So often in life it seems as if tragedies are the only instances in which enemies put aside their differences. The same is true in sports.
Over the past week there has been nothing but praise for all Al Davis did for professional sports. As such a polarizing figure you’d expect a lot of that sentiment to be filled with a few backhanded compliments here and there.
Thus far I’ve seen very little of that as fans from all walks of life have sung nothing but the praises of Mr. Davis and his illustrious career. With that being said the article written by Keith Halpin (Merlin to AA faithful) over at Arrowhead Addict made me pause.
To be sure any Chiefs fan is my sworn enemy on Sundays. Monday through Saturday it’s all love…unless, of course, our two teams are set to tangle. Then that entire week has me seeing red…literally.
AA is by far and away the best blog there is for all the Chief faithful there are out there. And no, that is not hyperbole…its fact.
So when I saw a post on AA thanking Al Davis I expected a nicely done piece with a few carefully placed jabs sprinkled in. Instead what I was treated to was one of the more educational and thorough posts on Mr. Davis’ contributions.
If you’ve got the time I’d suggest cruising over and checking it out. If you’re on this site then chances are most of the facts are old news. But that doesn’t lessen the expression of thanks from a bitter rival.
It’s been great to see so many nice things said about Davis since his passing. However those of us that have been behind him for years were already singing his praises. Even his misgivings were peppered with the benefit of the doubt though they were met with harsh criticism from Raider fans and others alike. Still, the true testament to a man is how his enemies view him in death.
If you didn’t think Davis was admired by many then AA’s thankful letter should be all the proof you need. Somewhere Mr. Davis is smiling knowing his efforts touched many. Never forget that football was his first love and the Raiders were but his vehicle for his expression. He fought for all franchises and all fans.
To Arrowhead Addict I’d like to say thank you.
For a few moments I forgot about how long it’s been since the Chiefs beat Oakland in their own crib at Arrowhead. Or the amount of time passed between Kansas City playoff wins. All that melted away as I read some truly inspired words.
In all honesty and sincerity the true testament to Mr. Davis’ legacy is this exact sentiment. That rival fans can actually have a mutual respect and hatred for one another through the beloved sport of football.