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COBronc78
10-08-2011, 07:35 AM
RIP. Crazy old man, but did a lot for this game.

http://www.raiders.com

jetdrumz
10-08-2011, 07:35 AM
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Al Davis. RIP.

Adam Kramer
According to raiders.com, Al Davis has passed away.

Albert Breer
Raiders.com says Al Davis has passed away. RIP to a man whose impact on professional football was truly incalculable.

jetdrumz
10-08-2011, 07:37 AM
We caught it at the same exact time. http://forums.denverbroncos.com/showthread.php?t=195825

Mods, please merge as desired.

pacoEagle
10-08-2011, 07:41 AM
Al Davis, died at 82 years old (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7074380/oakland-raiders-owner-al-davis-dies-82-team-website-says)

CoryWinget81
10-08-2011, 07:43 AM
His contribution to the game of football was immeasurable. Without Al Davis, we wouldn't have the NFL as we know it today.

RIP Al.

Peerless
10-08-2011, 07:43 AM
I think we should keep the jokes to the minimum.

RIP to a very important person in the Raiders franchise history.

LSIGRAD09
10-08-2011, 07:44 AM
RIP Al, you were the rival, but clearly meant a lot to football.

JW7
10-08-2011, 07:46 AM
He did a lot for the game. Although he came off as crazy, you have to respect people who did it their own way and played by their own rules. RIP Al Davis.

CoryWinget81
10-08-2011, 07:46 AM
Someone lost their life....let's be decent human beings today, shall we.

LarryDean
10-08-2011, 07:48 AM
A legendary era of football has passed rip Al Davis

Andyy_47
10-08-2011, 07:49 AM
RIP to the guy, no matter how much our teams hated one another, he brought entertainment and success to the Raiders.

MoXplant
10-08-2011, 07:50 AM
I think we should keep the jokes to the minimum.

RIP to a very important person in the Raiders franchise history.

I agree 100% - the man is a icon and there are people that are hurting today.

Mr. Davis, RIP, and thank you for what you contributed to this beloved game

:salute:

COBronc78
10-08-2011, 07:51 AM
Someone lost their life....let's be decent human beings today, shall we.

I don't see anyone making jokes...?

DoomTrooper
10-08-2011, 07:53 AM
RIP, Al.

The AFC (and the NFL) wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for you.

God bless.

IrishFan81
10-08-2011, 07:55 AM
Condolences to the Davis family and the entire Raiders organization...RIP Mr. Davis

LSIGRAD09
10-08-2011, 07:55 AM
I don't see anyone making jokes...?

I think there was one post. I don't see it anymore though.

kingelway7
10-08-2011, 07:56 AM
RIP Al Davis. Despite your crazy tendencies, you changed the way football was looked at and played, and that cant be ignored or forgotten.

Although being a hated rival, the NFL is better when the Raiders are relevant, slow but surely they are becoming relevant again but unfortunately you will not be around to witness it.

denver9ers
10-08-2011, 07:58 AM
http://bayarea.sbnation.com/oakland-raiders/2011/10/8/2476971/al-davis-dead-oakland-raiders

The Oakland rivalry won't be the same.

BroncosRockdaRockies
10-08-2011, 07:58 AM
A True Legacy! RIP Mr. Davis and may your legend live on!

AZBroncoGirl
10-08-2011, 07:58 AM
RIP
Mixed Feelings
http://www.raiders.com/?module=HP11_breaking_news

D_Broncs_913
10-08-2011, 07:59 AM
R.I.P Al Davis

Moments like these that bring the NFL family together

BroncoStampede
10-08-2011, 08:02 AM
Wow, as much as Ive joked about him over the years, I am sad to see him go. He did alot for the league and was very successful. My condolences to him and his family.

I wonder what this now means for the Raiders. Who is the new owner going to be? WIll they move to LA?

Rarelyoffended
10-08-2011, 08:03 AM
R.I.P Al Davis, AFC NATION

TRUEBRONCOFAN24
10-08-2011, 08:03 AM
R.I.P. Mr Davis... this news was pretty shocking. My condolences to Raider Nation and Al's Family.

Javalon
10-08-2011, 08:03 AM
I guess we'll leave a thread here in General Discussions since people keep posting here.

Please everyone stay respectful. If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all.

denver9ers
10-08-2011, 08:05 AM
I guess we'll leave a thread here in General Discussions since people keep posting here.

Please everyone stay respectful. If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all.

He was a legend in the NFL, we'll behave.

Losing a rival is tough. He was the heart and soul of a team we fought forever. Hats off to him.

DevilSpawn
10-08-2011, 08:06 AM
Thanks everyone. This is tough. Hard to put it into words now.

SBboundBRONCOS
10-08-2011, 08:07 AM
one of the people that made the nfl into what it is today

thanks al

just win baby

ERoyal248
10-08-2011, 08:08 AM
RIP Mr Davis.....

flosstein
10-08-2011, 08:08 AM
Al thanks for the great rivalry! He was truly a great man and will be missed. RIP

dizzolve
10-08-2011, 08:12 AM
We loved to hate you and you loved to hate us! 82? I hope I make it that long. I hope Oakland keeps their bad guy persona going.

lvbronx
10-08-2011, 08:13 AM
Good bye Al. It will never be the same playing the Raiders.

Portia11
10-08-2011, 08:14 AM
RIP Mr. Davis, a true icon of football.

Brief history and picture of a younger Davis. He did some remarkable things.

http://www.raiders.com/history/al-davis.html

msusc
10-08-2011, 08:14 AM
RIP Al Davis. There was never an owner who loved his team more.

qbronco
10-08-2011, 08:14 AM
The NFL lost one of its legends. Al Davis has to be given credit for doing things his own way. My condolescences to his family, friends, and the Raiders' Nation. You have lost your leader, but his legacy will last forever in the lores of football.

broncolassiter
10-08-2011, 08:15 AM
Sorry for the loss. Al Davis meant a lot to pro football. The AFC may not even exist if not for him, he put an end to a 6 year long war between the two conferences and brought them together in the merger.

BRINGBAKPLUMMER
10-08-2011, 08:17 AM
Bad news for the Broncos. The Raiders might actually become good again.

lvbronx
10-08-2011, 08:17 AM
RIP Al Davis. Despite your crazy tendencies, you changed the way football was looked at and played, and that cant be ignored or forgotten.

Although being a hated rival, the NFL is better when the Raiders are relevant, slow but surely they are becoming relevant again but unfortunately you will not be around to witness it .

I really miss the days when both the Raiders and the Broncos were good. It made being a Bronco fan a lot more fun.

lvbronx
10-08-2011, 08:18 AM
Sorry for the loss. Al Davis meant a lot to pro football. The AFC may not even exist if not for him, he put an end to a 6 year long war between the two conferences and brought them together in the merger.

Before the merger, the NFL didn't want the Broncos, but Al insisted they take all the AFL teams.

Foez
10-08-2011, 08:21 AM
RIP Al Davis.

You may have owned the Raiders but your contribution to the game was irreplaceable. Thoughts and prayers to the Davis family.

Sonic Raider
10-08-2011, 08:21 AM
Thank you for all your kind words towards Al Davis, we Raider fans really appreciate it.

one5beast
10-08-2011, 08:27 AM
RIP Al just when you were starting to make the Raiders dangerous again. :salute:


Whos gonna take over that team? Does he have any sons?

Spyder
10-08-2011, 08:34 AM
Even though his later years will hurt his legacy in many fans' eyes, Al Davis had a REALLY good mind for the game.

He did a hell of a lot for the AFL and the eventual NFL.

May he R.I.P.

Hadez
10-08-2011, 08:36 AM
RIP Mr Davis

You were as big as anyone in making the NFL what it is today.

I usually reserve this for Broncos and Bronco fans but I think Mr Davis deserves it

:salute:

one_bad_55
10-08-2011, 08:38 AM
What an icon. As a fan of a rival team I dispised his team but you have to admire the man that made it possible for the merger of the NFL and AFL.

Without Davis the Broncos and many other AFL teams may have never made it to what we know as the NFL today.

My prayers are with the family, friends and the Raider Nation for the loss of the GREAT Al Davis.

May You Rest In Peace.

Elway
10-08-2011, 08:39 AM
Rest in Peace AL, a lot of the time the football world thought you were crazy, but no one can deny you did it for the love of your team. Your influence in helping merge the leagues helped to make the game what it is today.

Biggregb
10-08-2011, 08:39 AM
RIP Mr. Davis. You were a true maverick and an innovator. You will be missed by the Raider Nation and by your rivals, but as long as there is still a Bronco-Raider rivalry your legacy will live on. Because of my disdain for the Raiders I never really liked you but I always had respect. :salute:

PAINTERDAVE
10-08-2011, 08:40 AM
The Circle of Life.

What a life he led...


Things change.

This may fire up the team.. big time.

japfaff
10-08-2011, 08:41 AM
Al Davis was one of the best owners in the league. He got a little off rocker of late......We need to watch out cause I really see Oakland making a huge step in the next few years.

