Blogosphere Q&A: SportsChump and Dubsism talk Super Bowl XLV, daytime television, Betty White and Philadelphia sports

In my endless quest to find like-minded thinkers floating haplessly on the internet, I chatted with a fellow sports nut last Sunday and came up with a fabulous idea.  Well, at least I thought it was fabulous.

Links build traffic, traffic boosts Google rank and Google rank increases advertising opportunities, but more importantly communicating with others builds camaraderie, friendships and even ideas.  Plus it’s a great way to kill time.

Therefore, I hereby embark upon a series I like to call Blogosphere Q&A where I will periodically scour the internet for independent sports writers who catch my eye.  There’s plenty of them out there, many of them already on my blogroll, so that’s where I’ll start.

The Q&A sessions will evolve from a running e-mail dialogue where I interview the ‘victim,’ getting their take on the important sports issues of the day, until we’ve basically had enough of talking to each other, which might not take all that long.  The ongoing series will not only give you an idea of what I’m reading (and you should be too), it will also provide exposure to all those involved… and we all know how I feel about exposing myself.

My first interviewee, you ask?  I thought I’d start with Dubsism since it was out of a recent Lakers/Celtics chat that slowly devolved into comments about hot tubbing with the cast of The View that spawned the idea.

So here goes nothing…

SportsChump: Okay, sir, for starters, you mentioned your blog exists solely as an outlet for your tirades.  So tell us, what the hell is a Dubsism and how did it all come about?

Dubsism: The term started from a time a few years ago when I had a job that meant working a lot of overnight hours. You get into some funky conversations at 3 am subsisting on Mountain Dew, Skittles, and sleep deprivation. Since people have shortened my nickname of “JW” into “Dubs,” anytime I said something as patently disgusting as hot-tubbing with the cast of the “View;” well, that became known as a “Dubsism.”

SC: Reminds me of an old job of mine.

Back in the day, when I was doing the 9-to-5 thing against my will, I managed operations for a trucking company.  Every so often, the port of Tampa would dock these massive ocean liners carrying bulk orange juice from Brazil.  Depending on the size of the shipment, it might take days, even weeks and as many as twenty to thirty truck drivers to unload the product and transport it to different processing plants around Florida.

I coordinated the shipments at night while another guy handled things during the day.  Let me tell you, after the eighth day of running non-stop, living on nothing but coffee, glazed donuts and fast food, well… let’s just say it led to some interesting conversations as well.  We made a Jerry Springer show look functional.

Anyway, what’d you think of the Bowl?  Are you happy with the outcome?  What do you think Brett Favre is feeling right now… and more importantly, Fergie or Christina Aguilera?

J-Dub: We seem to be hitting the daytime TV highlights…first “The View,” now Springer. So I’ll up the ante to “Maury” I would not be the father for either Christina or Fergie; Aguilera would probably forget how to screw halfway through, and judging by her body of work, Fergie likely doesn’t know an original, non-sampled move.

The Super Bowl would be sort of like The Price is Right; every guy in America knows how much a can of Dinty Moore beef stew costs, and I think Green Bay was that kind of familiar favorite amongst the viewers. The Packers spent the second half in the role of that little yodeling dude getting ready to walk off the cliff, but the Rashard Mendenhall fumble stopped him. Was I the only person watching who honestly thought in the 3rd quarter that a team that never trailed in that game was going to lose?

SC: Yea, despite their efforts, Dub, once Pittsburgh got behind 14-0, I didn’t see too much of a chance of them winning that ballgame.  I was knee deep in nachos and vodka-Red Bull anyway, in keeping with the health food theme.

Like I mentioned on your site last week, when it’s a toss-up in close games like that, I generally bet on the team who wants it more.  Desire trumps experience any day.  Of course, I stretched the 3.5 to 6.5 and lost by a hook so what the hell do I know?

And just say no to Christina and Fergie, huh?  Well, we all know of your affinity for Betty White so those girls are probably a little too young for you anyway, although probably equally as experienced.

