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Committed: Confessions of a Fantasy Football Junkie
Contributor(s): St Amant, Mark (Author)

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ISBN: 0743267575     ISBN-13: 9780743267571
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
OUR PRICE: $16.99  

Binding Type: Paperback
Published: July 2005

Annotation: For the 20 million people who play fantasy football, this is a definitive look at the game and the phenomenon from the editor of the sports news humor Web site, The Sports Rag.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | Football
- Games & Activities | Role Playing & Fantasy
Dewey: 796.332
Physical Information: 0.8" H x 5.5" W x 8.5" (0.85 lbs) 304 pages
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Publisher Description:
For one man, football is more than just a fantasy...

As seen on ESPN's "Cold Pizza"

Fantasy football -- one of America's most popular, and profitable, virtual pastimes -- became a way of life for sports humorist and author Mark St. Amant. Utterly fed up with never having won his league championship, St. Amant abandoned a successful advertising career to make fantasy football his full-time job, embarking on a sprawling reconnaissance mission to discover what really makes this game, and its 20 million players, tick. "Committed" is the result of St. Amant's ranting, relentless, and strategic pursuit of his own obsession.

In this wickedly funny and deeply informative work, St. Amant offers readers an all-access sideline pass to his wild, unprecedented fantasy football season, and to the hobby itself. From its humble beginnings in a New York hotel in 1962 to a multibillion-dollar business today, from local and online leagues to high-stakes, cutthroat Las Vegas competitions, St. Amant lays bare the facts, figures, and fanaticism of fantasy football in all its multidimensional glory.

Contributor Bio(s): St Amant, Mark: - Mark St. Amant is also the author of Committed: Confessions of a Fantasy Football Junkie. Mark has regularly appeared on ESPN Classic and has contributed to The Boston Globe Magazine. He lives in Boston with his wife and daughter.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 August #1)
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. Agent, Bob Mecoy. (Sept. 4) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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