RIP Al you were a true visionary. Thank you for making this league so great. You will truly be missed

To his family.....My condolences for your loss, he was truly a great man

Pratama
10-08-2011, 08:42 AM
Tough day for football and for Raiders Fans in particular. Mr. Davis was one of the greatest icons in professional sports, not just football. We wouldn't have the NFL we have today without him. On top of that he was one of those guys that I just loved to hate. :salute: We will all miss having him around the game.

BroncoSexyDaddy
10-08-2011, 08:44 AM
Rip Al,you brought a lot of great memories to the nfl :salute:

Biggregb
10-08-2011, 08:45 AM
RIP Mr. Davis. You were a true maverick and an innovator. You will be missed by the Raider Nation and by your rivals, but as long as there is still a Bronco-Raider rivalry your legacy will live on. Because of my disdain for the Raiders I never really liked you but I always had respect. :salute:

BroncoooJohnson
10-08-2011, 08:45 AM
"Commitment to Excellence"

those days didn't get old, I'll always respect him for this.

"Just Win, Baby"

Hadez
10-08-2011, 08:46 AM
"Commitment to Excellence"

those days didn't get old, I'll always respect him for this.

"Just Win, Baby"

yea those are phrases that will live on forever.

FL BRONCO
10-08-2011, 08:48 AM
Al Davis contributed tremendously both to the Raiders and the NFL. It is what it is today in a big way caus of the man including Denver being in it. From Coach to Head Coach to Commish to Owner Al touched the game in many ways. I think this is the first time I have ever done this for a non Bronco but here is to Al :salute::salute::salute: may you rest in peace and my thoughts and prayers go out to you , your family and Raider Nation.

kcvet
10-08-2011, 08:49 AM
he will be missed. wonder who takes over???

jwhitt1
10-08-2011, 08:51 AM
His son, Mark
RIP Al

Orange you glad
10-08-2011, 08:54 AM
RIP AL you were not our favorite person on the planet but we certainly are thankful for what you did for the game and had total respect for you and your franchise and that will live on, you will be missed :~(

Giddy'up
10-08-2011, 08:55 AM
Thank you Al Davis for all you brought to football, the Raiders, though one of our biggest rivals are a team rich in history and tradition, the Raiders have represented the AFC west in Superbowls and add much to the great conference we are in.

Raiderfan76
10-08-2011, 08:58 AM
I'm actually a little upset.

RIP

http://www.raidersgab.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/al-davis.jpg

Jaws
10-08-2011, 09:01 AM
There was only one Al Davis!
He will be missed.
What a character.
As a relatively recent fan of the NFL, I didn't realise how much he had contributed to the game.
RIP Al. My condolences to the family.

elway93
10-08-2011, 09:04 AM
In recent years his football credibility may have dropped, but he was without a doubt one of the most iconic owners of a professional sports franchise in America.

MHS
10-08-2011, 09:07 AM
RIP Al Davis and prayers with his family

draco193
10-08-2011, 09:08 AM
I always thought he would live another 20 years, just out of sheer will to stick his nose up to everyone. The man was an innovator, and really made the league. RIP Al.

Broncbeat
10-08-2011, 09:18 AM
RIP Al, you will be missed!

Even though we loved to hate you because of the compitition in our division, it was all in fun for the game. Because of that you will be missed. My thoughts go out to your family, friends and the fans of the Raiders.:salute:

darth-hideous
10-08-2011, 09:19 AM
:salute:RIP Al Davis; the rivalry will never be the same without you.:usa:

Broncbeat
10-08-2011, 09:21 AM
RIP Al, you will be missed.

BRONCO109
10-08-2011, 09:25 AM
RIP Mr Davis...
You will be missed by Bronco fans as well....
You contributed to the game like few others...

My condolences to the family...
And to my Raider friends also...
the greatest FRIENDLY rivalry in football...


God Bless ...

Broncoholic3233
10-08-2011, 09:25 AM
RIP Al. You were a legend and made the NFL what it is today.

Condolences to his family.

BarkdogRX7
10-08-2011, 09:35 AM
And now the Raiders will return to dominance. He made some dumb moves over the last 10 years, my respects to him and his family but this team is going to get better moving fwd, just telling it how it is

omahaBroncoFan
10-08-2011, 09:35 AM
One of the great figures in NFL. RIP

BarkdogRX7
10-08-2011, 09:38 AM
I dunno why but it reminds me of when the Emperor died in Return of the Jedi, I have a feeling people are celebrating.

Now before I get flamed, I understand he was a great person that helped the NFL but c'man, the last 10+ yeats he made some STUPID choices with his team from insane contracts, to questionable draft picks, the Raiders get better instantly from this once they recover.

Overall RIP to his fam

Eddiemac730
10-08-2011, 09:38 AM
Rest In Peal Al!....

Southstander
10-08-2011, 09:39 AM
RIP Al. Thank you for all you did for the game.

This weekend I will say....
Go Raiders!

Sync
10-08-2011, 09:39 AM
RIP Al Davis, we'll remember you every Sunday. :salute:

fanbroncos
10-08-2011, 09:45 AM
He did far too much for this sport. Without him the NFL really wouldn't be what it is today. A true legend. Al Davis is the Oakland Raiders. RIP

bjoli198
10-08-2011, 09:54 AM
Thou i don´t like the Raiders, my condolences(dunno about spelling, don´t care, english isn´t my mothertongue) goes to his family, he was a great man and did a lot of good things not only for the raiders, but for the entire AFL too.

RIP Al Davis

elecshoc
10-08-2011, 10:00 AM
RIP to a AFL/NFL legend :salute:

JWinn
10-08-2011, 10:05 AM
:jawdrop:

First I wake up the first snow of the year, and now THIS?

I am stunned.

Rest in Peace Al. Thanks for all you did for the game. :salute:

Wow, just wow.......

:logo:

shardar
10-08-2011, 10:07 AM
RIP Mr. Davis. You sure did a whole lot for the game of football!

Bronco Blitz
10-08-2011, 10:08 AM
Al Davis will always be an iconic figure for the NFL... RIP

Project KSL
10-08-2011, 10:09 AM
He did a whole lot for the NFL. Seemed as if he just couldn't adjust to the current NFL.

RIP

DevilSpawn
10-08-2011, 10:11 AM
It's also hard to explain the emotional connection we Raider fans have with him, especially us older ones who saw him at the beginning and height of his glory. Despite what happens on the field and front office as a result, this loss rips our hearts out.

EddieMac
10-08-2011, 10:18 AM
RIP Al Davis. A truly hated rival and that is what makes you respected by us.Rivalries are what makes all sports more fun. You were the king whether it be Al Vs. the NFL, Al Vs. Mike Shanahan or any other fight you fought, it was worth watching.

:salute: from :logo:

BroncoFanBoy
10-08-2011, 10:21 AM
The man may have made some questionable moves recently, but he loved the Raiders so much that he didn't quit on them. He tried his best to make them a great team again. May he RIP.

Shiz
10-08-2011, 10:28 AM
RIP Al Davis.
Thoughts with your family and Raider Nation.

DenBroFan22
10-08-2011, 10:41 AM
Rest in Peace Evil Al.

So.CalBRONCOFAN
10-08-2011, 10:45 AM
RIP Mr. Davis. This only makes the Raiders more dangerous, because now they are adding the fact they are playing in Davis's honor now. They are already playing very well this year, and now fuel has been added to the fire.

Bronco_Rob
10-08-2011, 10:47 AM
:smash: Raider hater for life but you can't argue with crazy Al's contributions to the NFL and the game of football and I thank him for those. RIP Al :salute:

aberdien
10-08-2011, 10:48 AM
Sad news. RIP Al Davis: the villain the AFC West needed :P

Pruke
10-08-2011, 10:52 AM
RIP - he will be missed by his fans & enemies alike

newmexbronco
10-08-2011, 10:53 AM
RIP MR.DAVIS thank you for laughs and headaches. you contributes will continue for years. condolences to the Davis family and raider nation

:salute:

dbfan2007
10-08-2011, 10:57 AM
I wanted to type more but I'll be nice. I just want the subject to go away. I'm sick of hearing about it.

BoltNut
10-08-2011, 11:05 AM
"NFL Hall of Fame
Class of 1992
Team, League Administrator
(Wittenberg College, Syracuse)
1963-1965 Oakland Raiders, 1966-Present Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

Allen Davis ... As AFL commissioner, forced quick merger with NFL, 1966 ... Davis-led Raiders had best record in pro sports, 1963-1991, won Super Bowls XI, XV, XVIII ... AFL Coach of the Year, 1963 ... Only person to serve in pros as personnel assistant, scout, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, commissioner, team owner/chief executive officer ... Born July 4, 1929, in Brockton, Massachusetts ... Died October 8, 2011, at age of 82."

Quite a resume, a heck of a legacy. It cannot be denied that Al Davis helped to make the NFL what we all love today. His passion for the game is unparalleled. Always the maverick, but a guy who took this game and made it unique. There will probably never be another that affects the game as much as Al Davis. My deepest respect and condolences go out to Raider Nation today. When you guys get down to Houston this weekend, "Just Win, Baby!"

Al Wilson 4 Mayor
10-08-2011, 11:06 AM
God bless his family and friends.

