Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rage On!

Jake LaMotta is dead at age 95. Of the best, he was the last standing. By Andrew J. Pridgen Several times over the course of this web site’s four years of existence, I’ve reached out to this email: nick@princemarketinggroup.com in attempts to get an interview with Jake LaMotta. It is because of the scarred and flawed and damaged LaMotta I started...

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...

Frank Deford’s America is one team we won’t see repeat

He wrote about great dynasties and their eventual demise. Unwittingly, he chronicled the rise and downfall of the greatest dynasty of all. By Andrew J. Pridgen Frank Deford, 78, died Sunday at his home in Key West, Fla. He leaves behind a body of work that is the combination of that of millions of lesser men including 18 books (nine...

I thought Soundgarden sucked …then I grew up

RIP Chris Cornell. Sorry I said such mean things about you when I was a teenager. I didn't mean it. I didn't "get it" at the time. By Andrew J. Pridgen I am one of the fortunate few who doesn’t subscribe to the notion that the music of my generation is the end-all. In fact, if we’re being honest here, most...

The Vietnam War Isn’t Your Dad’s Ken Burns Film

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War is intense and inclusive. We got an early look at the forthcoming film Tuesday at San Diego’s GI Film Festival. Written By Kyle Magin A series of slow bass concussion accompanies scenes from ‘Nam in the introduction to Ken Burns and filmmaking partner Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War, a documentary set to...

Sh*t just got real at ESPN

ESPN, a decidedly old-guard institution and barely-hanging-in-there holdover from the early days of cable just dropped pink slips on at least 100 individuals in its front-line talent pool. More to come. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Mouse’s once venerable sports and media juggernaut is now showing its age more than Carrot Top after missing a BOTOX sesh. The Network, which...

The unflinching realness of Bill Paxton made my life a better place to be

Bill Paxton died Saturday of complications from surgery at age 61. The Fort Worth-Texas native appeared in every man of a certain age’s top five favorite movies including: The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), and Titanic (1997). By Andrew J. Pridgen I cannot understate the loss of...

Which still from a Megadeth video will American life most closely resemble in 18 months?

For 30 years Megadeth has predicted a not-so-pretty end to this American experiment. Now that their dystopian views are coming into focus, it's time to ponder which of Megadeth's prognostications are most accurate. By Andrew J. Pridgen Ginger rocker and Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine has always been the literal red-headed stepchild of heavy metal. He awoke on April 11, 1983 hungover after...

What I know of Don Solem

Donald L. Solem, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at his home in Mill Valley. Donations can be made in his name to SupplyBank.org. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was chatting up Dick Spotswood at some cocktail reception for some ballot measure in the fall of 1997. I had no idea who Dick Spotswood was, but he was next to...

2016: A Year in the Life and Death of the Press Box

The Tributes By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin Prior to 2016, Death of the Press Box wrote exactly one homage and that was more of a construction update on the Cal Neva hotel and casino. This year, in accordance with the changing conditions of the social, political, environmental and economic landscape that reversed the course of the conversation (mostly, in...