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True Believers: The Tragic Inner Life of Sports Fans

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Why do fans live and die with their teams? 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 teams 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.

Review:

"[W]ithin the sarcasm and the self-criticism, Queenan reveals a universal truth: sports fans are hope junkies....Great reading for fans who want a few insights into their personal demon and a few laughs, too." Wes Lukowsky, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"[I]n its heart [the book] is a paean to the spirit of the author's hometown....Queenan aptly identifies, pathologizes and lampoons every form of loutish and insufferable behavior that plagues big-time athletics today." Tobin Harshaw, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"In this hilarious and strangely erudite book, Queenan doesn't overwrite his subject — for a diehard fan knows what to do when the buzzer sounds: go home." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Queenan unleashes his accustomed wit....Queenan's no philosophical Roger Kahn or David Halberstam, but he's got game, especially if cussing and yelling are involved. A fan's overstated memoir and undeniably funny, if as protracted as regular season extra innings." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Hilarious." John Rezek, Playboy

Review:

"Yes!!! Every sports fan in America will enjoy Joe Queenan's wild and wacky take on the world of sports." Marv Albert

Review:

"If it weren't for fans, I'd be out of a job. And if it weren't for Joe Queenan, I'd be clueless on exactly what makes fans tick. When you read True Believers you can't help but think back to those moments when a ball game, a player, or a telecast had a lifelong impact. When I finished it I wanted to call that old Phillies' catcher Clay Dalrymple and tell him I still haven't forgotten that he once tossed me a ball on his way to the dugout." Ernie Johnson

Review:

"Queenan is at his best when ranting....Unfortunately, he sometimes goes painfully over the top....But shock is a component of humor, and Queenan is nothing if not humorous." Library Journal

Review:

"A riveting inside look at sports fans in America — a terrific book." Tim McCarver

Synopsis:

Why do fans live and die with their teams? 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 teams 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.

About the Author

The author of the bestselling Balsamic Dreams, Joe Queenan is a contributing editor at Men's Health, Smart Money, and Movieline. He lives in Tarrytown, New York.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
1 Fans Who Love Too Much 19
2 Fans Who Know the Score 39
3 Fans Who Run in Front 65
4 Fans Who See Green 89
5 Fans Who Misbehave 113
6 Fans Who Are Short 135
7 Fans Who Get an Earful 155
8 Fans Who Just Enjoy It 175
9 Fans Who Walk Away 195
10 True Believers 213

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312423216
Author:
Queenan, Joe
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sports Psychology
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports Psychology
Subject:
Form - Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
April 1, 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.571 in

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Product details 256 pages Picador USA - English 9780312423216 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[W]ithin the sarcasm and the self-criticism, Queenan reveals a universal truth: sports fans are hope junkies....Great reading for fans who want a few insights into their personal demon and a few laughs, too."
"Review" by , "[I]n its heart [the book] is a paean to the spirit of the author's hometown....Queenan aptly identifies, pathologizes and lampoons every form of loutish and insufferable behavior that plagues big-time athletics today."
"Review" by , "In this hilarious and strangely erudite book, Queenan doesn't overwrite his subject — for a diehard fan knows what to do when the buzzer sounds: go home."
"Review" by , "Queenan unleashes his accustomed wit....Queenan's no philosophical Roger Kahn or David Halberstam, but he's got game, especially if cussing and yelling are involved. A fan's overstated memoir and undeniably funny, if as protracted as regular season extra innings."
"Review" by , "Hilarious."
"Review" by , "Yes!!! Every sports fan in America will enjoy Joe Queenan's wild and wacky take on the world of sports."
"Review" by , "If it weren't for fans, I'd be out of a job. And if it weren't for Joe Queenan, I'd be clueless on exactly what makes fans tick. When you read True Believers you can't help but think back to those moments when a ball game, a player, or a telecast had a lifelong impact. When I finished it I wanted to call that old Phillies' catcher Clay Dalrymple and tell him I still haven't forgotten that he once tossed me a ball on his way to the dugout."
"Review" by , "Queenan is at his best when ranting....Unfortunately, he sometimes goes painfully over the top....But shock is a component of humor, and Queenan is nothing if not humorous."
"Review" by , "A riveting inside look at sports fans in America — a terrific book."
"Synopsis" by ,
Why do fans live and die with their teams? 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 teams 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.

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