This Team Is Ruining My Life (But I Love Them): How I Became a Professional Hockey Fan

Glynn, Steve "Dangle"

  • 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.

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  • Steve “Dangle” Glynn is a lifelong Leafs fan who began making YouTube videos about his favorite team when he was still a teen. Now he gets to work at Sportsnet for a living. (Still no Cup, though.) Steve and his wife have two wonderful dogs. They live together in the ’Shwa (Oshawa, Ontario).

  • Published: March 2019

    ISBN: 9781770414440

    Dimensions: 5 x 8 in.

    Pages: 344

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“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 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

“Steve’s book, This Team Is Ruining My Life (But I Love Them), is so good, it registered on Canada’s nonfiction best-seller list before it was even released. A remarkable story of how if you love something enough and pour in the hours, you don’t need to “get hired” or “be employed” in order to start your path to success.” — Sportsnet

“An honest and entertaining book . . . It’s a must-read for young people considering a career in radio, television or online broadcasting.” Centennial News

“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

“It’s strange to call a 30-year-old a trailblazer, but that’s what Steve Dangle is. He carved his way into the broadcasting world by taking his own unique, loud, and crazy path.” — Ken Reid, bestselling author and co-anchor, Sportsnet Central

“All in all this book is fantastic, illustrating all of the hard work it takes to be successful in hockey media. Dangle made sure to pack it full of great stories and life lessons that hopefully help push you to the next level in whatever venture has your attention in life. Even if you’re not Dangle’s biggest supporter I’d still highly recommend giving this book a read.” — Historically Hockey