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Rooting for the Home TeamSport, Community, and Identity$
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Daniel A. Nathan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037610

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037610.001.0001

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A Philadelphia Nocturne

A Philadelphia Nocturne

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(p.195) 13. A Philadelphia Nocturne
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Rooting for the Home Team
Author(s):

Mike Tanier

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037610.003.0014

In this chapter, the author shares his journey, traversing different paths that take us from Broad Street to Locust Street, from Pattison Avenue to City Line Avenue, all the way to Bethlehem. His story reveals a kaleidoscopic nocturne, “the story of Philadelphia after sunset, of the fan life that on-field cameras cannot capture.” It is the portrait of a massive, eclectic community and some of its many sporting passions. The author compares the attitudes of Philly sports fans during the day and at night, claiming that he has walked among these fans for forty years, witnessed their soft side, the night face they rarely show the world. The author concludes by describing the city of Philadelphia from evening to dawn.

Keywords:   sport, Broad Street, Locust Street, Pattison Avenue, City Line Avenue, Bethlehem, Philadelphia, community, sports fans

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