Friday, December 15, 2017

Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show may have something …and no, it’s not a STD

Bad reviews, her executive producer's dismissal and documenting the first time Tony Hale and Bill Hader have ever not been funny on camera notwithstanding… Handler is learning episode by episode how to bring the talk show into this century. By Andrew J. Pridgen Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show comes off not as important as it is self-important. Though her directives are...

The Yelp reviews for the Dodgers’ All You Can Eat Pavilion are the best ever

Yes, this not only exists in 2016, but fans actually find flaws with it. By Andrew J. Pridgen Baseball lives and dies with its promos. From the legendary (Disco Demolition Night, 10 Cent Beer Night) to the pandering (SF Social Media Night) to the sublime (Twins Fur Bomber Hat Day for those of you pining for the Grumpy Old Men/Newhart...

We got a lot: 25 incredible things about Point Break on the day of its 25th Anniversary

Special thanks to Pt. Break scholar emeritus David W. Briggs for calling this one out this a.m. By Andrew J. Pridgen If you’re expecting a link-bait piece about the amazingness of Keanu and Swayze and that unclaimed piece of meat in Baja that turned out to be Rosie, well, fine — you got me. But there’s a lot more to Point...

Want to know why sh*t’s so messed up? Look no further than the state of local journalism.

Because nobody should pay for content, and the people who generate it should work for free, right? By Andrew J. Pridgen One week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist, a pair of New York’s biggest digital-only local news orgs, popped $5 champagne from the CVS in victory—they had just voted to join a union. On Thursday,...

Where is the outrage over USC AD Pat Haden’s sanctioned embezzlement?

...Are we that worn out by scandal that we can’t even bring ourselves to tweet about it? By Andrew J. Pridgen On the same day we learned that the presumptive Republican nominee for president’s campaign is as broke as his steak company, we find on the West Coast that USC athletic director Pat Haden similarly has been siphoning off money from...

Lack of response to the Wine Country fires shows how much Donald Trump really f*cking hates California and wants us to die

...Ditto the rest of the West Coast By Andrew J. Pridgen Let's stop pretending that it's just a coincidence Donald Trump has golfed five of the last eight days as Northern California continues to burn at the cost of more than 40 confirmed dead, 99 missing, thousands of structures reduced to ash, hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and first...

Houston vs. Los Angeles: All you need to know about two baseball frontier towns as they square off in the 2017 World Series

Houston vs. Los Angeles. Texas vs. California. Oil money vs. Hedgies. Kershaw vs. Verlander. The pride of baseball in the Americas— the U.S., Cuba, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. And, the fingerprints of the Big Apple and Windy City. Some background on a series for everyone. Written by Kyle Magin It may take a keen—or willing—ear to listen for the heartbeat of...

California Baseball Weekly: DRIVE. HOME. SAFELY.

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 warm bodies who play for the Padres. Best...

Cancel these Olympics! An Oral History of all that is awful with the Games Part I: The 20th Century

Part 1 of 2: Every four years, some city with a bankruptcy wish hosts a Summer Olympics, usually successfully! Every four years, somebody says it’ll fail or won’t be ready in time and should be boycotted, postponed, cancelled or moved. Written by Kyle Magin This summer, the Zika virus and impending collapse of Brazil’s political system are conspiring to join previous...

Ziggy Snider’s no. 1 fan

As Indy 500 prepares for its 100th start Sunday morning, a story about my father and how much he longed to be a part of just one of them. By Andrew J. Pridgen For almost a decade starting in the late-'70s my family lived in Bakersfield. My attorney father was doing oil litigation, and my mother had grown up in...