Monday, April 23, 2018

The disappearance of the wage-earning sports fan is the real reason ESPN is dying

Watching ESPN’s downfall has been a source of macabre fascination for folks like me, the people who helped bring the fledgling cable sports provider into some kind of must-see prominence in the ‘90s. Now we cheer its present-day downfall. By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember when I made the switch to ESPN from the nightly local sports broadcast, the guy in...

What I know of Don Solem

Donald L. Solem, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at his home in Mill Valley. Donations can be made in his name to SupplyBank.org. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was chatting up Dick Spotswood at some cocktail reception for some ballot measure in the fall of 1997. I had no idea who Dick Spotswood was, but he was next to...

The changing narrative on Barry Bonds in the dawn of the new age of the long ball

Will the Giants slugger finally get the recognition and redemption he deserves? By Andrew J. Pridgen Barry Bonds stood up from his seat on an unseasonably balmy July evening Friday in San Francisco to an impromptu standing ovation from a 2/3rds full stadium there to watch their last-place ballclub square off against the equally dead-to-rights Miami Marlins. AT&T Park, a...

A San Francisco Sup Bro 50 primer: The definitive guide on where to post yourself and your food and yourself with food this week in The City

An interlopers’ where-to pre-game besides near the pop-up ESPN studio at Fisherman’s Wharf. Where to admire the frisky and the young who have replaced generations for generations—gone in a short sleep. Where to see the people who refuse not to be seen as The City hugs its knees close to its chest and rocks itself to that final passage...

As a Giants fan, this season was, by far, the most reflective of my mood in decades

...Without a doubt. By Andrew J. Pridgen It sounds silly to say that my favorite San Francisco Giants season dating back double-digits is the one where they’re threatening to not win 60 games. It was a miserable and Jekyll-and-Hyde run that started out with Madison Bumgarner hitting two home runs opening day, ending up with the no-decision (his bullpen enabled Arizona...

2017 NBA Finals Game 3: The First Kiss

Cleveland would have to re-write history (again) to come back from 0-3 in an NBA Finals. Golden State has a chance to make it going 16-0 in a playoff Friday night. Which will it be? By Andrew J. Pridgen Ever been on a date when things are just clicking? You meet up and share an embrace, but it’s not forced or awkward...

Pints and Picks: All Stars at Life Choices Make All Star Selections

All Star voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EST tonight (June 29) here’s who the DPB crew has vetted as ASG worthy using none of the maths and all the emotions. To read more Pints and Picks, click here. To see how we're doing on our preseason MLB picks, click here. By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin Hey Kyle, After nearly four...

2017 NBA Finals Game 1: An homage to Magic and Bird

For the most part, Game 1 was called like a pre-hand-check-era tilt. And the performances to ensue spoke volumes. By Andrew J. Pridgen I stayed up too late Thursday night enjoying what was likely my double-digit viewing of Bird and Magic: A Courtship of Rivals on HBO. It was one of those I-was-about-to-go-to-bed-doing-one-last-flip-through-and-it-was-just-starting moments. I’m regretting the decision this morning but...

The NBA Finals: How Game 5 showed this one’s going the distance

“I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. Simple.” — LeBron James after Cleveland’s 104-91 loss to Golden State to go down 3-2 in the 2015 NBA Finals By Andrew Pridgen When LeBron James deadpans he’s the best player in the world while wearing a leather Cavaliers hat that looks like it should’ve been on Michael Bivins’ head...

This time you went TOO FAR MR. COLIN KAEPERNICK. Way way way way way way way way way way way way way way way way too FAR. WAY...

Sitting during the NATIONAL ANTHEM even if it’s your father-in-law who has his have diabetic feet is NO EXCUSE!!!! By Andrew J. Pridgen I just HAVE to get something off my CHEST! I hate you so much Mr. COLIN KAEPERNICK! Your peaceful and meaningful protest to bring awareness to a personal cause and exercise YOUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH is something...