Oakland Fired Its P.R. Man Because Mark Davis Is His Father's Son

The Oakland Raiders fired their P.R. director, Zak Gilbert, Saturday because team owner Mark Davis did not like an article in Sports Illustrated that recapped Oakland's fourth 4-12 finish in the past 10 years. Davis felt the article reflected poorly on the way he and his late father ran the team and presumably Gilbert… » 6/02/13 3:45pm 6/02/13 3:45pm

Al Davis Would Have Coached At Penn State If The Weather Weren't So Bad

When Al Davis died last year, he left the most mixed of NFL legacies. He did so much for minorities and his players. But he also he also ran his team into the ground for two decades while hopping along the California coast in search of stadium renovations. He gave us John Madden. But he also gave us Lane Kiffin.… » 10/23/12 1:40pm 10/23/12 1:40pm

Why Your Team Sucks 2012: Oakland Raiders

Some people are fans of the Oakland Raiders. But many, many more people are NOT fans of the Oakland Raiders. This 2012 Deadspin NFL team preview is for those in the latter group. Read the other Why Your Team Sucks 2012 previews here. » 7/16/12 4:20pm 7/16/12 4:20pm

Reports: Matt Leinart To Sign With Oakland Raiders

Look out Bay Area, here comes the party (and lifetime 57.6 completion percentage). Friend of the program, Matt Leinart is ready to move on from his backup role in Houston to a new backup role with the Oakland Raiders. According to Adam Schefter, Leinart will sign with the Raiders and immediately become the backup to… » 4/28/12 12:58pm 4/28/12 12:58pm

History Lesson: The Time Matt Millen Punched The Patriots' General…

An occasional feature in which we recall notable incidents that we would've covered the hell out of had we existed at the time. » 4/14/12 12:05pm 4/14/12 12:05pm

The Raiders Have Fired Hue Jackson

Per Adam Schefter, they're letting Jackson go after one season in which they went 8-8. Al Davis might be gone, but the stability with which he ran the franchise in his later years lives on. [via] » 1/10/12 1:48pm 1/10/12 1:48pm

Terrelle Pryor: "I Should Be On The Field Helping" Ohio State

Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Regrets, Pryor's had a few. » 10/12/11 3:25pm 10/12/11 3:25pm

Mike Shanahan Once Ordered Elvis Grbac To Drill Al Davis In The Head…

Al Davis had plenty of respect within the NFL power structure, as we learned this weekend. Those of us who knew him only as a craggy-faced Jamarcus-loving iconoclast now know of him as something better than that, a powerfully transformative figure. But he still had enemies. Among them: onetime Raiders head coach—now… » 10/10/11 5:00pm 10/10/11 5:00pm

The Most Influential Sports Uniform Ever

We're doing a season-long NFL roundtable with our friends at Slate. Check back here each week as a rotating cast of football watchers discusses the weekend's key plays, coaching decisions, and traumatic brain injuries. » 10/10/11 4:02pm 10/10/11 4:02pm

Al Davis, All-Time Great Asshole

We're doing a season-long NFL roundtable with our friends at Slate. Check back here each week as a rotating cast of football watchers discusses the weekend's key plays, coaching decisions, and traumatic brain injuries. » 10/10/11 10:52am 10/10/11 10:52am

S̶t̶e̶v̶e̶ ̶J̶o̶b̶s̶ Al Davis Is Dead (UPDATE)

Steve Jobs Al Davis is dead. The Apple chairman and former CEO who made personal computers, smartphones, tablets, and digital animation mass market products NFL owner who built the Oakland Raiders and became an NFL icon, passed away today. We're going to miss him. Deeply, and personally. » 10/08/11 9:30pm 10/08/11 9:30pm

Stories That Don't Suck: Hunter Thompson On Al Davis

Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear And Loathing At The Super Bowl" essay ran in the Feb. 15, 1973 edition of Rolling Stone magazine. In it, Thompson chronicles a pair of encounters with the general manager and "de facto owner" of the Raiders. » 10/08/11 12:45pm 10/08/11 12:45pm

Al Davis Is Dead (Updated With Links, Video, Goodell Statement)

According to the Raiders website, longtime owner Al Davis died this morning and "the Raider family will issue a statement later today." » 10/08/11 10:28am 10/08/11 10:28am

Welcome Back, JaMarcus: Russell Will Return To LSU In The Fall To Take…

LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette tweeted yesterday that former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell would be returning to Baton Rouge to take classes in the fall. In his honor, we've cut you the opening credits of Welcome Back, JaMarcus. » 8/05/11 1:25pm 8/05/11 1:25pm

Stories That Don't Suck: SportsFeat's Guide To Schmuck Owners

Every Friday, SportsFeat picks a few great weekend reads for Deadspin. In honor of Frank McCourt, the lockouts, and James Dolan's never-ending flirtation with Isiah Thomas, here are five of the best stories ever written about terrible owners. » 7/01/11 3:20pm 7/01/11 3:20pm

We Regret Not Covering The Thong-Wearing, Feces-Spreading Meth Addict…

We regret the oversight if only because the unnamed author or editor of this story clearly spent so much time debating the sentence construction about 42-year-old Shawn Batie's meth arrest in a Lodi, Calif. cemetery that he or she should be commended for their detailed craftsmanship: » 4/26/11 5:15pm 4/26/11 5:15pm

News Reports That Subtly Point Out That Al Davis Is Not In Fact "Doing…

There were unsubstantiated reports this week that Raiders owner Al Davis was in declining health and had been in the hospital. The Raiders denied this. » 4/14/11 11:35am 4/14/11 11:35am