Oakland Raiders: Life After Al Davis

Josh BroudyCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2010

ALAMEDA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a press conference to announce the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin of the Oakland Raiders at thier training facility on Septemer 30, 2008 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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I've been thinking about what will happen when Al Davis gives up control of the team or passes away. Who will be the next owner and/or general manager of the Oakland Raiders?

I've comprised a list of the top candidates:


1. Mark Davis

He's the son of Al Davis. Now I know what you are thinking right now. Al Davis has a son? But he has never really been a part of the Raiders. His only affiliation with the team is his father. 


2. Mark Cuban

Cuban already owns an NBA team (Dallas Mavericks). He has shown interest in the Cubs (didn't win them). But what does he have to do with football?

Well, he's rich, he's worth more than the Raiders, and did I mention he's rich?

But you got to admit, you'd like Cuban as an owner. He's proactive and provocative (not a tongue twister). I'd like to see him try to stay calm in the owner's box. So, what's not to like about him?


3. George W. Bush

Just making sure you were paying attention. 


4. Mike Shanahan

This would be so wrong on so many levels. I can just see Shanahan at the press conference thinking, "Yeah, suck it, Al." Well, he'd say something like that. And if this happens, Al Davis will know. Trust me on that. Between you and me, they don't particularly care for each other. Keep that on the down low. 


5. Rush Limbaugh

In my humble opinion, he's stubborn and arrogant. Now that's where the positives end. Here are the negatives:

First, he would be the worst owner in professional sports. Second, he's not very likable. Third, he almost died already. OK, well, the list can go on and on. I don't want to waste your time...anymore than I am with this article.


So those are my top five candidates for the job, with a little humor in there. Oh, and for all of those Al Davis purists out there, sorry about this. (Luckily, there aren't many of those left.)