If you are looking for a book that will make you a better fantasy player this is not it. Matthew Berry was able to write a whole book and not even give one piece of mediocre advice on how to make your team better. He did not get into stats, much less deep secret stats that the pros use to win their leagues. What was he thinking?
Turns out he was writing more about the “life” part of the title. TMR (Talented Mr. Roto AKA Matthew Berry) was going to take you on his journey to a happier life. He does go at length on how you can make your league better. But, really he is telling stories about enjoying your league and life. Although, I am not sure how getting a tattoo that someone else picks for me makes my life more enjoyable. TMR’s book should be a must read for all you fantasy league commissioners out there. It will help you find ways to bring your league together. Mostly, it may help you find ways to have even more fun with the people in your league.
I found the book to be very interesting for a different reason than I thought I would. I found that we have something in common even though Matthew Berry and I have had very different journeys in life. The book was truly about finding a way to enjoy life. I feel that this book should be read by every high school kid or college student looking for direction in life. Nowadays we push our youth to find a career. To pick a path to security or wealth. This is all well and good except, we have so many people unhappy with their jobs and lives.
TMR is able to show you how he was able to find happiness by following his dream. That even though he was somewhat successful in his past career he was not happy. For me this story hit home. I have always felt that people should try to find a career/job that makes them happy. Look work is still work, but if you love what you do the bad days will not seem so bad.
I am an oddity when it comes to finding a career. I know every boy growing up at some point says they want to be a fireman. For me it was different. I got my first job in a factory and joined the volunteer fire company at age 14. I quickly realized that working in a hot factory doing the same task every day was not for me. I also found a second home at the firehouse. I found it fun to go out and help my neighbors, whatever their emergency was. I set out to make firefighting my career. I joined the Army reserves at 17 years old knowing that it would help me land a position as a firefighter. I attended basic training between my junior and senior years of high school. I then set off to college to earn a degree in Fire Science. While at college I lived at a firehouse for free as long as I responded on calls for them. I was offered a firefighter position at age 20. 19 years later I still love my job. There are bad days at work. I always say those are the days they pay me for. I still love helping the community however I can. I will never be a millionaire as a firefighter, but I feel wealthy in life. I believe that this is the point Matthew Berry is trying to make in his book Fantasy Life.
Matthew Berry did a great job of mixing life and fantasy sports in this book. The book is written in the same way that he writes articles for ESPN and the way he hosts his podcasts for ESPN. His work always has more in it then just fantasy. Some people may not like all the fluff, but I think that he is able to spice up a sometimes vanilla topic of fantasy sports. I mean there are only some many ways to say here are my top QBs this year. The book is inspirational to the point of, find what you love to do in life and then do it. Sometimes you have to climb out on a limb and take that risk to enjoy life. Hey I am a firefighter, I know about risk. Take a risk and download the book. From what I know about Matthew Berry he does not even care if you read it. Although, I suggest that you do.
By Chuck Amspacher @captainchuck46