Sunday, January 20, 2019

California Baseball Weekly: Two For the Money

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 early-October vacationers who play for the San...

Pints and Picks Week 6: Betting PAC-12, Mountain West, MLB Playoffs and searching the skies above and the beers below for answers

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it. This week: #ican'tbelievehereallysaidgrabthembythep*ssy By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen Hey Kyle, Well, it took 11 innings Tuesday night, but I finally caught it… no, it’s not just MLB Playoff...

In Defense of True Amateurism: College Hockey’s Troublesome Heart

College hockey is being held back by it's own blithe spirit of the actual joy of sport. But how long will it stay uncorrupted? An examination. Written by Kyle Magin College hockey displays all the telltale signs of desiring major sport status. New arenas, brawny new leagues, TV deals and rosters chock full of pro prospects make the sport as viable,...

Denzel Valentine is Incomparable–Seriously, Don’t Try

Moving on to college hoops, this season's biggest story is Michigan State's senior point-forward-heir-to-the-throne Denzel Valentine. What's about to unfold over the next 90 days is a showcase of Valentine—both prototypical and atypical in comparison to the Spartan greats.  Written by Kyle Magin Denzel Valentine is a poor man’s Draymond Green and a soul-crushingly, Kirkland socks darning-ly broke man’s Magic Johnson. That’s...

Detroit Lions Fans: You Should Quit, Too

Join the best to ever do it and quit the Lions, too Written By Kyle Magin Detroit Lions fans, famously, have been through this before. Watching a star walk away in the vicinity of the top of his game from a hapless team rather than play out the string with a hapless team. The variables--Barry Sanders in 1999 and Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson...

Cleveland v. Detroit: The only N.B.A. Playoffs match-up with a needle exchange program

Surprise, surprise—this is AJ, not Kyle—writing about Detroit. By Andrew J. Pridgen Apologies at the onset for forgoing my usual beat which is anywhere within a hundred-mile radius of a kimchi taco truck that features a line of guys wearing #manscarves in 78-degree weather; but there is a method to this drill. ...It’s basically to bring Kyle Magin up to date on...

No Answers for the Great Lakes, Only Questions

Major questions are looming for the Great Lakes’ only national park and its sportfishing industry. Their answers will determine how man supports wildlife in the 21st century. Written by Kyle Magin Great Lakes wildlife managers teeter on the brink of two major decisions regarding its most well-known species. On Isle Royale National Park: The Great Lakes’ only national park--894 square miles...

Michigan State is Going Backward, and That’s OK

Regarding the Acadians: They shout and curse, stabbing wildly; more brawlers than warriors. They make a wondrous mess of things. Written by Kyle Magin The final seconds of Michigan State basketball’s second Big Ten win fittingly ticked away with the ball in the hands of Alvin Ellis III. The Spartans are 2-0 in the league--with an overtime victory on the road against...

Pints and Picks Week 10: Bama vs. Everybody Else

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it. Twenty-four. Twenty-five, if Tennessee fires football coach Butch Jones after I file this. That’s how many bodies of fellow SEC coaches Nick Saban’s left outlined in chalk since hiring...

Will it be the dawning of a ‘Dray Day’ this NBA Finals?

There is only one narrative worth paying attention to in the 2017 NBA Finals and it comes straight out of Saginaw waving his arms, flapping his gums... and, most recently, knowing when enough is enough. By Andrew J. Pridgen The storylines of the 2017 NBA finals are few and less than creative. It basically boils down to a familiar trio of: This...