Erie man leads Raider Nation to call for Davis to hire GM
Right now, on the Nimitz Freeway (I-880) close to Oakland Alameda County Stadium, a billboard reads “Mister Davis…do the right thing…please hire a GM.”
This plea to the NFL’s Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis to return the hard-fighting football team to its former glory by stepping down as General Manger has been originated by an Erie man, 22-year-old Jared Staszewski. From today’s press release:
…who along with several other “disenfranchised” Raiders fans got together on an internet fan forum and decided that they would like to send a respectful message to Raiders owner Al Davis, asking him to relinquish operational control of the team to a Professional General Manager and winning coach who will not be “managed” from the owner’s box.
“We have nothing but respect for Mr. Davis and what he has done for the team over the years,” Staszewski said. “But that effort and our championships are in the past. I have been a loyal fan since 1993 and in those 16 years we (the Raiders) have only had 4 playoff appearances. We are now on track for our 7th losing season in a row and we believe something has to change,” he said.
“We thought a billboard, posted near the stadium might generate some awareness, create a dialogue among the ‘Raider Faithful’ and perhaps make a difference,” Staszewski said.
The accompanying website, messagetoal.com, calls fans to sign a petition that denotes 4 requests of the Raiders ownership, while also raising funds to pay for the $5,500 billboard showing this month.
As of this writing over 22,000 have signed the petition and half of the money for the billboard has been raised.
Why would a guy from Erie spearhead what will be a much talked about media piece in the Bay Area? I guess the tentacles of the Raider Nation reach far and wide!