Forever Red: More Confessions of a Cornhusker Fan (Hardback)Steve Smith (author)
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On any given workday, any little thing might send Steve Smith's thoughts spinning back to Saturday-last Saturday, Saturday two weeks ago, Saturday two years ago, back into the thrilling minutiae of game day-until reality reminds him: this is not how well-adjusted adults act. Steve Smith is not a well-adjusted adult. He's a Nebraska football fan, and this is his rollicking account of what it's like to be one of those legendary enthusiasts whose passion for the Cornhuskers is at once irresistible and hilarious.
A journey into an obsessed Nebraska fan's soul, Forever Red immerses readers in the mad, mad world of Husker football fandom-where wearing the scarlet-and-cream Huskers gear has its own peculiar rules; where displaced followers act as the program's ambassadors, finding Husker subculture beyond the pale; and where the team's performance can barely keep pace with its followers' expectations but sometimes exceeds their wildest dreams.
Revised, updated, and expanded from the 2005 edition, Smith's story of thirty-plus years following the team takes readers back to memorable game moments from 1980 up through the roller-coaster ride of recent years. Blending wit and insight, Smith offers a window on the world to the uninitiated and the fellow fanatic alike where fantasy and football meet, where dreams of glory and gritty gridiron realities forever join.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
"I'm not sure better prose exists on what it's like to be a Nebraska football fan."-Brandon Vogel, Hail Varsity -- Brandon Vogel * Hail Varsity *
"Football fans everywhere will enjoy this book. It is a very good read."-G. Louis Heath, AETHLON -- G. Louis Heath * AETHLON *
"A wonderful ride of emotion and history."-Jorge Iber, Sport in American History -- Jorge Iber * Sport in American History *
"Steve Smith, a self-described `serial contrarian,' has updated Forever Red in such a way that it should be looked at as volume 2 in a set, with additional insight into what it means to be a Cornhusker football fan. Except that this isn't just about football. No back-of-the-cover blurb will do the book justice. It's one of a kind."-Mike Babcock, editor of Hail Varsity -- Mike Babcock
"Steve Smith captures the true spirit of the state of Nebraska and what makes it tick. You will quickly recognize yourself, family members, and friends in Smith's hilarious observations and stories about Nebraska football history as seen through the eyes of its fans. This is a must-read not only for Cornhuskers but for true sports fans everywhere."-Charlie McBride, former Nebraska defensive coordinator -- Charlie McBride
"[Forever Red] is a marvelous microcosm of where Big Red fever can take you."-Adrian Fiala, the late host of Big Red Wrap Up and former color voice of the Huskers on the Pinnacle Sports Network -- Adrian Fiala
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