Friday, June 23, 2017

This year, I will not buy any new ski gear

...At least I’ll try not to. Promise. Maybe. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recently mentioned how much I look forward to rely on POWDER's annual buyers' guide/kick-off issue dropping into my mailbox of floating as if by magic carrier owl onto a news stand. I like everything about it. It is one part guilty pleasure, one part aspirational guide to living...

The 7 best things about the new Star Wars teaser trailer

When the last of the prequels-that-shall-not-be-named wrapped, I started an email campaign to initiate a Star Wars episodes I-III genocide. Without trying to get too evocative of the darkest period in human history, I envisioned giant bonfires of Costco-bought DVDs, legions of young fans cutting off their Padawan braids and donating them to Locks of Love ...and never having...

An Open Letter to Will Gordon Regarding Bell’s Oberon

Dear Will Gordon, I’m not here to skewer you for calling one of the best wheat beers I’ve ever enjoyed “overrated.” You taste more beer in a month than I do in a year and may have something of a point on quality. I am here to tell you your understanding of the love Michiganders, Midwesterners and people in the...

Redemption now has to be found outside of baseball for Hamilton

It's Josh Hamilton's turn to focus on his life, his wife and his four daughters instead of playing a boys' game. By Andrew Pridgen Physical comedians John Belushi and Chris Farley were both found dead in hotel rooms at the age of 33. The cause of death, drugs—cocaine the culprit in the lead up and in the end. Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton,...

How the Nike have fallen

From the swoosh’s apex with Michael Johnson at the Atlanta games to being a mere footnote at the Rio Olympics, how Nike’s being a part of the status quo has failed to compel the next generation of consumer. By Andrew J. Pridgen During the mid-’90s I thought I had found a home at the University of Oregon’s Journalism School. It...

Walmart scuffle shows Rousey’s biggest fight is outside the octagon

UFC women's reigning bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has waged war against the world’s worst company for refusing to sell her autobiography. And once again, she is winning. By Andrew Pridgen Ronda Rousey is a dichotomy in a sports bra and hand wraps. The embodiment of the awful truth that courses through her energy drink-soaked and tribal-tatted sport. And that is, there’s...

I’m so pumped to watch the NLDS Game 3 with the sound down and Toto IV playing on a loop in the background it’s ridiculous

Look no further than the confines of AT&T park Cubs fans...and you’ll find that winning breeds awful. Click here for other MLB playoff game/album pairings. By Andrew J. Pridgen Over the weekend, Chicago Cubs fans were acting very un-Chicago-Cubs-fan-like. Instead of digging fingernails into palms at every strikeout, booing at every perceived balk from the opposing pitcher and tearing out what’s left of...

So Long Grey Lady

How the New York Times’ first round of buyouts signals the end of ...something. By Andrew J. Pridgen Part of my weekly ritual is taking my son to get a coffee and a New York Times on Sunday morning. He likes to put sugar in the coffee, one. Pack. At. A. Time. And I like the expression on the barista’s face...

Why KG needs Minnesota

KG settles back into life in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, perhaps this time for good. Why this homecoming is the best move he ever made. By Andrew Pridgen Kevin Garnett was a 6-foot-11, 210-pound 18-year-old from the deepest, poorest dead-end gravel road nothing of Greenville, South Carolina—raised in the toe-tagged hood known as Nickeltown—one guess what the white side of...

The Earth is thawing out the next five unstoppable human-destroying plagues at this very moment and all people can talk about is effing Donald Trump, Ryan Lochte and Colin...

...We are all guilty I suppose. By Andrew J. Pridgen We peeps do a really good job of really fucking up priorities on a regular basis. Owe three months rent? I’ll just put that jacket on the card….and maybe some T-bell. Hello Crunchy Cheesy Core Burrito™. Building’s burning down? Where the fuck is my phone? (Have you seen my fucking phone?) Can we sit...

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