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Why Fantasy Football Matters: (And Our Lives Do Not) Paperback – August 1, 2006
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"This is the biography of every fantasy league out there -- the camaraderie, smack talking, and competition that drives us all. The only thing more entertaining than reading about how normally responsible, mature professional people turn into obsessed lunatics is when you realize most of the writing is really about you." -- David Dorey, TheHuddle.com
"The passion, brotherhood, and insanity of fantasy football are here in all their glory. The perfect read for fantasy football enthusiasts . . . or those who want to understand them." -- Brendan Roberts, Sporting News
About the Author
He and Max Handelman have won three Bush League Championships, and bickered endlessly while losing the other five.
Max Handelman launched Fox Sports's fantasy games division. He is now an independent film producer.
He and Erik Barmack have won three Bush League Championships, and bickered endlessly while losing the other five.
Top Customer Reviews
If you are a fantasy "widow", you're probably wondering why you receive only monosyllabic responses on Sundays from September through January
The answers are all here; a must-have before the '06 season.
One word sums up this book best.
I picked up "Why Fantasy Football Matters (and our lives do not)" and finished it within two days. It was hard to put down because every new chapter takes the reader along the next adventure of a leagues FF season. If you play fantasy football you will enjoy reading this in-depth look at a typical fantasy football league by Barmack and Handelman.
I loved the references to movies and other cultural icons like Bill O' Reilly, Seinfeld, Wile E Coyote, Cool Hand Luke, the Muppets and even DR Seuss. Sure some of the lists were for issues that are not of particular importance to me; however, for the most part, they were an enjoyable look back into some iconic moments from my past.
I especially enjoyed Chapter 20 "Rage Against The Experts E-Mail". It has an excellent diatribe about "expert advice and analysis" and the sometimes stupid questions (and answers) FF columnists get and give. I think every fantasy fooballer has had these thoughts on one occasion or another. It was good to see them in print!!!
As far as criticism, do not expect too much fantasy football wisdom from this book. Just sit back, read it and enjoy the ride. It does have an occasional morsel of knowledge, but if you are into fantasy football these "tips" and "strategies" will be well known by you now.
Another albeit small criticism is that "Why Fantasy Football Matters" was published in 2006, so some of the references to the fantasy football season may seem a bit old to new readers. But this does not distract from the obvious humor in these references.Read more ›
It's a fun read. If you play fantasy football you are going to dig it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still a fun read for any fantasy football player even though the player and other references are 10-15 years old. Made me laugh a few times. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John
I bought 5 fantasy football books to help me understand playing in money leagues. This book was a waste of money. Should have asked for a refund. Read morePublished on June 3, 2012 by gator42
This book just tries too hard to be funny. While some chuckles are had, they are few and far between. Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by Nick Cupolo
This book has fantastic reviews and I am horribly disappointed. It seemed to take everything that people have heard happening in a fantasy league and condensed it all into one... Read morePublished on March 29, 2009 by M. Nejedly
Having recently read the superb "Committed, Confessions of a Fantasy Football Junkie." by Mark St. Amant, I bought "Why Fantasy Football Matters" in the hope that it would be just... Read morePublished on January 29, 2008 by Mikethebuc
Fantasy football is about having fun and humiliating your friends and colleagues at the same time. This book captures that mentality perfectly. Read morePublished on August 25, 2007 by reenum
This book really makes you take a step back and examine your addiction to Fantasy Football. It is a must read for wives that just don't get the importance.Published on January 10, 2007 by Edward Flowers
Hilarious!! I actually bought this book as a kind of a joke for my husband who lives for his Fantasy League during football season..... Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by W. Darr