Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Book Sale

My publisher, iUniverse, just launched a holiday book sale. From now through Sunday, November 29, you can order any of their books, including The All-American King, for half price! Below is the email I just received with the sale details:

The best deals of the holiday season are not all found at the last minute. In fact, this festive deal from iUniverse lets you save 50% off the Web site price of any paperback or hardcover book you purchase from the iUniverse Bookstore.

With thousands of titles available, from nonfiction business guides and memiors to historical and humorous novels, you can choose the perfect holiday gifts for yourself and all the booklovers on your shopping lists.

This weekend-only bookstore discount comes to an end at midnight Nov. 29, so use the code 50OFF1109 in the checkout process when you purchase your books. The iUniverse Holiday Sale ends Sunday! Order your books today.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

It's Just a Fantasy

Do you have a favorite football team? When I was a kid I rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals. That was back in the days of Jim Hart, Dan Dierdorf, and Terry Metcalf. The Cards were my team until 1987, when they moved from St. Louis to Arizona. My allegiance then shifted to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs had some great teams in the ’90s with Christian Okoye, Joe Montana, and Derrick Thomas.

Today my favorite team is the Kardinals, a team that doesn’t actually exist. You see, the Kardinals are my fantasy football team. This is my second year of playing in a fantasy league. It’s a lot of fun, but beware, fantasy football can change the way you watch the NFL. Rather than caring about which teams win and which team lose, you tend to focus more on the performance of your players. A fantasy league can thus wreak havoc on former allegiances. Earlier this year, for example, I found myself rooting for Cowboys running back Tashard Choice to score a touchdown against Kansas City. That I’ve been a Chiefs fan for more than two decades did not matter. That I have rooted against the Cowboys since childhood did not matter. I started Tashard Choice that week and I wanted the fantasy points.

This past Monday night the Baltimore Ravens defense carried my team to victory. That brought the Kardinals record to 5-5. I am happy to be at .500, given the obstacles thrown at me this season by injuries to my star players, huge scores from my opponents, and my own boneheaded draft decisions (I’ve already cut my 4th and 5th round picks).

With my team still in the playoff hunt, I must now scan the waiver wire and check the injury reports. Then I’ll set my lineup for another battle on the fantasy gridiron. Go Kardinals!