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A long-lens view at sports, fantasy sports, cryptocurrency, gambling, sports betting and all the digital culture in between. Davis Mattek is joined by a guest on a semi-regular basis to have semi-intelligent conversations about this world of outcomes and analytics.

The Taekcast: A (mostly) Sports Podcast


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    Ep. 295 - ChatGPT Solving Gambling & Defeating The Algorithm w/ Brian Hooper

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023 89:23


    Davis Mattek is joined by Brian Hooper to discuss ChatGPT solving best ball and DFS, the Twitter algorithm, Hardcore History, the 2024 presidential election and much more www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 294 - The Brothers Charlton w/ Jonathan Wilson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 59:27


    Davis Mattek is joined by author Jonathan Wilson to discuss his new book Two Brothers, about the life and times Bobby and Jack Charlton who were two of England's greatest footballers Book purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Brothers-Jonathan-Wilson-ebook/dp/B09F8TPZCL www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 293 - The 2 Million Dollar Man w/ Pat Kerrane

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 47:11


    Davis Mattek is joined by Pat Kerrane, the champion of Underdog Fantasy's Best Ball Mania 3, to discuss the multi-day sweat, how it feels to catch the ship finally, and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 292 - Inside Golf Betting w/ Eric Patterson from The Score/Penn Gaming

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 53:52


    Davis Mattek is joined by Eric Patterson, who works in risk management in the golf betting segment of The Score sportsbook in Ontario, Canada to discuss how golf markets function and how to get into golf betting. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 291 - The Sharp Book Model w/ Circa Sportsbook Director Jeffrey Benson

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 43:38


    Davis Mattek is joined by @JeffreyBenson12, the Sportsbook Operations Manager at Circa Sports to discuss how a sports book actually runs, the problems with the soft book model and limiting winning customers and much more in the sports betting industry. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 290 - The Greatest World Cup Final Of Our Lifetimes w/ Pew_Pew_Pew

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 68:06


    Davis Mattek and Paul (PewPewPew on DK) recap and discuss the 2022 World Cup in it's entirety with a focus on the amazing 3-3 final between Argentina and France www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 289 - What Is Next For Bitcoin & The IMF w/ Alex @Gladstein

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 59:41


    Davis Mattek is joined by Alex Gladstein from the Human Rights Foundation to discuss bitcoin regulation, SBF's arrest, problems with crypto, and the devastation the IMF and World Bank have perpetuated on the developing world Link to Alex's article: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/imf-world-bank-repress-poor-countries www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 288 - Are There Any Good Teams In The NFL w/ Kevin Cole from Unexpected Points

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 68:20


    Davis Mattek and Kevin Cole discuss the MVP race, the killer weaknesses of every NFL team, what the hell can Denver do going forward, and if Kevin should become a political grifter on Substack www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 287 - Season One Of Andor Is A Masterpiece w/ Brian Hooper & Jon Sousa

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 55:16


    Davis, Brian, and Jon take a thorough look at Season 1 of Disney +'s Andor and recap what did and did not work about the finale episode before pondering what the future of the Star Wars franchise will look like. Sign up for more bonus episodes on www.patreon.com/taekcast! 

    Ep. 286 - Who The Hell *IS* Sam Bankman-Fried? w/ Brian Hooper, Nate Nohling & DangyWing

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 120:24


    Davis Mattek is joined by Brian Hooper, Nate Nohling and DangyWing to examine every aspect of the FTX collapse, Sam Bankman-Fried's crimes, CZ's Game of Thrones and Gary Gensler's complicity in all of this.  www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 285 - Messi & Ronaldo with Joshua Robinson and Jon Clegg

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 40:29


    Davis Mattek is joined by the authors of "Messi vs Ronaldo: One Rivalry, Two GOATs, and the Era That Remade the World's Game" Joshua Robinson and Jon Clegg to discuss their book and the two GOATs of world soccer www.patreon.com/taekcast Buy the book here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/messi-vs-ronaldo-jonathan-cleggjoshua-robinson?variant=40152770412578

    Ep. 284 - Elon Buys Twitter LOLZ Crossover w/ Peter Overzet & Brian Hooper

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 59:24


    Davis Mattek is joined by Brian Hooper & Peter Overzet on a LOLZ/Taekcast crossover to discuss Elon Musk buying Twitter and their ideas for how the platform can be improved, with some NFL DFS Showdown conversation thrown in at the end. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 283 - LIV To Fight Another Day w/ Pat Mayo

