Raiders get Cable, but programming remains 'The Al Davis Show'

New Raiders interim coach Tom Cable is the equivalent of the drummer for Spinal Tap -- a temp who soon will be forgotten as long as Al Davis is running the madhouse, Mark Kreidler writes.

Originally Published: October 1, 2008
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

With the Oakland Raiders, the mistake is always in the perception. You only think that what happened Tuesday, with owner Al Davis essentially going "neener neener" at Lane Kiffin (just overhead-project, baby!), was some sort of crazy, out-of-control scene.

In truth, it's what the Raiders do. It's neither farfetched nor even, really, that much of a reach. They're a little louder than others sometimes, sure, but overall, this has become the norm. Other teams win (or lose). Other teams ...

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