There’s no question that the death of Al Davis looms large over the franchise and it’s been well documented that the team struggled in his final years. There have been concerns that son Mark and widow/mom Carol are interested in selling the team they may not be as invested as Al was. That alone makes the Raiders the pick here, but the idea of being a fly in the wall stems from knowing what this proud franchise still means to the NFL (the bad ass branding appeal still endures, even if winning has not).
The Raiders defined dysfunction in the eleven years since Barret Robbins went AWOL the day before Super Bowl XXXVII. Whether it’s been bad signings and drafts, coaching changes, flirtations of returning to Los Angeles or the passing of its iconic owner, the Silver and Black can share most of the same plotlines as QPR did in the film. It’s been close to two years since Al Davis’ death and starting anew has been difficult on the field and in the corporate offices. The uncertainty and the infamous culture of paranoia could last for much longer than an 88-minute documentary.
Jason is the editor-in-chief here at TSFJ. In addition to a past life as a research analyst in advertising, television and online media, he spent seven seasons as the New York Beacon’s beat writer for the New York Giants. Jason has written for Yardbarker, Dime Magazine, Decider, Awful Announcing and The Week. He is also a member of his high school’s 4th period gym class floor hockey champions.
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