By Peter Richmond
A publication that explores the long-lasting legends of Snake, Foo, Dr. demise, and John Madden’s Oakland Raiders, Badasses is the definitive biography of arguably the final staff to play out of date tough-guy soccer. Peter Richmond, co-author of the New York occasions bestseller The Glory Game, bargains a desirable examine the Nineteen Seventies Oakland Raiders, led by way of colourful greats from one other period: Ken Stabler, Willie Brown, Gene Upshaw, Jim Otto, artwork Shell, head trainer John Madden, and proprietor Al Davis. within the bestselling vein of Boys may be Boys, Badasses chronicles the bar-room exploits, practice-field pranks, and tremendous Bowl glories of the team’s many misfits, cast-offs, psychos, and geniuses of the game.
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And Pittsburgh? No surprise that the town was in a bottle-throwing lather, with tickets being scalped for an unheard-of $50: playoff-wise, the Steelers were 0 for 39 years. In the first three years under Chuck Noll’s stewardship, the Steelers hadn’t had a winning season. But in 1972, in Bradshaw’s second year, they’d won 9 of their last 10 and finished at 11–3. Individually, the “under the hill” gang averaged fewer than four years in the league, but with a defense anchored by Joe Greene, Dwight White, L.
Does it commemorate any of the hundreds of other great moments in the immortal Franco Harris’s Hall of Fame career? Of course not. It shows him reaching down to his shoelaces, gathering an errant football with his fingertips. For thousands of travelers, every day, there it stands: a very lifelike monument to a singular moment of (questionable) triumph. “The Immaculate Reception? I call it the Immaculate Deception,” Atkinson, the “Hit Man,” says now, with only half a laugh. ” But think, for just a second, about what this now-immortal phrase implies.
The main network replay—as any viewing of it now confirms—was entirely inconclusive. There was another view of the play, though: a shot from the end zone behind Bradshaw, which NBC ran behind the credits at the end of the game. San Francisco Examiner writer Frank Cooney videotaped the telecast and later reviewed NBC’s footage by freezing the frames. “It was really clear,” Cooney says now of the end-zone shot. “Fuqua reached out for the ball, and it hit him in the arm as Tatum hit him from behind.
Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders by Peter Richmond