Monday, May 29, 2017

How it feels to be a Duck

It is the morning after Oregon’s worst home loss since the beginning of the Carter administration...and I couldn’t be more nostalgic or more proud. By Andrew Pridgen I first came to know the University of Oregon in the fall of 1993. I was a freshman in Eugene and those first 90 days between drop-off and Thanksgiving were as eventful and...

Why it’s OK to root for present-day San Francisco to fail even if (especially if) you’re from there

A gated community. A city that is becoming uniformly wealthy, out of reach and out of touch. Too much reclaimed wood. Too many high-backed chairs. Teardrop light fixtures, everywhere. Soulless where there used to be a soul. Blank screens where there used to be imagination...Some shitty tapas place called Bask (get it, it's Basque!) where there used to be...

The Cal Neva is set to reopen on Sinatra’s 100th birthday

Frank Sinatra owned Crystal Bay’s Cal Neva from 1960 to 1963. That time, while brief, has defined more than any other the image and the lore of the border-straddling hotel-casino towering over the waters of North Lake Tahoe's dramatic granite shelf. As new ownership claims they'll bring back the Sinatra "glory days,” starting on the night of the crooners...

Why does the America’s Cup fucking suck so bad?

What's up America's Cup? By Andrew Pridgen That's an actual question, not the rhetorical kind. It's like what the fuck is up with you? For starters, and I'm not even gonna mess around, like could you take the word America off your title? I checked with Obama and he's like "unless they can come up with a more American sport than sailing...

How I lost my virginity …to the Swimsuit Issue

Editor's Note: Today's column is to honor this week's release of the 50th Anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The magazine's biggest-selling annual attraction has also deflowered three generations of young men. And so, if you're a mother to one of those young men, you may just want to stop reading here and click on this HGTV link instead. For...

For Fail: Lake Tahoe’s landmark properties on the market an indicator of the region’s financial troubles

The first week of February kicks off sports’ shoulder season—approximately now until tourney time/spring training. To celebrate, DPB will release its Tahoe Trilogy, three stories about the current state of Lake Tahoe’s financial outlook, environmental health and planned development. Below, Part I. By Andrew Pridgen The Thunderbird Lodge, an East Shore manse with the James Bond villain underground boat entry, once played...

Wide awake from the American Dream

I worry about a lot of things. My paycheck just cleared and yet more than two-thirds of it is already spoken for. We found a cockroach in the garage. My son was born earlier this year after both of his grandfathers had passed. Who will teach him how to fish and spit? My mother texted me with the news...

The Bay to Breakers has morphed into pure evil

The 104th Bay to Breakers takes place in San Francisco Sunday. In spite of the efforts to control the 50,000 participants, the 7.5-mile course has turned into a moving cautionary tale about where its host city, and possibly humanity, is headed. By Andrew Pridgen Have I run the Bay to Breakers? Yes. Have I also walked the course, people-watched (people-stared) and gladly...

The NCAA is Bersting with hypocrisy

Written by Kyle Magin Go ahead and think of a handful of things that could get you fired from your job. Alright, what’s on the board? Uttering an on-the-record racial slur? Using unethical/potentially illegal tactics to get your work done? Making your place of employment look tyrannical in a publicly-circulated email? How about costing your employer $2.5 million? Yep. That last one ought to...

UNLV Students Change Newspaper Name, Racists Lose Their Goddamn Minds

UNLV students are to be commended for trolling the living shit out of Trump’s America. Written by Kyle Magin Thank you, thank you, thank you to students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’s student paper, The Rebel Yell. Its editors announced a decision Monday to rename the paper due to its Confederate undertones (itself a call out to the...

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