Win A Free Copy Of Matthew Berry’s New Book

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If you ever meet a fantasy sports analyst who tells you they weren’t inspired by Matthew Berry (at least in some part) to do what they do…they’re lying. The man is simply put the Michael Jordan of the fantasy world and all the rest of us are fighting to be the LeBron James (read: not as good as Jordan).

 

As such, it’s an absolute pleasure for me to let you all know what Matthew’s publisher, Riverhead Books, has asked me to help promote TMR’s new book, Fantasy Life. They were kind enough to give me an advance copy and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first half of it so far (and I’m not just saying that). I normally don’t really care about people’s fantasy sports stories (we all have those crushing defeats that no one else wants to hear about), but Matthew has managed to put together an excellent collection of stories and thoughts of how fantasy sports has become interconnected with our lives.

 

When Riverhead let me know I could give away two free copies of Matthew’s book, I was trying to think of the best way to find a winner. I thought of doing it based on retweets (then I realized I don’t care about retweets), then I thought I’d do it based on a certain number of followers (then I realized that is completely self-serving), so here’s what I’m gonna do:

 

- One copy will be given away to a FantasyTrade411 Member (that I’ll randomly select) as a way to offer an exclusive give away to our site members
 
- One copy will be given away to non-members and all you need to do is leave a comment below this post about why you deserve the book. Make it funny, make it creative, make it whatever you want, but keep it relatively short (I’m not looking to read essay an essay about how “your’e the MAN at fantasy sports”). I’ll select the best response on the evening of June 30th and MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE YOUR TWITTER HANDLE OR EMAIL so I can get in touch with you if you win.

 

Good luck!
 



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91 Responses to 'Win A Free Copy Of Matthew Berry’s New Book'

  1. Roger says:

    I need this book! My fiancee has beat me the last two football season. I need knowledge and luck!

  2. Dustin says:

    Why do I need this book? I live, breath and eat fantasy football. Still 43 days til the first pre-season game. I need something to fill my time!!!

  3. dave schultz says:

    I deserve a copy so i can finally learn how to be cool and score with chicks! Err..
    Spmleague@gmail.com

  4. Al says:

    You could say Matthew Berry is the Hulk Hogan of the fantasy world. Coincidentally, the last book I’ve read was Hulk Hogan’s 10 years ago. It’s time for the passing of the torch.

  5. Rob S. says:

    I deserve a copy of Matt Berry’s book because I am a man without direction. To date, I have made 32 trades in a 12 team ESPN points league. I love to trade but even I must question my direction based on several transactions. For example, I was able to trade Rickie Weeks for Shelby Miller however, I then traded Shelby Miller for Chase Utley. Please help, I’m a desperate man.

  6. Ryan says:

    I need it because as a Canadian, asking around for help with lineups and draft picks usually results in an onslaught of CFL players being named.

  7. I need this book to sit on while I try to grab guys off the waiver wire. I’m to short to see the screen. Oh and I also need it to no why I keep coming in 2nd place. I’m the Phil Mickelson of fantasy sports.

  8. joeyg says:

    I need this book to sit on while I try to grab guys off the waiver wire. I’m to short to see the screen. Oh and I also need it to no why I keep coming in 2nd place. I’m the Phil Mickelson of fantasy sports. Twitter- @joeygloster

  9. Polo says:

    Sounds fair

  10. Mike says:

    I need this book because I’m too lazy and cheap to go out and buy it

    Twitter – @Mike_623

  11. Cody says:

    I’ve read his stuff for a few years now. Great writer, and with the competitive friends/leagues I’m in, I definitely could use the fantasy advice.

