God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back)

God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back)

ESPN thinks its viewers are stupid. The Olympics claw at your inner sap. Barbaro, after all, was just a horse. So says Will Leitch, founding editor of Deadspin.com, whose God Save the Fan is your new manifesto. Arch and unrepentant, Leitch is the mouthpiece for all the frustrated fans who just want their games back from big money, bloated egos, and blathering sportscasters. ESPN thinks its viewers are stupid. The Olympics claw at your inner sap. Barbaro, after all, was just a horse. So say...

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Title:God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back)
Author:Will Leitch
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Genres:Sports and Games
ISBN:God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Soulless Leagues, and Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back)
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Number of Pages:304 pages pages

God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back) Reviews

  • Brad
    Jan 02, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

    This book seems primarily written for those in the "bro" culture of sports fandom (fans from 18-25 or those who simply refuse to mature). Most of the humor is sophomoric and many of the articles make some serious logical leaps, but some are solid and fun to read. It's also interesting ...

    I enjoyed the book and I agree with Alex that is was a quick read. The author has a unique perspective and there are some very humorous insights in this book -- especially essays that taint views on the athletes, journalism, and sports in general. Also very brutal on much of ESPN Netwo...

    I enjoy the authors writing purpose. I don't really enjoy the sports he writes about; thus, this book made for some difficult reading at times. I did really enjoy the chapter on Owners. There was quite a bit of data in there that i had no idea about previously. I couln't finish the las...

    While at U of I we would catch PTI every once in a while, and I used to watch sportscenter in the mornings during breakfast. That phase has passed and maybe its due to that change that this book resonated so well. The style of short essay collections works to segment the book and the l...

    I bought this book because it showed up on Amazon for $6 when I bought The Postmortal, thinking it was Will Leitch's most recent book for whatever reason; I forgot about the son-dad vehicle that is "Are We Winning?" Anyway, this is so much of the same stuff I used to read on Deadspin. ...

    This book has good parts, but it is certainly not a good book. First of all, a warning: parents - don't let your children near this book. It is full of vulgar and disgusting language. I had to skip whole chapters, it was so bad. By the time your kids are old enough to read this, you pr...

    Written by Will Leitch, the editor of Deadspin, it's for everyone who hates ESPN and loves intelligent, witty sports talk. Enlighten yourself. If you've never read Deadspin - the best sports blog out there - Will explains the inside jokes and what happenings in the sports world mad...

    Especially for a $1 pickup at Dollar General, this was good. An amusing series of columons While you will be much more interested if you enjoy sport, Leitch does have a pretty good sense of humor and is at his best pointing all the Maarketing BS that has become associated with sport in...

    If you ever wondered what sports are like behind the fake smiles and scripted arguments on ESPN and the like, this is your book. Will Leitch was the editor of Deadspin, the largest sports blog on the Internet. His style is one we can all relate to: speaking from the voice of a fan of s...

    I was afraid this might be rehashed posts from Leitch's sports blog, Deadspin, but this is almost entirely original material. However, if you're a regular Deadspin reader or general follower of Leitch, this book is generally preaching to the choir. Even so, it's an enjoyable read. Ther...

    Deadspin's one of the few blogs I read each and every day, and while this book by Deadspin's editor Will Leitch says that it's completely original material, it does borrow heavily from the best posts in the past few years on Deadspin. That said, I think he has a lot of interesting poi...

  • Russell
    Jan 23, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

  • Patrick
    Jan 03, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

  • Amanda Raab
    Jun 20, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

  • Ian
    Feb 02, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

    This book seems primarily written for those in the "bro" culture of sports fandom (fans from 18-25 or those who simply refuse to mature). Most of the humor is sophomoric and many of the articles make some serious logical leaps, but some are solid and fun to read. It's also interesting ...

    I enjoyed the book and I agree with Alex that is was a quick read. The author has a unique perspective and there are some very humorous insights in this book -- especially essays that taint views on the athletes, journalism, and sports in general. Also very brutal on much of ESPN Netwo...

    I enjoy the authors writing purpose. I don't really enjoy the sports he writes about; thus, this book made for some difficult reading at times. I did really enjoy the chapter on Owners. There was quite a bit of data in there that i had no idea about previously. I couln't finish the las...

    While at U of I we would catch PTI every once in a while, and I used to watch sportscenter in the mornings during breakfast. That phase has passed and maybe its due to that change that this book resonated so well. The style of short essay collections works to segment the book and the l...

