Friday, November 17, 2017

Boxing Photographer Stephanie Trapp on Shooting in the Squared Circle

Beyond the Press Box is a regular feature profiling the folks who color outside the lines of sport. Interview by Kyle Magin Stephanie Trapp eats, sleeps and breathes boxing (and photography.) The San Francisco-based shooter has photographed both sides of Saturday's tilt between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos 'Chino' Maidana as well as a host of world-ranked fighters in big time...

Old Dude is Still Figuring out Facebook, Blows Up Horndog Fest for Julia Mancuso

This week's social media equivalent of someone 'introducing' you to Modest Mouse. By Kyle Magin People who are sincere on social media are the best. A typically fun/sexy/I-live-in-sunny-perfect-places Facebook post from World Cup skier Julia Mancuso of she and bestie/rad snowboarder Hannah Teter paddleboarding in bikinis on Lake Tahoe this week produced this particular comment thread: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaMancusoUSA/photos/a.10151613204437693.1073741826.131459577692/10152906345252693/?type=1&comment_id=10152906353447693&offset=0&total_comments=124&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R3%22} Robert Dwyer Perfect butt! ! Like ·...

World Series – Games 3-5 – Ending on a techicality brings high ratings; Ortiz batting .733 and playing a position should bring end to DH

The best argument ever for the abolition of the designated hitter is a 37-year-old nightclub owner from the Dominican Republic with 431 career home runs, most of them as a DH. By Andrew J. Pridgen ...But more on that in a minute. First, the ratings: Game three, the first World Series game to end on an obstruction call, (which is basically the equivalent...

David Letterman, my dad and me

There was no bloat to the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday. Retrospectives were limited to Letterman in 1996 donning a sea foam green Taco Bell uniform and messing around with big-haired drive through customers (all ordering various versions of the restaurant’s forgotten beef melt) and outtakes of small children attempting to show him their Christmas...

Why Record Store Day matters

Rub your eyes and scoff and snort and click on some other link with astounding cat facts. That's fine. I get it. I don't really want to be reading about Record Store Day either. After all, it's sort of a cheap play right? By Andrew Pridgen Record Store Day is not important or of its time like the other big celebrations...

The basic human cruelty that defines the Kentucky Derby

They weigh more than 1,000 pounds, are supported by ankles the size of a human’s, and are whipped and forced to run around tracks that are often made of hard-packed dirt at speeds of more than 30 miles per hour while carrying people on their backs. Racehorses are the victims of a multi-billion-dollar industry that is rife with drug...

Vegas on Ice: Ace in the Five Hole?

Vegas is in the running for an NHL franchise if the league decides to expand. Can Sin City really support a sport born on the frozen rivers of Montreal? Written by Kyle Magin If the Tampa Bay Lightning win Lord Stanley’s Cup over the Chicago Blackhawks, there’s going to be a lot of righteous Sun Belt-bashing. A subset of lazy hockey...

Growing up a racist — and trying to do something about it

Growing up white in the post Civil Rights era pushed racists into the closet. And they have done a good job — until now — hiding their true colors. By Andrew J. Pridgen My name is Andrew Pridgen, and I am one racist-ass motherfucker. Hard to believe, right? A white kid from Marin County who grew up with every access and advantage known...

Houston, you have a problem

Houston’s lack of empathy toward Steph Curry in game four is as revealing as it was unsettling in the moment. By Andrew Pridgen Houston: I get why you were less than obsequious one game after Steph Curry came to your house and turned the Toyota Center out like Laura San Giacomo. After Curry transformed the frenzied bitchin’ Iroc-looking red-and-gray-striped audience into...

NFL to Veterans: Screw You

Here lies the extent of our Super Bowl XLIX coverage: $1 more for the cause. By Kyle Magin One of the NFL’s shittier make-nice efforts is its in-your-face pseudo-patriotism. In this weekend’s Super Bowl, the league will wrap itself in the flag—you’ll probably see a full-on colorguard, a military jet fly-over and some sort of we salute the troops messaging throughout the...