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Men with Balls: The Professional Athlete's Handbook Hardcover – October 27, 2008

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"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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!

"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

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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Product Details

  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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OK. I admit it. I have the biggest "old enough to be his mother" crush on Drew Magary. This magnificent anti-Simmons, has the talent, balls and suburb writing skills to be the next THING in sports writing. As a long time sports fan I have been subjected to the most awful sports writing imaginable. As a female sports fan, it is a bazillion times worse with rampant misogyny worn like a badge of honor by any knuckledragger with a sharpie. Yikes! It's like living in the last century. If the year 1500 was the last century.
When things were looking bleakest in the age of juvenile bloggers, pubescent foot stompers whining incessantly about some perceived slight to their favorite team OR boring us with statistics that would make W. Edwards Demming cry, along comes a savior who is witty, intelligent, understands sports is NOT the end-all to our civilization. SPORTS is fun! We root, cheer, curse and throw inanimate objects at our electronic television boxes because we care, damnit! But it ends there. Magary gets that. Oh thank you, sweet baby Jebus.
"Men with Balls" is a terrific parody of the modern athlete as Olympic god. From 'amateur' status to 'professional' career criminal Magary has tips and advice for these men as they navigate the toxic waters of the 21st century professional athlete.
Whats special is this book is written for all the average Joes and Janes who slurp the sweat of these god-like creatures. We all learn something!
"Men with Balls" is one of the best books I've read that takes a satirical pointed stick and pokes it straight in the eye of those who deserve it.
Read it. You could do way worse. Like watching a Sixers game.
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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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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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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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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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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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