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

Houston Hopes Handsome Harden Handshake Doesn’t Humiliate

Let’s talk about James Harden for a moment. On Saturday evening, the Rockets announced that they had signed James Harden to the richest contract ever awarded an NBA player.  Harden’s “supermax” extension will pay him $228 million through 2023.  If Continue reading

And this most important free agency signing of the summer is…

“Take the money and run” -Steve Miller Band “This is a moral test of one’s self, whether or not you can maintain loyalty.” -John Travolta as Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction The most intriguing free agency signing this off-season is Continue reading

NBA’s post-post-season more exciting than season itself

“Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” -Days of Our Lives’ (and potentially the NBA’s new) promotional tagline   It’s been quite the last two weeks for the National Basketball Association.  If you’re into made-for-television Continue reading

Your friendly neighborhood reminder that Dwight Howard is totally full of shit

It’s been ages since I’ve railed on Dwight Howard… so let’s get this reunion party started, shall we? There was a time in this website’s history where I would routinely bitch about Dwight Howard.  As a (former) Orlando Magic fan, 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

Book Review: Return of the King by Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin

It wasn’t all that long ago that I reviewed Marcus Thompson II’s Golden which traces the meteoric rise in popularity of the NBA’s Stephen Curry.  I felt it was only fair to give his current arch-nemesis equal time. Brian Windhorst 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