Raiders Paid Tribute to Al Davis with Win, Sticker on Helmet

The Oakland Raiders paid tribute to former owner Al Davis, who died on Saturday, by winning one for him in Houston Sunday. The Silver and Black came back from a 14-6 second quarter deficit to win 25-20. Safety Michael Huff sealed the win with an interception on the game’s final play, and said afterwards that the victory was for Davis.

“We know he’s looking down on us right now,” Huff said. “This win is for him. I appreciate everything he’s done for this organization. He’s never gone in our eyes. We’ll never let him go. He’s with us.”

Not only did the team pull off a win for Davis, they also added stickers to the back of their helmets to honor him. Stadiums around the league held a moment of silence before the early games to remember the renegade owner. The fan tributes to Davis weren’t exclusive to Raiders fans either:

The person who seemed to show the greatest emotion following the win was head coach Hue Jackson, who went to the ground and began crying. He’s done a very good job with the team. Al Davis would be proud.

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Al Davis Left a Legacy of Good and Bad

It’s amazing how a day many Raiders fans eagerly anticipated for years was received so differently. Longtime Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis died Saturday at the age of 82. He was part of the team for 49 of its 52 years of existence, eventually becoming the face of the franchise. Known as a bright football mind, a pioneer, and a renegade, Davis left behind a legacy of positives and negatives.

Al Davis won three Super Bowls GM of the Raiders. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He was the AFL Coach of the Year in 1963, and he became commissioner of the AFL in 1966. He helped force a merger between the AFL and NFL, and he constantly fought for the good of the overall game of football.

Davis was the first person to draft an African American quarterback, and the first person to heavily scout traditional black schools. Under Davis, the Raiders hired the first Hispanic head coach, the first African American head coach, and they became the first organization in major sports to hire a female for an executive role.

A true renegade who did things his way, Davis heavily valued specialists, venturing to draft kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Ray Guy in the first round.

While doing things his way, Davis butted heads with many people.

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Richard Seymour Describes Raiders’ Defense as ‘X-Rated’

The Raiders beat the Jets 34-24 Sunday in Oakland to improve to 2-1 on the season. They’re tied with the Chargers for first in the AFC West, and their players are particularly proud of their defensive effort.

During introductions before the game, Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour went Dante Hall and threw up an “X.” After the game, he explained what it meant.

“When I throw up the ‘X,’ that means it’s time to put the kids to bed,” Seymour said. “It’s X-rated out there. That means if you’re 13 and under, don’t watch this.”

The defense didn’t exactly bring the pain early in the game, falling behind 17-7. In the second half, they delivered four sacks of Mark Sanchez, and one broken nose.

Seymour has actually been doing the “X” gesture since joining the Raiders in 2009. In an interview last year, he said the “X” symbolized what the Raiders were about to do defensively. Now apparently the gesture has changed to mean that the things are getting X-rated. I guess that’s what happens when your team is balling. Seymour shouldn’t get too cocky though — the offense has really carried them. Without Darren McFadden, they wouldn’t be 2-1.

Raiders Don’t Want Terrelle Pryor Wearing Jersey No. 2 Because of JaMarcus Russell

The Raiders selected Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft this week and signed him to a four-year deal Thursday night. Pryor is in camp and already practiced with the team Friday. It was the same Terrelle Pryor fans would recognize, only there was one difference — he was wearing a new jersey number. Instead of the No. 2 he wore at Ohio State, the Raiders announced that Pryor will wear jersey No. 6. They have a good reason for the change too.

Raiders beat writer Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chroncile tweeted that “Terrelle Pryor says Raiders coach Hue Jackson won’t let him wear No. 2. JaMarcus Russell was very big, but his ghost is bigger.”

SI’s Jim Trotter tweeted the same news, so it sounds like this is not a joke.

As silly as the reason may seem, it actually makes a lot of sense. JaMarcus Russell was a bust for the franchise. Things got so bad for JaMarcus that even his life coach gave up on him. I don’t think Pryor will amount to much as a quarterback, but it’s understandable why they want to torch the number and expunge the memories.

Hey, if Pryor can’t wear JaMarcus’ jersey number, maybe he can at least buy Russell’s Oakland mansion.

Two Fans in Joe Montana Jerseys Fight at Raiders-Niners Game (Video)

We rarely post fan fight videos here on LBS, but this one was too entertaining to pass up.  When you schedule a weekend preseason game between intrastate rival (kind of) football franchises, something is bound to go wrong.  When two frustrated fan bases come together for a meaningless game, tempers flare.  Even if it means Joe Montana fighting Joe Montana, there’s going to be a scrap.  Check out this Niners-Raiders fan fight video that our friends at Busted Coverage passed along:

These fights usually end with a quick knockout punch, but there was a point in this video where I thought these guys might never stop throwing fists.  I guess anything worth doing is worth doing right.

Crazy Hue Jackson Thinks Raiders Can Win the Super Bowl

The Oakland Raiders have already lost Robert Gallery in free agency and they’re about to lose their best player, Nnamdi Asomugha. That hasn’t affected head coach Hue Jackson’s confidence in his squad. Asked recently if he thinks the Raiders can make a run in the playoffs, Jackson said he has bigger dreams than that.

“Why not us? Why not the Raiders? We’re trying to win a championship. It’s what I talk about. It’s what I believe. I don’t know anything else.

“I know some of you look at me and say, ‘Man, this guy must be crazy.’ No, I’m not, because the first place we’re going to beat people is in the mind.”

Well, at least we’ll say that’s the type of attitude you need to have in order to win. Not many teams have had success thinking they were going to lose every game. But could you just imagine Hue Jackson going into a job interview and saying that to Al Davis? Davis is the same guy who thinks his quarterback is the next Jim Plunkett. Comments like these are probably music to his ears.

He should just hope this aspiration works out better than Brandon Marshall’s did last year.

Record-Setting Raiders Win Eases Fan Pain

Call it the Chucky Curse, the Oakland Raiders haven’t won more than five games in a season since 2002, the year they went to the Super Bowl and lost to former coach Jon Gruden. Since losing that game, the Raiders joined the Detroit Lions as one of the laughingstocks of the league and amongst all fans. Yet on Sunday, the Raiders blasted the Broncos in Denver scoring 59 points, simultaneously easing the pain of the embarrassment from the last seven years.

The first time I glanced at the TV and saw the score Sunday, I couldn’t believe it. While other afternoon games were just starting, the Raiders were already up 21-0. A quarter and a half into the game, they were already up 38-0. They settled for a 59-14 drubbing which was a franchise record in points, but it could have been much worse. Check out some of the records they set in the win:

    > 59 points – most in team history
    > 8 touchdowns – a team record
    > 4 touchdowns for Darren McFadden, tying a team record
    > 328 rushing yards, 3rd most in team history (28 shy of the team record)
    > 5 forced fumbles (two recovered)
    > Jason Campbell set a career high in passer rating, McFadden in rushing yards

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels had no choice but to apologize to the team and fans after the hideous loss. It’s rare that we see an NFL team come into a game so unprepared and lose by such a margin at home — they should be embarrassed. As for Raiders fans, they’ve taken a beating for almost 10 years. It’s about time you’ve had a chance to finally gloat. Though the chances of Darren McFadden running the team into the Super Bowl, as one fan told me, is highly unlikely at this point.

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