Friday, June 23, 2017

Sh*t just got real at ESPN

ESPN, a decidedly old-guard institution and barely-hanging-in-there holdover from the early days of cable just dropped pink slips on at least 100 individuals in its front-line talent pool. More to come. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Mouse’s once venerable sports and media juggernaut is now showing its age more than Carrot Top after missing a BOTOX sesh. The Network, which...

Frank Deford’s America is one team we won’t see repeat

He wrote about great dynasties and their eventual demise. Unwittingly, he chronicled the rise and downfall of the greatest dynasty of all. By Andrew J. Pridgen Frank Deford, 78, died Sunday at his home in Key West, Fla. He leaves behind a body of work that is the combination of that of millions of lesser men including 18 books (nine...

God Bless you Uncle Bill

Goodbye to William Stiveson: devoted father, grandfather, educator, Catholic and...devout football fan. By Andrew Pridgen It was late-August of 1992. “Uncle” Bill Stiveson was my high school’s vice principal. I was the incoming student body president. Early one morning, a few weeks before the start of school, I was down at his office working on something for the first assembly...

Yogi Berra took a little piece of heaven with him

“Mr. Berra,” his first Yankee manager Casey Stengel once said, “is a very strange fellow of very remarkable abilities.” He died Tuesday at age 90. By Andrew Pridgen I don’t believe in heaven. Not the kind they try to sell you on TV, anyway. There is no life in the clouds, no harps to greet you, no 24-hour Angel food cake...

For Tanya

Mother, survivor, teacher, community activist, writer and editor Tanya Canino passed away on Friday, Sept. 9. She was 55. By Andrew J. Pridgen It was no secret that Tanya Canino and I didn’t share the same newsroom philosophy. Also, she took my job. So, yeah, we had kind of a rough start. For most of 2007, I was interim editor of...

We owe it to Carrie Fisher to keep fighting

Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday in Los Angeles. Fisher once requested that her obit say she “...drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.” Done. By Andrew J. Pridgen With but four days left in 2016, it is impossible to address the passing of Carrie Fisher without putting it in the context of all...

The Earth is thawing out the next five unstoppable human-destroying plagues at this very moment and all people can talk about is effing Donald Trump, Ryan Lochte and Colin...

...We are all guilty I suppose. By Andrew J. Pridgen We peeps do a really good job of really fucking up priorities on a regular basis. Owe three months rent? I’ll just put that jacket on the card….and maybe some T-bell. Hello Crunchy Cheesy Core Burrito™. Building’s burning down? Where the fuck is my phone? (Have you seen my fucking phone?) Can we sit...

Garry Marshall raised me

...And I think he did a pretty OK job. By Andrew J. Pridgen I grew up a latchkey kid. Or, in today’s terms, I was free-range parented. There were some long days, especially during the summers, when I would go eight or ten hours without the accompaniment of an adult this side of Charles Ingalls, Schneider or Mr. Drummond. From them...

Jose Fernandez is the embodiment of a spirit we seem to have lost

"I think that what makes a player good is not out there on the field, it's who he is as a person. I know where I came from, and I know what I want." — Jose Fernandez, age 20 upon receiving 2013 National League Rookie of the Year honors. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jose Fernandez isn’t just special in memory. He is...

9-11-15

Paul K. Sloan died on the 89th floor of the South Tower, World Trade Center on 9/11/01. To read more about him or make a donation in his name click here. By Andrew Pridgen My first contact with a family member in the immediate hours following the events of the morning of 9/11 was my sister. She’d been up all night...

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