Tailgate to Heaven

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 apartment 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 more than sixty-five thousand 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. 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 22mm | 499.99g
  • Potomac Books Inc
  • Dulles, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 36 photographs, 3 appendixes
  • 1612347088
  • 9781612347080
  • 557,723

Review quote

"Tailgate to Heaven is a damned entertaining red and certainly not just for tailgaters. It's Hunter Thompson meets Jim McMahon meets Marco Polo with a beer funnel." -- Lee Hurley "Tailgater Monthly"

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About Adam Goldstein

Adam Goldstein is a drama tutor based in London. He has written for the Chicago Tribune, Tailgater Monthly, Sport Magazine, TuesdayMorningFootball.com, NFLuk.com, sport.co.uk, crumbsformen.com, and usfootball.dk.

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