True Believers The Tragic Inner Life of Sports Fans

ISBN-10: 0312423217

ISBN-13: 9780312423216

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Joe Queenan
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Description: 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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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 4/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Joe Queenan was born November 3, 1950. The author of five previous books, Joe Queenan is a contributing editor at GQ and writes a column, "Good Fences," for The New York Times. He lives in Tarrytown, New York.

Prologue
Fans Who Love Too Much
Fans Who Know the Score
Fans Who Run in Front
Fans Who See Green
Fans Who Misbehave
Fans Who Are Short
Fans Who Get an Earful
Fans Who Just Enjoy It
Fans Who Walk Away
True Believers
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