GELFAND: Clichés from Sociopaths and Week 11 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Nov 16, 2019
As I force myself to again view the video of Myles Garrett’s criminal assault on Thursday night, I am baffled by what seems to be a willingness […]
GELFAND: The Huge Score and Week 10 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Nov 9, 2019
Give me a few minutes and I can recall at least 20 movies about gambling. The themes tend to be of a piece. All gamblers die broke […]

GELFAND: Knowing the Score and Week Nine Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Nov 2, 2019
My dad would have turned 97 over the weekend had Alzheimer’s not hijacked his brain. As it was, he made it to 92 after almost a decade […]
GELFAND: Despising Authority and Week 8 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Oct 26, 2019
The Black Sox scandal notwithstanding, 2019 might have been baseball’s most pernicious year. The national pastime was never exempt from greed, stupidity and the original sin of […]
GELFAND: Paying the Piper and Week 7 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Oct 19, 2019
It won’t be long now before the state legislature starts to debate the merits of state-sanctioned sports wagering. It’s going to be a chaotic, expensive and, no […]
GELFAND: Top Picks For Week 6
By Mike Gelfand - Oct 10, 2019
For the first time this year and, I hope, the last, I am abandoning all pretense at high prose and taking refuge in the comfort of betting […]
GELFAND: The Furniture Man and Week Five Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Oct 5, 2019
Most gamblers I know are thoughtful, literate folks who simply need a daily distraction to cope with the awful cloud of anxiety that shrouds their lives. We […]
GELFAND: Jockocracy and Week Four Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Sep 28, 2019
It’s been almost 50 years since Howard Cosell put Monday Night Football on the map with his arrogance, moral rectitude, and an especially offensive habit of almost […]
GELFAND: Will the NFL’s Flag Fest Finally Repel Fans? (Plus Week 3 Picks)
By Mike Gelfand - Sep 21, 2019
Before we discuss the prowess of NFL officials, let us agree that there’s nothing the league can do to screw up its money machine. We know this […]
GELFAND: Bet Freely, Bet Often and Bet More….and Week Two Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Sep 14, 2019
Call me Stretch. Some days ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse,* I thought I would build up […]
GELFAND: Modernized Stockholm Syndrome and Week 1 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Sep 6, 2019
As I ponder the predictive numbers emanating from America’s citadel of broken dreams, I find myself humbled even before the beginning of another NFL season. Who am […]
GELFAND: Bombs over Bunts — Lamenting the Bygone Era of the Sacrifice
By Mike Gelfand - Jul 13, 2019
In this year of the check-swing home run, the most risible baseball anachronism has to be the All-Star game’s home run derby. Because that’s pretty much what […]