The Raiders have been making claims based on paranoid fantasy for at least 40 years, since what they call the immaculate deception. Maybe longer, but I don't recall any stories from before 72. The whole organization was a little bit off and Al definitely encouraged it.
Barret Robbins went off on a TJ bender the day before the game and 10 years later it's Callahan's fault. When you hear stuff like this you laugh a little and hope whatever is effecting them is not easily transmitted.
NFL Films has a great clip of George Atkinson disavowing some of the crazier things that are usually part of the Raider conspiracy quilt.
I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time. -- Joe Flacco