Eating the Chalk: The day I earned a couple of DB730 Bucks

I should shave my head, buy some horn rims and maybe get a dog and name her Jerry!

Let me back track a little bit here.

It was a cold Friday night in early March in good old Boston, Massachusetts. It was right after the allstar break of the NBA season and I was pretty close to swearing off playing NBA DFS. (The grind of family, work, and daily research was taking it’s toll and I was in a slump.)
I was headed to get my golf swing fine tuned and I was day dreaming about that Disney vacation my family and I were taking in April. I was driving along listening, as is my wont, to the RotoGrinders Show with Beer and Dan.(Sirius Fantasy Channel 210) I stop at “The Kowloon” for some pork fried rice and crab rangoon with the family, Dan pipes up, “just posted some head to heads in the Fanduel lobby.”

“Oh NO!!! What should I do?” Tonight was about golf and day dreaming about Disney, not DFS. Why did I ever turn on this stupid show? I haven’t done any research. I barely even looked at Rotogrinder’s content today. It’s only two bucks though and Dan sounds sad like he needs the money. So reluctantly, as i shovel Rice into my gullet, I log onto the Fanduel ap and spend 20 minutes creating a team. I take Dan’s head to head and a couple of others. I play the lineup in a few tournaments, finish my supper and head off to fix my golf swing.

It’s official. I am now terrible at golf. What have I done to myself? First I play DFS when I wasn’t going to. Then I find out my once beautiful, classic golf swing has morphed into something I don’t recognize. (If you have never had your golf swing analyzed via video you should try it. Very eye opening.) As I sit on my couch flipping through channels lamenting the state of my golf game it hits me. I played on Fanduel tonight maybe I should check out how I’m doing. Because nothing will brighten your day more than watching a lineup with no research tank. I first check the NBA ap to check scores and box scores holding out hope that maybe just maybe my guys are playing well. I was trying to soften the blow of my unintended 100 dollar donation that day. Then it hits me, “Crap I don’t remember who I played that day. I have to look.”

By this time it’s a little bit past 10:30 EST and all of the games have either just started or just finished. I open the ap on my tablet and hey I am winning. Not a lot but I am actually in the running to not lose all 100 bucks. I immediately go to the live contest tab and go straight to the 2 dollar head to head with DB730. I am winning. I open his player screen and my heart starts racing. I break out in a cold sweat and start muttering to myself. We have almost identical teams. He has Porzingas and Booker, I have Burke and Blake. It’s the only difference. At this point I should shave my head, buy some horn rims and maybe get a dog and name her Jerry! I am on Team Chalk! I hate Chalk, what do I do?

Step 1: Relax It’s ok. We all have to eat things we don’t like. Just “chalk” it up to a bad day full of bad decisions and move on.

Step 2: Breathe Long slow deep breaths. But I am a tournament player I can’t be on team chalk. It’s ok, everyone takes the easy way out sometimes.

Step 3: Acceptance You did this to yourself dummy. Get up, rub some dirt on it, and get back in the game!

We all have routines in almost everything we do. Jobs, family even our social life. Why not in DFS. If I could pick close to an optimal cash game lineup in only twenty minutes how much better would that lineup have been if I had taken the time to follow my process?

As for me, I have a balding head of hair but I am holding out hope it will start growing fuller again. I wear contacts instead of glasses. My dog, she is a beagle and her name is Cersei.

My head to head with DB730. 305.2 to 305 a lucky win for the single bullet tournament guy.

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