Stefan Fatsis, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and National Public Radio regular, recounts his remarkable rise through the ranks of elite Scrabble players while exploring the game's strange, potent hold over them - and him. Scrabble might truly be called America's game. More than two million sets are sold every year and at least thirty million American homes have one.
Stefan Fatsis infiltrates a strikingly different subculture: pro football. After more than a year spent working out with a strength coach and polishing his craft with a gurulike kicking coach, Fatsis molded his fortyish body into one that could stand up - barely - to the rigors of NFL training. And over three months in 2006, he became a Denver Bronco.
"Living a dream."
In football, the game is just the beginning. Football is a massive business that involves big money player contracts, endorsements, and media mega-deals. For the fans, football has become a 24/7, 365-day-a-year lifestyle of television, tailgating, video games, and fantasy leagues.