For sports fans all across the country their worst nightmare is missing the big game. Now imagine a fan not only missing a year?s worth of big games, but also in that time everything even remotely related to sports. No ESPN, no sports-talk radio, no reading the'sports page, no fantasy football, and especI'lly not any seats in the bleache's. Would it be possible in our sports-obsessed society to avoid it all for a year ? let alone survive the ordeal? This was the monumental question Mathew DeKinder, a certifiable sports nut, took on and chronicled in ?Wait ?Till Next Year: A Die-Hard Fan?s Year Without Sports.? Having found that being a sports fan took up a massive amount of free time, not to mention the life-or-death reactions to the games the'selves, the author hoped to gain a healthy dose of perspective ? or at the very least the ability to stop punching holes in the walls of the den after a soul-crushing loss, by avoiding the world of fan culture for a year. This undertaking, which even the most casual sports fan would consider damn-near herculean, was at times discouraging, surprising, hilarious and even satisfying. But more than anything, the result is a book for all those embittered souls who have ever turned off their television or stormed out of a stadI'm vowing ?never again!? after having their hearts broken by a tough loss. This book provides a better understanding of the emotional roller coaster fans willingly place the'selves on and proves that ultimately if you can keep the insanity in check, it is all worth it ? win or lose.
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July 01, 2009
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