Davis insists Raiders' revival is ahead, but just when, baby?

The Raiders, on pace for another losing season, have five straight seasons of 11 or more losses. Blame owner Al Davis, Greg Garber writes.

Updated: August 6, 2009, 5:23 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Dead leaves skitter across the asphalt parking lot outside the Oakland Raiders' dark, foreboding facility. The whiff of chlorine wafting from the decorative, fountain-less pond smells vaguely of formaldehyde.

Fall, in a manner of speaking, has come to the Raiders' franchise. Winter, of course, is inevitable. All great civilizations are doomed to die. It happened in Egypt, China, Greece and Italy.

The first and last emperor of the Raiders, ...

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