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Sports columnist Travis grew up a University of Tennessee football fan, and it was clear early on he would remain one for his entire life. That's typical in the Southeastern Conference, where football on Saturdays is about as natural as butter on toast. Travis takes us with him as he chronicles the 2006 season on the SEC bandwagon. Armed with only a copy of the Volunteers' 12-game schedule, he follows the team's path, determined to wing it when it comes to finding game tickets and places to sleep along the way. Travis coins his journey the DDT (Dixieland Delight Tour) and records his impressions one week at time. Summing up his more than 8,000 miles of road traveled, Travis shares his "Lessons from the DDT," 18 nuggets of wisdom such as "No matter what fan base you're a part of, at least 15 percent of your fans suck. Really suck." There's plenty of football in these pages, but it's the irreverent attitude and willingness to make fun of one's own obsessions that give the account its zip. Wilkens, Mary Frances

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“As indispensible to college football fans as ibuprofen on Sunday morning.” (Warren St. John, bestselling author of Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer)

“[Dixieland Delight] promises to be so popular down South it might replace the Bible in select motel rooms. Pretty much anyone will love this thing, but if you have even a remote interest in the SEC, this essentially is your new handbook on life.” (Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! national sports columnist and co-author of Glory Road)

“A weaving, high-spirited road trip of a book....Reading it will make you happier than a dog with two peters!” (Will Blythe, New York Times bestselling author of To Hate Like This Is To Be Happy Forever)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; First Edition edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061431249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061431241
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clay Travis is a writer for FanHouse.com. He's previously written the ClayNation column for CBSSports.com and been an associate editor at the sports blog Deadspin.com. A graduate of George Washington and Vanderbilt Law School, he lives in Nashville with his wife and son. He believes his beard makes all women weak in the knees.

Customer Reviews

I couldn't put the book down and finished it within 2 days.
K. A. Cowley
This book is a must read for any college football fan... especially a fan of SEC football.
Mark Nagi
Clay Travis described the fan tradition of each SEC in an amusing way.
Marilyn Hawley

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. L. Stallings on September 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Even though I have degrees from two SEC schools and have attended games in five SEC stadiums, I wasn't sure I would like this book. I've enjoyed it thoroughly. I enjoyed his take on Southern culture. He hit the nail on the head without being offensive. I even learned some facts about SEC football that I didn't know previously.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gustav A. Blomquist on August 4, 2007
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This hilarious look at college football left me laughing out loud. Clay Travis manages to explore the hidden side of college football - from Bama bangs to his rating of SEC women - his experiences are highly entertaining and his book only makes me even more eager for football season to start. I can't imagine any SEC football fan (or any football fan) not loving this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Luxe27 on August 27, 2007
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Dixieland Delight is a wonderful read. All at once ironic, nostalgic, reverent, and hysterical, the book highlights the multidimensional author who is Clay Travis: sportsman, politico, lover, and friend.

However, the best part of Travis' work might be his lovable sidekicks, especially his intriguing companion during the Florida/South Carolina game who we only know as "Neville." Travis' portrait of Neville -- whom we now know was described in earlier, unedited drafts by Travis as "ruggedly handsome," "brilliant," "possessing piercing brown eyes," and "deeply complex" -- leaves the reader inevitably seeking to learn more about this obviously influential figure in Travis' life.

A definite recommendation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth W. Hauser on August 10, 2007
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This is it. As a lifelong VOL and SEC advocate, I was taken back to my days on the Hill and in the stands at Neyland. I actually shared those Spurrier nightmares. Still do. And, I am laying down my bicurious orange and white pompons. I am taking my son to the barber tomorrow to cut off them Bama Bangs.
Great Job! Great Read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joey on August 10, 2009
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Clay offers a glimpse of what SEC football is like from a fan's perspective. There's nothing groundbreaking especially if you are already an SEC fan. He simply visits every campus, offers a few opinions about the places, throws out a few tired jokes that SEC fans have heard countless times and lets us know he went to Vandy Law School. It was boring to me, but for someone completely unfamiliar with southern college football culture, it might be somewhat entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerby1 on October 10, 2010
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It's great I learned and laughed a lot. If you're an SEC fan it is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Volpsych on September 25, 2007
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Sometimes I pick up a book or CD on a whim and soon regret throwing away my money on such a ridiculous impulse buy. Other times, I'm just thankful for the impulse. I knew nothing about Clay Travis when I saw the display for this book in the store, but liked the concept of visiting each SEC stadium in a single season and took a chance.

Do not expect to have a greater understanding of SEC football or college football in general after reading this book. Do not expect sociological explanations of fandom or a quality travel guide suggesting places to stay or how to get around the cities in question. Instead, recognize that this is a personal memoir of a travelling season told by an intelligent, passionate fan who has outstanding writing skills and a wicked sense of humor. This book is in some ways the literary equivalent of "Airplane!": the jokes come so fast and furious that for every one that misses the mark, there are a few that cause you to laugh out loud and many others that bring a smile, cause a chuckle, or at least keep it interesting. Travis is pleasantly opinionated, but has plenty of friends to counter his opinions and offer alternatives. Travis could easily get misty-eyed and nostalgic multiple times, but he reserves this for a few well-placed opportunities that don't disrupt the flow of the book. The photos also deserve recognition: he brought a camera along on his trip, and shares with us pictures of the things he describes: boat shoes, the LSU python, and the soon-to-be-immortal Tim Tebow.

Minor gripes: First, his fetish for lists can get annoying. Fortunately, he tends to tack these on at the end of chapters to minimize their tendency to stall the book. Still, lists seem like an easy way to make a book...well...book-length.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jmccully61 on September 27, 2011
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The premise of the book is great, but as others have mentioned the author is obnoxious. It got so bad that I stopped reading about 1/3 of the way through. I will begin with the good. He does do a good job of describing the atmosphere at each of the places he goes to. Now for the bad. I am not sure if he is aware of his actions, or if he just is that obnoxious. First, he is a Vols fan, and every chapter contains some mention of the Vols. For example, when he went to Miss St. he told a story of how a group of people he met after the game were watching the Tennessee game; however, it was getting late and they began to pack up and leave. He was shocked that they would not allow him to finish watching the game. Then he goes on to describe how he runs through traffic to find bar to finish watching the game. Now what does this have to do with Miss St?

I believe his book would have been a massive success similar to "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer" if he left out the Tennessee material.
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