Rules for New York Sports Fans

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WFAN's Joe Benigno and coautor Jordan Raanan enumerate the acknowledged rules of being a New York sports fan all for the first time. They have collected all the things that New York fans need to know, a code of conduct to live a civilized sports life. Some of the most vital rules include, among many others, only one team per sport; attend at least one game each season; never do the wave, Macarena, or chicken dance; don't sell tickets to rival fans; and don't blame losses on the officials. Rules for New York ...

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Overview

WFAN's Joe Benigno and coautor Jordan Raanan enumerate the acknowledged rules of being a New York sports fan all for the first time. They have collected all the things that New York fans need to know, a code of conduct to live a civilized sports life. Some of the most vital rules include, among many others, only one team per sport; attend at least one game each season; never do the wave, Macarena, or chicken dance; don't sell tickets to rival fans; and don't blame losses on the officials. Rules for New York Sports Fans is a hilarious look at a singular sports town that's sure to inform and amuse. The result is an entertaining, informative, and amusing guidebook for the diehard—no matter what your combination of Jets, Giants, Mets, Yankees, Knicks, Nets, Islanders, Devils, and Rangers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600783098
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,415,465
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Benigno is the midday host, along with Evan Roberts, on WFAN in New York and is a regular panelist on SportsNet New York's Daily News Live. Jordan Raanan has been a Philly-based sportswriter for nearly a decade, though he remains loyal to his favorite New York teams.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Jordan Raanan xi

Part 1 The One and Only

The Golden Rule: Only One Team Per Sport 1

Part 2 Selection Time

Rule #2 Select a Team by Age 13 16

Rule #3 Root for the Uniform, Not the Player 27

Rule #4 Never Ditch Your Team 28

Part 3 Enemy Mine

Rule #5 Associate With, Marry, or Raise the Enemy—Only If You Must 43

Rule #6 Avoid the Enemy When Necessary 48

Rule #7 Don't Be “That Guy” During and After Losses 52

Rule #8 Don't Go Overboard with the Trash Talk 52

Part 4 Gearing Up

Rule #9 You Must Own One Piece of Paraphernalia for Your Team 57

Rule #10 Never Wear Anything from Your Rival 59

Rule #11 Wear Your Team's Logo to the Game 64

Rule #12 Don't Wear a Random Jersey to the Game 64

Rule #13 Choose Your Jersey Carefully 68

Rule #14 Don't Go Overboard 73

Part 5 Watch It

Rule #15 Don't Miss Many, If Any, Games 75

Rule #16 Never Miss a Playoff Game 81

Rule #17 Stick with It Until the End 83

Part 6 In the House

Rule #18 Attend At Least One Game Each Season 87

Rule #19 Take Public Transportation If Possible 91

Rule #20 Never Leave When the Game Is Still In Doubt 92

Rule #21 Sit with the Real Fans 97

Rule #22 Visiting Fans Should Be Seen, Not Heard 99

Rule #23 Never Do the Wave, Macarena, or Chicken Dance 101

Rule #24 Keep the Noisemakers At Home 101

Rule #25 Don't Come With Weak Signs or Chants 102

Rule #26 No Scoreboard Marriage Proposals 103

Part 7 Booing and Cheering

Rule #27 Boo Only When It's Appropriate 105

Rule #28 Never Openly Root For Your Team to Lose 110

Rule #29 Never Root For Fantasy Sports Over Real Sports 112

Rule #30 Whether You're Cheering or Booing, Be Loud 113

Rule #31 Don't Cheer for the Visitors 114

Part 8 And Don't Forget

Rule #32 Be Knowledgeable 119

Rule #33 Be Passionate 121

Rule #34 Don't Put Money on Your Favorite Team 122

Rule #35 …Especially If Your Team Is the Jets 123

Rule #36 Don't Sell Tickets to Rival Fans 125

Rule #37 Enjoy Yourself 129

Part 9 Calling All FANs

Rule #38 Bring Something Worthwhile to the Table 132

Rule #39 No Ridiculous Trade Proposals 138

Rule #40 Be Realistic 142

Rule #41 Never Question My Fandom 144

Rule #42 Don't Preface Your Call by Claiming Allegiance to More Than One Team 146

Rule #43 Don't Seriously Denounce Your Team 147

Rule #44 Save the Self-Promotion 148

Rule #45 Don't Call as a Gag 149

Rule #46 Don't Change Names 150

Rule #47 Comment Only About the Show on Which You Are Calling 150

Rule #48 Don't Blame Losses on the Officials 151

Conclusion 157

Appendix: The Famous Fans 159

Checklist: The Test of Fandom 173

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