Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chase Utley’s Eddie Mathews Moment

How a silver fox back-up middle infielder currently hitting .237 is the MVP of the hottest team in baseball this decade. By Kyle Magin “If you think the world ended today, you don’t belong here.” Sportswriters saw that scrawled in chalk on a board in the visitors locker room at Yankee Stadium on August 25, 1968. Some Detroit Tiger had penned the...

My hometown is having a difficult time letting prep football go. It shouldn’t.

Novato High School is in the process of dropping its football program. Some alums are confused and concerned... but they’re trading on nostalgia, not facts. By Andrew J. Pridgen To try to understand Novato, California is to try to understand any small town experiencing growing pains as it attempts to transition into this century. The mostly white (76 percent), mostly...

Greed Holds Mavericks Under …Again

Mavericks founder Jeff Clark’s latest venture to monetize his big wave filed for Chapter 11 this week. As the World Surf League waits in the wings to start its own event off the shores of Half Moon Bay, it may be time for Clark to paddle toward the horizon. Either way, read while listening to this. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jeff...

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....

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...

California Baseball Weekly: Still Standing

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 Crack Shack line-jumpers who play for the...

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...

Are the Dodgers historically good or just peaking early?

The answer may be both. By Andrew J. Pridgen Moments before the first pitch of the Dodgers/Giants dog days of summer game at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles Saturday, Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers' primadonna emigre who has battled both attitude and injuries during his streaky five seasons in blue, sprinted out into right field… by himself. From the radio booth, Giants hall...

Marshawn Lynch as the Raiders’ Red Herring

The Raiders dumped Oakland last season but then they signed Marshawn Lynch for a pair to give fans temporary amnesia. The question is, is there enough magic left in the candy man’s legs to make them forget about how the Davis family did them so dirty? By Andrew J. Pridgen The Oakland/soon-to-be-Las-Vegas Raiders, true to their name, are thieves and...

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...

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