I bet the NCAA tournament this year with reasonable success except for one specific aspect of betting: PARLAYS!
Throughout the tournament I was about +$250 or so excluding Parlays.
I was probably 0/6 on parlays leading into last night, which put me about +50 on the tourney as a whole.
What was the bet last night? NOVER! AKA, parlay Nova -7 and over 145, $40 to win $105. EASY. MONEY.
I told Tom and Evan to join as well, which they both did.
I watched the game knowing Nova would cover, but the 145 was shaky. With two minutes left we needed 8 points. Then it happened. Michigan gave up. That was it. The game ended and the total score was 141. God. Damnit. Why are parlays so difficult?
I sheepishly checked my account and to my surprise, I had $105 more than before the game… What happened? Was it 135 instead of 145?
No, even worse. I accidentally parlayed the NUNDER! (mobile betting is much more error prone).
So while Evan and Tom ended the tournament on a sour note, I donked my way to a +$150 on the tourney.
Did I feel bad? Not really. I genuinely thought I bet the Nover.
It just goes to show you, no one knows shit about sports betting. You’re betting off making picking the wrong thing by accident.
The first-ever blog interview, and who better than Gourlay! This will be the first of hopefully many thrilling interviews (or last if everyone hates it).
Shout out to Luke for the idea.
Below is the unedited email response from Gourlay.
Sorry it took me so long to do this. I actually deleted your email the day after you sent it because I never planned on answering the questions. You’re welcome.
1. Which blog is better, bansheemann7 or rnningfool?
They both suck but I’ll say yours because I get mentioned more.
2. Why don’t you comment on our blogs anymore?
My computer broke like a year ago and I never got it fixed. I really only read the blogs anymore on my phone and commenting from there is a pain in the ass. I could read the blogs on my work computer but the last thing I want is for me to open up Running Fool and my boss to walk by as a big pair of boobs pop up on the screen.
3. Gourlay’s Goodies (your blog) was a objectively better than Tom or I’s blog, are you ever going to start it up again?
Yea my first post back will be any day now. Tune in.
4. You moved to Richmond like 3 years ago while all of your friends were in Philadelphia, why?
It’s weird that you only mentioned my friends being in Philly and not my family.
I moved because I was bored and hated my job. I thought it was better to move to a different city and pursue a stupid dream job rather than killing myself.
I also lived in the Philly area my entire life and figured if I wanted to live somewhere else I better do it soon. Initially I didn’t plan on staying in Richmond this long. I didn’t really have a plan at all but if you asked me back then where I’d be in three years I would have guessed back in Philly.
I miss home a lot, more my family and friends rather than the city itself, but I am happy down here. Or at least as happy as I can be. I love Richmond and am at peace here. If I could transfer a few friends and my family down here I would feel complete.
5. Outside of Jessi (your girlfriend), how many friends do you have in Richmond?
I had three genuine friends, the type you would invite to your wedding but one moved to Chicago and the other two moved to Charlotte. So the answer is 0. Jessi has friends but that doesn’t count. I have “friends” here or there but no one really I can (or want to) text and be like “hey wanna grab and a beer and watch some sports?”
6. What’s the number one thing you do that pisses Jessi off?
I asked her this and she just started rattling things off but ultimately said when I treat her like a bro and get all aggressive. Since I lack friends here I treat her like a guy friend and just tackle her and she hates it.
7. What’s the number one that Jessi does which pisses you off?
Surprisingly not much. You’d think living with her everything would bother me, but it doesn’t. It’ll bother me for a day or two and then I get over it and don’t care. Like she has so much stuff, just like crap, in our apartment. It bothered me the first week but now I’m used to it and oh well.
But the one thing, and probably the only thing really that bothers me, is her dramatics. Everything is the end of the world or the biggest deal ever. Like oh my god shut up I don’t care.
8. You recently started taking boxing lessons, do you think you could beat up Dale now?
In a refereed boxing match? Yes. He has like 30-40 pounds on me but I actually know what I’m doing (somewhat) and he doesn’t. Any other type of fight he would win.
9. If you had to pick one friend to keep, would you choose Dale or Jonny?
10. How confident are you in your bet with Dale about the Sixers making the playoffs? (Gourlay bet Dale $100 that the Sixers would not make the playoffs. Fivethirtyeight has the Sixers at 99% to make the playoffs).
I stopped paying attention a few weeks ago and then the other day I looked at the standings and was like wtf. Regardless, I am more confident than I have ever been.
11. What’s your betting strategy for the World Cup this summer?
The over? Why is this a question?
12. What’s your crypto strategy for 2018?
Forget that I own it and then look at it in like 3 years hoping that it went up.
13. How long do you think it will take until too many people are into crypto in which case you’ll start hating it because it’s too mainstream?
Ignoring this question.
14. What was the highlight of your running career (and you can’t say the end of it)?
The end of it.
15. Where do you want us to take you for your bachelor party?
The Kentucky Derby
16. 10 years ago, when you were a junior in high school, where did you think you’d be now.
I don’t know but back then 27 sounded so old. Like I should have a house, wife, kids, and almost ready to retire. Or that I’d be this mature adult who knows what he’s doing. I’m not there yet. So whatever I thought, or hoped for in high school, I’m not there. I’m not saying I failed, high school me was just an idiot.
17. If you could’ve asked yourself one question here, what would it have been?
Why did you volunteer to answer these stupid questions?
18. Last question, favorite Trump tweet?
“I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.”
If you like the content in one, you’d probably like the content in the other.
I’d argue most of our readers overlap too.
So yesterday, it hit me like a ton of shit:
Why do Tom and I have two separate blogs? Why don’t we make our posts on ONE awesome Stortz blog?
Reduced friction for readers. No more going to two separate places, everything’s in one place.
Cross pollination of readers. People who only know me probably don’t go to Tom’s blog and vice versa. Now we’d expose both groups to the other’s talent.
Twice the content. If I go a week without writing a post, I don’t feel obligated to post because Tom will still be putting out content. Readers don’t start think “This is Deer Tick all over again, I’m done with this shit”.
Post collaboration? Our dialogue now is about post structure, but rarely post content. We could write posts together, where we’re both creating content on a single post / topic.
New Name. The only thing dumber than rnningfool is bansheemann7. Tom suggested rnningmann which I thought was hilarious.
Lost independence. No longer can I think to myself “Sheesh, I’m glad that’s not on MY blog!” when Tom posts something stupid. My posts reflect on his brand and vice versa, for better or for worse.
Potential strain on the relationship. There are a billion examples of siblings getting into business with one another and it goes sour. I’m not sure what we’d fight over, but it’s a risk. Jeff and Tom have made it work in real business for years so maybe this won’t be an issue.