March 18, 1997 |
Mayor Richard Riordan and City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas are like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, tilting at windmills in their crusade to bring an NFL team to the Coliseum. Still, I applaud their efforts. A state-of-the-art stadium within the walls of the existing Coliseum, creating a futuristic environment while preserving history, is an attractive idea, as long as the $200 million-plus project doesn't come at taxpayer expense. In bringing the NFL back to the L.A.
April 27, 1986 |
Agents all over the country are buzzing that Al Davis is about to pull another master stroke, trading up for Houston's third pick in Tuesday's draft so that the Raiders can select Purdue quarterback Jim Everett. Or, they say, he'll trade for the St. Louis Cardinals' fifth pick, or maybe even the New Orleans Saints' sixth. Maybe they're right, but a Raider official says it's all silly gossip, that nothing is happening with the Oilers, Cardinals, Saints or anybody.
July 20, 1989 |
The National Football League search committee that unanimously recommended New Orleans Saints' executive Jim Finks to replace Pete Rozelle as commissioner was dissolved Wednesday and replaced with a new one that includes Al Davis, owner of the Raiders. Pete Rozelle, the outgoing commissioner, appointed the new committee to either recommend new candidates or ratify the original committee finalists as soon as possible. How soon will that be?
September 5, 1993 |
Ram and Raider football teams in recent years have tended to reach a peak each September about this time. And once more, heading into a new season today, the NFL's two Los Angeles-area entries are tied for first. Can they stay there? No chance. Although they might, finally, be moving in the right direction--with Jeff Hostetler now at quarterback for the Raiders and Chuck Knox back as coach of the Rams--their recent history isn't encouraging.
January 20, 1995 |
Dallas Cowboy defensive coordinator Butch Davis has been interviewed for the Raider head coaching job by owner Al Davis, The Times has learned. Despite the presence of Butch Davis at the Raiders' El Segundo headquarters Thursday, Al Davis has not made a final decision on the fate of Coach Art Shell, according to sources. Al Davis could wind up offering Butch Davis an assistant's job.
July 25, 1990 |
Al Davis, who said yes quickly to an earlier offer from Oakland, figures to take a little longer this time around before saying whether he'll move the Raiders back to their former home. The owner of the Raiders has 45 days to consider a deal, approved Tuesday by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, that includes $60 million in improvements at the Oakland Coliseum. Davis is being asked to sign a 15-year lease.
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April 19, 1995 |
Stop the game! Stop the clock! Send to the showers and flush the recent proposal for a $200-million stadium to house the Raiders and UCLA football teams in Inglewood. There should also be a penalty for ingratitude, with the proposal coming so soon after the city spent $100 million in public funds to fix quake damage and renovate the Coliseum, including a considerable sum to speed work on a round-the-clock schedule to accommodate football.
January 26, 2003 |
He has raised the dead. It was 1971, and an Oakland Raider employee named Del Courtney suffered an attack of Guillain-Barre syndrome, causing paralysis, freezing even his eyelids. Doctors said he had one hour to live. The newspaper prepared an obituary. Family paid last respects. Al Davis ignored them all, visiting Courtney's motionless body every day for three months, updating him on the football team, assuring him that his medical bills were paid, urging him to fight.
December 21, 1997 |
The Oakland Raiders gave up weeks ago, some would say years ago. They once again are ready to put the wraps on another lost season. But maybe the real tragedy in the decline of a once great franchise goes beyond the team and gets right to the man. Plain and simple, nobody fears Al Davis anymore. Not the other teams, not the commissioner, not the Oakland city officials, and not even his players. Nobody. Davis used to cut a pretty ferocious figure.