Saturday, October 21, 2017

Matt Cain brought me back to baseball

The Giants’ longest-tenured arm tearfully bid farewell to his teammates Wednesday with the announcement that Saturday would be his final game. Twelve years, one team, three rings and a perfect game. But that doesn’t nearly tell the whole story… By Andrew J. Pridgen My fandom of the San Francisco Giants, the team that in the late-’90s somehow came a lost boarding...

Why it’s OK to root for present-day San Francisco to fail even if (especially if) you’re from there

A gated community. A city that is becoming uniformly wealthy, out of reach and out of touch. Too much reclaimed wood. Too many high-backed chairs. Teardrop light fixtures, everywhere. Soulless where there used to be a soul. Blank screens where there used to be imagination...Some shitty tapas place called Bask (get it, it's Basque!) where there used to be...

Life at Stadium: Notes From the Crypt

If a stadium in decay has no name, does it exist? Not in the eyes of one municipality. Written by Kyle Magin Today, it’s San Diego Community Credit Union (SDCCU) Stadium, but you wouldn’t know it when you’re in the house. The ancient (circa-1967) brutalist stadium has been known variously as San Diego Stadium, Jack Murphy, and, most recently, as Qualcomm, or...

Jim Delany takes his pimp game to the Beltway

I understand that Big Ten hoops are a big business. The men’s iteration of the sport more or less carries a TV network on its own in addition to providing compelling, well-rated content for ESPN, CBS and anybody else who pays Conference Commissioner/mustaches-as-eyebrows enthusiast Jim Delany’s bulbous contract. It only makes sense that conference and TV executives are openly floating the...

1,902 wins and not in the Hall

The Angels’ curious firing of Gene Mauch 35 years ago still haunts the manager’s legacy today By Andrew J. Pridgen Baseball wonks love to point to how empires rise and fall. In a room together they’ll go back to a source play or move and trudge through the lugubrious losing seasons that ensued, a sort of watching dominoes fall in reverse....

California Baseball Weekly: Fin

Every (other, mostly) week during the 2017 season, we checked in with California’s five MLB teams. Who was up? (the Dodgers, mostly) Who was down? (the A’s, mostly) Who had the cheapest ticket on any given week (the Giants) and who will play in the best series (the Dodgers)? The Golden State is home to the best position player...

How I lost my virginity …to the Swimsuit Issue

Editor's Note: Today's column is to honor this week's release of the 50th Anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The magazine's biggest-selling annual attraction has also deflowered three generations of young men. And so, if you're a mother to one of those young men, you may just want to stop reading here and click on this HGTV link instead. For...

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: How I make $44 million a year running a nonprofit

(applause) Thank you. Thank you. My name is Roger Goodell and I work to promote the most lucrative publicly funded scam of this century. I run the National Football League. (applause) I have to tell you, I love being here. I feel energized and excited. Who's excited? Who is ready to get excited today? I'll tell you who's excited. Well, one person I...

May is Money, not a legend

I won’t ever pilot an X-Wing. By Kyle Magin My Star Wars fantasy is relevant, so bear with. I’m never going to join Red Squadron in an attack on the Death Star. Luke Skywalker will never throw me a bro nod at an awards ceremony. I’ve made my peace with that. Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs to do the same with his desire to be remembered...

Antonio Margarito Does the One Thing You Can’t Do in Fighting

What's a bad sport to do with a bad man? By Kyle Magin Being a boxing fan is a lot like being Leonardo Dicaprio’s character in The Revenant. You’re constantly being clawed in the head by some terrible new thing and left for dead in the snow to breathe heavily and wonder what the fuck is going on. Frequently this violence...