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Book review: 'Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death and John Madden's Oakland Raiders' by Peter Richmond
Book review: 'Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death and John Madden's Oakland Raiders' by Peter Richmond

One of the most enjoyable experiences for many sports fans is to spend time with a former player or coach and listen to war stories — particularly if the tales involve some of the lesser-publicized shenanigans that occurred off the court or playing field. This has also been a reliable source of material for sports books, certainly since the publication of pitcher Jim Bouton's seminal "Ball Four" in 1970. But to make the concept work, it's essential that the principal characters in the anecdotes are willing to spill all, and that is the fatal flaw of Peter Richmond's "Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death and John Madden's Oakland...

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