I played college football and I'm an NFL fan. I thought I knew the game. I had NO IDEA what goes into getting an NFL team ready to play. I learned a LOT and it has enhanced my enjoyment of pro football
Even if you don't like the Jets, you will respect Rex Ryan - and maybe even like him.
If you really enjoy the NFL, you will enjoy it even more after learning so much of what goes on behind the scenes
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.