I live in New Orleans. Been a huge Raiders fan since Billy Cannon (from LSU) played for the Silver and Black many years ago. I am 53 and been a die-hard since the days when TVs had only three channels. I never met Al Davis, but I feel like I was somehow related to him and the rest of The Nation. I have watched hundreds more Raiders games than Saints games over the years, even in the hard times. Often, because the Saints sucked for so long, they were not even televised in New Orleans. But I always had my Raiders and at least one shot of Al in the VIP seats.
They say you never know what you have until it's gone, but with Al Davis I think we all knew exactly what we had.
The reason I registered here today is to express my sadness when I learned of Al's passing. He was the one constant in the ever changing NFL. All of the coaches and players we love or hate come and go, sometimes too soon, sometimes not soon enough. But I never even considered a Sunday afternoon without Al Davis. I am still having trouble with that thought. I hoped that with some small miracles the Raiders and the Saints would play in the Ultimate Superbowl (for me anyway) and Al would be up in the box as always.
For a few days the whole world is a Raiders fan. I wish The Nation all the best in this sad time.
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