Friday, December 15, 2017

ESPN is wrong again, this time on the wrong side of history

ESPN gripping for advertiser dollars doesn’t realize that censuring an employee for speaking the truth only further alienates the majority of its viewers. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the sports delivery network that has bet everything on white middle managers who are doing their best to destroy the world for their children one stolen PowerPoint presentation at a time, rocking Haggar...

California Baseball Weekly: Who’s Your Daddy?

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 suddenly lethal ballers who play for the...

Pints and Picks Week 1: We’re back and betting with a conscience!

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it. (Note: College football’s heartbeat is in Texas, and we’re lucky enough to have a few longtime readers hailing from Houston. Our thoughts were with them all...

California Baseball Weekly: Two For the Money

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 early-October vacationers who play for the San...

A time to protest

Why every NFL player, regardless of race, religion or background, should make a statement during the playing of the National Anthem this season. By Andrew J. Pridgen Football season is mere days away and whether we admit it or not, the sport, which is a barbaric game that exploits working poor families and minorities for the viewing pleasure of the rich—and...

Steph Curry could do better than Under Armour

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s decision to abandon Trump’s manufacturing council in the wake of the president’s inability to rebuke his white nationalist base was a move of self-preservation, not taking the moral high ground. As a result, Steph Curry should reassess his stake in the brand. By Andrew J. Pridgen In 2014, emerging N.B.A. superstar Steph Curry inked a Jordan-esque...

Rosen-colored glasses

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen’s recent comments on the rigors student athletes face are 100 percent right, but also myopic. By Andrew J. Pridgen College football is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year entertainment juggernaut. It is a sport that’s profitable for the many involved: The schools, their conferences, the outfitters (uniform, shoes, helmets), the coaches, the assistants, the assistants to the assistants, the...

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...

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....

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...