Thursday, August 17, 2017

Let’s Be Very Clear: The Chargers are the NFL’s Problem, Not San Diego’s

The Chargers and their shill scribes are having a tough time accepting that if they want to stay in San Diego and make money in San Diego, they need to take the financial risk to make it happen. The problem is, that's counter to the narrative of all NFL owners. Written by Kyle Magin If the Chargers leave San Diego, that...

All cheer as Raiderettes’ lawsuit takes down the team. Next up: the NFL

Rape culture purists and corporate gigolos get a punch where it hurts — the pocketbook. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Raiderettes finally got something to cheer about Wednesday. A $1.25 million settlement against their carpetbagging franchise hit the checking of almost 100 cheerleaders with another payout (a similar suit against against the league) still pending. The original lawsuit filed on behalf of NFL...

A peek at Jim Druckenmiller’s LinkedIn brings back all the memories

...The Druck was recently suggested as someone I might know by the at-work networking site. And I was instantly transported. By Andrew J. Pridgen LinkedIn is one of those annoying/necessary workday distractions. For most people, it’s the unblocked Facebook of business hours. Downtime on LinkedIn = sifting through a lot of People You May Know wondering things like: Why is Laura...

Good for Cam Newton for calling America out on its bullshit

“I’ve said this since day one. I’m an African-American quarterback. That may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare it to.” — Cam Newton By Andrew J. Pridgen Cam Newton is a damn fine football player. He’s handsome as hell too. And he celebrates the glory of it all on and off the field....

Rearranging the deckchairs aboard ESPN

The Network is sinking and parent company Disney is hoping to tap a ‘90s business model—and audience—to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the ubiquitous hotel-lobby-bar-on-mute sports delivery juggernaut that used to buoy Disney’s media empire is now a once-venerable anchor dragging the Mouse down. As subscribers continue to cut the cord, ESPN finds itself bereft of a viable business...

Pasadena ensures the NFL will never smell Roses

By unanimous vote It’s official, today’s NFL and its associated fanbase are unwelcome in the City of Roses. By Andrew Pridgen Pasadena is the kind of town that was promised to your grandfather (or great-grandfather) when he came home from The War (not ‘a’ war, The War). The palm fronds sway in unison and cast brush strokes instead of shadows over the...

Go get that ring Vernon

That crosswind you feel tickling your neck isn’t the shrill first breath of winter, it’s an exhale of exaltation from a man who was taken from his career depths up to a mile-high-and-beyond season of possibility. That man’s name is Vernon Davis.   By Andrew Pridgen As a former 49er faithful, I can’t wait for Vernon Davis to maul the Lombardi...

You’re not losing a NFL franchise as much as you are gaining civic pride…and tax dollars: Hurrah for San Diego

If a NFL franchise leaves a major metro and nobody cares ...does it make a noise? By Kyle Magin When you check in on San Diego 8 or 18 months from now, when Chargers owner Dean Spanos and his team finally decide to leave town, don’t be surprised to find out that nobody in that fine burg much cares that they’ve...

A San Francisco Sup Bro 50 primer: The definitive guide on where to post yourself and your food and yourself with food this week in The City

An interlopers’ where-to pre-game besides near the pop-up ESPN studio at Fisherman’s Wharf. Where to admire the frisky and the young who have replaced generations for generations—gone in a short sleep. Where to see the people who refuse not to be seen as The City hugs its knees close to its chest and rocks itself to that final passage...

Why the f*ck are you still a 49ers fan?

I try and I try and I try...but I can’t seem to understand the point of rooting for the present-day 49ers unless you have that disease Drew Barrymore had in 50 First Dates where you maybe got knocked out sometime in the early ‘90s and every day you wake up thinking the team is great while at the same...

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