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

Warren St. John

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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

Length:

5h 3m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:23


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:03