They played for the fun of the game, for their legendary coach, for their downtrodden city, and for their love of each other. They didnâ€™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 1970â€™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. â€śThere was no team that other teams feared more,â€ť Al Davis told New York Times bestselling author Peter Richmond. â€śNo one wanted to play us. Thatâ€™s a sign of greatnessâ€¦and dominance.â€ť
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 Hellâ€™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 â€“ and still win every Sunday. From Ted Hendricks and Jack Tatum to Ken Stabler and Fred Biletnikoff, John Maddenâ€™s rebels took their coachâ€™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 Maddenâ€™s Oakland Raiders celebrates a time in athletic history when the game still a game â€“ and the players were hilariously outrageous.