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Little boys fantasize about being NFL players, but grown men fantasize about owning them—drafting them, trading them and arranging them in starting lineups that compete against other "teams" based on the players' performances in real games. St. Amant quit his advertising job to pursue a fantasy football league championship and pen this boisterous celebration of the burgeoning pastime. He mixes hyperbolic commentary on his own travails with a recap of the hobby's origins, conversations with aficionados and pointers for neophytes. He depicts fantasy football as fandom on steroids; by placing the traditions of sifting stats, critiquing players and kibitzing strategies in a formal competitive setting, the essentially passive experience of watching football gains an imaginary dimension of control and mastery. In fact, watching becomes as grueling as playing ("My stomach feels as if it's been stopping cannonballs," St. Amant groans after one Sunday in front of the tube). The author writes like the life of the locker-room party, dishing out sarcastic trash talk and assaultive anal sex banter, but undercutting his macho bluster with self-deprecation. It's a fitting, if sometimes overbearing, tone. St. Amant's obsessiveness lacks critical perspective, but those who share his addiction will find his voice authentic.
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Fantasy football is a game in which the actual statistics (touchdowns, yard passing, etc.) of real NFL players, who have been selected by fantasy team "owners," are used to create a score. The score is then matched up against another fantasy team's accumulation of points to determine a winner. It can become a consuming passion, as it has for the author, a former advertising copywriter who gave up his job to pursue his hobby and the writing of this book. Readers get three narrative threads for the price of one. There is St. Amant's personal story, in which he convinces his wife that quitting his job to play fantasy football and write a book would be a good thing. There's a history of fantasy football, which began in the early 1960s as a sideline among a few pro-football beat writers and gradually developed into today's Internet phenomenon. Lastly, there is advice on league formats, drafting strategies, and trade etiquette. An informative, engagingly written, and very funny guide to an often-misunderstood area of sports fanaticism. Wes Lukowsky
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743267575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743267571
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Committed" excels at portraying the minds of FFL addicts. The book medium allows St.Amant to express himself in 100% honest ways (swearing, metaphors, etc.) that newspapers and Disney-endorsed websites (ESPN) cannot print. That being said, if I'm an editor at ESPN.com's Page 2 and I DON'T at least interview this guy, then I'm doing a disservice to my readers! If ESPN knows it's salt, then Bill Simmons may FINALLY have another worthy column next to his own masterpiece.

For readers, I can say that this book is a page turner if you are into sports, the NFL, any other fantasy leagues, or just enjoy satire/humor writing. The book's honesty is what makes it successful - there are no embellishments necessary because us FFLers are truly that crazy.

I'll be in Vegas for the WCOFF...soon maybe they'll rename the trophy the St.Amant trophy after all the publicity he gives them. Buy it and read it now! Now, back to ranking my depth charts...do I take Chris Brown over Brian Westbrook?
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Format: Hardcover
Absolutely hysterical. I caught myself missing my subway stops because I was so involved in the book. I've never joined a fantasy football league before but have tons of buddies who play...and after reading this I can't wait to join my first league this year. The book offered some helpful pointers & strategies for rookies like me, but overall was a comical, informative look at the roller coaster ride people go through in a typical fantasy football season.
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Had this on order, finally got it, finished it in a couple days...it was THAT good. If it were physically possible for ESPN.com's Bill "Sports Guy" Simmons, David Sedaris, and caustic comedian Denis Leary to spawn an unholy lovechild, it would be Mark St. Amant. As the review above says, he "writes like the life of the locker room party,"and any FF player will tell you that smacktalk is half the fun of playing FF. I semi-expected him to start screaming "I DRIVE A DODGE STRATUS!" like Will Ferrell. (And at times his dry wit, as he deals with the common ups and downs of his FF season, was downright Ferrell-esque...in the Walken "more cowbell" vein). His writing style is funny, though, mostly because a great deal of his venom is directed at himself and the evil FF gods, who downright haunt him. (Note: regarding the "assaultive anal sex banter" mentioned in the review above, this was a bit overblown in my opinion. How many times have you said, "A guy offered me James Stewart and Neil O'Donnell for Priest and Daunte...he was trying to bend me over!" I personally found those references funny - kinda like the humorous shock of seeing Ralphie being "you-know-what'ed" by Janice Soprano - and "R-rated" language/references like that are an accurate reflection of what truly goes on in FF leagues/message boards when buddies get together and the testosterone gets a bit out of control.) His many one-liners and offbeat pop-culture references are downright hysterical, and I learned early on not to skim anything for fear of missing a gem. One of my favorites: "My losing to this team would be like Halle Berry losing a wet T-shirt contest to Henry Kissinger." And none other than pop culture/humor/sports king, Chuck Klosterman, has a funny quote on the jacket cover, in my view giving the book serious "street cred.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
Definitely worth your time and money- esp. now that its only a few dollars- whether you're new or a veteran to playing fantasy football. Well written, easy to read and follow, funny, interesting, captivating, and helpful (has some good basic tips for FF players of all levels to learn and/or remember). Was good to read about how he and others who go through the similar highs, lows, experiences, and feelings of playing FF like I/we do.

To the reviewer who said this book is about old obscure players: you don't know and remember who Peyton Manning, LaDanian Tomlinson, Marvin Harrison, Clinton Portis, and Priest Holmes were/are? You probably had no business reading this book anyways. That reviewer also said this book is about old/obsolete resources which don't exist anymore...last I checked- which was today- ESPN, CBS, and Footballguys.com are very much still alive and running well as tier 1 FF content providers.

There is ALOT of swearing in this book, though- as in, what seemed like an f-bomb (or more) per page- as well as a few crude references.
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Format: Hardcover
Information for the 'newbie', 'vet', and the 'FF Widow(er)'. Mr. St. Amant is witty, informative, inciteful, and sacrilegious throughout. An excellent read. If you are looking for a page turner, this is the one!
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I recently hurt my back and was laid up for quite awhile. My brother, knowing that I was hurt, brought me over some reading material. This material was Mark St.Amant's book "Committed".

Let me start by saying that I do not play Fantasy Football. I do watch some NFL games, but I am by no means a hard-core football fan. I am however, a hard-core reader. I confess that I did not think I would like this book before I started reading it. After the first few pages, however, I was hooked.

Here was a very readable story, a story that was laid out in such a way that I wanted to follow it to its end. As I read through the story I was introduced to a number of characters that I am still interested in. I also feel as though I got to know the author a little bit. Here is a guy that was crazy enough to quit his job to pursue Fantasy Football yet sane enough to remain "committed" to the most important things in his life.

I think he was able to achieve his stated goal of introducing me, the reader, to the world of fantasy football in such a way that I am interested in perhaps joining a league next year.

He also told me something about his wife and his friends, all of whom sound very real and very "normal". In short, he shared something of his life with me, a perfect stranger.

I must give a warning though, there were times while reading this book that I laughed so hard I had to stop reading. It hurt my back for me to laugh that hard. Even though I knew I was in for some physical pain, I still read the book cover to cover.
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