Tailgate to Heaven: A British NFL Fan Tackles America

Tailgate to Heaven: A British NFL Fan Tackles America


By (author) Adam Goldstein

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  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 33mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 27 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Dulles
  • ISBN 10: 159797692X
  • ISBN 13: 9781597976923
  • Illustrations note: 32 b&w photos; map
  • Sales rank: 205,343

Product description

This title provides an outsider's take on American football. It delves deep into fandom, tailgating, and the action on the field to show why people love football as much as they do. It combines the road trip and sports genres into an irreverent and provocative cultural study. It demonstrates how a British fan comes to terms with his very American obsession. Despite a global recession, Adam Goldstein felt 2008 was the perfect time to invest in his lifelong passion. He sold his flat and left his job and his girlfriend in London for American football. His goal was to achieve what no other American football fan has accomplished: attend one live National Football League (NFL) game, including those in London and Canada, at every NFL stadium during the regular season. He travelled over 65,000 miles to watch 40 American football games in 18 weeks 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 800 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, and in the process of football self-discovery, he found himself often 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 the cultural gap as love of the game and camaraderie.

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Author information

ADAM GOLDSTEIN is a drama, photography, and playwriting tutor based in London. A Chicago Bears fan since he was five years old, Adam has played kit football and flag football in the United Kingdom. Adam writes a regular column on American football for www.sport.co.uk, which receives 1.5 million unique visitors per month, and has a blog on www.nfluk.com, the U.K. subsidiary of www.nfl.com, with over 200,000 members. He has contributed to Tailgater Monthly magazine, where he was the photographer for the magazine's special Super Bowl edition.

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"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