Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Born to Run came out the same year I did and it probably means more to me than it should

This week 40 years ago, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Born to Run dropped. It was the first big album with small intentions and remains a reminder of a moment when commerce and art committed to one another fully. By Andrew Pridgen The closest thing to a big rock album this century, the Foo FIghters’ Sonic Highways, was a...

Ali

I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want. — Muhammad Ali By Kyle Magin Were Muhammad Ali born 50 years earlier than 1942, he’d have been lucky to get a shot at the heavyweight boxing title of the world, and...

I miss my MTV

It’s shocking how not shocking the 2015 VMAs were. By Andrew Pridgen Were the James Beard Awards presented by Buffalo Wild Wings®, it’d feel a lot like the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The host network is now in a movie villain’s pre-freefall, grabbing at the ledge of pre-teen eyeballs using a medium no longer relevant. Today, the M for music is...

Thanks to a life-changing assist from his brother, Bobby Hurley is back in the NCAA Tournament

I didn’t know if I’d ever see someone like Bobby Hurley in the NCAA Tournament again. This March, he's back. By Andrew Pridgen He was the Kid ‘n Play Generation’s answer to Maravich—punky and gaunt and off-putting—awkward to the point of believability. When Bobby Hurley initiated his dribble drive it’s like the rest of the court became one of those wood...

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...

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...

The necessity of Father’s Day

Until recently, I viewed Father's Day as a kind of afterthought. The pack of gum in the express line of holidays. Nice to have, sure, but not necessary. By Andrew Pridgen Fathers throughout time have been trying to figure out—spent lifetimes trying to figure out—whether they are necessary. The rub of being a father is this answer only comes when it's nearly...

It is time to not be nice

The white guy date rapist elite are now in charge and the country is being told to be quiet and roll over and take it...it’ll all be over soon. Nope. By Andrew J. Pridgen A couple days after the election and it is finally sinking in. The hangover is starting to feel like a permanent condition, something that may require...

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...

5 cable alternatives that have sunk SportsCenter into a ratings coma

Like CNN's Headline News, ESPN's SportsCenter has been relegated to the cable network show of choice for the business traveler. By Andrew Pridgen Viewing a snippet of SportsCenter is acceptable only in one of the following three scenarios: 1) You're stuck in a domestic terminal when your phone is at 10 percent battery and already on airport mode. There's an hour delay...