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Randy Moss is simply the latest misfit that Al Davis has acquired.

Flash back to 1984. A 54-year-old Al Davis is watching his team demolish the 14-2 Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa. His Raiders, currently in Los Angeles, defeated the Redskins 38-9. Marcus Allen is the MVP, Tom Flores is the head coach and Raiders nation is going berserk.

It was the last time the Raiders -- whether they have been in Los Angeles or Oakland -- have won the Super Bowl.

Davis moved his franchise back to Oakland for the 1995 season, where their black hole of Super Bowl trophies is synonymous with the nickname of their stadium. The Raiders have not won a Super Bowl in 21 years, despite all of the great players who passed through the two cities that share Raiders heritage.

The root of the problem? The only constant since the 12-4 Los Angeles Raiders team pummeled Washington.

Al Davis.

Davis may love his team, but his love for the Silver and Black cannot match the poor personnel decisions that have been made in recent years. Davis is a 76-year-old owner, who does not have a general manager. A 76-year-old who makes the personnel decisions. The wrong decisions.

Trading for Randy Moss is the most recent example. Davis traded Napoleon Harris, one of his best, young defensive players, and the seventh-overall pick in Aprilís draft to the Minnesota Vikings for Moss. While the Pro Bowl wide receiver has the most talent at his position in the NFL, he has been known for his frequent problems, on and off the field.

Davis has an eye for talent. However, his eye for cancerous antics needs a Colonel Mustard-like monocle. In a parity-filled era where the New England Patriots have demonstrated that winning can be achieved by building a team comprised of savvy veterans and bright, young players who care about winning, Davis has done the opposite. By trading for Moss, Davis has demonstrated that he does not care about Moss walking off the field against the Redskins with time remaining on the clock. He has demonstrated that he doesnít care if one of his players bumps a traffic cop with his car. A player who has been known to go for passes with one hand and alligator arms, causing his quarterback to yell at him on the sideline? No problem.

Moss is just the latest misfit to come to the Raiders organization. He succeeds players like Bill Romanowski, who ended a young teammateís career with a dirty hit in practice. Warren Sapp, an overpaid player who yelled at head coach Norv Turner in a losing effort against San Diego. Sebastian Janikowski, who seems to get arrested every week for getting drunk or beating someone up. Barrett Robbins, who cost the Raiders the Super Bowl in 2002 -- perhaps Davis' last chance at a final ring -- by disappearing the night before the big game.

The list goes on and on. Unfortunately for Raiders fans, Davis does not have a list. As long as he is in charge of player personnel, Oakland will continue to have five-win seasons. Team chemistry is now more prominent than ever in the NFL, and Davis has shown that he doesnít care what kind of personalities he brings to his team.

The Raiders will not see much success until Davis hires a general manager and completely stays away from managing his team.

Until then, the black hole of Super Bowl trophies in Oakland will continue to grow.



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