SportsChump presents a contest… about hate

“If you have hate in your heart, let it out.” –          Dave Chappelle as Clayton Bigsby, Chappelle’s Show, 2003 Let’s talk about hate for a second. Oh?  You don’t want to because you’re all about the love?  Well, think again Continue reading

Baseball, boredom, bat flips and bickering

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose –          Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, French critic, journalist, novelist It looks like the old school and new school are at it again.  It was only a week ago that Oscar Robertson implied Steph Continue reading

Athletes, domestic violence, contrition and the overwhelming lack thereof

New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman was just suspended thirty games by Major League Baseball for a domestic violence dispute in which he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.  Johnny Manziel is currently under investigation for similar acts.  Ray Rice last carried Continue reading

Book Review: The Pine Tar Game by Filip Bondy

“The bat handle, for not more than 18 inches from its end, may be covered or treated with any material or substance to improve the grip.  Any such material, including pine tar, which extends past the 18-inch limitation, in the Continue reading

A-Rod and the passing of yet another meaningless milestone

“What the hell am I doing here?  I don’t belong here.” Radiohead, Creep This week, Alex Rodriguez knocked in his 1992nd RBI.  That tied him with Babe Ruth for fourth most all-time.  Not long ago he passed Willie Mays for Continue reading

Delving into the hypothetical: George Brett, pine tar and a road trip to the 21st century

So the Kansas City Royals have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 1985.  That’s quite the post-season drought.  Heck, even the Cubs, Mets and Indians have experienced October since then. This might be news to those of Continue reading

Major League Baseball’s Quality Start and the continued softening of America

A customer walked into the bar the other day, a younger guy in his mid-twenties.  After having a series of mini-conversations with him, he appeared relatively baseball knowledgeable, which struck me as odd considering true baseball fans his age are Continue reading

Jimmy Fallon and fans welcome Robinson Cano back to New York City (video)

Sometimes comedians come up with some hysterical shit. Jimmy Fallon is one of those comedians. (#Ew!) Sometimes baseball players have the means and wherewithal to work the supply and demand of baseball’s marketplace to their own financial benefit. Robinson Cano Continue reading

Why Alex Rodriguez’ suspension just doesn’t matter

There’s a scene in one of Bill Murray’s earlier movies, Meatballs, where Murray, a camp counselor, is coaching his kids the night before their competition against the heavily favored Camp Mohawk.  Murray tells his kids that whether they win or Continue reading

One fan’s internal struggle: When is it okay to switch allegiances?

Funny things happen when you grow up a sports fan. In our misspent youth, we randomly cheer for players or teams without giving it a second thought.