The Taekcast: A (mostly) Sports Podcast
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.
Ep. 295 - ChatGPT Solving Gambling & Defeating The Algorithm w/ Brian Hooper
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
Ep. 294 - The Brothers Charlton w/ Jonathan Wilson
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
Ep. 293 - The 2 Million Dollar Man w/ Pat Kerrane
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.
Ep. 292 - Inside Golf Betting w/ Eric Patterson from The Score/Penn Gaming
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.
Ep. 291 - The Sharp Book Model w/ Circa Sportsbook Director Jeffrey Benson
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.
Ep. 290 - The Greatest World Cup Final Of Our Lifetimes w/ Pew_Pew_Pew
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
Ep. 289 - What Is Next For Bitcoin & The IMF w/ Alex @Gladstein
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
Ep. 288 - Are There Any Good Teams In The NFL w/ Kevin Cole from Unexpected Points
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
Ep. 287 - Season One Of Andor Is A Masterpiece w/ Brian Hooper & Jon Sousa
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.
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Ep. 286 - Who The Hell *IS* Sam Bankman-Fried? w/ Brian Hooper, Nate Nohling & DangyWing
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.
Ep. 285 - Messi & Ronaldo with Joshua Robinson and Jon Clegg
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
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
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.
Ep. 283 - LIV To Fight Another Day w/ Pat Mayo
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.
Ep. 282 - What To Do When Everyone Gets Better w/ Peter Overzet
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.
Ep. 281 - 2022 World Cup Preview w/ Pew_pew_pew
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.
Ep. 280 - Betting The 2022-23 NBA Season w/ Mike Gallagher
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.
Ep. 279 - Adjusting Our Priors w/ Kevin Cole From PFF
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.
Ep. 278 - Is Showdown Dead & More w/ Brian Hooper
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.
Ep. 277 - What Exactly Does Nathan Hackett Do Here w/ Ben Baldwin
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.
Ep. 276 - Drafting A True Zero-RB Team In The FFPC Main Event w/ Liam Murphy and Kyle Dvorchak
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!
Draft Board: https://myffpc.com/DraftBoardStandard.aspx?ltuid=AAD-A39BB120D9AC
Draft Board Image Link: https://ibb.co/xS4vKmF
Ep. 275 - FFPC Main Event Redux Out Of The 1.01 w/ Evan Silva, Rich Hribar, Pat Thorman and JJ Zachariason
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
Ep. 274 - FFPC Main Event Time w/ Evan Silva, Rich Hribar, Pat Thorman and JJ Zachariason
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=2D3-886732701848
Draft Board Image: https://freeimage.host/i/r1SnMF
Ep. 273 - It's Time For A Life-Hacking 🧵 w/ Joe Holka
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.
Ep. 272 - Trying To Realize EV In This Lifetime w/ Brian Hooper
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.
Ep. 271 - Solving For What Comes Next In Professional Golf w/ @SkyHookDFS
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.
Ep. 270 - Uncertain NFL Futures w/ Eric Eager from Pro Football Focus
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.
Ep. 269 - 2022 Fantasy Football Primer & Draft Guide w/ JJ Zachariason @LateRoundQB
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.
Ep. 268 - Basis Points, Barrels Of Oil And Overpriced Risk Assets w/ Jason Strasser Of Caption Management
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.
Ep. 277 - Bitcoin, Bear Markets & Financial Privilege w/ Alex @Gladstein
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.
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
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.
Ep. 265 - Buying White Pants In Paris w/ Pat Mayo (@ThePME)
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.
Ep. 264 - Play Whoever You Want w/ Jordan Cooper @BlenderHD
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.
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Ep. 263 - Bear Market Blues w/ Brian Hooper (@Bric75)
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
Ep. 262 - Making Heads Or Tails Of The 2022 NFL Draft w/ Kevin Cole From PFF
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.
Ep. 261 - Elon Musk Is A Loser LOLZ Crossover w/ Peter Overzet & Brian Hooper
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.
Ep. 260 - 2022 Best Ball Fantasy Football Complete Primer w/ Hayden Winks From UnderDog Fantasy
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
Sign Up On UnderDog: https://play.underdogfantasy.com/davismattek
Ep. 259 - Staking Into The Future w/ Chase Devens From Messari.IO
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.
Ep. 258 - The Gillcast Drafts an NFBC Main Event Fantasy Baseball Team w/ Nate Nohling & Sammy Reid
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/grid
Draft Board Image link: https://ibb.co/j3V1PCj
Ep. 257 - R - E - L - A - X About The Chiefs w/ Eric Eager from Pro Football Focus
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.
Ep. 256 - Crypto Is For Everyone w/ Eric Turner From Messari Crypto
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.