The biggest laughing stock in sports….

April 28, 2009 at 12:23 am (Sports)

The Raiders
Does someone need to remind Al Davis that he is running a FOOTBALL TEAM and not a Track team? This past weekend’s draft just reaffirms my belief that the Oakland Raider’s (no, not the win-less Detroit Lions) are the biggest laughing stock in all of sports. After the coaching merry-go-round, which has plagued that organization for years, culminated in the firing of Lane Kiffin last year, the Raiders have done absolutely nothing to slow the staggering and depressing decline of their once historic franchise.

Al Davis (owner of the Raiders), once a professional football coach and commissioner of the AFL, refuses to admit that the game has passed him by; his dictatorial control over the organization is in exact correlation with the decline of this once proud football establishment. His lack of current football knowledge has been none the more noticeable than in the 2009 NFL draft where the Raiders selected wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey with the 7th overall pick. Although Michael Crabtree (the consensus best wide receiver in the draft) was still on the board, Davis decided to go with the guy who had the better 40 yard dash time, despite the fact that the rest of his game is VERY raw; he was considered by nearly everyone to be the 3rd best WR prospect in the draft, behind both Crabtree and Missouri wide out Jeremy Macklin…. If that pick wasn’t bad enough, their 2nd pick may have been even worse: They selected Ohio (not Ohio State…) safety Mike Mitchell with the 15th pick in the 2nd round….Most considered Mitchell to be a borderline prospect at best (6th or 7th round selection at best), but of course Mitchell’s raw speed caught Davis’s eye , and thus Mitchell became a second rounder.

Its hard to fathom how a man like Davis can still exist in today’s sports world; yet he remains, a broken down figure from a forgotten sports era, slowly losing the respect he spent 70 years to gain. Sometimes, when looking at the Raiders, twisted and disfigured, I almost want to cry instead of laugh…..almost.


1 Comment

  1. Robert said,

    At least the Raiders have had some decent first/second round picks in the past couple of years. Try being a Detroit Lions fan 😦

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