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Fascinating insight into the Raiders organisation written in a way that makes you feel like you're discussing the team over a few beers with a good friend.
As a fan from the UK it was often difficult to find in depth information/news on the Raiders growing up in the 90s and early 2000s. This book makes up for that, Even if it does enhance the depressing feeling of 'what could have been'.
Scott O'Dell does a brilliant job with the narration, truly making it feel like you're a fly on the wall during a chat amongst friends.
I knew Al marched to a different drummer, but this puts him past that into a saga of chaos. The typical NFL owner has had success in some type of business, but the Raiders were his business and it’s shocking to see the success in spite of the dysfunctional team headquarters.
I knew Jon Gruden was not going to re-up with the Raiders, he said that going into what ended up being his last year in Oakland. But reading this he was successful in spite of Al Davis not because of the support of Al Davis. Interesting how Al Davis takes the credit when things work, but passes the blame when it doesn’t .... football is the ultimate team game .... but watching your back in Oakland seemed to be the goal.
Loved the Insight Into Al Davis and how the Raiders worked behind the scenes . Loved hearing how much of a chump Lance Kiffen really was . Raider4Life