Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Cal Neva is set to reopen on Sinatra’s 100th birthday

Frank Sinatra owned Crystal Bay’s Cal Neva from 1960 to 1963. That time, while brief, has defined more than any other the image and the lore of the border-straddling hotel-casino towering over the waters of North Lake Tahoe's dramatic granite shelf. As new ownership claims they'll bring back the Sinatra "glory days,” starting on the night of the crooners...

Bill Simmons’ Nine Media Lives are almost up… and whether or not you should care

It’s not that I root for Bill Simmons to fail. Quite the contrary, I want him to do well with the seemingly limitless resources, chances and time he’s been given over and over and over… because if that guy can’t make it, nobody will. By Andrew J. Pridgen Bill Simmons is burning through his Nine Media Lives like a teenager...

Sorry bro, Olivia Munn did not break up with Aaron Rodgers to date you

...Just wanted to clarify before you go down a Google Maps rabbit hole to coordinate her location based on her last dozen tweets. By Andrew J. Pridgen This has happened throughout time. When Romeo and Juliet were on the rocks, Paris Paul Rudd was waiting in the wings. When Antony wasn’t quite seeing it Cleopatra’s way, Brutus and Cassius were there to...

The internet is freaking out over Marissa Mayer’s golden parachute from Yahoo! What it should be worried about is how small her exit amount is compared to a male...

Marissa Mayer will leave Yahoo! with a $23 million golden parachute, but people are mad, not because her tenure was unremarkable ...but because she’s a woman. By Andrew J. Pridgen The golden girl of Google after four years of trying to breathe life into the CPR dummy that is Yahoo! is being let go and will get a golden parachute which...

A Guy on Girls

HBO’s Girls wraps for good on Sunday. Through six seasons, show creator, producer and star Lena Dunham never learned to write male characters ...or did she? By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember the post-9/11 season of Sex and the City hyped by HBO as what would be a more somber romp through rarefied social circles and improbable sexual trysts by...

St. Patrick’s Day in America: A spectacle of white entitlement and assholery

Seriously, you’re doing this again? By Andrew J. Pridgen I wonder about people who still celebrate St. Patrick’s day in America. Like who the fuck are you and why do you give a shit? More importantly, why do you think everyone else needs to give a shit about you and your hammered ars? ...Also, you realize it’s a day of religious contemplation,...

Barry Bonds: Real-life misanthrope and social media genius

How did the most hated man in all of sport become the happiest guy on the internet? By Andrew Pridgen Barry Bonds has always been known for a kind of calculated obtuseness. In the ‘90s and early 2000s, when he came to prominence as the greatest hitter of his generation and arguably, all time, the media both in the Bay Area—and...

HBO’s Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons is objectively bad, but not for obvious reasons

The boy-king of sports and pop culture chat is now an older man who has run out of ideas ...and apparently wardrobe and set options. Update: HBO announced Friday, Nov. 4 that the last episode of the show, “Any Given Wednesday,” would be broadcast next week, just four and a half months after its debut. The show had poor...

In Prince’s eyes I saw something better than myself

I realize this isn’t the only Prince tribute you’ll read today. But I want to talk about something specific, his eyes. By Andrew J. Pridgen After a couple beers tonight, I’ll start talking about Purple Rain; but not about the music or the motorcycle or the Oscar win from a now-defunct category because the Academy decided nobody could do Best...

This summer’s 4 must-see sports movies

Awwww yeah, here we go — it's summer sports movie time 2014 edition! (!!!) Summer sports movies usually happen starting right about now, in the summertime. They feature people you often recognize from TV but doing stuff you don't recognize like giving long speeches and trying not to smile. There's no smiling until the end of summer sports movies. Summer sports...

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