When in doubt, double down.
For the most part, sports chatter does not get beyond light badinage, but there is always the risk of getting busted as a poseur and then things can suddenly turn grim. When caught red-handed for knowing nothing more than what is written on Wikipedia, the only way to save face is to back it up with cash. "Put money on the table: 'I got $100 that that really happened!'" Caton suggests. Crucially, you have to go all-in or risk losing both your rep and your wallet. "You got to make it enough money where the other guy ain't got it in his pocket either," Caton insists. "'I got $500 right fucking now that it happened in the third inning in '62!'"