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True Believers - The Tragic Inner Life of Sports Fans

Joe Queenan

Bestselling author Queenan explores the world of sports fans in an attempt to understand the inexplicable: What does anyone get out of it? For Yankee, Cowboy, and Laker fans the answer is fairly clear: the return on investment is relatively high. But why do people root so passionately for tragically inept squads like the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, and the Philadelphia Phillies? Why do people organize their emotional lives around lackluster franchises such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Diego Padres, and the Phoenix Suns, none of whom have ever won a single championship in their entire history? Is it pure tribalism? An attempt to maintain contact with one's vanished childhood? In True Believers, humorist and lifelong Philly fan Joe Queenan answers these and many other questions, shedding light on--and reveling in--the culture and psychology of his countless fellow fans. Making pilgrimages to such cradles of competition as Notre Dame Stadium, Fenway, and Wrigley Field, Queenan delves into every aspect of fandom in such illuminating chapters as Fans Who Love Too Much (men, like the author, who actually resort to psychotherapy to deal with their unhealthy addiction), Fans Who Run in Front (the dreaded front runners), and Fans Who Misbehave (of the beer-spilling, mooning, and food-throwing varieties). True Believers is a hilarious but also heartfelt look into the world of those fans who realize that it is, in fact, more than just a game.

Bestselling author Queenan explores the world of sports fans in an attempt to understand the inexplicable: What does anyone get out of it? For Yankee, Cowboy, and Laker fans the answer is fairly clear: the return on investment is relatively high. But why do people root so passionately for tragically inept squads like the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, and the Philadelphia Phillies? Why do people organize their emotional lives around lackluster franchises such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Diego Padres, and the Phoenix Suns, none of whom have ever won a single championship in their entire history? Is it pure tribalism? An attempt to maintain contact with one's vanished childhood? In True Believers, humorist and lifelong Philly fan Joe Queenan answers these and many other questions, shedding light on--and reveling in--the culture and psychology of his countless fellow fans. Making pilgrimages to such cradles of competition as Notre Dame Stadium, Fenway, and Wrigley Field, Queenan delves into every aspect of fandom in such illuminating chapters as Fans Who Love Too Much (men, like the author, who actually resort to psychotherapy to deal with their unhealthy addiction), Fans Who Run in Front (the dreaded front runners), and Fans Who Misbehave (of the beer-spilling, mooning, and food-throwing varieties). True Believers is a hilarious but also heartfelt look into the world of those fans who realize that it is, in fact, more than just a game.
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Bestselling author Queenan explores the world of sports fans in an attempt to understand the inexplicable: What does anyone get out of it? For Yankee, Cowboy, and Laker fans the answer is fairly clear: the return on investment is relatively high. But why do people root so passionately for tragically inept squads like the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, and the Philadelphia Phillies? Why do people organize their emotional lives around lackluster franchises such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Diego Padres, and the Phoenix Suns, none of whom have ever won a single championship in their entire history? Is it pure tribalism? An attempt to maintain contact with one's vanished childhood? In True Believers, humorist and lifelong Philly fan Joe Queenan answers these and many other questions, shedding light on--and reveling in--the culture and psychology of his countless fellow fans. Making pilgrimages to such cradles of competition as Notre Dame Stadium, Fenway, and Wrigley Field, Queenan delves into every aspect of fandom in such illuminating chapters as Fans Who Love Too Much (men, like the author, who actually resort to psychotherapy to deal with their unhealthy addiction), Fans Who Run in Front (the dreaded front runners), and Fans Who Misbehave (of the beer-spilling, mooning, and food-throwing varieties). True Believers is a hilarious but also heartfelt look into the world of those fans who realize that it is, in fact, more than just a game.

Language:

English

Length:

5h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:46


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:54


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:57


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:45


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:18


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:05


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:27


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:25