Tuesday, October 17, 2017

California Baseball Weekly: Endgame

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 not-last place ballers who play for the...

As a Giants fan, this season was, by far, the most reflective of my mood in decades

...Without a doubt. By Andrew J. Pridgen It sounds silly to say that my favorite San Francisco Giants season dating back double-digits is the one where they’re threatening to not win 60 games. It was a miserable and Jekyll-and-Hyde run that started out with Madison Bumgarner hitting two home runs opening day, ending up with the no-decision (his bullpen enabled Arizona...

The NBA Finals: There is only one reasonable reaction to Warriors fans paying $60 to watch TV at Oracle Tuesday…

There are three possible reactions to the news that the Warriors Monday sold out Oracle Arena to watch Tuesday’s game six on the Jumbotron: Outrage: $15 per seat, $5 parking, full-price concessions to watch TV and not be able to change the channel, pee while watching the game in the bathroom mirror or fast forward through those pesky Trainwreck ads. Dismay:...

The 40 worst Warriors of the 40-year championship drought

The Golden State Warriors, hoisters of their first Larry O’Brien trophy in 40 years Tuesday, advanced to the playoffs just eight times during the four-decade reign of futility and never came close to sniffing the jock of a finals berth. Whether through wasted lottery picks, ill-advised trades, bloated contracts or simply awful coaching and bungled front office management, the...

Legends of the fall

Sunday night, the Golden State Warriors played themselves into the zenith of greatest collapses in professional sports history. Below, a breakdown of how it happened. By Andrew J. Pridgen As exhausted mentally and physically as the Warriors are, there is no other team in the league more ready for next season to begin. While to a person the members of the...

California Baseball Weekly: This Is It

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 October vacationers who play for the San...

Stay woke folks, because Old Man Winter may be permanently asleep

La Niña is about to ghost winter in the West like a Tinder match. By Andrew J. Pridgen Much of the Tahoe Basin woke up Monday morning to a dusting of snow covering the scorched landscape like powdered sugar sprinkled over burnt French Toast. Let’s stop and look for a moment, shall we? https://twitter.com/squawalpine/status/788032012623892480 https://twitter.com/KirkwoodMtn/status/788049612695220225 https://twitter.com/Northstar_CA/status/788437336946200577 And even one in black and white: https://www.instagram.com/p/BLqzKnABlVW/   ...You get the...

The disappearance of the wage-earning sports fan is the real reason ESPN is dying

Watching ESPN’s downfall has been a source of macabre fascination for folks like me, the people who helped bring the fledgling cable sports provider into some kind of must-see prominence in the ‘90s. Now we cheer its present-day downfall. By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember when I made the switch to ESPN from the nightly local sports broadcast, the guy in...

Trump’s Colin Kaepernick comments on the same day he officially became the first U.S. President to be investigated for aiding a foreign adversary shows how far removed from reality...

Welcome to your fucked republic. By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald Trump apparently doesn’t like quarterbacks who exercise their First Amendment rights. No, wait, scratch that. He doesn’t like black quarterbacks who exercise their First Amendment rights. Whatever Tom Brady says or does, that’s cool. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/828447350200926212?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Famerican-football%2F2017%2F02%2F06%2Fdonald-trump-tweets-congratulations-supporter-tom-brady-super%2F Free-agent NFL QB Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the National Anthem before 49ers games last...

Arnold Palmer and the Past Perfect

The course will be left alone to rot and deal with the wind off the shoreline and the fiery waves crashing against the rocks. An errant scrap of paper will blow by like a tumbleweed to remind the sky above that we were once here. The King, it can be said, is dead. By Andrew J. Pridgen There is a...