By Warren St. John
"Fresh and humorous… St. John has crafter a winner.” —Tony Horwitz, writer of Confederates within the Attic
In the lifetime of each activities fan, there comes a second of reckoning. it will probably ensue while your group wins on a last-second box aim and also you unexpectedly end up clenched in a loving include with a wide bushy guy you’ve by no means met. . . . Or within the lengthy, hormonally depleted days after a loss, whilst you’re felled via a sensation just like the only you first skilled following the loss of life of a puppy. At such moments the fan is compelled to confront the query others—spouses, pals, kids, and colleagues—have requested for years:
Why do I care?
What is it approximately activities that turns another way sane, rational humans into raving lunatics? Why does profitable compel humans to rip down goalposts, and wasting, to drown themselves in undesirable keg beer? briefly, why do lovers care?
In seek of the solutions to those questions, Warren St. John seeks out the roving group of RVers who keep on with the Alabama purple Tide from online game to online game around the South. A movable banquet of Weber grills, Igloo coolers, and die-hard superstition, those are characters who arrive on Wednesday for Saturday’s online game: Freeman and Betty Reese, who skipped their very own daughter’s marriage ceremony since it coincided with a Bama video game; Ray Pradat, the Episcopalian minister who watches the video games on a tv set beside his altar whereas acting weddings; John Ed (pronounced as 3 syllables, John Ay-ud), the wheeling and working price tag scalper whose entry to sturdy seats provides him strength on par with the governor; and Paul Finebaum, the Anti-Fan, a wisecracking activities columnist and talk-radio host who makes his dwelling mocking Alabama fans—and who has to reside in a gated neighborhood for the entire threats he gets in reaction.
In no time in any respect, St. John himself is drawn into the realm of full-immersion fandom: he buys an RV (a $5,500 beater referred to as The Hawg) and joins the caravan for a soccer season, chronicling the area of the intense fan and studying that
in the shadow of the stadium, it could all start to appear surprisingly common.
Along the best way, St. John takes readers on illuminating forays into the deep roots of humanity’s activities mania (did you recognize that tailgaters should be present in eighth-century Greece?), the psychology of crowds, and the astounding neuroscience in the back of the fun of victory.
Reminiscent of Confederates within the Attic and the works of invoice Bryson, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer is not just a shuttle tale, yet a cultural anthropology of fanatics that is going far towards demystifying the common urge to take aspects and to win.