Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Warriors’ quiet snub

Let's not let their biggest victory of the season pass unnoticed. By Andrew J. Pridgen Let the record reflect the Golden State Warriors are moving solemnly through their latest east coast swing by focusing on how to play better basketball, getting to the arenas on time, and—when in the nation’s capital Wednesday—taking their talents and dedication to inner city kids who...

California Baseball Weekly: Offseason Report Card

Every week during the 2017 season, we checked in with California’s five MLB teams. Now that the Eric Hosmer is headed to Peoria and Padres camp, we’re putting our hands on the range to see which of the Golden State’s five franchises had the hottest of an exceptionally cold offseason. Welcome back to baseball after one of the longest, most...

An Unequal Exchange

Latin America gets a lot less than it gives from baseball. Written By Kyle Magin Latin America supplies baseball with some of its best players and most passionate fans. In return, it gets jack shit. Events over the course of this offseason are illustrative: Vlad Guerrero got his Hall of Fame call from a lackey translator. Baseball is played in...

An all-SEC final featuring an appearance by Trump, a fitting end to the relevance of college football.

Mercifully, college football can now be ignored in my timezone. By Andrew J. Pridgen I doubt many around the land will tune in to Monday’s CFP national championship game—the emerging news that America’s wilting and confused commander-in-chief will be there is even more reason to skip the non-event. The teams in question are Georgia and Alabama, squads from the same college...

‘O’ Well

Willie Taggart leaving Oregon after a single season is the coaching move the Ducks deserved. By Andrew J. Pridgen I’m one of the 14ish Oregon football fans who can say “I was there” when Oregon put a historic beat down on Air Force 41-13 at Sam Boyd Stadium on Dec. 20, 1997. It was my first time in Vegas, and a lot...

The San Francisco Giants have a problem no one man can fix

S.F. would default to a known, losing formula should they sign Giancarlo Stanton. By Andrew J. Pridgen The San Francisco Giants claim they drew an almost-capacity 3.3 million to AT&T park last season. Bullshit. Yes, they may have sold that many tickets to Salesforce c-level blazer-and-jeans seat-fillers, but that, in no way, reflects the actual crowd in attendance. Every Giants game I tuned...

The College Football Playoff was embraced by SEC Nation… then Bama lost

Hahahahahaha By Andrew J. Pridgen Alabama, the unstoppable NFL farm club supported by tons and tons of cheering back fat, got waxed by a faster, stronger, deeper and more compelling Auburn Saturday, not only lost for the first time since January's title game, but also whiffed on a shot at appearing as the SEC West’s representative in that conference’s championship game...

Scary. (Good?) Times.

I am, these days, an agnostic when it comes to supporting a particular baseball franchise. It is impossible commit to just one club, because fandom, overall, gets in the way. It gets in the way of expectation and truth and true fulfillment. By Andrew J. Pridgen Admitting my polyamory when it comes to baseball might sound like a gross rationalization…...

Houston vs. Los Angeles: All you need to know about two baseball frontier towns as they square off in the 2017 World Series

Houston vs. Los Angeles. Texas vs. California. Oil money vs. Hedgies. Kershaw vs. Verlander. The pride of baseball in the Americas— the U.S., Cuba, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. And, the fingerprints of the Big Apple and Windy City. Some background on a series for everyone. Written by Kyle Magin It may take a keen—or willing—ear to listen for the heartbeat of...

I’m Glad the USMNT Lost

Thank God.   Written by Kyle Magin U.S. men’s soccer fans and the media who pushes the team into your sports coverage like a mom with a damn vegetable are the worst. I am thrilled that the USMNT didn’t make the 2018 World Cup for a number of reasons, but chiefly because these smug, self-absorbed, scarf-wearing elitists deserve to perish in the...