Monday, April 23, 2018

Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show may have something …and no, it’s not a STD

Bad reviews, her executive producer's dismissal and documenting the first time Tony Hale and Bill Hader have ever not been funny on camera notwithstanding… Handler is learning episode by episode how to bring the talk show into this century. By Andrew J. Pridgen Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show comes off not as important as it is self-important. Though her directives are...

The real Hall of Famer is Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball for Nintendo 64

Junior may have been a close-to-unanimous selection to Cooperstown this week, but his namesake video game was even more prolific. By Andrew J. Pridgen Like Andy Dufresne, Ken Griffey Jr. crawled through a river of shit of the PED era and came out clean on the other side. He was duly rewarded Wednesday with a close to unanimous election to...

We got a lot: 25 incredible things about Point Break on the day of its 25th Anniversary

Special thanks to Pt. Break scholar emeritus David W. Briggs for calling this one out this a.m. By Andrew J. Pridgen If you’re expecting a link-bait piece about the amazingness of Keanu and Swayze and that unclaimed piece of meat in Baja that turned out to be Rosie, well, fine — you got me. But there’s a lot more to Point...

Merle knew what it’s like to walk the Streets of Bakersfield. As it turns out, you might too

Oildale's favorite son Merle Haggard, country's only true believer and a man who made something out of dirt, died on his birthday April 6. He was 79. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recall with relative clarity one languid spring Friday afternoon scene at Robert’s Western World in Nashville listening to third-tier honky-tonk acts reverb off of our half-empty cans of Coors...

The necessity of Congress playing baseball today

“The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could...

Why Marco Sullivan’s 17-year professional skiing career was more consequential than you think

Nobody did it better...while wearing more denim. By Andrew J. Pridgen Athletes, they say, die two deaths. The first when they retire, the second when their number is called up from behind the giant deli counter in the sky. Marco Sullivan, a 17-year Alpine veteran of the U.S. Ski team and perhaps one of the finest examples of a man who threw...

San Francisco Giants make strange pitch with Gaylord Perry statue

...And 10+ other Giants who are now equally deserving to have their own seagull guano catcher. By Andrew J. Pridgen I can’t really feign too much outrage when it comes to last week’s Gaylord Perry statue unveiling at AT&T park when there are so many other mini-crimes committed within those inexplicable brick walls (I had no idea the industrial garbage...

Why Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech Ought to be Studied and Emulated Over and Over and Over

Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. By Andrew J. Pridgen Meryl Streep should not have had to use her Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement acceptance speech as a battle cry. It should have been a long and lugubrious list of tipsy thank yous to her husband,...

Farewell, reason

Obama's final speech was celebration, pause and harbinger. Written by Bridget Clerkin Farewell, reason. Farewell, measure. Farewell, you ugly and unpopular and slow plod toward progress. The President’s swan song was a declaration of its times, in turns anxious and strained, beseeching even, but stirring and hopeful; a parent sending his child out into the world, breath held tight and fingers crossed. His...

No George Michael, I will not accept your resignation from this life…especially NOT on Christmas

George Michael was not only the most brilliant singer and performer of my lifetime but he quietly fought more than half of his career for the LGBT community and AIDS-related causes. He died Christmas Day at the age of 53.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Both blessed and star-crossed, George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London in the...