Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pints and Picks Week 11: Road Trip!

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and what to drink while doing it. This week: Road Trip. Kyle, Holy cow! Have I got a Saturday planned. So, about a half-decade ago, I fled Park City in my Forester with exactly $3.78 in loose change...

Dismissed personality Bill Simmons took $5 million a year from ESPN but The Network still won

I don't know how much man crush-meets-professional-jealousy taints my opinion of former Grantland chief Bill Simmons. Let's just say it's somewhere between 20 and 90 percent. By Andrew Pridgen Bill Simmons hasn’t been an impressive writer since his AOL days...making fun of ESPN and has never broken a story as much as moved it one smarmy step beyond a press release....

Republican Convention: When hatred trumps humanity

It is no coincidence that Cleveland is about to erupt in violence. There is a single party, a single man to blame. By Andrew J. Pridgen There will be blood spilled in the streets of Cleveland. The host city for the Republican Convention this week is not abuzz with possibility or promise, it is a heavily armed paramilitary police state. Protesters,...

5 cable alternatives that have sunk SportsCenter into a ratings coma

Like CNN's Headline News, ESPN's SportsCenter has been relegated to the cable network show of choice for the business traveler. By Andrew Pridgen Viewing a snippet of SportsCenter is acceptable only in one of the following three scenarios: 1) You're stuck in a domestic terminal when your phone is at 10 percent battery and already on airport mode. There's an hour delay...

Disturbing Bridger Bowl Gaper caper movie clip leaked online

Ed Note: In the first truly meta moment of the new year, a clip from a to-be-released film about a computer hacker who is set up by his bosses to meet his ultimate demise at a Montana ski resort leaked Monday. Below, the clip from the docudrama (working title: “Melt Down”) as well as the movie’s original pitch and...

Just Vegas Baby!

Why the Raiders’ pending move to Vegas makes the most sense of all the things ever. By Andrew J. Pridgen The guy who cuts my hair is a Raider fan. He and his cousin have season tickets. <-For starters, this gives credence to my theory that all Raider fans know their way around a no. 2 and have cousins that are...

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...

To the surprise of few, today’s column declares ‘I’m gay’

Until yesterday, today's column was to be known as just another commentary on how desperately hard the NFL tries to stay in the headlines during its offseason especially when overshadowed by the specter of the Winter Olympics set in a seaside community where the weather is 60 degrees and sunny and the whole thing is overseen by a scowling...

Which still from a Megadeth video will American life most closely resemble in 18 months?

For 30 years Megadeth has predicted a not-so-pretty end to this American experiment. Now that their dystopian views are coming into focus, it's time to ponder which of Megadeth's prognostications are most accurate. By Andrew J. Pridgen Ginger rocker and Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine has always been the literal red-headed stepchild of heavy metal. He awoke on April 11, 1983 hungover after...

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...