I didn’t just call Betty White a whore, did I?

J-Dub: Well, you did, but we all know she does it for Snickers bars. So, where is this all being published?…I just want to know from which way I can expect Betty’s lawyers to pounce

SC: Don’t worry.  Nobody reads anyway.

So tell us, what are your allegiances?  Pro and college sports teams and the like.  And who’s your favorite curler?

J-Dub: I was a big fan of the Sacramento Surge of the old World League of American Football. David Archer was really underrated as a quarterback. But since that league went the way of Bea Arthur, I’ve had to follow this lesser league called the NFL.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

Generally, my sports loyalties are all over the map: Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Twins, LA Angels, LA Lakers, Penn State football, and University of North Dakota hockey. Go check the “Grinds My Gears” tag on Dubsism to see who…wait for it…grinds my gears.

As far as curlers, I was always a fan of the Stooge that did the finger-snapping thing. Wasn’t his name Curler?

SC: Well at least you’re backing winners, except of course for the Eagles. So let me ask you, do you think Michael Vick was more beloved this year in Philadelphia than Donovan McNabb ever was?  And you’re not the one who stoned Santa Claus, are you?

J-Dub: Listen, the Eagles were the only team to beat a Lombardi-coached Packer team in the playoffs. Sure, that fact is 50 years old, but its what I’ve got, and I’m clinging to it. As far as Philadelphia fans are concerned, they get much maligned by a faction of them who simply hate everything and everybody. Philadelphia has a bad case of “little brother” disease; collectively it feels inferior or less glamorous than New York or Washington D.C., and so they take it out on sports figures, but in a weirdly irrational way. McNabb got hated on for not being Ricky Williams, Allen Iverson is revered even though he got into all sorts of trouble, and Juluis Erving got kicked off the island after it was discovered he had a bi-racial love child. So, Vick’s star is high in the Philly sky for now, but I think he is the kind of guy who can get turned on in a heartbeat.

And about Santa…if you parade some wino in a Santa suit who is so bombed he can barely stay on the damn sleigh, how can you be surprised when the “City of Brotherly Love” responds with a barrage of batteries?

SC: So it was you that pelted Santa.  I thought so.

When it comes to your website, I’m assuming you’re not the kind of guy who obsesses about things like traffic, hits and SEO like the rest of us.  Or are you just putting up a front and actually checking hourly to see how many unique visitors you have?

J-Dub: Let me digress back to the Philly thing for a minute. You should understand for purposes of this discussion, my dad was born and raised in Philadelphia; my family’s roots are there. I can tell you three things that illustrate what the sports market in the City of Brotherly Love is like.

First, the last time I was in Philly with my dad, he made it a point to drive to the old neighborhood in West Philly specifically to point out to me the house a naked, crazy Allen Iverson got arrested in.

The second one takes place at the old Vet Stadium prior to a Phillies’ game more years ago than I would care to admit. The church choir my aunt belonged got the gig to sing the National Anthem. Trouble was this was a day in August, and the temperature on the artificial turf at the Vet was somewhere between a pizza oven and the surface of Venus, and these middle-age to old ladies decked out in heavy church robes start dropping like flies right around “bombs bursting in air.” Of course, they got booed. I may or may not have been one of the boo-ers; records are sketchy from that era.

Third one involves the time I took a female friend to an Eagles game also at the old Vet. Now, she happened to be a Giants’ fan, but she had certain attributes, two to be specific, that allowed me to overlook that fact. But I couldn’t overlook the fact she showed up in Phil Simms #11 jersey. While explaining to her that that garb was just an engraved invitation for trouble, I give her an Eagles hoodie, which she puts on, but does so with an air of skepticism, she thinks this is just an anti-New York move on my part. Once we get to our seats, she spots another Giants’ fan who like her, has a Simms jersey, but lacks a friend to tell him what a bad idea sporting that gear in Philly is. At this point she mentions her fellow Giant fan and makes some comment to the effect of “see, that guy is wearing blue and he seems to be just fine.”

“Just wait,” I said, “just wait.”

