Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer

A Journey Into the Heart of Fan Mania
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Audio (9.70 hours)
Product Number: Z100026833
Released: Jan 08, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415953440
Narrator/s: Michael Kramer
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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 stadium, it can all begin to seem strangely normal. Along the way, St. John takes readers on illuminating forays into the deep roots of humanity's sports mania (did you know that tailgaters could be found in eighth-century Greece?), the psychology of crowds, and the surprising neuroscience behind the thrill of victory. Reminiscent of Confederates in the Attic and the works of Bill Bryson, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer is not only a travel story, but a cultural anthropology of fans that goes a long way toward demystifying the universal urge to take sides and to win.

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Author(s): Warren St. John
Original Publish Date: Jan 08, 2008

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Author(s): Warren St. John
Product Number EB00153629
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: #9781400082971

Professional reviews

"Most people would never pick up RAMMER JAMMER YELLOW HAMMER, which is a shame. Although the premise seems pedestrian -- write about how rabid University of Alabama football fans follow their team in RVs to every game -- it works. Warren St. John chronicles the passion of Alabama fans, whose very existence centers upon their team's weekly gridiron performance. RAMMER JAMMER YELLOW HAMMER is very funny, but it is also a superb character study, which completely engages the reader. Michael Kramer's reading makes the book even better. Kramer captures St. John's love of his beloved Crimson Tide, and his ability to slip in and out of a Southern drawl highlights a memorable performance. This is not so much a football book as a surprisingly thoughtful examination of what most would consider a lowbrow subject. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"

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