How Fantasy Sports Explains the World: What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us About Wookiees and Wall Street by AJ Mass
The world of fantasy sports is no longer the purview of nerds and stat geeks. In fact, versions of the game are currently played by tens of millions of people worldwide. But while fantasy sports may have begun as a light-hearted diversion, to many of its participants winning or losing is no laughing matter. And as a professional fantasy sports expert who doles out advice on a daily basis for ESPN.com, author AJ Mass has learned one basic and inescapable truth about his job: people take what he says very seriously. When asked whether Player X or Player Y would be better to place in their fantasy lineup on a given day, what makes his recommendation of Player X carry so much weight is, more than anything else, he is simply not afraid to voice that opinion.
How Fantasy Sports Explains the World is an entertaining, anecdotal exploration of how the skills used in evaluating fantasy sports talent are one and the same with those skills we all use every day of our lives, in all manner of everyday situations. It takes the reader on a journey from the casinos of Atlantic City to charred Connecticut campgrounds, from the Last Supper to the Constitutional Convention that started our country down the road to democracy, from the back rooms of Wall Street to the jury rooms of our judicial system. In doing so, the author demonstrates that winning fantasy advice can come from anyone and be found almost anywhere - the wit and wisdom of William Shakespeare, the scientific genius of Stephen Hawking, or the futuristic whimsy of a galaxy far, far, away.