Publisher description for Fanatic : ten things all sports fans should do before they die / Jim Gorant.
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When Jim Gorant, a Sports Illustrated staffer and lifelong sports fan, realized that he had never actually attended any of sports" most iconic events, he wondered, What kind of sports fan am I, anyway? And if he had to pick the top ten events, what would they be? These questions resulted in a growing obsession, first with determining the events that should make the list and then with actually attending them. What began as a personal challenge quickly evolved into a yearlong journey into the heart of sports in this country by way of its most iconic and beloved events.
From the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl, from a day game at Wrigley to a fortnight at Wimbledon, from the NCAA Final Four to the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, Gorant takes us along for the ride, evoking the best (and sometimes worst) sports has to offer in a style that marries Bill Bryson and John Feinstein. We"re there as Gorant enters the inner sanctum of NASCAR, witnessing the pomp and circumstance while perched atop an RV; as he encounters a fire-eating Patriots fan at the Super Bowl; and as he watches Jack Nicklaus tee off at the Masters for the last time. Part adventure, part pilgrimage, Fanatic captures these events in all their color and commotion and reveals why sports matter so much to so many. This is the perfect gift for sports enthusiasts--no matter what their allegiances.
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Sports spectators -- United States
Sports -- Sociological aspects.