BroncoManiac_69
10-08-2011, 11:17 AM
RIP to one of the cornerstones of the NFL. Al Davis and his beloved Raiders are a franchise that anchored the AFC for decades.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Davis family and the Oakland Raider fan base.

on2
10-08-2011, 11:18 AM
:salute:

RIP

End of an era for the Raiders. My condolences to his family and fans.

kratos_godofwar
10-08-2011, 11:21 AM
As much as I hated the Raiders, it's a huge loss for the NFL and AFC West. RIP Al Davis, you will be remembered.

JWinn
10-08-2011, 11:27 AM
I wanted to type more but I'll be nice. I just want the subject to go away. I'm sick of hearing about it.

Not me. The man was very much responsible for making me the Bronco fan I am today. He was much more than just another owner. He's a huge part of the reason I consider the Raiders our only rivalry.

He WAS the Raiders, and the Raiders were him. I can't think of any other team where the owner had such a huge impact on it.

Without Al, and his team, being a Bronco fan just would not be the same.

This is a sad day for all the league, but I feel like I just lost an uncle. Yeah, a crazy one who was not a favorite at family gatherings, but part of the family none the less. A BIG part!

I have my TV on the Network now, and will watch all of it.

:logo:

roushmartin6
10-08-2011, 11:28 AM
Very surprising for sure. We all knew he was in poor health but I never expected this so soon. RIP Al Davis. I don't envy the Raiders opponents this week thats for sure.

InsaneBlaze23
10-08-2011, 11:29 AM
Sad news, prayers to his family and friends.
Anybody cracking jokes or saying bad things about Davis should be ashamed of themselves.

Freyaka
10-08-2011, 11:31 AM
Rip Al, I actually was hoping you'd live forever! Al Davis may have been the craziest person in the NFL but the NFL wouldn't be what it is now without him. Sad moment for football.

BroncoManiac_69
10-08-2011, 11:36 AM
The end of an era and the loss of a brilliant man. Al Davis was the face of the Raiders and thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and especially the entire Raider Nation.

OrangeCrushem
10-08-2011, 11:37 AM
Man...That's too bad :( I know he hasn't been in the best of health, but I sure wasn't expecting this. Up until this point, however, he appeared as sharp as a tack mentally (at least during interviews and such).

I used to hate the Raiders like all other Bronco fans. Now I only hate them twice a year, and if they make the playoffs and the Broncos don't, which will be the case this year in all likelihood, I will be rooting for them for two reasons. First of all, their history with the Broncos as a respected rival. Secondly, when "Barrel Man" died, Al Davis sent a silver and black bouquet of flowers to the funeral and personally signed the card. That one act softened me up on the Raiders organization and Al Davis. Barrel Man was honestly someone only we as Bronco Fans really thought something of, but Al Davis's act showed that he could see the bigger picture and put people over the team's rivalry. RIP Al Davis, football rebel and innovator.

native5280fan
10-08-2011, 11:43 AM
Condolences to the Davis family and the Raiders organization. Mr. Davis contributed a lot to the AFC and the NFL, he was one of reasons I love my Broncos so much--He was the man you would love to hate if you were a Bronco fan. God Speed, Al. :salute:

mopatt24
10-08-2011, 11:44 AM
Love him or hate him, we all have a lot to thank him for. NFL wouldn't be the " NFL " without his contribution. Thank you and R.I.P. Mr. Al Davis

:salute::salute::salute::salute::salute:

Thors Hammer
10-08-2011, 11:45 AM
Condolences to the Davis family and Raider Nation.

There is no doubt in my mind that the NFL is where it is today because of the Maverick.

Godspeed.

BroncoFanBoy
10-08-2011, 12:05 PM
Some may think that "the Raiders will be better off when Al steps down or passes". Well, think of it this way. Davis loved the Raiders, and didn't want to give up on them. He tried his best to improve the team. Most people wouldn't be managing an NFL team at that age. Usually, they'd retire by then. But Al was different. He made them great once, and he wanted to do it again. He actually wasn't doing too bad these last 2 years. (Remember, I hate the Raiders, but this is true)

May Al Davis RIP. The NFL won't be the same without him. :salute:

marktippins1981
10-08-2011, 12:08 PM
A true great. Maaaan I loved Al Davis. A loss for Football right there :(

ebsoria
10-08-2011, 12:12 PM
Yes, rest in peace Al. And warmest wishes to the Davis family and Raider Nation. He was a good man who did a lot for the NFL as we know it. Who knows.. if not for Al, we might not have had a successful AFL that has lead to our Broncos as we know them.

Al... :salute:

Caliraiderhater
10-08-2011, 12:13 PM
Mr. Davis, although you were an arch rival you did a lot for the game and quite a bit for the Broncos. After all it was you who fired Shanahan and made him so mad he came here and beat the Raiders for over a decade and brought us 2 super bowls.

This is the only time I will do this, but I feel its truly deserved for an icon of the sport.

:salute: Mr. Davis and R.I.P

JakeNbake
10-08-2011, 12:14 PM
R.I.P to the man in the Raiders booth.

DrewB
10-08-2011, 12:15 PM
R.I.P. AL

Thanks for all the memories and being apart of what was easily the biggest rivalry in my life time,also thank you for help shaping the game to what it is today

nyuk nyuk
10-08-2011, 12:19 PM
Secondly, when "Barrel Man" died, Al Davis sent a silver and black bouquet of flowers to the funeral and personally signed the card. That one act softened me up on the Raiders organization and Al Davis. Barrel Man was honestly someone only we as Bronco Fans really thought something of, but Al Davis's act showed that he could see the bigger picture and put people over the team's rivalry. RIP Al Davis, football rebel and innovator.

Wow, that was sweet of him. I didn't know he did that. We should deluge Raiders HQ with orange and blue goodies.

nyuk nyuk
10-08-2011, 12:22 PM
I really miss the days when both the Raiders and the Broncos were good. It made being a Bronco fan a lot more fun.

The good news is the last Denver-Oakland matchup Al got to see was just like the old days: Lots of brawls and penalties.

Raiderfan76
10-08-2011, 12:24 PM
Secondly, when "Barrel Man" died, Al Davis sent a silver and black bouquet of flowers to the funeral and personally signed the card. That one act softened me up on the Raiders organization and Al Davis. Barrel Man was honestly someone only we as Bronco Fans really thought something of, but Al Davis's act showed that he could see the bigger picture and put people over the team's rivalry. RIP Al Davis, football rebel and innovator..

Wow I didn't know that.

thx for sharing....

2 Minute Warning
10-08-2011, 12:26 PM
May he R.I.P.
My heart goes out to his family.

theshiverman
10-08-2011, 12:44 PM
R.I.P Al Davis

Ashmedai
10-08-2011, 12:47 PM
Nooooooooooooooooooo! I was hoping he'd stick around a lot longer....

R.I.P. Al Davis.

JSwint22
10-08-2011, 12:52 PM
RIP Al....

"Just Win Baby...."

Spice 1
10-08-2011, 12:54 PM
So long Al. The NFL wouldn't be what it is. Lost a legend this weekend.

theMileHighGuy
10-08-2011, 12:54 PM
An era in Raiders football comes to an end. RIP. :salute:

Interested to see how the team develops going forward.

Fargo
10-08-2011, 01:08 PM
Wow. He was a pillar in the history of the NFL. Imagining a league without him is very difficult.

Thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, players, and fans who've known him for so many years.

duhyaj
10-08-2011, 01:12 PM
Well one of the LEGENDS of the game gone, He was a huge force in the NFL and never bowed to pressure from above to change what he thought was right.

16milehigh87
10-08-2011, 01:14 PM
Mr. Al Davis,

The NFL and especially the AFC West has forever changed with your loss. You helped make one of the best rivalries in football. As a Broncos fan I would like to take a moment and recognize your organization for making football great for me and my family. Your fans say a lot about what you have made for the state of California with your team. Your fans have stuck with you through thick and thin and my heart and prayers go out to them and your family. Your fans are some of the most Iconic figures and recognizable in all of football. Their passion is a direct reflection of you and what you built.

To all Raider fans you are in our thoughts. Your team will go on and the memories of Al Davis will be remembered by me for a lifetime. We wish you the best and hope you win every game for the rest of the year in exception of your Nov. 6 game.

InsaneBlaze23
10-08-2011, 01:16 PM
A lot of people make jokes about Al, but the truth of the matter is, he is one of, if not the most recognized sports owners in American.

He build the Raiders, he is the Raiders. Hate him,love him, hate the Raiders, love the Raiders. Doesn't matter you respect him for what he did with that team.

He was a players owner, not a modern day players owner, but a true player. Meaning players that play the game because they love football not money.

That type of owner is Jerry Jones, he's a money lover players owner.

Jones will never be on the same level as Al Davis.

The 2 biggest owners in american sports all come from the NFL. Al Davis and Dan Rooney.
Rest In Paradise.

BroncoManiac_69
10-08-2011, 01:37 PM
If anyone is interested, I went over to the Raider message boards and sent our thoughts.