By the middle of the 2nd quarter, there was the obligatory trash-talk turned beer-throwing. By halftime, it was a full-on brawl; eight Philly guys on the Giants fans and a buddy.

“The cops really should help those Giants fans,” the girl says.

“Uhhh, I hate to break this to you, but those guys beating the shit out of them ARE cops.”

That’s a true story.

Now, back to the question. Honestly, I do look at stats, but I’m always more curious about where traffic comes from rather than volume. I always found it fascinating that such interconnection means some guy in Mongolia could be reading what I think about the Los Angeles Dodgers. Another thing that blows me away is there is no rhyme or reason to what will cause a spike in traffic. Sure, you can go the route of some and post a lot of pictures of half-naked chicks, but I consider that just whoring to get numbers. I’ve had huge traffic days off things I didn’t imagine had no interest; I’ve got little traffic of things I thought might move the needle. But at the end of the day, I never did this to draw readers, and I’m just a WordPress guy, so I don’t need to watch traffic to make sure all-of-a-sudden my server doesn’t get swamped.

SC: Well, I can tell you, sir, you should be getting ridiculous amounts of traffic after this revealing “Behind the Scenes with Dubsism” interview.  Or at least, you’ll dream you have a steady influx of traffic only to wake up and find it not to be true.

I had a funny feeling you weren’t done talking about Philly sports.  Everyone is familiar with Philly fans’ love for their sports teams.  In fact, when the Phils came to Tampa a few years back to handle the Rays in the World Series, I actually wrote this piece warning Rays fans about how serious Phillies fans were going to take this thing (Those were my pre-SportsChump days which is why it’s on another site).  In the end, we all know what happened, the Phils won and the Rays seemed just happy to be there.

On a side note, are you sure the Philly fan beating up the guy in the Simms jersey wasn’t actually Desmond Howard in disguise?  I’m sure you heard about their latest dispute, in which Simms didn’t take to kindly of Howard’s criticism of his son.  Speaking of criticism, do you ever get any ornery comments on your site and if so, how do you handle them?  I mean, it’s kind of tough to pelt them with batteries all the way from your desk, isn’t it?

And if LeBron had been a Sixer and did Philly like he did Cleveland, do you think there would been enough security on the planet to protect him?

J-Dub: First of all, nice work on the World Series piece, but then again I’m a sucker for any Greg Luzinski reference. He hit the longest homer I ever saw in Dodger Stadium – cleared the Pavillion in center field. I never saw anything fly that far that didn’t have a vapor trail behind it.

And you told me nobody read your site…I’m still waiting for that lawyer-enema from Betty White.

Desmond Howard couldn’t beat an egg, but I’m with him all the way on this one. Phil is the only quarterback named Simms that doesn’t suck, and it isn’t Howard’s fault that is a reality. In fact, Phil needs to get a grip similar to the people who leave me nasty comments. I got news for you people, the world isn’t all sunshine and lollipops, and if your team/favorite player sucks, deal with it. Killing the messenger solves nothing. If you’ve read my blog, you know that I’m not afraid to go after a sacred cow if said cow deserves it. I lived in Minnesota for the majority of the time I continually trashed Brett Favre, and to this day I ridicule Viking fans for that debacle. Why? Because they sold their souls for a bag of magic beans, and those of us who tried to warn them were treated with scorn and derision.

At the end of the day, I enjoy all comments, but it is the nasty ones that make you think. Also, the nastier they are, the more valid my point must have been, especially the ones that are all name-calling and no refuting of facts.

It literally frightens me to think about the “What if this had happened in Philadelphia?” scenario with many sporting events. LeBron is a good example (the streets of Philadelphia would still be burning); but what if Philly had a European-level professional soccer club? Would you riot with them? Do you think Steve Bartman would have gotten out of Philadelphia alive? Can you imagine what would have happened had Bill Buckner been a Phillie? <shudders>

SC: All good points, Dub.  It was nice to see Boston finally (sort of) forgive Buckner for a World Series loss that really wasn’t his fault.  And I’ll assume all future nasty comments I receive on SportsChump are from Philadelphia residents.

