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Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who’s Lived It (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 16. Juli 2013

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"An utterly hilarious romp through a wacky, yet occasionally poignant universe that runs parallel to reality – as told by someone who's struggled to find his way in both...If you're already one of the 36 million who do play, the book will make you laugh out loud, pump your fist in agreement and shake your head in sympathy. If you don't play, this book is a great way to find out what all the fuss is about." - USA Today

"As a longtime fan of Matthew Berry, I'm happy he's finally collected the most inane and hilarious things people will do in pursuit of fantasy glory. If I was in a fantasy league where you drafted people who write about fantasy leagues I would draft Matthew first.  Also, I would need to make some major changes in my life." - Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live Head Writer and three-time fantasy champion in a league you don't care about

“You don’t have to play fantasy sports to enjoy Matthew Berry’s Fantasy Life. You don’t even need to be a sports fan. If you like great writing, if you appreciate irreverent humor, if stories about friendship, family, backstabbing, and regrettable Justin Bieber tattoos warm your heart, you’ll love this book.”—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author  

“I am a bad fantasy football player and worse fantasy baseballer. I am heartened after reading Fantasy Life that this apparently does not matter. Matthew Berry’s book proves that there are lots of people out there like us: people who don't use fantasy sports to escape from life, but rather to live it with more fun.”— Peter King, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated, and owner, “Montclair Pedroias,” New Jersey Suburban League

"I don't care about fantasy sports, and unless it involves a player shooting another player on the field like in The Last Boy Scout, I don't want to hear any stupid fantasy stories. But Matthew Berry did the impossible: He wrote a book about fantasy football that was hilarious and interesting to people who don't even like fantasy football. I loved this book."  - Tucker Max, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

“Football can be broken down into X’s and O’s, but at the end of the day, we’re all after drama, human interest, and a great story. Matthew Berry’s Fantasy Life is a great story. I know sports can make a difference in people’s lives; Matthew Berry has shown that fantasy sports can, too.” – Ron “Jaws” Jaworski, ESPN NFL Analyst, and proud owner of multiple fantasy championships under the name "Jawbreaker"

"If I had to choose between playing real football and fantasy football, I honestly don’t know what I’d choose. (Just kidding.) For players like me, fantasy sports are an obsession, an escape, and a great opportunity to trash talk each other. Matthew Berry is THE guy (other than me) everyone listens to and texts for advice during drafts. Fantasy Life is a must-read for fantasy sports fans, athletes, and anyone who loves ridiculous stories" Maurice Jones-Drew, All Pro NFL running back, host of "Running with MJD" on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio

“For those of us who compete in fantasy sports, it's a fraternity. And this book IS fantasy sports. It covers the highs and lows, the good and bad, in victory and in defeat. And it's told by the only man who could tell it: Matthew Berry, the Talented Mr. Roto himself.”- Dale Earnhardt, Jr., NASCAR driver and 12-team "Dirty Mo Posse" league champion.

“I was excited to see that Matthew was writing a book about fantasy sports. As a pro athlete I’ve seen fantasy sports blow up in the last 10 years, and he’s been in the middle of all of it. Thank you, Matthew Berry, for writing such a funny book – and for being my personal consultant for the Cardinals’ fantasy football league.” -Matt Holliday, All-Star Outfielder, St. Louis Cardinals

“Matthew Berry has gleefully documented everything that is so great about fantasy sports - the celebrations and the punishments, the conniving and backstabbing, the agony and the ecstasy.  He’s got an amazing story for any situation you find yourself in.  It’s the Kama Sutra of fantasy. If you've ever watched The League, you will love this book.  Matthew shows in hilarious fashion that fantasy is like life - just better.” - Jackie and Jeff Schaffer, Creators of The League

“One of the people who makes it so much easier for you to enjoy success in fantasy sports now explains why we all enjoy playing fantasy sports. Draft this book early in your first round.” – Keith Olbermann, four-time New York Times bestselling author, nine-time fantasy baseball pennant winner

"Matthew Berry's personal journey in fantasy football is a lesson in a reality of life. Now, you can separate fantasy from reality in a fascinating read." - Chris Mortensen, ESPN Senior NFL Insider and "always in the money!"

"Matthew Berry's Fantasy Life is touching, gripping, addicting. There's nothing like it."—Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider

“Is there anyone that still thinks fantasy-baseball players are some sort of niche, Trekkie sect? Countless Major League players admit themselves to playing the game, and the web hasn't only mainstreamed it, it has turned it into a multi-million-dollar business. At this point, we'd say more sports fans know who Matthew Berry is than know most of the players on his team.”
-New York Magazine

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Universally regarded as one of the leading voices on fantasy sports, Matthew Berry is ESPN’s Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst. Known as the “Talented Mr. Roto,” he’s an Emmy winner for his work on ESPN2’s Fantasy Football Now. As one of the most popular columnists and podcasters on, he appears regularly on ESPN television and radio shows, including Sunday NFL Countdown, SportsCenter, and NFL Live. He is one of only four people to be in the Hall of Fame of both the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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Creating Your Own Fantasy Life 16. Juli 2013
Von James Altucher - Veröffentlicht auf
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Imagine if you could write for the top sitcom in America, then write movies in Hollywood, and actually make a ton of money doing it.

