Monday, June 26, 2017

Silicon Valley elite suing Gawker into oblivion yet another sign of independent journalism’s end times

Corporate frontmen with deeper pockets and more blood lust than the Kremlin oust Gawker's Nick Denton — the ultimate outsider till the end. By Andrew J. Pridgen Forget for a minute that Gawker CEO and founder Nick Denton is kind of a douchebag. Take away the fact that the ill-advised posting of blurry footage of Hulk Hogan pumping and grinding a morning...

2017 NBA Finals Game 1: An homage to Magic and Bird

For the most part, Game 1 was called like a pre-hand-check-era tilt. And the performances to ensue spoke volumes. By Andrew J. Pridgen I stayed up too late Thursday night enjoying what was likely my double-digit viewing of Bird and Magic: A Courtship of Rivals on HBO. It was one of those I-was-about-to-go-to-bed-doing-one-last-flip-through-and-it-was-just-starting moments. I’m regretting the decision this morning but...

What I know of Don Solem

Donald L. Solem, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at his home in Mill Valley. Donations can be made in his name to SupplyBank.org. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was chatting up Dick Spotswood at some cocktail reception for some ballot measure in the fall of 1997. I had no idea who Dick Spotswood was, but he was next to...

How Jerry West was driven out of Golden State by owner Joe Lacob’s hubris

..The Logo, The Kingmaker just couldn’t stand the VC owner anymore. Why his “my work is done here” explanation for leaving is only half the story. By Andrew J. Pridgen There was a cutaway just moments after the Warriors, courtesy Kevin Durant, netted their second N.B.A championship in three years. In the hallway of Oracle Arena among the throng of...

Like looking back on a failed relationship, the Warriors only have themselves to blame for Game 5

Sometimes the hardest thing to admit is that failing has everything to do with you. By Andrew J. Pridgen In the fall of 2000, I went to a Halloween party in North Beach. A couple friends had rented a bar and there was a good cross-section of people I’d known from growing up and from college — along with a number...

The NBA Finals: How Game 5 showed this one’s going the distance

“I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. Simple.” — LeBron James after Cleveland’s 104-91 loss to Golden State to go down 3-2 in the 2015 NBA Finals By Andrew Pridgen When LeBron James deadpans he’s the best player in the world while wearing a leather Cavaliers hat that looks like it should’ve been on Michael Bivins’ head...

The End

More than a half decade of miracles on the shores of Mission Rock washed up bad on Tuesday night. Now it can be said, the Giants were a great ride but it’s someone else’s turn. By Andrew J. Pridgen Whether it was because of marketing, ignorance or sheer strength of will, there was a part of me that believed 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...

#staycurry America

...Steph is the best ever. Jordan and all the other people who throw the orange ball through the ring—pfft. By Andrew J. Pridgen The N.B.A. blessed everyone at work today with a mixtape of Steph Curry to honor his second straight MVP/being the league’s first unanimous choice. I don’t know what living in Bloomington in 1987 and winning Bon Jovi tickets...

Make your children watch Warriors vs. Spurs Monday Night

They may regret it...you won't. By Andrew J. Pridgen Once upon a time the best NBA teams played team basketball. Auerbach’s Celtics, the Showtime Lakers, the Jordan Bulls, the Motor City Bad Boys—all had one thing in common: They won as a team. Golden-era late 20th century professional basketball featured Russell and Bird and Magic and Jordan—guys so good they took the...

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