I won’t take up any more of your time as most of our readers will probably have to digest this post in monthly installments.

I’d like to thank you sincerely for being part of our flagship Q&A.  Is there anything else you care to add, sir?

J-Dub: Is that a wrap? Do I get to go to the “Green Room” now for complimentary cocktails?  It was an honor to be the first subject of your Q&A feature, and for those of you trying to digest anything I’ve said, I hear Sam’s Club has a great deal on bulk Rolaids.

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35 Replies to “Blogosphere Q&A: SportsChump and Dubsism talk Super Bowl XLV, daytime television, Betty White and Philadelphia sports”

  1. Alright!! A comment!

    That might just be the only one we get, sir.

    But at least we can still continue our conversation.

    Thanks again for the time.

    May Betty White’s attorney be as kind.

    Wait… I think I hear crickets.

  2. Chris

    The women of The View actually had something thought provoking to say ? I do hope it wasn’t because Bill O’Reilly exposed himself on their show that they took umbrage ?

    So Phil Simms got angry with former Hesiman Trophy winner Desmond Howard after he criticized the play of Simms’ youngest son ? It almost came to blows between the two which Simms in denying although Howard said that a security guard had to intervene while Simms was said to be directing expletives towards Howard .

    Shouldn’t Phil be use to that by now considering the treatment that Chris got from Gruden while he was a Buc.

    Lay off Betty White she’s the octogenerian’s answer to Lady Gaga .

    ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports that the Lakers may enter into the ‘melo trade wars . Spike Lee must be really p_ssed as of now ? Knicks’ owner James Dolan is said to have hired a hitman from the Genovese crime family to take out both Phil Jackson and Mitch Kupchak . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

    Mets’ owner Fred Wilpon has Selig to intervene on the family’s behalf and see what he can do in getting the victims’ attorney’s from the Madoff scandal to lay off going after them . Jeff Wilpon Fred’s son and COO of the Mets wants to know if the courts l can be paid back in installments (towards the victims’ losses) ……………… $25 million a year for the next 30 years .

    If the fans in Cleveland are feeling a little down now they understand how the Clippers’ fans feel ! The Cavs aren’t about to get any worse are they ? Losers of how many straight and counting ?

    Dan Gilbert was right the team will win a championship but only if the WNBA goes co-ed and allows the Cavaliers to be only male team in that league .

    It’s good to know that Iverson is making a name for himself playing ball in Turkey. Normally the only good thing I associate with Turkey is good hasheesh and the nightlife. Istanbul night life is great as long you don’t p_ss off the cops . Their jails are to die in not to die for if you get my drift ?

    tophatal ……….

  3. Chris

    Lay off Betty White as she’s the male octogenarian’s dream. She’s their answer for Lady Gaga .

    The women of The View like sports ? Tim Hasselbeck’s wife has more cojones than he does !

    Spike Lee has ordered a hit on Kupchak and Jackson in order to stop the ongoing talks concerning ‘melo’s trade to the Lakers .

    tophatal …..

  4. Chris

    Phil Simms needs to calm down ………. it’s not as if he’s not use to his sons being criticized now is it ? Look at the bs Chris had to put up with as a Buc ? Where was Phil then ?

    Holmgren is consulting Favre to see if he’s interested in a coaching opportunity with the Browns ? Now watch as McCoy’s career goes down the tubes .

    tophatal ……….

    tophatal ……………

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  6. I’m laying off Betty White, Al. Dubs is the one laying ON her.

    Oh yea! That’s one point for the SportsChump.

    Am I supposed to know who Tim Hasselbeck’s wife is because I’m proud to say I don’t.

    I’m digging all this Carmelo trade talk. In fact, I can’t get enough!

  7. Exactly, Al.

    I didn’t see Phil Simms threatening to kick Gruden’s ass back when his kid’s spleen was all over the field.

