Thursday, March 30, 2017

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...

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...

D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young and Costco dogs

Let’s take a moment to dissect the D'Angelo Russell and Nick Young situation and whether it's more about how not-present we are than anything else. Oh, that and how athletes cheating is similar to my relationship to Costco samples vs. Costco dogs. -or- ...Maybe the real problem is we now get our news from something called Fameolous. By Andrew J. Pridgen There’s a...

Why use of ‘air quotes’ is only like the 17th worst thing about this LA Times Multiplatform Editor job post

The actual job would best suit someone with experience in fast food expediting...or maybe a robot—the good kind. (A dog robot that can edit video and code a little might work too.) -or- THIS is everything wrong with print digital media. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are two types of people who read journalismjobs.com — the site that for the last decade and...

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