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Ranking the Non-Major Sports

7. NASCAR I just don’t get it. I could see the EVENT being awesome, just getting hammered all day outside in the sun with 100,000 other people. But the sport itself never made sense to me. Why are the races so long? It’s not like track where you ‘train’ for sprints vs. distance right? Are the...
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My First Pedicure

Laura took me for my first pedicure on Saturday. I expected a relaxing 30 minute spa treatment for my feet. Apparently that’s not quite what a pedicure is though. Two thirds of a pedicure is tense. Nothing was “painful” but you’re sitting there watching this girl go HAM on your feet / toes. Toes are sensitive....
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My Top 10 Linkin Park Songs

As most of you probably know, Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, committed suicide this morning. Linkin Park was my all-time #1 band for about 8 straight years. In his honor, I’m going to rank my top 10 Linkin Park songs. 10. Lying From You (Meteora) An underrated song of theirs from Meteora. Too...
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My Ranking of the Four Major Sports

4. NHL Hockey is NOT the worst of these four sports. Brookes will cringe at this, but baseball is the worst in my opinion. Hockey is like a combo of soccer and basketball. You have the every-goal-counts asset combined with the up-tempo pace of basketball which is great. The simple reason that hockey is #4 is...
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Game of Thrones – My Thoughts So Far

The chick who shows her boobs a lot can talk to dragons. They’re either her best friends or her lovers, I still haven’t figured that out yet. Everyone knew King Joffrey was going to die but it happened way later than expected. Personally I had no idea it was coming. No one knows if John...
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8 Years Later, I’ve PR’d in the Mile

The Race It was like 85 and sunny which wasn’t ideal. I knew there’d be a few in the 4:30s but didn’t want to wait if it went out slow. Lap 1 I was in lane 1 and in the lead around the first turn but had company. Good. I was taking hand splits like...
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Two Milestones May Go Down in This Mile

I’m racing a mile today at GA. I ran 4:15 in the 1500 there two weeks ago while negative splitting and thinking I could run faster. There are two milestones that I’m going for: A PR – 4:33.5 from high school. The Stortz Family Record – Jeff ran 4:32.x in high school and STILL has...
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Heaven’s Gate Cult – Wat

A little light reading for your Sunday night. In 1997, 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate Cult committed suicide in a house in San Diego. I watched the 45 minute documentary on Youtube and it’s pretty bonkers. A summary: Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles founded Heaven’s Gate, a sci-fi religious group, claiming there was a level...
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I Haven’t Brushed My Teeth in 4 Days

I left my booth brush in D.C. this weekend so I haven’t brushed my teeth since Saturday afternoon (it’s Wednesday night), though I’ve been flossing and using mouth wash. Most people would go out and buy a toothbrush the next day.* Tasks like this are arguably my biggest flaw. I don’t know why, but I...
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Predicting the Sixers ’17 – ’18 Season

Health This, more than anything, will determine the success of the Sixers this year. If Embiid can play 60+ games, and Simmons / Saric / Covington / Redick have no major injuries, this team has a lot of potential in the East. Additions JJ Redick – A 1 year, $23 million deal is a major...
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1500 / 800 Results Are In – Winner Is…

1500 – 4:15.30 800 – 2:08.75 Winner – Coach Carl Blickle with guesses of 4:16.05 and 2:08.87 for a net difference of 0.99 seconds! Read a great post-race interview here… Thanks a TON to Dave for finding it. The 1500 I wanted to be aggressive, ideally hitting ~2:15 or so at the 800. 400 in...
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1500 / 800 Double – Guess My Times & Win

I’m racing the 1500m and 800m at GA’s track tonight. Closest to guessing my times in both events wins $10 and a hand written note by yours truly. Race Fitness / Thoughts I ran 4:38.1 two weeks ago for a full mile closing in 66 so I had more left in the tank (worth ~4:17...
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Tonight’s NBA Draft and Dan D’Antoni on Basketball Analytics

With the NBA draft coming tonight, this rant by Dan D’Antoni from late 2016 seems fitting. This is why a player like Jahlil Okafor has close to zero value in today’s NBA. I’ll dedicate another post to the Sixers upcoming season but here are my quick thoughts on the draft & off season I think...
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Upper Dublin Bagel Squad vs. The World

Today was an example of why the home-grown stores like Upper Dublin Bagel Squad struggle to keep up with the Wawa’s and Dunkin Donuts’ of the world. The Bacon, Egg, & Cheese on an Everything Bagel: A+ 10/10. I love Sizzlis, but they don’t compare. If there’s any reason to go to a non-chain, it’s...
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Reflections on Losing $18,000 in 15 Minutes

I wrote my last post 7 hours after going from $18,000 to $0 at Sugar House (for the record, only $1,500 of it was mine when I walked in, the other $16,500 was profit). I was hungover and having a very difficult time wrapping my head around what just happened. Now that I’ve had a...
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Gambling Problem

I debated whether I should write this post or not, but ultimately decided I should. I went to Sugar House Casino last night and took out $2,000 to gamble with. I played for 30-45 minutes and worked my $2,000 up to about $6,000. Then I went to the high limit room. I was betting ~$2,000...
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I feel for kids these days

