Very sad news, Kenny "The Snake" Stabler passed away yesterday, part of my childhood was watching my Raiders play on Sundays.....whatta ya say a little "Sweet Home Alabama" by the band
Snake was such a funny guy. The story's he would have about his time with the Raiders were always great to hear. I highly recommend his books, especially the first one he wrote in the early 80's. Covers his time with Raiders to end of career.
If it wasn't for the Steelers we would have never got to even hear of "THE SNAKE" When the Raiders drafted him, he was buried on the QB chart. During a pre-season game, he went up to the owner of the Steelers and begged him to trade for him, "i'll never play here, they like using the old guys i'll never get a shot" so they asked Al what it would take to trade for him and that made Davis insert Snake into the rotation and the rest is history.
He talked about one of the camps leading up to the first SB we were in. They were staying at some flea bag hotel and they put all these firecrackers on a remote control car and drove it into Madden's room, as soon as it got in there the firecrackers all go off and Madden comes charging out of the room and falls into the pool. He thought a earthquake or something was going on so he rushed outside to and there's Snake laughing his butt off over Madden...
The book has a few of those story's but he had so many more in him. Snake was just a awesome guy to talk to, he would talk for hours just telling story's and talking about the good old days.
Wish he could have been alive to see for the Hall of Fame. They need to get some of these guys in so they can enjoy it while they are alive. That was something he really wanted... and deserved as so many Raiders do, but they just don't want to put them in.
In the late 90's I got to talk to some of the voters and a bunch of asked why they won't put any more Raiders in and one of the guys looks at me and laughs and says' "there's enough of them in the hall..." They actually think that there are enough in there, it's not the Raiders problem that they had such great players back then.
Things changed when the added the fan vote and it put pressure to get some of them in. There's still a few that need to get in, but time will tell.
Go Raiders, JUST WIN BABY!
Fight ON USC TROJANS!