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 93:29


    Davis Mattek and Pat Mayo discuss their feelings about the LIV tour, what is wrong with fantasy football content, if they will ever be able to retire, and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 282 - What To Do When Everyone Gets Better w/ Peter Overzet

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 65:07


    Davis Mattek and Peter Overzet dive deep into how DFS strategy has changed, discuss how much harder fantasy football is and propose some changes to the large-field best ball NFL tournaments. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 281 - 2022 World Cup Preview w/ Pew_pew_pew

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 75:11


    Davis Mattek is joined by high-stakes DFS grinder PewPewPew to break down the 2022 World Cup, going group by group and predicting the winners of each and winner of the tournament. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 280 - Betting The 2022-23 NBA Season w/ Mike Gallagher

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 58:22


    Davis Mattek is joined by Mike Gallagher to place a load of bets on the 2022-23 season, including MVP, most improved player, win totals, and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 279 - Adjusting Our Priors w/ Kevin Cole From PFF

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 64:31


    Davis Mattek is joined by Kevin Cole to discuss what narratives have been proven wrong this NFL season, shifts in the betting market, the five greatest QBs ever, and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 278 - Is Showdown Dead & More w/ Brian Hooper

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 55:16


    Davis Mattek is joined by Brian Hooper to discuss how the field is adjusting in Showdowns, astrology vs heuristics, The Ethereum Merge and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 277 - What Exactly Does Nathan Hackett Do Here w/ Ben Baldwin

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 46:44


    Davis Mattek and Ben Baldwin overreact to Week One of the NFL season, wonder what the value of an elite offensive line is, debate PFF QB grades, and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 276 - Drafting A True Zero-RB Team In The FFPC Main Event w/ Liam Murphy and Kyle Dvorchak

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 114:57


    Davis Mattek is joined by Liam Murphy and Kyle Dvorchak of Rotoworld to draft a TRUE Zero RB team in the FFPC Main Event with a $2,000 entry fee and $1,000,000 to first place! www.patreon.com/taekcast Draft Board: https://myffpc.com/DraftBoardStandard.aspx?ltuid=AAD-A39BB120D9AC Draft Board Image Link: https://ibb.co/xS4vKmF YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzHGPwhmPX0&feature=youtu.be

    Ep. 275 - FFPC Main Event Redux Out Of The 1.01 w/ Evan Silva, Rich Hribar, Pat Thorman and JJ Zachariason

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 117:22


    Davis Mattek is joined again by Evan Silva and Pat Thorman from Establish The Run, RIch Hribar from Sharp Football and JJ Zachariason from LateRound.com to draft another $2,000 entry FFPC Main Event fantasy football team to try and win $1,000,000. Draft Board Link: https://myffpc.com/DraftBoardStandard.aspx?ltuid=49A-429F665901B3 Draft Board Image: https://ibb.co/g6PQ4Bb www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 274 - FFPC Main Event Time w/ Evan Silva, Rich Hribar, Pat Thorman and JJ Zachariason

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 95:27


    Davis Mattek is joined by RIch Hribar, Evan Silva, Pat Thorman and JJ Zachariason to draft a team in the FFPC Main Event to try and win a million dollars out of the 1.06 Draft Board: https://myffpc.com/DraftBoardStandard.aspx?ltuid=2D3-886732701848Draft Board Image: https://freeimage.host/i/r1SnMF www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 273 - It's Time For A Life-Hacking

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 68:30


    Davis Mattek is joined by Joe Holka to discuss Twitter threads, their favorite life optimization tips they have picked up, the stressors of getting married, and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 272 - Trying To Realize EV In This Lifetime w/ Brian Hooper

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 84:35


    Davis Mattek is joined by Brian Hooper to discuss some of the deeper elements of game theory optimization in best ball, how the average player should be interacting with Daily Fantasy Sports and of course, the wider geopolitical climate, George Orwell, Communism and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 271 - Solving For What Comes Next In Professional Golf w/ @SkyHookDFS

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 62:37


    Davis Mattek and Skyler Hoke take a look at the impact of LIV Golf on the PGA tour and wonder what will happen next in the world of professional golf for pros, hopefuls, Americans, Europeans, and everyone else in between. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 270 - Uncertain NFL Futures w/ Eric Eager from Pro Football Focus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 50:55


