Al Davis was such a polarizing figure that people either admired or despised him. Most cared about what Davis thought on any issue, and he was captivating before an audience. Yet Davis rarely revealed much about himself, his philosophy and decision-making. Everyone knew of Davis and his catchy slogans, especially "Just Win, Baby". But no one knew much about the man. Everyone, it seemed, had a strong opinion about Davis, but precious few had enough information about Davis to proffer an informed description.
For the first time, people will receive an accurate, detailed portrayal of a man in the pantheon of notable sports figures of the 20th century, in a book chock-full of firsthand accounts from those who were present and played a role in many of the seminal moments in Davis illustrious career as the patriarch of the Raiders. Seldom is so much revealed about someone who went to such great lengths to perpetuate an aura of mystery, and control the nature and volume of information disseminated.
Bruce Kebric and Jon Kingdon have teamed with Steve Corkran to take listeners to a place long thought to be forbidden: Behind the Raiders Shield, for an unvarnished look at what it was like working for Al Davis.
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
Great insight and stories from decades of behind the scene events. Amazing narrated by Scott O’Dell!
as a Raider fan, a lot of questions were answered. I looked forward to my commute listening to this daily.
I really loved the stories behind the scenes and also how it was read, like when the narrator would change his voice to mimic others. Hard to put it down once I started listening. Great work by all involved and I was especially intrigued by how Steven was able to piece all the action into a nice flowing story. SCORE!!
Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield represents the best time I've ever had reliving painful memories. Being born in 1981 means that most of my life as a Raiders fan has been filled with disappointment. I can't recall their last Super Bowl win from memory but remember well their last Super Bowl loss.
If Al Davis isn't the most fascinating individual personality in the history of the National Football League, then he's at least in the conversation and this book gives plenty of reasons why.
The story is not told in a linear fashion, the chapters and stories are grouped together more by related themes or events. I was most fascinated by the Lane Kiffin chapter. Some of the book's revelations made me laugh, some made me want to cry and others had me thinking of what could have been.
I've been reading Steve Corkran's Raiders work since I first got online at college in 1999 and could follow the Raiders closely for the first time in my life.
As for the narration, I particularly enjoyed Scott O'Dell's portrayal of Al Davis. Being a fan himself he obviously heard Al Davis speak several times and did an excellent job handling the voice. I would call it more an affectation than an impression.
If you are a Raiders fan you will want to listen to this book. If you are a football fan and enjoy the history of the game you will enjoy this book. If you're not a Raiders fan and don't care much for football but you do like reading about incredibly interesting people then I doubt you'll be disappointed.
Went to my first raider game in 1978...followed the Raiders pretty much religiously.,. Went to training camp almost every year from 1999 to 2007..this book showed me so much I never knew about the raiders and Al Davis and the Raiders ... doesn't make Davis look good ... confirms a lot that you have heard about Davis for years ... and details the medical for Davis's last days ... loved it...
The three authors are two longtime pro football scouts and a seasoned sports writer that give readers an inside peak at working with Al Davis and various NFL players, coaches and staff. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to each author's anecdotes during my long commute. Highly recommend!