Eric Cernak, LeBrode and how fans become fans

My favorite player growing up was Carl Yastrzemski. Hailing from New York City but having spent formative years in Providence, Rhode Island, the Boston Red Sox became my favorite team.  This was the late 1970s.  Of all the Sox I Continue reading

Chumpservations, Vol. 41: Asterisks and capital punishment

My favorite Peanuts character was, and has always been, Linus.  Sure, Snoopy was the coolest, Schroeder landed the ladies (even though he was more interested in Beethoven), and Charlie Brown, well, he was nobody’s favorite character.  That’s the whole gist Continue reading

Unimaginable underdog parlay undoes Doctor Milhouse

There is a scene near the end of My Cousin Vinny that recently drew uncanny comparison to real live events, so much so that I thought I’d been planted smack dab in the movie set courtroom, with an awkward Joe Continue reading

Depression and the Vincent Jackson toxicology report

I came across an article the other day that really struck a chord. Vincent Jackson, former wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was found dead in a Brandon hotel room in February of 2021.  Only recently was an autopsy Continue reading

The Collapse of the Mullen Empire (in four grueling acts)

Act I (Nov. 13, 2021 – Nine days before the Mullen firing) Dan Mullen is the head football coach at the University of Florida. (Editor’s note: Read on. It gets better) Mullen’s been a busy man these days.  I wonder Continue reading

Good advice, bad beats and life somewhere in between: The Luke List Contingent

“C’mon, Luke List!!!” I shouted repeatedly at the top of my lungs, to the point of driving my cart partner mad.  “If you shout Luke List one more time,” he joked. It was a brisk Sunday afternoon on the links Continue reading

Tales from the Hard Rock, Vol. 6: My cellphone’s newest application and a sportsbook in waiting

I placed a wager yesterday. This wager, however, was different from all other wagers I’d ever placed and I’ve been doing this for the shy side of two decades. As of November 2, 2021, Florida residents such as myself can Continue reading

Drama and the Brooklyn Nets

On May 21, 2021, in the heart of COVID, the New Yorker Magazine released an issue with a caricature of the Brooklyn Nets on its cover.  Mark Ulriksen’s artwork depicted Brooklyn’s big three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Continue reading