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Book review – Badasses The Legend of Snake,Foo,Dr Death…

So I am in the library the other day as I just moved and got a new library card (EVERYONE should have a library card – IT’S FREE people !!)  Anyways, I am checking out some sports books, and what catches my eye?  The binder was silver and read “BADASSES” in large print.. I pulled it off the shelf and sure enough, the rest of the title was “The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death and John Madden’s Oakland Raiders.”  Written skillfully by Peter Richmond and released in Sept 2010, this is a must read book for any Raider-Fan..The moment I picked up the book, it was like I found a $20 bill in a pair of just washed jeans or something.. I had never heard of or seen this book and was immediately taken aback that such a book existed.. Needless to say, my search for any other reading material ended at that moment..

Once home, I found it hard to stop reading this book.. If you were like me, growing up a Raider fan in the late 70’s, this book will bring back a flood of memories of  the better times of our beloved Oakland Raiders.  It is a very easy read, and I finished the book in about 5 days.  The stories are true, and the names have NOT been changed, because these guys were by no means innocent.. This book covers a lot of ground – it basically 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. 

This book will take you  inside the locker room and onto the field with Stabler, Willie Brown,  Biletnikoff, George Atkinson, Phil Villapiano, and the rest of this band of brothers who made the Raiders legendary and who were the NFL’s ultimate outlaws, black and silver-clad iconoclasts who, with a peculiar mix of machismo and brotherhood, of postgrad degrees and firearms, cheerfully defied every known rule of the NFL.. He vividly recounts days of grueling practices and hell-raising nights of bar-hopping—from smoking pot and hiring strippers during training camp to sharing game-day beers with their hardcore fans (including the Bay Area’s other badasses, the Black Panthers and the Hells Angels).  The author reveals a group of men who, after years of coming up short in the AFC Championship game, saw their off-kilter loyalty to the black and silver finally pay off with their emphatic Super Bowl victory in 1977 against the much wimpier and tamer Minnesota Vikings.  Laugh out loud funny, almost x-rated raunchy, and yet somehow  inspiring, Badasses celebrates the ’70s Raiders as the last team to play professional football the way it was meant to be played: down and very dirty. 

If you are like me, a die hard, bleed silver and black Raider fan, you MUST pick up this book.  It will be difficult to put it down.. Even if you are just a casual Raider (is there such a things??) or even football fan, then “Badasses – The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death and John Madden’s Oakland Raiders” is a book you will definitely enjoy!!


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