Friday, July 21, 2017

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...

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...

Barry Bonds: Real-life misanthrope and social media genius

How did the most hated man in all of sport become the happiest guy on the internet? By Andrew Pridgen Barry Bonds has always been known for a kind of calculated obtuseness. In the ‘90s and early 2000s, when he came to prominence as the greatest hitter of his generation and arguably, all time, the media both in the Bay Area—and...

A Guy on Girls

HBO’s Girls wraps for good on Sunday. Through six seasons, show creator, producer and star Lena Dunham never learned to write male characters ...or did she? By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember the post-9/11 season of Sex and the City hyped by HBO as what would be a more somber romp through rarefied social circles and improbable sexual trysts by...

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...

Yogi Berra took a little piece of heaven with him

“Mr. Berra,” his first Yankee manager Casey Stengel once said, “is a very strange fellow of very remarkable abilities.” He died Tuesday at age 90. By Andrew Pridgen I don’t believe in heaven. Not the kind they try to sell you on TV, anyway. There is no life in the clouds, no harps to greet you, no 24-hour Angel food cake...

Tony Hawk sticks a 900 as a 48-year-old …why it’s important — and why it’s not

In his words, he did it because (he still) can. By Andrew J. Pridgen Tony Hawk was already ancient in his sport’s terms when he stuck the skateboarding’s Triple Lindy: A 900. That’s not one, not two, but two and a half full rotations in the air off a vert ramp. Or, to put it in layman's terms, that would be like...

The Earth is thawing out the next five unstoppable human-destroying plagues at this very moment and all people can talk about is effing Donald Trump, Ryan Lochte and Colin...

...We are all guilty I suppose. By Andrew J. Pridgen We peeps do a really good job of really fucking up priorities on a regular basis. Owe three months rent? I’ll just put that jacket on the card….and maybe some T-bell. Hello Crunchy Cheesy Core Burrito™. Building’s burning down? Where the fuck is my phone? (Have you seen my fucking phone?) Can we sit...

Things are getting so bad I’ve started listening to R.E.M. again

...And I’m not sure how I feel about it. By Andrew J. Pridgen It’s not that I ever stopped liking R.E.M. it’s just that I grew up and away from them. There was more out there to discover. R.E.M. was a gateway drug like shake weed, Natural Ice or glossy print porn before the world was full of disgusting Eastern...

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...

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