Wednesday, September 20, 2017

God help us…if we still deserve it

Today is the day a chosen few will voluntarily move to appoint a despot the leader of the free world. How we got here and what to do now. By Andrew J. Pridgen I find this past month that I vacillate between "Well, who knows what will happen, just have to keep moving." And "Oh shit, time to move into...

Santa Barbara race report: A taste of things to come

A buddy of mine used to be in the USSA XC development pipeline and spent a season racing World Cup before an injury he was hiding turned to a spiral fracture and a torn-up knee. His career as a Nordic skier was over at 22 and he became mortal at the most immortal of ages. We met up one night...

Welcome to Baseball 2016: Some Old Baseball Cards, or Why Owning Three Greg Bookers is Bullsh*t

Welcome to pitchers and catchers 2016. Whether you’ve just broken your fourth scraper on your cracked windshield since December or are in SoCal wondering whether this El Niño thing might be a more suitable name for a Kimchi taco truck in downtown LA, there’s a faint whiff of discarded chaw, beard sweat and Bud Light Lime in the air....

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...

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...

To a pair of Veterans

Surviving World War II was merely the beginning for Phyllis and James Moquist. By Andrew Pridgen I wasn’t invited to sit in on the very end of life stuff for my grandfather on my mother’s side. But over a Thanksgiving weekend in 2000 I saw the end of the man I’d known. By then, I was in my mid-20s and had...

I have HAD IT with LOSERS who want to PROTEST AMERICAN election results! Get a life LOSER!!!!

LOSER!!! By Andrew J. Pridgen Good Americans. I don’t know about you but I cannot understand why all these LOSERS could come out and say in protest of a DEMOCRATIC election. IT IS AN ATTACK ON OUR FREEDOMS! Or, more HARMFULLY, saying the Electoral College is A DISASTER after LOSING the elections. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/266038556504494082?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw For them to say that America is in “unprecedented trouble” is not...

Why Marco Sullivan’s 17-year professional skiing career was more consequential than you think

Nobody did it better...while wearing more denim. By Andrew J. Pridgen Athletes, they say, die two deaths. The first when they retire, the second when their number is called up from behind the giant deli counter in the sky. Marco Sullivan, a 17-year Alpine veteran of the U.S. Ski team and perhaps one of the finest examples of a man who threw...

Forever a Giant

Editor's Note: Sometimes (most of the time) professional sports franchises don't care. They're for-profit corporations. Their job is to put as many of us — millions of us — in the stands as they can. Other times ...well, other times — they do care. 2-19-14 Ms. Annemarie Hastings Vice President, Client Relations San Francisco Giants 24 Willie Mays Plaza San Francisco, CA 94107 Dear Ms. Hastings, May...

The man I knew but never met

The best are beloved because they transcend the medium. They are sitting next to us on a park bench, riding shotgun on a road trip or sharing a bag of peanuts flying coach. Robin Williams was one such entertainer. Over the last 24 hours since word broke of the actor's passing, everywhere I look I see people recounting run-ins...

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