Don’t Call It a Come Back

Palm Harbor faced Largo tonight at home.  Their defense managed to recover a fumble and one of the defensive tackles ran it in for a touchdown.  Largo managed to score on their second punt return after one of Palm Harbors blockers slipped and fell.  The rest of the second half was a showing of great defense from both teams.  Our man Lu was positioned up against #76 for Largo, the biggest JV football player we’ve seen yet.  At least 6’3 and over 300 pounds of muscle.  He managed to beat Lu pretty bad at the end of the second quarter and Lu was benched while they figured him out.  The whole Palm Harbor team came back from half time changed and they scored twice more.  Once with a two point conversion.  Lu did a killer job the whole second half, totally keeping his man locked down.  He played on every snap of the second half.  Only a few more games left for Palm Harbor.

Game 5:

Palm Harbor 21 – Largo 8

 

Game 1: Palm Harbor 38 vs Tarpon 0

Game 2: Palm Harbor 41 vs Seminole 6

Game 3: Palm Harbor 17 vs Northeast 0

Game 4: Palm Harbor 0 vs East Lake 6

Game 5: Palm Harbor 21 vs Largo 8

Season Totals: Palm Harbor 117 vs Opponents 20

Palm Harbor is averaging 23.4 points per game.  Their opponents are averaging 4 points per game.

The First L

Palm Harbor JV Football dropped last night’s game at East Lake.  The final score was 6-0.  Palm Harbor’s defense took their job as seriously as always but East Lake did better than the other schools at breaking into their secondary.  The defense had an amazing play where they blocked a field goal that would have put the game out of reach.  The offense on the other hand could not move the ball very far at all.  This game they leaned more on runs up the middle to almost no effect.  The few solid moves Palm Harbor made were on 25+ yard passes.  The passing game wasn’t all roses though as at least 3 passes just dribbled out of the quarter backs hand.  One of those resulted in an interception and the offense was responsible for two fumbles as well.  On the last drive of the game with 15 yards to go Palm Harbor could not convert a 4th and 1.  All told they just didn’t take the game or their opponents seriously enough.  Even though East Lake is their rival they heard East Lake was seriously battered by Tarpon, who Palm Harbor wiped the field with.  They thought they were going to win so badly that they didn’t even bother to score a point.  Compare this to their last game against Northeast (A better team than East Lake) where they knew how tough their opponents would be and prepared for it.  The lesson for everyone is that underestimating your enemy is a fatal flaw.  A mistake you won’t get too many chances to repeat.  Hopefully the coaching staff is able to wrangle the players and get them to take every game as seriously as the next.  If they fix their mindset, to include “no such thing as a sure thing”, this might be their only loss.  Here’s hoping.

Game 1: Palm Harbor 38 vs Tarpon 0

Game 2: Palm Harbor 41 vs Seminole 6

Game 3: Palm Harbor 17 vs Northeast 0

Game 4: East Lake 6 vs Palm Harbor 0

Palm Harbor 3-1

Total Score: Palm Harbor 96 vs Opponents- 12

Football Update & Our Book

So first we’ve gotta keep you updated on Palm Harbor JV football.

Game 1: Palm Harbor 38 vs Tarpon 0

Game 2: Palm Harbor 41 vs Seminole 6

Game 3: Palm Harbor 17 vs Northeast 0

So far they’ve outscored their opponents 96 to 6.  Their defense is insane.  They kicked well last night.  We’re seeing most of these JV teams having trouble kicking the ball.  Two games were cancelled because of Hurricane Irma so game 3 really should have been their game 5.  Hopefully at least one of these games will be made up.  In game 2 once they were up by 35, the first string offense came out and they played our boy Lu as nose tackle for the rest of the game.  On his second play he ran over the opposing center.  What a beast.  Game 4 is Thursday 10-5-2017 at East Lake High School.

Also in the podcast news we’re working on publishing our first nonfiction work.  A guide for JITs 12-22 that want to be the best people possible.  How to act, how to learn, how to party,  how to be cool, how to make friends, how to deal with girls, how to run your own business, how to deal with cops and so much more.  First draft writing is already well underway and we should be able to get copies out as early as next summer.  We’ll keep you updated as progress continues.

Update on Everything: Football, The Hurricane & The Podcast

First and most importantly, Palm Harbor beat Tarpon 38-0.  Our man Lu did a fine job.  His pass blocking was solid.  Nobody got by him, nobody was getting by him.  He’s got a lot to figure out when it comes to run blocking but he did great.  He was in the game for all but two or three plays.  Their second game, supposed to be 9-7-2017 at Clearwater, was cancelled over premature fears of Hurricane Irma.

