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Wednesday, 21 March, 2018

Snake Finally Made it

Date: 15 August, 2016

By: Chief

Imagee only had too wait 32 years and the enshrinement was posthumous. To me, that is criminal conduct by the professional football Hall of Fame selection committee. Quoting Wikipedia:

"To be eligible for the nominating process, a player or coach must have been retired for at least five years. Any other contributor such as a team owner or executive can be voted in at any time."

Well gee whiz boys and girls Snake retired in 1984 then add the mandatory 5 year minimum waiting period and golly Snake was eligible for selection to the Hall of Fame commencing in 1989. Yet it took until 2016 for Snake to be selected and enshrined? What in Sam Thump is wrong with this picture? Obviously the "selection committee." Scurvy curs one and all.

Stats are not everything

Snake's football statistics, be they:

though great are, in truth, secondary. First and foremost is simply the not so minor fact that Ken was cool. To me, as a fan, everything he did was just really cool. Even the stuff he was accused of was cool. Staying out past curfew and partying, drinking beer and chasing girls — reading the play book by the light of the juke box (sometimes). Stuff like that.

He also made professional football cool. Before Snake took over the starting quarterback job from Daryle Lamonica (number 3) AKA the "Mad Bomber," watching a pro game could be almost boring and, at best, you were looking forward to the commercials. That was because there was that 'something else' missing. That 'something else' turned out to be the Oakland Raiders being led by head coach John Madden and quarterback Ken "Snake" Stabler.

Yeah, once Snake and the team fully meshed — wow. Professional football truly became exciting. At least, that is, when the Raiders were playing.

Another thing he was really accomplished at was coming from behind, late in the game and pulling out a victory when it looked as though the Silver and Black were about to become the Black and Blue. He pulled Oakland's fat out of the fire an incredible number of times. Fourth quarter, less than 2 minutes on the clock, deep in their own territory and Stabler would pull off a victory. It was nuts. But he and the entire team did it. Time after time after time.

Obviously, leadership is far more important than statistics.

Games and games with names

No kidding. Think about it. There was the:

had Snake not scrambled 40 plus yards for a touchdown just seconds before the immaculate reception.

Four, got that, four games with names in which Stabler and company partook in. Three of the four end in victories for the Raiders. 75% is not a bad winning streak at all.

Though it was Snake's pro career, both on and off the field, which is still toasted too in bars throughout the country let us not forget three football events, all of which transpired before he was drafted by the Raiders (second round) in 1968. These football events are his:

The run in the mud will most likely go down as one of the greatest feats of Alabama college football in the history of the state.


If you were in a Raider's huddle while Snake was at the helm — during the first half of a game the smell of alcohol may cause you to gag and pray for relief but three or four touchdown passes in the second half culminating in a win would make you drunk with joy. Like it or not that was the 1970s Oakland Raiders and Ken exemplified that. He was the Rock 'n' Roll quarterback.

Quoting the Oakland Raider's former head coach, the great John Madden:

"I always said that if I had one quarterback to make a drive the length of the field at the end of the game too win that game that guy would be Ken Stabler, number 12, the Snake."

Ah, before I forget, this You Tube video about Snake is really, really good. I've watched it numerous times. You will enjoy it. Finally, for all you statistic junkies, here are Snake's true stats:

Snake — thank you for all the memories of great games with the Silver and black.

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