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Snake Hardcover – August 5, 1986

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Stabler (the Snake), good old boy quarterback for the Raiders for ten years, led the team to win Super Bowl XI. The anticipation of a juicy read with lots of controversial and spicy anecdotes is more than satisfied by this raunchy account of his life on and off the field. From the University of Alabama to championship teams with the Raiders to his lackluster career end with the Oilers and Saints, he never tries to hide his love of loose women, hard liquor, and fast cars and boats; he is painfully honest with the details of his escapades. The earthy style may offend some, but this is the kind of book to be expected from one of the perennial bad boys of the NFL. Jo DeLapo, Queens Borough P.L., New York
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (August 5, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385234503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385234504
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The book Snake is the biography of Ken Stabler the Oakland Raiders renegade quarterback of the 1970's. The book was very interesting and was very detailed. I recommend reading this book if you are a football fan. Also if you are an Oakland Raiders fan this book is for you. If you do not vulgar language or talks of sex, drugs and rock and roll you should not read this book. The book had many strong points, which include very detailed recolations of games and wild nights. My overall opinion of the book is that was very interesting and if you have a weak stomach this book is not from you. Snake is a book for football lovers and if you liked this book check "I'm the Assassin" by Jack Tatum another renegade from the Oakland Raiders in the 1970's. Go Raiders.
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What were considered rumors about the wild lifestyles of the Oakland Raiders are actually truths according to one of the leaders, Kenny Stabler. Drinking, honky-tonking, reading the playbook by the jukebox light, womanizing and oh yes - football are some of the sideshows in this book. This is not only about the "Snake" but also about the other characters from the Oakland Raiders during their heyday.
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This had to be one of the funniest behind the scenes sports books ever. Shocking tales of hot-tub orgies, drunken spree's, and other general hedonism highlight page after page. And there is some football, too.
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When I was a kid growing up in Denver, the one team we always had a hard time with was the Raiders, Stabler was so good and the Raiders were always in the playoffs. The AFC was the dominant conference in those days. The Steelers and Dolphins won 6 out of 7 in those days and they always had to get by the Raiders to do it.

I enjoyed the Snakes reflections and found his book a fun read. A couple of chapters were surprising. His relationship with his best friend Randall Watson was a nice rememberence which I was surprised that a editor would put in. His relationship with Madden was of no surprise though, Madden and Tom Flores were probably the ONLY coaches in Raider history to have that kind of control.

His off the field daliances make you wonder why he is still living today. I think that this has led to a miscarraige of justice in the fact that he is not in the Hall of Fame.

This book's only fault in my view is that he is not candid about the drug problems and Al Davis, resorting to "it was reported" for the former and then trying to make up with Davis in the latter.

The reader should find this an enjoyable read overall
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Summary -Wine, women, song - and football - what's not to like? Snake isn't War and Peace, but it is a lot of fun.
Review - Way back in 9th grade (1986-1987), I had to take Alabama History. Our teacher had this old crank come speak to the class and tell us about some recently-published books about Alabama. I can't remember much of what the guy said, as most of the books he discussed were about dull stuff about which I couldn't have cared less.

However, I do remember one book that he mentioned, Kenny Stabler's autobiography, Snake. This book, he told us, was not something that any of us should read; it was all about Stabler's bad habits while playing quarterback at The University of Alabama and in the NFL. Of course, I made a note to read the book, but it took me many years to get around to it. (I was bone lazy in the 9th grade).

Actually, the crank did have a point about the book Snake - it's loaded with wine, women, and song, which is what makes it such great, light reading. Snake details how he used to stay up all night. (That's no exaggeration - he literally did not go to bed the nights before some games). There are lots of other wild stories about Snake -
1) hanging out in a hot tub - nude - with Raider teammate John Matuszak and some flight attendants,
2 leaving Raider teammate Dave "The Ghost" Caspar alone on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico for several hours during a fishing trip,
3) as part of his initiation into The University of Alabama lettermens club - walking around the UA campus with a book and a pencil and asking coeds to sign the book. What the women didn't know was that that the pencil was attached to a string that ran under Snake's clothes and was tied to his "member.
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The Oakland Raiders of the 1970's were a cornucopia of vivid characters strung together by renegade owner Al Davis. Perhaps no other sports team of any era had the color of this group. Sitting right in the middle, and leading the offense down the field, was Kenny Stabler.

With his signature locks flowing from the back of his helmet, his glib delivery to the media, and his cool pocket presence, the Raiders rallied around Stabler, and he quickly became one of most popular Raiders of all-time.

Here, he picks up his story in the middle of the 1980's, after retiring from pro football. He may have held some of his story back, but if this is so, he certainly let alot of it out of the bag. Stabler admits that Bobby Layne, the swashbuckling of the 1950's and early 1960's was his his hero, and Stabler emulated his style, partying late into the nights and rolling in in front of millions of football fans to lead his Raiders to victory.

But Stabler lets it all hang out. And toward the end of the book, when he realizes his career is over, and he no longer has the skills to compete, he is as human and touching as any athlete whose story has been told.

He never really takes shots at any other people here. He didn't enjoy playing for Bum Phillips in Houston or New Orleans, whose offense he considered archaic, but he liked and respected Bum well enough. He was puzzled at Al Davis' cold, business-like demeanor, but again respected the winning ways of the maverick owner.

The early story is devoted to his father, who had trouble with the bottle, but instilled a never back down attitude in his son.

All in all, am autobiographical story worthy of a legendary sports icon. I would like to see what Stabler would have or has written of the rest of his life after this book stopped.
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