The influence of Al Davis on Raiders’ draft 2012

I wrote my Thursday column about Al Davis' vast influence on the Raiders' draft this year. And believe me, even though Davis is gone, his influence is all over the place. The Raiders, as I write this post, do not have a pick until after the third round. That is [...]

By | April 25th, 2012|5 Comments

Al Davis was a bad father

Mike Silver, who used to work at the Press Democrat, published a fascinating column about Hue Jackson. He says Mark Davis fired Jackson because Jackson witnessed and knew how shabbily Al Davis treated his son Mark. That humiliated Mark and he did not want someone as coach who had seen [...]

By | January 12th, 2012|0 Comments

Al Davis’ funeral

From what I've read Al Davis' funeral yesterday was a simple, understated, lovely ceremony. I have a question though. Before I ask the question I want you to understand I am not criticizing or second guessing. I'm simply asking. Does it seem to you his funeral came kind of late? [...]

By | October 18th, 2011|14 Comments

Al Davis at the restaurant

Bill Walsh told me this one not long before he died. He and Al Davis went out to dinner at a fancy restaurant -- it might have been in Palo Alto. They were having a nice time until one patron noticed them and walked over to their table. The guy [...]

By | October 11th, 2011|19 Comments

Raiders’ questions

I attended Hue Jackson's weekly news conference earlier today. Obviously, he spoke mostly about Al Davis. As I listened it occurred to me, with the passing of Davis, the Raiders have several crucial unanswered questions which pertain directly to the future of the team and the franchise. I wrote my [...]

By | October 10th, 2011|9 Comments

Al Davis’ kindness

My friend Jerry Kram -- he went to Lafayette College with me and is a doctor in the East Bay and I'm having dinner with him Friday night -- just sent me this note about Al Davis. Hi Lowell, Just read your Al Davis obit. Thought I 'd remind you [...]

By | October 10th, 2011|8 Comments

Lowell on Al Davis

Here is my Sunday column on the passing of Al Davis. This is a serious subject about a serious man and I took it seriously. I tried to stay away from merely glorifying Davis the way people do when someone dies. They remember just one part of a person. Davis [...]

By | October 8th, 2011|20 Comments

Does Hue Jackson kiss up to Al Davis?

As I mentioned in an earlier Zohn post, Hue Jackson constantly referred to Al Davis as "Coach Davis" in his Thursday pre-draft press conference. I found the Coach Davis reference fascinating and I wondered what it means about Jackson. Is it reasonable to refer to Davis in public as Coach [...]

By | April 21st, 2011|15 Comments

Hue Jackson and Al Davis

I'm running out of the house now because I'm on Comcast at 5 pm -- hope you can watch. When I get home I'll write a column about Hue Jackson, who held his pre-draft media confab today.  When he referred to Al Davis today, he only referred to him as [...]

By | April 21st, 2011|15 Comments

The Raiders’ curious moral scale

My son Grant (Iggy) is learning to write satire. He wrote this piece in good fun about Al Davis' morality, particularly as it seems to apply to sexual relations between men and women. I hope you enjoy it. Here goes: There's Aristotle's Ethics, and there's Al Davis' Ethics. I'm going [...]

By | January 20th, 2011|23 Comments