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In 2011, the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Oakland Raiders in a preseason matchup that would become a seminal moment for fan violence. During the game, seventy fans were ejected from the stadium, one person was beaten unconscious in the men’s room, and two men were shot in the parking lot after the game. This is hardly an isolated incident. At any given game, fans get kic In 2011, the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Oakland Raiders in a preseason matchup that would become a seminal moment for fan violence. During the game, seventy fans were ejected from the stadium, one person was beaten unconscious in the men’s room, and two men were shot in the parking lot after the game. This is hardly an isolated incident. At any given game, fans get kicked out and arrested for acting out. In the spring of 2014 alone, soccer headlines screamed of a fan killed in Brazil, a supporter who punched a police horse in England, and three fans shot in Italy. But why do fans resort to such violence? What drives them to abandon societal norms and act out in unimaginable ways? Fanaticus: Mischief and Madness in the Modern Sports Fan explores the roots of extreme fanaticism, from organized thuggery to digital hate speech. Justine Gubar divulges outrageous and often shocking incidents, including first-hand accounts from both the transgressors and victims. Gubar reaches back into ancient times, providing a history of fan violence throughout the ages before delving into events of misbehavior, violence, and hatred in the United States and around the world. She revisits several notorious riots and tragedies throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America in order to understand mayhem on a global scale. In addition, Gubar investigates the sports leagues and the security and beverage industries so as to explain the roots of fan misbehavior and to dispel common myths that are often invoked to understand the madness. Featuring original interviews with European football hooligans, rioting college students, stadium security experts, and many others, Fanaticus provides a rare window into what drives human behavior. Together, these voices create the fullest picture of modern fan violence ever written.


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In 2011, the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Oakland Raiders in a preseason matchup that would become a seminal moment for fan violence. During the game, seventy fans were ejected from the stadium, one person was beaten unconscious in the men’s room, and two men were shot in the parking lot after the game. This is hardly an isolated incident. At any given game, fans get kic In 2011, the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Oakland Raiders in a preseason matchup that would become a seminal moment for fan violence. During the game, seventy fans were ejected from the stadium, one person was beaten unconscious in the men’s room, and two men were shot in the parking lot after the game. This is hardly an isolated incident. At any given game, fans get kicked out and arrested for acting out. In the spring of 2014 alone, soccer headlines screamed of a fan killed in Brazil, a supporter who punched a police horse in England, and three fans shot in Italy. But why do fans resort to such violence? What drives them to abandon societal norms and act out in unimaginable ways? Fanaticus: Mischief and Madness in the Modern Sports Fan explores the roots of extreme fanaticism, from organized thuggery to digital hate speech. Justine Gubar divulges outrageous and often shocking incidents, including first-hand accounts from both the transgressors and victims. Gubar reaches back into ancient times, providing a history of fan violence throughout the ages before delving into events of misbehavior, violence, and hatred in the United States and around the world. She revisits several notorious riots and tragedies throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America in order to understand mayhem on a global scale. In addition, Gubar investigates the sports leagues and the security and beverage industries so as to explain the roots of fan misbehavior and to dispel common myths that are often invoked to understand the madness. Featuring original interviews with European football hooligans, rioting college students, stadium security experts, and many others, Fanaticus provides a rare window into what drives human behavior. Together, these voices create the fullest picture of modern fan violence ever written.

30 review for Fanaticus: Mischief and Madness in the Modern Sports Fan

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yang Huang

    I'm not a sports fan. I learned so much from Fanatics, not just about sports but more about human emotion and behavior. Thank you, Justine, for this important book and a wonderful read! I'm not a sports fan. I learned so much from Fanatics, not just about sports but more about human emotion and behavior. Thank you, Justine, for this important book and a wonderful read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Koji Sakai

