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Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer - A Journey Into the Heart of Fan Mania

Warren St. John

"Fresh and funny… St. John has crafter a winner." -Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic In the life of every sports fan, there comes a moment of reckoning. It may happen when your team wins on a last-second field goal and you suddenly find yourself clenched in a loving embrace with a large hairy man you've never met. . . . Or in the long, hormonally depleted days after a loss, when you're felled by a sensation similar to the one you first experienced following the death of a pet. At such moments the fan is forced to confront the question others-spouses, friends, children, and colleagues-have asked for years: Why do I care? What is it about sports that turns otherwise sane, rational people into raving lunatics? Why does winning compel people to tear down goalposts, and losing, to drown themselves in bad keg beer? In short, why do fans care? In search of the answers to these questions, Warren St. John seeks out the roving community of RVers who follow the Alabama Crimson Tide from game to game across the South. A movable feast of Weber grills, Igloo coolers, and die-hard superstition, these are characters who arrive on Wednesday for Saturday's game: Freeman and Betty Reese, who skipped their own daughter's wedding because it coincided with a Bama game; Ray Pradat, the Episcopalian minister who watches the games on a television set beside his altar while performing weddings; John Ed (pronounced as three syllables, John Ay-ud), the wheeling and dealing ticket scalper whose access to good seats gives him power on par with the governor; and Paul Finebaum, the Anti-Fan, a wisecracking sports columnist and talk-radio host who makes his living mocking Alabama fans-and who has to live in a gated community for all the threats he receives in response. In no time at all, St. John himself is drawn into the world of full-immersion fandom: he buys an RV (a $5,500 beater called The Hawg) and joins the caravan for a football season, chronicling the world of the extreme fan and learning that in the shadow of the

"Fresh and funny… St. John has crafter a winner." -Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic In the life of every sports fan, there comes a moment of reckoning. It may happen when your team wins on a last-second field goal and you suddenly find yourself clenched in a loving embrace with a large hairy man you've never met. . . . Or in the long, hormonally depleted days after a loss, when you're felled by a sensation similar to the one you first experienced following the death of a pet. At such moments the fan is forced to confront the question others-spouses, friends, children, and colleagues-have asked for years: Why do I care? What is it about sports that turns otherwise sane, rational people into raving lunatics? Why does winning compel people to tear down goalposts, and losing, to drown themselves in bad keg beer? In short, why do fans care? In search of the answers to these questions, Warren St. John seeks out the roving community of RVers who follow the Alabama Crimson Tide from game to game across the South. A movable feast of Weber grills, Igloo coolers, and die-hard superstition, these are characters who arrive on Wednesday for Saturday's game: Freeman and Betty Reese, who skipped their own daughter's wedding because it coincided with a Bama game; Ray Pradat, the Episcopalian minister who watches the games on a television set beside his altar while performing weddings; John Ed (pronounced as three syllables, John Ay-ud), the wheeling and dealing ticket scalper whose access to good seats gives him power on par with the governor; and Paul Finebaum, the Anti-Fan, a wisecracking sports columnist and talk-radio host who makes his living mocking Alabama fans-and who has to live in a gated community for all the threats he receives in response. In no time at all, St. John himself is drawn into the world of full-immersion fandom: he buys an RV (a $5,500 beater called The Hawg) and joins the caravan for a football season, chronicling the world of the extreme fan and learning that in the shadow of the
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"Fresh and funny… St. John has crafter a winner." -Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic In the life of every sports fan, there comes a moment of reckoning. It may happen when your team wins on a last-second field goal and you suddenly find yourself clenched in a loving embrace with a large hairy man you've never met. . . . Or in the long, hormonally depleted days after a loss, when you're felled by a sensation similar to the one you first experienced following the death of a pet. At such moments the fan is forced to confront the question others-spouses, friends, children, and colleagues-have asked for years: Why do I care? What is it about sports that turns otherwise sane, rational people into raving lunatics? Why does winning compel people to tear down goalposts, and losing, to drown themselves in bad keg beer? In short, why do fans care? In search of the answers to these questions, Warren St. John seeks out the roving community of RVers who follow the Alabama Crimson Tide from game to game across the South. A movable feast of Weber grills, Igloo coolers, and die-hard superstition, these are characters who arrive on Wednesday for Saturday's game: Freeman and Betty Reese, who skipped their own daughter's wedding because it coincided with a Bama game; Ray Pradat, the Episcopalian minister who watches the games on a television set beside his altar while performing weddings; John Ed (pronounced as three syllables, John Ay-ud), the wheeling and dealing ticket scalper whose access to good seats gives him power on par with the governor; and Paul Finebaum, the Anti-Fan, a wisecracking sports columnist and talk-radio host who makes his living mocking Alabama fans-and who has to live in a gated community for all the threats he receives in response. In no time at all, St. John himself is drawn into the world of full-immersion fandom: he buys an RV (a $5,500 beater called The Hawg) and joins the caravan for a football season, chronicling the world of the extreme fan and learning that in the shadow of the

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Kramer

Length:

9h 46m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:46


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:35


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:14


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:33


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:37


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:24


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:35


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:28


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:51


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:49


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:35


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:25


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:26


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:21


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:05


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:50


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:18


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:37


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:36


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:37


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:17


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:46


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:58


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:45


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:55


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:49


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:14


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:58


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:10


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:05


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:22


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:06


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:23


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:01


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:38


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:08


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:54


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:41


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:57


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:32


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:14


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:48


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

01:54


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:31


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:28


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:05


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:15


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:19


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:11


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:42


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:19


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:30


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:08


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:40


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

02:55


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:23


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:59


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:11


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:44


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:36


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:45


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

02:56


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:26


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:44


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:07


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:50


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:05


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:15


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:14


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:57


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:37


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:59


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:11


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:50


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

02:54


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:20


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:09


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:45


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:17


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

02:09


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:18


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:27


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:40


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:08


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:32


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:21


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:24


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:30


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:16


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:34


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

01:30


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:10


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:46


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:54


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:58


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:30


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:13


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:23


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:46


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:32


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

01:07


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:21


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:43


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:23


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

02:54


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:56


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

02:46


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:03


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:07


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

01:05


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:50


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:30


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

02:57


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

02:58


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

02:28


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

03:31


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

03:30


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

03:16


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:40


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

03:15


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:02


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

03:00


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

02:06