Sunday, October 21, 2018

The NBA Finals: Regardless of what happens Game 6 Harrison Barnes’ video of the Dubs charter flight is the highlight of the season

Premiered in February, this video of the Warriors gambling and singing along to Big Sean’s Blessings got 4 million hits in its first 18 minutes on the line mostly because it’s the most amazing portrayal of a professional athlete’s life in the middle of a historic run since Corbin Bersen played the hot corner and Charile Sheen had triangles...

As if the San Francisco Giants needed more dickhead fans this happens

Sometimes, I think parking lots get re-branded as places to go show off your fixie and man-culottes during baseball games just to piss me off. By Andrew Pridgen After the final out of the last Giants game at Candlestick (a 9-4 loss to the Dodgers), home plate was ceremoniously dug out and medevac’d to a pile of landfill in China Basin....

It’s 2 a.m. and Oregon Football is alone at the end of the bar

Oregon Football hasn’t yet fallen far enough to need a comeback. But the signs are there this evening has come to an end. By Andrew Pridgen Oregon Football is holding a foam-lined pint glass in one hand and its iPhone 5c in the other hovering over the far corner of New Max’s bar. He’s framed by a trio of groomed...

The Pink Stink: How professional and amateur sport profits from cancer awareness month

The over-marketing of the most accessibly awful of all first-world diseases has basically done more harm than good for cancer awareness – namely, it makes the disease look as friendly as a pair of fuzzy dice. While ranting on this recently, a coworker stopped me and asked, "What's the matter? Do you have a problem with cancer?" As a matter of...

Patrick Kane was asking for it

(Ed’s note: I hate that I have to say this, but this is satire. Please don’t let it distract from the fact that someone reported they were raped and it’s a serious crime with implications that can last for the rest of someone’s life.) By Kyle Magin In early August, star Chicago Blackhawks forward and three-time Stanley Cup Champion Patrick Kane...

How a little change of attitude on Opening Day can go a long way

"The great secret theme of baseball is Loss (with its teammate, Failure)." — Michael Chabon By Andrew Pridgen A decade ago around Opening Day, I'd relocated to Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area. My father was easing into partial retirement there, with my mother — still working "down the hill" — joining him on weekends. Like most fathers and sons, he and...

…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...

A Salute to Scully

The last of the best saved his best for last. By Andrew J. Pridgen I wasn't yet the ghost of cigarette smoke curling toward the ceiling in my granddad's eye when Sinatra played the Sands in '66. When Satchmo took over New York Town Hall May 17, 1947, my mother was in the womb. My folks hadn't yet met when Elvis...

Exclusive: Interview with the BCS computer

College football's tenth week kicks off the sixteenth and final season of the BCS Computer running shit. The BCS-X3000 is set to meet its great reward in January as a full-time real-chicks-at-work porn server farm based in central Utah. Till then, Computer is hard at work crunching numbers and giving the ESPN guys something to talk about between Red Sox...

Warriors put on a clinic in Sunday hangover basketball at Staples

Looks like another perfect day... By Andrew J. Pridgen Nobody looks good playing hungover. And the weary road Warriors, who’ve only tipped off twice in the confines of the Coliseum since February 9 (think of it this way, Prince has had more appearances on their home court in that time) looked every bit the team who’d forgotten to take a pre-emptive...