Monday, March 27, 2017

How long will Luke Walton’s LA honeymoon last?

The not-so-prodigal son's return looks better than a 36-month lease with no money down. But Is LA a fail-safe move for Luke Walton? Not by a longshot. By Andrew J. Pridgen Luke Walton won’t have much of a commute from his Manhattan Beach home to Staples. The only hope is he doesn’t try to Uber it to the Gold Line....

P&G’s Olympic mom spots are making my eyes all sweaty

Procter & Gamble’s Olympic advertising is designed to leave you a sobbing mess, and they’re assholes for being good at it. Written by Kyle Magin I knew what I was doing when I YouTubed Procter & Gamble’s 2016 Olympic ‘Moms’ ad. In every Olympics since 2010, P&G has run an ad designed to make you weep by showcasing the devotion of...

The Force has finally woken up Harrison Ford

Asleep at the box office for almost a quarter century, Harrison Ford is finally back thanks to Han Solo...and the man who originally took him out. By Andrew Pridgen I've spent the last 36 hours dissecting Star Wars: The Force Awakens reviews and from what I've culled...the good (NYT, The Guardian, SFGate) the bad (LA Times) and the indifferent (Variety)...

If you must shop on Friday, shop Patagonia

Patagonia is giving 100% of its Black Friday sales to eco-charities. Form-fitting fleece pullovers that match your Subaru and a PR coup, what’s not to love? By Andrew J. Pridgen For the entirety of this decade up until this time last month, I worked for an e-commerce firm. The melt into a chair that was never set quite right in front...

Scared shitless and doing something about it

A brief explanation about how it’s going to go for the next four years By Andrew J. Pridgen Thursday night, my partner and I drove down to LA to see Princess in concert. For those uninitiated, it’s Maya Rudolph (SNL, Bridesmaids...and the best Queen Bey ever) and her bestie from UC Santa Cruz Gretchen Lieberum’s Prince cover band. Yes, they do...

Here are 5 things I will miss about Jeremy Affeldt

Baseball’s final weekend is full of implications and the most-anticipated Wild Card matchups...ever may not be determined until the season’s last out is recorded. But before we get to all that, a fond farewell to one of the all-time postseason greats, Jeremy Affeldt. By Andrew Pridgen Jeremy Affeldt was the current former San Francisco Giant I liked most. Could have...

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...

Why I Will Miss Anton Yelchin Like Crazy

Another good-bye, but this time a premature one By Andrew J. Pridgen I encountered Anton Yelchin at a q&a after the press and industry screening of a movie he starred in called “Like Crazy” at Sundance 2011. A beanie’d kid with fair skin and light eyes was sitting next to me in the dark theater and when the lights went up he...

Frank Gifford’s CTE diagnosis casts the NFL’s sepia years in harsh light

We learned last week the good old days of the NFL were just as bad if not worse for a player’s health. The league built its tough-guy image on a hit that Frank Gifford was on the receiving end of in 1960. A hit that forced him to take a year and a half off and prompted his family...

The things we learn from the people who are gone

On May 29, 2011 in the Wardak province of Afghanistan, CPT Joseph W. Schultz’s humvee led a convoy in the central eastern part of the country. A roadside bomb detonated when his vehicle was in range and Joe, along with Staff Sergeant Martin Apolinar and Sergeant Aaron Blasjo, died instantly. By Andrew J. Pridgen Joe Schultz left this earth not by...

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