Are you ready for the real story of the Oakland Raiders? As one of the NFL's greatest franchises, the Raiders have a long history of legends and goats, great comebacks and colossal failures, NFL championships and heartbreaking losses. The memories will come flooding back as fans read about the hard-hitting, hard-partying teams coached by John Madden; renegade owner Al Davis, who fought numerous legal battles, moved the franchise twice, and still managed to keep the team on top; the three Super Bowl championships--and the two blowout Super Bowl losses; and some of the most colorful personalities from NFL history--Stabler, Blanda, Biletnikoff, Tatum, Allen, Upshaw, Rice, and many more. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Oakland Raiders is a must for every fan who wants an unflinching look at the greatest--and worst--players, coaches, and moments in Raiders history.
"Wherever you go, you are the Oakland Raiders.... I don't care who you are or what you've done. You're here now and you're going to win, win, win." --Al Davis
"A successful professional football club must, by its very nature, be an absolute dictatorship.... I'm the general on the field. Al is the leader. That's how things are. Things aren't bad." --John Madden
The Oakland Raiders are one of the most colorful franchises in pro football history. They started in the AFL and represented the upstart league in the second Super Bowl, then joined the NFL and eventually won three championships. Their controversial president, Al Davis, and their bad-boy image only added to their appeal. But along with success came a lot that fans would like to forget--including the team abandoning Oakland for Los Angeles for more than a decade. And in recent years the Raiders have been on what seems to be a perpetual losing streak.
Raiders fans have endured a lot of ups and downs, but they still have a reputation for being among the most enthusiastic and loyal in the NFL. True fans understand that they have to stick with their team no matter what. They also relish all their memories of cheering for the Raiders, even memories that hurt a little--or a lot--to recall. After all, the disappointing games, seasons, and plays that come to mind make the good times feel even better.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Oakland Raiders presents all the best moments and personalities in team history. It also unmasks the bad, the regrettably awful, and the unflinchingly ugly. This book sparkles with Raiders highlights and lowlights, wonderful and wacky memories, legends and goats, the famous and infamous--no one is safe, and no moment is spared. The pages recall the hard-hitting--and hard-partying--Raiders of the 1970s, coached by the unforgettable John Madden; the championship teams of the early 1980s, led to the pinnacle of football by quarterback-turned-coach Tom Flores; and the Bill Callahan-coached team of 2002 that made a surprise run to Super Bowl XXXVII, only to get blown out by the Buccaneers and former Raiders head man John Gruden.
There are the Raiders you loved for all the right reasons and those you couldn't stand--the team's all-time roster is loaded with some of the NFL's most famous and infamous personalities, including Ken Stabler, Fred Biletnikoff, Bo Jackson, Jack Tatum, Marcus Allen, Rich Gannon, Jerry Rice, and many more. Let's not forget the brawls, controversies, and all the rivalries over the years. This title is loaded with compelling photographs, amazing accounts, and so much more.
If you're a through-thick-and-thin Raiders fan, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Oakland Raiders is especially for you. It will remind you of the good--and great--times and bring a knowing smile about the other times, when you proved to yourself just how loyal you are.
About the Author
Steven Travers is a USC graduate, former professional baseball player in the A's and Cardinals organizations, and a sports historian. He is the author of a number of books and has also written for StreetZebra magazine, The San Francisco Examiner, and the Los Angeles Times. Travers served in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War and coached baseball at USC and Cal-Berkeley. A fifth-generation Californian, Travers still resides in the Golden State. He has one daughter, Elizabeth Travers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for all Raider Nation!!, January 9, 2009By Matthew James Barnes (Ft. Worth, TX) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) This book was bought as a christmas gift for my brother and once I got it, I could not stop reading it! I consider myself a decent Oakland fan (I admit I do not own any spiked silver and black shoulder pads) and I loved the writer's point of view and all the rankings and just biased opinion that affirms the whole world is out to confront us. GO RAIDERS!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book, December 25, 2008By John Losea - See all my reviewsThis is a comprehensive overview of the RAIDER organization and highlights from their history. You also get the "back story" that many never knew which is very interesting.If you like the Raiders at all you will love reading this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GIFT FOR RAIDER NATION, December 8, 2008By Michael E. Woodson "Woody" (California) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) I bought several copies of this book for hardcore Raider friends of mine. It is a fabulous Christmas present. This is very well written, with short, fun chapters and many amusing anecdotes, stories, trivia and great lists, such as which Raider coaches are among the "Top 10 Best Pro Football Coaches" (John Madden, Tom Flores), or that Bill KIng is author Steve Travers's choice as the second best sports announcer in history (trailing only Vin Scully). The chapter about Hunter Thompson, the Hells Angels and his Rolling Stone article on Al Davis (1973) is priceless. Travers is a writer of rare gifts and a true historian par excellence. Bravo!!Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Was this review helpful to you? Yes No (Report this)