They were actually surprised at how classy our fanbase is being. Apparently the Chief fans have not been so nice. :huh:

My Thread (http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakland-raiders-forum-message-board/180931-message-bronco-fans.html)

BroncoManiac_69
10-08-2011, 01:38 PM
If anyone is interested, I went over to the Raider message boards and sent our thoughts.

They were actually surprised at how classy our fanbase is being. Apparently the Chief fans have not been so nice. :huh:

My Thread (http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakland-raiders-forum-message-board/180931-message-bronco-fans.html)

Mount-n-Groan
10-08-2011, 01:45 PM
For years people (mostly rival fans) have joked about how they'd like to see Al Davis live forever. They/we mused that the Raiders were bad in large part because of Davis' meddling and that they would continue to suck for as long as he lived.

I wonder how it will be remembered in the future. I really think the Raiders are a team on the rise, and they undoubtedly have been very bad for quite a while now. It's interesting that wedged between these vastly different times will be the death of Davis - seemingly confirming some truth in those rival fans' jabs - but in reality probably just a coincidence.

As Broncos fans I think we are extremely fortunate to have such an adversarial adversary within our division. Sure, everyone in the league "hates the Raiders", but it's different for us. In most fans' hearts they are still THE rival. They're the quintessential enemy, a team you absolutely love to hate. The perfect antagonist playing their role to perfection in this script of our most beloved football entertainment. Brilliantly done - and extremely rewarding as a fan, witness and consumer of this game.

And who's responsible for it all?

Al Davis... Thank you, and R.I.P, Sir. :salute: You won't easily be forgotten.

jimsocks
10-08-2011, 01:55 PM
Classy stuff Bronco fans. Thank you.

IRON HORSE
10-08-2011, 01:59 PM
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone here for staying classy. I'm not a Bronco fan........ long story as to why I registered here, but I'm Tiberius from Raiderforum.net.

Raider Nation is hurting bad. Thanks again for your thoughts and wishes to our fallen leader.

BroncoManiac_69
10-08-2011, 02:00 PM
Classy stuff Bronco fans. Thank you.

I was just coming in here to let them all know that the Raider fans are now linked and viewing this thread. We are proud to be able to show class and respect as a fanbase.

HEADCREEPS
10-08-2011, 02:03 PM
RIP Al. The greatest owner the NFL will ever have.

"Just Win Baby"

OTF
10-08-2011, 02:06 PM
Thanks for the class shown in this thread. This is a sad day for the Silver & Black... beyond words.

InsaneBlaze23
10-08-2011, 02:06 PM
I think the NFL should give all the players a sticky for the helmets that say AL, with a moment of silence before each game.

Freyaka
10-08-2011, 02:07 PM
If anyone is interested, I went over to the Raider message boards and sent our thoughts.

They were actually surprised at how classy our fanbase is being. Apparently the Chief fans have not been so nice. :huh:

My Thread (http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakland-raiders-forum-message-board/180931-message-bronco-fans.html)

The Chiefs have the "classiest" fans in the NFL..... *edit* went to their forums and read some of the crap that's spewing out of them....it's disgusting.

A little something I made for you raiders fans (or even broncos fans wanting to show your condolences)

http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg145/dylantp20/Justwinbaby.jpg

BroncoManiac_69
10-08-2011, 02:08 PM
I think the NFL should give all the players a sticky for the helmets that say AL, with a moment of silence before each game.

I'm quite sure there will be gestures around the league this weekend especially in Houston where the Raiders are headed. And rightfully so.

BroncoManiac_69
10-08-2011, 02:10 PM
The Chiefs have the "classiest" fans in the NFL.....

---> :coffee:


A little something I made for you raiders fans (or even broncos fans wanting to show your condolences)

http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg145/dylantp20/Justwinbaby.jpg

That's pretty cool Frey. :salute:

sbxxxiichamps
10-08-2011, 02:15 PM
RIP Al :salute:

OrangeCrushem
10-08-2011, 02:21 PM
I'll tell you...When I heard Al Davis acknowledged the death of Barrel Man like he did, I nearly fell out of my chair. That's why I remember it so vividly like I do. It was on one of the local news broadcasts. At that point, as much as I "hated" the Raiders, I just couldn't see past Al Davis putting aside the rivalry with the Broncos and just flat out doing something personally nice for people who were hurting.

As for the Chiefs boards and their classless attitudes toward someone's death, I've checked those boards out for you know whats and giggles, and all I can say is this board is leaps and bounds beyond the way those folks conduct themselves over there.

I agree that the league needs to do something in remembrance of Al Davis. Heck, make it a silver and black ribbon or something on the helmets. Do SOMETHING..The man changed the NFL for the better in many ways eventhough his management of HIS team was questionable as of late. His pros certainly outweigh his cons.

HavoK471
10-08-2011, 02:26 PM
Rest in peace Al Davis

The NFL wouldn't be where it is without you

denver9ers
10-08-2011, 02:32 PM
I was just coming in here to let them all know that the Raider fans are now linked and viewing this thread. We are proud to be able to show class and respect as a fanbase.

Thanks for doing that, I'm glad we can send some condolences directly to them in their time of need.

:salute:

4th Amigo
10-08-2011, 02:34 PM
I'm glad mostly everyone is being respectful given what Davis has represented the bronco fans over the years.....but plain and simple, Mr. Davis meant a very great deal to the NFL and what is is today, and simply would not be what is is today without him. He was one of (if not THE) the most important living founding fathers of this league. All rivalries aside, he deserves our respect for what he has done for this game.

So RIP Mr. Al Davis, the NFL has lost a great, and thanks for your vision......

It' odd the the world lost two huge visionaries in their respective fields in one week.....

dsmith275
10-08-2011, 02:57 PM
From Broncos Country to Raider Nation RIP Al Davis. Al has done a lot for football especially back in the AFL days. Between him and Lamar Hunt the Broncos probably wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them spearheading the AFL league back in the sixties and pushing for the AFL/NFL Merger.

Axemaster
10-08-2011, 03:00 PM
RIP. Crazy old man, but did a lot for this game.

http://www.raiders.com

I dont believe he is gone! The Crypt Keeper will live FOREVER!!!

The NFL is losing all of its colorfull characters from the old AFL days, and he was as colorfull as it got!:salute:

powderblues
10-08-2011, 03:09 PM
R.I.P. Al Davis.

He will be remembered for his passion about football. How many other owners can you say love football as much as he did?

Groove74
10-08-2011, 03:10 PM
Here's a Mile High Salute:salute: to the Raider nation!!! Best wishes in rebuilding you team in the years to come I look forward to many more sunday's of Bronco/ Raider football.. RIP AL Davis

Eddiemac730
10-08-2011, 03:11 PM
Al Davis was a pioneer and envisioned today's NFL Decades ago.:salute:

Rest In peace Mr Davis. :sad:

http://www.oakland.com/oakland-raiders/gifs/Trophies.jpg



God's waiting to tell you he's a Broncos fan :D

Raiderfan76
10-08-2011, 03:17 PM
You guys/gals are awesome! Very classy and leaps and bounds over the other stuff I've been reading on the internet.

It's very much appreciated :salute:


There are many posts I'd like to give a cp to, I must reload, it'll take a few days but you all have one coming.

BroncoFan46
10-08-2011, 03:19 PM
R.I.P. Al Davis. A great man who truly changed the game. Mile High Salute!!

Hexsal
10-08-2011, 03:44 PM
From a Raiders Fan to broncos fans..i give a GREAT BIG mile high Salute to you all, for real.

InsaneBlaze23
10-08-2011, 03:46 PM
You guys/gals are awesome! Very classy and leaps and bounds over the other stuff I've been reading on the internet.

It's very much appreciated :salute:


There are many posts I'd like to give a cp to, I must reload, it'll take a few days but you all have one coming.

I have the up most respect for Al, and for the true Raiders fans.

One thing people need to understand. The Denver Broncos biggest rival is the Raiders, not Dead Bolts or Chiefs.

On Sunday the two can butt heads, but before and after the game, it's all respect.

Al was not just Al Davis, he was the Al era that changed the NFL, made a name for himself. A Hall of Fame owner.

Chillez
10-08-2011, 03:57 PM
Thank you for making this league so great. You will truly be missed you were a icon and a legend. True pioneer of professional sports. Without Al, NFL would not be what it is today. One last time for great Al Davis.

"Just Win, Baby."

http://www.freewebs.com/anthonycasias/raiders%20super%20bowl%20trophies.jpg

R.I.P. Al Davis! :salute:

InsaneBlaze23
10-08-2011, 04:11 PM
Al is the only NFL owner who wore his team color every day, he was a bigger fan of his team than anyone. He didn't just bleed Silver & Black. He was the Silver & Black, the silver & black is Al Davis.

jcdavey
10-08-2011, 04:59 PM
i saw a tweet that said it best, he got the raiders job in 62 and then it was 40 years of excellence

he faltered and was kind of crazy at the end , but everyone knows without him, the game wouldn't have grown to the heights that it has

ebsoria
10-08-2011, 05:15 PM
This league will not be the same without him. He was viewed as the "bad guy", but that's just because he did so much to make this league.

Rest in peace, Mr. Davis. You earned it.

