Raiders get Cable, but programming remains 'The Al Davis Show'
New Raiders interim coach Tom Cable is the equivalent of the drummer for Spinal Tap -- a temp who soon will be forgotten as long as Al Davis is running the madhouse, Mark Kreidler writes.
The Raiders finally fired head coach Lane Kiffin Tuesday. Learn more:
• Raiders fire Kiffin
• Davis: Kiffin 'disgraced' Raiders
• Clayton: Cable's challenge
• Scouts Inc. take
• Football Today: Green on Davis
• Vote: Who is to blame?
• Fan ratings: Al's fault?
• Watch: Davis Kiffin
• Watch: Mort
By the end of Tuesday, Kiffin was home with his wife watching Davis tear him apart in a news conference that was televised live in the Bay Area, thus proving the attention directed toward Davis is even recession-proof. Naturally, the focus was on Davis, the frail-looking, 79-year-old owner, who was seated at the podium before any media were allowed in the room and remained there afterward until every reporter left. At one point, Davis instructed an employee to post on the overhead projector a copy of the letter he had written Kiffin telling the coach what a louse he was. Davis read aloud while the reporters, like kids attending a college lecture, sat and squirmed.
Naturally, Kiffin is going to sue for lost wages. Davis' response Tuesday was, essentially, "See you in court." Business as usual, in other words. Try to act like you've been there before.
Mark Kreidler's book "Six Good Innings", about the pressure of upholding a small-town Little League legacy, is in national release. His book "Four Days to Glory" has been optioned for film/TV development by ESPN Original Entertainment. A regular contributor to ESPN.com, Kreidler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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