Sunday, February 25, 2018

An all-SEC final featuring an appearance by Trump, a fitting end to the relevance of college football.

Mercifully, college football can now be ignored in my timezone. By Andrew J. Pridgen I doubt many around the land will tune in to Monday’s CFP national championship game—the emerging news that America’s wilting and confused commander-in-chief will be there is even more reason to skip the non-event. The teams in question are Georgia and Alabama, squads from the same college...

‘O’ Well

Willie Taggart leaving Oregon after a single season is the coaching move the Ducks deserved. By Andrew J. Pridgen I’m one of the 14ish Oregon football fans who can say “I was there” when Oregon put a historic beat down on Air Force 41-13 at Sam Boyd Stadium on Dec. 20, 1997. It was my first time in Vegas, and a lot...

The San Francisco Giants have a problem no one man can fix

S.F. would default to a known, losing formula should they sign Giancarlo Stanton. By Andrew J. Pridgen The San Francisco Giants claim they drew an almost-capacity 3.3 million to AT&T park last season. Bullshit. Yes, they may have sold that many tickets to Salesforce c-level blazer-and-jeans seat-fillers, but that, in no way, reflects the actual crowd in attendance. Every Giants game I tuned...

The College Football Playoff was embraced by SEC Nation… then Bama lost

Hahahahahaha By Andrew J. Pridgen Alabama, the unstoppable NFL farm club supported by tons and tons of cheering back fat, got waxed by a faster, stronger, deeper and more compelling Auburn Saturday, not only lost for the first time since January's title game, but also whiffed on a shot at appearing as the SEC West’s representative in that conference’s championship game...

Scary. (Good?) Times.

I am, these days, an agnostic when it comes to supporting a particular baseball franchise. It is impossible commit to just one club, because fandom, overall, gets in the way. It gets in the way of expectation and truth and true fulfillment. By Andrew J. Pridgen Admitting my polyamory when it comes to baseball might sound like a gross rationalization…...

Houston vs. Los Angeles: All you need to know about two baseball frontier towns as they square off in the 2017 World Series

Houston vs. Los Angeles. Texas vs. California. Oil money vs. Hedgies. Kershaw vs. Verlander. The pride of baseball in the Americas— the U.S., Cuba, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. And, the fingerprints of the Big Apple and Windy City. Some background on a series for everyone. Written by Kyle Magin It may take a keen—or willing—ear to listen for the heartbeat of...

I’m Glad the USMNT Lost

Thank God.   Written by Kyle Magin U.S. men’s soccer fans and the media who pushes the team into your sports coverage like a mom with a damn vegetable are the worst. I am thrilled that the USMNT didn’t make the 2018 World Cup for a number of reasons, but chiefly because these smug, self-absorbed, scarf-wearing elitists deserve to perish in the...

Life at Stadium: Notes From the Crypt

If a stadium in decay has no name, does it exist? Not in the eyes of one municipality. Written by Kyle Magin Today, it’s San Diego Community Credit Union (SDCCU) Stadium, but you wouldn’t know it when you’re in the house. The ancient (circa-1967) brutalist stadium has been known variously as San Diego Stadium, Jack Murphy, and, most recently, as Qualcomm, or...

California Baseball Weekly: Fin

Every (other, mostly) week during the 2017 season, we checked in with California’s five MLB teams. Who was up? (the Dodgers, mostly) Who was down? (the A’s, mostly) Who had the cheapest ticket on any given week (the Giants) and who will play in the best series (the Dodgers)? The Golden State is home to the best position player...

Matt Cain brought me back to baseball

The Giants’ longest-tenured arm tearfully bid farewell to his teammates Wednesday with the announcement that Saturday would be his final game. Twelve years, one team, three rings and a perfect game. But that doesn’t nearly tell the whole story… By Andrew J. Pridgen My fandom of the San Francisco Giants, the team that in the late-’90s somehow came a lost boarding...