Saturday, 27 September 2014

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

Fantasy Life: The Outrageous  Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It
By Matthew Berry
Reviewed by Jeff
Published: July 16th 2013
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1594486255

Now a New York Times bestseller!

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. You’ll see. (Goodreads)
 I want to briefly touch on the fantasy football aspect of this book. Mr. Berry will forever be appreciated by the masses for everything he has done, and continues to do for fantasy sports. As an avid fantasy player I trust in his insight and ranking systems and everything he does on a daily basis over at ESPN. However that wasn't why I enjoyed his book as much as I did. No Mr.Berry, even though I appreciate the hilarity the insight into leagues across the world and the wit you show, I thank you for allowing us all the opportunity to share in your life. The wins and losses, the family growth and personal growth, and ultimately your battle growing up. I sincerely thank you for being you, for allowing that to be prominent in this book and all the benefits it will undoubtedly provide to people down on their luck. This isn't just about fantasy football (even though it has some great stories in it) it is about a man and his struggle to find himself, to follow his dream in the face of adversity, and to become better with every waking breath. 

Thank you Matthew Berry for allowing us to be part of your struggle and successes. 

5/5 Carls

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