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How Fantasy Sports Explains the World: What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us About Wookiees and Wall Street Hardcover – August 17, 2011

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"An entertaining and informative look at fantasy sports unlike any I have ever read." - Sean McDonough, ESPN play-by-play announcer.


"I've been playing fantasy sports since the day I retired from the NFL,and the way AJ relates unique life lessons to that pursuit? It's terrific storytelling and amazing stuff." - Mark Schlereth, three-time Super Bowl Champion, ESPN NFL analyst. 


"I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of a fantasy league. But having read How Fantasy Sports Explains the World, I understand why so many people cannot make that claim." -  Bill Littlefield, host, NPR Radio's "Only a Game".


"Truly innovative and intellectually stimulating, How Fantasy Sports Explains the World is an entertaining read fans and non-fans alike should pick up." - Maria Miaoulis, The Celebrity Cafe.com

About the Author

AJ Mass is a professional fantasy sports analyst working for ESPN.com, the most highly trafficked sports Web site on the Internet. After college, Mass spent four seasons inside the giant baseball-shaped head of the New York Mets legendary mascot, Mr. Met. His advice is sought after by fantasy sports owners from all over the globe. Mass's innovative approaches to statistical analysis have earned him high praise from co-workers and competitors alike and have made him a frequent guest on many radio stations around the country. He lives with his wife and young son in Galloway, NJ.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (August 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161608295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082956
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Stocking on May 25, 2013
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I was expecting something meatier, but this was a fun read. AJ tells some good stories, like his stint as a blackjack dealer in Atlantic City, but I was expecting more insights. It is too bad that fantasy sports are so named, because it's become much less imaginary than the name indicates, thanks in part to guys like AJ ... and people like you and me, who love playing them.
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If you take the fans of the best selling books Freakanomics and Super Freakanomics and then take fans of fantasy baseball, football, basketball (and presumably other sports), you probably have several HUNDRED MILLION people.

All of them should buy this book.

ESPN writer A.J. Mass has created an engaging, amusing and informative book that takes "real-world" examples and tells us how to apply them to our fantasy sports teams. He also takes the exact opposite tack, showing how the way one approaches his or her fantasy team has corollaries that should be extended to the aforementioned "real-world."

Whether you are a fan of Albert Pujols or Star Wars, casino gambling or Allen Iverson's Mom, or even the great bard William Shakespeare, this book has something for everyone. Pick it up for yourself - and it will make a great gift for the fantasy sports addict in your life!
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I'm really enjoying How Fantasy Sports Explains the World. The correlations he makes between real life situations and fantasy strategy is fascinating and informative. And his anecdotes about his own life are entertaining. It's cool to read a book that has elements of both a good story and practical ways to improve your life. Nice combo AJ, well done.
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Really enjoyed this book. Had many references to topics not normally associated w/ fantasy sports. Examples included: Shakespeare; voting bloc power; and Allen Iverson in a casino. Anyone that plays fantasy sports and wants to get more out of them (in a meta- way) should buy this book.
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Alan Mass has a unique and refreshingly honest sense of humor. When reading through his many stories, you can't help but think that it would be great to have a beer with this guy.

A fun read for sports and fantasy sports fans. I just started getting into fantasy football this year. Alan Mass' stories put fantasy sports into a better perspective for me as well.
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AJ Mass has produced excellent works on fantasy sports for ESPN.com and that level of excellent continues in to this book. In a genre that has become flooded with writers who all seem to have the same opinions and dispense them in the same format, AJ has a unique style that is refreshing to say the least. Where else would a book about fantasy sports reference The West Memphis Three, Star Wars, Allen Iverson and Quantum Physics and still somehow all make sense and fit together perfectly?
This book is a must read for all fantasy players and those interested in the phenomenon of fantasy sports. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed in this book and will learn more than you ever thought you could from a book about fantasy sports.
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