Love him or hate him, there was no denying Al Davis’ passion for football and single-minded pursuit of winning.
There were thin threads between Davis’ Raiders and the Warriors, such as the black-themed uniform colors and the need for speed.
His greatest influence was inspiring others to think outside the proverbial box, that being different can sometimes be better. And his finger-to-the-establishment style was embraced, creating a fan base that became a Raider Nation.
In the 1970s, Davis was the Steve Jobs of football. Davis’ death is another loss for innovation.
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Interesting that Henry Kapono will be singing the national anthem at next week’s SMU-Central Florida game. If the Mustangs win two more games, bet the house that they will be playing in this year’s Hawaii Bowl. (By the way, sorry if you’re now living with your in-laws because I said to bet the house on the UNLV game.)