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"Profane, beyond naughty, and, I have to say, just damn funny."―Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights, A Prayer for the City, and Three Nights in August

"Men with Balls is funny, completely uninformative, and horrifyingly profane. In short: the perfect book."―Michael Schur, cofounder of FireJoeMorgan.com and Co-Executive Producer of The Office

"Extremely funny. And I'm not just saying that because Drew gives me free mustache rides every Thursday."―Jay Chandrasekhar, founder of Broken Lizard and cowriter and director of Super Troopers, Club Dread, and Beerfest

"Drew Magary possesses a keen insight into pro sports' unyielding loads of crap. Men with Balls oozes with, well, balls."―Jeff Pearlman, author of Boys Will Be Boys and The Bad Guys Won!

"I hope to one day write a book that is even comparable to Men with Balls. It is definitely a must-read."―Chris Cooley, Pro Bowl tight end, Washington Redskins

"Men with Balls is a terrifyingly astute takedown of pro sports masquerading as brilliant satire."―Stefan Fatsis, author of A Few Seconds of Panic and Word Freak

"One of the funniest books I've ever read--the product of a meticulously demented mind. Required reading for anyone who loves sports, and any athlete who knows how to read."―Will Leitch, author of God Save the Fan and founder of Deadspin

About the Author

Drew Magary is the co-founder of the website Kissing Suzy Kolber and a columnist for Deadspin.com. He's also a writer for SmithGifford, an ad agency in Falls Church, VA. Though never a pro athlete himself, he has spent over 30 years carefully observing athletes from afar, often while eating Ruffles.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316023078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316023078
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Chandler on October 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you are a fan of Magary's work on the blogs KSK and Deadspin, you will not be dissapointed in this book. The book basically reads like a bunch of blog posts strung together. This is a good thing. The best part of the book is that most sportsfans could have come up with it's basic premise, but only Big Daddy Balls could pull it off in such an entertaining, profane, and true fashion. I saw he described it as bathroom reading material. You would have to have eaten rotten Mexican food from a lawless border town for a week straight for this to be true. This book is hard to put down and two hour marathon bathrooms trips tend to put my legs to sleep. Buy the book and enjoy it in a comfy place. Such as your local opium den sprawled out on one of those enormous pillows.
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52 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Richard Travis on October 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Video Review? Oh Christ, I'm so tempted to paint mouths on my balls and let them do the the whole thing. Thankfully, I don't have the technology. Or the talking balls.

This is the greatest book by a fat, gay man since the latter days of Truman Capote. In fact, if he had any literary chaps whatsoever this is the book Capote would have written.

I laughed, I cried, I masturbated furiously while wearing store-bought panties, wait....

Seriously, buy this book. Drew's a comic genius. You'll be the envy of your friends. If you had any friends. Loser.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JoeInLA on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I found this book accidentally. The title got my attention, and I was a little reluctant to read about how great sports "heros" are.

I finished a terrible book, "Descending Son" (fiction) and needed a change, so I started this. It is hysterical from the foreword on.

Magary offers a well-written, easily read satire of professional sports. His jokes are cutting, incisive, and wickedly funny. Within the first few chapters my kids were wondering what was making me laugh so hard, and I was sharing excerpts with my wife.

Bottom line: This is a great, funny read. Enjoy when you need a good laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janie Smith on February 7, 2011
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If you don't know Drew Magary from Kissing Suzy Kolber or Deadspin, this may not be the best introduction to his often-caustic style of breaking down American sports.

For those of us who read his work often, though, this is Drew at his best. He's not afraid to take shots at professional athletes, their wives, girlfriends, baby mommas, conniving family members, agents, managers and associated hangers-on, and he doesn't spare himself in several cases either.

The only problem is that the charts and lists sometimes have bad formatting on the Kindle, but it doesn't detract from the humor too much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick on August 11, 2011
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I really enjoy Drew Magary's stuff on KSK and Deadspin. I even find some of his Amazon reviews entertaining. However, I didn't really like this particular book. Just seemed kind of flat to me and I lost interest quickly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Justice on June 8, 2009
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A solid laugh from cover to cover for any sports fan. Author Drew Magary does not worry about hurting any feelings or being politically correct as a reader will soon find out. Definitely worth a read.
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By jdoubleu on January 20, 2014
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Bought this book for my boyfriend since he is a fan of Drew MaGary's articles and he absolutely LOVED IT! It is the only thing I have seen him read for the past 3 years we've been together! I even read a few paragraphs randomly and it had me busting out laughing. Great purchase!

Amazon was the faster and cheaper way to get this book compared to Barnes & Noble since they did not carry the book in stock and would have had to go to the publisher to get it.
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By Vic Ferrari on May 10, 2013
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A hilarious read! It leaves almost no stone unturned. The only topic I think Magary failed to mention was advice for an athlete who is considering coming out of the closet.
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