Chris Mortensen's byline should have included: "As told by Lane Kiffin."
Or maybe it was Monte Kiffin. In either case, it sure wasn't Al Davis.
The point is: You can only imagine how the "news" might have been reported if it had come from a member of the Davis family. I'm thinking something like this:
Lane Kiffin has threatened to make Al Davis' life a living hell if the Raiders owner doesn't give him $4 million for doing absolutely no work, sources close to Davis told me today.
The young man given the opportunity of a lifetime by Davis stormed into his boss' office on the heels of a season in which his offense improved only marginally despite the organization having imported a handful of key new players, including a Super Bowl star and the No.1 pick in the draft.
Based on that "success," Kiffin demanded full control over the defense next season or he was "outta here." Davis obliged, handing him a letter of resignation.
Kiffin refused to sign, insisting on being paid in full or he'd go "Randy Moss" on the organization.
Proving he had a plan of destruction, Kiffin's first act of defiance was at the Senior Bowl, when he refused to wear a Raiders jacket at the nationally televised game though all his assistants did.
Doesn't sound like the story Mortensen reported, does it?
The moral: Use common sense before before accepting as gospel everything you hear or read.
Stay tuned for terms of the buyout.
'Touchdown Jesus' is watching
ESPN has suspended "First Take" host Dana Jacobson for one week basically for having been loud and obnoxious at a roast for colleagues Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on Jan.11.
In other words, her Skip Bayless impersonation wasn't funny.
Since when are roasts "on the record?" Any needles used to poke fun at events like these are supposed to be left on the rumpus-room floor at night's end.
What's next: Tell-all spy-cams in locker rooms? Beware, Eli Manning.
The suspension is unwarranted.
Funniest thing I heard all week
As Tom Tolbert and his children approached the Comcast broadcast table last Saturday during the Arizona-Cal game, Greg Papa complimented the former Wildcats standout on what nice-looking girls he has. Replied Tolbert: They're boys.
Three you gotta see
-Bobcats at Warriors (Friday, 7:30 p.m., FSN): As Don Nelson laments his lack of depth, again I ask: Why did the Warriors give away Jason Richardson?
-Super Bowl: Giants vs. Patriots (Sunday, 3 p.m., Fox). History tells us Donte' Stallworth will win the MVP and sign with the Raiders within two months.
-College basketball: Gonzaga vs. St.Mary's (Monday, 8 p.m., ESPN2): The Gaels have failed in big games so far, but this is the biggest.
Scanning the airwaves
Kelly Tilghman returned from her two-week suspension to host the Golf Channel's coverage of Tiger Woods' win in the Buick Invitational. Tilghman began Thursday's telecast with an apology, the first five seconds of which could not be heard over the air because of technical difficulties. ... Tony Bruno has quit Sporting News Radio. His spot this week is being taken by Bob Berger and Bob Stelton. ... KNBR listeners won't get to hear Bruno at the Super Bowl, but they will get Brian Murphy, Paul McCaffrey and Dan Dibley. The "Murph and Mac" show will be broadcast live from Glendale, Ariz., at the usual time (5:30-9 a.m.) Wednesday through Friday on KNBR-680.
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