Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The diminished allure of the Los Angeles Lakers is all of us

Once a symbol of manifest destiny, West Coast dreams coming true and a time and a place more hopeful and civilized, now the Lakers don't shine so bright ...and that's sad—for everyone. By Andrew J. Pridgen Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ current president of basketball operations, will likely land somewhere between Magic Johnson talk show host and Magic Johnson delivering Starbucks and...

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...

A rare moment for the Western States 100

Every year the first Saturday in August I run up the slippery granite face of Squaw Valley. I am infected by the morning hum of race-day runners, the smell of coffee and sunblock and fine Alpine dust mixed with flirting-with-the-ground sound from the bronze pistons of experienced climbers and endurance athletes—all elongated fingers and push pins for knees shaking...

Rearranging the deckchairs aboard ESPN

The Network is sinking and parent company Disney is hoping to tap a ‘90s business model—and audience—to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the ubiquitous hotel-lobby-bar-on-mute sports delivery juggernaut that used to buoy Disney’s media empire is now a once-venerable anchor dragging the Mouse down. As subscribers continue to cut the cord, ESPN finds itself bereft of a viable business...

How Jerry West was driven out of Golden State by owner Joe Lacob’s hubris

..The Logo, The Kingmaker just couldn’t stand the VC owner anymore. Why his “my work is done here” explanation for leaving is only half the story. By Andrew J. Pridgen There was a cutaway just moments after the Warriors, courtesy Kevin Durant, netted their second N.B.A championship in three years. In the hallway of Oracle Arena among the throng of...

How it feels to be a Duck

It is the morning after Oregon’s worst home loss since the beginning of the Carter administration...and I couldn’t be more nostalgic or more proud. By Andrew Pridgen I first came to know the University of Oregon in the fall of 1993. I was a freshman in Eugene and those first 90 days between drop-off and Thanksgiving were as eventful and...

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...

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...

Why does the America’s Cup fucking suck so bad?

What's up America's Cup? By Andrew Pridgen That's an actual question, not the rhetorical kind. It's like what the fuck is up with you? For starters, and I'm not even gonna mess around, like could you take the word America off your title? I checked with Obama and he's like "unless they can come up with a more American sport than sailing...

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...

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