How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back)
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ESPN thinks its viewers are stupid. The Olympics claw at
your inner sap. Barbaro, after all, was just a horse. So
says Will Leitch, founding editor of Deadspin.com, whose God
Save the Fan is your new manifesto.
Arch and unrepentant, Leitch is the mouthpiece for all the
frustrated fans who just want their games back from big
money, bloated egos, and blathering sportscasters. Always a
fan first and a journalist second, Leitch considers the
perfection of fantasy leagues, the meaninglessness of the
steroids debate, and the aching permanence of loyalty to
just one team. He'll tell you why, long before that
dogfighting mess, Michael Vick's undercover STD clinic name
was Ron Mexico; why athletes persist in publicly praising
God; and what the beer companies really think about you.
Share Leitch's dread as he spends twentyâ€”four hours watching
ESPN. Sit and have a beer with John Rocker and his
surprising girlfriend. Be inspired by Rick Ankiel's
phoenixlike rise, and fall.
With a voice strengthened by the success of Deadspin and its
chorus of commenters, Leitch has written allâ€”new material
for God Save the Fan. If you or a fan you love is suffering
from the sense of listless dissatisfaction brought on by the
leagues and networks, this is your restorative tonic. Packed
with lists, glossaries, confessions, and rages, Leitch's
manifesto sings a rallying cry for fan empowerment. The
games, after all, belong to us.
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