  12. Julie says:

    Two reasons:
    A. to watch my brother-in-law throw another tantrum when I beat him in the playoffs
    B. won’t have to bug you on twitter (win-win there for sure)
    @j_stef13

    (Does “go Bruins!” get any bonus points? Hope so, I really can’t feign love for the Pats)

  13. mrbecker712 says:

    I need this book simply because I waste my days away checking Twitter for updates of whether or not a 21 year old dude in some midwestern farm town might get the call up to make a spot start and I may want to stash him. Because I play in leagues where we trade away draft picks…2015 draft picks. Because in 2010 I traded away Nelson Cruz for the #1 waiver rights in a league just to get Strasburg, knowing full well if he failed to sign a contract by the midnight deadline I would be out a star outfielder for nothing.

  14. Roger Doseck II says:

    I stink

  15. Ryan Somers says:

    Looking to 3-Peat in my League this year as “Bulldog Hershiser” so I obviously Bleed the Blue. Self proclaimed as Canada’s biggest Dodger Fan for 26 years. They obviously are Strugggggggaaalllinnnngggg. Winning this Book would help ease the sting of being in last place with the highest payroll of All Time!

    @RysieSomers

  16. Mike says:

    I deserve this book because I thought very hard about why I might deserve it and came up with nothing. I want it enough to think that hard; that means something. Also, Berries are delicious. @beerswater

  17. I’m 38 and just started playing fantasy football 2 years ago. Could use the book to help me make up for all the lost time! Plus I have become instantly addicted to the point I have a FF blog. My twitter handle is @fantasyfootballmyway

  18. Garrett says:

    This books is my last chance to win the respect/love of my friends and family. I don’t want it, I NEED it….also to escape the insane circus that is the Boston media right now

  19. Edwin says:

    I deserve this book because I’m a good friend- I mean I’m the kind of good friend that if my friend died, I wouldn’t destroy my security surveillance system.
    @enoland3

  20. Garrett says:

    ah hope this doesnt hurt my chances, i’m @Lovemesomechili

  21. daren says:

    Just as good a person to select as any I guess… @mwcoast

  22. Mark Pranger says:

    A. I’m a huge fan of Berry’s writing style.
    B. If it is appropriate, I’ll put it on my book shelf for my students (perhaps promoting the book even more!)
    C. Since you know I am teacher, I need something interesting to read during my long morning bathroom visits this summer break.

    @markpranger (twitter)

  23. I need this book because I am in the fantasy industry and I’m trying to learn from those who know best in order to achieve future success. I also enjoy Matthew’s writing style and have been waiting to read this book ever since it was announced.

    Twitter handle: TheNumbers_Guy
    Email: cpacheco81@outlook.com

  24. jarret demers says:

    My fantasy life is filled with crushing defeats so it would be nice to hear others misfortunes. Last championship 2007:’( @jarretjd

  25. Andy Pollack says:

    I am a month into studying for the (Law) Bar, studying 10-12 hours/day, and when I stop hustling and take a study break, I’d appreciate having some (at least decent right?) reading material besides my mind-numbing workbooks to look at. My sanity is on the line here . . . WWAD (What Would Aquaman Do)? [twitter: @pollack_andy]

  26. Brandon says:

    Matthew Berry is by far my favorite sports writer. I always read his columns for both fantasy football and baseball, and I got excited when I saw this book in his Draft Day Manifesto. I am going to college this fall, so saving the 25 dollars would be huge (I’m majoring in Secondary Education – math teacher at high school- in case anyone was wondering, which I’m sure no one was). Seriously, 25 dollars in college is like 1,000 dollars in real life. The book even comes out on my 18th birthday.

    @bkrzyzkowski16

  27. @NatonGodBasebal

    I need this book so my soon to be wife (wedding on August 10th) will have some reading material while I draft another championship team on August 27th!

    Thanks a lot for this offer. I love your stuff and Berry is the Fantasy Football Boss.

  28. Shawn Ferris says:

    For me, I deserve this book for three simple and ironically unrelated reasons:

    1. I read everything. In contrast, my college roommate hasn’t read a whole book cover to cover his entire life. Not Dr. Suess, not Captain Underpants, not even for school that sparknotes exploiting S.O.B.

    2. I love fantasy sports. Even more than my girlfriend. She repeats everything she says to me now out of habit because I haven’t answered her the first time she says anything anymore because I’m always staring at my laptop or at my phone looking up fantasy news.

    3. I’m an aspiring sports writer. I like to think I write like Bill Simmons (my idol) but my writing style is probably closer to a mix between a wanna-bee Matthew Berry and Soulja Boy rapping on his worst day (it ain’t pretty). I need this book to find my journalistic way and save my would be career.

  29. Nathan says:

    @MatthewBerryTMR’s motto is to never hustle… Because nothing good comes from hustling. So that’s what I’m gonna do. I would like a copy of the book because I like, no love, fantasy football.

    nathanshamo@yahoo.com

  30. Celis says:

    I am a female fan that lives and breathes sports. My boyfriend and I compete in every way imaginable whether it’s through March Madness brackets, NHL playoff brackets, and of course fantasy leagues. I’ve had a pretty pristine record so far, and I need this book to maintain my dominance because quite frankly I’ve grown tired of my boyfriend “finishing first” in other ways.

    celis4@yahoo.com

  31. Anthony says:

    I deserve the book because I am cool and come to this site a lot. I was also a Member for football last year and also into basketball. Also, I’m cool. @ADG_25

  32. Tyler Bors says:

    Dont b stooped, reedeng iz fundumantal. Give buk 2 me.

  33. Rob Owen says:

    i’ve never been to HOOTERS. i like my objectifying done with a dose of subtlety.

  34. chris jarrell says:

    I will never be Lebron to Matt’s Jordan without the book! I need it!

  35. Kole says:

    I want to read this book to learn how to be the prettiest girl in the bar. Or hopefully the least ugly…you know what I mean. @KMV1000

  36. The reasons I need this book…im 1-0 career against chad durbin…ive beaten johnny damon in a footrace….and I once swam in a koi pond….in a bowling alley….twitter name is @bobbyschmidtIII

  37. Brett Mason says:

    I need to understand why so many people hate me.

    Mike Shanahan

  38. Luke says:

    yeah I don’t really deserve this book… but can I have it anyway? Thanks.
    Twitter – @LBpuzzles

  39. Matt says:

    If it’s anywhere near as good as Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, send me two copies.

  40. Ronan Dolan says:

    I’m Aaron Hernandez and I need good reading material to pass the time in jail
    Twitter- @ronandolan

  41. Kirk Ryan says:

    Being a 5th grade teacher, I feel that I should be knowledgeable in many aspects. TMR’s book will allow this!

  42. Evan says:

    I deserve this book because I am apparently allergic to making my fantasy playoffs. It would be nice to read stories about others who are harassed as relentlessly as I am. – @EasyEv3

  43. Aaron says:

    The loser of my league can’t shave for a year. Guess who that was (Lebron voice) not 1, not 2, but 3 times in a row? Yep. I’m currently being recruited for Duck Dynasty….
    @acyr21

  44. Kevin says:

    I should get the book because Berry still need to repay those lost souls who pick Vick number one in 2011.

  45. Andrew Wilson says:

    Like an old man without his pills, I just can’t finish every season. I have more second place choke finishes than Phil Mickelson. Hopefully this book will help me climax at the right time, or at least encourage me that I am not the only one suffering from this affliction.

    @JcHc3in1

  46. Isaac says:

    I do not deserve this book. But I do want this book. But I did see the most interesting man in the world reading this book. That’s right he already has it.

  47. I could do with Berry’s book so I no longer need to download that nonsense he calls a podcast for irrelevant fantasy advice – @TomJFMonson

  48. I need something to read in the bathroom.

    @tombrubeck

  49. brad says:

    I’d try and win a copy of the book, but I know that it never pays to hustle. Writing something funny here is a surefire way to pull my hammy and wind up on the DL. @redletterbrad

  50. Jason says:

    True story: A dog once sunk his teeth into my leg in the middle of a my reenactment of the “I’m so excited! I’m so… scared!” scene from Saved By the Bell. After years of an ironic craving for caffeine pills caused by such dedication to said scene in the face of canine adversity have I found the passion of fake sports (and long sentences)….what will be my reward? Only the unique literary fantasy stylings of Matthew Berry will do. Thank you.

