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Posts Tagged ‘Steve Springer’

The Day Al Davis Thought About Buying UPI

Although Al Davis might have had to tweak his well-known mantra to “Just write, baby,” he certainly had all the temperamental tools to become a successful media baron. And according to long-time LA Times sportswriter Steve Springer, the late owner of the Oakland Raiders at one point contemplated that very possibility:

When United Press International was on the verge of financial collapse, Davis asked me how much I thought it was worth. “Why?” I said. “Because I’m thinking of buying it,” he replied. “That way, I can have my own stories written and run side by side with all the sh*t you guys write.”

Just imagine the possibilities. Every Raider Nation game post-mortem headlined as a victory of some sort; if not on the scoreboard, then at least in the realm of tackles, crowd noise or missed calls by referees.

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This Laker Girl Cringes at Mad Men

Ahead of this week’s arrival in bookstores of her new book Laker Girl, team Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss guested on ESPN’s K-Bros podcast. She explained how growing up in the shadow of parents who divorced in 1972 when she eight-years-old connects to the 2010 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series.

Explains Buss:

When I watch the TV show Mad Men, I cringe, because that was the era when I was a young child. The way things operated then: you protected the children, you didn’t give them bad news. You thought that was the right thing to do, and that’s what my parents did. They spared me the details of their relationship.

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