Here’s a video that was posted back in April where a ~11 year old kid goes HAM on the Mets. You get the point after about 10 seconds. Kids these days are cursed with the ability to film themselves at all times. 10 – 20 year olds shouldn’t be able to film themselves out of...
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Guy Continuously Passes Out on Sling shot Ride

I’ve watched this 10 times in the past 24 hours and it has left me in tears multiple times....
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Sam & Drew Race Again – Place Your Bets

Drew and I have raced open events against each other twice (I think (there may have been some 800s in there but I don’t count those)). The first was a 1500m at West Chester my senior year. Drew out kicked me by a c*nt-hair to win 4:15.09 to 4:15.57 (note Wacker’s 4:30 and Jamie’s 4:41 too!)....
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Bowling Beat Down

I wish we were the ones giving the beating, but we received it instead. Game 1 Tom bowled a ~240 and was the only reason we had a chance. Weens was 185 (above average) and Wevs and I floundered with ~140 each. They didn’t bowl great but they had a clutch 9th and 10th and we...
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Bowling Finals TONIGHT – Come Watch

The Snakes have made our way to the end of our bowling league playoffs. The winner is to be determined at 6:30 tonight at South Bowl in a thrilling best of three match up. All are invited! We advanced in rounds 1 and 2 due to two well-timed games (290 and 269) by Tom and myself respectively...
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Well Done, Kevin Durant

“Kevin Durant is a wimp for joining the Warriors. He was up 3-1 against them last year and lost, then joined them just to chase a ring. He should’ve been loyal and stayed in OKC! He had to go to another team with better players to win because he just couldn’t get it done being the guy.”...
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Last Chance Training – Update 5

The Last Two Weeks Since Swarthmore I’m on my own schedule doing my own workouts. I hit ~50 miles for both of the last two weeks and have had some encouraging results the last week especially. 4 mile tempo 5:46, 5:45, 5:38, 5:35 feeling pretty relaxed the whole time. I didn’t look at my watch expect for...
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NBA Finals 2017 – Cavs vs. Warriors

The Vegas line for the series is Warriors -260. You mean to tell me a team with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, a host of good 3 point shooters, and LEBRON JAMES is going into any series as a ~2.5/1 underdog? I don’t like Lebron, and I won’t root for him in this series, but I’m not...
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Is it weird that I like Tool?

For the last two weeks I’ve been listening to almost exclusively the band Tool. Tool goes back to the early 90s and I’ve known about them prior to this, but heard one of their songs on the radio recently and decided to go into them more. They have a cult following and typically play long hard-rock...
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28 Weeks Later Intro – What Would You Do?

Rob and I were talking about the opening scene to the movie 28 Weeks Later which is about as intense as it gets. You’ll see the “decision” within the first 30 seconds of the clip. The ultimate question – what would you have done if you were Don? I don’t have a significant other, but...
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Dear Younger Me: Lauren Fleshman

Lauren Fleshman wrote a letter to her younger self that I thought was worth sharing. For those who don’t know, Lauren Fleshman was a very successful runner for the US from the early 2000s until about 2012. Here’s a good race of her’s. The letter touches on the issue of young runners, specifically girls, going through puberty, and how...
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A Monday for the Ages

Going into Monday night I wanted two things to happen.  Advance in the Bowling Playoffs Break 16:00 in the 5k Bowling Playoffs – Round 1 The #5 seeded Snakes faced off against #4 seed Icantbowlieveitsnotgutter in a best of three matchup. We crushed game 1 and were looking good in our second until I foot...
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Last Chance Training – Update 4

The heat sheets were sent out yesterday for the Swat Last Chance meet. Out of about 100 athletes entered in the 5k, my 15:45 seed time puts me around 80-85. The problem is, I don’t think I can run my seed time. The Last Few Weeks Two weeks ago I did 2 x 3200 w/ 2:00...
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Pre NBA Draft Lottery 2017

It’s the best time of year! Cavs & Warriors fans have enjoyed this time of year as of late as they each cruise to their third straight finals. But recently, Sixers’ fans know this time of year for a different reason – the payoff of the process. We suffer through 82 games a year (except the...
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Bed Frame for the Sheep

After four straight years of not sleeping with a bed frame, I caved and bought a bed frame. People can only laugh at your mattress on the floor so many times before you break, even I’m not immune it. But I stand by my statement, that bed frames make no sense. Does anyone stop and ask...
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Nike, Breaking2, & Eliud Kipchoge

Early this past Saturday morning, Nike and their crew made their much publicized attempt at breaking two hours in the marathon. I wrote this post months ago when it was announced which was largely critical of the attempt. The Attempt It took place on a 2.4k race track in Milan, Italy. There was a phalanx-type drafting...
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What do you see when you look at this image

This image available for purchase on multiple stock photo sites. Is your first thought: “That looks like diverse group of four hard working business people” or “Holy shit, that’s a Swastika” How in the world does someone create this, show it to ANYONE, and not get the instant feedback “I like where you’re going with...
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NFL 2017 – 2018 Season Team Win Total Over / Unders – My Picks

