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There are thousands of books about sports. This book is about sports fans. Citing fascinating new studies on sports fandom, Larry Olmsted makes the case that the more you identify with a sports team, the better your social, psychological, and physical health is; the more meaningful your relationships are; and the more connected and happier you are. Fans maintain better cognitive processing as their gray matter ages; they have better language skills; and college students who follow sports have higher GPAs, better graduation rates, and higher incomes after graduating. And there’s more: On a societal level, sports help us heal after tragedies like 9/11 and the Las Vegas mass shooting, providing community and hope when we need it most. Even now, the greatly altered games during the COVID-19 pandemic provide socially distanced joy. Illustrated with lively drawings throughout, is the perfect gift for anyone who loves sports or anyone who loves someone who loves sports.
Larry Olmsted is an award-winning journalist who has been a visiting professor at Dartmouth College, where he taught nonfiction writing. He is the author of the bestseller and , a history of the , a book for which he broke three world records himself while researching. He currently writes online columns for and , and he appears regularly on television and radio. Olmsted is an avid fan of and a passionate fan of sports fans.
Chris Kornelis is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and has written for Maxim, the Village Voice and many other publications. He collaborated with Duff McKagan on his memoir, How to Be A Man (and Other Illusions), the follow-up to his bestselling memoir, It’s So Easy (And Other Lies). Kornelis lives with his wife and their two kids near Seattle, Washington.
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