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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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Just what is fantasy football? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it is a game in which people create imaginary teams by selecting players from an existing sports league and then score points based on the athletes' actual performance, a kind of parallel sporting universe. In 2003, St. Amant, with his wife's permission, quit a successful position as an advertising copywriter to sit at home in front of a television and computer and fully indulge his fixation, attempting to win his fantasy football league. Sound farfetched? The publisher states that fantasy football is the fastest-growing hobby in America, with 90 percent of the 15 to 20 million fantasy sports participants competing in the football version. In fact, the World Championship of Fantasy Football is now held in Las Vegas. The author chronicles the trials and tribulations of his plunge into sports obsession while also serving as a guide for the novice or experienced player. Buy where demand warrants or where fantasy leagues are popular.-Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., B.C. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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.

Mark St. Amant quit his job and dropped out of life in order to concentrate on his fantasy football team. Obviously, he is the smartest man who's ever lived.
-- Chuck Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
St. Amant cleverly chronicles his quest...once I started reading his story, I couldn't put it down.
-- Tom Borrelli, The Buffalo News
St. Amant writes like the life of the locker-room party.
-- Publishers Weekly

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