Reading for the weekend: The professional athletes handbook


Sorry, that was the subtitle. The main title: “Men With Balls.”

He said “Balls.”

By Drew Magary, a founding editor of, and the “Balls Deep” columnist on From Little Brown and Co. A mere 288 pages.

Just from the reviews up there on (linked here), we’re in:

==”Men with Balls is funny, completely uninformative, and horrifyingly profane. In short: the perfect book.” – Michael Schur, cofounder of and co-Executive Producer of “The Office”

==”Drew Magary possesses a keen insight into pro sports’ unyielding loads of crap. Men with Balls oozes with, well, balls.” – Jeff Pearlman, author of “Boys Will Be Boys”

==”One of the funniest books I’ve ever read–the product of a meticulously demented mind. Required reading for anyone who loves sports, and any athlete who knows how to read.” – Will Leitch, author of “God Save the Fan” and founder of

==”Profane, beyond naughty, and, I have to say, just damn funny.” – Buzz Bissinger, author of “Friday Night Lights” and “Three Nights in August”

(Leitch and Bissinger read the same stuff?)

The description of the product:

“This book will be all you require to cast aside your boring life as some jackass who cruises around bookstores hoping to score grad-school trim. With Men with Balls, you will learn how to:
Showboat using classical pantomime techniques
Figure out whether or not a stripper actually fancies you
Emotionally cope from the emotional fallout of rookie year hazing games
Find out which free locker room amphetamines will give you a shot of energy, and which will cause you to run down terrified schoolchildren with your Escalade (NOTE: Some do both)
Avoid media scrutiny by directing beat writers and columnists to the nearest hot buffet.”

Point away.

Another clip from (linked here): “His mixture of profane lucidity and humbling anecdotes (although I probably could have done without his story about his American Pie-type rendezvous with a piece of fruit) is right on par with his everyday blogging.”

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