Tampa Bay Rays make big splash in American League East pond: Sign Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon

The Tampa Bay Rays finished last season with the second best record in baseball.  They ended up losing to the Texas Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.  In a season which everyone thought might be their best chance Continue reading

Chumpservations, Vol. 19: Haunted houses, abdominal crunches, indiscreet Tweets and the trials of the nicknameless

SportsChump’s thoughts on nicknaming athletes, indiscreet Tweets, haunted mansions and insomniacs in shape Continue reading

The NFL Playoffs: A study in poor sportsmanship

* I wrote this piece three years ago after attending the Buccaneers’ first round playoff game against the New York Giants.  Things were different back then.  Jon Gruden roamed the Tampa sidelines, Jeff Garcia was still taking snaps and the Continue reading

Live NFL Playoff Chat: Sunday, January 9 – Ravens-Chiefs; Packers-Eagles

Welcome one and all to SportsChump’s first official live chat.  Since we’re all broke, pull up your laptop, make yourself a beverage, turn on your tube and let’s talk some NFL playoffs.  SportsChump Ravens-Chiefs/Packers-Eagles chat

UConn, the Seattle Seahawks and the inequities of college and professional football

Picture if you will… One NFL team becomes the first in league history to qualify for the post-season after losing more games than it won.  Three thousand miles away, a college team receives a BCS bowl bid worth tens of Continue reading

A Day at the Races: Another unsuccessful betting excursion at Tampa Bay Downs

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know a lick about horseracing, which is a shame considering I come from a long line of gamblers.  I’ve always held my own at jai-alai, poker, sportsbook and the dogs but the Continue reading