    And who knows, Al. Maybe Favre will take that job, then refuse to mentor McCoy, only angering him into eventually winning a Super Bowl.

    I’m sure nothing would make Cleveland happier and then Brett Favre would finally, yet inadvertently, find a home.

  8. Favre mentoring McCoy would be like having Jeffrey Dahmer mentor a vegetarian . No good is going to come of the situation.

    Phil Simms can best described as male feline or a certain part colloquially used to describe a certain part of the female genitalia ……. need I say anymore on the matter ?

    Well ‘melo’s wife La La Velasquez already has her own reality show so the next step obviously is for ‘melo to go to the city of Angels.

    Elizabeth Hasselbeck is said to be quite intelligent as her IQ has been measured slightly higher than that of another neophyte female conservative Sarah Palin.

    The Wilpons will be dragged kicking and screaming to the US Federal Court . Who wants to pay back $ 700 million stolen from the pockets of unsuspecting clients ?. They knew what Madoff was doing and they couldn’t give a _hit ! I just hope that the Mets implode this season !

    I Love My Sports …………… Hoo Hah ! And The Military Ain’t Bad Either !

    There’s No Fool Like An Old Fool ………. And There’s Now One Born Every Minute ……

    If Betty White were 50 years younger I’d lay on her in the biblical sense . What’s she pushing late 80’s ?

    tophatal …………….

  9. I loved that yodeling guy refrence on the super bowl. I have to say I wasn’t all that into the game, or maybe I was so drunk that I was really into the game even though I don’t remember a whole lot.

    JW, I think you might have convinced me that Eagles fans are crazier than Raiders fans. I wish we got to play you guys more than once every five years…

  10. Since the chick had two huge attributes, some of us may have been asking her to remove the Simms jersey, not adding even more layers.

    Other than that fashion foe paw, J Dub seems to be worth the long distances charges to check his work out.

  11. Chap…

    I was gonna ask you if playing inebriated affected your score on the course.

    And I have to say, I felt somewhat compelled to drop a Raiders’ fan reference during the Dubs interview but I didn’t want to demean Philly fan, nor have any one of them knock on my front door.

    Don’t worry, sir. It will your time to be Q&A’d soon.

  12. Han…

    I guess that’s the difference between the bitter North-Easterners that take their football seriously and the Southerners that, while taking their football just as seriously, also understand what it takes to truly have a good time, ya?

    I can honestly tell you, Han, that reading Dub on a regular basis makes one think, which is why I chose him for the inaugural Q&A.

    Just prepare to come loaded if you leave a comment on his site. I trust that you will.

  13. I’m not sure I’m ready to call Eagle fans “crazier” than Raider fans. More violent? Probably, but I have yet to see a green Darth Vader or the guys who dress up like Judas Priest.

  14. Chris

    So the Jets’ Mark Sanchez has a penchant for underage teenagers ? Apparently he got together with two of ’em and as a thank you he gave ’em tickets to a Jets Bills’ game. God where’s a pimp when you need one ? LOL ,LOL,LOL !!!

    Courtesy of The Business Insider .

    The Mark Sanchez Non-News Spells Trouble For Professional Athletes

    Adam Fusfeld

    By now you’ve had enough time to digest the Deadspin report on Mark Sanchez and his “love affair” with a 17-year-old girl, and you’ve hopefully realized it’s a non-story. A celebrity consensually “hooked up” with a legal girl seven years his junior. Happens all the time. No big deal, right?

    Except that it was. After Deadspin’s report got hundreds of thousands of views, the Post took on the story, uncovered the name of the the young woman, featured the story on its front page, and has written stories on Sanchez for two days running. Meanwhile, the national sports media has run wild with the story, and by now everyone knows what went down.


    Click on link to read in its entirety .


    So this is what they mean when they say I graduated as a Trojan from USC ? Carroll did a real bang up job showing that his guys had even less character than Ted Bundy !

