Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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...

The similar determination of Stephen Paddock and Donald Trump to inflict misery upon the world is no mystery

There is nothing to figure out as far as why these men act out: They're scared. They're alone. They don't want to die. Their final act is to spread misery and death. By Andrew J. Pridgen I find it hard to believe that mainstream media is still scratching its head over the "mystery" of Stephen Paddock and his motivations (see: today's...

ESPN is wrong again, this time on the wrong side of history

ESPN gripping for advertiser dollars doesn’t realize that censuring an employee for speaking the truth only further alienates the majority of its viewers. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the sports delivery network that has bet everything on white middle managers who are doing their best to destroy the world for their children one stolen PowerPoint presentation at a time, rocking Haggar...

Marshawn Lynch as the Raiders’ Red Herring

The Raiders dumped Oakland last season but then they signed Marshawn Lynch for a pair to give fans temporary amnesia. The question is, is there enough magic left in the candy man’s legs to make them forget about how the Davis family did them so dirty? By Andrew J. Pridgen The Oakland/soon-to-be-Las-Vegas Raiders, true to their name, are thieves and...

My hometown is having a difficult time letting prep football go. It shouldn’t.

Novato High School is in the process of dropping its football program. Some alums are confused and concerned... but they’re trading on nostalgia, not facts. By Andrew J. Pridgen To try to understand Novato, California is to try to understand any small town experiencing growing pains as it attempts to transition into this century. The mostly white (76 percent), mostly...

PAC 12 football coaches take a stand against the NCAA’s early signing period …for all the wrong reasons

You know, it has everything to do with what benefits the program and nothing to do with what's good for the student. By Andrew J. Pridgen Leave it to college football coaches to take a stand and do the right thing ...but only in the name of self-aggrandizement. Thursday, Pac-12 coaches and program surrogates got together in Hollywood for a preseason...

USGA makes a deal with the devil and loses not only its soul but its audience in the process

America, take note. The recent failure of the The U.S. Women's Open at Trump national is a blueprint on how everyday people can defeat the grifter-in-chief.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald Trump was the worst-behaved human in American history, ever, on a campaign trail. He won by appealing to a population in transition’s worst fears buffeted by racist, sexist, misogynist...