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We owe a debt of gratitude to Al Davis....

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On July 4, Al Davis will turn 81. As we all shoot fireworks into the night sky and prepare for our national sporting obsession, the NFL, to return once more, we should all raise a hotdog and beer high into the air to honor Davis, the man who has done more for his sport than any living Yankee Doodle Dandy. "Just win, baby," said Al Davis. Ultimately, you did win, Al, you crazy bastard, and so did we.