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Author: Steve Almond
ISBN: 161219415X
Language: English
Pages: 192 pages
Category: Industries
Publisher: Melville House; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (August 26, 2014)
Rating: 4.7
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Steve Almond's blistering book Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto is exactly what it advertises itself to be: an exasperated, frustrated, wide-ranging argument that the time has come to abandon football.

Steve Almond's blistering book Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto is exactly what it advertises itself to be: an exasperated, frustrated, wide-ranging argument that the time has come to abandon football - particularly but not exclusively the NFL - as a sport built on violence, racism, economic exploitation of poor kids, corrupt dealmaking with local governments over stadiums, and a willingness t. Almond is a sympathetic narrator, his evidence incontrovertible, the moral authority firmly on his side. A passionate and elegantly written book that finally overpowered any rationalization I could come up with to justify watching more football.

Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto by Steve Almond Description : New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America’s biggest sacred cow: football In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch.

Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto by Steve Almond Description : New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America’s biggest sacred cow: football In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions.

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In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions: - Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia?

by Steve Almond (Author), Peter Berkrot (Narrator) .

by Steve Almond (Author), Peter Berkrot (Narrator). Steve, as no doubt revealed in these pages through wit and wisdom, reveals his VERY real struggle with the ongoing football concussion crisis. I bought this book in August of this year but waited until the Philadelphia Eagles started to really suck before I started reading it. My other teams (Redskins and Giants – I can explain) aren’t any better so it’s a good year for me to nobly read the truth about a game that I have put way too much importance on in my life.

Publishers Weekly New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America's biggest sacred cow: football In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves.

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A New York Times Best Seller“Powerful...an important read."Publishers WeeklyNew York Times bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America’s biggest sacred cow: footballIn Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions:• Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia?• What does it mean that our society has transmuted the intuitive physical joys of childhood—run, leap, throw, tackle—into a billion-dollar industry?• How did a sport that causes brain damage become such an important emblem for our institutions of higher learning?There has never been a book that exposes the dark underside of America’s favorite game with such searing candor.
Comments (7)
Gelgen
Reading this book can serve as something of a litmus test. I've seen no critic — I use the term loosely — actually engage his arguments. Mostly they are flinging ad hominem non sequiturs.

Those who react strongly against it — including the many who have flamed, insulted and aggressively mocked Almond in public forums — come off looking like reflections of the flawed culture he identifies. Critics react with unthinking passion, unleashing mouthsful of pejoratives, often questioning Almond's manhood or sexuality in bemusingly "male" term. For example, suggesting he possesses female genitalia reveals an essential misogyny; suggesting he must have a "big vagina" — seriously, it's a thing among his critics — is just stupid, a transparent and reflexive attempt to overlay deeply ingrained male insecurities and obsession with size.

Make no mistake: Almond is a true fan of football, especially of — as we say in Broncos country — "the hated Raiders." But he's also a thoughtful man who sees the stark contradictions and dubious ethics of supporting our modern civic religion cum blood sport. He focuses a good deal of his manifesto — for it is that, rather than a deeper research project — on the problem of brain injuries, but he identifies other, very real issues: misogyny, hyper-machoism, militarism-jingoism, rich owners fleecing and blackmailing taxpayers, tribalism over what is really little more than (in his words), "brightly colored laundry," the obvious disconnect between a highly professionalized (though its players are unpaid!) professional football farm system being connected to institutions of higher learning, the incredible amount of time invested in passive observation, and more.

As a life-long fan — my father took me to my first college game at age 6 and I still hold those season tickets and, try as I might, I've never successfully been able to avert my gaze from the game — I find Almond's manifesto persuasive and damning. Even before I read it I had resolved to, shall we say, reduce my "using" of football this season: I'm not going to every home game for my college team and will limit watching football on TV. I have always loved watching the game, but I intend to learn how else I might spend that time.

This is four stars rather than five because I think Almond would have better served his purpose by investing more effort and turning it from manifesto into a more substantive, documented piece of research.
Saberdragon
Ug. I feel like someone died. I feel terrible after reading this book. I would say do not read this if you want to keep liking football and still have a heart and soul.

I can’t disagree with any of it. Football causes brain damage. Football is sanctioned violence, exploitation of athletes and on and on. “The struggle playing out in living rooms across the country is that of a civilian class that has created, for its own entertainment, a caste of warriors too big and strong and fast to play a child’s game without grievously injuring one another.” (Page 147)

I bought this book in August of this year but waited until the Philadelphia Eagles started to really suck before I started reading it. My other teams (Redskins and Giants – I can explain) aren’t any better so it’s a good year for me to nobly read the truth about a game that I have put way too much importance on in my life.

When I was 10, I had a small picture of Jesus on my bedroom wall, the kind with a swell glow in the dark cross. Nice. There were also about 20 large Washington Redskins posters. Sorry Jesus.

I’m thankful the author acknowledges the good parts about football. At least the nostalgia. The fun as kids. The thrill of your team winning a big game, If they ever do. Electric football. Those plastic helmets in the gumball machine. My dad playing football. Nerf Football. The Redskins. Larry Brown. John Riggins. Doug Williams. Think they have brain damage? Yeah.

Anyway I hope this book is a landmark book. Maybe it will be. But NFL Football is a tremendous cultural emotional momentum to turn around. What are we going to replace it with? Soccer? Hunting? It is also mind boggling that the NFL is a non taxible non profit corporation. Gee can I donate? Oh wait, I already have. Too much.

I’m going to try to not watch football. And when someone says try they usually mean fail. Still I’m thankful for this book. Maybe I'll get a life. Maybe I'll get a big ol Jesus poster.
Lanadrta
Steve, as no doubt revealed in these pages through wit and wisdom, reveals his VERY real struggle with the ongoing football concussion crisis. Question is: will anyone take this well-documented admonition seriously or will we cast this thorny issue aside or, worse, pretend that it doesn't exist at all?
I, like Steve, am a lifelong devotee of this violent, brutal game that is American football. I can't promise a clean break because, like SO many, football has become one of our all-consuming addictions. Unless we live under stone, football's promotions are everywhere and stoke our excitement to watch and watch and.....
More than this, heartwarming traditions surrounding viewership has infiltrated us. We HAVE to watch because what would we do while everyone is at Uncle Billy's house watching the "BIG" game. They are all "BIG" games, aren't they? The NFL Marketing machine would definitely want us to believe this.
What Steve says here needs to be said for the better of the game. It would be VERY hard to imagine these United States without football but we can't, also, allow brutality on this level go unrecognized either.