The ongoing feud between Al Michaels and Raiders owner Al Davis continues to get weirder as former Dallas Cowboy and current TV analyst Michael Irvin has now thrown his hat in the ring on this issue as well, stating that the Raiders can win with or without Al Davis in the front office. Why? Because players win ball games, not decrepit owners on the verge of senility.
Here's Irvin dropping knowledge:
"Football is about a bunch of guys deciding that they're going to have one mindset, one goal, and walk on the field with one heartbeat. Now, the guys in the locker room make their decisions to come together that way...when you get that in the locker room you'll get a super bowl. Doesn't matter what's in the front office."
But what about Al Michaels, Michael? How do you feel about him?
[ disingenuous shrug] "It's Al Michaels."
If you want to take the heartbeat of a Nation, just ask Michael Irvin. Well played, sir.
Well, if things were not incredibly weird between Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and sports personality Al Michaels before, they most certainly are now.
According to Davis (well, the Raiders P.R. director Mike Taylor actually), the reason why Michaels felt like attacking him in the first place was because of a false report allegedly started by Davis claiming Michaels had cheated on his wife; back in 1997. Not only was this report false, it was a radio show prank meant to be comical that Michaels’ salty demeanor didn’t appreciate. Here’s P.R. Director Taylor, speaking for Al Davis:
“We have no idea what Michaels was blathering about. I do remember Michaels being associated with an ultimately bogus report [prank] about adultery and other misdeeds and he thought Al Davis had something to do with it. Al Davis had nothing to do with it.”
With all due respect, maybe Mr. Davis was simply confusing Al Michaels with his former Monday Night Football colleague Frank Gifford.