Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Cal Neva is set to reopen on Sinatra’s 100th birthday

Frank Sinatra owned Crystal Bay’s Cal Neva from 1960 to 1963. That time, while brief, has defined more than any other the image and the lore of the border-straddling hotel-casino towering over the waters of North Lake Tahoe's dramatic granite shelf. As new ownership claims they'll bring back the Sinatra "glory days,” starting on the night of the crooners...

Why outrage over the Alabama Alpha Phi recruitment video sends mixed signals

-OR- When spamming, flaming trolls crucify you on message boards and your mother calls worried and your ex starts telling really bad and untrue stories about you on Facebook and your whole world collapses just because you thought you were doing what you were supposed to do. By Andrew Pridgen Here are some of the expectations we have of young...

On its 50th anniversary the Astrodome’s demise is a reflection of us

The space-age promise of the Astrodome never came to pass, but that dream we let die should be recognized the week of the stadium’s 50-year anniversary. By Andrew Pridgen The Astrodome, baseball’s first domed stadium, opened Friday, April 9, 1965 to 47,879 spectators including Stonewall, Texas native and Oval Office dweller Lyndon B. Johnson. They watched in hermetically sealed, 72-degree...

Lon Simmons’ legacy echoes from the booth this Opening Day

Sports columnist Jim Murray was eulogized by broadcaster Jack Whitaker as “one hell of a writer, but even a better person''; similar snippets were said of Lon Simmons, who passed away on the eve of 2015’s Opening Day at his home in Daly City. By Andrew Pridgen Lon Simmons, the 91-year-old voice of the Bay Area by way of Elko, Nev.,...

I need a life closer

I need a life closer. ...Just someone who can get warm as I'm struggling in the sixth or seventh with a couple men on and I can't find my spots. I need a guy with a funky beard and tatted sleeves that resemble a fireworks box and frizzy hair and his hat on crooked with a snarl and a mean...

Thank You, Secret Trump Supporter

...We never saw you coming. Written by Bridget Clerkin Togetherness. Unity. A shared consensus in faith. These are the final words of advice Barack Obama has used his pulpit to promote, at once a reminder of the civility we should strive for and an example of its importance in preserving our fragile morals. In the face of an electorate unified only in...

I don’t know why you say good-bye I say hello

The first time I felt truly small and not in control, like the way cities look five minutes before you land in a plane, was fall of my Freshman year in high school. By Andrew Pridgen It was a Friday night and my options were comfortably limited to staying at home and reading or staying at home and watching TV. In...

Squaw’s Bosses Planning to Break Resort Like a Piggy Bank, Collect the Cash and Run

Why Squaw is fucked. (Click here to see how to un-fuck it.) By Andrew J. Pridgen Before we jump feet first into the water theme park and the specifics of the Squaw redevelopment plan which they all but burnt the edges of to make it look like an old treasure map like you did for a 5th grade project, let’s get...

Why does the America’s Cup fucking suck so bad?

What's up America's Cup? By Andrew Pridgen That's an actual question, not the rhetorical kind. It's like what the fuck is up with you? For starters, and I'm not even gonna mess around, like could you take the word America off your title? I checked with Obama and he's like "unless they can come up with a more American sport than sailing...

A second-by-second breakdown of Jack Nicklaus’ Masters Ace

Jack Nicklaus, the 75-year-old guy who is the Target of golf course design and accounted for more than half my father’s leisure-time wardrobe*, bagged a 139-yard 4th hole Par 3 hole-in-one Wednesday at the Masters Par 3 contest. By Andrew Pridgen Nicklaus partook in a threesome with a guy named after iced tea and lemonade and some rapper who calls himself...

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