KCLadyFan
10-08-2011, 06:43 PM
If anyone is interested, I went over to the Raider message boards and sent our thoughts.

They were actually surprised at how classy our fanbase is being. Apparently the Chief fans have not been so nice. :huh:

My Thread (http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakland-raiders-forum-message-board/180931-message-bronco-fans.html)

Don't lump all Chiefs fans together...every team has idiot fans...I would imagine on some board somewhere there's some Bronco fans that are spewing some not so classy statements..people are morons.

With that being said...I was shocked when I read the news this morning.For some reason I thought Al Davis would be with us for years to come.My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends/family and Raider fans.

Together him and Lamar Hunt played a huge role in what we see today in the NFL.

RIP Mr.Davis! :salute:

KCLadyFan
10-08-2011, 06:57 PM
The Chiefs have the "classiest" fans in the NFL..... *edit* went to their forums and read some of the crap that's spewing out of them....it's disgusting.



Here are some quotes on the Chiefs site regarding his death...I know there are several Chiefs site but this is on the official site like this one...pretty classy from what I read..wanted to share so the Raider fans here would know that rival fans are feeling bad for them and the Davis family...he was 82...we should all be so lucky to live that long and he lived a life doing what he loved.


Re: Al Davis dies at age 82

What a sad week this is. First Steve Jobs now this.



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By therealexpert
Chiefs 365 Starter
10 hours ago
131 Posts

Re: Al Davis dies at age 82

It was easy to poke fun of the guy, but the truth is, he has probably done more for the game than 99.9% of any other person. The guy was ahead of his time, and the NFL wouldn't be what it is today without him. He also did MANY under the radar contributions to public and personal causes that he never got national credit for. He was a good guy and regardless of the jokes, alot of things won't be as good as they were with him around.



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By ndws
Chiefs 365 Pro Bowl Player
10 hours ago
895 Posts

To: ndws

Amen! You said it best.



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By therealexpert
Chiefs 365 Starter
10 hours ago
131 Posts

Much respect and a huge loss

R.I.P. Al.



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By Don417
Chiefs 365 Starter
10 hours ago
164 Posts

Rest in Peace Al

You gave us some great teams to play against I am sure you will be missed in Oakland.



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By gotmygameon
Chiefs 365 All-Pro
8 hours ago
616 Posts

RIP Al Davis

Was anyone else shocked at this? I haven't heard a word about him being sick. Can the raiders still be easily the most hateable team in football without him being behind it all?



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By Chiefette31
Chiefs 365 Starter
8 hours ago
31 Posts

Chiefette31

If you'd seen any pictures of him lately he was looking very bad.



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By Don417
Chiefs 365 Starter
8 hours ago
164 Posts

Re: Al Davis dies at age 82

i was shocked..rip al,I wonder how manny coaches will come back to the organization now!?

Go Chiefs



Edited by KcTat, 7 hours ago

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By KcTat
Chiefs 365 All-Pro
7 hours ago
932 Posts

R.I.P. AL DAVIS

I did not think Al Davis had it in him to die. He has been looking bad for awhile. As a Die Hard Chiefs fan I still have to say thanks for his contributions to the NFL. Hunt & Davis were two of the best owners of our time!!!

I only wonder how this will effect the Raiders. I have no idea who is in line for the Raider throne, hopefully they make the Raiders as competive as Davis tried every year! The raiders are our #1 rival, even though I hope we beat them down every time we meet, I hope its as memorable as it always is, even though their fearless leader is gone (AL DAVIS). Rest In Peace Mr. Davis! Thanks

Robz_CHIEFS

Go Chiefs



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By Robz_Chiefs
Chiefs 365 Team Leader
6 hours ago
160 Posts

Re: Al Davis dies at age 82

This isn't meant to be hatefull , but I always said the last few years that the raiders wouldn't be good again untill al davis dies cuz he was running them horribly wrong . Firing coaches every other game.. RIP mr davis.. PS now im afraid the raiders just got a bit scarier.

Alastor
10-08-2011, 07:05 PM
I left this post on another part of our forum where the topic is being discussed. Not that I think I have to, but just so that it's clear, here it is for this thread:


If anyone is interested, I went over to the Raider message boards and sent our thoughts.

They were actually surprised at how classy our fanbase is being. Apparently the Chief fans have not been so nice. :huh:

My Thread (http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakland-raiders-forum-message-board/180931-message-bronco-fans.html)

And it will remain that way, just FYI, even in the smack section.

We treat others the way we want them to treat us. We would absolutely not allow any disparaging comments towards Bowlen on an unfortunate day that he passed.

We still to this day protect the Barrel Man.

Likewise, there are certain things that are only meant to start fights, even when directed at Raider fans. Mocking the death of their owner is one of those things.

It won't be tolerated, even in the smack section. Not today, and probably not ever.

Not that we've had to remove any posts. We haven't. Not a single one.

I am amazed and impressed, and not for the first time, at our fans. The ability to be gracious, sensitive to others, and empathetic of loss is an uncommon trait.

We haven't had to remove even one post today. I doubt that will change.

But if it does, please let us know.

Alastor
10-08-2011, 07:05 PM
I left this post on another part of our forum where the topic is being discussed. Not that I think I have to, but just so that it's clear, here it is for this thread:


If anyone is interested, I went over to the Raider message boards and sent our thoughts.

They were actually surprised at how classy our fanbase is being. Apparently the Chief fans have not been so nice. :huh:

My Thread (http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakland-raiders-forum-message-board/180931-message-bronco-fans.html)

And it will remain that way, just FYI, even in the smack section.

We treat others the way we want them to treat us. We would absolutely not allow any disparaging comments towards Bowlen on an unfortunate day that he passed.

We still to this day protect the Barrel Man.

Likewise, there are certain things that are only meant to start fights, even when directed at Raider fans. Mocking the death of their owner is one of those things.

It won't be tolerated, even in the smack section. Not today, and probably not ever.

Not that we've had to remove any posts. We haven't. Not a single one.

I am amazed and impressed, and not for the first time, at our fans. The ability to be gracious, sensitive to others, and empathetic of loss is an uncommon trait.

We haven't had to remove even one post today. I doubt that will change.

But if it does, please let us know.

BarkdogRX7
10-08-2011, 07:06 PM
Some may think that "the Raiders will be better off when Al steps down or passes". Well, think of it this way. Davis loved the Raiders, and didn't want to give up on them. He tried his best to improve the team. Most people wouldn't be managing an NFL team at that age. Usually, they'd retire by then. But Al was different. He made them great once, and he wanted to do it again. He actually wasn't doing too bad these last 2 years. (Remember, I hate the Raiders, but this is true)

May Al Davis RIP. The NFL won't be the same without him. :salute:

Uhhh sure, JaMarcus Russell, Darrius Heyward Bey, and up until the end of last year we almost threw Darren McFadden into that category, the Javon Walker contract, DeAngelo Hall deal, I mean he made some stupid senile decisions over the last 5-10 years, only recently I think with Rolando McClain and Hue Jackson have they turned it around, let's not forget the worthless head coaches he went through too...

Those are just plain dumb decisions, the Raiders start to get better soon

MULE7
10-08-2011, 07:11 PM
I'm not a Bronco either, I am from RAIDERFORUM.NET and I am The one. Long story why I am registered just as TIBERIUS stated, however it does not matter right now. I just want to say THANKS to all you Bronco Fans for the respect you are showing. It is truly a sad day in Raider Nation. I never thought I would get hit this hard when he passed, but i feel as if a part of my Raider side has left with him.

Thanks once again, and for you Denver fans this weekend..."JUST WIN BABY"...:salute:

KCLadyFan
10-08-2011, 07:21 PM
I left this post on another part of our forum where the topic is being discussed. Not that I think I have to, but just so that it's clear, here it is for this thread:



And it will remain that way, just FYI, even in the smack section.

We treat others the way we want them to treat us. We would absolutely not allow any disparaging comments towards Bowlen on an unfortunate day that he passed.

We still to this day protect the Barrel Man.

Likewise, there are certain things that are only meant to start fights, even when directed at Raider fans. Mocking the death of their owner is one of those things.

It won't be tolerated, even in the smack section. Not today, and probably not ever.

Not that we've had to remove any posts. We haven't. Not a single one.

I am amazed and impressed, and not for the first time, at our fans. The ability to be gracious, sensitive to others, and empathetic of loss is an uncommon trait.

We haven't had to remove even one post today. I doubt that will change.

But if it does, please let us know.

I'm glad you haven't had to remove any post...when Derrick Thomas was elected to the HOF there were several post made about him that had nothing to do with the HOF but were only posted to attack his character and were pretty bad considering the man is dead....wasn't this board...sad thing was people were allowed to post insults..glad this board doesn't allow that.

Sorry for going off topic...just showing an example that I agree with you.

coloradoraider
10-08-2011, 07:28 PM
Classy thread and posts, Bronco fans. Appreciate it!

OrangeCrushem
10-08-2011, 07:40 PM
Lots of lurkers crawling out of the woodwork :D I've been over at Raidersfans.net once in awhile to see what's up. I'm not registered, but as I said, I root for the team when it doesn't effect the Broncos. I stick with our division as long as it's either the Raiders or Broncos, not necessarily in that order :P . Pretty knowledgeable folks over there about football in general...

