Tuesday, July 25, 2017

USGA makes a deal with the devil and loses not only its soul but its audience in the process

America, take note. The recent failure of the The U.S. Women's Open at Trump national is a blueprint on how everyday people can defeat the grifter-in-chief.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald Trump was the worst-behaved human in American history, ever, on a campaign trail. He won by appealing to a population in transition’s worst fears buffeted by racist, sexist, misogynist...

California Baseball Weekly: Seller Dwellers

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 future Mexican leaguers who play for the...

Bettors be advised to take the Dodgers at 3-1 to win the World Series

It’s as close to a sure thing as anything this side of the Russians interfering. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are no secrets left in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse. They are, to paraphrase the late Dennis Green, who we think they are. In their case, they are destined for greatness. At 63-29 approaching the trade deadline, the boys in blue are...

The rise and fall of Pablo Sandoval

It takes a village to raise a Panda. That’s a lesson it took the San Francisco Giants more than a half decade to learn. And one the Red Sox never quite did. By Andrew J. Pridgen Pablo Sandoval is officially the worst free agent signing in Red Sox history. Friday, Boston designated the the 29-year-old prize of the 2014 off-season...

Why it’s OK to root for present-day San Francisco to fail even if (especially if) you’re from there

A gated community. A city that is becoming uniformly wealthy, out of reach and out of touch. Too much reclaimed wood. Too many high-backed chairs. Teardrop light fixtures, everywhere. Soulless where there used to be a soul. Blank screens where there used to be imagination...Some shitty tapas place called Bask (get it, it's Basque!) where there used to be...

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...

How it feels to be a Duck

It is the morning after Oregon’s worst home loss since the beginning of the Carter administration...and I couldn’t be more nostalgic or more proud. By Andrew Pridgen I first came to know the University of Oregon in the fall of 1993. I was a freshman in Eugene and those first 90 days between drop-off and Thanksgiving were as eventful and...

Private equity and hedge fund trolls steer Formula 1 right into the wall

What’s happening to Formula 1 is a brazen example of greed crippling a once-great enterprise and the result of an investor model built to game the system for immediate gains with no substantive look at improving, or even sustaining, the product. By Andrew J. Pridgen Keep your eye on what happens to Formula 1 over the next 18 months...

Bill Simmons’ Nine Media Lives are almost up… and whether or not you should care

It’s not that I root for Bill Simmons to fail. Quite the contrary, I want him to do well with the seemingly limitless resources, chances and time he’s been given over and over and over… because if that guy can’t make it, nobody will. By Andrew J. Pridgen Bill Simmons is burning through his Nine Media Lives like a teenager...

A Festival of Futility: There’s Going to Be So Much Shitty Baseball in the Second Half

Rob Manfred, please find a way to speed up the game ...till the end of September. Written by Kyle Magin Truly, baseball’s second half will be a tale of two leagues. Only three teams are more than 6 games out of playoff contention in the American: Chicago, Detroit and Oakland. The National, as it was in the first half, will be laughably replete...

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