Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kobe’s swan song included 28 missed shots, a third-person reference and an actual mic drop—all harrowing reminders of the ISO-era N.B.A. Dark Ages

…Oh, and Adam Levine was there too. By Andrew J. Pridgen Before taking center court at Staples postgame Wednesday and treating #Lakernation to a third-person nickname reference and a (literal) mic drop, Kobe Bryant turned in a final performance that can most aptly be described as subpar for the ages. In the context of his final three seasons, the finale was actually...

The Baltimore Orioles are Baseball’s Most Heartless Organization

Baseball is a remarkably unfair game, exacerbated by the fact that it’s run by a bunch of Al Pacino’s spawn from The Devil’s Advocate. Here’s the first of a semi-regular series this season on baseball’s most heartless organizations. Batter up, O’s. Written by Kyle Magin Baseball players are human beings. It’s true! They drink, chew, weep, suffer from broken hearts...

Mashable welcomes Millennials to writing careers by laying off editorial via Slack

Delete. Delete. Delete. By Andrew J. Pridgen Well, it happened. On Thursday, Mashable, the place you go to find out whether your dog is popular or to hear abortion stories, laid off all the editorialings in the immediate wake of Turner’s $15 million investment in the Buzzfeed-inspired media stream geared toward the generation that constructs sentences out of cartoon thumbnails. Layoffs suck....

Rogue One Teaser Trailer breakdown: Disney and Lifetime team up for a Star Wars-inspired saga of a single career woman who joins the Rebel Alliance…and stumbles upon love

So, now it’s only a matter of time before several hundred Felicity Jones and Daisy Ridley action figures find their way out of their boxes and into some...questionable situations in your mother’s basement.   Here Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen break down the Rogue One teaser and speculate about how many new AT-ATs (worst. Toy. Ever this side of...

Dean Spanos, Trickster God, is trying to get San Diego to build him a very big, very empty house of lies

Dean Spanos is trying to pull off a cheap trick for his hail Mary to keep the Chargers in San Diego. Below, the three major ways the billionaire is trying to bamboozle everyone in the whale's vagina. Written by Kyle Magin Giving a billionaire hundreds of millions of dollars to build a professional sports stadium is like introducing Ryan Gosling to...

Who said it? 21 quotes that were uttered by either Donald Trump, Patrick Bateman or Both

Sadly, they seem to have a lot in common. Including what they say. By Andrew J. Pridgen One is a heir from a wealthy East Coast family who has extreme personality disorders and uses his day job as a materialistic Wall Street investment banker as cover for leading a double life as a serial killer. The other is a heir from...

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...