One thing that I really hope remains true for the "Al Davisless" Raiders (still can't believe it :( ) is that they STAY the Raiders. One thing that was always apparent was that Al Davis ran his team like a family business. In this day and age, that's a rarity. I REALLY hope the Raiders don't become all "corporate", because that would kind of fly in the face of the whole spirit of what Al Davis created as a brand. I know quite a few Raider fans were wanting Al Davis to give up the reins, not in this way of course, but I hope that thought doesn't come back to haunt them. We're all human, we know days like this come, but...

After doing a little lurking, it's clear that Al Davis was a man who understood what loyalty and compassion means. Lots of stories that I personally never heard of. It shouldn't surprise me, though, ie. Barrel Man. Ride the autumn wind, Al...Godspeed.

denver9ers
10-08-2011, 08:20 PM
I left this post on another part of our forum where the topic is being discussed. Not that I think I have to, but just so that it's clear, here it is for this thread:



And it will remain that way, just FYI, even in the smack section.

We treat others the way we want them to treat us. We would absolutely not allow any disparaging comments towards Bowlen on an unfortunate day that he passed.

We still to this day protect the Barrel Man.

Likewise, there are certain things that are only meant to start fights, even when directed at Raider fans. Mocking the death of their owner is one of those things.

It won't be tolerated, even in the smack section. Not today, and probably not ever.

Not that we've had to remove any posts. We haven't. Not a single one.

I am amazed and impressed, and not for the first time, at our fans. The ability to be gracious, sensitive to others, and empathetic of loss is an uncommon trait.

We haven't had to remove even one post today. I doubt that will change.

But if it does, please let us know.

:salute:

The outpouring of support from our fans warms my heart on a cold night in Denver. We may fight each other over all sorts of issues, but when it comes time to do the Black and Silver right in their dark time, we're all together.

You guys are great.

SoundsOfSuccess
10-08-2011, 08:44 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only Bronco fan struck roughly by this news.

RIP.

MULE7
10-08-2011, 09:15 PM
Thanks to all Bronco Fans for the respect being shown.

I am at RAIDERFORUM.NET, I am The one.

This is a rough day for Raider Nation and the NFL.

Broncofanfolife
10-08-2011, 09:29 PM
RIP Al, you are a true NFL icon & were one of a kind.

Raider_Nation
10-08-2011, 09:53 PM
It's really good stuff to see so many fans of other teams around the NFL, especially our rivals (you guys) giving out positive thoughts & prayers for the Raider Nation today.

I really appreciate it guys. You may be the rival, but I don't hate you guys, I love you guys. Without battles against teams like the Broncos, Raider football just wouldn't be the same.

I hope soon the Raiders and Broncos are fighting for the AFC West crown, and Coach Davis is sitting upstairs with a cold one looking down on it all.

Thanks again guys, I really mean that. And thanks to the Bronco fan that came over to Raiderfans.net to offer condolences.

Raider_Nation
10-08-2011, 09:55 PM
I left this post on another part of our forum where the topic is being discussed. Not that I think I have to, but just so that it's clear, here it is for this thread:



And it will remain that way, just FYI, even in the smack section.

We treat others the way we want them to treat us. We would absolutely not allow any disparaging comments towards Bowlen on an unfortunate day that he passed.

We still to this day protect the Barrel Man.

Likewise, there are certain things that are only meant to start fights, even when directed at Raider fans. Mocking the death of their owner is one of those things.

It won't be tolerated, even in the smack section. Not today, and probably not ever.

Not that we've had to remove any posts. We haven't. Not a single one.

I am amazed and impressed, and not for the first time, at our fans. The ability to be gracious, sensitive to others, and empathetic of loss is an uncommon trait.

We haven't had to remove even one post today. I doubt that will change.

But if it does, please let us know.

It's really good stuff. I have a whole new respect for Bronco fans. :thumb::helmet:

RAIDER951
10-08-2011, 10:15 PM
Thank you Bronco fans. You once again prove to be some of the classiest fans in the league.

Chillez
10-08-2011, 10:16 PM
Thank you Bronco fans. You once again prove to be some of the classiest fans in the league.

Thanks we appreciate the kind words. :salute: Feel free stick around here once in a while.

Chillez
10-08-2011, 10:36 PM
It's really good stuff to see so many fans of other teams around the NFL, especially our rivals (you guys) giving out positive thoughts & prayers for the Raider Nation today.

I really appreciate it guys. You may be the rival, but I don't hate you guys, I love you guys. Without battles against teams like the Broncos, Raider football just wouldn't be the same.

I hope soon the Raiders and Broncos are fighting for the AFC West crown, and Coach Davis is sitting upstairs with a cold one looking down on it all.

Thanks again guys, I really mean that. And thanks to the Bronco fan that came over to Raiderfans.net to offer condolences.

I left a thread under raidersfans.net it's under my user name Chillez.

Sonic Raider
10-08-2011, 11:23 PM
To the poster that mentioned Barrel Man, he was well respected by Raider fans like Violator. I never met Barrel Man so I never knew him and thus can't comment.

A life is a life and everyone was put on Earth to leave his/her mark in life.

HunterCO
10-08-2011, 11:33 PM
Although I am a die hard raider hater my condolences to the raider nation. Best wishes to all the raider nation.

Come sunday when when the broncos play the raiders I will hate your guts once again. However I think Al would want that RIP AL and thanks for the rivalry.

xxbeanstaxx
10-09-2011, 12:52 AM
R.I.P. he was a true raider till his last day, much respect to him and their organization.

broncosgal24
10-09-2011, 12:55 AM
Condolences to the Davis family and to all of Raider nation. We may have a fierce rivalry, but we can still respect all that Al Davis brought to the NFL and especially to the AFC. His contributions will be remembered. RIP Al!

RaiderFanSD
10-09-2011, 01:54 AM
Thank you Bronco fans. You once again prove to be some of the classiest fans in the league.

Truth. May be my most hated rival, but I respect the hell out of their fans and organization.

bahn
10-09-2011, 04:45 AM
:salute: http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQu9w2sS4h-0d5Un_yBasm1owb4YptoHjmSFbWWcuzPV-okdbSd

DevilSpawn
10-09-2011, 05:12 AM
Truth. May be my most hated rival, but I respect the hell out of their fans and organization.
+1. No coincidence I'm always here eating out of their fridge.

BroncosFanInPA
10-09-2011, 07:05 AM
R.I.P. Mr. Al Davis! The football world has lost a true great, he may be gone but he will never be forgotten. Just Win Baby!!! (except when playing us) :salute:

BroncosFanInPA
10-09-2011, 07:07 AM
+1. No coincidence I'm always here eating out of their fridge.

Our fridge is always open to guests, my personal fridge however is usually pretty empty. :sad:

FL BRONCO
10-09-2011, 08:20 AM
If anyone is interested, I went over to the Raider message boards and sent our thoughts.

They were actually surprised at how classy our fanbase is being. Apparently the Chief fans have not been so nice. :huh:

My Thread (http://www.raiderfans.net/forum/oakland-raiders-forum-message-board/180931-message-bronco-fans.html)

Thanks for link.

Dr.Death
10-09-2011, 09:48 AM
Uhhh sure, JaMarcus Russell, Darrius Heyward Bey, and up until the end of last year we almost threw Darren McFadden into that category, the Javon Walker contract, DeAngelo Hall deal, I mean he made some stupid senile decisions over the last 5-10 years, only recently I think with Rolando McClain and Hue Jackson have they turned it around, let's not forget the worthless head coaches he went through too...

Those are just plain dumb decisions, the Raiders start to get better soon

Mr. Bowlen's Stamps of approval on many Bronco disasters (Ted Gregory, Tommy Maddox, McD, etc.) over the years is something fans should acknowledge as well if they wish to bash Mr. Davis' decisions...NFL owners make mistakes dude. Art Modell: many argue that his poor business acumen in Cleveland and subsequent 'bad decisions' led to the team's departure...It certainly is easy to second-guess these decisions but I prefer to admire Davis' contributions to the game rather than his mistakes..

Broncoyearound
10-09-2011, 10:00 AM
Just saw this on Any word on the cause of death? :salute: Hope your raiders do you proud and win. <---never saw myself hoping for a raider win but sad to see this happen to anyone...we'll all take it there one day.

Thors Hammer
10-09-2011, 10:15 AM
You can flame Al Davis' decisions on many things, but that's how the man made his living, by being a man who was not afraid to go against conventional wisdom.

Davis was the first man to have an African American and a Hispanic coach before the Rooney rule was in effect.

How would the NFL look if Davis hadn't fought to make the AFL more viable?

Alastor
10-09-2011, 11:03 AM
Mr. Bowlen's Stamps of approval on many Bronco disasters (Ted Gregory, Tommy Maddox, McD, etc.) over the years is something fans should acknowledge as well if they wish to bash Mr. Davis' decisions...NFL owners make mistakes dude. Art Modell: many argue that his poor business acumen in Cleveland and subsequent 'bad decisions' led to the team's departure...It certainly is easy to second-guess these decisions but I prefer to admire Davis' contributions to the game rather than his mistakes..