    I bought this book because it showed up on Amazon for $6 when I bought The Postmortal, thinking it was Will Leitch's most recent book for whatever reason; I forgot about the son-dad vehicle that is "Are We Winning?" Anyway, this is so much of the same stuff I used to read on Deadspin. ...

    This book has good parts, but it is certainly not a good book. First of all, a warning: parents - don't let your children near this book. It is full of vulgar and disgusting language. I had to skip whole chapters, it was so bad. By the time your kids are old enough to read this, you pr...

    Written by Will Leitch, the editor of Deadspin, it's for everyone who hates ESPN and loves intelligent, witty sports talk. Enlighten yourself. If you've never read Deadspin - the best sports blog out there - Will explains the inside jokes and what happenings in the sports world mad...

    Especially for a $1 pickup at Dollar General, this was good. An amusing series of columons While you will be much more interested if you enjoy sport, Leitch does have a pretty good sense of humor and is at his best pointing all the Maarketing BS that has become associated with sport in...

    If you ever wondered what sports are like behind the fake smiles and scripted arguments on ESPN and the like, this is your book. Will Leitch was the editor of Deadspin, the largest sports blog on the Internet. His style is one we can all relate to: speaking from the voice of a fan of s...

    I was afraid this might be rehashed posts from Leitch's sports blog, Deadspin, but this is almost entirely original material. However, if you're a regular Deadspin reader or general follower of Leitch, this book is generally preaching to the choir. Even so, it's an enjoyable read. Ther...

  • Dave
    Mar 27, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

  • Myke
    Feb 20, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

    This book seems primarily written for those in the "bro" culture of sports fandom (fans from 18-25 or those who simply refuse to mature). Most of the humor is sophomoric and many of the articles make some serious logical leaps, but some are solid and fun to read. It's also interesting ...

    I enjoyed the book and I agree with Alex that is was a quick read. The author has a unique perspective and there are some very humorous insights in this book -- especially essays that taint views on the athletes, journalism, and sports in general. Also very brutal on much of ESPN Netwo...

    I enjoy the authors writing purpose. I don't really enjoy the sports he writes about; thus, this book made for some difficult reading at times. I did really enjoy the chapter on Owners. There was quite a bit of data in there that i had no idea about previously. I couln't finish the las...

  • Mike
    Mar 24, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

  • Russ
    Jul 16, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

    This book seems primarily written for those in the "bro" culture of sports fandom (fans from 18-25 or those who simply refuse to mature). Most of the humor is sophomoric and many of the articles make some serious logical leaps, but some are solid and fun to read. It's also interesting ...

    I enjoyed the book and I agree with Alex that is was a quick read. The author has a unique perspective and there are some very humorous insights in this book -- especially essays that taint views on the athletes, journalism, and sports in general. Also very brutal on much of ESPN Netwo...

    I enjoy the authors writing purpose. I don't really enjoy the sports he writes about; thus, this book made for some difficult reading at times. I did really enjoy the chapter on Owners. There was quite a bit of data in there that i had no idea about previously. I couln't finish the las...

    While at U of I we would catch PTI every once in a while, and I used to watch sportscenter in the mornings during breakfast. That phase has passed and maybe its due to that change that this book resonated so well. The style of short essay collections works to segment the book and the l...

    I bought this book because it showed up on Amazon for $6 when I bought The Postmortal, thinking it was Will Leitch's most recent book for whatever reason; I forgot about the son-dad vehicle that is "Are We Winning?" Anyway, this is so much of the same stuff I used to read on Deadspin. ...

    This book has good parts, but it is certainly not a good book. First of all, a warning: parents - don't let your children near this book. It is full of vulgar and disgusting language. I had to skip whole chapters, it was so bad. By the time your kids are old enough to read this, you pr...

    Written by Will Leitch, the editor of Deadspin, it's for everyone who hates ESPN and loves intelligent, witty sports talk. Enlighten yourself. If you've never read Deadspin - the best sports blog out there - Will explains the inside jokes and what happenings in the sports world mad...

    Especially for a $1 pickup at Dollar General, this was good. An amusing series of columons While you will be much more interested if you enjoy sport, Leitch does have a pretty good sense of humor and is at his best pointing all the Maarketing BS that has become associated with sport in...

    If you ever wondered what sports are like behind the fake smiles and scripted arguments on ESPN and the like, this is your book. Will Leitch was the editor of Deadspin, the largest sports blog on the Internet. His style is one we can all relate to: speaking from the voice of a fan of s...

