Friday, April 28, 2017

Vail’ed threat to Whistler, ski biz, becomes reality

Something wicked this way comes to the great north. By Andrew J. Pridgen Vail’s purchase of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. Monday was greeted with some typical “evil empire” knee-jerk, which is to be expected, and in all ways, correct. Colorado-based Vail Resorts Inc. now has the equivalent of Park Place and Boardwalk with its acquisition of North America’s biggest ski...

How ESPN killed ESPN

With audience numbers shrinking, ESPN is now left with bloated contracts (and hosts) and a product that no longer jibes with the audience’s taste. By Andrew J. Pridgen Ratings in a decline for the better part of a decade, ESPN is making cuts that will affect more than just the back of the house. Word spread Monday that The Network...

The basic human cruelty that defines the Kentucky Derby

They weigh more than 1,000 pounds, are supported by ankles the size of a human’s, and are whipped and forced to run around tracks that are often made of hard-packed dirt at speeds of more than 30 miles per hour while carrying people on their backs. Racehorses are the victims of a multi-billion-dollar industry that is rife with drug...

Sorry bro, Olivia Munn did not break up with Aaron Rodgers to date you

...Just wanted to clarify before you go down a Google Maps rabbit hole to coordinate her location based on her last dozen tweets. By Andrew J. Pridgen This has happened throughout time. When Romeo and Juliet were on the rocks, Paris Paul Rudd was waiting in the wings. When Antony wasn’t quite seeing it Cleopatra’s way, Brutus and Cassius were there to...

Johnny “Football” Manziel (2011-2013): An Obituary for the Career of the Most Entertaining Player in College Football



Johnny F. “Football” Manziel’s (2011-2013) college football career ended Tuesday, Jan. 7 after he announced his intentions to take 

his talents to the NFL. The soon-to-be millionaire and 2023 Double Jeopardy answer (which all of the 

nerds on the show will disappointingly miss, closing out your best category ever) earned fame as the 

first (redshirt) freshman ever to win the...

The 40 worst Warriors of the 40-year championship drought

The Golden State Warriors, hoisters of their first Larry O’Brien trophy in 40 years Tuesday, advanced to the playoffs just eight times during the four-decade reign of futility and never came close to sniffing the jock of a finals berth. Whether through wasted lottery picks, ill-advised trades, bloated contracts or simply awful coaching and bungled front office management, the...

How new North Carolina legislation to penalize public universities and the ACC for supporting LGBTQ rights would backfire against the bigoted lawmakers themselves

New North Carolina legislation threatens to kick North Carolina and NC State out of the ACC if the schools decide to act humanely against anti-LGBTQ law. By Andrew J. Pridgen North Carolina legislators—just happy to be gerrymandered into power in order to more systematically roll back progress, humility, humanity and protections for marginalized individuals they’re allegedly appointed to represent as...

Donald Sterling so much more than just racist

Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling is not just racist. The operative word being just. He is racist and a whole lot of individual and societal bad things more all hiding behind a melted Mickey Rourke mask. Sterling, 81, who is currently under investigation by the NBA for racist remarks recently released from a recorded conversation with his girlfriend V....

HBO’s Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons is objectively bad, but not for obvious reasons

The boy-king of sports and pop culture chat is now an older man who has run out of ideas ...and apparently wardrobe and set options. Update: HBO announced Friday, Nov. 4 that the last episode of the show, “Any Given Wednesday,” would be broadcast next week, just four and a half months after its debut. The show had poor...

The five pillars of white privilege enjoyed by author Mitch Albom

This fucking guy...I might have to become the first person ever to burn Tuesdays with Morrie. By Andrew J. Pridgen Mitch Albom, author of children’s books for adults and surreptitious Trump supporter, is a fuckhead. Sorry, I know that sentence was terse and not very nice, but it is in words he’d understand. Albom quizzically weighed in on the growing number of New...

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