As we welcome “The Year of the Snake”, few people have been audacious enough to claim the serpent as their nickname.  One of the few was Ken “The Snake” Stabler, a partyin’ good ol’ boy who quarterbacked the feared Oakland Raiders in the 1970’s.  He may or may not have been the inspiration for films like “North Dallas 40” and “Semi-Tough”, star vehicles for ex football playing actors with bad knees like Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson.