So close and yet so far away; Bucs’ Super Bowl winning quarterback falls short against another

‘Twas a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay, particularly for reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes who, along with Tyreke Hill, treated the Buccaneers secondary like his own personal pincushion. For the other former MVP on the field that day, the outcome Continue reading

Burrow, Luck and Gratitude

“What’s gonna set you free? Look inside and you’ll see. When you’ve got so much to say it’s called gratitude. And that’s right.” – Beastie Boys, Gratitude, 1992 “With a little luck, we can help it out.  We can make Continue reading

Do you believe in miracles? Western Michigan does!

I was staring a losing wager square in the face. The first half of my parlay was in but it takes two to tango.  On the road, Central Michigan had easily covered the five-and-a-half against Northern Illinois.  Western Michigan, however, Continue reading

Bucs Bamboozled… but at least the food was good

There we sat the lot of us on a rainy Sunday evening with yet another tropical storm headed our way.  It was a portent of things to come. Some of us in Bucs jerseys, several others in Saints gear and Continue reading

Two Inevitable, If Not Necessary, NFL Changes for 2021

“Are we playing on Wednesdays now?” Peyton Manning Several years ago, an aging Peyton Manning quipped the above line.  He was referring to the NFL’s Thursday night games, which players simultaneously love and hate.  Most NFL players love playing in Continue reading

White privilege and black national anthems: Time to change the channel

I was working behind a hypothetical bar the other night, changing the hypothetical station on a hypothetical flat screen TV.  A hypothetical couple sat directly under the TV, occasionally glancing up at it while eating their hypothetical dinners. As a Continue reading

Quarterbacks say the darnedest things: The Drew Brees edition

We live in an odd time, where racial tension is as high – and high profile – as it has been in my lifetime.  That’s over a half century, folks.  File the latest Drew Brees soundbite into the annals of Continue reading

SportsChump and J-Dub debate… the Post-Virus Sports Landscape

What better time than a pandemically induced, state-of-siege-like, self-quarantine to turn to my blogging brother in crime to remind me… that we were stir crazy long before it was fashionable. Before we proceed, sir, know that I will always be Continue reading