    If this is true then it shows what a cheap ba_tard Sanchez is and at the same time he gives ’em tickets to see the Jets play the Bills ? Why not a Broadway show ……. as that’s what he’s said to be keen on ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!! No wonder the Jets have their problems on and off the field !

    tophatal …………

  15. Chris

    As an incentive to lure ‘melo to La La Land Phil and Dr Buss will allow MTV/VH1 to film future episodes melo’s wife’s (La La Velasquez) reality show . Owner Stanley Kroenke of the Nuggets and son-in law of the late Sam Walton was heard to have said if that’s what needed to keep him in Denver then we can facilitate that as long as the film crew aren’t union contracted employees. See the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to Walmart’s working practices ?

    Here’s that post SB piece I did about watching the game with friends .

    I Love My Sports …………… Hoo Hah ! And The Military Ain’t Bad Either !

    tophatal …………

  16. Chris

    Readers’ discretion ? Ooops ! Since when did you become so PC and mainstream ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!! Next you’ll be telling me that you were disheartened when Olbermann walked out on MSNBC ?

    tophatal ……….

  17. Chris

    Speaking of questions and answers what chance does that civil suit filed by that Texas attorney have against the NFL , Goodell , Jerry Jones and the Cowboys ? They’re seeking $5 million in damages and false and misleading statements with regard to the efforts with regard to the fans who were denied seating at the Superbowl even though they bought their tickets in good faith. The game wasn’t postponed and the fans in question weren’t given warning that there would be denied entry never mind the fact that Goodell , the league and the Cowboys’ front office knew weeks ahead there would be problems .

    You still believe Goodell to be on the up and up ? Like I said he’s no Paul Tagliabue ! Every time Goodell opens his mouth more fecal matter comes out of it than an octogenarian with acute bowel problems !

    tophatal …………..

  18. Al…

    I told Chap at the beginning of the season that ‘Melo wasn’t going anywhere. Now he’s considering staying in Colorado for the 3 mil, $65 extension, instead of the whole New York/L.A. thing.

    Broussard still thinks he’s headed to New York, however.

    We shall see.

  19. Chris

    I think that if Buss , Kupchak say to Phil whatever you want and Kobe is OK with it … the deal gets done ! As much as I respect Broussard I believe the Lakers offer more in terms of value as trade bait . Eddie Curry or Danilo Gallinari and or , Landry Field for ‘melo ? Am I missing something here ? Gimme a break even Broussard can’t be that much of an idiot can he ?

    The deal on the table offered by the Nuggets is the stumbling block but ‘melo and his agents are idiots ! Sign the three year $65 million deal and then renegotiate with your new team at a later date . Who give these guys advice Miss Cleo or some other imbecilic soothsayer ?

    Mark is simply following in the footsteps of Chmura , LT and others who’ve strayed off the path and gone after an underage teen. But who offers two NFL tickets for sex ……..especially one where the Bills are one of the teams ? Now I know why Sanchez went to USC . Intelligence isn’t a prerequisite for entrance ! Nor was being able gain an education but as we know the mantra there ……. was ….’ you get paid to play’ !

    They were never stalled ……. they simply never got off the ground the negotiations between the league and union. Now one wants to back down at this juncture . Goodell and the owners want a give back from the union of $ 7 billion over seven years …….. what concessions have the league said they’re prepared to give up ? None absolutely nada ……………..and therein lies the problem as each side looks to make the other the villain of the piece .

    Chris the NFL is a $ 9 billion a year business and you’re telling me that these mindless idiots can’t figure this thing out amicably ? Where’s Jimmy Carter when you need him ? On his peanut farm in Plains , Georgia no doubt !

    tophatal ……………..

    tophatal ………….

  20. When it comes to ‘Melo, Al, I’m assuming Denver is looking to get the best offer they can in return for his services. That includes signing him and keeping him, however, they’ll have to surround him with real talent. Imagine if they had Blake Griffin instead of Kenyon Martin, who in one year, has already proven to be a better investment as a top draft pick.

    I fear NFL owners and players are so far apart, these negotiations could come down to the 11th hour. From everything I’ve heard, the owners want more of a share and the players know enough to stand their ground.

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