Meet Our Authors - Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith Author

I’ve been a contributor at GamblingSites.org since February of 2017. I help out with a
little bit of everything, with a focus on sports writing. I also dabble in news,
game picks and video content. I started sports blogging recreationally in
college and liked it enough to want to start doing it for a living. My primary
area of focus is on the NBA, but I’ll also touch on the following:

I like to try and take an analytical approach to writing about sports,
specifically when it comes to betting. I don’t have an extensive history as a
bettor, but you can glean quite a bit of information and get an edge by
crunching the numbers. Baseball in particular is a sport in which statistics are
king. While there is no perfect science when it comes to sports betting, my goal
as an author is to try and break things down in a way that is useful and easy to
understand.

I currently live in Long Beach, California, with my fiancee and a couple of
cats. The fiancee and cats run the household, I’m really just along for the
ride. In my spare time I like to try and strike it rich by playing daily fantasy
sports, and I also like to take advantage of the numerous beaches nearby.
Running, biking, reading, playing basketball and watching sports are other
activities that occupy most of my downtime.

More About Taylor Smith

Fun Facts

  • I’ve lived all over the place. My family had to move quite often when I
    was younger because of my dad’s job, so I’ve been just about all over the
    country. I was born in California, but I’ve also lived in Alaska, Northern
    Virginia and Texas.
  • Unfortunately, I’ve broken a number of bones. The most notable injury to
    date came in high school when I broke my orbital bone in my face playing
    basketball. I’ve also broken by left elbow and left pinky finger. Fun,
    right?
  • I’ve never gone skydiving, nor would I.
  • We went on a cruise during spring break of my senior year in high
    school. We were supposed to dock in Mexico for a few days, but the ship had
    mechanical issues, so we never docked anywhere. We just floated aimlessly
    around in the ocean for about a week.
  • I got my start in writing doing freelance work at Bleacher Report.
    Another BR writer noticed me, and he actually wound up being my connection
    that helped get me a job here at GamblingSites.org.
  • Queso is the best food on the planet. If you don’t think queso is a food
    type, you’re sadly mistaken.
Q&A

How Many Hot Dogs Could You Eat at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

10? Depends on how long the contests lasts, I guess. If I was hungry enough I
could definitely get to double digits, especially if I’m allowed to cheat by
washing it all down by gulping outrageous amounts of water like they do at the
Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Will You Be at the Area 51 Raid?

No. I believe in aliens and all, but I don’t feel the need to have to encounter them in person.

What is in Your Fridge Right Now?

Milk, eggs, some hot sauce, a stick of butter and a water filter. My fridge is shameful in its simplicity.

Would Gordon Ramsey Approve of Your Cooking?

Absolutely not. Unless he has an affinity for basic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I’m a legitimately terrible chef.

Is Cereal Soup? Why or Why Not?

No. Soup is trash. Cereal is good. Simple as that.

What Secret Conspiracy Would You like to Start?

Apparently there’s a conspiracy theory out there that says the real Paul
McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 and that the Paul McCartney we know today
is a fake. I didn’t make it up, but let’s go with it.

How Do You Feel About Putting Pineapple on Pizza?

I’m in favor of pineapple on pizza. People can eat whatever they want. You
want ketchup on your mac and cheese? Go for it.

Favorite Blog

Taylor Smith Blog

In September of 2018 I made the case that the

Toronto Raptors would win the 2019 NBA championship
. Considering the Raptors ended up indeed, go on to win said title, I feel the need to point this out whenever
the opportunity arises. I felt that the addition of Kawhi Leonard was enough to
put the Raptors over the top, and that the Golden State Warriors would see their
dynasty come to a close. I did not predict that Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were going to have season ending injuries but congrats if you took my advice, considering they were
listed at +1600 to win it all at the time that I wrote this blog.

I have also enjoyed writing numerous articles about Donald Trump. Regardless
of what you may think of him, his presidency has presented ample interesting
betting props and writing opportunities. One of my favorite articles to write
discussed whether Trump would reveal

whether aliens exist
.

1987

Year Born

2007

Featured NBA Columnist at Bleacher Report

2011

Graduated From TCU

2008 – 2014

Fantasy Football Analyst at NFLSoup and Breaking Football

2014 – 2016

Contributor at SB Nation

2015

Editor at Fansided and SB Nation

2019

Got Engaged

2020

Getting Married

Check Out Taylor's Most Recent Articles

Top 10 Paid Players in the NBA Today , March 17, 2017

When the National Basketball Association struck a deal with ESPN and Turner Sports on a new telev...

2017 NIT Tournament Preview , March 14, 2017

While the NCAA Tournament garners the vast majority of the attention, let’s not forget about the ...

2017 March Madness: West Regional Preview and Predictions for 1st Round , March 14, 2017

The West Regional looks about as wide open as any heading into the 2017 NCAA Tournament. We have ...

2017 NCAA March Madness: South Regional Tournament Preview and Picks , March 14, 2017

The South Region is shaping up to be one of the more fun sections in the bracket. The North Carol...

March Madness: 5 Upsets That Will Surely Happen , March 13, 2017

The charm of college basketball – and, specifically, the NCAA Tournament – is its unpredictabilit...

Goa Ok’s Sixth Offshore Casino License , March 13, 2017

Following a long period of stalling by the small Indian state of Goa, the Goa bench of the Mumbai...

MLS Picks for Sunday March 12 , March 12, 2017

It’s soccer Sunday, which means we’ve got three MLS games on tap. The action kicks off at 1pm ET ...

MLS Picks and Predictions for Saturday March 11 , March 11, 2017

On the heels of a fun opening weekend, the second week of MLS action for the 2017 season is upon ...

What are the Top NCAA Tournament Comebacks of All-Time? , March 10, 2017

We’ve reached mid-March, and that can only mean one thing. It’s almost time for the 2017 NCAA Bas...

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