Friday, June 22, 2018

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...

Not my College Football Championship

ESPN prepares for another the biggest rating’s disaster of this bowl season Monday, this time at the hands of the Deep South. By Andrew J. Pridgen Until about  8:18 p.m. PST New Year’s Eve 2015, my interest in this year’s four-team college football playoff could have been described as moderately bemused to waning: something between season three and beyond of...

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...

The time has come to boycott Squaw Valley USA

They won’t listen to us. Now it is time to make them hear us where it counts: The bottom line. By Andrew J. Pridgen We live in the unfortunate time of magical-thinking-meets-sensationalism, Of trolling. Of doing the exact wrong thing when we should be doing the right thing. Of taking the easy way out. Over the last few weeks America...

What NFL transgression will finally force me to stop watching for good?

The first last straw came early last season when tape surfaced of Ray Rice knocking his fiancé out like Debo in an elevator. On Sept. 9, 2014, I gave up the NFL and its sponsors for good. Well, kind of for good. Knowing full well that I could only avoid the NFL like a Smurf does Gargamel for so...

The problem is Trump’s ‘jokes’ just aren’t funny …and could end up being deadly

Line crossed (again.) By Andrew J. Pridgen If there’s one joke we’ve all (yes, everyone) had enough of, it’s the GOP nominee. He is not a presidential candidate as much as he is a merkin-on-the-head-wearing suicide bomb vest sent here from the future to destroy the reputations of anyone who’s ever drained their trust funds and only has very clear late-stage symptoms...

The craps table is full of assholes: This and other musings from 28 minutes at a casino on New Year’s Eve

These scenes are a reminder of how adept we’ve become at pretending the glue-gunned feathers holding together our economic and moral fabric are going to hold. By Andrew J. Pridgen I come from gambling stock. My great-grandfather on my mother’s side was a degenerate Scandinavian card player who died in a trailer outside Vegas back when Vegas was more holes in...

Locals and Conservationists May Have to Make a Deal with the Devil to Save Squaw

How to un-fuck Squaw Valley. (Click here to see why it's fucked.) By Andrew J. Pridgen Squaw CEO Andy Wirth has become something of a sympathetic creature of late in that he has to continue to carry a party line that is completely out of step with the community, with the environment and with industry trends. Wirth’s employer is currently stopping just...

The 50 locations more convenient to Super Bowl 50 than San Francisco

You didn’t actually stay in San Francisco this week in anticipation of taking fewer than five hours or spending less than $750 to get to the game Sunday, did you? DID YOU???? By Andrew J. Pridgen Nobody wants anything to do with Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, least of all San Francisco. Here’s why: The Yorks took Goldman Sachs...

The Fading Light of American Optimism

For almost two-and-a-half centuries we have been the country of can-do. Get knocked down? Get right back up and fight. Now our greatest battle is against one of our own. By Andrew J. Pridgen The thing that has struck me most about this new administration and this almost two-week waking nightmare we are currently in the midst of is whatever happened...