• Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, And Heartbreaking World Of Fantasy Sports From The Guy Who’s Lived It

    Posted by on June 22nd, 2013 · Comments (1)

    For years, I always thought that Sam Walker’s “Fantasyland: A Season on Baseball’s Lunatic Fringe” was the best fantasy sports book ever written. And, I would still say that it’s the best fantasy baseball book ever written.

    But, now, for the claim of best overall fantasy sports book, ever, I have to throw Matthew Berry’s new book, “Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who’s Lived It,” right in there.

    If Berry’s book is not now the best ever, it’s certainly in the team picture.

    Part memoir and part fantasy sports tales anthology, Fantasy Life is a wild and fun ride. If you’re a fantasy sports addict or once was one, you’ll see yourself and your friends from your league in this book.

    For 12 years (from 1989 through 2000) I served as a commissioner (and franchise owner) in what many would consider an intense fantasy baseball league. After a dozen seasons of serving as a fervent rotisserie den mother, I suffered from severe burnout and quit the game, cold turkey, following the 2000 campaign. But, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have great memories from that time…as well as some wacky tales about things that happened and which we (fellow owners) did to each other. And, reading Fantasy Life brought me back to all those good times.

    Some may consider this book to be a little heavy on the fantasy football side. But, that’s a small quibble considering how much I enjoyed Fantasy Life. Again, if you’re into fantasy sports, you owe it to yourself to get this book. And, maybe sure you get a version with the photos. Those are part of the fun.

    Comments on Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, And Heartbreaking World Of Fantasy Sports From The Guy Who’s Lived It

    1. 77yankees
      June 22nd, 2013 | 11:39 am

      I remember seeing Peter Golenbock’s “How to Win at Rotisserie Baseball back in 1987 in a store and wondering what the heck it was. After reading the book, it really intrigued me. It was like the Strat-O-Matic we grew up playing, but live in real time.

      I was hooked. Even though I’ve taken breaks from playing over the last 25 years as life dictated, I’ve been into it for the last 5 years now, especially on the football side.

      It really took a long time for MLB & the NFL to recognize the positive impact that fantasy sports had on bringing/keeping fans in tune with their sport. And they’ve dove in head first the last several years hosting their own online games.

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