Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fan overheards from the 2014 NFL Playoffs

Perhaps more than any other professional sport's postseason, the NFL playoffs draw out the best (or best of the worst) in folks' common sense, especially when it comes to matters of the heart (their team). And here's what some are saying …from the heart. Thank you to all who've sent me "overheads" in the comments link of this site....

Andrew James and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Game

When I went to sleep Sunday all my friends were in Dallas. When I woke up Monday I was still at home and they were all having breakfast beers on Facebook and smiling with their mouths wide open the way people do in pictures now. When I got out of bed game day morning, I forgot to pack my work...

Now that Oregon football is totally ordinary is it OK to stop punishing the Earth (and our eyes) with alt jerseys every week?

The nadir came Saturday when the Ducks stepped all over themselves in Puddles-themed unis. ...It should end now, but if they insist on finishing out the season with disposable garments week in and week out, below are a few suggestions on how to do it in style. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Nike PR Department once said that Tiger Woods...

That’s So Bo

Like Homer abandoning Springfield in the Simpsons Movie, Bo Ryan is exiting college basketball with both middle fingers up in a less-than-heroic retreat. Written by Kyle Magin Bo Ryan has the most perfectly complementary personality/face combination in the history of college basketball, a sport Adolph Rupp’s tom turkey visage gobbled its way angrily through for decades. The former University of Wisconsin...

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...

Oregonian beat writer is wrong: The Ducks are worthy

The Oregonian’s resident Duck expert Kevin Goe characterizes U of O’s football season as a disappointment with blood on the hands of its porous defense and an offense that uses lots of smoke and mirrors to hide its deficiencies. Statistics reveal a different story about how Oregon closed out its 2015 campaign. By Andrew Pridgen Nine wins a failure? Six straight...

Proposed names for the new NHL team in Las Vegas

The unveiling of the Las Vegas Black Knights of the National Hockey League is set to take place as early as early June. While we've got no problems with Black Knights as they relate to the Wu-Tang Clan, it's a little tougher prospect to coin a hockey team after something that doesn't really exist in that region—like snow and...

Tark

By Andrew Pridgen Jerry Tarkanian did three incredible things during his coaching career that nobody will ever do again and nobody, really, should have done in the first place. He: Fought the NCAA and cold won. Brought the center of the amateur sporting world to Vegas. Made the chewing of towels iconic. After years of battling health issues, the 84-year-old puppy-eyed hall-of-famer’s shot clock finally...

The definitive case to shut the f*ck up about the universal DH

What is that Mark Twain said again about lies, damned lies and…. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are three words in the English language that make me react physically: Bennies (short for benefits or Eggs Benedict) Margs (short for margaritas) DH (short for designated hitter) Here is the worst sentence of all time: We were talking about the bennies at his new job over bennies...

Why Cal Poly has already won the tournament of life

I was having lunch yesterday with a work buddy who went to Cal Poly. We were watching the first half of the Oregon/BYU first-rounder and enjoying tri-tip wraps. We're eat wraps now, because we're older. He was transfixed — and not just because Oregon's uniforms are colored the same as the pages of a used textbook, or because they're now called the...

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