Monday, April 22, 2019

Aaron Hernandez’s story is portrayed by NFL-friendly media as the demise and death of a bad seed …the rest of us ought to know better

Hernandez, 27, hung himself in prison this week. The narrative quickly spun to a young man predisposed to hanging with the wrong crowd who paid the ultimate price for his actions. The reality is his brain will be researched — and that will tell a different story. By Andrew J. Pridgen Shock would hardly be the word to use to describe...

Why it’s OK to root for present-day San Francisco to fail even if (especially if) you’re from there

A gated community. A city that is becoming uniformly wealthy, out of reach and out of touch. Too much reclaimed wood. Too many high-backed chairs. Teardrop light fixtures, everywhere. Soulless where there used to be a soul. Blank screens where there used to be imagination...Some shitty tapas place called Bask (get it, it's Basque!) where there used to be...

The challenge of raising a child in the age of Trump

...Also known as trying not to be crippled by the futility of simply not knowing what's coming next. By Andrew J. Pridgen This morning my little boy inched to the edge of the three-meter diving board and stared down at his swim teacher treading water below. He looked at me, then glanced back down at the water. He paused, backed up...

Squaw Valley’s Private Equity Firm Ownership Complains About Internet Trolls By Trolling the Internets

Dear KSL, Why do you have to ruin an already awful week on your mountain...with more awfulness on the internets? And why do you pretend you’re the victim? You, after all, never pay taxes. Oh, and what the fuck is a “massive 23 foot storm”? Is that like a misbegotten Point Break reference or something? By Andrew J....

The College Football Playoff was embraced by SEC Nation… then Bama lost

Hahahahahaha By Andrew J. Pridgen Alabama, the unstoppable NFL farm club supported by tons and tons of cheering back fat, got waxed by a faster, stronger, deeper and more compelling Auburn Saturday, not only lost for the first time since January's title game, but also whiffed on a shot at appearing as the SEC West’s representative in that conference’s championship game...

Are Oregon’s glow-in-the dark uniforms a show of narcissism or simply a cry for help?

A selfie of a Tron-inspired kit sparks debate online about the mental well-being of Oregon football uniforms. Psychologists analyze the fallout from the attention-grab. By Andrew Pridgen Seeking consumer and fan validation through colorful and interchangeable variants has been a hallmark of Oregon’s football uniforms for the majority of this century. Psychologists today warn the Oregon uniform’s increased need for validation combined...

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...

The U-T and 1090 Got Owned on the Chargers’ Move

Or, Why Being a Smarm Peddler Sucks Written by Kyle Magin The San Diego Chargers are set to formally announce (to little fanfare) they are leaving America’s Greatest (soon to be greater!) City for Los Angeles. This news was hysterically broken by ESPN, NOT the San Diego Union-Tribune or San Diego’s AM “The Mighty” 1090. //pauses to giggle hysterically and spike the football...

The problem is Trump’s ‘jokes’ just aren’t funny …and could end up being deadly

Line crossed (again.) By Andrew J. Pridgen If there’s one joke we’ve all (yes, everyone) had enough of, it’s the GOP nominee. He is not a presidential candidate as much as he is a merkin-on-the-head-wearing suicide bomb vest sent here from the future to destroy the reputations of anyone who’s ever drained their trust funds and only has very clear late-stage symptoms...

If an over-financed, under-loved climber is injured or dead on Everest, it must be May

I couldn’t feign surprise by the news of injured guys in the very merry month of May Written by Kyle Magin Like that annoying Justin Timberlake meme or the resultant flora from April showers, there’s no more sure way to tell May has arrived than to find out some well-funded sociopath has harmed or killed himself (or, infrequently, herself) trying to...