August 26, 2004

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania

POST #    1242

Last night, I went to check out a SEC Alumni Association of NY gathering and a celebration of Warren St. John's new book, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer. RJYH is a book about Warren's experience following the University of Alabama football team through the 1999-2000 season. Expectations for the season weren't good for Bama, but it turned out to be a very good season for them. I actually remember that season because Michigan ended up playing Alabama in an exciting Orange Bowl.

In the book, St. John sets out trying to go to all the games in one season - in someone else's RV. As the season unfolds, the ups and downs that he went through were something that any fan can relate to - Bama or not.

The book, while obviously sports centric, is much more than that. It sounds cliché, but it's about people who just love one team and hate several others. The people in his book really come alive and you can imagine the people as they are described. One couple, Chris and Paula Bice, virtually take Warren under their wing, welcoming him into their RV. The Bices also have this little invention that they call "Bama Bombs", which are maraschino cherries marinated for months in pure grain alcohol.

I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Bice last night and trying two of his Bama Bombs. They were quite delicious, but I love maraschino cherries. They were a mild batch, but I can see myself getting by eating several of the them anyway.

Also at the event were some people who came up with some creative Bama nametagging. I guess that's what happens when you get so many rival schools together.

Now, it's rare that I read a book - I don't even have a books category - but I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of this.

- Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer (official site)
- Buy RJYH on Amazon
- Gothamist on RJYH - including an interview

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 7:47 AM



I was fearing that the Bama Bombs would be like fire, but they were edible. But then, a few hours later, I collapsed into a deep slumber. Coincidence? I think not.

Posted by: Jen at August 26, 2004 10:56 AM

So I guess you're still not past "Call me Ishmael," huh?

Posted by: jk at August 26, 2004 12:01 PM

jk, i've read books since md, maybe. well, at least 2.75 books since then.

Posted by: tien at August 26, 2004 12:48 PM

yes, but did you ever *finish* md?

Posted by: JK at August 26, 2004 1:44 PM

shush. so the fact that i got through this book and lying liars tells you something, right?

Posted by: tien at August 26, 2004 3:27 PM

and whatever happened to fast food nation?

Posted by: shannan at August 26, 2004 5:48 PM

it tells me you can only read books with catchy titles

Posted by: JK at August 26, 2004 9:39 PM

I have another batch that will lie-cha-up (light you up). Sorry, had to use Warren's decription of a southern accent.

Glad y'all enjoyed the "BAMA bombs".


Posted by: Chris Bice at September 16, 2004 10:18 PM

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