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Reviewing “Fantasy Life” by ESPN’s Matthew Berry

No one has lived a crazier existence in the Fantasy Sports world than ESPN Senior Fantasy Analyst Matthew Berry. His book, “Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports From the Guy Who’s Lived It,” came out Tuesday with much anticipation. I looked forward to Reviewing “Fantasy Life” from the moment I started reading it.

I received a copy a few weeks ago, and quickly tore through it. In short, it was funny, informative and interesting – and there’s no way you can ask any more from a book, much less a book about Fantasy Baseball and Football.

Reviewing “Fantasy Life” For Fantasy Readers

I know what you’re asking, you’re saying, “Gonos, when was the last time you showered?” But I know you’re also asking, “Is ‘Fantasy Life’ going to teach me anything to help me this season?”

Short answer, no. But really, there are a dozen Fantasy magazines out there that can help you with 2013.

This book is a deeper look into the life of a Fantasy writer, and Fantasy players.

This book will make any commissioner widen his eyes and think about the possibilities of injecting some life into his league’s lottery, draft, weekly games or championship.

This book is an excellent look at the Fantasy industry, and how most writers didn’t think of becoming Fantasy writers until the opportunity slapped them in the face.

There is no college course to take. You can’t read any books on becoming a Fantasy writer, and there are no third-generation Fantasy writers … or second-generation, for that matter.

What’s Inside a “Fantasy Life”?

Berry does an awesome job of going back and forth between his own life story and how he got to where he is today, and the life of Fantasy Sports. He discusses drafts and Fantasy playoffs and trades and trophies and Fantasy cheaters.

Reviewing "Fantasy Life" by Matthew Berry

ESPN’s Matthew Berry takes a light-hearted look at the hobby we all love, while seamlessly interweaving his life story in.

There has to be about 100 great stories in this book, detailing both life and death in Fantasy Baseball and Football. Each story is a little unique to every league out there.

No writer has access to as many readers, and potential storytellers, as Berry. He culled these bits for years, as he prepared to write this book.

And reviewing “Fantasy Life” means I need to recommend or dissuade a reader from buying this book. I can honestly say, this book is the best book involving Fantasy Football that I’ve ever read. I know that’s a weird statement, considering there haven’t been many/any.

But I rank this right next to “FantasyLand: A Sportswriter’s Obsessive Bid to Win the World’s Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball League,” which introduced the world to CBSSports.com personality Nando Di Fino.

Another cool part about this book is that he wrote it so that it’s timeless. There’s not a lot of references to 2012 or 2013. It’s just an awesome collection of stories, including Berry’s.

You’ll either read “Fantasy Life” in a week, or you might leave it on your coffee table and flip through it throughout the season – or both! But I am quite confident that you will enjoy it immensely. Even reviewing “Fantasy Life” was fun!

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