Al Davis and Tom Cable Are Closing The Door On 7 Years Of Raider Woes

June 19, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

  It was January 26th of 2003, a day that would define the once proud Oakland Raider franchise for the next seven years. It was a day that should have been celebrated. The Raiders were making their fifth SuperBowl appearance against a Buccaneer team that the Raiders, on any other day, would have methodically dismantled. However, fate had another agenda as the Bucs took advantage of an ill-prepared Raider team.
In previous years, an aging Raider team had watched their opportunities taken away. In the 2000 AFC Championship, The Baltimore Ravens sent Tony Saragusa to take quarterback Rich Gannon out of the game. It worked. Gannon's shoulder was separated, and the Raiders were unable to move the football. The following year, the Raiders again fell victim to the infamous "Snow Job," where the officials misinterpreted the "Tuck" rule and gave the New England Patriots a gift that they would have not received if it was against any other NFL opponent.

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