From Publishers Weekly
Following the New England Patriots and their fans for the entire 2002 season after their surprising victory in the Super Bowl the year before, Glennon hitches his cart to the Pats' bandwagon to find out what makes the team's fans tick. Glennon, who based this volume on a series of essays in the Boston Phoenix
, is knowledgeable and understands the ins-and-outs of the NFL and its fans ("Jets fans embody the worst characteristics of New Yorkers"). Though a native New Englander, he is not exactly a Patriots fan, which means that he has little invested in the team. The book's strengths lie in Glennon's explorations of the thoughts and emotions of the general football fan. For instance, following through on the novel idea of watching a Pats' game in a gay bar, he gains an intriguing perspective on how homosexual football fans deal with the homophobic tendencies of many other fans and players. He also takes a look at the fans' and football's connections to superstitions, Thanksgiving and alcohol. Since Glennon admits to becoming a Raiders fan as a youngster because the Patriots were "aggressively awful," his passion for the team is fleeting and his understanding of Patriots fans appears skin-deep at times.
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Football fans will definitely want to pick up 'This Pats Year.' The range of fans' emotions is greater during this roller coaster season and Glennon captures it with humor and honesty. (The Sunday Republican
More than a rehash of the action on theh field, This Pats Year probes the funny, fanatical, fucked-up world of the Patriots faithful. (Easthampton Valley Advocate )
When Sean Glennon set out to document the New England Patriots 2002 season from a fan's perspective, he not only avoided contact with the team, but watched most of the games from half-filled barrooms, the couches of family and friends, and the nose-bleed sections of stadiums. In other words, the same way most of us partake in the religious tradition of watching football. (Brian Goslow, Worchester Magazine )
While there are many books on the market these days chronicaling the Patriots success of the past three seasons — capped by last season's second Super Bowl win in three years — Glennon's is the only one that deals with the part of the New England franchise that many don't know about: The fans that comprise the Patriots Nation. (Ken Powers, Telegram and Gazette )
Glennon writes with crisp humor. (Aram Goudsouzian, The Boston Sunday Globe )
Funny and enlightening sociological study, a plumbing of the psyche of the New England sports fan. (The Boston Phoenix )
Author Sean Glennon captures the experiences of New England Patriots fans...and he does a pretty good job of it. Lively and entertaining. (Keene Sentinel )
This isn't really a sports book. It is more than that. And a lot of it is funny. (Springfield Republican )