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Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield Kindle Edition
Advance praise: Steve Corkran, I have always felt, is a vital go-to authority on all things Raiders. Over the years, anytime I have had any questions about the team, all I have had to do is pick up the phone and call Steve and he efficiently and authoritatively tells me everything I need to know. There is no one who I feel would be more of an authority figure on this franchise. I will be first in line to buy the book. -- Long-time Sports Illustrated pro football writer --Peter King
Advance praise: Al Davis is one of the most fascinating, complicated and mysterious individuals in American sports history. Only a select few worked closely enough with Al to truly understand him. Jon Kingdon and Bruce Kebric spent decades studying and researching football players with the Raiders owner and knew him on the deepest level, both professionally and personally. In his later years, when Mr. Davis became more guarded with his associations, Jon Kingdon was the one person he trusted to share his deepest thoughts with on the NFL and his beloved Raiders. -- Raiders radio play-by-play announcer from 1997-present --Greg Papa --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B075BMMNZQ
- Publisher : Rather Be Feared (September 2, 2017)
- Publication date : September 2, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2488 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #180,645 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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He wasn't a perfect man. Who is? These are the opinions in this book of scouts and lower tiered employees. I ask them... Why not quit and go work at Home Depot? I mean I'm super sorry Ron that Al didn't come see you at the hospital. He asked daily about you, he told your friends if he some how could pay for the best doctors for you. Not every body has the same structure on illness & death. It's been well documented that was his greatest fear. He cared deeply for you and all you could do is go behind his back and tell others he doesn't care and is no good, Proof is in the pudding. I hate to say it, but successful people are not extremely nice. Like it or not. That's the way it is.
The book somewhat/sorta mentions Al picking up the tabs on travel, dinners,, funerals, extended family health issues
and really paints him as an evil dictator type NFL owner.
Well I'm here to say that #1. It's offensive to me he doesn't have the ability to be here to dispute,refute or pollute any of these allegations. I think it's pure chicken the Amazon customers/Raider Nation and public can't hear Al's side and those that wrote the book stated they actually waited until he died to write this. That's cowardly in my opinion. Think about that, actually waited until he passed away. Today nobody asks the actual person to give their take.
Anyways, I don't know if Amazon will accept this review. I just don't like all this hate anymore, This book is about hate, loaded with revengeful comments and the man it's focused on doesn't even get to tell his side of the allegations. I find that wrong.
Al Davis has been very good to my family & I and it's nothing that anybody would think was anything. I just mean respectful and understanding. I got no financial kickbacks from Al or any fine dining dinners like these traitor authors have for decades. I respect the man's legacy and two things must be said... This book does not respect or protect him and who he was and on that basis I believe it shouldn't be produced based solely on the fact he can't respond since he's deceased. #2. All this is about is money! Plain & Simple. If it was really that bad over the years. Why not leave?
Mark, If you're reading this. Thank you for keeping the fire burning. I'm happy you fired PR man Zak Gilbert in 2013. You're right dude... You must protect the legacy. If we all reeeealllllly knew John Wayne, Elvis, or even Abe Lincoln... We might have a different opinion. That's yesterday's news. We move on and try ourselves to improve. Nobody is perfect. So thanks for protecting your ol' man. 5-Super Bowls. 3- World Championships... I think Al did ok. Remember the trainer in the early 70's that just got hired on and suddenly passed away. Remember what your dad did for him and his family? (Nobody knows that or at least mentions it and that's one of many instances) Al might not of been the easiest boss in the world. He was the boss and he had a huge heart too. He deserves some respect.
Don't read this book. I should of never bought it. "Take the good with the bad, baby" and in today's society. "Trust no one!"