That sounds like fun, right? Sounds like you would kill to have a dream job like that.

Only Matt Berry did the exact opposite of that. He wrote 12 episodes of Married with Children. Wrote for a bunch of other shows. Even wrote a movie or two. And then gave it all up.

I would never have done that unless someone was offering me something incredibly huge. LIke, maybe he was going to be an astronaut or President.

But he gave it up for a job that paid nothing and all his dreams came true after that.

I called him up to find out why. He had tweeted about my book when it came out on June 3 and I wanted to thank him. But I was also jealous. I WANTED to write for the sitcoms. I was almost angry he gave it up to write for basically nothing for a fantasy sports site.

I was miserable in Hollywood, he told me. And then finally there was a breaking point. I was sitting in a room going over a script with two actors and they were trying to explain to me how to write comedy. I couldn't take it anymore.

Matt Berry's book, "The Fantasy Life" comes out today. It's excellent and I highly recommend it. Not because he sent it to me. But because I read it and it reminds me so much of how I ended up doing the things I ended up doing.

It's about someone who chooses himself, chooses to follow his own path to success and, in doing to, creates out of nothing an entire career.

I know nothing about Fantasy Sports. I know nothing really about sports. And yet I 100% related to almost every chapter in the book, which are his stories about fantasy sports, mixed in with his own memoir and how he got to be where he is: THE fantasy sports commentator for ESPN, and the founder of one of the most popular sites about fantasy sports.

The lessons I got from his story:

A) Your dream job might not be your dream job. Everyone thinks that writing for Hollywood sounds like a fantasy. And I'm sure it was that societal dream that thew Matt Berry into the mix. He was funny, he moved to Hollywood and worked at a toy store, rose up the ranks with spec scripts, ending up at The George Carlin Show, and then Married..with Children, and then, and then and then. He paid his dues, learned his writing skills, and was making money at the entertainment capitol of the world.

But he hated it.

As he wrote in the book, "doing something you don't care about kill you inside. And a lot of money won't change that."

B) What are your childhood dreams? Believe it or not, they usually don't change when you grow older. Berry had been playing fantasy sports since he was 14 years old. He had put in his "10,000 hours" on Fantasy sports. It was his passion more than anything else, more than Hollywood. So he approached a site, RotoWorld and offered to write for them for almost nothing. As he put it, "I was starting to think outside the box, starting down a path that would eventually lead me to trade one life for another".

C) Be persistent. He contacted RotoWorld's general contact info offering to write and they wouldn't respond. Finally he contacted the head writer, laid out his credentials, and did my favorite technique: he ASKED FOR ADVICE on how he could write for them. Within seconds he was writing for them.

D) Diversify. He didn't just quit his job and write for free. He was still writing for Hollywood while using his free write for free. Often people write me and say, "I have this great idea but I have a full time job. Can you help me raise money so I can do my idea?" And the answer is always going to

When I started my first business I was still working my fulltime job at HBO. I was still trying to shoot two pilots for them plus manage all the upkeep on their website. And at the same time I was running my business, making websites for every other entertainment company. I had to work 24 hours a day but every moment I was enjoying. Sort of. Sometimes I hated it. Sometimes I couldn't handle how much time it was taking.

But you have to take control of your own destinies to find which one is right for you. Once someone gives you money, you are OWNED. Try everything first. Then buy your freedom.

E) Choose Yourself. When the fantasy sports site he first started writing for wanted to cut him off he started his own site. How many times have you wanted to be "chosen" in life: by parents, colleges, a good job, a website, a publisher, an agent, a whoever.

Matt Berry may be great at Fantasy Sports and whatever he does at ESPN but what I got most out of his book was that he did not want to be chosen by someone else. When actors wanted to tell him (the writer of the one of the highest rated comedy shows of the 90s) what comedy was, he quit. When a fantasy sports site started to treat him like crap, he built his own site. He chose himself.

F) Be honest. I see this all the time among internet writers. Nobody wants to tell the truth and just say it how it is. Financial writers write about stocks. Sports writers write about sports. Social media "experts" want to write : "10 things to be a successful tweeter". But nobody writes about when they failed or when they were wrong. Everyone wants to hush that up so they can pretend to be perfect.

What I really want to know is: who the hell are you? Matt Berry became the first fantasy sports blogger to write about himself. As he put it, "I wrote about my life, my friends, my leagues...everything was fair game. I didn't want to be a stereotypical fantasy nerd.".

