Tuesday, October 24, 2017

USGA makes a deal with the devil and loses not only its soul but its audience in the process

America, take note. The recent failure of the The U.S. Women's Open at Trump national is a blueprint on how everyday people can defeat the grifter-in-chief.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald Trump was the worst-behaved human in American history, ever, on a campaign trail. He won by appealing to a population in transition’s worst fears buffeted by racist, sexist, misogynist...

Do the Giants and Pablo Sandoval have an incurable case of biological imprinting?

In short, science says no. ...But that's far from the end of the explanation. By Andrew J. Pridgen Behavioral psychologist Nancy Kalish, Ph.D. recently wrote about a study she did on imprinting. Imprinting—for those who don’t read websites dedicated to celeb relationships, acai bowls, the best athleisure wear for a job interview and yoga poses in exotic parts of your living...

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are getting paid handsomely to be living, breathing manifestations of the worst of what we’ve become

Do not pay attention to their words. Do not watch their fight. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are racists, there are homophobes, there are small-minded people, there are celebrities we worship just because they have more than us. There are talented people who are awful and there are awful people with no talent—and all these types of folk can have...

As Oakland parts out its team once more, Billy Beane’s legacy is assured only by the successes of his imitators

Oakland is in the midst of its second purge in three seasons. The difference this time is EVP of baseball operations Billy Beane hints he’s building a team to come online in time for a new stadium. But is that just more wishful thinking? By Andrew J. Pridgen Billy Beane is the only executive in baseball history who will ever be...

California Baseball Weekly: Seller Dwellers

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 future Mexican leaguers who play for the...

Bettors be advised to take the Dodgers at 3-1 to win the World Series

It’s as close to a sure thing as anything this side of the Russians interfering. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are no secrets left in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse. They are, to paraphrase the late Dennis Green, who we think they are. In their case, they are destined for greatness. At 63-29 approaching the trade deadline, the boys in blue are...

The rise and fall of Pablo Sandoval

It takes a village to raise a Panda. That’s a lesson it took the San Francisco Giants more than a half decade to learn. And one the Red Sox never quite did. By Andrew J. Pridgen Pablo Sandoval is officially the worst free agent signing in Red Sox history. Friday, Boston designated the the 29-year-old prize of the 2014 off-season...

Are professional sports players getting so good that it’s boring?

Homogeneousness the result of specialization, analytics and refinement at an early age means it’s difficult today to tell one superstar athlete from another. The question is, are we still entertained? By Andrew J. Pridgen Major League Baseball quietly entered a new era over the last half decade. It is the era of the long ball, the strikeout, the disposable starter, the...

A Festival of Futility: There’s Going to Be So Much Shitty Baseball in the Second Half

Rob Manfred, please find a way to speed up the game ...till the end of September. Written by Kyle Magin Truly, baseball’s second half will be a tale of two leagues. Only three teams are more than 6 games out of playoff contention in the American: Chicago, Detroit and Oakland. The National, as it was in the first half, will be laughably replete...

Private equity and hedge fund trolls steer Formula 1 right into the wall

What’s happening to Formula 1 is a brazen example of greed crippling a once-great enterprise and the result of an investor model built to game the system for immediate gains with no substantive look at improving, or even sustaining, the product. By Andrew J. Pridgen Keep your eye on what happens to Formula 1 over the next 18 months...