Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer

  • by Warren St. John
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Warren St. John decided to find out why people care so much about the outcomes of games they're not playing in by joining a group where the particulars of the fan psyche would show themselves in sharp relief: the caravan of hundreds of RVs that follow the Alabama Crimson Tide across the South, taking over college towns with a moveable feast of Weber grills, karaoke machines, Igloo coolers, and fast-draining liquor bottles. Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer offers not a locker-room view, but a seat in the bleachers, stadium parking lots, and in the inner lives of fans (not to mention their RVs). Drawing on psychological and sociological research on fandom, this is not just a travel story, but a cultural anthropology of fans.

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What the Critics Say

"But this book is more than a beer and barbecue-fueled travelogue. St. John also explores the sociological and physical effects of being a rabid sports fan. These journalistic asides contrast nicely with St. John's superstitious, obsessed sports-fan persona, which rules much of this amusing and insightful book." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Well done

I don't watch a lot of sports, and especially not football, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

This book is laid out as a documentary in which the author spends a season following the fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. It is very well-written. The author does a fantastic job of painting the picture in your mind. The narrator does a brilliant job of bringing it to life, with good inflection and a talent for replicating deep southern accents.

Despite what the Publisher's Review says, this book is only sprinkled superficially with anthopological and psychological analyses of fan-mania. Those looking for an in-depth study will want to look elsewhere, but there's enough insight to give die-hard fans some pause to reflect on their behavioural habits.

4-Stars because it was very enjoyable. Not 5-stars, as those are reserved for classic must-reads, which this is not.

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- James

Don't miss it!

Marvelously funny and absolutely true to life. One of the most enjoyable books I've listened to. I'm making a bore of myself repeating some of the funnier passages at lunches and dinners.
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- Paul B. Wells

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape