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Superfans by George Dohrmann
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There 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 makes a superfan. In Minnesota, he meets newly minted generals of the Viking World Order; in Oregon, he shares a few beers with a lone soccer fan who single-handedly amassed a cheering section 4,000-strong for the Portland Timbers; in Illinois, he talks with the parents of a five-year-old boy whose hatred of Tom Brady went viral on YouTube. Through these and other humanizing profiles, Dohrmann uses the latest thinking in sports psychology-some of it learned during an intense round of mini golf with a group of professors at the annual Sports Psychology Forum-to unravel what makes sports fans so obsessive.

Author Biography

George Dohrmann is a contributing writer at Sports Illustrated, where he was formerly the magazine's sole investigative reporter. He is the author of Play Their Hearts Out, winner of the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting and the Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Youth Sports. In 2000, while working at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of stories that uncovered a college basketball team's academic fraud. Dohrmann lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.
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February 20th, 2018
Country of Publication
United States
Black and White photos throughout
Ballantine Books Inc.
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