    You’re welcome.
    @JasonNiehoff

  51. Adam says:

    I don’t deserve this book, Chad Johnson does so he has something to read in prison when Terrell Owens is too busy to visit. Also, I won my fantasy league last year that featured the commissioners wife and three computer science majors. I’d like to continue the domination. (@jacaptain)

  52. Danny Silva says:

    There was a young man born in Denver
    In Syracuse, possibly went on a bender
    called himself TMR
    And guided from afar
    Without any notice of gender
    @dasilvasurfer74

  53. Danny Silva says:

    Worldly TMR
    Always crushes the others
    Unless he doesn’t
    @dasilvasurfer74

  54. Adam says:

    I don’t deserve this book, Chad Johnson does so he has something to read in prison when Terrell Owens is too busy to visit. Also, I won my fantasy league last year that featured the commissioners wife and three computer science majors. I’d like to continue the domination. (@jacaptain)

  55. Jay says:

    Cause he is the greatest fantasy guru ever… And I’m his biggest fan..

  56. I’d like to win this book because I’m one of the “can’t get enough” junkies. Middle of March I’m trying to leverage a three way trade that may involve my cat and a sushi-dinner-to-be-named-later for a WR6 that I think may spontaneously combust next year. I favorite Mr Rotos tweets so I can hyperlink back to his mid-summer articles in case my predraft strategy plunges into the ocean halfway through my draft. I tell strangers about my dynasty roster, uninterested cousins about my three year plan and my six year old why it’s prudent to wait on QBs this year. I breathe the sport and would literally make a protective jacket for it out of my fellow dynasty players losing roster lists. I read for fun, and my fun it’s fantasy football. Thank you. @leefs

  57. Caleb Johnson says:

    I’d like to win this book because I’m one of the “can’t get enough” junkies. Middle of March I’m trying to leverage a three way trade that may involve my cat and a sushi-dinner-to-be-named-later for a WR6 that I think may spontaneously combust next year. I favorite Mr Rotos tweets so I can hyperlink back to his mid-summer articles in case my predraft strategy plunges into the ocean halfway through my draft. I tell strangers about my dynasty roster, uninterested cousins about my three year plan and my six year old why it’s prudent to wait on QBs this year. I breathe the sport and would literally make a protective jacket for it out of my fellow dynasty players losing roster lists. I read for fun, and my fun it’s fantasy football. Thank you. @leefs

  58. Leo says:

    I was sitting at a bar, and several of my friends were talking about car engines. I sighed deeply and ordered another jack and coke. Nothing against cars, but I knew nothing about them. The truth is: I was tired of not being able to participate. I just didn’t seem to have the same passion or the same vast knowledge…so I turned away and watched the football game. Little did I know.

    Now, over a year later, I have discovered a world that I never knew existed. I am heavily involved in both Fantasy baseball and football, and I love every minute of it. I’ve grown closer to my uncle and his three sons because we started a Fantasy baseball league together. I’ve made brand new friends, earned some bragging rights, and discovered that there is something I am incredibly passionate about.

    Last Thanksgiving, I asked my mother if I could watch the football games (because I wanted to watch my players). My mother teared up and told me that she remembers when my grandfather used to watch football every Sunday before he passed away. That Thanksgiving, our whole family watched football.

    I know this reads like a Hallmark card and I cannot really explain it, but fantasy sports has become an incredibly positive part of my life. It gives me confidence, something to look forward to, and brings people together in a truly surprising way. I am so grateful, and if you think I deserve this book then I would love to receive a copy. Thanks, and please keep up the good work.

