Michaels blasts Al Davis in interview

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Al Davis' Raiders haven't had a winning season since 2002.
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The Oakland Raiders will not win another Super Bowl as long as owner Al Davis is alive and in charge of the franchise, NBC Sunday Night Football play-by-play man Al Michaels told a photographer.

Michaels was stopped Monday evening outside Boa Restaurant in Hollywood and asked on camera, “Are we (the Raiders) ever going to win a Super Bowl while Al Davis is still alive?”

“No,” Michaels responded without hesitation.

“Never?” asked the photographer, a self-professed “huge” Raiders fan.

“How much longer do you think Al Davis is going to live?” Michaels asked, turning the questioning back to the cameraman.

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“He’ll outlive all of us!” the TMZ photog exclaimed.

“Well, he may do that,” Michaels said with a laugh, “but you ain’t gonna win a Super Bowl.”

The Raiders won world championships in Super Bowls XI, XV and XVIII but have not posted a winning record since 2002, when the team went 11-5 in the regular season and was trounced 48-21 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Michaels also was asked whether he considered Davis — one of the AFL and NFL’s pioneers and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame — to be a genius.

“Let me ask you a question: If you had a team that lost 11 or more games seven consecutive years, would you say a genius ran the team?” Michaels answered.

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