Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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...

California Baseball Weekly: The Giants have the best bullpen in baseball …for one week only

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 tryhards who play for the Padres. Best Record...

California Baseball Weekly: Giants Trying to Bust Posey

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 Orthodox Taco Tuesday observants who play for...

The Warriors’ Bench Warrant

Game plans aren’t the only thing Steve Kerr can break. By Andrew J. Pridgen Neither Warriors head coach Steve Kerr or his Cleveland counterpart, Tyronn Lue, planned on smashing up the game plan Thursday evening in Oakland during game 1 of the N.B.A. Finals. ...Otherwise they would have brought extra supplies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrnsB3ERwTk Imagine the Cavs’ starting five’s faces were Lue to have drawn up...

Steph Curry could do better than Under Armour

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s decision to abandon Trump’s manufacturing council in the wake of the president’s inability to rebuke his white nationalist base was a move of self-preservation, not taking the moral high ground. As a result, Steph Curry should reassess his stake in the brand. By Andrew J. Pridgen In 2014, emerging N.B.A. superstar Steph Curry inked a Jordan-esque...

Giants fans ought to find comfort in the strength of the rest of the NL West

It’s a shame that one of the power trio in the NL West (Dodgers, Rockies, D-Backs) will be one-game-and-done in the postseason. All have championship contender potential and should grow stronger in the second half. By Andrew J. Pridgen Last week, I wrote a column about the Giants becoming the worst team in baseball and how their season’s rock bottom (to...

#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...

Steph v. Bron II: On the Move

How will this N.B.A. Finals rank among the great sequels of all time? By Andrew J. Pridgen It was the summer of 1991 and the re-match was drawn in a place where all the amazing happens: Good vs. Evil. Old Guard vs. Up-and-comers. Who’s the GOAT and who’s the Next GOAT. A clash of the coasts in a shootout the likes...

What a long not-so-strange trip it’s been for Joe Nathan

As the Giants try to stop their second-half slide, they turn to one favorite son who has quietly returned to close out a legendary career. By Andrew J. Pridgen One of my favorite San Francisco Giants trivia questions is: Name the only Giant on the Opening Day roster in 2000 who subsequently played on the World Series-winning squads of ‘12...

So long Lucky Penny and Tim Lincecum: San Francisco has, at last, surrendered the remainder of its soul

Farewell to that feeling of invincibility and impossibility mixed with the threat of invisibility and impoverishment. Isn’t that, after all, what great cities are made of? By Andrew Pridgen A pair of San Francisco landmarks worth knowing are closing down and leaving town for good this month. They are, Tim Lincecum and the Lucky Penny diner. Both were institutions. Both just...