Sunday, October 21, 2018

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...

9/11/17

Paul K. Sloan died on the 89th floor South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Donations to the memorial fund in Paul's name can be made to the Brown Sports Foundation, Box 1925, Providence RI 02912. By Andrew J. Pridgen The last night Paul and I hung out together, I was punched in the face outside a...

Why yes, I can TOTALLY believe your kid is in fourth grade this year

What I can’t believe is why school starts in the effing middle of summer. By Andrew J. Pridgen I know you can’t, but I can totally believe your kid is in fourth grade this year. And I know you JUST GOT OVER the disbelief that they were in third grade this time last year… like maybe only recently accepted it —...

These ain’t your father’s underdog Mets

New York City never sleeps--because without three jobs how would you afford to live there? I’m glad the denizens of that coastal hovel will get a chance to revel in the Mets’ glory in between shifts at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and the cold call desk at Bernie Madoff’s retirement services firm. By Kyle Magin After the last out of their...

Tony Hawk sticks a 900 as a 48-year-old …why it’s important — and why it’s not

In his words, he did it because (he still) can. By Andrew J. Pridgen Tony Hawk was already ancient in his sport’s terms when he stuck the skateboarding’s Triple Lindy: A 900. That’s not one, not two, but two and a half full rotations in the air off a vert ramp. Or, to put it in layman's terms, that would be like...

Why Goodreads is the only social network that doesn’t hate you

Facebook and Twitter stoke the fires of your latent narcissism. Pinterest alternately makes you feel materialistic and worthless at crafts. Google Plus is an exercise in profound loneliness. Thank God for Goodreads. Written by Kyle Magin There’s one social network that has never made me feel like an oxcart full of shit. It’s a haven in a sea of political viewpoints,...

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...

Cubs fans hold year heads high. You are the reason Chicago is America’s last great city

Because it's not about winning or losing. It's about staying true to who you are. By Andrew Pridgen Cubs fans, I love you. I love your town. I love that Chicago has managed to remain a city that’s inclusive; that it hasn't mega-billionaire-vacancy'd nor Airbnb’d its way to uniform misery. In Chicago, you’re always just a hot dog or a haircut away...

For the Cubs Fans I Know

On November 3, 2016 it happened. Written by Kyle Magin More than the players today, who poured their lives into the pursuit of baseball excellence, the Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory belongs to its fans. Why? Why does a victory mean more to a bleacher bums than it does to a bunch of dudes who just put in 162 plus...

Matt Bush, Shithead Hero

Baseball is a complicated sport...played by even more complicated individuals. Written by Kyle Magin Lost amid the #ourmoment celebrations in Toronto on Sunday night was the gutsy/freakish outing by Rangers’ losing pitcher Matt Bush. Bush, for those of you unacquainted with his story, is a washed-out 2004 first overall pick of the San Diego Padres. He’s also a demonstrable shithead. Picked originally as...