Badasses

October 1st, 2010

Football today is big business. But back in the 1970's there were a group of guys that were a combination of castoffs, psychos and geniuses. Newcomers were from schools no one ever heard of and veterans had been cast off by every other "respectable" team. This group was the Oakland Raiders. John Madden was their neurotic and brilliant coach, Al Davis was their eccentric and imperious owner. They were like no other team at the time, and certainly like nothing we see today. Journalist Peter Richmond tell their story in Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders. My conversation with Peter Richmond: