Peter Richmond

Badasses: The life and Times of the Oakland Raiders

They played for the fun of the game, for their legendary coach, for their downtrodden city, and for their love of each other. They didn’t seek the fame, glory or endorsements that arrived with the modern transition of pro football from the mud-and-lunchpail era to our new time, when the game is nothing more than Televised High Entertainment. The Oakland Raiders of the 1970’s, with their delightfully cackling souls and their love of a life well-lived, played a gloriously badass brand of football, marauding their way through the league as they played in championship game after championship game. “There was no team that other teams feared more,” Al Davis told New York Times bestselling author Peter Richmond. “No one wanted to play us. That’s a sign of greatness…and dominance.”

They were the last of a breed, and the legacies of this eccentric, intelligent, wild band of brothers tell a gripping, entertaining tale of a long-lost time: when athletes could mingle with Panthers and Hell’s Angels. Perform stripteases atop their favorite bar. Smash store windows as easily as they shattered curfew. Live life floating down a river of suds – and still win every Sunday. From Ted Hendricks and Jack Tatum to Ken Stabler and Fred Biletnikoff, John Madden’s rebels took their coach’s freedom and ran with it, all the way to the their first Super Bowl. Badasses: The Legends of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death and John Madden’s Oakland Raiders celebrates a time in athletic history when the game still a game – and the players were hilariously outrageous.