Sunday, April 22, 2018

The 50 locations more convenient to Super Bowl 50 than San Francisco

You didn’t actually stay in San Francisco this week in anticipation of taking fewer than five hours or spending less than $750 to get to the game Sunday, did you? DID YOU???? By Andrew J. Pridgen Nobody wants anything to do with Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, least of all San Francisco. Here’s why: The Yorks took Goldman Sachs...

Pints and Picks: All Stars at Life Choices Make All Star Selections

All Star voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EST tonight (June 29) here’s who the DPB crew has vetted as ASG worthy using none of the maths and all the emotions. To read more Pints and Picks, click here. To see how we're doing on our preseason MLB picks, click here. By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin Hey Kyle, After nearly four...

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...

MLB’s wildcard has teams dying to avoid it

Why wildcard entrants in a one-game system instead of a series is baseball’s best idea. By Kyle Magin Stephen Piscotty almost died trying to avoid the MLB wildcard game by expressly not avoiding his teammate. The Cardinals outfielder dove into fellow outfielder Peter Borjous’ knee in an attempt to corral a Pittsburgh Pirates’ pop-fly on Monday and went down in a...

The changing narrative on Barry Bonds in the dawn of the new age of the long ball

Will the Giants slugger finally get the recognition and redemption he deserves? By Andrew J. Pridgen Barry Bonds stood up from his seat on an unseasonably balmy July evening Friday in San Francisco to an impromptu standing ovation from a 2/3rds full stadium there to watch their last-place ballclub square off against the equally dead-to-rights Miami Marlins. AT&T Park, a...

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...

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...

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: 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...