Friday, July 21, 2017

I’m so pumped to watch the NL Wild Card with the sound down and Van Halen’s Fair Warning playing on a loop in the background it’s ridiculous

“We’ve got our guy. They’ve got their guy. It’s going to be a great matchup" — Bruce Bochy By Andrew J. Pridgen The Nats and their Vegas-bred Mormon mashing robot. The Dodgers trying to shake those one-and-done playoff blues. Cleveland and that newly minted title town (<-- lowercase) swagger. Chicago and its pasty fans and all their expectations who will only be...

Slouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Lady

About halfway through Monday’s presidential debate, I expected to see Hillary dancing off rooftop tiles and vaulting from the tops of trees. That didn’t happen, though she did get Donald to say: “I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very,...

Jamie Whitmore’s long, tough trail to gold

The former XTERRA World Champion takes home a gold and silver from Rio’s paralympic games. By Andrew J. Pridgen I don’t care much for movie stars or models, mostly because any adulation from me would go unreturned — famous people are like the opposite of dogs. I don’t get the butterflies if I run into a politician or a financier — and I...

Matt Bush, Shithead Hero

Baseball is a complicated sport...played by even more complicated individuals. Written by Kyle Magin Lost amid the #ourmoment celebrations in Toronto on Sunday night was the gutsy/freakish outing by Rangers’ losing pitcher Matt Bush. Bush, for those of you unacquainted with his story, is a washed-out 2004 first overall pick of the San Diego Padres. He’s also a demonstrable shithead. Picked originally as...

Listening to Vin Scully call his final innings was truly heaven on Earth

Thank you Vin for blessing us with your 67 years in the booth. By Andrew J. Pridgen Vin Scully makes no bones about his faith in God and man...with baseball somewhere there in the middle. He came to the end of his 67-year career in San Francisco Sunday, calling the final game for his beloved Dodgers against the Giants, the team he...

Arnold Palmer and the Past Perfect

The course will be left alone to rot and deal with the wind off the shoreline and the fiery waves crashing against the rocks. An errant scrap of paper will blow by like a tumbleweed to remind the sky above that we were once here. The King, it can be said, is dead. By Andrew J. Pridgen There is a...

What to expect when you’re expecting a battle: Keep Squaw True community organizers are already planning next steps in fight to save Squaw from absentee developers

Placer County Supervisors showed little regard for what residents of the Tahoe Basin want in a development by approving a 760-unit Martis Valley West project in October. A lawsuit soon followed. They are now expected to kowtow to current Squaw owner KSL’s mid-20th century mountain-town-as-airport-Hilton vision for Olympic Valley 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Kings Beach. How it...

I’m so pumped to watch the NLDS Game 3 with the sound down and Toto IV playing on a loop in the background it’s ridiculous

Look no further than the confines of AT&T park Cubs fans...and you’ll find that winning breeds awful. Click here for other MLB playoff game/album pairings. By Andrew J. Pridgen Over the weekend, Chicago Cubs fans were acting very un-Chicago-Cubs-fan-like. Instead of digging fingernails into palms at every strikeout, booing at every perceived balk from the opposing pitcher and tearing out what’s left of...

Jose Fernandez is the embodiment of a spirit we seem to have lost

"I think that what makes a player good is not out there on the field, it's who he is as a person. I know where I came from, and I know what I want." — Jose Fernandez, age 20 upon receiving 2013 National League Rookie of the Year honors. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jose Fernandez isn’t just special in memory. He is...

Ali

I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want. — Muhammad Ali By Kyle Magin Were Muhammad Ali born 50 years earlier than 1942, he’d have been lucky to get a shot at the heavyweight boxing title of the world, and...

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