Sunday, July 02, 2006

Book Review: Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer

In Robert Whiting's marvelous book on Japanese baseball, You Gotta Have Wa, there's a passage about how cheering for a baseball team is a time where a normally very circumspect, restricted Japanese guy can go scream his head off. This is, of course, part of what makes being a fan so much fun, and college football in the South is things like that can get raised to an art form. I may joke about football as a religion, but it's not so much of a joke for people of the sort who drive their RVs from Alabama game to Alabama game. Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer is Alabama native and fan Warren St. John's story of joining that crowd for a year. This book's an awful lot of fun. If you're a fan, but not that hardcore, see what being that hardcore is like. If you're a hardcore, read about your fellow man. If you're not a fan, marvel at the things the hardcore do, and wonder what it might be like to be the couple who skipped their daughter's wedding. It was, after all, the third Saturday in October, and everybody knows that's when Alabama plays Tennessee (they did attend the reception in the evening). Recommended.

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