Chris, I stumbled across your article about baseball and Lefler Drugs. I don’t know if we played on the same team in Tampa, but Mr. Lefler was my coach too and both of his sons played on our team along with Steve Siemen. Jimmy pitched and Larry, well I can’t remember. Maybe 2nd base?

I think I played shortstop on a team that won first place in that league, though it’s all rather vague. However, Mr. Lefler was a wonderful man. So gentle. He was always showing us crazy firecrackers or smoking monkeys after practice.

I can’t remember his face. Thank you for writing about him.

Erich Sysak, Sept. 25, 2012

“Chris – thanks so much for the great story. Glad you had a fun experience; you are a dare-devil in your own right.”

Kelly Rourke, Apr. 15, 2010

“Thanks Chris. You did a hell of a nice job on this. If we have anything else that will almost kill the writer I’ll be sure and call you immediately.”

Joe Bardi,, Apr. 15, 2010

“DUDE! UNREAL! The Mona Lisa of sports based comedy, bravo!”

Rob Groucutt, Mar. 17, 2010

“Chris …how apropos that you wrote about Natalie in the most expansive way…a way that she herself would chuckle about, give you a nudge and say come on…  hold tight to all those beautiful memories and continue to sing out loud about your love for her, Jason and all those you hold dear.  Much love to you too honey!”

Adriana Tredanari, Feb. 2, 2010

“I read sports columns almost every day and his column on Natalie is as good as any I’ve ever read – and its absolutely appropriate for a “sports” column, for it helps to put sports into perspective.  He should be getting paid good money for his work; he’s as good as the guys who are.

Bill Bush, Feb. 3, 2010

“I congratulated you on Twitter already, but as I said to Lisa… it doesn’t seem like often that a really good guy out there can have good fortune on things like this… so it’s awesome to have a friend have success – so I’m real proud of you and real happy for you.”

Kevin Paul,, Dec. 10, 2009

“Nice job, SportsChump.  Now I can tell everyone that I knew you back when you were just a Chumprentice.”

Alex Salop, Dec. 10, 2009

“The acclaim  is  long  overdue  and  you thoroughly  deserve the recognition!”

Alan Parkins,, Dec. 10, 2009

“Chris – everyday on SportsNation we name a site we like as our site of the day and today you’re our big winner.  We’re on at 4pm ET today on ESPN2, so feel free to tell your readers. Great job with the site.”

Chris Healey,, Dec. 10, 2009

“Son of a fricken GUN that was some funny stuff. GREAT job guys! I can hardly believe you did all that with iMovie… which I always thought was pretty simplistic – good, but simplistic. Just watched it while eating my lunch and nearly made a mess I was laughing SOOOOO hard. Awesome!”

Larry Wiezycki, Dec. 3, 2009

“Loving your columns as always.  Keeps me semi-sports literate.”

Saul Dingfelder, Oct.23, 2009

“It just takes belief and a little faith in your skills, homey. I’m proud of and happy for you.”

Gerald Parham, Oct. 5, 2009

“Duuuuuuuude!!!!!!!  Congrats.  Things seem to be moving fast, my man!  Just promise you’ll never move to Bristol.”

Jeremy Smith, Oct. 5, 2009

“Not too shabby, SC.”

Damion Wasylow,, Oct. 5, 2009

“You really go above and beyond with your blogroll, easily the best I’ve seen. Thanks again and we’ll be in touch.”

Luca Esposito,, Oct. 1, 2009

“Hey Chris they’re reading you in Atlanta! ‘Here’s the best summary I’ve seen, from Chris Humphery’s blog in Tampa’s Creative Loafing:  “Daniels looked exactly like the kind of kid Florida State used to make famous. The crafty kid who could dismantle an opponent not only with his arm and his legs, but with his mind and his will. Now Daniels wears USF green and there wasn’t a Seminole in the stands who wouldn’t have preferred him in garnet. Heck, half of them probably would trade Bowden for [South Florida coach] Jim Leavitt at this point.’”

David Warner,, Sep. 29, 2009

“I enjoyed your FSU/UF/USF post on the Daily Loaf. Since moving to D.C., I’ve missed the feeling of a House Divided (one half of my family went to Florida, the other half Florida State), and it’s nice to be able to relive the angst through the writing of another Floridian.”

