Thursday, March 30, 2017

2016 World Series Odds | Who to bet and who to forget

Spring Training, where beer tastes like Axe body spray and clear acrylic stilettos. Where the Oakland A’s play in an actual baseball stadium. Where (El) Super Burritos in North Scottsdale flow like well tequila. Where the Pink Pony is a steakhouse not a strip club. Where the poolside bar at Hotel Valley Ho is manned by my favorite former...

Pints and Picks The Podcast: A bro primer to Baseball and March Madness 2016

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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...

Saying Goodbye to Golfer Guy

Not only are Golfer Guy’s actions and attitude horrible for the environment but the asshole culture that has evolved as his numbers continue to dwindle is vexing. By Andrew Pridgen For a time, my father was a Golfer Guy but never really knew it. Most Golfer Guys don’t. The tidewaters turned up a number of things in the immediate recession that was...

The connected but detached roles of the media, of celebrity, of Las Vegas in Lamar Odom’s third act

Found last weekend overdosed on a cocktail of cocaine and performance enhancers in a brothel 70 miles outside of Vegas, former NBA star and Kardashian-in-law Lamar Odom is hospitalized with a prognosis uncertain. Personally, I hope he pulls through because nobody, beyond fictional characters, deserves to have their narrative stitched into the fabric of the saddest of all American...

MLB’s wildcard has teams dying to avoid it

Why wildcard entrants in a one-game system instead of a series is baseball’s best idea. By Kyle Magin Stephen Piscotty almost died trying to avoid the MLB wildcard game by expressly not avoiding his teammate. The Cardinals outfielder dove into fellow outfielder Peter Borjous’ knee in an attempt to corral a Pittsburgh Pirates’ pop-fly on Monday and went down in a...

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...

Don’t Pay for Production: The Tragedy of the Philadelphia Phillies

Now that baseball's messaging is being controlled by the MLB, the professional sport in the U.S. which relies most on its history seems to be turning its back on it in favor of...Process. By Kyle Magin Baseball’s a son of a bitch. The Philadelphia Phillies get mocked for paying for their 2008 World Series rings seven years later with the bloated, suffocating...

Let’s Name the Probable Vegas Hockey Team!

Las Vegas is one of two cities to submit a bid to host a new NHL team beginning next year. Let's find a name for it.  By Kyle Magin Sin City and some arctic outpost were the only two locales to submit bids for NHL expansion teams, we found out yesterday. Las Vegas and Quebec City (both refuting and affirming, respectively, our...

How Hockey is Your Potential NHL Expansion City?

Who's it gonna be? Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle or Toronto—the NHL's potential suitors rated. By Kyle Magin By August 10, we’ll know who’s submitting bids to become the NHL’s 31st and 32nd teams now that the hockey league has opened up its formal expansion process. Let’s look at the probable culprits to submit a bid packet and a $1 million application fee...

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