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Fanatic: Ten Things All Sports Fans Should Do Before They Die

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The sport lover's ultimate road trip

When Jim Gorant, a Sports Illustrated staffer and lifelong sports fan, discovered that he had never attended a single one of sports' most iconic events, he wondered, What kind of sports fan am I, anyway? And if he had to pick the top ten, what would those events be? The result was a growing obsession, first with determining the events th
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Vince Darcangelo
Aug 19, 2008 Vince Darcangelo rated it it was amazing
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This review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS

Fanatic: 10 Things All Sports Fans Should Do Before They Die
Vince Darcangelo, Special to the Rocky

Published June 22, 2007 at midnight

Book in a nutshell: Gorant, a Sports Illustrated editor and writer, lived the ultimate sports fanatic's dream: Over 14 months, he completed the definitive bleacher bum's to-do list, from going to the Super Bowl to catching opening day at Boston's Fenway Park. The res
Sarah Giannetta
Jun 12, 2013 Sarah Giannetta rated it liked it
Interesting book by Gorant. I have a feeling this same book could be written by a bunch of different people and we'd have a bunch of different lists, purely based on sports you like and appreciate. However, Gorant has his reasons for why he attends each event and I get why he chose Daytona, the Masters, etc even though I am not a fan of those particular sports. I liked reading about the histories of all the events and the culture around each event in the community--especially the wide difference ...more
Aug 01, 2013 Mighty_k24 rated it really liked it
In ’t kort: De ondertitel verklaart al veel: ‘Ten things all sports fans should do before they die”. Gorant, journalist van Sports Ilustrated onderneemt een pelgrimstocht langs 10 grote sportevenementen (op één na, Wimbledon, allemaal Amerikaanse. Uiteraard.). De Super Bowl, de Daytona 500-race, baseballwedstrijden bij de Chicago Cubs en de Boston Red Sox, de Kentucky Derby-paardenrace, een American Football-wedstrijd van de Green Bay Packers, de finale van het College Basketball-kampioenschap, ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it
I enjoyed going on this journey with the author. I am a sports fan, but not to the level that he is. I have followed a few teams devotedly through the years, but I only dabble in other sports from time to time. That said, I was just as interested in the events he visited that are not among my typical sports as I was in the sports I enjoy regularly. Gorant did a fine job of exploring the uniqueness of each event and venue and trying to capture the fan experience, both from an outsiders point of v ...more
Carolyn Jones
Jun 02, 2016 Carolyn Jones rated it liked it
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Iconic sporting events for the real sports fan. The ten events covered are good selections and I enjoyed reading about them. This is an interesting book for those that are really into sports, but it will not be for everyone. I enjoyed it very much.
May 09, 2008 Turi rated it liked it
So I'm not generally a big reader of sports books (other than golf, obviously) but this one caught my eye: Fanatic: Ten Things All Sports Fans Should Do Before They Die. Basically, the author designed a year of traveling around attending the sporting events that he considered to be on the list: the Super Bowl, The Masters, Wimbledon, the Final Four, Daytona, a couple baseball games and college match-ups. Some things were absent - it wasn't an Olympic year, for example. I really enjoyed his writi ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Robert rated it liked it
Pretty good book. I am a little upset that Williamsport wasn't on there, but some of his trip choices are cool (Final Four and a Packers game). Some of his other trip choices were just not that interesting to me personally Daytona 500 and the Masters. The final two chapters of the book I found to be the best (Green Bay and Fenway Park). Once again if you are a sports fan and you want a nice casual read you will probably like it.
Oct 24, 2008 Steve rated it really liked it
I read this summer 2007 after picking up a copy in Minneapolis at a PPL shop / 2nd hand store cheap.

It was good. I really liked it. It was very informative about sports and not the sport it self but the fans and the hoopla around the top events in sports. I'm not really a sports fan but it's a book I'll read again some day.

I recommend it, not just for sports fans but for those of us who are just on the edge of sports.
Jul 28, 2007 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sports lovers & list makers
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
This book appeals to my list making self as well as my love of sports. Jim Gorant lists the 10 things he thinks all sports fans should do before they die and then he proceeds to tell the story of each of his adventures as he completes all 10.
I have to admit I added a few items to my life to do list after reading this book...and it refueled my desire to go to attend a game in every major league ballpark.
Aug 05, 2011 Scott rated it really liked it
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My personal top ten list would be a bit different, but the fact he was able to go to these events in one 15-month period is quite impressive.
Dec 20, 2008 Kevin rated it liked it
fun book for sports lovers
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Shortly after his birth in Brooklyn, New York, Jim's family decamped for the greener pastures of northern New Jersey. Other than the four years when he escaped to college in the distant metropolis of Philadelphia, he’s spent his entire life in the Garden State, where he still lives with his wife and two children.

Jim Gorant's career in magazine publishing began in 1990 with a job at Good Housekeepi
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