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Raiders History: Al Davis And Mike Shanahan, Best Friends Forever

Mike Shanahan might be saying nice things about Al Davis right now, but back in the day? Not so much. Not so much nice anything really. (HT Mike Prada of SB Nation DC)

Rick Maese of the Washington Post wrote up about an incident that occured when Shanahan had left the Raiders organization and were playing his old boss.

Davis, as he does before almost every game, was walking the field, talking to players and others. Shanahan pulled [then-49ers quarterback Elvis] Grbac aside, Grbac recalled, and gave an unusual order: ''See Al Davis over there? I want you to throw the ball right at him.''

A shocked Grbac replied: ''I can't do that. If I hit him, do you know what he could do to me?''

Shanahan looked at Grbac with his intense glare and said, ''Throw the ball.''

Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle had his own story when Shanahan was with the Broncos.

The enmity between these two teams already is considerable. Now comes this: Shanahan has said he will forget about the $250,000 he says Davis still owes him -- if Davis donates the money (plus interest) to the Oakland schools.

The schools should not expect a check anytime soon. Raiders chief executive Amy Trask insisted the Raiders owe Shanahan nothing. She said he owes the Raiders money, to repay a loan they provided upon his hiring.

"I find it disturbing that every year, like clockwork, Mr. Shanahan raises this issue prior to the time the Broncos play the Raiders," Trask said yesterday. "He wants to talk about schoolchildren?

Adam Schefter has always been a false rumor monger with respect to the Raiders and Anti-Raider bias based upon his relationship with Denver and Mike Shanahan. No decisions have been made relative to the 2007 Oakland Raiders nor will they be made for some time. Adam Schefter could not have gotten his information from a 'reliable source' because there's only one reliable source and he doesn't trust Adam.
Remember when Lane Kiffin got fired at nearly a similar point in the season as Shanahan got the axe from Davis? The coach couldn't resist some barbs.

Like Kiffin, who was jettisoned by the Oakland Raiders this week, Shanahan was fired by Al Davis four games into the 1989 season with a pledge by the enigmatic owner not to pay him what was left on his contract.

"I was a little disappointed, to be honest with you. When you take a look at it, I was there 582 days. Lane Kiffin was there 616 days. So, what it really means is that Al Davis liked Lane more than he liked me," Shanahan joked during his weekly news conference Wednesday.

"I really don’t think it’s fair. I won three more games, yet he got 34 more days of work. That just doesn’t seem right."

So yeah. Neither of these guys liked each other very much when they were both living.

But now that Davis is about to be laid to rest, hopefully so can these stories. Hopefully he doesn't flip Shanahan the bird from the grave.

To remember more about Davis, head to Silver and Black Pride.