Mike Riggs,, Sep. 29, 2009

“Chris, great article and thanks for the shout out. Had a hell of a time and cant wait ’till the next one. If your ever coming this way look me up. You’ll always have a place to stay.”

Eric Ball,, Sep. 24, 2009

“Look at you man with the pimpin; article. You are really good at this man keep it going. I like to see someone doing something they love.”

Raoul Thomas, Sep. 23, 2009

“I loved it — he’s a great story teller!  I was on the edge of my seat.”

Susan Fox, Jul. 23, 2009

“My dad is right, you’re a talented writer. Much of the sport-specific details are lost on me but I really enjoy the Cultural Commentaries.”

Patty Lipkin,, Jul. 20, 2009

“I’d be happy to help Chris in any way I can. He is a terrific sportswriter.”

Jim Reese, July 16, 2009

To coach or not to coach… should never be a question –  thanks to my fave local sports blogger Chris Humpherys”

Julia Gorzka,, Jul. 15, 2009


Sallie Williams,, Jul. 14, 2009

“Hi Chris, great article. I almost felt like I was there with you!!!”

Marco Bottero, Jul. 9, 2009

“That was a wonderful article. You sure know how to write!!”

Adele Baydin, Jul. 6, 2009

“Thanks for letting me know about your sports blog.  I’ve read through several articles and I had to write and tell you how great your stuff is!  Reading through, I was reminded of those first months out of Nido when we were both in Houston.  Your mom was with a tv station there and you did some sports video editing.  I just have this clear image of you being SO excited about sports news, showing me these videos over and over again, and talking up a storm about stats, that it seemed natural to me that that’s what you’d pursue.”

Michelle Ciani, Jul. 3, 2009

“Check out the stats! I saved that page so we can mark the milestone. Congrats – this is just the beginning.”

Eddie Griffin,, Jul. 1, 2009

“Man, you’re making me itch to get in a poker game…  This is good. I’m making it our site’s main headline at 3 p.m. today ( ) and recommending for print.”

Stephen Hammill,, Jul. 1, 2009

“It’s been a great first two months for We have had the privilege of reading some fantastic articles and we would like to thank everyone for submitting their articles. However, there can only be one winner of the best written article. Congratulations to Chris Humpherys aka Sports Chump for his wonderful article titled, “A tribute to the Boss, Jun. 15, 2009

“Thanks for keeping me in the loop. I appear to be incredibly knowledgeable about the Magic to my friends…. all of a sudden. Keep ’em comin’.”

Natasha Sabata,, Jun. 6, 2009

“Bad Ass dude! Keep it up man, you’re getting noticed. Good piece too.”

Pete Gonzalez, May 17, 2009

“Just wanted to drop a note to say what’s up, I read a few of your articles. I’m one of the editors for the sports section on AC… we rotate every 4 or 5 weeks and highlight some timely content. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for your articles when it’s my next turn.”

Jake Emen,, May 13, 2009

“I’m currently looking for community leaders for each of the sports, and your an obvious choice. Your a quality writer who writes interesting articles who would be a good role model for the other writers.”, Apr. 30, 2009

“Wanted to touch base with you. We tested the magazine last night with the bar crowd to get some reactions. Both your articles tested VERYwell. I wasn’t sure your basketball one would be that high, since this area doesn’t seem that big on basketball. But a lot of people wished they went to the Tourney after reading your article! it looks like we have a good thing going.”

Dan Specht, Apr. 5, 2009

“This was a great first week, as some really good articles were submitted. However, our editors can only choose one pick of the week. The Winner of the first pick of the week is the article titled “Can They Win? Can They Lose? A Look At The Cleveland Cavaliers“, by SportsChump.”, Apr. 22, 2009

“I am not a sport fan by any measure.  But, this is such a well written piece with real passion, that I found myself completely engaged in a topic that I would normally never read.  He is a talented writer with a passion for the subject.  Thank you for sharing.”

Marietta Bottero, Feb. 20, 2009

“With some friends while Brandon posted your article. Very funny, good work.”

Chris Arnoldi,, Feb. 9, 2009

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