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This Team Is Ruining My Life (But I Love Them)

How I Became a Professional Hockey Fan
Written by: Steve "Dangle" Glynn
Narrated by: Steve "Dangle" Glynn
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Sports & Outdoors, Hockey
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Publisher's Summary

Steve Dangle’s incredible odyssey, from self-starting Leafs lover to sports-media star.

How do you turn ranting about hockey into a career? Steve “Dangle” Glynn is a YouTuber, podcaster, and sports personality from Toronto who managed to turn a 16-second online rant about the Maple Leafs into a career in sports media. From video blogging in his parents’ house at 19 to yelling on televisions across Canada at 28, Dangle has been involved with some of the most important sports companies in the country. 

In between tales of Steve’s adventures, both online and off, This Team Is Ruining My Life is also a kind of how-to (or how-not-to) guide: in an ever-evolving media landscape, sometimes, you have to get creative to find the job you want. This is Steve Dangle and his accidentally-on-purpose journey through sports media so far.

©2019 Steve Glynn (P)2019 ECW Press

What the critics say

“Folks always say to me, ‘When Coach’s Corner is on, no one in our house is allowed to talk.’ I reply, ‘Neither am I.’ Now I find myself hushing my own household when Steve is on. Steve says he’s taken a page from us, but I know it’s novel. Enjoy.” (Ron MacLean, Coach’s Corner)

“A wonderful look at the rickety ladder to success in sports media and how one can invent their own way of climbing it. Revel in Steve’s journey from irritated Leafs fan yelling into a webcam to irritated Leafs fan yelling into much more expensive cameras.” (Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer, ESPN) 

“A hilarious, inspiring account of how a kid who could barely skate managed to navigate a turbulent period in the Canadian media industry to become one of the most unique voices in our sport.” (Chris Johnston, senior hockey writer, Sportsnet) 

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incredible. all around

reading the book was incredible. listening to steve read this book, his story makes it so much more personal. you learn, you laugh, I cried and reflected. highly recommend, not just for leafs or hockey fans

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Different than expected.

Love the story even though it's not quite what I expected. more about becoming a part of the hockey media world than hockey related stories from a fan. also Steve narrating is unexpectedly good.

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Great audiobook - great story!

My only regret is that I didn’t get to this sooner - great listen and reading by Steve Dangle himself! Had to check the chapters when I got the feeling it was almost over and to my disappointment it was the last one. I can only hope there is a follow up with more stories! Thanks Dangle - longtime fan!

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Nothing to Really Write Home About

Steve is a likeable guy who clearly has a passion for hockey. If you are already a huge fan of his material, you may really enjoy hearing about his backstory. I anticipated hearing how his passion for the game came to be and on a deeper level what that means to him. Unfortunately, his stories (although personal) are not that insightful nor particularly interesting. There is certainly nothing to detest here, his life is just not been that challenging and his personal motivations just not that interesting.

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Read the book and listened to audio

Really good read and great job on the audiobook Mr. Dangle......this book has become my favourite part of audible much like LFR has become (more often than not) my favourite part of leaf games.

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Expected and elaborate in a good way

If you've known dangle from the LFR videos you will probably not find too many untold mysteries or unexpected turns in this biography. What you will find is a tale of a young man's journey into the formative years of his career. Dangles voice is poignant, humorous and fun which keeps the surprisingly lengthy decade long journey enjoyable. I'm left feeling closer to him and with a new found appreciation of what Steve's gone through to be the successful young man he is today. Keep on keeping on Steve! Go leafs go!

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Steve is ruining my life but I love him

Have both audio and ebook versions of this book. A very entertaining read from start to finish. And this is from a Avs fan.

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super great look into his life

Throughly enjoyed this book, would highly recommend it to anyone. Enjoyed looking into his life! Seeing where then ranting and raving individual came from.

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amazing from the man himself Steve dangle !

must read for all leafs fans and hockey fans ! would recommend to all !

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Well done Dangle..

I for one am glad that you kept after it... looking forward to LFR

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  • LadyNibs
  • 2020-10-13

I like it.

If you are a fan of Steve's, you will love his story. From a kid learning to love the Leafs to the frantic and loud hockey personality it is today, it was a really interesting story. If you're not a fan, or have never heard of Steve before, you'll find his story inspiring. All in all, I highly recommend this book.

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  • 2020-08-06

more good steve content

i absolutely loved it, but i wish it was longer. Steve is really talented!

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  • JayEss
  • 2020-07-27

Far exceeded my expectations

I originally was exposed to Steve’s videos on Sportsnet during the COVID-19 pandemic, because a friend of mine told me to check out “that screaming leafs fan on YouTube.” I found his takes entertaining, and his delivery/banter to sound genuine. It’s refreshing to see someone on a major network who not only carries lots of charisma but genuinely loves the topic which they cover. That being said, I expected this book to be more of the same antics on his YouTube channel, which I would have liked. However, this book is much better than that. It’s a solid and personal autobiography that is surprisingly relatable given that most readers are not media personalities. The way he describes his most memorable experiences attending leafs games and the Olympics evoked the myriad of emotions that I felt attending my first hockey game and seeing my favorite team win the cup in person (Tampa 04). Furthermore, hearing some of the struggles and personal adversity he faced and some of the reality checks he ran into were also quite insightful. One could definitely relate to how he dealt with his early success, struggles with insecurity, and the very human aspects of his story. Anyway, it was a great listen and a great story.

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  • Beck
  • 2020-02-26

Easy Read For a Hockey Fan

Steve’s book is entertaining to hear. He talks about his path through the professional hockey community and other impacts of his life. He talks of wins and defeats, the defeats were primarily the Leafs.

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  • Lindy Wallace
  • 2019-12-28

Wonderful Story From Passionate Leaf Fan

Steve is a very caring person. He tells a great story about his family life, growing up and living hockey and The Toronto Maple Leafs! Great narration and live listening to Steve in this audiobook and his Youtube Videos. Very knowledgeable hockey guy too!

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  • Lasse
  • 2019-10-14

True fandom

It's a story of true fandom and it gives a looking into the world og media. So if you're passionate about sport, specifically hockey or just want a glimse into sports media, this is a great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-24

Great Story of Steve's life

Great Book! I hereby award it my gold star of excellence and will give him a beer if I see him

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  • Alkaline Sky
  • 2019-08-19

Our travel companion!

On a long road trip up to Toronto from our current home in Denver, we enjoyed listening to Steve tell us about his personal journey and his insightful and hilarious commentary on our much-beloved and frustrating Leafs. We listened to the entire book straight through and it was a lifesaver on the road. Excellent work!

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  • Katherine
  • 2019-06-27

Outstanding

I have been a fan of Steve’s YouTube channel, as well as the podcast. This book was a fantastic backstory to add context to Steve’s success, The highs and lows he went through during his uphill battle. Truly inspiring, I enjoyed every second. I would recommend this book to everybody, hockey fan or not.

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  • Matt Riegler
  • 2019-06-21

Fly your flag bro

To not love Steve is to hate puppies and sunshine. Steve has an immutable enthusiasm that he gleefully and lovingly shares with anyone within reach. We should all be so lucky to be Dangled. Bro wherever you are, fly your flag and know you're awesome.