Thursday, April 26, 2018

Steph in Memphis

Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, “all these things have happened, and probably they will happen again” but I don’t think he meant within the span of two minutes. By Andrew Pridgen With fewer than 180 seconds to go in the third against Memphis Wednesday, Steph Curry, the guy who decides what music to play for the Golden State Warriors and how...

Fifteen years on

I'm drunk and wearing flip-flops on Fifth Avenue. Once you've fallen from classical virtue. Won't have a soul to wake up and hold you. — Rufus Wainwright By Andrew J. Pridgen Paul’s sister was a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman. On the morning of September 11, 2001, she was on her way to work and her brother was already at his desk. She...

Only one member of the Trojan family can fill that giant gaping hole at head coach—and that member is Will Ferrell

DPB obtained a leaked memo from USC president Max Nikias to AD Pat Haden via Apple Watch Monday afternoon re: potential head coach candidates for its football program. Most of the encrypted memo was translated from Greek using Google Translate and a menu, so apologies for the parts we had to fill in. By Andrew Pridgen TO: Patty H CC: Tommy Trojan FR:...

Why Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech Ought to be Studied and Emulated Over and Over and Over

Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. By Andrew J. Pridgen Meryl Streep should not have had to use her Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement acceptance speech as a battle cry. It should have been a long and lugubrious list of tipsy thank yous to her husband,...

Born to run (and be a mom)

It is oft said every journey starts with a single step. That’s not true. It starts with three. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was on time or early for all of Robin’s OB appointments while she was pregnant — a first for me — with the exception of the 40-week. She told me that morning I didn’t have to go, that the last...

Tom Hanks just destroyed the NFL, the Raiders, Las Vegas …and the DH in under :30

I guess we can close up shop here. Our work is done. By Andrew J. Pridgen It’s easy to hate on Tom Hanks sometimes. He made me think it was OK hold forth with strangers on a bench while holding a really melty box of confections in my lap every time I’m held over south of the The Mason–Dixon line. He...

The man who shared everything without ever needing a device

The world without Vin Scully will be a much less vibrant, less informed place. This year, his victory lap, is more than that — it’s the last time the rest of us will be able to witness a piece of living history. By Andrew J. Pridgen We all know it’s coming. It’s too much to take, really. If 2016 were a desk...

Merle knew what it’s like to walk the Streets of Bakersfield. As it turns out, you might too

Oildale's favorite son Merle Haggard, country's only true believer and a man who made something out of dirt, died on his birthday April 6. He was 79. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recall with relative clarity one languid spring Friday afternoon scene at Robert’s Western World in Nashville listening to third-tier honky-tonk acts reverb off of our half-empty cans of Coors...

Things are getting so bad I’ve started listening to R.E.M. again

...And I’m not sure how I feel about it. By Andrew J. Pridgen It’s not that I ever stopped liking R.E.M. it’s just that I grew up and away from them. There was more out there to discover. R.E.M. was a gateway drug like shake weed, Natural Ice or glossy print porn before the world was full of disgusting Eastern...

#staycurry America

...Steph is the best ever. Jordan and all the other people who throw the orange ball through the ring—pfft. By Andrew J. Pridgen The N.B.A. blessed everyone at work today with a mixtape of Steph Curry to honor his second straight MVP/being the league’s first unanimous choice. I don’t know what living in Bloomington in 1987 and winning Bon Jovi tickets...