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Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived Itby Matthew Berry
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Rick Reilly has been called one of the funni­est humans on the planet—an indescribable amalgam of Dave Barry, Jim Murray, and Lewis Grizzard, with the timing of Jay Leno and the wit of Johnny Carson” (Publishers Weekly). In Tiger, Meet My Sister, Reilly com­piles the best of his columns from his last five years with ESPN, columns that will make you laugh, cry—and quite a few that may make you want to throw this book across the room. Rick Reilly tends to get under peoples skin like that.
He has no compunction telling readers, in his singular quick-witted style, how he really feels about some of the most popular sports figures of our time. Wondering about quarterback Jay Cutler? Cutler is the kind of guy you just want to pick up and throw into a swimming pool, which is exactly what Peyton Manning and two linemen did one year at the Pro Bowl.” Or how about Tiger Woods? Sometimes you wonder where Tiger Woods gets his public-relations advice. Gary Busey?” But for every brazen takedown, Reilly has written a heartwarming story of the power of sports to heal the wounded and lift the downtrodden: the young Ravens fan with cancer who called the plays for a few—victorious—games in 2012, or the onetime top NFL recruit who was finally exonerated after serving five years for a crime he didnt commit.
With a new introduction and updates from Reilly on his most talked-about col­umns, as well as his expert opinion on athlete tattoos, NFL cheerleaders, and running with the bulls in Pamplona, Tiger, Meet My Sister showcases an unparalleled sportswriter at the top of his game.
"Mixing autobiography with reportage on friends and field-famous players, ESPN personality Berry delves into the psychology and, more to the point, the comedy of fantasy sports. From mustache-growing pacts to Twitter accounts devoted exclusively to intra-league trash talk, Berry introduces some of the most creative fantasy traditions known to breed league-spirit. His tone — laid-back, witty — suits the beery, good-time atmosphere of fantasy sports. A one-time sitcom scribe, Berry knows how to frame a scene so its full, maybe even shocking, humorous glory shines through (See the one about the repo man, the owner of the would-be-repossessed car, and the cop who all put aside their differences to convene on the wisdom of a draft pick). Similarly, his comic timing comes into play in observations on the non-fantasy ramifications of fantasy team construction. Without abandoning his comedic baseline, Berry successfully journeys into philosophy — that of team play, that of living — and practical advice for leaguers concerning, for instance, how to not be That Guy. Though some sections are targeted solely towards fantasy fans ('20 Most Soul-Crushing Ways to Lose'), readers don't need a commissioner's knowledge to enjoy this insider's peek into the often astounding and always fun realm of fantasy sports. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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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 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. Youll see.
An inside look at the world of fantasy sports from the most recognizable and trusted name in the industry.
Fantasy Life explores the increasingly ubiquitous world of fantasy sports. Every year, millions of men – and women - spend their time assembling, managing, and obsessing over fantasy teams. Reputations are put on the line. Friendships are tested. Money is won, and more often lost. Fantasy sports aren’t make-believe. For its devotees, fantasy is reality.
As the Senior Fantasy Analyst at ESPN, Matthew Berry is on the front lines of what is no longer just a niche sub-culture, but a multi-billion dollar national pastime. In Fantasy Life, he celebrates every aspect of the fantasy sports world, from the hilarious to the insane to the uplifting. It contains stories of intrigue, betrayal, outrageous behavior, and surprisingly touching moments (let’s just say that fantasy might save your life). And along the way, he chronicles his rise from a fourteen-year-old fantasy player to being the face of fantasy sports for the largest sports media company in the world, a journey that coincides with the tremendous growth of fantasy sports, from small groups of friends mailing each other box scores to a phenomenon played by over 30 million people.
Because sometimes fantasy life is better than real life.
About the Author
Described as “one of the stars of the web” and a “fantasy savant” by The New York Times, Matthew Berry is ESPN’s Senior Fantasy Analyst. Known as the “Talented Mr. Roto,” he’s one of the most popular columnists on ESPN.com and appears regularly on ESPN television and radio shows. He won an Emmy for his television show, “Fantasy Football Now,” and is a member of both the Fantasy Sports Trade Association’s Hall of Fame and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame. Named to the Twitter Top 100 by Sports Illustrated, Matthew has also been profiled in numerous magazines and newspapers, had his likeness included in the Madden NFL ‘11 video game, and appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” FX’s “The League,” and even “One Life to Live.”
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