Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Deadliest League: How the NFL’s performance drug-enhanced culture is piling on the body count

The NFL's problem isn't bullying or racism or tribal tattoos or a fascination with gun culture or hair extensions — those are merely symptoms of the league's losing battle with brain disease. ...And the source of this disease is the unmitigated, unrestricted and implicitly encouraged use of performance enhancing drugs, namely human growth hormone. HGH testing remains non-existent because...

The Chargers’ midnight escape to LA shows NFL owners have abandoned any pretense of trying to appeal to actual fans

Welcome to the era of brazen thievery at the behest of our sniveling and shriveled rapidly aging but refusing-to-ever-die corporate overlords...and how to do something about it. By Andrew J. Pridgen Thursday night as the clock struck midnight — the exact same time the GOP-led senate was repealing Obamacare 51-48 which will set the stage for insurance companies (why do we...

The N.B.A. will do everything in its power to keep the Warriors from closing out the Cavs Monday night

The ratings numbers from Friday night’s game are in ...and what’s great for the league doesn’t bode well for Golden State. By Andrew J. Pridgen Warriors fans maybe shouldn’t put that champagne on ice just yet. Friday night’s Game 4 of the N.B.A. Finals averaged a total live audience of 19 million viewers on ABC. The total live viewership for the...

San Diego voters get the rare opportunity to say ‘no’ to a billionaire on Election Day

A trick from a decades-old playbook, NFL owners on the West Coast are attempting to use public funds to build NFL stadiums but on this Election Day voters can turn them away the same way the league has turned them off. By Andrew J. Pridgen If Stanford economist Roger Noll is to be believed—and there’s no way he shouldn’t...

22 billion reasons college football fans should boycott the BCS

The illusion of fan frustration over which institutions of academic excellence and amateur athletics get selected to represent in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) ought to be shattered along with that cheesy-crystal-football-Texas-bank-board-room-ash-tray-looking trophy at the conclusion of the current system's final season. It's as if the full-coffer'd selection consortium has created one of the most compelling distractions of our time,...

MayPac for Dummies

-Or- Five things you need to know about Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Manny Pacquiao, and the biggest fight in two decades. Written by Kyle Magin You’ve probably heard about the Floyd Mayweather, Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight this weekend. Maybe you even plan to pay money to watch it. Maybe you plan to mooch off someone who is buying it. In these cases, you’ll want...

California Baseball Weekly: Albert Pujols Still Plays Baseball!

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 “GOLF ONLY” members at Torrey Pines who...

A second-by-second breakdown of Jack Nicklaus’ Masters Ace

Jack Nicklaus, the 75-year-old guy who is the Target of golf course design and accounted for more than half my father’s leisure-time wardrobe*, bagged a 139-yard 4th hole Par 3 hole-in-one Wednesday at the Masters Par 3 contest. By Andrew Pridgen Nicklaus partook in a threesome with a guy named after iced tea and lemonade and some rapper who calls himself...

ESPN is wrong again, this time on the wrong side of history

ESPN gripping for advertiser dollars doesn’t realize that censuring an employee for speaking the truth only further alienates the majority of its viewers. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the sports delivery network that has bet everything on white middle managers who are doing their best to destroy the world for their children one stolen PowerPoint presentation at a time, rocking Haggar...

How San Francisco came up with baseball’s billion-dollar blueprint

In two decades, the San Francisco Giants went from being sold as scrap to Florida to baseball’s $2 billion model franchise. Below, how it came to be in five steps: By Andrew Pridgen Step 1: Find a franchise with a history of success and distress In early August 1992, the fifth-place San Francisco Giants were en route to a 72-win season playing...