Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer In Alabama, where the late coach Paul "Bear" Bryant is still revered like a god, gridiron fans occasionally go overboard. To understand why, 'Bama native… Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer In Alabama, where the late coach Paul "Bear" Bryant is still revered like a god, gridiron fans occasionally go overboard. To understand why, 'Bama native… 2004-08-03 Nonfiction
Book Review

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 03, 2004; Writer: Warren St. John; Genre: Nonfiction

In Alabama, where the late coach Paul ''Bear'' Bryant is still revered like a god, gridiron fans occasionally go overboard. To understand why, 'Bama native and New York Times reporter Warren St. John buys a bottom-barrel motor home and rambles across the Southeast for a season alongside fellow University of Alabama devotees. While he tosses in some well-trod theories on the roots of fandom, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer,real draw is the motley mix of characters he encounters: the 83-year-old gent who attended 500 consecutive games, the husband who had his wife drugged with Demerol after a gallbladder attack in order to make the Alabama -- Ohio State matchup, and the couple who skipped their daughter's wedding for a game. Through them, we see the thin line between team allegiance and utter insanity.

Originally posted Aug 13, 2004 Published in issue #778 Aug 13, 2004 Order article reprints
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