That’s where we stand.  The hurricane gets here tonight.  Most businesses have been closed for two or three days.  Mandatory evacuations of low lying areas began two days ago.  Evacuations were upgraded yesterday.  The dog track, which normally won’t stop for even severe lightning, has been closed since Wednesday night, when the storm was over 1000 miles away.  Hopefully they’re moving the dogs to higher ground.  Personally I don’t think the storm will cause much damage, but Derby Lane is in the severe storm surge zone.  We already lost power last night in light rain.  It’s overwhelmingly likely that we’ll lose power again for a longer period as they won’t dispatch repair crews in the storm.  You might not hear from the podcast for a few days.   Probably back on Wednesday, 9-13-2017.  I gotta hope at the latest we check in by 9-14, Lu’s “third” game at home against Countryside.  It’s unclear right now what next week will look like.  It could be normal starting Tuesday or it could be chaos.  I’m betting normal.  Right now every episode has been uploaded in the event of a longer power outage or local data loss.

Tony is in a non evacuation zone (safe) with all the windows all boarded up.  Dan is in a solid house in a low danger evacuation zone.  An evacuation is very unlikely to be called for that zone.  Both have essential supplies and should be assumed safe, even in terrible conditions.  We don’t really know about Nic, beyond that he was making sales as of last night.  More than most businesses have stayed open.  All of the other characters you’ve come to know on the podcast are accounted for.  Most have safely evacuated to local high ground.  Everyone will be fine, the biggest worry is that one of their uninsured cars get fucked up.  Pray for our cars, the greyhounds, and other animals.

-Your Friend

Dan

Our Biggest Bet Yet

Folks if you’re even moderate listeners you know about our super fan, turned protege, Lu “Jasmine”.  Lu came to us essentially as a pretty smart, pretty funny, case of diabetes.  Lu was 14.  He stood over 6 feet tall and weighed in excess of 300 pounds.  He’d never played a competitive sport.  He’d never left the world of private school and fast food.  Lu’s request of us was as simple to understand as it was difficult to accomplish.  How can I excel in high school?  How to make friends from nothing and just generally do the whole damn thing right as right as you can do it.  To make high schools biggest Freshmen its biggest success.  To compete like Tony, to party like Dan and to succeed more conventionally than both.

That’s a lot to ask with less than 6 months to the start of high school.  Fortunately the only thing bigger than Lu’s demands was Lu’s commitment.  He wasn’t afraid to ask questions and he really listened to all the answers.  He read the texts, he watched the movies, he listened to the music and he came back with more questions.  We pushed him to the football fields and he took it from there.  Lu didn’t miss a day of football practice and gained the respect of the jits and the coaches alike in a sport he’d never seen before.  He ran from the back of the line to the front.  He lost over 30 pounds in a matter of weeks.  By the start of the school year three weeks ago he could out lift his mentor at the same age.  They wanted to play him on the offense and on the defense.  He had dozens of friends more than the two he would have had without football.  Remember he was coming from an ~80 student private school to the 2200 student public high school.  He’s one of the fliest dressers in the school because as we rationalized “When you’re 6’1 300 everyones going to look at you, make it so they can’t help but like what they see.”  The kid’s even in good shape to be the one freshman elected to the homecoming court.  This prospect is well on his way.  Check out episode 12 for our initial consultation with Lu.

So here we are Thursday August 31st. The season opener,  Lu’s first football game, is tonight at 7pm when Palm Harbor Hurricanes head to Tarpon Springs to take on the Spongers.  Lu is #77, the starting Left Guard.  A great many things are riding on this game and we hope it will be a good one.  Tony and I along with a few other friends will be in attendance.

So win or lose tonight, everyone is as proud of you as they could be.
But it better be a win because I legit bet against this Greek bastard I know from middle school that went to Tarpon High.  He “wanted to bet a lot on their home opener” and when I see that on Facebook what am I gonna do when you’re playing in the game?  Not bet this square $250?  That’s like a sign from god to bet this fool.  So if yall lose you wont be in this alone.  I’ll blame god, but not just god.  You and your jit friends too.  Too busy being all cool on twitter to watch the damn plays.  I don’t think it’s based on anything but that Greek was really high on Tarpon.  I was able to get 5.5 points.  That means you can lose by 5 points or less and I still win the bet.  You should know what that means.  I taught you to gamble.  Don’t lose.

-Dan

Summer Olympics starting soon! Golf is first.

