The Snell Hook and the Cash Bash: How Sabermetrics ruined by World Series

“I’m not dispelling analytics.  I think it’s a great tool… but it shouldn’t be the script.” Former MLB pitcher, AL Leiter You already know where this (bitter, cranky, what-in-the-world-was-he-thinking) post is going, i.e., the inexplicable, premature pulling of Blake Snell Continue reading

SportsChump’s Long-Awaited Return… to Baseball

One of my best friend’s father passed away not long ago. When you get to be my age, you’ll find there’s a lot of that going around. His, like mine, was a baseball family. Ours from the northeast, his from Continue reading

Cubbies-Tribe: The Something’s Gotta Give Series

I’ve been watching baseball a long time.  Not so much recently but like every red-blooded American, I grew up in a baseball household. Let’s just say in my lifetime, the Cubs and Indians have never been good.  Don’t get me Continue reading

Delving into my love/hate relationship with the New York Mets

A strange thing happened on the way to growing up.  And it happened on October 25, 1986. It may not have been my first real heartbreak but it sure as hell stung like it. But we have to go farther Continue reading

The Band Wagon Overfloweth

“Y’know, one day, Tito Puente will be dead, and you’ll say, “Oh, I’ve been listening to him for years, and I think he’s fabulous.” Bill Murray as John Winger in Stripes   Be careful what you wish for, America, because Continue reading

Book Review: You Can’t Make This Up by Al Michaels and L. Jon Wertheim

Dominique Wilkins recently told of his early days in the NBA and the first time he had to play against Larry Bird.  Laughing as he reminisced, ‘Nique said the trash-talking that came out of Bird was like nothing he had Continue reading

Manti Te’o is a little slow and other reasons we sports fans need to reassess our priorities

“You may have never set foot in McDonald’s but you have your own McDonald’s. Maybe instead of buying a Big Mac, you read Us Weekly.  Hey, that’s still McDonald’s.  It’s just served up a little different.”

Ebbs and woes: Tim Tebow, Tony LaRussa, Kim Kardashian, Eagles, Saints, college football realignment and Big Foot

“We live in a cynical world, filled with tough competitors.” – Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire

Biker dude cowers to pit bull puppy and what that has to do with sports

I was scrolling through my television channels on another insomnia-ridden night and stumbled upon something intriguing.

They said what? Another glorious week of sports sound-bites starring Albert Pujols, Bob Stoops, Derek Fisher and Rex Ryan

Meet Albert Pujols, new master of the understatement.