Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America falls in lockstep with 2016, sends Commissioner of the Steroid Era to the Hall of Fame

Bud Selig, the hand-wringing commissioner of the strike- and steroid era, will be enshrined. We say he's already got vampire status, so no need for further immortality. By Andrew J. Pridgen A Bud-Selig-getting-sent-to-the-Hall-of-Fame rant on this site is almost too predictable; it’s so horrible and forced and easy to call it feels like that part in The Empire Strikes Back...

The Case for Better Expansion

MLB, NHL and NFL expansion teams fail more often than not and even teams that break even are often mired in the loss column for decades. How a gradual, multi-season approach leading up to the first pitch, puck drop or kick off would ensure the growth of a fan base and the maturation of a team  Written by Kyle Magin When...

Helfless

Don’t cry for Mark Helfrich’s imminent firing. Focus on the changes you need to make to be just like him. By Andrew J. Pridgen So it can be said, barring any minor miracle that involves a DeLorean careening 88 miles per hour on the rain-slicked pavement of the Lone Pine Mall parking lot, Oregon fans will no longer be exposed...

Guessing Gameday’s Guest Picker in Kalamazoo

On Sunday, ESPN’s college football flagship program, College Gameday, announced it would host its weekly televised party in Kalamazoo, MI, before Western Michigan University’s game against the Buffalo Bulls. The city promptly lost its mind, and we’re here to unlock the looney bin. Written by Kyle Magin Kirk, Coach, Desmond… and whoever replaced Folwer… Ross? Rece?.... Are headed to Kalamazoo...

San Diego voters get the rare opportunity to say ‘no’ to a billionaire on Election Day

A trick from a decades-old playbook, NFL owners on the West Coast are attempting to use public funds to build NFL stadiums but on this Election Day voters can turn them away the same way the league has turned them off. By Andrew J. Pridgen If Stanford economist Roger Noll is to be believed—and there’s no way he shouldn’t...

Oregon Football Isn’t Just Bad, It’s Boring

...But that’s not even the worst part. By Andrew J. Pridgen By the second half of Saturday’s Oregon/USC game, I was on to other things. This isn’t easy for me to admit, nor is it something I am particularly proud of. Ever since I’ve been writing about Ducks Football in this space, one of my constant harangues has been decrying the thin-skinnedness...

Thank you Cubs for blowing up my feed with joy

That was nice. By Andrew J. Pridgen I can’t remember the last time I opened Facebook or Twitter and didn’t cringe. Didn’t want to immediately look away. Didn’t want to do that thing where you know you shouldn’t be reading something but you click on it anyway and then feel that much more awful about yourself, your day, the general state...

Why I am justifiably afraid that if the Cubs win the World Series the world will end

...Deep down, I don’t think any true Cubs fan is wanting to raise that ‘W’ tonight and kick off an identity crisis or the end times either. By Andrew J. Pridgen It It occurred to me over the weekend when visiting my sister and her brood, all of whom—thanks to a recent trip to Chicago and jumping aboard the mighty blue...

The diminishing importance of curses in the age of information

The Cubs and Indians have shown the surest formula to success is building with math and winning with heart. By Andrew J. Pridgen When is the last time you went to church? Was it last year? Christmas maybe? Perhaps when your grandmother was still around? Or maybe for your grandmother’s funeral? When you were there did it all seem strange? People trapped in...

Pints and Picks Special Edition: Cubs vs. Indians and the end-of-the-world World Series

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. This week: #allstreaksmustpass By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen Hey Kyle, You and I talk a lot back on forth on this site and especially in this space about...

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