    Davis Mattek is joined by Eric Eager from Pro Football Focus to handicap the major NFL futures markets for the 2022-23 seasons and give out some of their favorite futures and season win total bets. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 269 - 2022 Fantasy Football Primer & Draft Guide w/ JJ Zachariason @LateRoundQB

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 66:47


    Davis Mattek is joined by JJ Zacharisason (@LateRoundQB) to preview JJ's exhaustive 2022 Fantasy Football draft guide (purchase at www.lateround.com), while previewing every position and giving fantasy football players a plan of attack at every position and in every round for their 2022 fantasy football drafts. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 268 - Basis Points, Barrels Of Oil And Overpriced Risk Assets w/ Jason Strasser Of Caption Management

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 69:28


    Davis Mattek is joined by Jason Strasser (@Strassa2) to discuss how the Fed is responding to the impending recession, the problem with Vanguard ETFs, how crypto is handling the extreme bear market, and more thorny financial topics. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 277 - Bitcoin, Bear Markets & Financial Privilege w/ Alex @Gladstein

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 57:30


    Davis Mattek is joined by Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation to discuss the massive chaos in the financial world, the downward trajectory of cryptocurrency prices, why stablecoins and Bitcoin are so valuable outside of the United States and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast Buy Alex's book: https://store.bitcoinmagazine.com/products/check-your-financial-privilege

    Ep. 266 - Saudi Arabian Sportswashing And Non-Ethical Transactions w/ Brian Hooper

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 102:33


    Davis Mattek is joined by Brian Hooper to discuss the LIV Golf Tour and the associated ethical dilemmas, World War 1 History, Rasputin, Gun Control, and everything in between. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 265 - Buying White Pants In Paris w/ Pat Mayo (@ThePME)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 79:29


    Davis Mattek is joined by Pat Mayo to discuss their golf games, the Canadian housing market, dress codes in Paris and everything else in between.  www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 264 - Play Whoever You Want w/ Jordan Cooper @BlenderHD

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 77:25


    Davis Mattek is joined by Jordan Cooper (@BlenderHD) to discuss changes in the DFS landscape, how to not get wrecked at sports betting as a casual and how DFS may work for the upcoming FIFA world cup. www.patreon.com/taekcast https://www.theoryofdfs.com/ Promo: TAEKCAST

    Ep. 263 - Bear Market Blues w/ Brian Hooper (@Bric75)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 102:23


    Davis Mattek is joined by Brian Hooper to discuss the Terra experiment failure, the Coinbase Earnings call and more wide-ranging political and economic topics www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 262 - Making Heads Or Tails Of The 2022 NFL Draft w/ Kevin Cole From PFF

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 71:25


    Davis Mattek is joined by Kevin Cole to recap the 2022 NFL Draft, figuring out if the Eagles/Cardinals made good WR trades, what the shit the New England Patriots are up to, and if the betting markets have changed in a significant way after the draft. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 261 - Elon Musk Is A Loser LOLZ Crossover w/ Peter Overzet & Brian Hooper

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 123:01


    Davis Mattek and the LOLZ boys Peter Overzet and Brian Hooper engage in a crossover episode conversation about Elon Musk buying Twitter, the Bryn Kenny cheating accusations and if it is possible to cheat in DFS.  www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 260 - 2022 Best Ball Fantasy Football Complete Primer w/ Hayden Winks From UnderDog Fantasy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 54:14


    Davis Mattek is joined by Hayden Winks to run through optimal roster construction in best ball, surprising research results from 2021 best ball contests, Zero RB vs Hero RB vs Superhero RB vs Robust RB, and optimal stacking allocations www.patreon.com/taekcast Sign Up On UnderDog: https://play.underdogfantasy.com/davismattek

    Ep. 259 - Staking Into The Future w/ Chase Devens From Messari.IO

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 48:47


    Davis Mattek is joined by Chase Devens, a research analyst from Messari.Io, to discuss the function of network and application staking, what various Layer 1 cryptocurrency solutions are attempting to do, and if we will ever buy our coffees with Bitcoin. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 258 - The Gillcast Drafts an NFBC Main Event Fantasy Baseball Team w/ Nate Nohling & Sammy Reid

