King Of The Burn 👑
Featuring NFL wristband packs, non sell outs, moves to make in web3, and the champion of burning moments (me!)
Editorial Note: This Saturday edition of the newsletter recaps the week in web3 x sports. It features highlights from our fave projects, top moments in the community, and a NEW SECTION titled “Making Moves”.
What’s up everybody, its LG Doucet here.
I don’t know how to tell you this but I’m kind of a big deal when it comes to burning.
This past week, NBA Top Shot unveiled their “HEAT CHECK” Burning Event, a feature that invites collectors to Burn moments for Trade Tickets.
The tickets were redeemable for a new release of Locker Packs, which contained a few hundred unreleased Series 1 Moments (+ thousands of 35k, 40k, and 60k mints).
The catch? They added a Burning Leaderboard.
Yes, that’s me at the top there. Number #1.
This challenge ends Sunday night, but there’s no doubt that I shall be the undisputed champion of this arbitrary contest, which Top Shot has said will reward no prize whatsoever.
How did I get here? Well, for starters, I traded in 342x Moments last week when the leaderboard opened, then bought 85x Locker Packs and ripped them on stream.
Following the stream, I burned all my useless locker moments (another 255x) and repeated this process until packs sold out.
I also torched everything worth $2, which turns out, was quite a lot of moments. And now, I am future champion, with a thin lead I aim to hold through Sunday night.
Wish me luck folks!
And with that, lets get into the action from this week, starting with a word from our sponsor:
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🎁 ALL DAY Packs Handed Out At Rams Game
Now this is super cool. The ALL DAY team has once again partnered with the Los Angeles Rams to deliver CLAIMABLE PACKS directly at the game.
Basically, each fan was given a wristband, which could then be redeemed for a pack containing Rams common moments.
Should this be how its done at every single game? Let us know below👇
📦 Packs Fail To Sell Out Across Platforms
Remember the good old days when packs of literally any sports property would sell out in seconds? And we had to wait in those awful queues?
Well, those days are gone. This week, Top Shot Hot Packs failed to sell out for the first time this season, and Candy Digital has not yet sold out their 2022 Uncut Diamonds Drop (highly anticipated rookies).
📷 Another Ambiguous Top Shot Snapshot
Top Shot is back to the Team Leaderboard grind, this time with a snapshot for a set called “CLAMPS”, where the top 1500 on each board will get a Moment.
Although I like that this is a broader reward distribution than the Duos (top 750), the snapshot will be taken sometime between Dec 7-23. Can’t stand that! Just take it!!
👛 Dapper Announces Self-Custody Wallet
People have often criticized Dapper Sports for being too centralized (they are!), but they’ve made strides recently by allowing larger IP to transfer off platform (TS, AD).
Now comes the next phase: a new self-custody wallet, which could lead to a mobile app + allow the wallet to sign in on other platforms (Uniswap, OpenSea, etc.)
No release date yet. Early access for devs open for now.
NEW SECTION: ⚡Making Moves⚡
This is a new section, where I’ll recap the stuff you can you do right now, including:
Packs you can buy
Challenges you can enter
Stuff you should watch out for
Giveaways that are worth getting into.
And none of this is financial advice. Its just a list of stuff you might have missed!
Here is what’s on tap:
ETH Wallet Activity Aggregate - Daylight
I tried this tool out this week, and its fantastic. Super simple: just connect your ETH wallet(s), and it will regularly tell you about airdrops, claims, votes, etc. Free to use.
Nine Live Lounge Game - Giveaway
The infamous “soho house” of Top Shot is launching a game titled Soho Slam, and is handing out Cool Cats packs to celebrate
Candy Packs Uncut Diamond Packs
The larger packs ($150) did not sell out, but the small ones ($25) did. Only 2,566 minted, and baseball people are hardcore when it comes to rookies.
ALL DAY Playbook Week 14 - Rookie
Easy path to 50 yards and 2x free packs if you have a few moments to burn and can predict some football.
Top Shot Challenge - John Wall
The latest challenge have been met with community pushback, and this one will as well. Its too many scarce moments to burn/lock. But hey John Wall is back!
OTM Rumble Week 14
The boys at Own The Moments continue their competition, with a free $10k prize and Joker-gated $20k prize. Very easy to enter if you have ALL DAY moments!
Sorare Christmas Celebration - Big Prizes
The platform continues to deliver, and will be handing out tons of prizes to competition winners and participants next week.
Note: Over time, we will expand this section to include stuff beyond our circles and much more than just challenges. We mainly just don’t want you to miss anything vital! So stay tuned.
📸 Highlights of the Week
First, an absolutely thrilling final minutes in Portland.
Second, Alperen Şengün absolutely murdered Zach Collins.
Third, a wild finish in Dallas last night with Brook Lopez throwing down the alley oop game winner against the Mavs.
🌐 AROUND THE METAVERSE
Notable highlights from the last seven days:
Nike launched their first IRL “Cryptokicks” as part of their RTFKT integration. We actually did a podcast about this last month!
However, many holders were very unhappy with the way it was rolled out, as holders of the MNLTH collection were only given a $130 discount
Own The Moment joined a virtual sports league where they will operate a meta football team. Other owners include Magic Johnson and LaMelo Ball.
Netflix will not be licensing live sports. Their CEO does not want to follow the same path as Amazon (NFL) and Apple (MLB) as he sees no “profit path”.
John Nellis from the Sofar Sorare pod quit his job as an air traffic controller to go full time as a content creator. Congrats John!
We ran my Birthday Giveaway, and handed out $951 worth of Top Shot Moments to the lucky winners!
Tim Ferris (4-Hour Work Week) launched his NFT collection Cockpunch, with all profits going to charity. Note: he owns the charity.
Starbucks launched Odyssey, their first foray into NFTs which rewards app users who collect “stamps. Note: not available for me in Canada
The Weekly Chart
Sorare continues to top the weekly charts, although Candy Digital made a huge move up this week, leaping over Top Shot and ALL DAY.
💀 BEST MEME
No joke, I once dressed as Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore for Halloween. I have legit watched that movie over 100 times. So this made me happy.
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It’s simple to start. You sign up, get a FREE pack of “Prospect” players, and enter them into daily and weekly challenges to win prizes.
There are already over 1,200+ in the game - but only TFM readers get a shot at an additional $100 USDC just for playing in the month of December.
Check it out and get started here!
**This is not financial advice. Nothing in this newsletter, podcast, or publication should be considered financial or trading advice of any kind. Please do your own thorough research and make your own trading decisions. This is not advice.”
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