Saturday, October 21, 2017

8 Vegas Dos and Don’ts for the NCAA Tournament

Legions of college hoops fans are going to descend upon Vegas next week for the opening weekend of March Madness. Here’s a handy set of pointers on how not to make a complete ass of yourself when you get there. Written by Kyle Magin 1) Don’t: Be a chump at the sportsbook. I’ve covered this in the past, but don’t get...

To the surprise of few, today’s column declares ‘I’m gay’

Until yesterday, today's column was to be known as just another commentary on how desperately hard the NFL tries to stay in the headlines during its offseason especially when overshadowed by the specter of the Winter Olympics set in a seaside community where the weather is 60 degrees and sunny and the whole thing is overseen by a scowling...

A new day in LA is a new day in America.

With one simple but unexpected decision yesterday, America felt the end of one of its most oppressive eras By Andrew Pridgen Did you hear the news? Did you see it? Did you feel it? Yesterday, the banner of oppression innocuously floated down from the rafters and the flag of equality was draped over the shoulders of all who’d fought so hard and loved...

Marching through the why of professional sport

The reason(s) I still pay attention to professional sports are few. I have a strong belief that as soon as your prefrontal cortex fully develops and 7-eleven ceases to become your eatery of choice, the veil is lifted from society's shockingly single-dimension approach to the professional athlete. You don't necessarily have to outgrow sport any more than you...

The Pink Stink: How professional and amateur sport profits from cancer awareness month

The over-marketing of the most accessibly awful of all first-world diseases has basically done more harm than good for cancer awareness – namely, it makes the disease look as friendly as a pair of fuzzy dice. While ranting on this recently, a coworker stopped me and asked, "What's the matter? Do you have a problem with cancer?" As a matter of...

This year, I will not buy any new ski gear

...At least I’ll try not to. Promise. Maybe. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recently mentioned how much I look forward to rely on POWDER's annual buyers' guide/kick-off issue dropping into my mailbox of floating as if by magic carrier owl onto a news stand. I like everything about it. It is one part guilty pleasure, one part aspirational guide to living...

Dispatches from the 2013 Winter Baseball Talks

Lake Buena Vista, Florida One of the last transactions of import during baseball's boozy four-day bacchanal (Dec. 9-12), before its scouts/execs and PR lackeys plunk down with family-types for the holidays, was the Texas Rangers' invoking the Rule 5 draft to pick up Seattle Seahawks' QB Russell Wilson from Colorado. Think of it as the Rangers' biggest coup since they...

Baseball Should Move to MXC Yesterday

On Thursday, Rob Manfred brought up the most exciting possible pro sports expansion destination since, well… Anyway, baseball should definitely head to MXC Written by Kyle Magin Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred just set what should be the new standard for expansion conversation. Forget hockey and its attempt to manufacture a fourth California-style market in Vegas, forget the NFL and its idea...

The three stages of social media grieving for Dean Potter

It’s not hard for me to say this but I’m pretty unmoved by the death of Dean Potter. Though you wouldn’t know it if you looked at my Facebook. By Andrew Pridgen Upon hearing the news of free soloist/slackliner/BASE jumper Dean Potter’s final flight Sunday, I felt the lump in my stomach, but was bereft. I wasn’t shocked by his death. I...

Dean Smith’s Coaching a Common Bond for the Ages

By Kyle Magin Vince Carter is the last in a proud lineage of former Dean Smith-era North Carolina Tar Heels who played well in the NBA well past their expiration dates. Carter’s every game for the Memphis Grizzlies extends a 16-year professional career that began as prodigal and gravity-defying and is now sly and spry. He’s the oldest player on his...