    Enjoyed this book. Loved the antidotes about crazy fans. Made me think about why I loved my sports teams so much. :) Wish it went more in depth but overall a good and quick book for anyone interested in sports.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    The book is as much about the fans and the behavior itself as the psychology behind it. Some interesting theories and ideas. Full review to come.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    FANATICUS: MISCHIEF AND MADNESS IN THE MODERN SPORTS FAN by Justine Gubar was a great read - unsettling and depressing - but a great read, nonetheless. This book is well-researched and includes a very comprehensive and helpful Notes section; Bibliography and Index. There is an Introduction; 8 chapters and a thoughtful conclusion. Ms. Gubar is a “four-time Emmy award-winning investigative journalist” and a television producer for ESPN for over twenty years. She is a good writer and impressive rese FANATICUS: MISCHIEF AND MADNESS IN THE MODERN SPORTS FAN by Justine Gubar was a great read - unsettling and depressing - but a great read, nonetheless. This book is well-researched and includes a very comprehensive and helpful Notes section; Bibliography and Index. There is an Introduction; 8 chapters and a thoughtful conclusion. Ms. Gubar is a “four-time Emmy award-winning investigative journalist” and a television producer for ESPN for over twenty years. She is a good writer and impressive researcher. I liked the introduction where Ms. Gubar says, “Printed on the flip side of my business card is our corporate mission: To serve sports fans. Anytime. Anywhere. But here’s the paradox: While we exalt the passion of sports fans, we must also face the dangerous and dark side of their behavior.” I am interested in many sports, but increasingly I am too embarrassed to watch them. Interestingly enough, while finishing this book last night I saw a Toronto Blue Jays fan(s) throw a bottle or cup onto the outfield in order to distract the outfielders trying to make a catch. (This is during the AL East Wildcard deciding game.) And this is elementary school stuff. There are fights, drunken brawls, insulting, bullying behavior and riots happening at many games - football, baseball, basketball - you name the sport and many fans seem to be increasingly out of control. Many high schools and colleges have tried instituting ‘codes of behavior’ to varying degrees of effectiveness. But the pro sports seem too interested in revenue to try too hard. Chapter 3 - Fans throughout the world is a very disturbing chapter. In some countries, you are courting death if you attend a sporting event - usually soccer/football. “Brazil, a country whose national identity is immersed in the game and that produces the best players in the world, has a sickening resume of fan violence.” Crime, corruption and lawlessness often go unpunished or restricted. “In 2014, in the city of Recife, a fan was killed by a toilet bowl that had been ripped from a stadium bathroom and thrown at him by rival fans.” Not a pretty way to die. Chapter 8 - The age of Entitlement was the most interesting to me. Our culture seems to be one of increasing rudeness, entitlement and narcissism - in epidemic proportions. These traits are manifested on the playing field and in the stands to an alarming, dangerous degree. What to do? Legal remedies including harsher penalties for fighting and public intoxication? College expulsions and codes of ethics? Police? Security measures? Sanctions against teams with the rowdiest fans? How does one measure that? What are your thoughts?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lance

    While sports can be a relaxing form of entertainment, they also can elicit the worst behavior in people as well. What can cause otherwise well-behaved humans to act like this is explored in “Fanaticus”, a well-written and well-researched book by ESPN producer Justine Gubar. Starting with Gubar’s experiences at dealing with this behavior while doing investigative work on the scandal that led to the removal of Jim Tressell as the football coach at Ohio State, the book explores the different aspect While sports can be a relaxing form of entertainment, they also can elicit the worst behavior in people as well. What can cause otherwise well-behaved humans to act like this is explored in “Fanaticus”, a well-written and well-researched book by ESPN producer Justine Gubar. Starting with Gubar’s experiences at dealing with this behavior while doing investigative work on the scandal that led to the removal of Jim Tressell as the football coach at Ohio State, the book explores the different aspects of fan behavior and the various settings in which it can take place. From name-calling and threats that Gubar received from Ohio State fans to the riots in Vancouver after the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals to an interview with a “professional” European soccer hooligan, the scope and breadth of research done to illustrate the psychology and behavior of sports fans is thorough and informative. Nearly every level of sport is covered – from the poor behavior of parents at children’s sporting events to student sections at college games to riots during and after professional games. Just about every sport is covered as well – Gubar leaves nothing out in her expose of rowdy fan behavior. What is also noteworthy about the book is that she concludes that the nature of this behavior is multifaceted and that there is no easy solution. Among the factors discussed in the book are alcohol, mob mentality and how much a team is part of a fan’s personal identity. Why there is no easy answer to any of these include economics (such as the profits from sales of alcoholic beverages), difficulty of enforcement and the growth of social media where people can express themselves instantly and with more anonymity. Every story, from the time Grubar confronts one of the people who were harassing her during her work on the Ohio State scandal to the tale of the Oregon student who played a cruel trick on a California basketball player, will grab the reader’s attention and won’t let go. This a book that all sports fans, no matter the level of fandom, should read. I wish to thank Ms. Gubar for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. http://sportsbookguy.blogspot.com/201...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Lord

