Thursday, December 14, 2017

Are professional sports players getting so good that it’s boring?

Homogeneousness the result of specialization, analytics and refinement at an early age means it’s difficult today to tell one superstar athlete from another. The question is, are we still entertained? By Andrew J. Pridgen Major League Baseball quietly entered a new era over the last half decade. It is the era of the long ball, the strikeout, the disposable starter, the...

The disappearance of the wage-earning sports fan is the real reason ESPN is dying

Watching ESPN’s downfall has been a source of macabre fascination for folks like me, the people who helped bring the fledgling cable sports provider into some kind of must-see prominence in the ‘90s. Now we cheer its present-day downfall. By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember when I made the switch to ESPN from the nightly local sports broadcast, the guy in...

The Case for Better Expansion

MLB, NHL and NFL expansion teams fail more often than not and even teams that break even are often mired in the loss column for decades. How a gradual, multi-season approach leading up to the first pitch, puck drop or kick off would ensure the growth of a fan base and the maturation of a team  Written by Kyle Magin When...

Pints and Picks Week 6: Betting PAC-12, Mountain West, MLB Playoffs and searching the skies above and the beers below for answers

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it. This week: #ican'tbelievehereallysaidgrabthembythep*ssy By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen Hey Kyle, Well, it took 11 innings Tuesday night, but I finally caught it… no, it’s not just MLB Playoff...

A Trump presidency: The first 100 days

How bad could it be? By Andrew J. Pridgen Day 3: Follow-up son Eric ODs on “a bunch of blow and other stuff” according to the White House press corps. while watching all five seasons of Ally McBeal in reverse order to see the plot unfold as it was intended (the subtext is Calista Flockhart is a kind of female Dorian...

What’s better Draymond’s game on the court or Iguodala’s on the bench?

...Or has Cleveland just #givenup? By Andrew J Pridgen In a text exchange last night with a couple buddies, one mentioned that if he didn’t know better he’d think judging by the performance of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2 that Vegas got a hold of them and they were rolling over in exchange for one of those giant...

Just Vegas Baby!

Why the Raiders’ pending move to Vegas makes the most sense of all the things ever. By Andrew J. Pridgen The guy who cuts my hair is a Raider fan. He and his cousin have season tickets. <-For starters, this gives credence to my theory that all Raider fans know their way around a no. 2 and have cousins that are...

Proposed names for the new NHL team in Las Vegas

The unveiling of the Las Vegas Black Knights of the National Hockey League is set to take place as early as early June. While we've got no problems with Black Knights as they relate to the Wu-Tang Clan, it's a little tougher prospect to coin a hockey team after something that doesn't really exist in that region—like snow and...

Objectives for the Las Vegas NHL Team

Las Vegas’ probable hockey team should take the ice beginning in 2017. There’s a ton of work for the franchise to do between now and then. By Kyle Magin The NHL is coming to Las Vegas. For the first time ever, major professional team sports will have a franchise in Sin City. Led by owner Bill Foley, who will pay $500 million...

31 potentially incredible things about Vegas being the NHL’s 31st franchise

It’s unofficially official—the NHL is coming to (and possibly in every orifice once there) Las Vegas. By Andrew J. Pridgen To celebrate the NHL’s newest sun belt entry, below are 31 reasons the NHL in Vegas is going to replace Rainforest Cafe as the place you drop your family off while you go “check a work call real quick” for three...