Friday, September 22, 2017

Donald Sterling so much more than just racist

Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling is not just racist. The operative word being just. He is racist and a whole lot of individual and societal bad things more all hiding behind a melted Mickey Rourke mask. Sterling, 81, who is currently under investigation by the NBA for racist remarks recently released from a recorded conversation with his girlfriend V....

The South Side Secret

Chicago White Sox captain Paul Konerko appears to be as recognizable to baseball fans as Roger Waters is to One Direction fans. As Derek Jeter conducts his farewell tour to pomp and fanfare, packing the stands in the home parks of traditional rivals like the …Houston Astros… Konerko plays out the string in the witness protection program that is his...

The difference between NBA preseason and playoff games is there’s more commercials

Had Monday's second division round playoff match-up between the Golden State Warriors and host Los Angeles Clippers of LA at the Lakers' downtown practice facility been a pre-season walk-through, a recap could have gone something like this: Clippers' Kia-jumping side show Blake Griffin can certainly sell jerseys to children who imagine he could paint himself green and make a pretty...

Much more than just Boston Strong

One of the saddest things I've ever seen was on the morning of September 11, 2006. It was the fifth anniversary of the tragedy and I was in a security line in lower Manhattan, silent beneath the specter of fallen buildings and a blanket of radiant blue sky. I was readying to go down to the memorial site. There,...

Thoughts on fandom and riding the bandwagon

I started a column about the Detroit Pistons about eight times before landing on this offering. I have no relationship with the team anymore and every attempt rang hollow. It’s sad. I watched the Pistons near-nightly between 2001-2007. My college was a mere exit from the Palace of Auburn Hills — once the cream of the NBA’s crop of arenas, now its...

iBeacon of hopelessness: Apple and MLB’s Big Brother blunder

Surfers are stereotypically a soulful sort, especially when it comes to their sport. That doesn't mean they don't like to leverage a little technology from time to time when it comes to the timing and placement of their rubber-coated bodies into a nearby body of water. By Andrew Pridgen Surfers I work with monitor reports online from the gray shores of...

Pacquaio and Bradley worth watching for what could have been

It’s expected that somewhere north of 1 million homes will purchase HBO Pay-Per-View and tune in on Saturday to see welterweight boxing star Manny Pacquiao’s rematch with Timothy Bradley. By Kyle Magin Manny Pacquiao — the Filipino icon/actor/politician/philanderer/big-spender/born-again Christian/broke person — will be the ostensible draw. He’s a massive name, he’s charming enough to give a great interview in broken English...

The Masters of deception

I have long been of the belief everything we hold dear in America is rooted in the tall tales of the raconteur, or at least started out as a pretty good joke one rich guy put over on another. When the document that sets the foundation of life in your sworn nation state begins with the word "Con" as...

An Ode to Bud Selig

Bud Selig accomplished and bungled a great many things during his tenure. He murdered, bagged and dragged the sport out of French Canada, reanimated the corpse and delivered a happy baby franchise to Washington. He kept upwind of PEDs while they made the sport gobs of money and swooped in to force labor concessions once the tide turned on...

How a little change of attitude on Opening Day can go a long way

"The great secret theme of baseball is Loss (with its teammate, Failure)." — Michael Chabon By Andrew Pridgen A decade ago around Opening Day, I'd relocated to Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area. My father was easing into partial retirement there, with my mother — still working "down the hill" — joining him on weekends. Like most fathers and sons, he and...

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