Things I learned from reading “Basketball: A Love Story” – Part Two: Don’t Go Messin’ With the Celtics’ Huddle

I remember exactly where I was the night of the Malice at the Palace. It was so disturbing for this peace-loving, NBA fan that I could barely turn away from my television set.  I sat in disbelief, watching highlights (or Continue reading

Things I learned from reading “Basketball: A Love Story” – Part One: Bill Russell and the Rochester Royals

Malcom Gladwell coined the term “tipping point” which refers to a point in time where a certain specific event changes the course of history.  One such decision came on April 30, 1956 in Rochester, New York of all places.  Two Continue reading

Fancy meeting you here: Golden State and Cleveland renew their vows in NBA Finals

“Do you hear that, Mr. Anderson?  That is the sound of inevitability.” –          Hugo Weaving to Keanu Reeves in The Matrix Stop me if you’ve heard this before.  The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are meeting once again in Continue reading

Who got the better or the Kyrie-Isaiah trade?  You be the judge!

It finally went down. Months after the NBA season ended, in the aftermath of Cleveland losing to Golden State, rumors had surfaced that Cavaliers’ superstars Kyrie Irving and LeBron James could not coexist.  Kyrie wanted out.  He had gone to Continue reading

Nine reasons you MUST watch these NBA Finals

If you’ve been paying any attention to this website over the past few months, or had any sort of conversation with me in person over that same time frame, you’d know exactly how pumped I am about these upcoming NBA Continue reading

Fun with wagering, Volume 1: Prop bets, recency bias and unforeseen upsets

You know you’re gambling too much (or perhaps just the right amount) when you come up with prop bets all your own. With basketball season coming to a close, it’s becoming harder to make money on the games… that is Continue reading

Overs, unders and oddly appropriate movie quotes

“220, 221, whatever it takes.” -Michael Keaton, Mr. Mom   Summertime is near and that means gambling season is coming to an end at SportsChump Manor. Baseball season in full swing but betting on baseball is much more a game Continue reading

Two times it’s okay to lose a wager

When it comes to losing money, I do it with flair. Don’t get me wrong.  I’d much rather win all my wagers, kick back in the Caribbean sipping rum drinks out of pineapples and freely pilot my Learjet to Las Continue reading

Identity and the Golden State Warriors

We talk a lot about identity in sports, how the greatest teams over time, as a collective, develop a specific identity all their own. The Detroit Bad Boy Pistons of the late 1980s had a clear-cut identity.  If you drove Continue reading

The NBA’s ongoing (and rather unfounded) image problem

“I am… whatever you say I am” -Eminem, The Way I Am   I had an interesting conversation about sports the other day with a complete stranger.  Actually, I had met this gentleman once or twice before but our previous Continue reading