Monday, May 29, 2017

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...

Five Baseball Books to Read This Summer

Summer means it's time to pass the time by reading about our national pastime! Written by Kyle Magin Baseball is the best sport to watch while reading a book. Announcers don’t so much as breathe heavily unless a team is fighting to line up at the bat rack, so you don’t really miss anything by thumbing through pages except the swing,...

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...

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...

How long will Luke Walton’s LA honeymoon last?

The not-so-prodigal son's return looks better than a 36-month lease with no money down. But Is LA a fail-safe move for Luke Walton? Not by a longshot. By Andrew J. Pridgen Luke Walton won’t have much of a commute from his Manhattan Beach home to Staples. The only hope is he doesn’t try to Uber it to the Gold Line....

News aggregator sites share in the splendor of L.A. Times Pulitzer Prize win by running headline: ‘Here’s what we know about actual newsrooms’

Mashable, Uproxx and Buzzfeed and all the other things take part in historic win for the Times by re-re-posting the Times’ staff work on their sites. By Andrew J. Pridgen Piggybacking on the good fortunes of the L.A. Times newsroom for grabbing a Pulitzer in Breaking News Reporting Monday for its coverage of the San Bernardino attack, news aggregator sites lit...

Kobe’s swan song included 28 missed shots, a third-person reference and an actual mic drop—all harrowing reminders of the ISO-era N.B.A. Dark Ages

…Oh, and Adam Levine was there too. By Andrew J. Pridgen Before taking center court at Staples postgame Wednesday and treating #Lakernation to a third-person nickname reference and a (literal) mic drop, Kobe Bryant turned in a final performance that can most aptly be described as subpar for the ages. In the context of his final three seasons, the finale was actually...

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...

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...

Dave Roberts’ decision to pull Ross Stripling during a debut no-hitter bid was the right one—though not the fun one

The message boards are pulsing this morning but with 157 games left to go this season, the Dodgers’ first-year manager did the right thing by ignoring the record books—and the fans. By Andrew J. Pridgen On a drizzle-flecked Friday night that conjured memories of the black-and-white San Francisco you grew up reading about just left of the Macy’s ad, Los...

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