Training is literally in full swing for the 2017 LaG Summer Olympics.  Our first event will be Golf, likely followed by Bowling.  Golf will be a two man best ball competition and will take place on a par 3 course in North Pinellas on either a Monday or Tuesday.  This event will see Tony and Dan vs Nic and a partner of his choosing.  Everything at this point is contingent on weather and as soon as we have an exact location and time we will post it on the blog as spectators are very welcome.  Dem Boys full golf practice session is currently being edited and will be live on the podcast Thursday June 22nd.  Stay tuned.

Business Consulting

As I return home from another disappointing trip to a local business, I’m obliged to remind everyone of the huge improvements we could make to anyone’s business or life.  The average business is so poorly run that the only reason they stay open is that the other proprietors are just as ignorant.  Even if you think your business is brilliantly run (it is not) we could begin making huge improvements from hour one.  Do you want to crush the competition?  Do you want to make more money?  Do you want to improve your reputation?  Do you want to learn how to hire worthwhile employees and dump dead weight?  Are you having trouble starting up or finding your niche?  We can help with all of the above.  Everyone from a sole proprietorship at the flea market to Google, the worlds largest company, could benefit tremendously from our analysis and guidance.

A business consultant or a life coach is just like a mirror.  Sure you might be able to fix your appearance without one but you can’t be compete with anyone who has one.  We can help you build a stellar reputation and make sure that your clients never go anywhere else.  We do this by focusing on the quality of your product or service, your customer service and your management.  We scout your business, the market and the competition and give you highly specific advice to make your business the only one in the field that matters.  We’re not talking about promotions or short term gimmicks, we will (if you follow our advice) improve your business so fundamentally that it will stand the test of time.

I’ve been running my own business since I was a freshman in high school fixing electronics.  I started off in a tight knit neighborhood close to my house to A) Take advantage of word of mouth and B) I didn’t have a car.  This particular business was a good idea because it’s not licensed and the demand was and remains very high.  By being as legitimately friendly as possible, trying to fix everything (even things I’d never seen before) and not charging unless I fixed the problem I quickly built up a huge business that could employ several other people.  Today I have over 700 customers within a mile of my house, as much work as I can handle and literally the only complaint I get is that “You don’t charge enough!”.  Nobody that has ever heard of me would consider calling a computer repair store (like Geek Squad) first.  They are totally bested in terms of price, quality of repair and customer service.  People are so happy with the work I do that they pay me more than I charge and are thrilled to recommend me to their friends.  I have so much business that I routinely turn down work that’s more than a few minutes from home.

Long story short, whatever your skill sets are, we can help you better put them to work.  Whether you have an existing business, you’re looking to start up or you’re a parent that wants to help your teen be as independent as I was, we can help you!  The podcast always has good advice, if you have relatively simple questions we’ll answer as best we can for free at lifesagamble727@gmail.com.  Also contact us there for real, in depth consulting.  We are available in the Tampa Bay area for reasonable rates and at certain times of the year available for travel at rates that cover our expenses.

It’s no exaggeration to say that if you follow our advice the only reason anyone will call the competition is that you’re fully booked.

Contact:  lifesagamble727@gmail.com

MLB Play for Thursday

Taking the Royals -1.5 behind Danny Duffy over the Rangers behind Andrew Cashner for +140.  Let’s turn these blog service plays around.  Consider fading me if you don’t believe.

-Dan

Update:  Yep, rename the blog “Dan Fades Away”.

Life’s a Gamble 2017 Summer Olympics

We’re happy to announce that this summer over a period of several months we will all be competing in the Life’s a Gamble Summer Olympics.  There will be two teams:

The Backyard Burners lead by Nic

vs

Dem Boys captained by Dan and Tony.

Each team will have a total roster of 6-8 people.  For each event the leader picks their best guys for that sport.  So in 3 vs 3 Basketball Nic will be picking his best two basketball players to join him against Tony, Dan and somebody they pick to be on their team.  The event list is not final and at this point several events are tentative.

  1. 3 on 3 Basketball
  2. 5 on 5 Soccer
  3. Tug of War
  4. Relay Race
  5. School Day (4 Square, Tetherball and Dodgeball) Best 2 out of 3 sports wins the day.
  6. Free Style Wrestling
  7. Bowling
  8. Golf
  9. Shuffleboard
  10. Table Tennis
  11. Rowing (2 person kayak race)

All events can be expected to have expert guest commentary and many will be filmed for the blog.  Keep checking for Olympics updates both on the podcast and on the blog.

NHL Playoffs

Taking Nashville -1.5 (+245) over the Blackhawks at home.  Did it last two games.  Let’s break the blog bad luck.

Update:  Good lord, on the podcast I’m approaching 90% after last nights Rays game.  This blog on the other hand, I can’t win a single bet.  At this point it might be wise to fade my blog bets until I turn things around.  Proceed with caution.             – Dan