Does TRDH like Alstry? A lesson in smack talk.
NOTE: This is not a negative blog about TRDH and consistent with my promise to TMF Jake to not personally attack another player. It is simply smack talk in the spirit of competition and free market capitalism and a demonstration showing in America, although it is becoming more and more difficult, if you work hard and apply some ingenuity, you too can reach the top.
There is also an important life lesson here...always respect those around you even when you think you are so far above them that they will never have an influence on you, because you never know when they will be on top.
And for those of you comrades that never played a competitve game or sport in your life, smack talk among worthy competitors is always dished out with the greatest respect. It is just few players are worthy......notice that Alstry only smacked top players...it was my way of showing respect before I took them to school.
There can be honor among champions, too bad too few have the character to truly be a champion. Being a true champion is about character, skill is only a baseline trait.
Let's make one point clear, this blog would have never been written if TRDH had not smacked talked Alstry first. He said I provided NO investment advice.
Can you believe TRDH said Alstry's blog provided no investment advice???? Yet in half the time playing, Alstry is now neck and neck with TRDH with LESS than 25% of the total picks!!!!!!! Hmmmmm.......TRDH has made over 4X the picks as Alstry and has played twice as long and Alstry is right behind him.......
I now feel like a NASCAR driver coming up against the leaders from behind. Spec Bear is the only top ten player with an Average Pick score close to mine. That means each time we make a pick, we both swing for the fence. Others try to do it, but few can do it as consistently as we do....in that light...Spec Bears score is truly amazing.
TRDH...don't fret. An appology would be nice...but I expect nor request anything out of you. I am a capitalist and a free market thinker with a strong personal social justice bias. In CAPs, just like a true free market economy, the best can, though not always, rise to the top.
Fortune comes to those who work hard and prepare. The harder you work, the more fortunate you can be...but chance can always create havoc on even the best set plans even to the most persistent. It is at those times when you have to dig deep, really deep to crawl up from even the deepest holes.
If you want to go after those above you, that is honorable as long as done with character and respect...but smacking those below....that is a bit cowardly don't you think? If you noticed, Alstry only smacked talked those much higher scores or popularity than him, those with a foundation should able to take it. It was amazing how many so called leaders, not you TRDH, cried and whined when things didn't go their way. You think that person deserved to be a leader in a free market world????
Alstry lost a few games over the past year.....and when he did, he went out of his way to congratulate the winner..with complete sincerity and respect.
I simply hope CAPs and America is not degenerating into entitlement based whining society where people cry and moan when things don't go there way. Our nation was built on greatness. We used to produce the best products. We loved to win because we were the best. But look what has happened... we have exported our best manufacturing and taken second seat in a number of areas including the hard sciences to rising intellectual capital around the world.
Alstry is all about trying your hardest and being the best you can be.....life can throw us curve balls, and I have had my fair share......but unless your arms fall off, get back up to the plate and swing again. For those of you that are warriors....smack talk is fine...but do it with honor and respect. For Alstry, that means only smacking a player with a higher score, rating, or popularity in a particular area at the time. Use your own set of standards.
My days are likely numbered, but most of you will play on to carry on a fine tradition....the better you are, the better you make those that play around you.
You guys have made Alstry a much better player. Hopefully he has taught you a thing or two. The Institute of Alstrynomics will continue forward and you guys will always be a key part of it. By collective thought and proper focused application, CAPS can kick Wall Street's backside over and over again. And if CAPs can do it...so can you.
PS: Anyone know what happened to Donner boy, I think he stole my hat????