"Fantasyland" by Sam Walker: I said this when the book came out last spring. I said this for my 2006 year-end Sports Book of the Year awards. I'll say it again: This was the best sports book of the last year -- and among my Top 3 favorite sports books of all time. And, as of yesterday, it's finally out in paperback, which means it's now cheap for you -- and the end of any excuse you may have had for not reading it. Here's the Amazon link. And here's the link to Sam's site for the book and also to an old interview he did with Deadspin about it. (Plus: In addition to being a great writer, he's an even better guy. Bastard.) -- D.S.
UPDATE: Mark Cuban is about to buy the Chicago Cubs? I've been on record for a long time that he's the best owner in sports. This would be incredible, both for the Cubs and for baseball. This might even get me to re-assess my long-dormant Cubs fandom. Wow.