On a happy note... "Just Win" (L.A. Raiders players ribbing/mocking Al for his unique personality) and then after SB 18 victory Mr. Davis stepped up to the mic with his humor & his own personal stamp of "Just Win, Baby!" as the entire team laughed & cheered (players didn't know he knew you mock his... "Just Win, Just Win" comments.) Great Times, Mr. Al Davis brought a lot of joy to his players & fans. I'm happy he got to be one of my many idols! I sure miss him. :-D
“There’s part of you that says, you know that he’s going to die, but there’s another part that says, Al Davis will never die. It’s Al Davis. Then, you think that he’s sick, he’s not doing well, but he’s a fighter, he’ll fight this, and he’s going to win. Then, you hear the call and you say, well, you shouldn’t be shocked. But it was very, very shocking. I still am. If you really knew him and you were a part of him, he was the most loyal friend or person that you could have. And then there was a lot of people that he didn’t know. Well, of course, he couldn’t be loyal to them. Like I said, Al Davis isn’t for everyone. Everyone’s not going to say that Al Davis is this or that, that he’s perfect, and he’s all these things. But if he’s your friend, if you played for him, if you coached for him, if you were part of the NFL, he was that guy. And there was no one that could be better at being that guy than Al Davis. He stood up for what he believed and he stood up for what he thought was right, not only for him but for other people.”---- John Madden, Head Coach Oakland Raiders
Al Davis is no saint. Who among us is? This book tells who he wronged. How often he wronged them. Along with Al, apparently, never admitting nor even understanding who he wronged or why it was wrong.
I am a huge fan of Steve's. This much vindictiveness is beneath him. But I have no reason to think anything he put down on paper lacks fact in his eyes.
I am not upset that I purchased the book. It gave me insight into a side of these men I had no idea existed.
Writer Corkran I know from his east bay newspaper days. I liked him then. This is substandard.
If you are a die hard, love them for ever Raiders fan, that have read everything that you can find, like me, add this to your list. Fills in lots of gaps and "What was up with that player or coach?"
Lots of behind the scenes stories. Confirmation about how All Davis was stupid distracted by 40 yard dash times.
Al’s penchant for calling employees at all hours of the night… every day of the week.. holiday or no holiday… and asking questions and talking about everything and anything under the sun… including football. The two main topics that rightfully get the most coverage in the book… and has the most “soap-opera-like” appeal… are the Shakespearean like epic discussion/battles over NFL draft choices. Once again… the author’s highlight… and relentlessly… pound some unbelievable CLASSHHHIIIICCC MISTAKES… like passing on drafting Brett Favre… and instead drafting Todd Marinovich…
I had to put a space of an extra line in here… because even now all these years later… that still is like having a two-ton piano dropped on your head from the top of the Empire State Building. Then of course drafting JaMarcus Russell instead of Calvin Johnson. Almost no time is spent giving the same chapter and verse inspection to all the unbelievable draft picks of Hall of Famers… Art Shell and Gene Upshaw… and should be Hall of Famers like Cliff Branch… and the pickups of Super Bowl winning changers like Jim Plunkett…. Lyle Alzado… etc. Let me make it clear… the latter names are “mentioned”… but if it was put on a scale like The Lady of Justice… the scale would shoot up to one side as high as an infant baby would be shot up in the air… if Warren Sapp suddenly sat down on the other side of the infant’s teeter-totter!
The other area covered in depth is terrible coaching hire mistakes. And again… the unfairness in giving unending negative pounding of the last decades of Al’s life mistakes… and nowhere near the equal weight of his colossal hires like John Madden and Tom Flores… is just patently unfair. In the coaching area… is one place this book really… really… gave me a deeper insight to… what I already knew was the worst hiring in my lifetime… and that was… (it almost makes me ill even typing his name) the hiring of “LAME” Kiffin. I obviously knew it was a mistake from minute one… but I had no idea… that hiring him was a literal… last second… choice… to save face when Sarkisian turned down the offer to be head coach of the Raiders. The detail of the hiring… and firing… might have been the best… most detailed… and fairly balanced reporting in the entire book.
All-in-all… it was an interesting… but uneven… report from the author’s own perspective… for a slice of time… they decided on. But I feel it was unfair… to not provide more details… even if they weren’t there then… during the absolute glory years/decades of the Raiders… which was not possible without Al Davis leading the way. Aren’t authors AND reporters… supposed to interview people… aren’t they supposed to have ‘FAIR AND BALANCED REPORTING”? Again… I did enjoy the book… but I also… very often had a bad taste in my mouth… because I was raised to not… continue to hit a man when they’re down… and not to keep pummeling a defeated foe that can’t fight back. As I close my review… a thought comes to mind that this book would be akin to only writing a book about Joe Louis when he was a stumble bum at the end of his life and career… and not fully report about all his championships and donations to the Armed Services during the war… when he was one of the two or three greatest Heavyweight Champions in boxing history.