“What’s wrong with this younger generation of Gators?”

I chose the title of this post carefully because the quote holds special meaning. In 1999, I took three friends (you know them as Croshere, Partykiller and the Don Calvino) to the Swamp to watch the Florida Gators play Alabama.  Continue reading “What’s wrong with this younger generation of Gators?”

Bucs bamboozled, Chiefs code crack back

As an overly emotional football fan who also gambles on the sport, it’s hard not to be reactionary.  Tempering expectations is a skill few possess.  The rational we like to think bigger picture and look at the football season in Continue reading Bucs bamboozled, Chiefs code crack back

Falling for the homecoming hype: How to bet (and not bet) “revenge games”

Sometimes, a little self-ridicule is in order, so here goes nothing… A lot was made of certain players returning to play against their former teams last weekend, thanks to the never-ending, hype machine that is the NFL.  Most of us, Continue reading Falling for the homecoming hype: How to bet (and not bet) “revenge games”

Why never to bet money line favorites on the road in college football

A stocky, young gentleman walked into my bar the other evening, which as you know is always my favorite way to begin a blogpost. (Hey, cut me some slack.  I tend bar for a living.) Hat backwards, shirt untucked, he Continue reading Why never to bet money line favorites on the road in college football

Two tickets to paradise (Part One)

There’s an older, British gentleman who comes into my bar every so often.  He sits on the patio and smokes a cigar.  Before settling into his comfort zone, he orders a Guinness, straight pour into a chilled glass, for himself Continue reading Two tickets to paradise (Part One)

Contracts, homework assignments, weight clauses and drinking on the job: The intertwining cases of Kyler Murray, Zion Williamson and me

When my girlfriend and I argue (and for the sake of this article, let’s assume this happens infrequently), she and I have successfully adopted the practice of putting ourselves in each other’s shoes, to better comprehend where the other is Continue reading Contracts, homework assignments, weight clauses and drinking on the job: The intertwining cases of Kyler Murray, Zion Williamson and me

Name, Image, Likeness: No More Free Parking

I tend bar in an Irish pub in Ybor City.  For those of you unfamiliar with the area, Ybor is a relatively urban part of Tampa, deeply entrenched in rich Italian, Cuban and Spanish cultural heritage.  Brick streets, century old Continue reading Name, Image, Likeness: No More Free Parking

A Tale of Two Owners, Part Two: Shaq Now

A gentleman walked into the bar the other day which is always my favorite way to start a blogpost. He works for the Tampa Bay Lightning as some sort of engineer who ensures the ice in the Amalie Arena meets Continue reading A Tale of Two Owners, Part Two: Shaq Now