Monday, June 26, 2017

2017 NBA Finals Game 3: The First Kiss

Cleveland would have to re-write history (again) to come back from 0-3 in an NBA Finals. Golden State has a chance to make it going 16-0 in a playoff Friday night. Which will it be? By Andrew J. Pridgen Ever been on a date when things are just clicking? You meet up and share an embrace, but it’s not forced or awkward...

2017 NBA Finals Game 2: Video Games

Game 2 was sloppier and more physical. Not quite the complete game the Warriors wanted to stitch together for the return of head coach Steve Kerr, but emblematic nonetheless. By Andrew J. Pridgen You ever get invited over to the older neighbor kid’s house for an afternoon?  Remember looking through all his stuff? A bigger baseball mitt, more suggestive posters, dirty...

California Baseball Weekly: Albert Pujols Still Plays Baseball!

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 “GOLF ONLY” members at Torrey Pines who...

2017 NBA Finals Game 1: An homage to Magic and Bird

For the most part, Game 1 was called like a pre-hand-check-era tilt. And the performances to ensue spoke volumes. By Andrew J. Pridgen I stayed up too late Thursday night enjoying what was likely my double-digit viewing of Bird and Magic: A Courtship of Rivals on HBO. It was one of those I-was-about-to-go-to-bed-doing-one-last-flip-through-and-it-was-just-starting moments. I’m regretting the decision this morning but...

Will it be the dawning of a ‘Dray Day’ this NBA Finals?

There is only one narrative worth paying attention to in the 2017 NBA Finals and it comes straight out of Saginaw waving his arms, flapping his gums... and, most recently, knowing when enough is enough. By Andrew J. Pridgen The storylines of the 2017 NBA finals are few and less than creative. It basically boils down to a familiar trio of: This...

Frank Deford’s America is one team we won’t see repeat

He wrote about great dynasties and their eventual demise. Unwittingly, he chronicled the rise and downfall of the greatest dynasty of all. By Andrew J. Pridgen Frank Deford, 78, died Sunday at his home in Key West, Fla. He leaves behind a body of work that is the combination of that of millions of lesser men including 18 books (nine...

The Diamondbacks vs. the Rockies vs.The World

As June is about to bloom, the two best teams in baseball hail from the National League West and neither wears Dodger Blue or Giant Orange. How and why it happened in Phoenix and Denver. By Andrew J. Pridgen The pre-season narratives on the Diamondbacks and Rockies practically write themselves: Just cut-and-paste last year’s fourth/fifth-place predictions, sprinkle in something about...

All the NBA World is a Stage for the 2017 Warriors

Greatest of all time? Maybe. Greatest for now? Unequivocally.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Sport does not stand still, it evolves. Today’s superstar is tomorrow's never was. Yesterday’s innovation is today’s warm-up drill. I try to avoid comparing a team’s or individual athletes’ accomplishments across generations because it’s not a safe bet to make. Case in point, with his casual attitude, off-the-field antics,...

California Baseball Weekly: DRIVE. HOME. SAFELY.

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 warm bodies who play for the Padres. Best...

San Diego Keeps Getting Played by Publicly Financed Stadiums

Fascinating to see the fate of a public university's football program in the hands of private enterprise (one that readily has taken public funds and is equally loath to give back.) Written By Kyle Magin San Diego State University football is riding a sinking ship. The Aztecs are getting booted from the city’s Qualcomm Stadium after 2018 as San Diego shuts...

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