Sunday, October 21, 2018

The greatest gift of 2015: Kobe Bryant’s retirement poem

Has Kobe Bryant found a new career as a writer? Surprisingly, maybe. By Andrew Pridgen I have much to be thankful for when reflecting on the year that was in sports: The collapse of the dreaded Santa Clara 49ers and the faithful waking up to the York family boondoggle. The continued marketing juggernaut the San Francisco Giants have become and how...

…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...

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:...

MLB’s wildcard has teams dying to avoid it

Why wildcard entrants in a one-game system instead of a series is baseball’s best idea. By Kyle Magin Stephen Piscotty almost died trying to avoid the MLB wildcard game by expressly not avoiding his teammate. The Cardinals outfielder dove into fellow outfielder Peter Borjous’ knee in an attempt to corral a Pittsburgh Pirates’ pop-fly on Monday and went down in a...

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...

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...

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...

The Trinity of West Coast Baseball

Is this heaven? No, it's California. By Kyle Magin There’s a place, somewhere near the sun’s resting place, where baseball is still told as a story. Octogenarians and a sexagenarian do the telling in tasteful suits on TV and over the airwaves. They contextualize Yasiel Puig or Madison Bumgarner’s dazzling ability in baseball’s century-old saga with charming anecdotes woven in and...

7 ways LBJ will end up in LA

LeBron James in a Lakers uniform next season? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. By Andrew Pridgen LeBron James thought he’d be able to bring a title to Cleveland in one year. ...And he wasn’t far off, two games to be exact. With a healthy Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, it’s conceivable the Cavs, not the Warriors, would have hoisted the Larry...

A new day in LA is a new day in America.

With one simple but unexpected decision yesterday, America felt the end of one of its most oppressive eras By Andrew Pridgen Did you hear the news? Did you see it? Did you feel it? Yesterday, the banner of oppression innocuously floated down from the rafters and the flag of equality was draped over the shoulders of all who’d fought so hard and loved...