That College Football Playoff Solved Everything, Right?

Is college football a championship sport or a technocracy with cheerleaders? In the first year of a four-team playoff that alleges to give every deserving team a shot at a national championship, it still looks like the latter.

Ohio State, convincingly beaten ...

Popdose Rewind: Soundtrack Saturday: “Bull Durham”

“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game — the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, ...

It Is Still The Beautiful Game

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Just like that, as the U.S. soccer team fell to a hard-fought defeat by Belgium, a whole swath of the nation returned to disliking the game, or at least being completely indifferent to it. That’s an awful thing, frankly. America needs ...

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Rodriguez?

In what came as a surprise to no one, Baseball commissioner Bud Selig threw the book (some would argue it was more of a paperback novella given how effective it would ultimately be) at the Yankees’ embattled Alex Rodriguez for his role ...

An Open Letter to Manti Te’o, from Jan Brady

Hi, Manti Te’o. It’s me, Jan Brady! I’m a sophomore at Westdale High School in California. I live with my three brothers, two sisters, and parents. Oh, and Alice! Don’t forget Alice! (She’s our maid, but she’s more like one of the ...

The 5 Stages of Grief for a Tortured Football Fan

Disclaimer: As a lifelong Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders fan, I do not lay claim to the Dickensian experience of sports suffering that Cardinals, Lions, or Bengals fans have historically endured. I am, however, quickly learning what a life of lowered expectations is all ...

The Year In Moderately Popular Sports: Are You Impressed?

For those of us who look beyond American football, basketball and baseball, even-numbered years are usually our time to shine. We get Olympics and/or World Cups.

This year, we had a few issues.

MMA: It was a rough year for people who ...

Gamblor’s Last Stand: Week 13 NFL Picks

It is with great regret that I must announce Gamblor’s imminent demise.  I simply don’t have time to keep it up anymore.  While Gamblor has ultimately lost money over its career, it’s not much more than a few weekends in Vegas would ...

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 12 NFL Picks

Last week was an awful one for the computer, as it threw its winnings from Week 10 back into the mix and lost most of them.  The models hit weighted win percentages of 18.3% and 21.2%.  I shouldn’t have messed with superstition ...

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 11 NFL Picks

Last week was as close to perfect as I’ve ever seen the computer get. It came at a great time, too, because it had a lot of money on the line, with huge bets on the Colts and Bills both paying off ...

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 10 NFL Picks

For the second week in a row, the computer came within an eyelash of hitting a two hundred dollar bet as Dallas fell to the Atlanta Falcons by a six-point margin.  This week wasn’t quite as close as Dez Bryant’s fingertips coming ...

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 9 NFL Picks

Last week was an absolute disaster for the computer.  Although I wasn’t as nervous about it as I usually am, the Eagles continued to suck, and Vegas continued to overvalue them (seriously, making them three point favorites against an undefeated team?  What ...

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 8 NFL Picks

Last week featured a disappointing, if unsurprising, performance for the computer.  With its biggest bet coming in on Oakland to cover as four point favorites, the computer was starting out in a hole, and a surprisingly tough game from the Jets wasn’t ...

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 7 NFL Picks

After having its worst week of the season two weeks ago, Gamblor fought back admirably and had, statistically, its best week of the season last week.  Driven primarily by Denver’s incredible comeback (or Philip Rivers’ incredible meltdown, depending on how you want ...

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 6 NFL Picks

Last week was an absolute disaster for the computer.  It basically took all of the money it had made this season and threw it out the window, going 0-4 in its four big bets.  I’m not even going to list the percentages; ...

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 5 NFL Picks

Last week was another solid (albeit rather lucky) week for the computer.  With the gift of a push in the Eagles game, Gamblor went an impressive 9-4-1 with a weighted win percentage of 72.5%, and Son of Gamblor was 4-5-1 with a ...

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 4 NFL Picks

Last week was a fantastic, if not quite perfect week for the computer.  It nailed its big bet on Buffalo, winning over $1300 in a single swoop.  Unfortunately, it gave a lot of that back when it lost bets with Denver and ...

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 3 NFL Picks

Last week was another very fine week for the computer, with both models delivering solid performances.  Gamblor was 7-6 with a weighted win percentage of 66.6%, and Son of Gamblor was 4-4 with a weighted win percentage of 62.7%.  Given the low ...

Rebirth of Gamblor – Week 2 NFL Picks

Gamblor started out quite well last week, laying out $704 and winning it all back, plus a tidy profit of $255.  Both models had Houston as their biggest bet of the week, and it paid off nicely.  Overall, Gamblor went 7-9 with ...

Rebirth of Gamblor – Week 1 NFL Picks

A few months ago in a conversation with Sports Illustrated, “Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin compared a few football teams to the major houses in his ongoing masterpiece.  For this year’s picks, I thought I’d extend this and match each ...

Dw Dunphy On…Our Man In London (Think You Could Keep Him?)

I am inordinately proud of the British this morning, and in particular director Danny Boyle. His production for the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London was, to paraphrase Popdose’s own Kelly Stitzel, crazypants awesome. In one sitting you had ...

Ranting about rivalries and respect

I have to confess. It’s an overdue confession over the one thing I’ve stolen in my life.

The subject of this grand theft is in the photo. It’s a banner that was hanging in The Pit, the nexus of student life at ...

Julian Velard Catches Linsanity!: Check Out “The Mighty Lin”

I’ve been following basketball since I was a pre-teen (um, let’s just say that was twenty-something years ago), and I can’t remember a phenomenon like Jeremy Lin. Undrafted out of college, cut by the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets before ...

Can you call it hype if no one actually reads it?

Time to let everyone in on a little secret.

Having served as an Official Mainstream Media Sports Journalist for a long time, I can tell you that we do indeed know that all this Super Bowl coverage is overkill.

No, most people ...

Could Tim Tebow Be The Next Eli Manning?

Like most American males, my grade-school gym classes were regularly filled with games of dodge ball. Because being scrawny and nearsighted are not the ideal tools for a world-class athlete, the smart decision would have been for me to intentionally take an ...

Why Aren’t Americans Really, Really Into Biathlon?

Test your endurance … then stop and shoot. Not with basketballs. With guns.

That’s biathlon. Fitness, guns and a rollicking party around the course. You’d think Americans would flock to this sport. Being popular in Europe is no longer a detriment, not ...