Instead of going team by team, I’m going to give you my EXPERT picks on which of these you can make some money on. Full list from ESPN Below. Patriots – 11 – Over 7 straight seasons of 12 or more wins. Not sure why anyone doubts Bill and Tom at this point. Cowboys – 9.5 – Over They...
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Elon Musk – April 2017 TED Talk

Elon’s at it again with this latest TED talk. Certainly worth the 40 minutes if you plan on being alive for the next 5+ years.   Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED’s...
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Last Chance Training – Update 3

I haven’t posted an update about my training for a while because of how bad it’s gone. “I think I’m in 15:40 shape” I started to hit a groove and was feeling really fit about 7 weeks into it. My first race was planned for March 25 and I thought 15:40 was a realistic goal....
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Casino on a Tuesday

On Tuesday, our marketing department went out for dinner / drinks after work. It was 8:00 and someone half-jokingly suggested going to Parx. I was obviously on board and surprisingly so were the other 5 people. After a quick drive and Wawa ATM trip we arrived at Parx. A coworker of mine and I sat...
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Russ Westbrook and the Stats – Playoff Edition

“Russell Westbrook had the single greatest season ever!” “Russell is unguardable!” “He’s the MVP!” The Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs last night after a game 5 loss to the Houston Rockets. The series was a tale of one player and two narratives. Here are the game by game shooting stats for Russ: Game 1 –...
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My $17 Pair of Socks

I bought a $17 pair of running socks 6 months ago. I had no idea they were $17, but by the time I was at the register, I wasn’t going to put them back. They’re really nice, too nice actually. They feel great. In the 6 months I’ve owned them, I’ve worn them twice; for...
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The Food at South Bowl: A+

I bowl at South Bowl 1-2 times a week. Bowling alleys aren’t known for their food, but South Bowl is. I’d tried most items, but they recently updated the menu and I had my first ‘new’ dish on Monday – the steak sandwich. It was a 9/10 and only cost $8.99. There’s 5 other new...
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Elvis Passing is the End of an Era

Elvis was put down last Thursday. Animals passing sucks. I think it’s due to their innocent nature. Humans know when they’re dying and what it means, so you don’t feel as bad. Animals just know they don’t feel well. Elvis passing is a symbol. For the first time in over 20 years, my parents’ house...
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Beer Half Marathon

Last week a guy ran a half marathon and drank 13 beers. It’s similar to a beer mile. Run a mile, drink a beer, and repeat. After seeing that I decided this will be my next challenge. I said that if I don’t break two hours, I’d consider it a failure. Wacker immediately said that...
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PolitEcho – My Political Bubble

I don’t like harping on this topic, but since it’s something I’ve mentioned before (and something that stirred a lot of conversation), I think this post is relevant. Someone shared a link to PolitEcho which is a Chrome plugin designed to show you how your Facebook feed is skewed (if at all) politically. It looks at all of...
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Things I’ve noticed since moving out (again):

I’m eating healthier I like cooking (so far) I’m drinking more and more often Covy shits non-stop, it’s amazing how much this cat poops I like commuting (except when there’s traffic) Parking is amazing at this new place compared to the rest of Manayunk I don’t like watching regular TV other than Seinfeld I consistently...
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Weens Bowled a 300

Weens, AKA Jordan Cohen, bowled a 300. Also worth noting was bowling a 769 series (235 average for the other two games) which is far and away the high any Snake has had. Regretfully, I wasn’t there last night to witness the feat. Fortunately, Weens isn’t part of the $1,000 bet that Tom and I have for...
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Another Running Fraud – Dave Reading

Dave Reading of the UK planned on running 836 miles in 9 days to raise money for charity, which would be a world record for the distance. He has a dozen sponsors and thousands of supporters. At 49, Dave’s story is fascinating. He used to smoke two packs a day until 2014 when he decided to stop smoking and...
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Successful Move

The move was successful, thanks in big part to Brookes. There’s free coffee in the lobby which is awesome. Covy is adjusting nicely. Within 10 minutes of being there he jumped behind the fridge which was worrisome, but he’s since gotten more comfortable and roams around freely now. The biggest issue we’ve run into, and...
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TTP Capital – Dale’s Blog

Dale started a blog dedicated to tracking his effort in Daily Fantasy Baseball. He’s starting with $1,000 and hoping to hit it big. He already has a number of posts laying out his methodology and how he’ll execute his lineups. He values home runs and strikeouts, and has a very elaborate Excel sheet designed to tell him who...
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Demise and Rise of Video Games

My first video game memory is playing Altered Beast, Sonic, and Golden Ax with Jeff on Sega Genesis when I was probably 3 years old – video game noises are amazing by the way. Since living at home the last 9 months, I’d guess I’ve spent an hour or two total playing video games. This is really the...
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One Flu Over

I’ve had the flu since Thursday and it’s awful. I didn’t get a flu shot cause they’re for nerds but I regret that. I remember reading in history books that the flu killed more people a year than any other disease (no citation) and wondered how that could be. But after having it, I can safely...
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