Monday, June 18, 2018

Pints and Picks Week 3: The Mormons love LA and Heineken brings its end-of-wedding-reception skunkiness to the microbrew masses

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 what to drink while doing it. Here, the boys are talking about Mormons gone Hollywood, Randy Newman's ironic love for LA and how that microbrew you're drinking is made in the same vat as...

Pints and Picks Week 11: A Time For Pause

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. This week: #thatdidntreallyhappendidit? By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen Hey Kyle, As you and many of our readers know, I lost my best friend growing up during the attacks...

Pints and Picks Week 4: I could still pick winners, and I could still make money for all kinds of people back home. And why mess up a good...

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, I spent last Saturday night at San Diego Stadium (new Qualcomm, nee Jack Murphy, soon-to-be-SDCCU) with 45,000+ San Diegans cheering a delightful 20-17 victory for the SDSU...

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...

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...

Pints and Picks Week 10: Take Us Home

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. This week: #wakemewhenitscollegehoops By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen AJ, I’ve spent a lot of time in this space talking about the Western Michigan University football team. The 9-0...

Pints and Picks Week 3: It certainly doesn’t get any better than this… for some of us anyway.

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. Hi Kyle, It’s week 3 and I’m already at a crossroads. After a revelatory picking of Cal (+14) and the moneyline—yielding a nice 9:1 return—at North Carolina week...

Pints and Picks Week 7: All things Chicago, Los Angeles…and ‘Bama (!) and why the NFL is a blight on society (we’re looking at you Nevada)

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. This week: #randynewmanisalwaysright By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen AJ, This was the week we found out how deeply the NFL’s TV ratings have cratered. The league has long...

Pints and Picks Week 9: It’s always Temple in Philadelphia

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...a whole lot of references that take three reads to get—if only it were worth reading three times (like total. Like three total reads.) AJ, Since we’ve got another dog of a weekend, matchup-wise, can we talk...

Rearranging the deckchairs aboard ESPN

The Network is sinking and parent company Disney is hoping to tap a ‘90s business model—and audience—to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the ubiquitous hotel-lobby-bar-on-mute sports delivery juggernaut that used to buoy Disney’s media empire is now a once-venerable anchor dragging the Mouse down. As subscribers continue to cut the cord, ESPN finds itself bereft of a viable business...