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Postby The Lung » Thu Oct 05, 2006 12:17 pm

Just got done reading “Why Fantasy Football Matters (And Our Lives Do Not)” by Erik Barmack & Max Handelman. It’s a really enjoyable read that celebrates the eccentric personalities, absurd rituals, and hilarious superstitions that pervade our addiction that is fantasy football. With a few pages on each, some of the various personalities described are (you all surely have one of these in your leagues)

At draft time:
  • The Out-of-Date Cheat Sheet Drafter
  • The Overprepared Egghead
  • The Bitter Drafter
  • The Ex-College Football Player
  • The Two-Headed Hydra (two guys who partner together to manage a team)
  • The Guy Who Loves Rookies
  • The Death Maiden (the token female in the league)
Post-Draft Reactions
  • The Chicken Little Reaction (guy that hates his draft)
  • The Faith-Based Reaction (guy that has faith in all his third-string scrubs)
  • The “Spin Stops Here” Reaction (guy that finds fault in others’ lineups)
  • The Mr. Rogers Reaction (guy who complements every single team in the league)
  • The Helter Skelter Reaction (manager in four different leagues and can’t remember which players are on which team)
  • The Conflicted Hometowner Reaction (guy who realizes his core fantasy players will all face his hometown NFL team)
On Trades:
  • Blood in the Water (the shark and guppy trade)
  • The Kabuki Dance (the trade that gets bantered for weeks and never consummated)
  • Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic (the ultimate low-impact trade)
  • No Soup for You – The Dead-Before-It-Starts Trade (some guys simply won’t trade. With anyone. Ever.)
  • The Fire Sale (guy who moves every starter off his team)
  • The “Sell High” Trade (manager moves player off team after monster week never to be repeated again)
  • The Reverse Fleece Trade (a trade that has all managers up in arms over how one guy is getting fleeced; at the end of the season it’s discovered that the reverse actually occurred)
On Whom Do I Start:
  • The Always Bet on Black Start (guy who owns both backs in a RBBC and tries to pick the right one each week)
  • The Matchup-Based Start (guy who benches his studs for lesser players with favorable matchups)
  • The Obscure Start
  • The Walking Wounded Start
  • The Twin Dragon Start (two WRs from the same team)
  • The Foul Weather Start (is bad weather better or worse for a RB?)
  • The Cannibalism Start (do you start your defense against your QB?)
  • The Fear of Success Start (do you start a middle-of-the-road player who went off the week before?)

…and much, much more. It’s a great read for a plane flight or while on the crapper, and well worth the $12.95 soft cover price.
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Postby Dadd » Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:35 pm

Well thanks a lot josebach! I think it was you that got me reading Koontz.

I read the first two books in Dean Koontz: Frankenstein.

Very cool!! Nice modern twist on the classic. I recommend it highly.
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Postby Metroid » Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:43 pm

Dadd wrote:Well thanks a lot josebach! I think it was you that got me reading Koontz.

I read the first two books in Dean Koontz: Frankenstein.

Very cool!! Nice modern twist on the classic. I recommend it highly.


I think I recomended Koontz as well. Have you checked out Velocity yet? ;-D
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Postby Dadd » Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:08 pm

Metroid wrote:
Dadd wrote:Well thanks a lot josebach! I think it was you that got me reading Koontz.

I read the first two books in Dean Koontz: Frankenstein.

Very cool!! Nice modern twist on the classic. I recommend it highly.


I think I recomended Koontz as well. Have you checked out Velocity yet? ;-D


Ok, you suck too! :-b It was whoever started that "Odd Thomas" business.

And I read Velocity 3 weeks ago. That was a pretty kick-ass story.
I like Koontz since he's a page turner type author.

I also liked that Intensity, that was a good read.

I am presently reading Mr. Murder. I'll let you know how that is.
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Postby Metroid » Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:12 pm

Dadd wrote:
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Dadd wrote:Well thanks a lot josebach! I think it was you that got me reading Koontz.

I read the first two books in Dean Koontz: Frankenstein.

Very cool!! Nice modern twist on the classic. I recommend it highly.


I think I recomended Koontz as well. Have you checked out Velocity yet? ;-D


Ok, you suck too! :-b It was whoever started that "Odd Thomas" business.

And I read Velocity 3 weeks ago. That was a pretty kick-ass story.
I like Koontz since he's a page turner type author.

I also liked that Intensity, that was a good read.

I am presently reading Mr. Murder. I'll let you know how that is.


Sweet I'm due for a new book. ;-D

I havent read anything since the Cell by Stephen King. Ive been slacking....wait no I havent its football season!!! ;-D :-b
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Postby roninmedia » Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:17 pm

The World is Flat. ;-D
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Postby Dadd » Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:17 pm

I was really into King when I was a teenager. I read a lot of his work that was current at the time and then his classic stuff. Haven't really touched him for the past 10 years. Was the "Cell" any good?
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Postby Metroid » Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:44 pm

Dadd wrote:I was really into King when I was a teenager. I read a lot of his work that was current at the time and then his classic stuff. Haven't really touched him for the past 10 years. Was the "Cell" any good?


I really liked. Sort of a end of the world, killer zombies type book. Theres alot more to it than that but I'm no good at book reviews. :-b
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Postby josebach » Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:09 pm

Dadd wrote:Well thanks a lot josebach! I think it was you that got me reading Koontz.

I read the first two books in Dean Koontz: Frankenstein.

Very cool!! Nice modern twist on the classic. I recommend it highly.


No, I don't think it was me, but we apparently like a lot of the same books. If you like Koontz, definitely read "Dark Rivers of the Heart". I haven't read him in a long time, but of the 10 or 12 Koontz books I did read, this was my favorite. I'm planning on reading "Odd Thomas" in the near future.

I read this book called "Sati" by Christopher Pike a week or so ago that I really liked. It's about a young woman who claims she's God. His concept of God is the same concept I have, so it's always nice to run across people who have similar beliefs.


I'm currently reading "The Killing Floor" by Lee Child. I'm about halfway through it and it's a pretty formulaic and dated. What's it about? You know, the testosterone filled drifter hero named "Jack" (seriously) who's brother was murdered and now is seeking revenge on the bad guys that run the town? Did I mention the bad guys are also counterfeiters? It's a page turner, though so we'll see where it goes.
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:15 pm

Currently, I am reading "Mapping the Deep", but Dr. Robert Kunzig. It's a geologic exploration of the sea surface, how it came to be and what it's doing today. Yes, I love Geology, and yes, I'm a complete dork. But you guys already knew that. :-D
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