Book ended with stories about fans of the MLS Portland Timbers one sweet And Joyful One Very joyful one 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 Uses A Masterful Balance Of Academic Research And His Easy a masterful balance of academic research and his easy 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 giveaway 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 interviewsI thought the intersections of religion and medical addiction with sports rew 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 the Cowboys youth pastor still tried to find a balance between the two It was telling to see how real world events such as Seau s suicide and Adrian Peterson s child abuse impacted fandomWhile I agreed with the point they were trying to make that female fans aren t a monolith I think they could have chosen a better case study Maybe one that Dirty Deeds (Mechanics of Love, didn t go for the angle that female fans need to know which boots to wear to NBA games I also think Sexually Transmitted Fandom is an unfortunate name glad to see that was in the relative minority and that In the Bloods were still going strong As a baseball fan I loved Baer on Buster Olney he could have included ESPN in that because they re constantly accused of the same biasAll in all a really interesting read I like to meet some of these Superfans one Infinite Repeat (The Art of Lainey, day especially the Colts one 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 andowns of those teams competitive seasons Others are casual fans or bandwagon fans who come and go largely Chore Whore 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 venue covered in team colored war paint wigs and costumes that leave littleoubt as to their level of loyalty to the home team Dohrmann has chapters on specific fans who have The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition detrimentally let it take over their lives to fans who have greatly benefited from their close identification with a team I was especially touched by the chapter titled Salvation Army that profiles Jim Serrill a man who became closely associated with the Portland Timbers soccer club so closely in fact that when Serrill saughter The Female of the Species died in a tragic auto accident it was the team that largely brought him back from the brink ofespairAnother memorable chapter called Breaking Away Witch Week (Chrestomanci, describes the process of what happens when rabid fans lose interest in their favorite team or likely in their favorite sport and howifficult it is for them to finally let go This is something that I suspect is probably happening all across the country these Memory Boot Camp days with NFL fans who are finally growing fed up with professional football s politicalization and concussion problemsAll in all this is a book unlikely to appeal to readers who are not sports fans but fans who see a little of themselves in what Dohrmann has to say about superfans are likely to enjoy it and learn a little about themselves fr. 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 whatistinguishes 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 etermined 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. S and a little etail on relevant studies Given the minutia researched across a variety of academic Orchard Valley Grooms disciples I was surprised to learn the marginalized position of fan psychology within academia Most of the leading researchers are concentrated in pedestrian universities and for whatever reason cluster in the Midwest Dohrmann usually mentions the conclusions of each article but I wish he providedetail at the psychological concepts hypothesized as causing such findings The book might have benefited from a co author from academia to give the book a causing such findings The book might have benefited from a co author from academia to give the book a scientific heft I realize
"It Is Intended For Sports "is intended for sports than psychologists but if you are looking for some meaty psychological and neurological explanations you may find yourself wantingThe majority of studies in the space seem to be uirky and along the lines of The Impact of Team Identification on Biased Ratings of Odors Some of these studies are legitimately fascinating and it is great for them to be shared with a broader audience However a good portion of the research papers lean heavily on self reporting and I would imagine that the approach could cause some issues It Croma Venture: The Spiral Wars, Book 5 doesn t take a PhD to acknowledge that sometimes passionate sports fans can be a tad biased especially when reflecting on their own behavior Sometimes the conclusions are essentially reaffirmations of common sense such as the notion that fathers are hugely influential in shaping rooting interests and that many fans are looking for social acceptance and a sense of camaraderie Dohrmann also largely ignores sports fans beyond America s shores and I would have appreciated expanding the book s geographical scope especially when it comes to some of the soccer mad countriesGripes aside Superfans was still uite a fun read Dohrmann writes with a sense of compassion and empathy for the fan and he gives his superfan subjects a sense of humanity that can be lacking in some accounts It s a nice mix of sociology and psychology applied to the sports fan a topic that for some reason has largely been ignored by the brobdingnagian pop psychology publishing world to this point Sure I would have liked some scientific rigor in some of its explanations a psych professor co author could haveone wonders but I still had a good time with Superfans and think it will appeal to any sports fan with at least a passing interest in the social sciences75 10 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 This was another book that was a bit of a letdown Although I Rancher Daddy (Saddlers Prairie, 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 Unfortunately the psychology in this one was extremely light To some extent this seems to beue to the limited amount of research that s been The Tycoons Very Personal Assistant done The conclusions were all pretty basic things like people are invested in sports because who they root for becomes part of their identity Even for the research the authorescribed though we mostly got a punch line and little to no One Girl One Dream details of how the research study was set up There was one section on male vs female fans that handled nuanced uestions gender and fandom uite well via extensive uotes from female fans and from one of the female researchers who studies sports This book was such a fun read Ion t know that I really learned anything but it sure was interesting 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 The Amazing SAS 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 Iidn t even realize I was interested in prior to readingDohrmann relies pretty heavily on Psychology professor Dan Wann w I really enjoyed this book on some of the most The Conquerors Lady / The Mercenarys Bride / His Enemys Daughter dedicatedie hard fans of various teams mostly in football but soccer and baseball were also covered In every case not only were the people profiled but there were studies Broken Prophecy done on what made these peopleo what they The Dangerous Debutante (Romney Marsh, did It s good for those who want to study the brains and though processes of these individuals as there is of this type ofialogue in the book than there is sports coverage. At their television Surrender My Heart (Harts in Love, 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 respectediligent sportswriter and has been so for years you on'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 74 Seaside Avenue 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 Howoes fandom begin What are its effects on everyday life When The Note 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.