Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This Olympics I’m a Lindsey Van fan

During the winter of 2010, I was lucky enough to call Park City, Utah home. It was the year America fielded its biggest Winter Olympic squad to date, and, after bringing home 37 medals from Vancouver, its most successful. By Andrew Pridgen Park City, the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, better known as the "Roots beret games", is permanent home...

The funeral of my father

This past weekend was my father's funeral. We buried him in a family plot on the Central Coast of California. Nearby was another dusty square of land that used to belong to my great-great grandfather. It was there, in a barn that still stands, my father would attempt to milk cows early on summer mornings. It was there he...

Register today for Judd Apatow’s wacky, wild …and, in the end, a little bit sentimental Fundurance Run®

You've crawled under live barbed wire, climbed over giant wooden obstacles and waded through rivers of other people's pee only to come out on the other side to adjust your headband crooked and rub mud on your face for the post-finish photos at the Tough Mudder. You've pushed yourself to the limit staying up all night with strangers in a...

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...

For my dad

I've never been one to marvel at the mystery of fathers and sons. Rather, I never questioned that those relationships are anything if not imperfect and a little bit bleak from the onset. And I've always been OK to leave it at that. By Andrew Pridgen My own father has come to the end of his life. I know this because...

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...

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...

I need a life closer

I need a life closer. ...Just someone who can get warm as I'm struggling in the sixth or seventh with a couple men on and I can't find my spots. I need a guy with a funky beard and tatted sleeves that resemble a fireworks box and frizzy hair and his hat on crooked with a snarl and a mean...

40 Days of ‘Gayting’

Warner Brothers this week acquired the screen (and 'life' — no joke) rights to 40 Days of Dating, a he-said/she-said blog (well-designed internets-hipster publicity grab ...that, like, worked) by a pair of Manhattan-based graphic designers who documented 40 grueling days in a row of forcing the other to hang out. By Andrew Pridgen Each day was documented by blog subjects Jessica Walsh,...

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...

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