    @SocialGadfly007

  59. Jim Miller says:

    Roses are red
    violets are blue
    after thursday’s trades
    Bill Simmons is too

    Note – apology to poets, but aren’t violets violet?

  60. Adam says:

    I should win to justify the sad truth that instead of mowing my overgrown lawn, painting my garage or playing with one of my 3 young kids on a beautiful afternoon, I just spent 30 minutes sitting at my computer trying to think of something funny to win a book that I could take out for free at my local library.

  61. trevor says:

    From lugging my laptop to the carribean for my honeymoon in order to follow my football team, to sitting in traffic drafting via telephone, fantasy sports keep me going. The fantasy superbowl has got me out of visiting the in laws. And I have had to replace two remotes that were “mishandled” in frustration during the fantasy playoffs. If I am not checking my team I am thinking about checking it. Second guessing roster moves and beating myself up over missed transactions. This book will go a long way towards validating my obsession to my wife and child.
    Trevor

  62. Ryan says:

    I need this book so I can find out more about how Matthew Berry wrote Crocodile Dundee 3! And so I don’t have to shave my head again when I lose my league. @slaughterstubbs

  63. Blake says:

    I deserve this book bc the last 2 seasons I’ve been about as good at fantasy football as Aaron Hernandez has been at not killing people. I need help

  64. jeffrey says:

    I am considering drafting Tebow as my TE this season…please help!
    Oh, and I play in the JCC Fantasy Leagues too!
    @JeffreyCGordon

  65. Andy Younce says:

    Why should I win? Because Im the gut who always takes Amendola in the 9th Round even though he’ll be there in the the 12th. This year, I’ll have to spend a 3rd Rounder on him, because I’m not about to quit the guy now!

  66. Mark Baes says:

    I deserve this book because I’m SOOOOOOOOO Taguchi!!!!

  67. Monty says:

    Pick me. That’s all, because like Matthew I refuse to hustle jeterisgod on twitter and jeterisgod@yahoo.com

  68. Ryan Nelson says:

    I need this book because when I asked my seemingly 80 year old librarian if they were going to get Matthew Berry’s fantasy football book, she responded with a blank stare and led me to the fantasy fiction section.

    Twitter – @RyanNel75637260

  69. nick jensen says:

    I’m the padawan master at fantasy and need to have the book to be a Jedi master @nickjbills33
    Btw u rock

  70. Chris Stearn says:

    On the toilet, writing this because I have nothing to read!!! Time for a new book! Do you mind getting me some quilted TP??

  71. Andy says:

    What better gift to give my wife for our 6th wedding anniversary? Seriously. She’s playing for first time this year and as we all know the more excited she is and fun she has…the more fun I have. Let’s both get my wife excited…at least one of us should!

    @cubs suds

    Thanks!

  72. Nick F. says:

    Twitter = @njf20000

    Back in 1996, my first year of the football league, my manager from work (a local country club) made his first four picks in the draft. He aggresively shouted “PASS!” on rounds 5 & 6. By the time his 7th round pick came along he was passed out. Needless to say the other members in the league, (employees and members) took pictures with him all night. Our golf pro even pulled out his Carl Spackler outfit from Caddyshack (which he did his impersonation of every year at our member guest golf tounament) and put a pin with flag in his mouth. Problem was, me being the rookie, they made me drive him home. I truly believe he relieved himself of every Budweiser out my car window and inside of it. I had to leave the car windows down for about 3 days to get the stench out, only to find out when I rolled up my window it was still within the car door housing. Welcome to fantasy football!!!

  73. Harrison gross says:

    Let me tell you why I deserve it. Championship game- monday night game, I’m up by ten. The only player my opponent has left is Chris Johnson, the defense has not let him run for more than 2 yards. Next thing I know he runs 90 yards for a TD.
    But not this year-same league same players. I’ve been studying non stop. I ordered the magazine, espn insider, and savoring every word of Matthew Berry.i will win with this book as my guide.
    Fix_the_rug

  74. Tim Clemens Jr says:

    I have a better chance at winning this book than I do any fantasy league I am in (6 perennial leagues, plus another 3-6 that I impulsively join after each terrible draft) @TC_JR

  75. George says:

    Looking for free kindling.

