As if all the empty seats at the coliseum on Sundays weren’t enough of a sign that Raider Nation is displeased. Now there actually is a sign begging Al Davis to do something drastic – hire a general manager.
MessageToAl.com has been planning for sometime to erect a billboard near the Coliseum voicing the anger many Raider fans feel towards the team’s much maligned owner. In addition to the billboard, there are petitions on the site that have collected over 20,000 signatures. Included in the petitions are the requests of the fans for the Raiders to hire a GM with previous NFL experience, a new head coach, the right for the new coach to hire his own personnel and for Mr. Davis to kindly step aside and remove himself from the organization.
Al Davis has made a career out of ignoring what the consensus says and going his own way. This is one instance in which he should listen up.
While the billboard does not represent the opinion of every Raider fan, it does speak to the state of this franchise. With attendance hitting new lows and a team headed for a 7th straight losing season, it is more than apparent that management is failing to rectify the current state of affairs.
The billboard went up on Tuesday night and is located just a mile away from the Coliseum. The team has yet to respond.
Mr. Davis might be able to ignore the billboard but he cannot ignore the last seven years of misery and the current drop in attendance. Asking Al Davis to step away form his beloved Raiders is like asking John Daly to leave a wedding when there’s an open bar. Not impossible but certainly improbable.
If Mr. Davis simply views this as the lone voice of one pocket of disgruntled fans then his next warning sign will not be as public but it will hit him where it counts most – his wallet.
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