Monday, June 26, 2017

California Baseball Weekly: Insult to Injury in San Francisco

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 future batting cage managers who play for...

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...

Thank God the Giants suck again

...I only wish my father had lived to see it. By Andrew J. Pridgen My mother and sister handled the day-to-day of my father’s cancer treatment. Living 280 miles away, I was pitching in on the weekends. Sometimes — though I know how this sounds and I know it wasn’t supposed to feel that way — I was brought in as babysitter. One such...

The N.B.A. will do everything in its power to keep the Warriors from closing out the Cavs Monday night

The ratings numbers from Friday night’s game are in ...and what’s great for the league doesn’t bode well for Golden State. By Andrew J. Pridgen Warriors fans maybe shouldn’t put that champagne on ice just yet. Friday night’s Game 4 of the N.B.A. Finals averaged a total live audience of 19 million viewers on ABC. The total live viewership for the...

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...

The Warriors’ first order of business this off-season: Boycott the White House Visit.

Citizenry take note: If he’s not going to play by the rules and traditions—written or unwritten—you don’t have to either. By Andrew J. Pridgen On the eve of the tip off of the 2017 N.B.A. Finals, news broke that LeBron James’ Los Angeles home was vandalized. An unknown vandal spelled out the only two-syllable word he likely knew, the N–word, onto James’...

2017 N.B.A. Finals Game 4: Off-key and no rhythm

N.B.A. refs decide to blow their whistles rather than let the Warriors blow their horns. By Andrew J. Pridgen Imagine for a moment that the Warriors are one of the great Jazz quartets ever assembled, it isn’t hard to do: Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Coltrane, Satchmo, Monk and Ella Fitzgerald. Basie, Mingus, Hancock and Brubeck....

2017 NBA Finals Game 2: Video Games

Game 2 was sloppier and more physical. Not quite the complete game the Warriors wanted to stitch together for the return of head coach Steve Kerr, but emblematic nonetheless. By Andrew J. Pridgen You ever get invited over to the older neighbor kid’s house for an afternoon?  Remember looking through all his stuff? A bigger baseball mitt, more suggestive posters, dirty...

Fifteen years on

I'm drunk and wearing flip-flops on Fifth Avenue. Once you've fallen from classical virtue. Won't have a soul to wake up and hold you. — Rufus Wainwright By Andrew J. Pridgen Paul’s sister was a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman. On the morning of September 11, 2001, she was on her way to work and her brother was already at his desk. She...

Draymond Green hit where it hurts most with Game 5 suspension

But did the N.B.A.’s punishment fit the crime(s)? By Andrew J. Pridgen Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green, a presumptive candidate for the N.B.A. Finals’ MVP should the Warriors go on to win, is suspended for Game 5 in Oakland Monday night after he was assessed a flagrant foul 1 by the league for his actions in Game 4. With...

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