Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What NFL transgression will finally force me to stop watching for good?

The first last straw came early last season when tape surfaced of Ray Rice knocking his fiancé out like Debo in an elevator. On Sept. 9, 2014, I gave up the NFL and its sponsors for good. Well, kind of for good. Knowing full well that I could only avoid the NFL like a Smurf does Gargamel for so...

…So what you’re saying is Dave Roberts is black???

When I listen to TV on the Radio or The Roots I don’t think these are black bands. I think, these are good bands. Apparently that’s not yet the case in baseball, or maybe even in life. By Andrew Pridgen Forty years ago when Frank Robinson became the second Robinson to break baseball’s color barrier as its first black manager, it...

Chase Utley’s Eddie Mathews Moment

How a silver fox back-up middle infielder currently hitting .237 is the MVP of the hottest team in baseball this decade. By Kyle Magin “If you think the world ended today, you don’t belong here.” Sportswriters saw that scrawled in chalk on a board in the visitors locker room at Yankee Stadium on August 25, 1968. Some Detroit Tiger had penned the...

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...

USATF kicks top Olympic hopeful off the team for not succumbing to Nike

Your weekly reminder that Nike, and pretty much any sports' governing body, is the devil. By Andrew Pridgen American middle-distance runner and current national 800-meter champion Nick Symmonds was dumped from the U.S.A. Track & Field roster over the weekend as the team heads to the IAAF World Championships. The reason: He refused to violate his contract with Brooks Running...

Cancel these Olympics! An Oral History of all that is awful with the Games Part I: The 20th Century

Part 1 of 2: Every four years, some city with a bankruptcy wish hosts a Summer Olympics, usually successfully! Every four years, somebody says it’ll fail or won’t be ready in time and should be boycotted, postponed, cancelled or moved. Written by Kyle Magin This summer, the Zika virus and impending collapse of Brazil’s political system are conspiring to join previous...

Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson doc underscores how little progress America has made in terms of race

Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. And it has been built back nearly everywhere else in America since then. By Andrew J. Pridgen Barack and Michelle Obama’s segment as talking heads during the second hour of Ken Burns’ new Jackie Robinson doc (airing April 11 and 12 on PBS and streaming online) was about Robinson’s legacy as it...

Warriors put on a clinic in Sunday hangover basketball at Staples

Looks like another perfect day... By Andrew J. Pridgen Nobody looks good playing hungover. And the weary road Warriors, who’ve only tipped off twice in the confines of the Coliseum since February 9 (think of it this way, Prince has had more appearances on their home court in that time) looked every bit the team who’d forgotten to take a pre-emptive...

A Giant Collapse

How in the last season the Giants have gotten away from their blueprint and traded the future for an uncertain tomorrow By Andrew J. Pridgen The San Francisco Giants less than two months ago were owners of baseball’s best record heading into the All-Star break. Since then, in dramatic fashion, they have been baseball’s worst second-half team at 11-23 and have...

A Festival of Futility: There’s Going to Be So Much Shitty Baseball in the Second Half

Rob Manfred, please find a way to speed up the game ...till the end of September. Written by Kyle Magin Truly, baseball’s second half will be a tale of two leagues. Only three teams are more than 6 games out of playoff contention in the American: Chicago, Detroit and Oakland. The National, as it was in the first half, will be laughably replete...

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