(PDF or epub) Superfans by George Dohrmann

10 thoughts on “Superfans

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    I really enjoyed this book on some of the most dedicated die 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 done on what made the

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    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 re

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

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    This was another book that was a bit of a letdown Although I don't watch much in the way of sports myself popular

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    George Dohrmann's Superfans is a study of how meaningful sports and favorite sports teams can become in the live

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    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

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    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 ps

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SUMMARY â eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ George Dohrmann

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 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 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 venue covered in team colored war paint wigs and costumes that leave little doubt as to their level of loyalty to the home team Dohrmann has chapters on specific fans who have 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 s daughter died in a tragic auto accident it was the team that largely brought him back from the brink of despairAnother memorable chapter called Breaking Away describes the process of what happens when rabid fans lose interest in their favorite team or likely in their favorite sport and how difficult it is for them to finally let go This is something that I suspect is probably happening all across the country these 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 from it Superfans is as much a look at US culture as it is about sports and sports fans so it deserves a bigger audience than it is likely to find



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 I really enjoyed this book on some of the most dedicated die 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 done on what made these people do what they did It s good for those who want to study the brains and though processes of these individuals as there is of this type of dialogue in the book than there is sports coverage

SUMMARY â eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ George Dohrmann

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 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 Unfortunately the psychology in this one was extremely light To some extent this seems to be due to the limited amount of research that s been 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 author described though we mostly got a punch line and little to no 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 fans Other sections included the author making jokes about women not being into sports and completely glossing over the sexism of various groups of fans though so I m hesitant to give him much credit on that front This book did have some heartwarming and hilarious stories about fans that I enjoyed a lot At the end of the day though I have a hard time imagining recommending this to someone If they asked for a book on this exact topic I d suggest it but only lukewarmlyThis review was originally posted on Doing Dewey