SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— This weekend the Oakland Raiders face the Kansas City Chiefs in a sold-out game at the Coliseum. John Madden joined the KCBS morning crew to preview the game and to reminisce about the teams’ storied rivalry.
Madden said he thinks the Raiders are probably out of it and that the Chiefs are going to make a run for it.
“I think they’ll be too much for the Raiders,” Madden said.
The fierce rivalry dates back to the 60s, when Coach Madden was very much active with the Raiders.
There were a number of humorous moments during their matchups.
“One year the A’s won the World Series and we were playing the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland, (former A’s owner) Charlie Finley calls and he wants us to parade the donkey around,” Charlie-O, a mule, was the A’s mascot in the 60s and 70s.
“With all due respect to the A’s winning the World Series, we weren’t going to parade the donkey around,” Madden recalled.
The Raiders had also been accused of watering the football field down in order to slow down the plays from the opposing team. Madden denied that accusation.
“The field was below sea level, but we never watered it,” said Madden.
Finally, he remembered a time when an exterminator had to be brought in to for rats in the visiting locker room. He said he warned former Chiefs Coach Hank Stram of the problem. He said the message got out to the players.
“They were afraid to sit on their stools and were always standing up to get dressed,” recalled Madden.
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