Rick Pitino ends coaching career with an ‘L’

I saw Rick Pitino coach in person quite a bit back in the early 1990s.  That was one of the perks of attending a school in the Southeastern Conference.  College athletics was a healthy, even historical, distraction. Back then, SEC Continue reading

Oh, no! We suck again! The auspicious start to the SEC’s season

In Starkville, Mississippi, a junior field goal kicker lines up from 29 yards away to give his team a hard-fought, last second victory.  The ball sails left, clanking off the goal post.  The heavy underdog South Alabama would escape with Continue reading

Old school, new school and the differing schools of thought on the state of college basketball

Geno Auriemma has never been one to keep his opinions to himself.  The current coaching king of women’s college basketball recently called the men’s game “a joke.” He claimed the game is behind the times and lacks any consistent offense Continue reading

Cmon Duke Fans, Which R are you filled with?

A not-so-great man once gave me the best advice of my life. He told me, “the number one killer of old people is retirement.” His point at the time was simple. If you want to be the best at something….you Continue reading

SportsChump proudly presents your University of Kentucky Basketball Caption Contest

This one’s gotta sting for Kentucky fans.  38-1.  Ouch!  So close and yet so far away. Not long ago, I hosted a caption contest.  It didn’t draw much attention. This one should for it celebrates Kentucky’s now imperfect season. Along Continue reading

Kentucky remains perfect against imperfect Florida

I had a rare Saturday night off.  Fever, body aches and coughing fits that made my abdomen hurt can knock even the hardest working man in show business on his ass. So I took advantage of my illness and planned Continue reading

The “What We Should Have Done” Approach to March Madness

We un-crumple the brackets we tossed to the floor in disgust only a day into the tournament.  We look at them again, hoping, begging for a chance.  There’s not one.  We wonder how things could have gone so horribly wrong.  Continue reading

John Calipari to the Lakers: More than a rumor, more than a rumor to me

I love a good rumor. Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t subscribe to The Globe or The Enquirer… although I do give them a quick thumb-through for shits and giggles while standing in line at the supermarket.  Hey, if one Continue reading

Kentucky wins basketball game over rival, fans burn couches in celebration

“The sky is burning.  I believe my soul’s on fire.” –          Bad Company, Burnin’ Sky, 1977   I’ve never understood the whole ritual of burning things after a team victory.  Why do we resort to setting things on fire in Continue reading

White lies and White-out: All one needs to become a college head coach

“Have you ever been experienced?  I have.” –          Jimi Hendrix The first time I can recall hearing that a coach had lied about his job experience involved George O’Leary. It was 2001 and O’Leary was applying for the head coaching Continue reading