Thursday, December 14, 2017

The five people you meet in Vegas

The Southwest confirmation is in your inbox and you’re sending “So stocked (sic)” texts to your bros. You’re watching college hoops for the first time since last March. You’re loading up an envelope with a little cash after every paycheck (and you’re totally putting back that $20 you pinched for cab fare to the 80s party). You’ve decided to head...

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...

California Baseball Weekly: The Loneliest Number

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 Harrah’s Southern California cabana comp-ees who play...

The NBA Finals: Regardless of what happens Game 6 Harrison Barnes’ video of the Dubs charter flight is the highlight of the season

Premiered in February, this video of the Warriors gambling and singing along to Big Sean’s Blessings got 4 million hits in its first 18 minutes on the line mostly because it’s the most amazing portrayal of a professional athlete’s life in the middle of a historic run since Corbin Bersen played the hot corner and Charile Sheen had triangles...

Catching Pre

More than four decades after his death, the promise of Steve Prefontaine and Bowerman’s Men (and Women) of Oregon was fulfilled in Rio. By Andrew J. Pridgen As long as an Olympic torch remains lit somewhere, Steve Prefontaine will live on as the Games’ most famous fourth-place finisher. Just 21, Prefontaine set the American record in the 5000 meters at the 1972...

Day One at Augusta recap: Is it OK to say ‘sextuple bogey’ in print?

DPB's intrepid golf analyst checks in with some high- and low-lights from Augusta...with hope renewed that his first ace is still 50 years down the road.  By Justin Broglio Day One of the Masters is always usually a wash. It's Thursday at work and I'm usually looking up the leaderboard during meetings, trying to watch some live coverage during lunch, and...

The Middleweights: Hard-up, Hammered, High and Not Here

In my dreams professional boxing’s middleweight divisions function like an actual sport. That means in 2015 we’d get Andre Ward-Gennady Golovkin. We’d get Carl Froch to cross the goddamn pond and take on a sober and in-shape Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez would take part in this eliminator, and hell, maybe Sergio Martinez could tape himself...

An Ode to My Fantasy Soulmate MJD

I didn’t start playing fantasy football because of Maurice Jones-Drew, but he became the reason why I stayed in the game, every season and in every way. By Andrew Pridgen He’s gone now. At 29, retired. I knew it wasn’t going to last forever. Nothing, not even a Sting ballad, does. And yet, MJD (or is it MJ-D?), whose initials became his name,...

He may be suspended from the NFL but he still shows up on a Wheaties box

Wheaties features a convicted child-abuser on latest box. By Andrew Pridgen There is plenty of scary business going on at the grocery store. That new green-labeled cola (Coke Life!) with a main ingredient called Stevia which sounds like a week-one vote-off on RuPaul’s Drag Race but is actually an extract from a South American plant from the Asteraceae family. Even...

The NBA Finals: How Game 5 showed this one’s going the distance

“I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. Simple.” — LeBron James after Cleveland’s 104-91 loss to Golden State to go down 3-2 in the 2015 NBA Finals By Andrew Pridgen When LeBron James deadpans he’s the best player in the world while wearing a leather Cavaliers hat that looks like it should’ve been on Michael Bivins’ head...