  • Mike
    Jan 02, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

    This book seems primarily written for those in the "bro" culture of sports fandom (fans from 18-25 or those who simply refuse to mature). Most of the humor is sophomoric and many of the articles make some serious logical leaps, but some are solid and fun to read. It's also interesting ...

    I enjoyed the book and I agree with Alex that is was a quick read. The author has a unique perspective and there are some very humorous insights in this book -- especially essays that taint views on the athletes, journalism, and sports in general. Also very brutal on much of ESPN Netwo...

    I enjoy the authors writing purpose. I don't really enjoy the sports he writes about; thus, this book made for some difficult reading at times. I did really enjoy the chapter on Owners. There was quite a bit of data in there that i had no idea about previously. I couln't finish the las...

    While at U of I we would catch PTI every once in a while, and I used to watch sportscenter in the mornings during breakfast. That phase has passed and maybe its due to that change that this book resonated so well. The style of short essay collections works to segment the book and the l...

    I bought this book because it showed up on Amazon for $6 when I bought The Postmortal, thinking it was Will Leitch's most recent book for whatever reason; I forgot about the son-dad vehicle that is "Are We Winning?" Anyway, this is so much of the same stuff I used to read on Deadspin. ...

    This book has good parts, but it is certainly not a good book. First of all, a warning: parents - don't let your children near this book. It is full of vulgar and disgusting language. I had to skip whole chapters, it was so bad. By the time your kids are old enough to read this, you pr...

    Written by Will Leitch, the editor of Deadspin, it's for everyone who hates ESPN and loves intelligent, witty sports talk. Enlighten yourself. If you've never read Deadspin - the best sports blog out there - Will explains the inside jokes and what happenings in the sports world mad...

  • Ryan
    Feb 07, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

  • Josh
    Aug 10, 2010

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

  • Johnny
    Nov 25, 2012

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

  • Kevin
    Jul 05, 2012

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

  • Natan
    Sep 15, 2012

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

    This book seems primarily written for those in the "bro" culture of sports fandom (fans from 18-25 or those who simply refuse to mature). Most of the humor is sophomoric and many of the articles make some serious logical leaps, but some are solid and fun to read. It's also interesting ...

    I enjoyed the book and I agree with Alex that is was a quick read. The author has a unique perspective and there are some very humorous insights in this book -- especially essays that taint views on the athletes, journalism, and sports in general. Also very brutal on much of ESPN Netwo...

    I enjoy the authors writing purpose. I don't really enjoy the sports he writes about; thus, this book made for some difficult reading at times. I did really enjoy the chapter on Owners. There was quite a bit of data in there that i had no idea about previously. I couln't finish the las...

    While at U of I we would catch PTI every once in a while, and I used to watch sportscenter in the mornings during breakfast. That phase has passed and maybe its due to that change that this book resonated so well. The style of short essay collections works to segment the book and the l...

    I bought this book because it showed up on Amazon for $6 when I bought The Postmortal, thinking it was Will Leitch's most recent book for whatever reason; I forgot about the son-dad vehicle that is "Are We Winning?" Anyway, this is so much of the same stuff I used to read on Deadspin. ...

    This book has good parts, but it is certainly not a good book. First of all, a warning: parents - don't let your children near this book. It is full of vulgar and disgusting language. I had to skip whole chapters, it was so bad. By the time your kids are old enough to read this, you pr...

  • Mike
    Jun 02, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

  • Bill
    Jun 11, 2008

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

  • Yofish
    Jan 24, 2009

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

  • Joel
    Sep 13, 2011

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

    This book seems primarily written for those in the "bro" culture of sports fandom (fans from 18-25 or those who simply refuse to mature). Most of the humor is sophomoric and many of the articles make some serious logical leaps, but some are solid and fun to read. It's also interesting ...

    I enjoyed the book and I agree with Alex that is was a quick read. The author has a unique perspective and there are some very humorous insights in this book -- especially essays that taint views on the athletes, journalism, and sports in general. Also very brutal on much of ESPN Netwo...

    I enjoy the authors writing purpose. I don't really enjoy the sports he writes about; thus, this book made for some difficult reading at times. I did really enjoy the chapter on Owners. There was quite a bit of data in there that i had no idea about previously. I couln't finish the las...

    While at U of I we would catch PTI every once in a while, and I used to watch sportscenter in the mornings during breakfast. That phase has passed and maybe its due to that change that this book resonated so well. The style of short essay collections works to segment the book and the l...

