Monday, May 29, 2017

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...

Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson doc underscores how little progress America has made in terms of race

Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. And it has been built back nearly everywhere else in America since then. By Andrew J. Pridgen Barack and Michelle Obama’s segment as talking heads during the second hour of Ken Burns’ new Jackie Robinson doc (airing April 11 and 12 on PBS and streaming online) was about Robinson’s legacy as it...

Fifteen years on

I'm drunk and wearing flip-flops on Fifth Avenue. Once you've fallen from classical virtue. Won't have a soul to wake up and hold you. — Rufus Wainwright By Andrew J. Pridgen Paul’s sister was a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman. On the morning of September 11, 2001, she was on her way to work and her brother was already at his desk. She...

The SEO Shakedown: Or, how to agitate for personal profit and bring an annoying end to creativity

Google has created its own world-wide hurricane-force storm of ephemeral information, the scattering of all letters and characters tossed into a Pacific Garbage Patch-sized mire of wordsludge and it built itself as the only lighthouse in the content shitstorm. SEO is the guide to becoming one of the beams of light glowing from a tower of boring math to...

Hey Twins, where’d you come from?

The most interesting division in baseball is the AL Central. It also happens to be laden with the best talent and most root-worthy teams. But who saw these Twins coming? By Andrew Pridgen I have to admit I’m partial to the Twins. The summer after my freshman year of high school, my grandmother took me on a plane from LAX to MSP....

My first Sunday without the NFL

Last Sunday was my first without the NFL. It felt good. It felt right. It felt familiar. When I was little, I was a 49ers fan. I was a 49ers fan because my father was a 49ers fan. That's usually how those things work. I remember my father and I would watch 49ers playoff games. I remember we would...

No Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The death penalty nicely dresses up some of our most wicked sins and faults and parades them around as justice. By Kyle Magin Applying the death penalty in the case of convicted 2013 Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev only really serves that wickedness while potentially breeding future wickedness. It serves no higher purpose. Capital punishment mainly satisfies our ego—vanity’s co-conspirator. It shows...

Why the Wold Series makes me a little sad

I get a little sad this time of year. It's fall and baseball will be over within a week's time. And it's not that I'm hankering for more, quite the opposite really—162 games plus a wild card, plus a division series, plus a championship series ...and then a World Series is plenty, thank you. The first pitch I watched...

As if the San Francisco Giants needed more dickhead fans this happens

Sometimes, I think parking lots get re-branded as places to go show off your fixie and man-culottes during baseball games just to piss me off. By Andrew Pridgen After the final out of the last Giants game at Candlestick (a 9-4 loss to the Dodgers), home plate was ceremoniously dug out and medevac’d to a pile of landfill in China Basin....

8 Vegas Dos and Don’ts for the NCAA Tournament

Legions of college hoops fans are going to descend upon Vegas next week for the opening weekend of March Madness. Here’s a handy set of pointers on how not to make a complete ass of yourself when you get there. Written by Kyle Magin 1) Don’t: Be a chump at the sportsbook. I’ve covered this in the past, but don’t get...

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