LaVar Ball is Winning

The LaVar Ball show has been going on for weeks now. It started off when he made claims that his son Lonzo was better than Steph Curry and that he was going to play to the Lakers no matter what.

Then he claimed that he himself could beat Michael Jordan in a game of 1 on 1 when they were in their prime.

After weeks of making ridiculous statements, LaVar moved from talking at his home to being invited onto the biggest sports talk shows in the nation.

After watching LaVar on First Take with Stephen A this week, it’s painfully obvious that he’s just a troll. He knows he wouldn’t beat MJ 1 on 1. He knows that if Lonzo and Steph switched places, the Warriors would be worse and UCLA would be better. He’s just promoting himself and his family, and the sports media bit.

LaVar is taking advantage of every minute of his 15 minutes of fame. Regardless of what happens next, he’s way more famous than he should be, and for that, I give him credit.

The Move Out

Rob and I move in in 10 days. We’ve known about it for months but naturally haven’t started planning anything yet.

I told him yesterday that I’d write an email laying out everything we need to figure out but I was tired so I went to bed.

I told him today I’d write the email but I started writing this post instead.

Some people take planning too seriously. We’re not planners but I don’t see us running into any problems in 10 days.

Worst case scenario? We have no couches in the living room this weekend. Or two couches. I’m not sure which would be worse.

So as a non-planner, I’ll open it up to the blog audience. What’s something we might forget? Help us out!

The one thing I do know is that this will be on repeat in the apartment.

I Love Gambling

“Gambling is the spice of life” – Abraham Lincoln

  • I’m down $55 after ~6 bets on the tourney which is actually pretty good
  • I won $17,000 play-dollars playing blackjack at our work event which was far and away the most
  • Gourlay’s all-#4 seeds-in-the-Final-Four bet to win $2,000 is still alive
  • If the Sixers win two more games this season Tom owes me $100

I’m not saying my life would suck without gambling, but it would just be boring.

Why is gambling so exciting? The money itself is never life-changing for me, but watching Wichita State vs. Kentucky with no money on it is so boring. Even $50 makes me watch the game.

Are there people who can watch sports without money on it or any team affiliation and actually care?

16 for 16 on Day One

I got every game right yesterday!

The thing about the first round of the tournament is this – it doesn’t matter.

No one wins their bracket in the first round. It’s strictly to look cool by picking upsets that others didn’t.

For example, I picked URI over Creighton today (which isn’t even an upset, URI is favored). If that hits, I look smart, but I have them losing the next game, as is the case with most upset picks. It’s a measly 10 points that goes more to my ego than my final score.

But while my bracket is still in tact, and I still have a chance at the trillion dollars from Jimmy Buffet, I’m going to brag and get my hopes way too high.

See you at the finish line losers.

Running Workouts at the Gym

Yesterday I did 6 x 800 @ 2:30 (12 MPH on the treadmill) with 2 minutes @ 7 MPH between reps at LA Fitness when it was packed after work.

There is absolutely no cool way to run 12 MPH on a treadmill. I have two girls next to me who are running like normal people and I’m clomping away, breathing heavy, pouring sweat, and wearing shorts that are shorter than theirs.

What are people thinking when they see me?

Is he trying to impress those girls? It’s not working.

I bet that guy lives in his parents basement.

He is definitely a virgin.

Me getting ready to run.

Is there any way to look cooler in this situation?

Maybe I need to own it more – after each interval just tap the person next to me on the shoulder and ask “Did you see how fast I was running?”

Thoughts? Ideas?

Ebbs and Flows

Tom wrote this post a month ago saying he more or less had bowling figured out and was going to throw a 300 game & 700 league series any day now. Neither has happened.

I didn’t write a post about it, but I’d felt the same way Tom did in that post over the last month. In my last 12 games in the league, I’d averaged 207. Last week I threw a 685 series. On Saturday I bowled 5 games and averaged 200.

Like Tom, I assumed my days of “bad” bowling (at least in the league) were over.

Last night was my back-to-reality moment. All three games were in the 160s and my series was about 500. What. Happened.

Like everything in life, bowling has ebbs and flows. For the last month, I’ve been in a bowling flow. Last night was my ebb. It’s not a permanent ebb like Erlich and Jian Yang, but it was an ebb nonetheless.

The realization that ebbs and flows are always occurring in every aspect of life is important. When things are going well you think you’ll only keep going and when things are going poorly you think you’ll never snap out of it. But eventually, you always break out of whichever one you’re in.

Temper your expectations. Never get too high or too low.

A 300 is coming NEXT week.

Making Sacrifices

When I began this training plan, I told myself I was only going to drink one night a weekend. Then, one weekend I drank two nights in a row and almost died on my Sunday long run.

Me on Saturday nights

Yesterday, while half of all Philadelphians aged 21-30 were out at Erin Express, I stayed in. I wanted to go. I had friends going. But I have a 10 mile tempo today, and if I went out, I’d be in trouble.

I didn’t think staying in each weekend would be a big deal, and sitting here 0% hungover on Sunday morning is pretty nice, but I must say yesterday was the first time I really felt like I was missing out.

I guess what I’m saying is, I better freakin’ PR or I’m gonna be PISSED.

Russ Westbrook and the Stats

This generation of sports fans, aided by ESPN and other sports media, is almost too invested in the individual stats. Here’s ESPN’s headline in regards to the Blazers Thunder game last night.

The Blazers clearly did have an answer for Russ last night, since, you know, they won the game. Russell himself would be the first to say he’d rather score 0 and win than score 58 and lose.

But every time Russ puts up a triple double, everyone gushes over how amazing he is, regardless of the outcome.

Russell Westbrook is the prime example of a player who will NEVER win a championship.

Stars don’t like playing with him and he doesn’t make his teammates better (to the degree a ‘super star’ should).

He fills up the stat sheet because he’s an athletic freak and a gunner, but you can’t play the way he plays and win a championship.

I actually like Westbrook as a person, and he’s exciting as all hell to watch, but his “dynamic, unstoppable style”, which fuels his triple-doubles, will ultimately be the reason he never gets a ring.


Coincidentally, this article was published by the Ringer the day following this post, noting “Statistically, Russell Westbrook is the biggest ball hog of all time.”. It’s worth a read.

Leaving My Phone in a Lyft

I took a Lyft from Old City to Manayunk on Saturday night. For the first time ever, I left my phone in the car.

I submitted a Lyft Support ticket on their website ASAP hoping for the best.

I woke up the next day with an email from the driver saying I did indeed leave my phone, and to call her to coordinate retrieving it.

“I can be in Manayunk around 3-4 today, does that work for you?”

I told her I didn’t have a problem driving to her, since I’m the bonehead who left the phone, but she insisted.

When she showed up, I walked to her car, she rolled down the window, gave me the phone, and I said “Thank You!” about 5 times and a couple “I’m Sorry”s, then walked away.

What’s the tipping situation here?

I felt like I should tip her cash on the spot, but there’s also the option to tip via the app. I considered asking “Would you rather me give you cash or tip on the app?”, but didn’t.

I opted to not offer a tip on the spot, but tipped $5* on a $15 ride, gave a 5 star rating, and responded to Lyft Support that she was super helpful.

I feel cheap, as $5 is way too little for the potential disaster the situation had. A $10-$20 tip I think would’ve been more appropriate.


*I’ve since tipped an additional $15 due the comments and feeling guilty.