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Steve Novak is currently a Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Boston College. He's spent the past 21 years working in fundraising for BC after starting as an intern. This conversation covers not only fundraising but economics, finance, college athletics, and why people and relationships are of the utmost importance. Grab your notebook because this ep…
 
Micah Kiser is going into his 4th season as a middle linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams. He won the Campbell Trophy in 2017, he was an Academic All-American at UVA, and was twice named to the First Team All-ACC. He’s taught me a lot about football over the years, and he’s already overcome several setbacks in the NFL with persistence and determinat…
 
This conversation really made me think. Dan Hatman has a wealth of experience as a scout, coach, and student of football. His paper on all things related to NFL general managers is a fantastic resource. In this conversation he talks about economics as it relates to football, improving the talent pool for general managers, and best practices regardi…
 
Adam Harstad is a phenomenal thinker. Over the past couple of years I've seen him distill complex ideas from several disciplines and apply them to fantasy football. This episode covers interesting frameworks that transcend football, including risk homeostasis, second-order thinking, resource allocation, and many more. You can find a collection of h…
 
Canaan Severin is not only one of the greatest WRs in UVA history, but he's also a film writer and director. He just released his first film "Lean In" earlier this month. Since graduating from Virginia, Canaan spent time in the NFL with the Steelers and Giants. In this episode he shares stories from his football career about systems, habits, the im…
 
Henry “The Hammer” Coley was a leader of the 2014 Virginia Cavaliers. I’ve always wanted to ask him about leadership, his approach to learning the game, and how his skills have translated to life after football. Since graduating with his Master’s, Henry spent time in the NFL before becoming a consultant and entrepreneur. Henry is a leader everywher…
 
Nicholas Conte, specialists coach at VMI and decorated former UVA punter, teaches a masterful lesson on mindset and achieving high performance. This transcends football. Our conversation spans the mental side of playing and training, the role of specialists in games and practice, proper nutrition, and Conte’s journey from UVA to VMI and one day soo…
 
Alex is currently working towards his Master's in Data Science at the University of Virginia. Not only has he been working for the UVA football team in an analytical capacity, but he also presented his own research at the NFL's Big Data Bowl in 2020. I came across his paper and was eager to reach out to him. Our discussion covers the deficiencies o…
 
Chris Saave is an entrepreneur I’ve been fortunate to see in action the past few years. We cover his thoughts on starting a business, the importance of learning, finding hidden knowledge, and how to take risks. Many of these lessons have helped me along my entrepreneurial journey. Chris has certainly stepped his game up with his latest venture, Mee…
 
Who better to ask about leadership than the person who started the most games at quarterback while I was at UVA? Matt Johns, currently the quarterbacks coach at William & Mary, loves football. His actions and words have always been in alignment, and that's just one of the many lessons I've learned from him over the years. If you enjoy the episode, …
 
This conversation with Jackson Matteo is special. We cover his time at Virginia chronologically, from walk-on to graduate assistant coach, and examine how our relationship evolved along the way. I have learned so much from Jackson about commitment, discipline, and total effort. Jackson is currently working on his dissertation, and he explains why h…
 
When you're part of a team, consistency is an invaluable trait. Sean Cascarano has that trait in spades. Sean is currently an Assistant Coach at Cornell where he coaches the offensive line. He's consistently been dedicated to his team and to teaching the fundamentals. In this episode we discuss lessons Sean learned from coaching at multiple college…
 
Harkening back to Dwight D. Eisenhower, "plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." Few people I know are as detail oriented as Jacob Hodges. He not only provided me with an invaluable opportunity at UVA (in response to a 2014 email that gets read on the podcast), but he's taught me a lot over the years. Since our shared time at Virginia, H…
 
This week I'm thrilled to be learning more from Zach Tenuta. Since our shared time at Virginia, Zach has become the Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach at Norfolk State University. Zach and I discuss the process of learning and developing as a coach, the importance of having mentors, and recount the time we had to drop $100 at a Kinko's.…
 
For the first official episode my guest is none other than Kaveh Akbari (@kaveh_akbari), a certified NFL player agent and expert marketer. Kaveh and I discuss the role of agents, what goes into creating your own agency, using leverage in a negotiation, my plans for a signed picture of me and Adam Cole, and many more issues involving economic concep…
 
Welcome to Fantasy Football, in Theory, your only podcast devoted to fantasy football strategy in the abstract. It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We are told that history doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes. But the past and the future are temporally distinct, and one is not the other. So how are le…
 
Welcome to Fantasy Football, in Theory, your only podcast devoted to fantasy football strategy in the abstract. What if everything we thought we knew about football was wrong? What if the all-time greats and the all-time goods and all-time okays were really just an indecipherable mess distinguished primarily by chance, a series of coins that could …
 
Welcome to Fantasy Football, in Theory, your only podcast devoted to fantasy football strategy in the abstract. Who we choose to speak to shapes not only what we come to believe, but even the manner in which we think about things. Most fantasy football podcasts feature people within the fantasy football industry speaking with other industry insider…
 
Welcome to Fantasy Football, in Theory, your only podcast devoted to fantasy football strategy in the abstract. How do the labels we use affect how we see things, taste things, hear things, feel things, and interact with the world around us? And perhaps more importantly, what the heck does this have to do with football? Special guest Matt Harmon jo…
 
Welcome to Fantasy Football, in Theory, a fantasy football podcast dedicated to high-level fantasy strategy in the abstract. In today's episode: Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant podcast about it from the comfort of their living rooms. If you enjoy my work, you can find it exclusively at www.footballguys.com. An archive of lin…
 
Welcome to Fantasy Football, in Theory, a brand new fantasy football podcast dedicated to high-level fantasy strategy in the abstract. What do you do when one of your cornerstone beliefs is suddenly called into question? In the quest to be right, what does it mean to be wrong? In our quest to answer that question, we'll discuss stupid bar bets, obt…
 
Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) and Danny Tuccitto (@IR_DannyT) ran a podcast called the Three Cone Drill. Last August, they invited Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) and me on to discuss a sprawling array of topics, and the resulting conversation was my favorite that I've ever had about Football, or a number of other topics for that matter. The Three Co…
 
Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) and Danny Tuccitto (@IR_DannyT) ran a podcast called the Three Cone Drill. Last August, they invited Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) and me on to discuss a sprawling array of topics, and the resulting conversation was my favorite that I've ever had about Football, or a number of other topics for that matter. The Three Co…
 
Welcome to Fantasy Football, in Theory, a brand new fantasy football podcast dedicated to high-level fantasy strategy in the abstract. The 2007 San Diego Chargers were faced with a choice: part with one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, or with the hot GM who had figured out how to beat the NFL draft. Today, we re-examine that choice w…
 
Welcome to Fantasy Football, in Theory, a brand new fantasy football podcast dedicated to high-level fantasy strategy in the abstract. Episode 2 continues our look at questions of size and how much it matters for NFL players. If you're curious about any of the essays cited, you can read them here: I, Pencil, by Leonard Read - http://www.econlib.org…
 
Welcome to Fantasy Football, in Theory, a brand new fantasy football podcast dedicated to high-level fantasy strategy in the abstract. Episode 1 looks at questions of size and how much it matters for wide receivers in the NFL. If you enjoyed this episode and are interested in further exploring this topic, here are some suggested readings: WR Size: …
 
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