Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Oakland Raiders: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Oakland Raiders History

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Genuine fans take the best team moments with the less than great, and know that the games that are best forgotten make the good moments truly shine. This monumental book of the Oakland Raiders documents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the team, but also unmasks the regrettably awful and the unflinchingly ugly. In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Raiders highlights and lowlights, from wonderful and wacky memories to the famous and infamous. Such moments include ...

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Overview

Genuine fans take the best team moments with the less than great, and know that the games that are best forgotten make the good moments truly shine. This monumental book of the Oakland Raiders documents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the team, but also unmasks the regrettably awful and the unflinchingly ugly. In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Raiders highlights and lowlights, from wonderful and wacky memories to the famous and infamous. Such moments include the "Sea of Hands" catch that helped the Raiders best the seemingly unstoppable 1974 Dolphins, the long passes of "The Mad Bomber," as well as the unresolved "Immaculate Reception" controversy and the infamous "Heidi Game" of 1968. Whether providing fond memories, goose bumps, or laughs, this portrait of the team is sure to appeal to the fan who has been through it all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572439276
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Series: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 776,056
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Travers is a sports historian and sportswriter who is the bestselling author of numerous books—including One Night, Two Teams and Barry Bonds—and has also written for StreetZebra magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a former professional baseball player with Major League Baseball teams the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland Athletics. He lives in San Anselmo, California.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Bruce Macgowan     ix
Acknowledgments     xvi
Introduction     xvii
Stadium Stories     1
The San Francisco Raiders?     1
Daddy Dearest: Al Davis and the Ownership Group     5
The Good     11
Football's Napoleon     11
"The Mad Bomber"     14
Double Zero     19
The Promised Land     23
"Guys Do Stuff"     29
"The Greatness That Is the Raiders"     33
Kings of Tinsel Town     38
The Bad     43
Merger     43
So Close, and Yet So Far     47
No Repeat in '77     52
The Ugly     59
"The Immaculate Reception"     59
Hunter Thompson, the Hell's Angels, and the Criminal Element     66
The Assassin     72
In the Clutch     77
1963-1965: Saving the Oakland Franchise     77
The Miracle Worker     82
"The Sea of Hands"     88
"Home of Champions"     94
Snake     99
The Best Slow Hall of Fame Receiver Money Can Buy     104
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over     108
Commitment to Excellence     108
The Heidi Game     113
Knockin' on the Door of Greatness     119
"Just Win, Baby!"     123
Amazing Grace     128
Rich Gannon and the 2002 Super Bowl Team     133
Winners     139
Upshaw     139
Flores and Shell     143
The Real Willie Brown     147
Golden Boy     151
Howie, Stork, Raiderettes, and the "Five-Oh"     155
Ronnie Lott     159
The King of Them All     161
A Little Intrigue     165
Football's CIA     165
The Raiders Plunder the 'Niners     169
All-Time Raiders Team     174
Defense     174
Offense     174
Special Teams     176
Trivia Answers     177
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