Birthday Bashes, Buttholes, Flying Shovels and Brotherly Love: A Week in the Life, a Reminder of Gratitude

I won’t lie.  Heading into Monday of last week, I was more anxious than normal, for several reasons. I had a sort of surprise birthday party to co-plan, my mother’s __th.  Days later, I had my first ever colonoscopy, a Continue reading Birthday Bashes, Buttholes, Flying Shovels and Brotherly Love: A Week in the Life, a Reminder of Gratitude

The ultimate sports weekend, Part Three

For ultimate sports weekend, Part One, click here. For ultimate sports weekend, Part Two, click here. Monday morning came bright and early.  The drive from Charlotte to Augusta takes a little over two hours, especially when those driving are running Continue reading The ultimate sports weekend, Part Three

The ultimate sports weekend, Part Two

Day Two came and went with a round of golf during the day and a night out in historic downtown Charlotte where, amongst bars full of Carolina fans, we watched the South Carolina women’s basketball team suffer their first and Continue reading The ultimate sports weekend, Part Two

The ultimate sports weekend, Part One

The trip had been planned months in advance, my excursion to golf’s mecca, Augusta National, with the three best friends that anyone could have.  All we needed to do was win the admissions lottery.  Tickets to the Masters Tournament are Continue reading The ultimate sports weekend, Part One

Brotha E’s Split Decision: An exercise in the psychology of human fanhood

I have this friend.  Let’s call him Brotha E. While having moved around quite a bit professionally over his career, E’s family hails from Philadelphia.  Despite his liking of multiple teams, in multiple sports, one thing has always remained constant: Continue reading Brotha E’s Split Decision: An exercise in the psychology of human fanhood

Sal, Planet Pizza and the end of an era

On a recent romantic getaway, my beloved BCole and I decided to do perhaps the most Valentine’s Day thing ever.  Well, at least Valentine’s Day for us here at SportsChump Manor. When inclement weather put a damper on our February Continue reading Sal, Planet Pizza and the end of an era

My Sports Week, Part Two: Vandals Descend Upon the Motherland

9 o’clock came early Saturday morning but my driver wanted to get a jump on things.  The Gator game started at noon and the rest of the boys making the trip would be eagerly awaiting our arrival with drinks already Continue reading My Sports Week, Part Two: Vandals Descend Upon the Motherland

What Did Tennessee? What Arkansas: The Conclusion of a Vacation Well Spent

Remember at the beginning of this adventure when I A-Teamingly hinted that I liked when a plan comes together?  The objective of this trip was for four old friends to visit Memphis and travel to Fayetteville to see Florida take Continue reading What Did Tennessee? What Arkansas: The Conclusion of a Vacation Well Spent

The trek to Fayetteville, Part “And Then There Were” Four

The Don Calvino finally arrived early Friday morning bearing gifts: a beautiful bottle of Bajan rum, officially making it the first bottle of Mount Gay to travel from Barbados to Atlanta to Memphis to Fayetteville and then to Tampa.  Somebody Continue reading The trek to Fayetteville, Part “And Then There Were” Four

The trek to Arkansas, Part “And Then There Were” Three

“Memphis is a city that hums and thrums. Its song is constant.” Robert Gordon, Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion I have a few US cities left on my “to-visit” bucket list.  For example, I’ve never been to Continue reading The trek to Arkansas, Part “And Then There Were” Three