Friday, December 15, 2017

A Giant Collapse

How in the last season the Giants have gotten away from their blueprint and traded the future for an uncertain tomorrow By Andrew J. Pridgen The San Francisco Giants less than two months ago were owners of baseball’s best record heading into the All-Star break. Since then, in dramatic fashion, they have been baseball’s worst second-half team at 11-23 and have...

USATF kicks top Olympic hopeful off the team for not succumbing to Nike

Your weekly reminder that Nike, and pretty much any sports' governing body, is the devil. By Andrew Pridgen American middle-distance runner and current national 800-meter champion Nick Symmonds was dumped from the U.S.A. Track & Field roster over the weekend as the team heads to the IAAF World Championships. The reason: He refused to violate his contract with Brooks Running...

California Baseball Weekly: The Loneliest Number

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 Harrah’s Southern California cabana comp-ees who play...

Cancel these Olympics! An Oral History of all that is awful with the Games Part 2: The 21st Century

Part 2 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. Click here to read Part 1. Written by Kyle Magin This summer, the Zika virus and impending collapse of Brazil’s political system...

…So what you’re saying is Dave Roberts is black???

When I listen to TV on the Radio or The Roots I don’t think these are black bands. I think, these are good bands. Apparently that’s not yet the case in baseball, or maybe even in life. By Andrew Pridgen Forty years ago when Frank Robinson became the second Robinson to break baseball’s color barrier as its first black manager, it...

Rogue One Teaser Trailer breakdown: Disney and Lifetime team up for a Star Wars-inspired saga of a single career woman who joins the Rebel Alliance…and stumbles upon love

So, now it’s only a matter of time before several hundred Felicity Jones and Daisy Ridley action figures find their way out of their boxes and into some...questionable situations in your mother’s basement.   Here Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen break down the Rogue One teaser and speculate about how many new AT-ATs (worst. Toy. Ever this side of...

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...

Bettors be advised to take the Dodgers at 3-1 to win the World Series

It’s as close to a sure thing as anything this side of the Russians interfering. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are no secrets left in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse. They are, to paraphrase the late Dennis Green, who we think they are. In their case, they are destined for greatness. At 63-29 approaching the trade deadline, the boys in blue are...

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...

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...