Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Road Trip Into the Heart of Fan Mania

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Crown Publishing Group, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 275 pages
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What is it about sports that turns otherwise sane people into raving lunatics? Why does winning compel people to tear down goal posts, and losing, to drown themselves in bad keg beer? In short, why do fans care?

In search of answers, Warren St. John seeks out the roving community of RVers who follow the Alabama Crimson Tide from game to game. A movable feast of Weber grills and Igloo coolers, these are hard-core football fans who arrive on Wednesday for Saturday’s game: The Reeses, who skipped their own daughter’s wedding because it coincided with a Bama game; Ray Pradat, the Episcopal minister who watches the games on a television beside his altar while performing weddings; and John Ed, the wheeling and dealing ticket scalper whose access to good seats gives him power on par with the governor. In no time at all, St. John buys an RV (a $5,500 beater named The Hawg) and joins the caravan for a full 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.

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer is not only a hilarious 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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User Review  - Ariston - Goodreads

Entertaining, light read. If you're interested in unique sub-cultures and college football, you'll appreciate this book. Read full review

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fun read. Not too deep. Looks at Southern Football insanity. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION I
18
Untold Sacrifices
30
Van Tiffins and Bama Bombs
39
Coach Bryants Gone
60
Worthless Shirts
74
Stray Bullets and SnotNosed Kids
100
The Man I Hold So Near
116
Fighting Gators Crash Landings
130
John AYud
168
Getting Some Damn Where
191
LSU SAEs CDIs and Pink Panty
204
The Era of Cruwtls
224
Chief Got Wet
236
MncketyMmks Out of Control
253
EPILOGUE
264
Copyright

Hawgs and Lost Causes
152

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About the author (2005)

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Warren St. John is a reporter for the New York Times and has written for The New Yorker, the New York Observer, and Wired. He lives in New York.

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