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    Default Al Davis: Dead at Age 82

    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2011/10/...akland-raiders

    Like him or hate him, his battles with Pete Rozelle changed the game of football forever. He was a pioneer and produced a quality product for many years. Never really a fan of Al Davis, especially after SBXVIII, but the man deserves a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame!
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    Holy ****. Oakland fans will be celebrating.
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    I seriously doubt that. They may feel a sense of 'relief' that they'll be starting a new era in Raiders Nation, but 'celebrate'? No way.

    Davis became a caricature of himself over the past 10 years, but his legacy will be one of willing a franchise to some serious glory years. Even Raiders fans get that.
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    I know a lot of Raiders fans, and as a result I used to go talk smack on some of their sites a lot. The one common message every single fan that voiced it seemed to have was that they couldn't wait until he died so they could build a winner again. This was a statement a huge chunk of Raiders fans have been vocal about for years.

    I always used to give them hell for it, because Al Davis is an icon, and this is just football and that they should never hope for the death of anyone. Then you go on their sites today, and see how everyone is spewing how they hate all the people that wished for this for years, and I have quotes from several of the ones saying how sad they are now, years ago talking about how they couldn't wait until he died.

    All I can say is, to all the sick bastards that got their wish, I hope guilt eats at them for looking forward to this day. Al Davis was awesome, even if he was a bit eccentric. I wish more owners had the balls he did.
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    If that's true, Raiders fans have short memories. Al Davis made them one of the preeminent franchises in the NFL for many years. One could easily make the argument that he was one of the top two or three owners (in terms of significant accomplishments) in NFL history.

    Sure, mocking Al became easy sport the last couple of years what with Heyward-Bey and Jarmarcus the Hut. But to ignore all he accomplished before the last couple of years is foolish.
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    RIP Al Davis, he's a true NFL legend. Anyone who is "happy" that he died just doesn't know the game of football.
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    Default Al Davis has died

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/footb...bit/50702126/1

    Say whatever you want about him but he was influential and loved the game of football.

    Rest in peace.
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    It really is different thinking about the Raiders without Al running the show, I wonder how it was set up in his will and if there'll be a similar situation that Cooke left the Redskins in. Although something tells me there's no way Al would let the franchise out fo the family.
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    Football has lost one of it's most passionate ambassadors. RIP

    SkinsOrlando, one of my first thoughts was wondering what his instructions will be. Hopefully he'll do a better job than Cooke did. He totally screwed the pooch with his cluster**** plan.

    Intentionally, IMO.
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    Broncos fans here in Colorado aren't shedding any tears but they can't deny his legacy. I wonder if Shanahan will make any type of comment given his stormy history with Al.
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    That was a very moving post-game speech to his players, by Hue Jackson.
    I had no idea Davis had such a deep emotional effect on his coaches and players/team.

    On another subject, does anyone know how his will was set up - for who will take over the team, both short-term and long-term ?
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