Thursday, July 20, 2017

On its 50th anniversary the Astrodome’s demise is a reflection of us

The space-age promise of the Astrodome never came to pass, but that dream we let die should be recognized the week of the stadium’s 50-year anniversary. By Andrew Pridgen The Astrodome, baseball’s first domed stadium, opened Friday, April 9, 1965 to 47,879 spectators including Stonewall, Texas native and Oval Office dweller Lyndon B. Johnson. They watched in hermetically sealed, 72-degree...

Michelle Obama’s embrace of America is exactly what we needed

...Now let’s get back to it. By Andrew J. Pridgen This campaign season has been one of the most debilitating, disheartening and grotesque in American history. Some of the unrest and rhetoric has bubbled into violence. There is a feeling — a very clear and present and palpable danger — that things are about to get really, really bad really, really fast...

So Long Grey Lady

How the New York Times’ first round of buyouts signals the end of ...something. By Andrew J. Pridgen Part of my weekly ritual is taking my son to get a coffee and a New York Times on Sunday morning. He likes to put sugar in the coffee, one. Pack. At. A. Time. And I like the expression on the barista’s face...

To Paul on your 40th

Every year for his birthday, I write a note to my buddy Paul K. Sloan. Paul died on the 89th floor of the South Tower, World Trade Center on 9/11/01. Usually it’s a pair of letters. The first (uncensored) is hand-written and put in the box. And the second has the good parts taken out and made suitable for...

David Letterman, my dad and me

There was no bloat to the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday. Retrospectives were limited to Letterman in 1996 donning a sea foam green Taco Bell uniform and messing around with big-haired drive through customers (all ordering various versions of the restaurant’s forgotten beef melt) and outtakes of small children attempting to show him their Christmas...

Frank Gifford’s CTE diagnosis casts the NFL’s sepia years in harsh light

We learned last week the good old days of the NFL were just as bad if not worse for a player’s health. The league built its tough-guy image on a hit that Frank Gifford was on the receiving end of in 1960. A hit that forced him to take a year and a half off and prompted his family...

Why Goodreads is the only social network that doesn’t hate you

Facebook and Twitter stoke the fires of your latent narcissism. Pinterest alternately makes you feel materialistic and worthless at crafts. Google Plus is an exercise in profound loneliness. Thank God for Goodreads. Written by Kyle Magin There’s one social network that has never made me feel like an oxcart full of shit. It’s a haven in a sea of political viewpoints,...

Long live The Crosby

By Andrew Pridgen My first At&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was in 1985, the last year it was called The Crosby. My father drove me down and while I chased Gary Carter around the links (still the friendliest pro athlete I’ve ever met, I blame his time in Montreal) my father was able to follow Palmer, Travino and Snead—his favorite...

From a father to a son

Exactly one hundred days after I witnessed the miracle of my father drawing in his final breath, I watched my son greet the world expelling his first like a light. A moment later, I felt the tremendous weight of my father, his father and his father too as their hands came to rest on my shoulder. Their voices soft...

Your ice bucket eco-concern is lazy and mean

It’s become a bit of sport here in the bone-dry Sierra Nevada to take potshots at the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Competitive water Scrooging. The Challenge, for the un-initiated (and, Hell, how did you find this website? Is this the only thing you turn aside your rock to do?) involves yuppies dumping buckets of ice on their heads and challenging their...

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