Why Mother Nature will (or at least should) reintroduce talks of an 18-game NFL season

This is how my week has gone so far.  I guess I shouldn’t complain but I’m going to anyway. Sunday night, with Texas A&M holding a seemingly insurmountable, 34-point lead with four minutes left to play in the third quarter, Continue reading

Book Review: Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Triumph and disaster are the same.  They’re both impostors because they are momentary.  More important is becoming a man of conviction.” –          John Wooden For some reason, whenever we debate who’s the greatest basketball player of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Continue reading

Florida gets it right, ESPN gets it wrong… again

Upon hearing the news that the University of Florida had won its first ever College World Series, an old college roommate suggested that I jot down a little something to celebrate the team’s rather unlikely victory. So I am. But Continue reading

LaVar’s got balls: The in-your-face marketing of one man’s son

I’ve been wrestling with this whole Lavar Ball story for quite some time now. Generally, I enjoy writing about people we’ll never hear from again.  For example, do you remember when Cam Newton’s dad was making all the headlines?  No?  Continue reading

Knowing Your Place:  What College Sports Programs and Booty Calls Have in Common

I used to have a friend, still do actually, who used to preach the expression “Know your place” when it came to women and relationships. I would talk to him regularly about my goings on with the opposite sex.  Many Continue reading

Ed O’Bannon’s and Manuel Noriega’s Call of Duty

There was once a time not long ago when Ed O’Bannon and Manuel Noriega were the talk of the nation, both for different reasons.  Today they have something else in common. Ed O’Bannon, and his brother Charles, were once all Continue reading

A look back at Playboy’s 2007 College Basketball Season Preview

I was rummaging through a friend’s old Playboy collection recently (no, we weren’t in his tree house) when I stumbled upon one of their college basketball preview editions.  I asked if I could borrow the magazine for a “Where Are Continue reading

Is Rick Pitino one of the top five, college basketball coaches of all time? SportsChump lets you decide, sort of

  I try not to be reactionary in times like these but I’m waiting for someone to convince me that Rick Pitino is not one of the top five, Division I, men’s college basketball coaches of all-time.

Shafting Tyson

I was watching some tribute to Muhammad Ali on television the other night.  He had just celebrated his 70th birthday so some Las Vegas big wigs decided to honor the former heavyweight champion by basically booking every star imaginable for Continue reading