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 190:08


    In a mammoth episode, Davis Mattek is joined by the Gillcast boys (Nate Nohling and Sammy Reid) to draft an NFBC Main Event fantasy baseball team. Draft Board: https://draft.shgn.com/nfc/plain/dp/1314/gridDraft Board Image link: https://ibb.co/j3V1PCj www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 257 - R - E - L - A - X About The Chiefs w/ Eric Eager from Pro Football Focus

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 50:12


    Davis Mattek is joined by Eric Eager (@PFF_Eric) to discuss the Chiefs rebuilding window, how real the NFL salary cap is, which teams are in the market for rookie QBs, and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 256 - Crypto Is For Everyone w/ Eric Turner From Messari Crypto

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 50:50


    Davis Mattek is joined by Eric Turner, the VP of Market Research for Messari Crypto to discuss how cryptocurrency could play a role in a non-revolutionary future, practical applications of NFTs, nation-states adopting Bitcoin, and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 255 - The Cryptopians w/ Laura Shin From The Unchained Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 54:05


    Davis Mattek is joined by Laura Shin, host of the Unchained Podcast, to discuss her new book about the genesis and history of the Ethereum blockchain. The Cryptopians can be purchased here: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laura-shin/the-cryptopians/9781541763012/?lens=publicaffairs www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 254 - Talking About Nothing w/ John Daigle From 4for4 & BetSperts

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 65:42


    Davis Mattek is joined by John Daigle from 4for4 and BetSperts to discuss the blockbuster Russell Wilson trade, betting on golf, their favorite books, and caring about everything and nothing. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 253 - CoronaCasting w/ Pat Mayo

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 101:30


    Davis Mattek is joined by Pat Mayo to get a Canadian's perspective on the trucker convoy, how far we have come since March 2020, why people hate Bitcoiners, enjoying bad movies, and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 252 - Dissecting The Discourse w/ Peter Overzet

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 67:55


    Davis Mattek and Peter Overzet run through the #big topics floating around at the moment: NFTs, diversification in best ball, NoCoiner Brain, working habits, and everything else A through Z. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 251 - Why Do People Hate Crypto So Much Right Now w/ Brian Hooper

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 97:58


    Davis Mattek is joined by Brian Hooper for a wide-ranging conversation about the role cryptocurrency is playing in our society and why people seem to be hating crypto so much at this particular moment. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 250 - The Gillcast Super Bowl Preview w/ Nate Nohling & Sammy Reid

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 59:57


    Davis Mattek is joined by the Gillcast boys, Nate Nohling and Sammy Reid, to do a comprehensive gambling preview of the Superbowl featuring the Rams and Bengals. Player props, DraftKings Showdown, against the spread takes, and of course, Sammy Reid's Gold-Star Lead Pipe Lock IDP prop of the year! www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 249 - Perfecting Jeopardy! w/ Alex Jacob

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 69:25


    Davis Mattek is joined by Jeopardy Tournament Of Champions-winner Alex Jacob to discuss his career in professional poker, getting on and competing on Jeopardy, how to craft the perfect trivia question, and much more. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 248 - The Wide World Of Football w/ Josh Norris From UnderDog Fantasy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 67:08


    Davis Mattek is joined by Josh Norris from UnderDog Fantasy to discuss EPA vs the Eye Test, why we are still arguing about Jimmy G, Stafford dunking on the nerds, and their shared love for Aston Villa in the English Premier League. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 247 - ClubNGMI $Looks Rare (ClubNGMI x Taekcast Crossover)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 66:23


    Davis Mattek is joined by the guys from Club NGMI (DangyWing, LouDog and CPTrey) to discuss the $Looks Rare marketplace, ETH Maxis vs BTC Maxis, flash top signals and much more. Club NGMI: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKuZa_eJxiLVyi4yYa6XO2A www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 246 - NFL Playoffs Snapshot w/ Ben Baldwin From The Athletic

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 48:09


    Davis Mattek is joined by Ben Baldwin to take a snapshot of where we are at in the NFL as we head into the playoffs, what Seattle is likely to do with their HC/QB tandem, and how the rookie QBs look from a data perspective. www.patreon.com/taekcast

    Ep. 245 - Nostalgia Is The Most Toxic Impulse w/ Jonathan Wilson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 43:11


    Davis Mattek is joined by Jonathan Wilson to discuss his new novel "Streltsov", why we tend to misremember important moments in sports and the difference between sports for sports sake and sports for entertainments' sake. Buy the novel here: https://theblizzard.co.uk/shop/books/streltsov/ www.patreon.com/taekcast

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