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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Middle Atlantic Pr (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970580444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970580443
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Glen Macnow is a former reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He brings his vast knowledge of sports to listeners on SportsRadio 610 WIP. Glen lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

Anthony Gargano is a former writer for the New York Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer, writing in-depth athlete profiles. He hosts a midday program on SportsRadio 610 WIP. Anthony lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Forward by Pat Croce.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on July 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I live in the Philadelphia area, but am not a native to Philadelphia. I grew up in New York and when I moved south, I adopted Philadelphia as my "home metropolitian area". I have really come to appreciate and love Philadelphia as a city. There are two things I love about Philadelphia: 1) No city in America is as entrenched deep in its traditions as Philadelphia; 2) When you love the City, it will love you back twofold. When it comes to Sports, the tradition and love of the city is there among the fans. When I saw this book, I said to myself - here is the first book that explains tradition and love of the city and explains it well.
The book is written by two of the most knowledgable Sports journalists in the Philadelphia region - Glen Macnow and Anthony Gargano. For several years these authors were co-hosts of a lunchtime radio show on the local sports radio station. Macnow and Gargano come from completely opposite backgrounds, but they have an incredible chemistry together. Glen Macnow is from Buffalo, NY and is a transplant to the Philadelphia region. He lives in the suburbs and sometimes has the nickname "The Professor" for his studius approach to Sports. Anthony Gargano is a native Philadelphian. He was born in South Philadelphia, moved out of town to cover Sports in Chicago and New York, then came back to Center City. Gargano is nicknamed "The Cuz" and is Philadelphia through and through. He has a less studius approach to sports and is much more from the fan perspective. The styles and backgrounds of Macnow and Gargano meshed beautifully on the radio and in this book the mesh just as well.
So this book attempts to explain a lot of those traditions that exist in Philadelphia as well as chronicle the Philadelphia fans' highs and lows.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2004
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What a great book to read. Tries to explain the psyche of the Phialdelphia fan (good luck). The sections on the real Santa incidient, Buddy Ryan, and Norman Braman are outstanding. Even the acknowledgemets had me laughing. A must have for a Philly sports fan.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Janet M Greener on December 17, 2003
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I am a diehard Philadelphia fan currently attending Drexel. If your a Philadelphia sports fan this is a must have. It captures all of the greatest and not so greatest sports moments, including my highschool Bonner in one section. Gargano, the cuz, is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and Macnow knows as much about the city as anyone. I did not put the book down untill I read it from cover to cover. If your a sports fan, BUY THIS BOOK!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Fitzgerald on November 22, 2009
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I really like this book until I got to the chapter about Wing Bowl. Heavy Kevy and El Wingador should never be mentioned in the same book as Wilt Chamberlain, Mike Schmidt, and Chuck Bednarik. Adding Wing Bowl into this book seemed to be less about Philly Sports Fans, and more about promoting a WIP event. The chapter's tile is; Wing Bowl: The Ultimate Philly Event. No guys, it's a WIP event. Let's leave it at that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Soffen on April 11, 2004
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I couldn't put it down!!!! Funny and engaging. Everyone can relate to the agony and ecstacy that fills every page. Glen and the Cuz shine on this VERY ACCURATE history of the heartbreak and happiness of the Philly fan.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2004
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Great Book! I am proud to say I live in Philly! The fans are THE BEST. It is hard to explain if you do not live here. I go to many cities to watch the Eagles play and Philly fans do not compare to any other city. PASSION! PASSION!
Great book Glen and Cuz!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Ryan Kelley on January 19, 2005
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As a life long Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and Sixers fan I felt this book was a must read, and if you too are a lifelong Philadelphia everything fan you too should read it. The only thing that I found dissapointing was the complete and total pessimism, which I should expect considering at least one of the authors worked for WIP. I understand that Philly fans are tired of losing, but sometimes (just as they do on the radio) they make it seem like Philadelphia is doomed when in fact the teams just never seem to be quite good enough. I'll stop giving my opinions on Philly sports now and let you know that if you are a Philly fan, you absolutely have to read this book. I'm 23, so i remember some of the stories such as the 93 phils, the Buddy Ryan era, and more recently the Sixers Eastern Conference Championship run. Some of the older stories were interesting for me to read as well, especially the chapter on the Broad Street Bullies.
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