What the Cleveland Cavaliers can learn from Van Halen

“’’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” -Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1849 “Ain’t talkin’ about love.” -Van Halen, 1978   The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame resides in Cleveland, Ohio.  Perhaps the Cavaliers Continue reading

Durant, the Warriors, LeBron, “super-teams” and your 2016-17 NBA season in retrospect

I received an interesting text from a friend the other morning following the aftermath of Game Five.  It read as follows… “Everything we thought was wrong with that move… was in the end.  Lame season in reality.” The text came Continue reading

Keeping up with the Warriors: A line-setting exercise in futility

Last year, with the Cavs down three games to one and facing elimination, Las Vegas reset their line for Cleveland to win the Finals.  If you had the foresight to predict the Cavs’ historic comeback, you could have made twenty-five 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

Karl Malone tells current NBA players to get off his lawn

Old guys are getting crotchety again. Whether it’s Oscar Robertson criticizing Steph Curry or Goose Gossage blasting Bryce Harper, every six months or so we’re graced with the glorious soundbite (or these days, Tweet) from athletes of yesteryear cracking back Continue reading

What Cavs won’t do, do for Love

I love NBA trade rumors.  To paraphrase Borat, they make me very excite. Juicy NBA rumors, well, they’re like my stories, the jostling of rosters, a virtual fantasy team turned reality, sometimes worthwhile but far more frequently failing to live Continue reading

2016 NBA Free Agency Winners and Losers

If we’ve learned anything from this wet, hot free agency summer, it’s that neither Hassan Whiteside nor his great, great grandchildren will ever go hungry.  That’s because the Miami Heat will pay him $98 million over the next four years.  Continue reading