Monday, June 18, 2018

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...

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...

Stuart Scott won the fight long ago…and then went another round

Before it was brutalized by Disney and politically corrected by dozens of precious, pasty Yale glee club retreads behind the desk trying to sound chirpy and a little bit gangsta as their dress socks sag, ESPN was Stuart Scott. Stuart Scott, an Admiral Ackbar-looking walleyed dude from around the way or maybe North Carolina, wore a $3,000 suit instead of...

Death by Nerds

Written By Kyle Magin The IRS would be the ones to (maybe) finally take down FIFA. Our revenooers cuffed Al Capone and Wesley Snipes, whose collective string of terror included the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and Blade: Trinity before being scooped up by a bunch of pencil-pushers on tax evasion. They’re where the buck literally stops. For all of FIFA’s organizational-sponsored slavery,...

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...

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...

Gene Wilder wasn’t funny which is what made him hilarious

Gene Wilder died on Sunday night at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83. By Andrew J. Pridgen Funny never dies. That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I heard of Gene Wilder’s death on Monday. Some things are eternal and as long as there’s memes and late-night cable, there will always be room in this world for...

Fifty shades of my new iPhone 5s

I'm a man who takes his time with new devises, and today, both the iPhone 5s and I ...arrived. I caress the packaging until I find that incredibly small nub at the end of the shrink-wrapped seam halfway between precious sharp corners of the box. I lick my index finger and thumb as I place my ear upon the box...

Patrick Kane was asking for it

(Ed’s note: I hate that I have to say this, but this is satire. Please don’t let it distract from the fact that someone reported they were raped and it’s a serious crime with implications that can last for the rest of someone’s life.) By Kyle Magin In early August, star Chicago Blackhawks forward and three-time Stanley Cup Champion Patrick Kane...

I miss my MTV

It’s shocking how not shocking the 2015 VMAs were. By Andrew Pridgen Were the James Beard Awards presented by Buffalo Wild Wings®, it’d feel a lot like the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The host network is now in a movie villain’s pre-freefall, grabbing at the ledge of pre-teen eyeballs using a medium no longer relevant. Today, the M for music is...