Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders

Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders

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by Peter Richmond
     
 

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A book that explores the enduring legends of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden’s Oakland Raiders, Badasses is the definitive biography of arguably the last team to play old-fashioned tough-guy football. Peter Richmond, co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Glory Game, offers a fascinating look at the 1970s Oakland Raiders,

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A book that explores the enduring legends of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden’s Oakland Raiders, Badasses is the definitive biography of arguably the last team to play old-fashioned tough-guy football. Peter Richmond, co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Glory Game, offers a fascinating look at the 1970s Oakland Raiders, led by colorful greats from another era: Ken Stabler, Willie Brown, Gene Upshaw, Jim Otto, Art Shell, head coach John Madden, and owner Al Davis. In the bestselling vein of Boys Will Be Boys, Badasses chronicles the bar-room exploits, practice-field pranks, and Super Bowl glories of the team’s many misfits, cast-offs, psychos, and geniuses of the game.

Editorial Reviews

Leigh Montville
“No NFL team ever strutted any better on the dark side than the Oakland Raiders of the 1970s. In Badasses, Peter Richmond chronicles the treacheries, debauchery, and yes, the winning, with appropriate literary gusto. Lock the doors, close the windows, send the kids tobed before reading.”
Robert Lipsyte
“I always thought the Raiders were bad, but I never realized how bad — and how good - until I read Peter Richmond’s smart, funny, rowdy tale.”
Jeff Pearlman
“Once upon a time, there lived a band of larger-than-life misfits who lorded over the NFL. Dirtbags! Castoffs! Has-beens! Deviants! You name ‘em, John Madden’s Raiders had ‘em. And, thanks to Richmond’s tireless reporting and vibrant prose, so does Badasses.”
Library Journal
The 1970s Oakland Raiders were a team of distinct personality and talent. Known for rough and rowdy behavior on and off the field, the players were a tight-knit band of brothers who welcomed misfits dropped from other teams. Iconoclastic behavior was venerated in Oakland and personified by aggressive owner Al Davis and outsized, vivacious coach John Madden. The Raiders forged a close bond with their fans by going to five straight AFC championships in the decade, reaching the Super Bowl once to bury the Vikings in 1976. Drawing heavily on interviews with Raiders Phil Villapiano, Pete Banaszak, Ken Stabler, and George Atkinson, sports journalist Richmond's book is a treasure trove of uproarious anecdotes skillfully woven into a seasonal chronicle spiced with sharp player profiles. These wild characters, none of whom turned up on police blotters, were a focused bunch whose considerable intelligence was greatly underrated. Richmond concedes that the 1980s Raiders won two Super Bowls under coach Tom Flores but insists those Raiders were not the same lovable "badasses" that he celebrates here. This rollicking read reminds us that football is a game that's meant to be played hard—and to be fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061834318
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
238,663
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 5.36(h) x 0.95(d)

What People are saying about this

Jeff Pearlman

“Once upon a time, there lived a band of larger-than-life misfits who lorded over the NFL. Dirtbags! Castoffs! Has-beens! Deviants! You name ‘em, John Madden’s Raiders had ‘em. And, thanks to Richmond’s tireless reporting and vibrant prose, so does Badasses.”

Leigh Montville

“No NFL team ever strutted any better on the dark side than the Oakland Raiders of the 1970s. In Badasses, Peter Richmond chronicles the treacheries, debauchery, and yes, the winning, with appropriate literary gusto. Lock the doors, close the windows, send the kids tobed before reading.”

Robert Lipsyte

“I always thought the Raiders were bad, but I never realized how bad — and how good - until I read Peter Richmond’s smart, funny, rowdy tale.”

Meet the Author

Peter Richmond is the author of four other books, including The Glory Game (with Frank Gifford). His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, and GQ. He lives with his wife in Dutchess County, New York.

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Badasses 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Raider-Jim More than 1 year ago
This book was AWESOME!! A must read for all Raider fans over 40 who followed the Raiders back then. This book verifies stories we have passed on to our children, who do not know what it was like then. All they know is the Players of today who are unapproachable for the most. Badasses is the Best Raider Book on the market.
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Football awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of the team from this era it is a must read! It is almost possible to keep saying as you read "you can't make this stuff up". Just another time and another whole mindset compaired to "corporate football" of today. If you are looking for a pro football "tell all" or "how the game is played" this isn't going to work too well for you. It is more about that team and that time and those players. A bunch that will probably never come along again. Times have way changed and won't let it be like this again. Still a wonderful read and hard to put down once you pick it up!
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joeraider More than 1 year ago
its was my first raiders books awesome