and for “some” of you to put aside your rivalry with the Raiders and know him for being a man and creating the game that you watch and the Superbowl you so want to get back to means something. Thank you for the RIP’s!

For those who think it’s funny to talk smack about someone who is now dead, that person has family – people who love them – and those who care… I pray that nobody treats those whom you love who have or shall pass away as you have done Al Davis. Can you imagine looking up your mother and seeing “She was a slut” from someone who has never met her? It just upsets me that people can be so detached to the real world and post such f’ed up crap about someone who just died due to a stupid football rivalry…


Pathetic…

bendog
10-13-2011, 09:29 AM
I meant that I had them read most of your post then read mine...

Forgot to add that - I don't know if anyone will join, but at least they know that your Bronco Fans aren't half bad! We all appreciate the kind words for a fallen Football Icon. :thumbsup:

The irony may well be that A$'s team wins the division with a QB whom Shanny cast off. I really wouldn't mind seeing that happen, since obviously the Broncos won't win the division. I'd find it a bit sad that D6v6s wouldn't be around to see it, though.