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

ISBN-10: 1594486255

ISBN-13: 9781594486258

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Authors: Matthew Berry
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Description: An inside look at the world of fantasy sports from the most recognizable and trusted name in the industry.Fantasy Lifeexplores 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. InFantasy 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.

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List price: $27.95
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/16/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The League
It Starts with a League, or Everyone Remembers Their First Time
Time-Out: Lessons of the Fat Dogs
Great Rules and Traditions, or Every Team Has to Be Named After a Weird Kid from High School
Draft Day
Drafting in Strange Places, or "Turns Out, a Cheat Sheet Taped Inside My Beak Was Not Ideal"
Time-Out: Picking the Draft Order
Drafting by Any Means Necessary, or "They Have Free Wi-Fi at the Krispy Kreme!"
The Season Starts
The Questionable Ways People Try to Win, or "So I Invited Ricky's Ex-Wife to Join the League…"
Time-Out: Texts from Last Night
Fallout from Cheating, or "Uh, Mom… Can You Bail Me. Out of Jail? I, Uh, Sorta Beat Up Dad…"
Trades
Crazy Things People Have Traded, or "I Said I'd Take Stafford and Hernandez for Finley and Dibs on Amy"
Time-Out: Trade Advice from My Late, Great Uncle Lester
Not All Trades Go Smoothly, or "We Created a Second Hakeem"
Becoming Obsessed
Going Above and Beyond to Play, or "This Is Our Third Kid. I Only Have One Title."
Time-Out: Different Kinds of Fantasy
Innocent People Get Sucked Into Fantasy Madness, or "How the #!&$ Did You Get My Number?"
The Midseason Reflection
When Death Impacts Fantasy, or "This Little Society That We Construct in the Ether Has Real-World Implications and I Am Grateful for It"
Time-Out: The Best Fantasy Team Names
Fantasy Sports Saves Lives, or "I Used to Think He'd Be Dead by 50. Now I Think He'll Outlive Us All."
The Stretch Runtime to Get to Work
The Challenges of Playing Fantasy at Work, or "I Should Have Fired Him by Week Four"
Time-Out: Don't Be That Guy
The Benefits of Fantasy in the Workplace, or "No One Seems to Realize That Adrian Peterson Isn't a Parishioner"
The Playoffs
The Five Biggest, Craziest, Most Game-Changing Plays in Fantasy Football History, or "That Knee Cost Me $600,000"
Time-Out: The Best Individual Days in Fantasy Football History
The Top 20 Most Soul-Crushing Ways to Lose: Numbers 20-11, or "So then Chris Johnson DMed Me and Said, 'Don't Worry, I Got You'"
Timeout: The Matt Hasselbeck Story
The Top 20 Most Soul-Crushing Ways to Lose: Numbers 10-1, or "I've Hated Kris Benson Ever Since"
The Championship
Trash Talk, or At Which Point Monty's Wife Walks In, Holding a Sharpie: "Now's Your Chance"
Time-Out: Punishments for Losing Your League
Trophies, or "That, My Friend; Is the Rusty Tromboner"
The Off-Season
Husbands, Wives, and Fantasy, or "I Paid a Therapist $100 to Hear Me Explain How the Waiver Wire Works"
Time-Out: Playing Fantasy Sports While Your Child Is Born
Fantasy Brings Families Together, or "I Vowed to Always Support the Guinness Bowl Draft Day, from That Day Forward, 'Til Death Do Us Part"
The Crazy Long List of Acknowledgments
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