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At their television during the NBA Finals Superfans offers an entertaining and 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 a pair of Kentucky Wildcats tattoos a Kevin Durant jersey torched by a jilted fan and Plus analysis 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 and meticulously researched Dohrmann is a respected diligent sportswriter and has been so for years you don't get Pulitzers for message board posts The Wall Street Journal. I don t watch or have any 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 a fan myself since I don t see myself in any of the descriptions of the troubling aspects of fandom Each chapter deals with a different facet of what it means to be a fan and how people express their fandom usually by telling the story of a fan who embodies the chapter s focus Some are inspiring like the soccer fan who made it his mission to get his relatively unpopular sport shown at 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 are used to taunt players on opposing teams Other chapters get into the darker side of superfandom like one that chronicles the abuse sports journalist receive when publishing news that paints a franchise in 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 a player who had been accused of domestic abuse A women who was formally abused herself sticks with the team and urges others to give the player a fair shake while a man who runs a forum dedicated to the team shuts it down and stops following the sport Dohrmann makes the case that while both of them love the team the man has an easier time leaving them since he has a family and 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 a few times to explain why fans are 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 and obsessionAnother great chapter centers around children s relationship with sports I was surprised that the author is firmly against children being fans of specific teams Through various studies and interviews with behavior experts he explains that kids have a very black and white worldview and are uick to categorize people as good or bad with no in between Teaching young kids that players on the family s favored team are the good guys can lead to them feeling genuine hatred towards players and fans of other teams and to have dramatic emotional reaction to wins and losses Instead of appreciating the game itself they get the idea they re watching a struggle between good and evil I grabbed this on a whim and really enjoyed it If you like books about sociology or like stories about uniue people many chapters would fit nicely into an episode of This American Life it s worth a read even if you haven t thought about sports in years Fire in the Sky insightful exploration of the many ways human beings find meaning olga spessivtzeva in something bigger than themselvesFeaturing photos of the Rally Banana Timber Jim the officers of the Viking World Order a pair of Kentucky Wildcats tattoos a Kevin Durant jersey torched by a jilted fan and Plus analysis 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 and meticulously researched Dohrmann ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! is a respected diligent sportswriter and has been so for years you don't get Pulitzers for message board posts The Wall Street Journal. 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Brady went viral on YouTube Through these and 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 and parking lots at stadiums from coast to coastIn addition to the fans themselves Dohrmann also talks with the experts who study them He uses the latest thinking in sports psychology some of it learned during a spirited round of miniature golf with a group of professors at the annual Sports Psychology Forum to unravel the answers to such burning uestions as How does fandom begin What are 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 alma mater before heading off to a sports bar or even just screamed. Even though I am not a sports fan I picked up this book out of curiosity about what motivates extreme fandom and whether it might be similar to political and religious extremism Dohrmann makes the point that identity is unsurprisingly at the core of fandom and he touches lightly on some gender and religious issues but there s not much deep analysis It s still a fun read though lots of well told stories and good portraits of some superfans

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A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist pulls back the curtain on the extraordinary inner lives of America's most obsessive sports fansThere are fans and then there are fanatics In this wondrously immersive look at American sports fandom George Dohrmann travels the country to find out what distinguishes an ordinary everyday enthusiast from that special breed of supporter known as the superfan In Minnesota Dohrmann meets newly minted generals of the Viking World Order a Minnesota Vikings affinity group organized along military lines In Oregon he shares a few beers with a determined soccer fan who amassed almost singlehandedly a four thousand strong cheering section for the fledgling Portland Timbers In Illinois he talks with the parents of a five year old boy whose intense hatred of Tom. This book was such a fun read I don t know that I really learned anything but it sure was interesting

  • Hardcover
  • 224
  • Superfans
  • George Dohrmann
  • en
  • 12 September 2019
  • 9780553394214

About the Author: George Dohrmann

George Anderson Dohrmann born February 14 1973 is a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated the 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner for beat reporting and author of Play Their Hearts Out which received the 2011 PENESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing



10 thoughts on “Superfans

  1. says:

    I really enjoyed this book on some of the most dedicated die hard fans of various teams mostly in football but so

  2. says:

    We've all probably witnessed fan behavior at some point that leaves us shaking our heads In Superfans Dohrmann examines the psychology behind behavior that to the casual observer is at best uestionable He shows us both the beauty and darkness that can result from what may seem to some as an obsession For me part of the fun of reading Superfans is that this was a topic I didn't even realize I was interested in prior to

  3. says:

    This book was such a fun read I don't know that I really learned anything but it sure was interesting

  4. says:

    This was another book that was a bit of a letdown Although I don't watch much in the way of sports myself popular psychology is a particular interest of mine and learning about why some other people are so into sports appealed to me Unfortunate

  5. says:

    Even though I am not a sports fan I picked up this book out of curiosity about what motivates extreme fandom and whether it might be similar to political and religious extremism Dohrmann makes the point that identity is unsurprisingly at the core of fandom and he touches lightly on some gender and religious issues but there's not much deep analysis It's still a fun read though lots of well told stories and good portraits

  6. says:

    60% of Americans identify as sports fans and if you're reading this review you probably count yourself among the ranks of athletic partisans Originally inspired by his experiences fielding calls from irate readers while working the sports desk at The Los Angeles Times at the start of his journalistic career sp

  7. says:

    I don't watch or have any 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 a fan myself since I don't see myself in any of the descriptions of the troubling aspects of fandom Each chapter deals with a different facet of what it means to be a fan and how people express their fandom usually by telling the story of a fan who embodies the chapt

  8. says:

    George Dohrmann's Superfans is a study of how meaningful sports and favorite sports teams can become in the lives of their fans Some people identify so closely with their favorite team that their whole lives seem to revolve around the ups and d

  9. says:

    I really enjoyed this book especially the way the author chose to bookend it with stories of the Timbers Nevets and Timber Jim and how one man can create a literal army in Timbers Army This was an interesting combination of sociological research into fandom and anecdata in which the author conducted some really interesting one on one inter

  10. says:

    Book ended with stories about fans of the MLS Portland Timbers one sweet and joyful one very very moving this smart breezy book looks at some extreme American sports fans and investigates the roots goals costs and benefits of their

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