The Daily Upper Decker is where the worlds of stand-up comedy and sports scissor each other like two Russian immigrants looking to make a quick ten bucks. It’s supposed to be an entertaining and informative sports blog conceived by Tommy Gimler in February 2012 with these simple guidelines:
1) With zero “sources” in the professional sports world, The Daily Upper Decker will never create news stories. Our staff of stand-up comics will write opinionated articles on the sports and teams they are passionate about and on the teams they hate. The Daily Upper Decker will also feature many sports betting segments and fantasy sports news for dorks.
B) Nobody at The Daily Upper Decker likes soccer, so click here for the latest soccer news and scores.
3) There will be random pictures of beautiful women posted to make the reader’s experience more enjoyable.
Tommy is a comedian, emcee, and sports junkie living in Los Angeles. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tommy bleeds Brewers/Packers/Badgers, but unlike many fans back home, he refrains from hitting his significant other when they lose. Expect very little from Tommy when it comes to the NBA because he dislikes fixed sports. Tommy has not been to a Dodgers game since 2010 because he does not own a bulletproof vest. He also thinks that Pau Gasol would win the award for “Worst Hygiene By A Male Athlete.”
Vinny the Book
Despite his Roman Catholic roots (or perhaps due to them), at an early age Vinny was always enthralled by all things gambling and sports. Fully earning his nickname, Vinny was suspended from Elementary School at the age of 9 for running book for lunch money and taking advantage of the statistical advantage he received on being able to predict the betting patterns of his 3rd and 4th grade oversized Starter jacket wearing classmates. Forced as a Delawarean to reach outside of his community for his sports heroes, Vinny gravitated to all things Cheesesteak ( i.e. the Round Mound of Rebound, the greatest third baseman in all of baseball history, and the Minister of Defense). Vinny’s number one piece of advice: Always take the over. Defense is a thing of the past.
The following statements can be made about Michael Gemme:
- Transplanted New Englander now in L.A. almost 20 years. Still travels “home” in both directions between the two. Truly one-half “Hey dude” and one-half “What’s up, guy?”
- Unabashed liberal and compulsive rabble rouser. Approved this message.
- Party animal.
- Lover of the Rock, and the Roll.
- Professional video editor.
- Amateur photographer.
- Failed small-time sports gambler/prognosticator. I don’t know who’s going win the goddamn game. I still, however, pretend I do from time-to-time.
- Proud partisan: Boston Red Sox, USC Trojans, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, L.A. Dodgers, Chicago Bears, and all things UFC.
Expect everything from the obscene to the inane to the poetically sublime. Or maybe nothing at all, depending on how I feel.
Barry is a Chicago transplant living in the mysteriously friendly little town of Playa Del Rey, California. Although he moonlights as a television editor, most of his time is spent puddle-jumping between gambling websites, checking trends like: record off an upset loss as a favorite, record when the total is between 171 and 179.5, and of course, record when playing in a renovated dome that does not have beer vendors in the isles. Barry goes Cubs, Bears, Bulls… followed by the Hawk, and surprisingly, a little White Sox talk. If you need Chicago Fire or Chicago Sky (do they still have a team?) info, sorry, I can’t help you. Also, trivia requests will be welcomed.
Who is J. LaSussa?
Professional Experience: Sales Manager for a Wine and Spirits Distributor
Odd Jobs: Pizza delivery boy in college but without any sexual stories
Favorite Teams: Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers
Greatest Athletic Achievement: In a 7th grade summer basketball game, I hit a 50-foot shot at the gun before halftime. Five years later in a “Seniors Versus Staff” high school basketball game, we won the opening tip. I tried to relive my moment by taking the first shot of the game from the same spot 50 feet from the bucket…airball. I proceeded to give my four teammates on the floor the “My bad, my bad, guys” while tapping my chest.
Childhood Sports Heroes: Bo Jackson. The first guy to play both sports. I loved him professionally at a high level.
Favorite TV shows: Any sports show not on the 4-Letter
Favorite Sports Media Guys: Steve Czaban, Dan Patrick, Rich Eisen, Chris Russo, and Dino Costa are growing on me.
Biggest Sports Pet Peeve: The over-analyzing of sporting events before the game is played and the banter that comes with it. ”No shit” nobody knows what’s really going to happen. That’s why I’m gonna fucking watch it…
My name is Corby (not to be confused with the black basketball rapist). I do comedy, writing, and sketch. I was raised by kidanppers in Canada, graduated at the top of my 2nd grade class, and decided to continue my education in Canada. I went for a graduate degree in fishing, but unfortunately my teacher, the grizzly bear, was shot by hunters. My teams are the Ravens (Corby is a scottish word that means Raven, it’s in the dictionary, you dumb clowns), so yeah. Also the Blue Jays, Kings, and Los Angeles Temptation (of the lingerie league). I love hockey, football, baseball, and despise basketball, soccer, tennis, and golf until they are allowed to drink while playing. I gamble and never win, and drink to get better at gambling. I also mispell the word ‘the’ every time I type it. I have a little brain damage.