  76. Brock blonquist says:

    I deserve the book because the part of my mind damaged from watching Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles needs some of TMR’s good writing to fill the void. That movie killed more brain cells than my bong!

  77. Peter says:

    Don’t give me this book. Seriously, I have so many more important books just collecting dust on my shelf, it would be an embarrassment to read fantasy football junk first. #ygolohcysp @Tavarific

  78. Bob Metz says:

    I’m 5’7″ short, never played a sport in my life and can’t win anything. I wrote my own fantasy football ‘e-book’ and it sucked. I deserve this book if, for no other reason than my own pathetic ‘fantasy life’!

  79. Karl M. says:

    I have never been treated for addiction of any kind, but I’m pretty sure I know what it feels like through fantasy sports. I do the Big 3 (baseball, football, basketball) and that means year-round, non-stop fantasy madness since one sport overlaps into the other. It’s fun to compete and win but stressful at the same time because you have to constantly stay on top of things. After one cycle of the Big 3, you feel like you need to stop and get away from it all. (FYI: I have been playing non-stop since the 2010 football season.) I have been meaning to take a break from it all for at least a year now, but I can’t do it. I literally cannot quit it. Every time I tell myself I need a mental offseason, the allure of competition and the passion for winning bring me back for more. It’s like I feel an empty void in my life if I don’t join that league or do one more mock draft. So I keep telling myself I’ll return for just one more season, one last fix, then I’ll stop, even though I know I’ll probably one day take a baseball bat to my desktop. Some people will say I need to get a life, but I call it an addiction. You think Matthew Berry’s book will help with that?

  80. Nick F. says:

    Twitter = @njf20000

    I made a response yesterday but it is not listed here. So, I am going to repost it.

    The year was 1996 and it was my first fantasy football draft. I remember it like it was yesterday. My manager at work ( a local country club in Ohio) had just made his 4th round pick. He calls “PASS!” agrgresively on his next two picks, saying he would pick his team off the waiver wire and still win. By round 7 he was passed out. So naturally everyone in the league took pictures of him (employees and members of the club). It got so bad that our golf pro put on his Carl Spackler “Caddyshack” outfit and put a pin with flag in his mouth, posing with him for at least 15 minutes so everone could get their pics. (our pro did a great impersonation of him yearly at our member guest tournament) Unfortunately, since I was the rookie, I was given the task of taking him home. (in looking back, I should have known this was a yearly routine) After the 45 minute drive, out of my way, we finally arrived to his home. He had thrown up inside and outside and all over my car. I went straight to a car wash and cleaned it out. I had to leave the windows down for at least 3 days to get that stench out. The worst part was when I went to roll the windows up, I found out that he had pretty much filled up the inside of the car door as vomit was smearing down the window. WELCOME TO FANTASY FOOTBALL!!!

  81. Ryan says:

    I’m a fantasy newbie within reason but I’m struggling on thoughts about stacking on pitching vs batting… I’m all batting all day

  82. Ryan says:

    I need this book because my wife says i cant read. Well ill show her! I just bought a book how to read for dummies. Now who has the last laugh? @hankthetank10

  83. Scott Brekke says:

    First of all thank you Mr.Roto for reading this. I am a fantasy football nerd and any help that I can get from the “Master Of Fantasy” (possible nickname for you in the future) is helpful. Both me and my wife play in a family league and love hearing your opinion on players. Not being cocky but thanks for the free book! Hopefully! Twitter-@brekke33

  84. ROBERT MARINO says:

    I spent the $50 allocated towards fantasy this year to replace my wife’s earring I lost that was given to her by her late aunt. #rmarino85

  85. jake harley says:

    Me wanty. Me commish = great league. All small people love me. Me love Berry. @bigbluebadger

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