    I bought this book because it showed up on Amazon for $6 when I bought The Postmortal, thinking it was Will Leitch's most recent book for whatever reason; I forgot about the son-dad vehicle that is "Are We Winning?" Anyway, this is so much of the same stuff I used to read on Deadspin. ...

  • Kelly Bolin
    Nov 09, 2013

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

  • Gary Braham
    Oct 07, 2011

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

  • Lee Fritz
    Dec 30, 2013

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

    This book seems primarily written for those in the "bro" culture of sports fandom (fans from 18-25 or those who simply refuse to mature). Most of the humor is sophomoric and many of the articles make some serious logical leaps, but some are solid and fun to read. It's also interesting ...

    I enjoyed the book and I agree with Alex that is was a quick read. The author has a unique perspective and there are some very humorous insights in this book -- especially essays that taint views on the athletes, journalism, and sports in general. Also very brutal on much of ESPN Netwo...

    I enjoy the authors writing purpose. I don't really enjoy the sports he writes about; thus, this book made for some difficult reading at times. I did really enjoy the chapter on Owners. There was quite a bit of data in there that i had no idea about previously. I couln't finish the las...

    While at U of I we would catch PTI every once in a while, and I used to watch sportscenter in the mornings during breakfast. That phase has passed and maybe its due to that change that this book resonated so well. The style of short essay collections works to segment the book and the l...

  • Pshorse
    Sep 14, 2011

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

    This book seems primarily written for those in the "bro" culture of sports fandom (fans from 18-25 or those who simply refuse to mature). Most of the humor is sophomoric and many of the articles make some serious logical leaps, but some are solid and fun to read. It's also interesting ...

    I enjoyed the book and I agree with Alex that is was a quick read. The author has a unique perspective and there are some very humorous insights in this book -- especially essays that taint views on the athletes, journalism, and sports in general. Also very brutal on much of ESPN Netwo...

    I enjoy the authors writing purpose. I don't really enjoy the sports he writes about; thus, this book made for some difficult reading at times. I did really enjoy the chapter on Owners. There was quite a bit of data in there that i had no idea about previously. I couln't finish the las...

    While at U of I we would catch PTI every once in a while, and I used to watch sportscenter in the mornings during breakfast. That phase has passed and maybe its due to that change that this book resonated so well. The style of short essay collections works to segment the book and the l...

    I bought this book because it showed up on Amazon for $6 when I bought The Postmortal, thinking it was Will Leitch's most recent book for whatever reason; I forgot about the son-dad vehicle that is "Are We Winning?" Anyway, this is so much of the same stuff I used to read on Deadspin. ...

    This book has good parts, but it is certainly not a good book. First of all, a warning: parents - don't let your children near this book. It is full of vulgar and disgusting language. I had to skip whole chapters, it was so bad. By the time your kids are old enough to read this, you pr...

    Written by Will Leitch, the editor of Deadspin, it's for everyone who hates ESPN and loves intelligent, witty sports talk. Enlighten yourself. If you've never read Deadspin - the best sports blog out there - Will explains the inside jokes and what happenings in the sports world mad...

    Especially for a $1 pickup at Dollar General, this was good. An amusing series of columons While you will be much more interested if you enjoy sport, Leitch does have a pretty good sense of humor and is at his best pointing all the Maarketing BS that has become associated with sport in...

  • Steve
    Jul 26, 2011

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

    This book seems primarily written for those in the "bro" culture of sports fandom (fans from 18-25 or those who simply refuse to mature). Most of the humor is sophomoric and many of the articles make some serious logical leaps, but some are solid and fun to read. It's also interesting ...

    I enjoyed the book and I agree with Alex that is was a quick read. The author has a unique perspective and there are some very humorous insights in this book -- especially essays that taint views on the athletes, journalism, and sports in general. Also very brutal on much of ESPN Netwo...

  • Bill
    Aug 02, 2011

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

  • Brandon
    Jun 15, 2013

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

  • Steve Nelson
    May 07, 2014

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...

    First off, this is not a reproduction of blog posts. The essays within are fairly short, taking on in four parts players, owners, media, and the fans. There's plenty amusing and nothing too earth shattering, though now I know that about 2/3rds of the sports broadcasters (and print guys...

    This book is basically a series of essays showing ways in which the corporate control of sports, has taken the game away from casual and passionate fans. He makes a good case for how professional atheltes are nothing like the normal human beings who cheer for them "If you knew them in ...