    For many men, sports generally and teams particularly were a first “love”—a deeply felt connection to another person/group/thing. These feelings of loyalty and identity inform this fascinating, absorbing examination of the “how” and “why” of sports superfans getting up to no good. The book, learned in tone but stopping short of academic, uses beaucoup examples from real life and explores the many sides of issues such as post-game riots and verbal (and worse) harassment of players. ESPN producer For many men, sports generally and teams particularly were a first “love”—a deeply felt connection to another person/group/thing. These feelings of loyalty and identity inform this fascinating, absorbing examination of the “how” and “why” of sports superfans getting up to no good. The book, learned in tone but stopping short of academic, uses beaucoup examples from real life and explores the many sides of issues such as post-game riots and verbal (and worse) harassment of players. ESPN producer Gubar (four Emmys—four!) explores this in the United States with its occasional violence, and also worldwide, where it seems to be both more common and more deadly. Airhorns, screaming, and vuvuzelas are a step away from rowdy rivalries and fights that can morph into stampedes and riots if not properly understood and managed. From cricket in 1996 Sri Lanka to soccer in 1909 Scotland, hockey, football, pro, college, secondary school, even primary school, both in real life and on the Internets—examples of the titular mischief and madness are everywhere. Alcohol consumption contributes to impaired judgment, as do the effects of adrenaline and testosterone (fanaticism is a predominantly male phenom). But Gubar’s most interesting behavioral insights have more to do with the group psychology of crowds—and participants’ belief that they can remain anonymous while misbehaving amid them (that last is universal, not just sports-related, Chumley). Also, there are plain old nut-jobs contributing to the trend. Sports fandom is an outlet that, perhaps regrettably, is still acceptable for those who want or need to “act out.” However, if you’ve never tooted a vuvuzela or burned a couch, let me tell you—it’s pretty fun stuff. VERDICT While it’s a bit odd to read a book about (basically) hooliganism that’s so insightful and thoughtful, the verdict is: E-YES-PN. Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal. Copyright Library Journal.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Coleen

    This is a fantastic(yes, pun intended) book written by an author who pulls no punches. She did thorough research and for the most part, named names and gave specifics. Her notes, list of articles, and index are very helpful. In my opinion, there is a big difference between those who believe in law and order, right and wrong, and honesty (and knowing what dishonesty is). Fans have a right to enjoy themselves. But testosterone notwithstanding, they do not have the right to over-consume alcohol, des This is a fantastic(yes, pun intended) book written by an author who pulls no punches. She did thorough research and for the most part, named names and gave specifics. Her notes, list of articles, and index are very helpful. In my opinion, there is a big difference between those who believe in law and order, right and wrong, and honesty (and knowing what dishonesty is). Fans have a right to enjoy themselves. But testosterone notwithstanding, they do not have the right to over-consume alcohol, destroy property and assault others - all in the name of having a good time and celebrating. Lying about what you did or didn't do, and /or minimizing your involvement? Well, I would not want Cullen Roe to ever be my doctor now that he changed schools and plans to attend medical school. One can only hope he will not be accepted to ANY medical school. But he is only one, and one with a name. Many are nameless, and thanks to technologgy which can identify those in a crowd riot so that the police can arrest them, and prosecutors can take them to court, many now wear hoodies, and masks to make identification difficult to impossible. And unfortunately lawyers defend an individual's right to be a jerk. Schools fear lawsuits when they justifiably expel law breaking trouble-makers. Employers fear lawsuits when they fire lawbreaking troublemakers. Families who defend the lawbeakers and lie to change the facts to ones they can live with? And those lawbreaking troublemakes get away with it, and encourage others to do likewise! The author's conclusions toward the end of the book show promise, but how much? I won this fantastic book in a Goodreads giveaway and am spreading the word(s) around as best I can. Everyone should read and remember what is written. But those who believe in lawbreaking (no, not me, it wasn't me) and destroying property (it was an accident and there were so many people, I just couldn't help it) and lie to protect themselves (I didn't say or do that), well....those folks aren's going to go away any time soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    David Barney

