This book was such a fun read I don t know that I really learned anything but it sure was interesting 60% of Americans identify as sports fans and if you re reading this review you probably count yourself among the ranks of athletic partisans Origi I really enjoyed this book especially the way the author chose to bookend it with STORIES OF THE TIMBERS NEVETS AND TIMBER JIM AND of the Timbers Nevets and Timber Jim and 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 interviewsI thought the intersections of religion and medical addiction with sports drew an interesting parallel The Vikings fan could walk away from the Vikings entirely because he had other things in his life the Seahawks fan couldn t And t We ve all probably witnessed fan behavior at some point that leaves s shaking our heads In Superfans Dohrmann examines the psychology behind behavior that to the casual observer is at best Turning The Professor Into A Crossdressing, Sissified and Feminized Pet - A Tale of Forced Feminization! uestionable He showss 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
even realize I was in prior to readingDohrmann relies pretty heavily on Psychology professor Dan Wann whose research focuses on team identification Wann is oted describing how a few weeks into one of his college courses the class suddenly shifts from a gym class to a science class Each chapter of Superfans attempts to do just this detail an intriguing story of sports fandom and provide a scientific explanation for it no matter how ridiculous it may seem on the surface Picturing a man donned in a banana costume going through a whirlwind of emotions as he discovers that another fan has stolen his idea is hilarious on its own but when Dohrmann ses the anecdote as a way to examine optimal distinctiveness vs assimilation he provides a platform for A Way Youll Never Be understanding what oftentimes seems likenexplainable fan behavior There were chapters where the science seemed less than fully explored or relatively obvious but the stories themselves were amusing and enjoyable nevertheless Superfans is a great read for any diehard fan or someone who has always wondered why that group of guys thought it was a good idea to spell their team s name across their bare chests in below freezing temperatures Even though I am notT Even Realize I Was
A Sports Fan Isports fan I Oracle Web Application Programming For Pl/Sql Developers 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 isnsurprisingly 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 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 ps and downs of those teams competitive seasons Others are casual fans or bandwagon fans who come and go largely depending on the won loss records of their local teams or teams with which they have some other kind of tie an old school or childhood memory for instance Superfans tries to answer why some fans take it all a whole lot seriously than othersAnyone who has ever attended a professional sporting event probably has seen one of Dohrmann s superfans than once those who arrive at the ve. 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. Les Altaens : Peuple turc des montagnes de Sibrie 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 andrges 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 The Possible Police 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 areick 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
struggle between good and I grabbed this on a whim and really enjoyed it If you like books about sociology or like stories about niue people many chapters would fit nicely into an episode ofA Struggle Between Good And
THIS AMERICAN LIFE IT S WORTHAmerican Life it s worth read even if you haven t thought about sports in years 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 obsessive fandom Threaded throughout the book is the research of a jolly group of sports psychologists and sociologists we meet them playing mini golf the night before an academic conference whose scholarship illuminates the people and behavior Dohrmann writes about Dohrmann treats his subjects with honest warmth and compassion where other writers might see them as easy punchlines and he ses a masterful balance of academic research and his easy journalistic ability to show that these face painting costume wearing remote throwing obsessives are by and large happier than non sports fans Enjoyable illuminating and a very snappy read with moments of both genuine hilarity and great moving emotion this was a much better book than I expected from its horrible horrible cover I was lucky enough to win an ARC through a Goodreads giveawa. 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.