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Tailgate to Heaven: A British NFL Fan Tackles America [NOOK Book]


Despite a global recession, Englishman Adam Goldstein felt 2008 was the perfect time to invest in his lifelong passion. So he sold his flat and left his job and girlfriend in London for American football.

Goldstein?s goal was to achieve what no other fan of American football has accomplished: to attend one live National Football League (NFL) game at every NFL stadium during the regular season, plus those played in London and Canada. He ...
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Tailgate to Heaven: A British NFL Fan Tackles America

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Despite a global recession, Englishman Adam Goldstein felt 2008 was the perfect time to invest in his lifelong passion. So he sold his flat and left his job and girlfriend in London for American football.

Goldstein’s goal was to achieve what no other fan of American football has accomplished: to attend one live National Football League (NFL) game at every NFL stadium during the regular season, plus those played in London and Canada. He traveled over 65,000 miles to watch forty football games in eighteen weeks and to experience and understand the phenomenal appeal of that classic American pastime, the tailgate party.

He drove from stadium to stadium, tailgate to tailgate, sometimes eight hundred miles a day, digesting everything that American football could serve up. He met players and extreme fans alike and was party to surreal pregame rituals while absorbing the rich cultural differences of each part of the country. During his football odyssey—a grueling yet rewarding quest—he compared sports traditions and fandom in the United Kingdom and the United States. In the process of football self-discovery, Goldstein often found himself embraced by NFL fans across the continent, as if he had the key that unlocked the very meaning of life.

Tailgate to Heaven is a humorous, moving, and inspiring story about how nothing closes a culture gap like love of a sport—and the camaraderie that comes with it.
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Editorial Reviews

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Tailgate to Heaven is a damn entertaining read and certainly not just for tailgaters. It’s Hunter Thompson meets Jim McMahon meets Marco Polo with a beer funnel.”—Lee Hurley, editor in chief, Tailgater Monthly magazine

“You’ll laugh at the adventures detailed in the coming pages, and you will rejoice in the way Americans from sea to shining sea welcomed Adam into their ranks, particularly during the much-celebrated pregame tailgate parties. You might even cry, but only if you happen to catch sight of Adam’s credit card bill.”—From the foreword by Neil Reynolds, copresenter for NFL coverage, Sky Sports, and writer for and

“Throughout his travels and in the pages of this book, Adam Goldstein approaches the subject with the curiosity of an anthropologist and a comic’s eye for the absurd, as he tries to make sense of—and make a case for—American football and the world of red cups and free T-shirts.”—From the foreword by Karen DiEugenio, writer for and author of I Got Your Tailgate Party Right Here!

“The uniquely American pastime of tailgating has developed its own lifestyle and customs rarely experienced by foreigners. In Tailgate to Heaven, Adam Goldstein takes you on his journey from British football fan to hardcore tailgater in one NFL season. You may think you know the culture and lifestyle that is tailgating, but until you have viewed the NFL parking lots through Goldstein’s eyes, you won’t have the complete picture.”—Dave Lamm, founder,

“Adam Goldstein’s passion for American football and determination to succeed in his ambitious quest shines through and takes the reader on a unique, char-grilled American road trip. He’s thrown open the doors and dropped down the tailgate on a face-painted world where socializing, hospitality, and having a great game day are the most important things—sometimes even more important than football itself.”—Nick Richards, author of Touchdown UK: American Football before, during, and after Britain’s Golden Decade

“It’s no wonder Americans took to Adam as he went on his journey: like the settlers who travelled west across the United States, he is a pioneer. Tailgate to Heaven is not just an enthralling paean to the NFL, its fans, and its delicious BBQ food—it’s an inspirational tale of what one man with a dream or a goal can accomplish. Adam Goldstein, we salute you.”—Ben Isaacs, ShortList magazine

“Adam Goldstein is the Alexis de Tocqueville of tailgating: the foreigner who comes to chronicle our curious cultural practices with both a critical eye and the fascination of a school boy. Goldstein brilliantly exposes just how crazy—and cool—our devotion to the party before the game truly is to the outside eye.”—Kerry J. Byrne, publisher,

"I have tailgated at 870 games, and I can tell you that Adam Goldstein has captured the community spirit of tailgating with immense passion."—Joe Cahn, Commissioner of Tailgating

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597978682
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 746,773
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

A Chicago Bears fan since he was five, Adam Goldstein is a London-based tutor of drama, photography, and playwriting. He has written for,,, and Tailgater Monthly magazine.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Neil Reynolds ix

Foreword Karen DiEugenio xiii

Preface: My Team xv

1 Why? 1

2 From Soccer to Rugby to American Football: A Short, Personal History 17

3 The Trip's Creation 35

4 First Quarter 53

5 Second Quarter 95

6 Halftime (Bye Week) 139

7 Third Quarter: The Adam and Neal Trip 151

8 Fourth Quarter: The Adam and Steph Trip 207

9 Post Season 255

10 From Tailgatee to Tailgater and from Fan to Super Fan 275

Appendix A My Original 35-Game Schedule 285

Appendix B Stadium Ratings 291

Appendix C NFL Players Featured on Dancing with the Stars 299

Acknowledgments 301

Notes 305

Bibliography 313

Additional Resources 315

About the Author 317

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