    Unfortuately, attending a sporting event can be hazardous. I enjoyed the aspect that there is a serious problem and that teams and institutions are working to attending a sporting event safer and more enjoyable for everyone. Good work of the author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Gubar digs in deep to the subject. She's an Emmy Award winning producer at ESPN - and that pays off. She fully explores the topic - rabid sports fans who take their fandom to unhealthy levels - both in the US and Internationally, in pro sports, college and even youth leagues. Gubar explains how she dealt with irrational fans while covering the recent Ohio State NCAA issues - it's riveting and very scary. The book is very smart, told in a very engaging, readable fashion. You will finish it quickl Gubar digs in deep to the subject. She's an Emmy Award winning producer at ESPN - and that pays off. She fully explores the topic - rabid sports fans who take their fandom to unhealthy levels - both in the US and Internationally, in pro sports, college and even youth leagues. Gubar explains how she dealt with irrational fans while covering the recent Ohio State NCAA issues - it's riveting and very scary. The book is very smart, told in a very engaging, readable fashion. You will finish it quickly, and you will have a better understanding of what causes the problems, why these fans step out of social norms, and how sports leagues and associations can begin to get things back in perspective.

  10. 5 out of 5

    David

    pretty good, straightforward account of how nuts some people get about their sports fandom, abusing other colleges' players on the Internet, beating up opposing fans, etc. etc. Covers the usual suspects [malice at the palace, soccer hooligans, Raiders' fans] and common hypothesized causes [too much alcohol, narcissistic insecure types who tie their self-worth to "my" team's success......]. I guess I'd say if you have never read or thought about these issues [or attended an Eagles/Skins game in Ph pretty good, straightforward account of how nuts some people get about their sports fandom, abusing other colleges' players on the Internet, beating up opposing fans, etc. etc. Covers the usual suspects [malice at the palace, soccer hooligans, Raiders' fans] and common hypothesized causes [too much alcohol, narcissistic insecure types who tie their self-worth to "my" team's success......]. I guess I'd say if you have never read or thought about these issues [or attended an Eagles/Skins game in Philadelphia and cheered for the Skins] you'll be amazed at what she reports. Otherwise, a solid review of stuff you've heard before.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Martee

    I am NOT a sports fan. But this book is so interesting! I teach an epistemology class and there is so much from this book that I will use when we are in the human sciences unit! Gubar does an excellent job researching, which adds to her ethos as a sports aficionado. Very readable for sports fans and non-sports fans alike. Her love of and interest in the topic shines through in her writing style. She's funny and makes me feel like we're having coffee as she tells the crazy tales of crazy sports f I am NOT a sports fan. But this book is so interesting! I teach an epistemology class and there is so much from this book that I will use when we are in the human sciences unit! Gubar does an excellent job researching, which adds to her ethos as a sports aficionado. Very readable for sports fans and non-sports fans alike. Her love of and interest in the topic shines through in her writing style. She's funny and makes me feel like we're having coffee as she tells the crazy tales of crazy sports fans from around the world. Great read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Hua

    An entertaining, well-researched book that reveals the wide variety of fans behaving badly over the ages -- and what's driving the phenomena. The author skillfully weaves in her own personal experiences, in her many years working for ESPN. An insightful delight. An entertaining, well-researched book that reveals the wide variety of fans behaving badly over the ages -- and what's driving the phenomena. The author skillfully weaves in her own personal experiences, in her many years working for ESPN. An insightful delight.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jody Sherman

    I'm fanaticus about Fanaticus. Great read and insight. I'm not generally a sports fan but this appeals to a wide audience. It's more a book about society and human behavior with sports as the context of explanation. Highly recommend I'm fanaticus about Fanaticus. Great read and insight. I'm not generally a sports fan but this appeals to a wide audience. It's more a book about society and human behavior with sports as the context of explanation. Highly recommend

  14. 5 out of 5

    Phil Polishuk

    Well written, researched and fun to read. Justine brings personal experience and witticism to a fascinating topic.

  15. 5 out of 5

    chris

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bogi Takács

  17. 5 out of 5

    Exapno Mapcase

  18. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adam Sperling

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jarrett McCall

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Suttle

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Welsh-Huggins

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kris

  29. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

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