Maybe Next Year

Long-Suffering Sports Fans and the Teams That Never Deliver


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About the Book

Sports fans are a devoted bunch, win or lose. Millions sit in the wind and the cold, watching their team slip ever further from the playoffs—only to come back for more next year. What is it that keeps them going?
This book, published just before the Cubs ended the longest active drought in pro sports, features more than 100 loyal followers of 23 teams who explain their reasons for never giving up. They tell stories of devotion and determination: the Toronto Maple Leafs fans who got married, on the ice, before a game; the Sacramento Kings supporters who fought to keep their team from leaving town; and the fans of Mississippi State football with their never-say-die cowbells. For these fans, optimism outweighs disappointment.

About the Author(s)

Greg Pearson is a writer and editor who has spent his career in newspapers. He lives in Perry Hall, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Greg Pearson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 264
Bibliographic Info: 66 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6679-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2730-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Of Wrigley Field and Billy Goats: The Chicago Cubs 5

0 for 4: The Buffalo Bills 15

Brew City Blues: The Milwaukee Brewers 25

Honolulu Blue, Sweat and Tears: The Detroit Lions 36

Frozen Passion: The Toronto Maple Leafs 45

In the Valley of the Suns: The Phoenix Suns 56

J-E-T-S: The New York Jets 64

Rocky Mountain ­Not-So-High: The Denver Nuggets 72

Pain on Ice: The Vancouver Canucks 84

The Wildside: The Northwestern Wildcats 92

Fly Eagles Fly: The Philadelphia Eagles 102

Number 19: The San Diego Padres 113

Family Ties: The Kansas City Chiefs 123

More Cowbell: The Mississippi State Bulldogs 131

Land of Snow and Dreams: The Minnesota Vikings 141

Here We Stay: The Sacramento Kings 150

Hot Summer Nights: The Texas Rangers 161

The Ones That Got Away: The Atlanta Hawks 170

Showing Their Stripes: The Cincinnati Bengals 182

Shooting Stars: The Houston Astros 194

Cleveland Rocks: The Cleveland Browns, Etc. 204

Emerald City Ennui: The Seattle Mariners 213

New York State of Mind: The New York Knicks 227

Very Superstitious: Fans Do All They Can 236

Index 241