Saturday, November 18, 2017

I’m scared to be an American

...and I'm not the only one. By Andrew J. Pridgen I read last week that the first newspaper I worked for, the Contra Costa Times, is folding. This came as no surprise to me. My first beat was reporting for a handful of weeklies under that paper’s umbrella in the late-1990s with a bunch of other aspirational Woodwards and Bernsteins, or...

Time for our legal system to step up and bury the Bundys

It’s time the rest of us start insisting upon our public property rights By Kyle Magin No matter where you live in America, you’ve got a bigass back yard. You may not be able to see it from your gridded neighborhood in Houston or light-rail stop in Seattle (on days when Rainier is clouded) but it’s there. The Bureau of Land...

The 50 locations more convenient to Super Bowl 50 than San Francisco

You didn’t actually stay in San Francisco this week in anticipation of taking fewer than five hours or spending less than $750 to get to the game Sunday, did you? DID YOU???? By Andrew J. Pridgen Nobody wants anything to do with Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, least of all San Francisco. Here’s why: The Yorks took Goldman Sachs...

A San Francisco Sup Bro 50 primer: The definitive guide on where to post yourself and your food and yourself with food this week in The City

An interlopers’ where-to pre-game besides near the pop-up ESPN studio at Fisherman’s Wharf. Where to admire the frisky and the young who have replaced generations for generations—gone in a short sleep. Where to see the people who refuse not to be seen as The City hugs its knees close to its chest and rocks itself to that final passage...

Confessions of a dangerously narrow mind: Sean Penn’s view of journalism is in direct conflict with his view of himself

The actor’s impression of what journalists do is as fraught with potential disaster as the actual situations he puts himself in. By Andrew J. Pridgen It is easy to dismiss Sean Penn as an egomaniac, a cagey self-promoter, a Luddite, a little bit delusional, a perverter of the truth and a naive mouthpiece for himself. He’s also still got a great...

The craps table is full of assholes: This and other musings from 28 minutes at a casino on New Year’s Eve

These scenes are a reminder of how adept we’ve become at pretending the glue-gunned feathers holding together our economic and moral fabric are going to hold. By Andrew J. Pridgen I come from gambling stock. My great-grandfather on my mother’s side was a degenerate Scandinavian card player who died in a trailer outside Vegas back when Vegas was more holes in...

#YallQuaeda: To What End?

Dear Marginalized, undereducated, Fox News-watching, gun-toting white boy in Oregon blaming government regulations on National Forest land for your lot in life instead of blaming government de-regulation in trade and finance, I don’t know if any of you can access the internet to read this. Hell, I’m not sure you can read. What I DO know is that you should immediately...

49ers’ Tomsula firing press release reads more like the head coach was killed by a movie villain

Just as things couldn't get worse in Santa Clara, it appears Hans Gruber has taken over the press office. By Andrew Pridgen From making bad draft picks, to misbegotten moves out of San Francisco to coaching decisions gone askance—the 49ers' ownership and front office can’t seem to do anything right. Add writing coach-firing press releases to that list. The announcement that the...

Oregon to interview Atreyu and Falkor to replace Helfrich and Pellum

Hoping to exorcise the un-magic that happened in the second half of the Alamo Bowl, Oregon’s head coach and defensive coordinator search starts with a pair of trusted names. ...But it's not who you think. By Andrew Pridgen This offseason, the Oregon Ducks should not waste any time firing head coach Mark Helfrich and defensive coordinator Don Pellum and his pimp...

The greatest gift of 2015: Kobe Bryant’s retirement poem

Has Kobe Bryant found a new career as a writer? Surprisingly, maybe. By Andrew Pridgen I have much to be thankful for when reflecting on the year that was in sports: The collapse of the dreaded Santa Clara 49ers and the faithful waking up to the York family boondoggle. The continued marketing juggernaut the San Francisco Giants have become and how...