Model's team got caught in a political stunt that took a non-issue and turned it into a campaign issue.

As for Bowlen... He has always taken a hands off approach to the team. He lets the coaches coach. Every coach makes good choices and bad choices. Say what you will about Reeves, but he took us to three Super Bowls and took the Falcons to one a few seasons later. The man could coach.

Regardless of who screwed what up over the years, I don't think this is the appropriate time or place for finger pointing at anyone, especially when we're talking about people (Davis, Model, Bowlen, Reeves) who are all in the Hall of Fame. There are going to be mistakes made in anyone's career, especially if that career spans 40+ years as each of these icons of the NFL's did.

They're all very accomplished men and any attempt to take anything away from one of them really only degrades the person attempting to do so.

Kyousukeneko
10-09-2011, 12:33 PM
Rip, it is sad, his team was just on the cob.

orange snow
10-09-2011, 01:09 PM
Rest, and be in peace, Al! Growing up on NFL Films, I always respected him and his approach. And the Raiders were always a tough matchup, even during down seasons. Great man and football man.

DieHard
10-09-2011, 02:48 PM
Thanks Al:salute:

roushmartin6
10-09-2011, 02:50 PM
Nice win Raiders, the only time I will ever be happy they win. They made Al happy today

Cahill
10-09-2011, 03:46 PM
Thank you Mr. Davis for making the league what it is today. You helped form the greatest American sport and your contributions will never be forgotten. RIP.

VA BroncosFan
10-09-2011, 04:00 PM
RIP Mr. Davis. You will be missed.

Andyy_47
10-09-2011, 04:02 PM
Great win for the Raiders today. I hate to say it, but I was rooting for you guys, big emotions in todays win and you thoroughly deserved it. Enjoy it, Raider Nation.

Skywalker
10-09-2011, 04:46 PM
RIP Al, thank you for all you've done for the game of football :salute:

DevilSpawn
10-09-2011, 04:49 PM
Probably the most emotional win we ever had, and that's saying a lot with our history. If there was ever a Just Win Baby game, this was it.

Sync
10-09-2011, 05:04 PM
First time I was happy to see the Raiders win a game. :salute:

bucking bronco
10-09-2011, 05:33 PM
I wonder if Al left any money for Shanny in his will.

FL BRONCO
10-09-2011, 05:56 PM
I wonder if Al left any money for Shanny in his will.

Really? Now?

FL BRONCO
10-09-2011, 05:58 PM
Won't say I'm happy for your win cause I was definitely rooting against the Raiders today as always but good for Raider Nation and I hope it helps. Sorry but thats the best I can do.

dizzolve
10-09-2011, 07:01 PM
Wow Bob Costas just did a great little 2-3 minute reflection on Al Davis at half time on Sunday Night Football. Very nicely done

DevilSpawn
10-09-2011, 07:19 PM
Wow Bob Costas just did a great little 2-3 minute reflection on Al Davis at half time on Sunday Night Football. Very nicely done
It was the best tribute. It showed the full sides of Davis. It didn't hate or love, it told the truth. Perfect IMO.

Alastor
10-09-2011, 07:21 PM
It was the best tribute. It showed the full sides of Davis. It didn't hate or love, it told the truth. Perfect IMO.

Anyone got a Youtube link?

flosstein
10-09-2011, 09:35 PM
Let it be known that Sunday was the 1st and last day I would ever pull for the Raiders! Al did a ton for the NFL to be what it is today and I felt it only right for the Raiders to win one for him. But let it be known that starting 10/10/11, I am back to the Raider hate. Al would have wanted it that way! RIP Al and thanks again for the great rivalry you were so instrumental in creating

DevilSpawn
10-09-2011, 09:36 PM
Anyone got a Youtube link?
Can't find a video but here's the transcript.


Over the last 24 hours, even those too young to recall the enormous accomplishments and aura of Al Davis’s Raiders of an earlier era have been made aware of Davis’s unique place in the game’s history: coach, GM, commissioner, owner, perpetual litigant and general pain in the assets to the league he constantly challenged and frequently sued — sometimes with good reason, sometimes out of a reflexive combativeness that seemed to know no bounds.

Al Davis was many things — not all of them admirable. That’s why he was so fascinating, and until recent years, so formidable. For a generation, his Raiders weren’t just committed to excellence, they consistently achieved it and in distinctive fashion as Davis created a sanctuary for misfits and miscreants and let them flourish in an us-versus-the-world atmosphere tinged with cloak-and-dagger paranoia. That approach created the Raider mystique, and then in later years, undermined it.

Al Davis was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Syracuse yet somehow spoke with a vaguely southern drawl, part of what you might call an unusual personal style. He was a progressive, who broke ground with the hiring of Hispanic and African-American coaches, and a high-ranking female executive. But he was also petty, allowing personal vendettas to undercut, and then drive away significant figures like Marcus Allen and Mike Shanahan, while his once great franchise slipped into disarray.

He was compassionate and generous, and sought no public recognition for his many acts of kindness. If he liked you, he was also great company, but if you got on his bad side, for whatever reason, watch out.

He was simultaneously a visionary who influenced the game on and off the field, and a throwback, who hung on much too long, perhaps because as he himself acknowledged, he had no real life outside of his family and football.

Don Shula once said of his old adversary, “when you call Al Davis devious, he considers it a compliment.” For his part, Davis, who probably revered Machiavelli as much as Madden, often said he’d rather be feared than respected or loved. A true appreciation doesn’t ignore that fact, it recognizes it along with all the contradictions and complexities.

For better and for worse and everything in between, Al Davis was an American original. He deserves to be long remembered, not because he was a model, but because he mattered.

He was a rebel, a renegade, a Raider…and we will not see his like again.

Alastor
10-09-2011, 09:50 PM
Thank you, DevilSpawn.

That's a very authentic commentary.

Broncoboy6
10-09-2011, 10:42 PM
May GOD bless your soul Mr. Davis.

Aloha `Oe

Frenchy180
10-09-2011, 11:58 PM
Really? Now?
I don't think that was a disrespectful statement... As I seriously wondered the same thing considering Al told Mike that if he went back to the Broncos that as long as he lived Mike wouldn't see a dime from him :laugh:

It strikes me as something Al might have done really, and that is the furthest thing from disrespect on my part. May he rest in peace Mr Davis!

bronc_fan23
10-10-2011, 03:52 PM
Woody Paige's Al Davis story

L8sEDuLSa_Q

nyuk nyuk
10-10-2011, 07:34 PM
Mike Shanahan once ordered Elvis Grbac to throw at Al Davis’ head (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Mike-Shanahan-once-ordered-Elvis-Grbac-to-throw-;_ylt=Am4KsMgNID9YEXwW4nRohUHxxLsF?urn=nfl-wp9245)

The list of folks who butted heads with Al Davis during the 50 years the late Oakland Raiders owner spent in professional football is as long as his list of accolades and accomplishments. All right, it's probably much longer.

One of his most bitter conflicts was with current Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who spent one season working as Raiders head coach before a dispute with Davis led to his ousting.

How bad was the blood between the two? Five years after the firing, Shanahan ordered one of his players to throw a ball at Davis' head during pregame warmups. Rick Maese of The Washington Post linked to a story written by The New York Times' Mike Freeman on Sept. 13, 1998 which included this tale:


It was 1994 and Shanahan and Grbac were both with the San Francisco 49ers. Shanahan, the offensive coordinator, was working with Grbac before a game against Oakland. [...]

[...] Davis, as he does before almost every game, was walking the field, talking to players and others. Shanahan pulled Grbac aside, Grbac recalled, and gave an unusual order: ''See Al Davis over there? I want you to throw the ball right at him.''

A shocked Grbac replied: ''I can't do that. If I hit him, do you know what he could do to me?''

Shanahan looked at Grbac with his intense glare and said, ''Throw the ball.''

So Grbac did. He threw a tight, hard spiral some 30 yards directly at the head of Davis. At the last second, Davis saw it and ducked, the ball missing him by only a few inches. Davis, his hair ruffled, then made an obscene gesture at Shanahan, witnessed by a former Raiders coach who confirmed Grbac's story.

I know, I had the same exact thought: Who knew Elvis Grbac could throw a tight, hard spiral 30 yards and barely miss his target by inches?

Raider_Nation
10-11-2011, 12:47 AM
Can't find a video but here's the transcript.


Over the last 24 hours, even those too young to recall the enormous accomplishments and aura of Al Davis’s Raiders of an earlier era have been made aware of Davis’s unique place in the game’s history: coach, GM, commissioner, owner, perpetual litigant and general pain in the assets to the league he constantly challenged and frequently sued — sometimes with good reason, sometimes out of a reflexive combativeness that seemed to know no bounds.

Al Davis was many things — not all of them admirable. That’s why he was so fascinating, and until recent years, so formidable. For a generation, his Raiders weren’t just committed to excellence, they consistently achieved it and in distinctive fashion as Davis created a sanctuary for misfits and miscreants and let them flourish in an us-versus-the-world atmosphere tinged with cloak-and-dagger paranoia. That approach created the Raider mystique, and then in later years, undermined it.

