The night the mariachi ghosted: A sleuth contest for misled readers

It was your typical, atypical Monday afternoon shift at our friendly, neighborhood Irish pub.  As any experienced bartender will tell you (there’s more than just me out there, right?), no two shifts are alike, which is what makes our job Continue reading The night the mariachi ghosted: A sleuth contest for misled readers

Anthony Edwards: The bad guy, in more ways than one.

Anthony Edwards is doing something nobody has ever done. Sure, Magic Johnson led his Lakers team to an NBA championship in his rookie season, but that team was stacked as is, we are slowly learning, Anthony Edwards’ talents. Nor am Continue reading Anthony Edwards: The bad guy, in more ways than one.

SportsChump Whirlwind Comedy Tour, Part Four: Marcello Hernandez

Date: Friday, December 29, 2023 Time: 7:30 pm                                   Venue: Funny Bone (formerly the Improv), Ybor City, Florida The final stop (or so we thought) on our comedy tour included a special surprise: a new face, at a club with a Continue reading SportsChump Whirlwind Comedy Tour, Part Four: Marcello Hernandez

SportsChump Whirlwind Comedy Tour, Part Three: D.L. Hughley

Date: Sunday, November 5, 2023 Time: 9:15 pm                                   Venue: Improv, Ybor City, Florida Our morning began early Sunday, an otherwise beautiful day in the sunshine state.  With an ailing father in hospice care, our search for laughter continued, like an Continue reading SportsChump Whirlwind Comedy Tour, Part Three: D.L. Hughley

SportsChump Whirlwind Comedy Tour, Part Two: Dave Chappelle

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2023 Time: 7:00 pm                                   Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida “I got a million of ‘em,” said Dave Chappelle to a crowd of well over 20,000 adoring fans, all laughing hysterically as he told yet another one Continue reading SportsChump Whirlwind Comedy Tour, Part Two: Dave Chappelle

SportsChump Whirlwind Comedy Tour, Part One: Andrew Dice Clay

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023 Time: 9:15 pm                                   Venue: Side Splitters Comedy Club, Carrollwood, Florida Sometimes, we just need a good laugh. Last year more than ever, I found the distraction of laughter to be my best medicine. That’s why, Continue reading SportsChump Whirlwind Comedy Tour, Part One: Andrew Dice Clay

Cable cancels ESPN’s culture (and other confusing conundrums)

In 1994, Major League Baseball cancelled its World Series.  It was the first time in American history that had ever happened.  Our national pastime reminded all those watching that baseball was first and foremost, a business.  It was a shock Continue reading Cable cancels ESPN’s culture (and other confusing conundrums)

ESPN takes on gambling: J-Dub and SportsChump discuss… again

I have these friends, you see?  They work at the local Hard Rock casino and are strategically placed throughout the reservation grounds.  They work at restaurants and bars.  They deal at card tables, working hard for the man at a Continue reading ESPN takes on gambling: J-Dub and SportsChump discuss… again

Chumpservations, v. 42: The “Can’t We All Just Get Along” Edition (Sean Payton vs. Nathaniel Hackett; James Harden vs. Daryl Morey; and Michael Oher vs. Sandra Bullock)

This is the summer of our discontent, and we have quite the undercard to prove it. It’s been an unbearably hot summer right here in the Sunshine State.  I say that because there’s currently sweat dripping on my keyboard.  Fortunately, Continue reading Chumpservations, v. 42: The “Can’t We All Just Get Along” Edition (Sean Payton vs. Nathaniel Hackett; James Harden vs. Daryl Morey; and Michael Oher vs. Sandra Bullock)

So much for free football

“What the hell are you talkin’ about: free? Free? There’s no free here. I’m the boss. No freedom. I’m the boss.” Danny Aeillo as Sal in Do The Right Thing, 1989 I don’t remember the first time I paid for Continue reading So much for free football