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

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Harper Collins, Sep 14, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 384 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The Immaculate Deception
3
The Early Years
24
Al Davis Ascends
41
One of the Guys
61
Be on Time Pay Attention and Play Like Hell
72
Summer Camp
82
Fun and Games
102
The Oakland Circuit
118
Hubbard Uppy and the Saga of 1973
175
The Soul Patrol
189
The Sea of Hands
212
Coming Up Short Again
230
The Tooz Arrives
264
Reaching the Promised Land
295
The Game
321
Epilogue
337

Building the Foundation
131
The Snake
156
Acknowledgments
355
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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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