Saturday, April 21, 2018

‘O’ Well

Willie Taggart leaving Oregon after a single season is the coaching move the Ducks deserved. By Andrew J. Pridgen I’m one of the 14ish Oregon football fans who can say “I was there” when Oregon put a historic beat down on Air Force 41-13 at Sam Boyd Stadium on Dec. 20, 1997. It was my first time in Vegas, and a lot...

The tax cut that would have destroyed my family

Millions will suffer. Millions more will die. By Andrew J. Pridgen A couple months back, while the Republican-controlled Senate was debating repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with, I dunno, already chewed gum and old man hands to grope you with, I wrote this column about what the ACA meant to my family, in particular, my three-year-old son: https://deathofthepressbox.com/2017/09/21/it-can-happen-to-you/ If you...

The College Football Playoff was embraced by SEC Nation… then Bama lost

Hahahahahaha By Andrew J. Pridgen Alabama, the unstoppable NFL farm club supported by tons and tons of cheering back fat, got waxed by a faster, stronger, deeper and more compelling Auburn Saturday, not only lost for the first time since January's title game, but also whiffed on a shot at appearing as the SEC West’s representative in that conference’s championship game...

Pints and Picks Week 12: Brady Hoke, a bloated, angry, unqualified white man over 55 who still has a job because, College Football

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it AJ, Whipping on Brady Hoke has been a pastime of sorts since you and I started this column back in 2014. The former Michigan headman and former Oregon...

Turns out, they all cheat and lie and steal

The Paradise Papers prove what most of us already knew: it’s all a fucking scam. The rest of us shrug and go about our day. By Andrew J. Pridgen I’m an adult. At least I see an adult when I look in the mirror. So I should know better. I know people. I seek out the best but expect the...

Want to know why sh*t’s so messed up? Look no further than the state of local journalism.

Because nobody should pay for content, and the people who generate it should work for free, right? By Andrew J. Pridgen One week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist, a pair of New York’s biggest digital-only local news orgs, popped $5 champagne from the CVS in victory—they had just voted to join a union. On Thursday,...

Pints and Picks Week 10: Bama vs. Everybody Else

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it. Twenty-four. Twenty-five, if Tennessee fires football coach Butch Jones after I file this. That’s how many bodies of fellow SEC coaches Nick Saban’s left outlined in chalk since hiring...

What Tahoe residents can expect as Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison tries his hand at the Cal Neva

Frank Sinatra owned Crystal Bay’s Cal Neva from 1960 to 1963. That time, while brief, has defined more than any other the image and the lore of the border-straddling hotel-casino towering over the waters of North Lake Tahoe's dramatic granite shelf. Now, it's software scion Larry Ellison's turn. By Andrew J. Pridgen Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle Corp.—the purveyor of dated,...

Lack of response to the Wine Country fires shows how much Donald Trump really f*cking hates California and wants us to die

...Ditto the rest of the West Coast By Andrew J. Pridgen Let's stop pretending that it's just a coincidence Donald Trump has golfed five of the last eight days as Northern California continues to burn at the cost of more than 40 confirmed dead, 99 missing, thousands of structures reduced to ash, hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and first...

I’m Glad the USMNT Lost

Thank God.   Written by Kyle Magin U.S. men’s soccer fans and the media who pushes the team into your sports coverage like a mom with a damn vegetable are the worst. I am thrilled that the USMNT didn’t make the 2018 World Cup for a number of reasons, but chiefly because these smug, self-absorbed, scarf-wearing elitists deserve to perish in the...