Committed: Confessions of a Fantasy Football Junkie

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Simon and Schuster, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 294 pages
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Fantasy football is America's fastest growing obsession, and sports humorist Mark St. Amant is among the obsessed. Entering the 2003 season -- utterly fed up with never having won his league championship -- St. Amant decided to embark on a quest for fantasy football knowledge and glory. He abandoned his advertising career and made fantasy football his new full-time job, setting out on a sprawling reconnaissance mission to discover what really makes this game -- and its players -- tick. He stalked industry experts and gained access to leagues from all over the country, from private local leagues to the biggest (and richest) league on the planet, the World Championship of Fantasy Football (WCOFF) in Las Vegas.

Wading through the game's history, from its humble beginnings in a New York hotel in 1962 to the serious business it is today, "Committed" takes readers on a wickedly funny, deeply informative descent into the underbelly of an exploding national pastime. St. Amant provides an all-access, sideline pass to his entire season, and this world, as he strategizes, plots, trades, rants, and chases his league championship. For longtime veterans and newbies, hardcore sports nuts and casual sports fans, Committed reveals the truth behind the unique attraction of fantasy football.

 

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I really enjoyed this book -- both a look at someone else's fantasy misery as well as a who's who who was of the 2002-2003 season. LT2 is still here, as is Harrison -- but Marshall Faulk, etc. Funny ... Read full review

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Contents

Last Season
1
Fantasy Football 101
13
The Book of Fantasy Football Genesis
25
Open Tryouts
33
Huddle Up
41
Christmas in August
53
Road Game
67
Vegas Baby Vegas
78
Remote out of Control
147
Norman Chad Attacks
154
Holy Shit Im Actually Starting Jerome Pathon
159
Resignation of a Red Sox Fan
167
Halftime
186
Transcendental Negotiation
192
Matt Lauer Intervenes
199
Stalking Joe Horn Part II
208

Kickoff and Alas Liftoff
91
Friend or Foe?
95
Sex or Marriage?
101
Trader Mark
104
Grand
109
Hanging by a Nail
118
Off to See the Wizard
124
Luck vs Skill
135
Wunderkind
138
Plight of the FF Widow
224
Fight Club Philadelphia Chapter
230
FFRehab
237
Messenger of the Gods
251
The Revenge of Joe Horn
260
Postgame
269
Newbie Strategy Tips
281
Websites and Magazines
287
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About the author (2004)

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.

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