Friday, June 23, 2017

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...

Warriors put on a clinic in Sunday hangover basketball at Staples

Looks like another perfect day... By Andrew J. Pridgen Nobody looks good playing hungover. And the weary road Warriors, who’ve only tipped off twice in the confines of the Coliseum since February 9 (think of it this way, Prince has had more appearances on their home court in that time) looked every bit the team who’d forgotten to take a pre-emptive...

March Madness 2016: Ranking Conference Tournament Sites

March Madness kicks off from coast to coast this week with league men’s basketball tournaments. These might be the better option for travel and viewing than heading to the big show later this month--more teams, better chances for your team to win, cheaper/more intimate venues. We’ve ranked every conference tournament location by desirability. Written by Kyle Magin 1) Home sites--America East,...

Los Angeles: Model of Fiscal Restraint and Sexy Opening Ceremonies is the Only City that Can Save the Olympics

At the moment of greatest peril, when the night is at its darkest point for the Olympic movement in 80 years, Los Angeles is rolling up its sleeves and going to work for 2020. The City of Angels could save us, if we only let it. Written by Los Angeles (as told to Kyle Magin) Dear IOC, USOC and all...

The greatest gift of 2015: Kobe Bryant’s retirement poem

Has Kobe Bryant found a new career as a writer? Surprisingly, maybe. By Andrew Pridgen I have much to be thankful for when reflecting on the year that was in sports: The collapse of the dreaded Santa Clara 49ers and the faithful waking up to the York family boondoggle. The continued marketing juggernaut the San Francisco Giants have become and how...

…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...

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