I'll start off by saying that I certainly do not consider myself "a reader". Sports articles, books about sports, and the Brad Thor series of thrillers is extent of my reading for pleasure. Last year we chatted with Josh Perry, a native Englishman who had suddenly become enthralled with all things Texas A&M and Aggie Football. His new book, Marooned in Aggieland: A Bumbling Brit Discovers College Football, Guns N' Waffles, is simply fantastic. The reason I don't consider myself a reader is because I always get bored and it ends up taking months to finish a book. Josh's memoirs of traveling half way around the world to watch the 2013 Aggie Football season will have you laughing out loud while you're reading (my wife was thrilled to be woken up by my constant laughter, only to find out it was because Josh been awkwardly confronted with his first high five at a sporting event). I got the book in the mail yesterday afternoon, and had it finished early this morning. You won't be able to stop reading it.
If you've ever wondered how a person born and raised with English soccer as a hobby, and with only a basic working knowledge of college football would handle quitting his job and moving to College Station for months at a time, you're in luck. Knowing how passionate English soccer fans are about their teams, it was priceless to read Josh's reactions to Aggieland. Learning American culture and idiocies while also diving head-first into the wonders of College Station is a bold move.
So how can you get your hands on the book? For starters, CLICK HERE TO BUY A COPY. Secondly, you can enter our contest for a chance to win a free copy! Here's how to play:
1. Here's an excerpt from the book about Midnight Yell
I stood ten feet from a group in army uniforms doing press-ups and sit-ups pitch side just because people in the crowd had waved some sort of gesture at them. Likewise, there were blokes wearing dungarees chasing and rugby tackling each other on the field. The icing on the cake was when I saw someone dressed as Winnie the Pooh standing in the front row.
2. We want to hear that excerpt in your best British Accent
There are three ways to record your entry and submit it.
- Use Vine/Instagram/YouTube whatever and Tweet it out with the hashtag #BritishAggie.
- You can also post the link to your entry in the comments section of this article.
- No Vine/Instagram/YouTube/ or Twitter? That's fine. You can call our voicemail line at 979-217-1364 and leave your entry there. MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE YOUR GBH NAME IN THE VOICEMAIL SO WE KNOW WHO TO NOTIFY IF YOU WIN!
- Have your entry in by 2PM on Thursday, October 2nd.
3. Listen to the next podcast to find out if you're our winner!
The English Aggie himself, Josh, will be on our next podcast to pick a winner from the Top 5 entries.