I happened to read Warren St John’s Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer a couple of weeks ago. In addition to being the book whose title I have least enjoyed trying to explain to other people who asked me what I was reading, it’s an interesting and funny insider’s chronicle of one season with the Alabama fans who follow their football team around the Southeastern Conference in their recreational vehicles. St John has some funny observations about his fellow Alabama fans, a few trenchant ones about upper-middle class whites who follow the doings of working- or lower-class African American teenagers who play football for “their” team, and more than I ever wanted to know about RVs.
But what he mostly has is the best descriptions I’ve ever seen of the conversations intelligent sports fans have immediately after their team loses the Big Game: Why do I let these stupid things control my feelings? Why do I fall for this year after year? Why do I care about these humps? Why do I waste my time on this foolishness?
Those are conversations I have with myself every year oh, about… now.