Monday, April 23, 2018

49ers’ Tomsula firing press release reads more like the head coach was killed by a movie villain

Just as things couldn't get worse in Santa Clara, it appears Hans Gruber has taken over the press office. By Andrew Pridgen From making bad draft picks, to misbegotten moves out of San Francisco to coaching decisions gone askance—the 49ers' ownership and front office can’t seem to do anything right. Add writing coach-firing press releases to that list. The announcement that the...

Trump’s rise simply a manifestation of America’s internet porn addiction

Tenuous connection? Not in the land of the disconnected. By Andrew J. Pridgen Trump ran for president before. In 2000, his sideshow reached epochal lows when, as the Reform Party candidate, he was pilloried by commentator Pat Buchanan for his lack of substance and abundance of hubris. Trump, in turn, swiped back generally referring to Buchanan as a "Hitler-lover." The cult...

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,...

Silicon Valley elite suing Gawker into oblivion yet another sign of independent journalism’s end times

Corporate frontmen with deeper pockets and more blood lust than the Kremlin oust Gawker's Nick Denton — the ultimate outsider till the end. By Andrew J. Pridgen Forget for a minute that Gawker CEO and founder Nick Denton is kind of a douchebag. Take away the fact that the ill-advised posting of blurry footage of Hulk Hogan pumping and grinding a morning...

I’m scared to be an American

...and I'm not the only one. By Andrew J. Pridgen I read last week that the first newspaper I worked for, the Contra Costa Times, is folding. This came as no surprise to me. My first beat was reporting for a handful of weeklies under that paper’s umbrella in the late-1990s with a bunch of other aspirational Woodwards and Bernsteins, or...

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America falls in lockstep with 2016, sends Commissioner of the Steroid Era to the Hall of Fame

Bud Selig, the hand-wringing commissioner of the strike- and steroid era, will be enshrined. We say he's already got vampire status, so no need for further immortality. By Andrew J. Pridgen A Bud-Selig-getting-sent-to-the-Hall-of-Fame rant on this site is almost too predictable; it’s so horrible and forced and easy to call it feels like that part in The Empire Strikes Back...

Why white people taking engagement photos in front of places where white people used to work signals the end of capitalism and life as we know it

We unapologetically telegraphed our demise to one another and did it with a smile and a chalkboard. By Andrew Pridgen Capitalism is over. The experiment is done. It failed. It not only failed for the masses it was supposed to fail for, but it is now failing for an ever-growing number of the few it was supposed to benefit. But we...

The NFL Does Not Make A World Class City

You could argue that San Diego will be just fine without the NFL. We’ve done that. Now we’re gonna do it again. Written by Kyle Magin “Do we want to be a world-class city, or just a small town?” - Fred Maas, San Diego Chargers Special Adviser. Maas, a wealthy Republican consultant and San Diego developer, utters that sentence at the...

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...

Steph Curry could do better than Under Armour

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s decision to abandon Trump’s manufacturing council in the wake of the president’s inability to rebuke his white nationalist base was a move of self-preservation, not taking the moral high ground. As a result, Steph Curry should reassess his stake in the brand. By Andrew J. Pridgen In 2014, emerging N.B.A. superstar Steph Curry inked a Jordan-esque...