Monday, November 20, 2017

Rosen-colored glasses

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen’s recent comments on the rigors student athletes face are 100 percent right, but also myopic. By Andrew J. Pridgen College football is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year entertainment juggernaut. It is a sport that’s profitable for the many involved: The schools, their conferences, the outfitters (uniform, shoes, helmets), the coaches, the assistants, the assistants to the assistants, the...

The Imperiousness of the NCAA

It's time to root for the amateurs to get paid like professionals. By Kyle Magin I felt a tiny, cheap thrill when I heard the University of Texas basketball program is under NCAA investigation for academic fraud. A caveman emotion—suppressed like the urge to laugh when somebody gets kicked in the nuts or a cop steps in shit when he’s trying to...

When you’re losing, new uniforms every week make you look the guy who just got dumped and is determined to get a new girlfriend like the first night he...

...And Washington State is just the beginning of this dry spell. By Andrew J. Pridgen Oregon Ducks football, the 2016 version is really, really, really, really fucking bad. Really bad. Mark Helfrich trolling the sidelines now perma-looks as if he went out to get one thing, like milk, from the store and runs into a buddy in the parking lot and they...

Things a first-round pick should never say just after being selected to join the NFL

April 28, 2016 at 5 p.m. PST the NFL Network will broadcast its annual National Legalized Slave Auction Day. If you’re one of the lucky ones to get jumped into the league, here’s a primer of some thoughts you might just want to keep under that flat-billed hat at your first presser. By Andrew J. Pridgen The difference between playing college...

Helfless

Don’t cry for Mark Helfrich’s imminent firing. Focus on the changes you need to make to be just like him. By Andrew J. Pridgen So it can be said, barring any minor miracle that involves a DeLorean careening 88 miles per hour on the rain-slicked pavement of the Lone Pine Mall parking lot, Oregon fans will no longer be exposed...

To rebuild, Oregon (football) needs to get weird again

Nike, once a counter culture brand, and Oregon, once a counterculture school, need to go back to their roots in radicalism to be relevant again. By Andrew J. Pridgen Over the past two decades I’ve marveled at how the culture of Oregon football has morphed to become the opposite of Eugene and the namesake state. The University of Oregon, in...

Life at Stadium: Notes From the Crypt

If a stadium in decay has no name, does it exist? Not in the eyes of one municipality. Written by Kyle Magin Today, it’s San Diego Community Credit Union (SDCCU) Stadium, but you wouldn’t know it when you’re in the house. The ancient (circa-1967) brutalist stadium has been known variously as San Diego Stadium, Jack Murphy, and, most recently, as Qualcomm, or...

It’s 2 a.m. and Oregon Football is alone at the end of the bar

Oregon Football hasn’t yet fallen far enough to need a comeback. But the signs are there this evening has come to an end. By Andrew Pridgen Oregon Football is holding a foam-lined pint glass in one hand and its iPhone 5c in the other hovering over the far corner of New Max’s bar. He’s framed by a trio of groomed...

East Coast blasé: How the College Football Playoff selection committee’s early bedtime has resulted in ZERO West Coast representation

The good thing about the BCS before it morphed into a #fourteamplayoff was at least the computer didn’t have to go to bed early/wasn’t too blacked out from the Mississippi State/Ole Miss tailgater to make somewhat lucid decisions not based on whether you say y’all unironically. By Andrew Pridgen Of the dozen College Football Playoff selection committee members only ONE has...

Only one member of the Trojan family can fill that giant gaping hole at head coach—and that member is Will Ferrell

DPB obtained a leaked memo from USC president Max Nikias to AD Pat Haden via Apple Watch Monday afternoon re: potential head coach candidates for its football program. Most of the encrypted memo was translated from Greek using Google Translate and a menu, so apologies for the parts we had to fill in. By Andrew Pridgen TO: Patty H CC: Tommy Trojan FR:...