Just Win, Baby.
And they did.
The one thing Raiders owner Al Davis cared about more than anything, was winning, and today in Houston, his beloved team did it in a way that has to have him smiling from up in… well, from somewhere.
Many have said that the game passed up Davis years ago, and I am not here to argue that point. But a recent 7-year stretch where the team dropped an NFL record 10+ losses in each season ended last year when the team went 8-8. and despite that horrific stretch, the team’s record under Davis was 411-312. that just shows the dominance the Raiders had from the late 60’s to the early 80’s.
16 division titles, 3 Super Bowl championships. 2 slogans.and three words.
Pride and Poise & Commitment to Excellence. Just win, baby.
While much of the league is singing the praise of this enigmatic, controversial football genius, Al is looking ahead to next week’s home matchup with the Browns. That’s because after today’s win over the Texans, the Raiders are 3-2, and the schedule for them sets up rather nicely with three home games in the next 4 weeks, with the other week being a bye.
If the game did pass him by, he didn’t let it go without bringing some pressure. He got plenty of flack for drafting Sebastian Janikowski higher than any kicker in the history of the game. But the left-footed Janikowski has become quite a weapon, today becoming the first NFL kicker to ever hit three 50+ field goals in the same game.
He drafted Darrius Heyward-Bay before anyone in their right mind would have. But Davis never cared about what anyone had to say, other than, “ How fast is he?” And while HB hasn’t been great, he’s finally looking like an NFL receiver, catching 7 balls for 99 yards and a score today.
He drafted Michael Huff with the 7th pick of the 2006 draft. He hasn’t lived up to that billing as of yet, but there he was today, intercepting Matt Schaub in the end zone on the game’s last play to seal the win.
Honestly, this Raiders team is stocked with recent draftees, and since JeMarcus Russell when the Raiders hit rock bottom both in the draft room, and on the field, they’ve regrouped. And this team could be the benefactor.
That they are 3-2 right now after having played the Bills, Jets, Patriots and Texans the last four weeks has them set up for a good run. The Raiders and playoffs could be used in the same sentence for the first time since 2002.
So enough with the eulogies. Yes, the leader of the pack has died, but his Ray-duhs are in good shape. And that’s what he would care about most of all today. If he got stuck in traffic en route to the neverland, his first question would have been, “ How did the Silver and Black do today.”
They Just Won, Baby.