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 are the best matchups / values are each night.

Stats!

I find baseball boring, but I’ve read every post so far and am actually very interested in following Dale’s success or failure this season.

If DFS interests you, or even just using data to make decisions, I suggest catching up and reading along.

Plus it will piss Gourlay off if his blog gets popular or if it actually works.

Good luck Dale!

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 first time in my life that I’ve not played video games for an extended period of time.

People always told me you’re wasting your time playing video games!” and that I could be doing so many more productive things. But after taking 9 months off, that’s false. Video games don’t take time away from anything because I’m not doing anything anyway. I just go on 4chan more which most would argue is worse than video games. If I want to do something more “productive”, I can do it with or without video games.

Rob has an XBox One with Fifa and COD. There’s a good chance I play both regularly. I can’t wait.

Let’s hope this old man hasn’t lost his touch!

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 say I’d be dead if this was 1800.

I’d be huddled up with 8 blankets in our log cabin next to the fire and my family would hate me. They’d be gathering food and wood and I’d be groveling all day like I am now. Then, without the aid of prescription drugs, I’d die and my family wouldn’t even notice for a few days.

Fingers crossed that this goes away soon.

My head was massive as a child

Here are two videos that Tom has posted on his Youtube. They’re vintage footage of the Stortz family in the 90s. In both, I’m 1-2 years old, and my head is MASSIVE. Weirdly enough, this makes me excited to have a family.

Note that I don’t cry once in either video.

Enjoy.

Laura won’t like this one. 

I make an extended appearance at the end.

Running Frauds

The running community has become littered with frauds and cheaters. While there are plenty more than the four I’ve listed here, these are some great examples. I don’t understand what possesses people to do things like this.

Mike Rossi

The Mike Rossi thread on Letsrun has more than 26,000 posts.

Mike Rossi went viral for writing this letter to his son’s principal when she didn’t grant his son an excused absence from school to watch him run the Boston Marathon.

Funny thing is, Mike cheated to qualify for Boston. He claims to have run 3:11:45 at the Lehigh Valley Marathon in 2014.

After piling up evidence that he cheated, Letsrun’s founders offered him $100,000 to duplicate the time within a year. A year has passed, Rossi never attempted to claim his prize but to this day denies any wrongdoing.

Boston has a finite number of entries, meaning Rossi stole a spot from someone who ran slower, but actually ran. A travesty. This happens more often than you think.

Alex Viada

Alex Viada is a trainer for “hybrid” athletes.

Viada’s claim to fame is being able to squat 700 pounds while also running a 4:15 mile, which is still quoted on a number of articles. He regularly posted GPS results of his workouts on his Facebook, including many 400m repeats in 60 seconds.

At well over 200 pounds, the Letsrun crowd wasn’t buying it. After long threads on the topic, Letsrun admins began mysteriously deleting anything that mentioned Viada. Conversely, Viada removed all mentions of running times on his personal website and Facebook profile. So it appears some mutual agreement was reached.

I give him credit that he stopped making the claims, but he had to be caught for that to happen, and never actually owned up to his lies.

The multiple false claims of running ability surely built his reputation with prospective clients though.

Robert Young

Robert Young recently attempted to “run across the USA“. Similar to Rossi, the Letsrun crowd exposed the cheater with a 10,000+ post thread on the topic.

Robert was knocking out 60-70 mile days left and right and publicizing the attempt as much as possible.

Letsrun recaps how he was caught here, but once all eyes were on him, he got “injured” and had to end his attempt.

He vehemently denied any cheating and said he was going to release the GPS data, including cadence and heart rate, to prove his innocence, but never did. When investigators went to get the data from his GPS watches, he had wiped them clean. Even his own sponsor said he cheated.

The run was to benefit charity, but there’s no telling how much was going to Young’s pocket. He’s since deleted his personal website.

This all brings us to our newest fraud – Kevin “KP” Kelly

The other stories have played out, but KP’s is at its infancy, which is why this is interesting.

On Friday, the Letsrun crowd questioned KP’s claim to have run 100 marathons in 100 days (but on the 100th day, he decided to run 100 miles just because). He also says he’s run a 3:00 marathon and a 4:20 mile.

KP is 6’7, 250 lbs, and like the other runners on our list, he has little natural talent but a lot of drive!

He runs for charity, but says that the money donated should go directly to his gofundme, which he’ll then donate to charity himself.

Unlike Robert Young, he didn’t wear a GPS watch for his feat, and has no real proof of anything, though he claims many of the marathons are being done in he low-mid 4 hour range. He hasn’t lost much weight in the 100 days that’s for sure.

To raise more eyebrows, his marathon PR comes from a race where he missed every timing mat. That, coupled with the fact that a 4:20 mile PR would likely be the world record for someone weighing 250 lbs, provides more than enough evidence to justify calling this guy a fraud.

He hasn’t come under fire yet, but he’s indulging in the publicity while it’s still focused on his amazing feat instead of the amazing fraud.

It may seem premature to call KP a fraud. Like the die-hard fans of Rossi, Viada, Young, and other frauds, people will say that guys like me are cynical and trying to tear down a good thing.

My response is they’re naive and uneducated on the subject matter – 6’7, 250 pound guy who has no proof of running ONE marathon faster than 4 hours cannot run 100 marathons in a row in the manner which he’s suggesting.

I’m excited to see how this one plays out! Follow the Letsrun thread if you’re interested!

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?