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Book ended with stories bout fans of the MLS Portland Timbers one sweet nd joyful one very very moving this smart breezy book looks t some extreme American sports fans nd investigates the roots goals costs nd benefits of their obsessive fandom Threaded throughout the book is the research of jolly group of sports psychologists nd sociologists we meet them playing mini golf the night before Bound (Torn Trilogy, ancademic conference whose scholarship illuminates the people nd behavior Dohrmann writes bout Dohrmann treats his subjects with honest warmth nd compassion where other writers might see them s easy punchlines nd he uses masterful balance of Loyalty and Lies academic researchnd his easy journalistic bility to show that these face painting costume wearing remote throwing obsessives re by Fortunes Flames and large happier than non sports fans Enjoyable illuminatingnd very snappy read with moments of both genuine hilarity nd great moving emotion this was much better book than I expected from its horrible horrible a much better book than I expected from its horrible horrible I was lucky enough to win n ARC through Goodreads giveaway I don t watch or have ny interest in sports but the way this book describes different types of fanatics is still really interesting maybe than it would be if I was fan myself since I don t see myself in ny of the descriptions of the troubling spects
of fandom Each chapter deals with different facet of what it means to be fan fandom Each chapter deals with different facet of what it means to be Claiming Her a fan how people express their fandom usually by telling the story of fan who embodies the chapter s focus Some re inspiring like the soccer fan who made it his mission to get his relatively unpopular sport shown t local bars or the mascot who recovered from the death of his young daughter with help from the fan group he belonged to or entertaining like fans who make elaborate costumes to showcase their loyalty or pull ridiculous stunts like printing out gigantic celebrity heads that re used to taunt players. A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist pulls back the curtain on the extraordinary inner lives of America's most obsessive sports fansThere re fans nd then there re fanatics In this wondrously immersive look t American sports fandom George Dohrmann travels the country to find out what distinguishes n ordinary everyday enthusiast from that special breed of supporter known s the superfan In Minnesota Dohrmann meets newly minted generals of the Viking World Order Minnesota Vikings Murder Go Round affinity group organizedlong military lines In Oregon he shares How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis a few beers with determined soccer fan who Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential amassedlmost singlehandedly four thousand strong cheering section for the fledgling Portland Timbers In Illinois he talks with the parents of five year old boy whose intense hatred of Tom.
Summary SuperfansOn opposing teams Other chapters get into the darker side of superfandom like one that chronicles the Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 abuse sports journalist receive when publishing news that paints franchise in The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) a bad lightThough the book is mostly character studies some chapters get into the psychology behind fandom My favorite contrasts two fans reactions to their team drafting player who had been Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 accused of domesticbuse A women who was formally bused herself sticks with the team nd urges others to give the player Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child a fair shake while man who runs The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 a forum dedicated to the team shuts it downnd stops following the sport Dohrmann makes the case that while both of them love
the team the man has n easier time leaving them since he hasteam the man has n easier time leaving them since he has family nd other hobbies while the woman does not have that kind of support outside her sports related social life The concept of optimum distinctiveness is brought up few times to explain why fans re celebrated for wearing face paint but ostracized for fighting with fan of other teams Fans want to express themselves but have to straddle the line between creative passion nd obsessionAnother great chapter centers round children s relationship with sports I was surprised that the uthor is firmly gainst children being fans of specific teams Through various studies nd interviews with behavior experts he explains that kids have I Was Anastasia a very blacknd white worldview Choice of the Cat andre uick to categorize people s good or bad with no in between Teaching young and re uick to categorize people Sparrow Road as good or bad with no in between Teaching young that players on the family s favored teamre the good guys can lead to them feeling genuine hatred towards players A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston and fans of other teamsnd to have dramatic emotional reaction to wins "And Losses Instead Of Appreciating " losses Instead of ppreciating game itself they get the idea they re watching struggle between good nd evil I grabbed this on whim Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World and really enjoyed it If you like booksbout sociology or like stories The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors about uniue people many chapters would fi. Brady went viral on YouTube Through thesend other intimate profiles Dohrmann shows us the human faces behind the colored face paint the real people inside the elaborate costumes who prowl the stands Yoga: The Art of Adjusting and parking lotst stadiums from coast to coastIn ddition to the fans themselves Dohrmann lso talks with the experts who study them He uses the latest thinking in sports psychology some of it learned during The Neural Basis of Free Will a spirited round of miniature golf with group of professors t the nnual Sports Psychology Forum to unravel the nswers to such burning uestions s How does fandom begin What re its effects on everyday life When does it go too farFor everyone who's ever body painted their torso with the team colors of their lma mater before heading off to sports bar or even just screamed. ,
T nicely into n episode of This American Life it s worth Past Destinies a read even if you haven t thoughtbout sports in years This was Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 another book that was bit of letdown Although I don t watch much in
way of myself popular psychology is particular interest of mine nd learning bout why some other people re so into sports ppealed to me Unfortunately the psychology in this one was extremely light To some extent this seems to be due to the limited mount of research that s been done The conclusions were ll pretty basic things like people re invested in sports because who they root for becomes part of their identity Even for the research the uthor described though we mostly got punch line nd little to no details of how the research study was set up There was one section on male vs female fans that handled nuanced uestions gender nd fandom uite well via extensive uotes from female nuanced uestions gender nd fandom uite well via extensive uotes from female Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day and from one of the female researchers who studies sports fans Other sections included theuthor making jokes A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 about women not being into sportsnd completely glossing over the sexism of various groups of fans though so I m hesitant to give him much credit on that front This book did have some heartwarming nd hilarious stories bout fans that I enjoyed lot At the end of the day though I have hard time imagining recommending this to someone If they sked for book on this exact topic I d suggest it but only lukewarmlyThis review was originally posted on Doing Dewey I really enjoyed this book on some of the most dedicated die hard fans of various teams mostly in football but soccer The Unspeakable Mind and baseball werelso covered In every case not only were the people profiled but there were studies done on what made these people do what they did It s good for those who want to study the brains nd though processes of these individuals s there is of this type of dialogue in the book than there is sports coverag. At their television during the NBA Finals Superfans offers Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought an entertainingnd insightful exploration of the many ways human beings find meaning in something bigger than themselvesFeaturing photos of the Rally Banana Timber Jim the officers of the Viking World Order Murder at Beechwood a pair of Kentucky Wildcats tattoos Kevin Durant jersey torched by jilted fan nd Plus nalysis of the Arizona State Sun Devils Chicago Bears Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers Indianapolis Colts Milwaukee Brewers Nebraska Cornhuskers New England Patriots Oklahoma City Thunder Philadelphia Eagles San Diego State Aztecs Seattle SeahawksWell reported nd meticulously researched Dohrmann is respected diligent sportswriter nd has been so for years you don't get Pulitzers for message board posts The Wall Street Journal.the way of