RealClearSports
Advertisement

'Immaculate Reception' Still Haunts Raiders

RCS

In the minutes before the insanity, the teenager alone in the Davis home in Piedmont had lost his sanity. The game was over, his beloved Raiders had won, and he was sprinting about the house yelling and screaming and bouncing on the furniture.

Exactly 40 years later, Mark Davis is the team's managing general partner and his childhood memory remains. He vividly recalls how those moments of unrestrained joy turned to overwhelming sorrow somehow quickly and slowly at once.

"I went absolutely berserk," he says. "I went from room to room, jumping on the beds, jumping on the couch.

"Then I came back down to watch, you know, the end of it. And all of a sudden ... it was like sudden death."

It certainly was for the Raiders' 1972 season. They had been buried by...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

'Immaculate' Controversy Still Lingers

Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk - December 19, 2012

The conflict still resonates four decades later, with former Raiders coach John Madden refusing to be interviewed for the documentary. In past comments on the topic, Madden has suggested that the outcome was determined via the... more »

Raiders, Niners Should Learn to Share

Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle - December 11, 2012

Every drive to Santa Clara brings all those cranes into towering, majestic view. Every visit makes it more and more real - the 49ers are actually building a shiny, brand-new, 21st century stadium. And, every time, the... more »

Pagano's Return a Victory for Team, City

Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star - December 23, 2012

We've been inundated by bad stories this NFL season, from the ridiculous (Bountygate) to the tragic (the Jovan Belcher homicide/suicide and the vehicular homicide in Dallas).   Come Monday, though, we will be witness to the... more »

Johnson Snaps Single-Season Receiving Mark

Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press - December 23, 2012

Calvin Johnson can do anything he wants on a football field, except will his team to wins.   Johnson put on another spell-binding performance, shredding double- and triple-teams to break Jerry Rice’s single-season... more »

Don't Wait: Cards Should Fire Whisenhunt Now

Craig Morgan, Fox Sports - December 10, 2012

There’s no sense belaboring this. Michael Bidwill should fire coach Ken Whisenhunt, and he should do it now.   It will be an empty gesture. Nobody’s going to win with the offense the Cardinals trot on the field each week.... more »