Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It

Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It

by Matthew Berry
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Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It by Matthew Berry

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Fantasy football, fantasy baseball, fantasy basketball, even fantasy sumo wrestling: the world of fantasy sports is huge, and still growing. Today, more than 35 million people in the United States and Canada spend hours upon hours each week on their fantasy sports teams. And as the Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst for ESPN, Matthew Berry is on the front lines of what has grown from a niche subculture into a national pastime.

In his New York Times-bestselling Fantasy Life, Berry celebrates every aspect of the fantasy sports world. Brilliant trash talk. Unbelievable trophies. Insane draft day locations. Shake-your-head-in-disbelief punishments. Ingenious attempts at cheating. And surprisingly uplifting stories that remind us why we play these games in the first place.

Written with the same award-winning style that has made Berry one of the most popular columnists on ESPN.com, Fantasy Life is a book for both hard-core fantasy players and people who have never played before. Between tales of love and hate, birth and death, tattoos and furry animal costumes, the White House Situation Room and a 126-pound golden pelican, Matthew chronicles his journey from a fourteen-year-old fantasy player to the face of fantasy sports for the largest sports media company in the world.

Fantasy will save your life. Fantasy will set you free. And fantasy life is most definitely better than real life. You’ll see.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594632716
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 258,573
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Universally regarded as one of the leading voices on fantasy sports, Matthew Berry is ESPN’s Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst. Known as the “Talented Mr. Roto,” he’s an Emmy winner for his work on ESPN2’s Fantasy Football Now. As one of the most popular columnists and podcasters on ESPN.com, he appears regularly on ESPN television and radio shows, including Sunday NFL Countdown, SportsCenter, and NFL Live. He is one of only four people to be in the Hall of Fame of both the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Sam-Slam-Hendricks More than 1 year ago
Mathew Berry’s book Fantasy Life is a must read for any and all fantasy sports fans. Be forewarned-Don’t expect any of  the “Talented Mr. Roto’s” great fantasy advice in this 353 page book. For that I recommend you read his columns or listen to his podcast (Monday through Friday) Fantasy Focus Football or Baseball on ESPN (I am almost a company man-insert ESPN jingle here).  Instead readers find a glorious cornucopia (did I just use that word?) of fantasy sports stories. I reveled in stories about drafts, attempting to set lineups, relationships involving fantasy sports, league prizes and penalties and of course Mathew Berry’s own journey from Hollywood writer to TMR to Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame Inductee. {Authors Note: I am in the FSWA and enthusiastically voted for Mathew in the balloting. He is a great fantasy sports persona.} But this great book can appeal to more than just diehard fantasy sports fans…and it is not just fantasy football, he talks about fantasy baseball and hockey and basketball too. All of which are covered in books I have recently published but I digress. I recommend every fantasy widow (you know who you are-the spouse who is left behind when the fantasy season starts only to be rediscovered after the significant other is eliminated from playoff contention) read this tome as well. Fantasy Life will give you, the un-addicted, a beautiful appreciation of the passion we fantasy sports fans have.  In short, it is a great read. Berry combines humor and his history along with poignant stories to illustrate how fantasy sports can have a big influence on our lives. He takes great pains to paint us as not as nerds but average joes who just want a little excitement. It is a spot on portrayal and the book hits the mark with its easy flow and Berry’s deprecating style. Well-done Mathew. Take a bow. Not get back to work on Fantasy Focus Football-I miss those podcasts already.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for anybody that plays fantasy football.