Monday, April 23, 2018

Jose Fernandez is the embodiment of a spirit we seem to have lost

"I think that what makes a player good is not out there on the field, it's who he is as a person. I know where I came from, and I know what I want." — Jose Fernandez, age 20 upon receiving 2013 National League Rookie of the Year honors. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jose Fernandez isn’t just special in memory. He is...

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...

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...

Why Record Store Day matters

Rub your eyes and scoff and snort and click on some other link with astounding cat facts. That's fine. I get it. I don't really want to be reading about Record Store Day either. After all, it's sort of a cheap play right? By Andrew Pridgen Record Store Day is not important or of its time like the other big celebrations...

A second-by-second breakdown of Jack Nicklaus’ Masters Ace

Jack Nicklaus, the 75-year-old guy who is the Target of golf course design and accounted for more than half my father’s leisure-time wardrobe*, bagged a 139-yard 4th hole Par 3 hole-in-one Wednesday at the Masters Par 3 contest. By Andrew Pridgen Nicklaus partook in a threesome with a guy named after iced tea and lemonade and some rapper who calls himself...

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...

Eleventeen things U of O football players should throw snowballs at …besides the BCS

When I first heard a bunch of University of Oregon scholar athletes were caught on camera snowballing around campus last Friday, I was pretty outraged ...and excited — especially after I looked up what snowballing means in the Urban Dictionary. Then I became one of 3.3 million to watch the clip of the players snowballing with actual members of the U of...

Thank You, Secret Trump Supporter

...We never saw you coming. Written by Bridget Clerkin Togetherness. Unity. A shared consensus in faith. These are the final words of advice Barack Obama has used his pulpit to promote, at once a reminder of the civility we should strive for and an example of its importance in preserving our fragile morals. In the face of an electorate unified only in...

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...

Requiem for A-Rod

The sad, quiet end of Alex Rodriguez’s career is his most endearing moment By Andrew J. Pridgen Like most baseball fans who refer to themselves as purists (purists, btw, are people who condemn others for doing exactly the same thing they would do...but are afraid to admit it) I have struggled, for decades now, with Alex Rodriguez and what his career...