Friday, May 25, 2018

Iggy’s House

Andre Iguodala’s signing was critical for the Golden State Warriors. He is not the piece they need as much as they need him to not be that piece for anyone else. By Andrew J. Pridgen Andre Iguodala will earn almost $50 million in guaranteed money over the next and perhaps final three years of his career. He will be turning...

MARIOTA is an actual robot and that’s why Oregon will win Monday

January 26, 2010 is the day the University of Oregon football program took its most decisive step into the future. The previous morning, the Ducks’ then-starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli stole two laptops and a guitar from a U of O frat house. Masoli pled guilty to the charges and served 12-months probation. Weeks later he was cited for misdemeanor drug...

Go get that ring Vernon

That crosswind you feel tickling your neck isn’t the shrill first breath of winter, it’s an exhale of exaltation from a man who was taken from his career depths up to a mile-high-and-beyond season of possibility. That man’s name is Vernon Davis.   By Andrew Pridgen As a former 49er faithful, I can’t wait for Vernon Davis to maul the Lombardi...

The Final Four Celebrity Fan Smackdown

Fuck the game on the court especially since it’s in LGBT-unfriendly Indiana. It’s a battle royale of cutaways to celebrities in the stands (those who still deign to show up) and that’s how I’m picking my Final Four winners. By Andrew Pridgen Saturday, April 4, 5:49 PM on TBS Pick: Kentucky -5 vs. Wisconsin Kentucky: Ashley Judd I want to start with a confession:...

22 billion reasons college football fans should boycott the BCS

The illusion of fan frustration over which institutions of academic excellence and amateur athletics get selected to represent in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) ought to be shattered along with that cheesy-crystal-football-Texas-bank-board-room-ash-tray-looking trophy at the conclusion of the current system's final season. It's as if the full-coffer'd selection consortium has created one of the most compelling distractions of our time,...

Gavin Newsom’s call on California’s public colleges and universities to review athletic departments should merely be the beginning of higher education reform

Newsom’s mandate after NCAA sanctions hit a state school for academic fraud is the right move. But UC and CSU needs to recognize major flaws extend far beyond the court, field and classroom. By Andrew J. Pridgen As California takes on the responsibilities of becoming an emerging rogue state, Sacramento should not overlook the need for a wholesale review of...

USATF kicks top Olympic hopeful off the team for not succumbing to Nike

Your weekly reminder that Nike, and pretty much any sports' governing body, is the devil. By Andrew Pridgen American middle-distance runner and current national 800-meter champion Nick Symmonds was dumped from the U.S.A. Track & Field roster over the weekend as the team heads to the IAAF World Championships. The reason: He refused to violate his contract with Brooks Running...

Climber risks everything to be the first to catch a Pokemon Aerodactyl outside the 53rd floor of Trump Tower

Free soloing with suction cups now officially more popular than the Rio Olympics. By Andrew J. Pridgen A man who thus far is only identified as Steve from Virginia has been busy scaling Trump Tower on the building's East 56th Street side since 3:40 p.m. EST Wednesday. Steve — beyond showing the world how not-good a look shorts from the Dick’s sale...

One More For Coach

Legendary--in the non-hyperbolic, actual sense of that word--basketball Coach Pat Summitt died Tuesday at age 64 from complications of Alzheimer’s-type dementia. She essentially founded the women’s basketball game in America and has had a direct hand on all 10 U.S. medals earned in Olympic play. Written by Kyle Magin You’ll read far more in-depth pieces on former Tennessee Lady Vols...

The Warriors’ Bench Warrant

Game plans aren’t the only thing Steve Kerr can break. By Andrew J. Pridgen Neither Warriors head coach Steve Kerr or his Cleveland counterpart, Tyronn Lue, planned on smashing up the game plan Thursday evening in Oakland during game 1 of the N.B.A. Finals. ...Otherwise they would have brought extra supplies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrnsB3ERwTk Imagine the Cavs’ starting five’s faces were Lue to have drawn up...