    If Chuck Klosterman really wrapped his head around sports, this is what he'd write. It takes to task everyone involved in sports for their preceived overimportance in our world, but Leitch spends a lot of time ranting on the owners, players and media for taking sports away from the fan...

    Does anyone remember The Miracle on Ice? The 1986 Penn State national championship over the unbeatable University of Miami? Kirk Gibson homering when he could barely walk? I do. I also remember Terrell Owens doing crunches in his front yard for TV cameras and Allen Iverson bitching and...

    Mixed feelings. For every hilariously astute observation on the absurdity of being a sports fan, there are a dozen cheap jokes that could be pulled right out of the Deadspin comments Will Leitch makes every effort to disown. From his writing and his appearance on Costas Now, I feel lik...

    There were several humorous anecdotes in this book that I enjoyed very much. However, the author spent way too much time complaining about ESPN and trying to convince me that the majority of people involved in sports are obnoxious jerks. He also tries to defend his position on fantasy ...

    This is a collection of essays by the primary writer/editor for Deadspin. I was not really impressed, except for two essays, which I would encourage every sports fan to read. The first was his explanation of why he roots for the Arizona Cardinals. They have traditionally been a horribl...

    Will Leitch, "editor" of the deadspin.com blog on sports, tells us how it is. And it's like this: 1. Professional sports are completely and utterly pointless. 2. You are not cheering for a team, you are a cheering for a corporation. 3. Fantasy sports are far more interesting and e...

    God Save the Fan is a quick and fun read. Will Leitch, who is the founder of Deadspin, one of the most critical sports blogs in the media (it is also on ESPN's "blacklist") . In this book, Leitch focuses on the little things in sports that no one (especially ESPN) takes notice of, for ...

    If you think the mainstream sports media (ESPN in particular) is doing a great job at covering your favorite sports, then this book is so not for you. If, however, you, like some personal warmth and a healthy dose of cynicism at your more corporate tendencies of sports journalism, this...

    More irriverent fun from the editor of Deadspin. Always the fan boy, this review will be biased because I just met the author on Tuesday night. The book of essays delves into the side of sports that we talk about with your buddies but, are never seen on ESPN or in SI. It read's like...

    A series of essays written by the founder of DeadSpin (a site devoted to sport-ish issues; seems to care a lot about Michael Vick's herpes and pictures of Peter King's daughter at college). He rants well, and is clearly a sports fan, and even writes well. But... Well, it gets to you af...

    As a Deadspin reader and commenter, I felt obliged to give Will Leitch a bit more of my time/money by something other than click-thru ad-revenue on his site. So I bought the book. Great book by a funny and self-deprecating author. However, I think I would've enjoyed it much more had...

    Contains some interesting and thoughtful essays on sports, however (and I know this is the author's "schtick", which, incidentally he seems to have issues with a lot of other sports journalists that have one!) it was really quite the negative and cyclical book. I was left confused on s...

    This book seems primarily written for those in the "bro" culture of sports fandom (fans from 18-25 or those who simply refuse to mature). Most of the humor is sophomoric and many of the articles make some serious logical leaps, but some are solid and fun to read. It's also interesting ...

  • Richp
    Mar 22, 2017

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

  • Josh C.
    Jul 29, 2018

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

  • Jeff
    Oct 25, 2017

    Will Leitch, the author of this book, is the editor of my favorite sports blog, DEADSPIN, which is also my second favorite site on the Internet, behind only Goodreads. DEADSPIN is a site where fans of sports can comment and make fun of all the pomposity that is inherent is our expe...

    Pretentious and self-indulgent, even masturbatory, writing that is sewn together by the slenderest thread of sports content forms the bulk of this work by Deadspin (an alleged sports site) founder, Will Leitch. After reading this book which would have been much better published on a ro...

    I am not a hardcore pro sports fan, but in days of old it was favorite section of the newspaper, and once I decided to be a more rounded and worldy adult the I used the sports pages as my reward for actually reading through the news sections first. This reads as if it was a pasteup ...

    I didn't buy this when it first came out because full-price purchase suggested more endorsement of the Deadspin mindset than I was willing to give. After a secondhand purchase and read-through, I'm still in the same place. I can wholeheartedly get behind the railing against the spo...

    On the pages that he doesn't sound like a bitter, middle aged, white guy complaining about those that have decent jobs at ESPN, it was funny. But that was maybe like, 6 pages. ...