That's what people want to know. They want to know how hard it is to be obsessed with fantasy sports while maintaining a job and a relationship. They want to know your personal stories of success, failure, persistence, pain, despair, and riches. 99.9% of writers don't get this. For this reason alone: buy Matt's book and see how he does it. He's like the Howard Stern of Fantasy Sports. Every radio personality tried to copy Stern but none of them got the honesty part done right. Matt gets it.

And the pain is real. We all go through it. As Matt says on page 172 of the book, "I had lost the wife, the writing partner, the career. All I had left was the dog, the websites, and a half-empty living room".

G) Diversify even more. Matt was running his own site but you can never build up the biggest audience running your own site. You have to have bigger sites syndicate your content and then you link back to your own site. Matt kept pursuing bigger and bigger opportunities while continuing to run his own site. He went through the standard routine that everyone who is choosing themselves knows all too well:

1) first he tried everyone and they all said "no".

2) then one said "yes" and he started writing for

3) once one says yes, everyone ays yes: radio, MLB, Fox, ESPN.

4) Sell your business to make money and do what you love doing. He sold to ESPN / Disney and became their senior director of Fantasy Sports.

Which means:

H) Create your own career.

There WAS NO senior director of Fantasy Sports at ESPN (or any TV network) before Matt came along. He created that job, career, out of nothing. Nothing but the passion that started him at the age of 14, which led him to give up the pseudo--dream life in Hollywood, led him to give up almost everything in his life while he kept persisting, and finally ended up creating his own career and industry at the top of the mountain in sports.

The book is a blueprint for how to pursue one's passion. I wish I had read it when I was ten. I'm glad I read it now. I relate to so much of what he did and I feel it parallels much of what I discuss in "Choose Yourself". But Matt shows how it's done and I'm happy to recommend the book. He had sent it to me but I had already pre-ordered it.

I read it and then I called him to maybe interview him about it. But when we got on the phone I said, "you know what. I got it. I have no questions." To me, this book is the map for how to choose yourself, find your passion, and create the world you want to live in. 5 Stars!
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Compared to his Columns... 17. Juli 2013
Von William Weaver - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
If you are reading this review, you are probably a member of the tribe. That is, the tribe of fantasy players. And love him or hate him, Matthew Berry is Moses. But maybe the only thing more sad than staying up late to play fantasy sports is staying up late to read about playing fantasy sports. Alas, that is how I spent last night. I pre-ordered this book on a whim months ago, and when it came, I figured it would be nothing but Matthew copying his ESPN columns and pasting them into book form. I was wrong. As a longtime reader of the TMR and a longtime listener of his Fantasy Focus podcasts (2 emails read, Nate and Pod once voted I should be in the Man's League, but Matthew vetoed, no hard feelings), I can say that this book offers something new. This book is the great anthropology of fantasy sports. It is the collection of our most hilarious, ridiculous, and touching fantasy stories. Matthew has carefully collected them all through the years: the funniest trades, the wackiest drafts, and the greatest league traditions. The big difference between the book and the column is that here the stories come fast and furious. Something like 20 anecdotes a chapter. Most stories are told in a couple paragraphs, and because Matthew's writing them, they're hilarious. There is one long story in the book, but it's doled out through all the chapters, and it's the story of Matthew's life in fantasy. Longtime readers may know the cliffnotes of this story (Hollywood writer, Rotopass, wins Oscar for Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (not really)), but I felt like here we get it all, and the story is compelling. In the end, this is a fun, hilarious book, and although some of the stories have been mentioned before in columns, I didn't feel cheated by it. Quite the opposite. Where Matthew's columns most resemble the long, rambling writing of Bill Simmons, this book felt a lot like Rick Reilly. Quick and funny and just burying you with stories.
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A must-read for fantasy sports fans 20. Januar 2014
Von Rey Muradaz - Veröffentlicht auf
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Matthew Berry combines an autobiographical narrative with many entertaining stories of the highs and lows that fantasy sports brings. If you play any fantasy, you'll appreciate knowing you're not alone, and if you live with someone who plays, this book will give you some insights into the depths of their passions. Berry's story also left me liking him more, because he's been incredibly fortunate in his life, and he's quite happy to acknowledge it. This is no humble-brag - he's almost as surprised by his successes as we are in reading about them, and he's clearly very grateful for all of them. Easily one of the most entertaining books I've read in a while - if you care about fantasy, it's a must-read.
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For those who play fantasy sports, this book is for you. 15. September 2013
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It's hilarious, it is easy to relate to and Matthew Berry is great in his transitions between each story. It doesn't give you every trick and trade that he has, but he gives you an appreciation for your league and your playing experience. I highly suggest that you purchase this book if you are into fantasy sports.
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its my bible 11. September 2013
Von sean - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is like my bible(I don't go to church by the way). For a die hard fantasy football player its a must have. It made me rethink how i go about setting up fantasy leagues. No more guys that half ass pay attention, only die hard people that will comit and play hard to the end. 06010 4 Life
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