Al Davis was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Syracuse yet somehow spoke with a vaguely southern drawl, part of what you might call an unusual personal style. He was a progressive, who broke ground with the hiring of Hispanic and African-American coaches, and a high-ranking female executive. But he was also petty, allowing personal vendettas to undercut, and then drive away significant figures like Marcus Allen and Mike Shanahan, while his once great franchise slipped into disarray.

He was compassionate and generous, and sought no public recognition for his many acts of kindness. If he liked you, he was also great company, but if you got on his bad side, for whatever reason, watch out.

He was simultaneously a visionary who influenced the game on and off the field, and a throwback, who hung on much too long, perhaps because as he himself acknowledged, he had no real life outside of his family and football.

Don Shula once said of his old adversary, “when you call Al Davis devious, he considers it a compliment.” For his part, Davis, who probably revered Machiavelli as much as Madden, often said he’d rather be feared than respected or loved. A true appreciation doesn’t ignore that fact, it recognizes it along with all the contradictions and complexities.

For better and for worse and everything in between, Al Davis was an American original. He deserves to be long remembered, not because he was a model, but because he mattered.

He was a rebel, a renegade, a Raider…and we will not see his like again.

It doesn't get any more honest and accurate than that.

orange snow
10-11-2011, 03:32 PM
Good to see all the positive comments. I just always liked the guy. True maverick, football mind, American, and rebel. Shaped the game more than any but a small group of people. RIP, and be in peace, Al!

duhyaj
10-11-2011, 09:57 PM
who is going to take over now that Al is gone, will it be his son?

DevilSpawn
10-11-2011, 10:12 PM
who is going to take over now that Al is gone, will it be his son?
yup.......

redneckrocker
10-12-2011, 07:13 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Al-Davis-fittingly-memorialized-with-calf-tattoo?urn=nfl-wp9174

Wow, I love my team, but don't think I'd get a face tat of any player or coach. Maybe a team logo, but not Pat Bowlen, Coach Shannahan, or Elway, etc.

Bobs My Uncle
10-14-2011, 06:46 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Al-Davis-fittingly-memorialized-with-calf-tattoo?urn=nfl-wp9174

Wow, I love my team, but don't think I'd get a face tat of any player or coach. Maybe a team logo, but not Pat Bowlen, Coach Shannahan, or Elway, etc.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3147/3043629304_dbaefbecd6.jpg

http://www.sportsgrindent.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/tebow-tattoo.jpg

draco193
10-14-2011, 07:07 PM
Excellence

Al Davis is watching under us.

When eulogizing an individual like Davis, it feels disrespectful to not make a wisecrack about his "evil mastermind" persona. That persona is part of his life’s work. To take too high a high road is to defang him, and Davis spent four decades convincing us that he actually had fangs. Heaven may want him, but hell is definitely afraid that he will take over. Davis liked that we thought of him that way.

The devious Davis is the one we will remember, not the out-of-touch character of recent years, who probably was not as out-of-touch as jokers like me made him out to be. The Raiders of recent years have been mismanaged, and their football philosophies have been backward-thinking, but they shared those problems with many, many other teams whose owners/executives did not have the benefit of being genuine pioneers. Davis was a better executive than Matt Millen, better than anyone who has floated through the Rams organization besides **** Vermeil. He had been the best football executive in the Bay Area since the Yorks took over. He was no worse than the guys who ran the Cardinals, Bengals, and Browns at various times in the last decade. His scouting department may have atrophied until all that was left was a "best available speedster" reflex, but at least there was a recognizable philosophy at work. Better an outdated idea than no idea, or a jumble of ideas.

The Raiders were the last NFL team that had the personality of a small, regional business. There was a time when all of the NFL and AFL teams were essentially midsized community businesses, like big car dealerships or local banks. They still counted on the local Kiwanis club to buy season tickets and still reached out to the community in some meaningful way, not one annual charity event or an August "Fan Appreciation Night." They took on the quirks of both their cities and their owners, so the George Halas Bears had a personality that was different from the Dan Reeves Los Angeles Rams. Now, the Bears’ personality, when it is distinct from other teams at all, is just leftover Halas personality. The teams have been, for many years, just 31 slight variations on the same corporate structure, and then the Raiders.

That old-fashioned, do-it-yourself mentality weakened the Raiders on the field over the last decade, but again, at least they were weaklings with charm. When the Rams are bad, they are a bad fast food hamburger, while the Raiders are a strange, overcooked burger with unusual toppings at a small-town diner, something that is at least is recognizable as food that was assembled by a human. The Raiders had all the strengths and weaknesses of a privately-owned concern, like an independent record store downtown. The record store may close on Tuesdays, just because. They may not stock Coldplay, because the guy who runs it thinks only wankers like Coldplay, but there is a whole wall of untouched Jimmy Rodgers LPs. Record Store Guy can’t compete with Amazon, or Best Buy, or iTunes. And frankly, we don’t go to Record Store Guy’s shop anymore. But we want to root for him, and we want him to succeed, in some way that does not require us to buy his merchandise.

And that is the Al Davis paradox: we simultaneously liked to make fun of him, found it easy to write columns about his whacked-out decisions, and wished we lived in a world where guys like him could still build a team or rule a league, completely upon the singularity of their cleverness and will. He sounds like a hell of a person to have to work for, but at least you were certain you were working for a person.

There have been greater football minds in NFL history, some of them active in the league today, but Davis was more than a football mind. There are not many ground-floor entrepreneurs in the major sports anymore. Vince McMahon is the only one who leaps to mind, though pro wrestling is not really a sport. There could never be a league full of Al Davises, because franchises would bounce all over the place, owners would sue one another, and no one on earth would be crazy enough to take the commissioner job. But if there had not been a few Davis types in the past, like Al Spalding or Eddie Gottlieb, we might not have professional sports in the way we now recognize and enjoy them. Halas, Bert Bell, Bill Veeck, Walter A. Brown: these guys made rules and bent laws, supplied something to consumers who did not know how much they demanded it, and built leagues and empires out of daring ideas.

Davis was one of the last of the founding fathers, but he was also the voice of dissent. Football’s Machiavelli, Thomas Paine, and George Carlin in a white track suit. The last of the seat-of-the-pants sports executives. A true maverick, not someone who uses the word as a slogan. It was his football, baby, and nothing was going to take it away from him.

My guess is that he made it to heaven before the devil knew he was dead. He was, after all, obsessed with speed.

From Footballoutsiders, a short description of Al and the Raiders.

BroncoSexyDaddy
10-16-2011, 03:12 PM
http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7110902/oakland-raiders-turn-john-madden-advice-source-says



Updated: October 16, 2011, 12:34 PM ET Source: Raiders

As the Oakland Raiders organization transitions after Al Davis' death, the owner's son Mark has been seeking advice and guidance from former coach John Madden, Ron Wolf and Ken Herock, three NFL veterans who all worked at various points for the Raiders, a source tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. AFC West blog Williamson ESPN.com's Bill Williamson writes about


The Raiders know that they can't talk to and hire the general manager candidates they want during the season, and so until they can, Davis will continue leaning on the men who know the league well, the source told Schefter. Al Davis had previously talked about bringing Madden back to the franchise to help his son run the team, but the Hall of Fame coach told The New York Times last week that Al Davis never actually asked him to return to the organization. Madden told the paper that he had last seen Davis at the Raiders' home game against New England on Oct. 2. "You knew he was having problems but he was better that week than he was the week before," Madden told The Times. "He had trouble speaking and drinking. But it's Al Davis and he'd fight it. His mother lived to be more than 100 and I thought he'd fight and live to be 100."

Madden, who told The Times that he spoke to Davis the night before his death, said he considered the combative and mercurial owner "family." "He was my best friend," Madden told The Times. "If I had one call to make, if I needed anything, the call would be to Al Davis. I lost the one-call guy, the mentor, the father, the best friend." Wolf was GM of the Green Bay Packers in the 1990s. Herock worked as a personnel director for three NFL teams, spending seven seasons with Oakland.

One of the men recommended to Davis as the Raiders next general manager is the Packers director of football operations, Reggie McKenzie, who has been a key cog in Green Bay's success. But Oakland cannot hire McKenzie during the season.

BroncoSexyDaddy
10-28-2011, 10:42 PM
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/10/28/death-certificate-says-al-davis-died-of-heart-failure/




Death certificate says Al Davis died of heart failure
Posted by Evan Silva on October 28, 2011, 10:19 PM EDT


According to the San Jose Mercury News, former Raiders owner Al Davis’ death was due to heart failure.

Davis’ death certificate states that he died at the Oakland Airport Hilton at 2:45 a.m. on October 8 from congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and ventricular fibrillation. Davis’ heart is believed to have begun to fail just 24 hours before his passing, “likely from five years of living with heart disease.”

The document also shows that Davis had throat surgery on October 5 and was suffering from Markel cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer obtained from sun exposure.

Davis was 82 when he died.

“Death certificate says Al Davis died of heart failure”