Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pints and Picks Special Edition: Cubs vs. Indians and the end-of-the-world World Series

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it. This week: #allstreaksmustpass By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen Hey Kyle, You and I talk a lot back on forth on this site and especially in this space about...

Don’t want pitchers to hit? Are you Scherzer?

How being forced to hit has dialed Max Scherzer's game and propelled him to become baseball's best. By Andrew Pridgen Annie Savoy: What do you believe then? Crash Davis: Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated...

When sportsmen played sport and sportswriters wrote

One big drawback to writing a sports blog is that sports blogs exist. There used to be sports writers. That's right, actual writers who wrote about actual sports. Now there is neither. Jimmy Cannon, Red Smith, William Mack, Gary Smith, Frank Deford, Jim Murray, A.J. Liebling, Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Ben Cramer, Bob Considine, W. C. Heinz — hell, Hemingway...

The NBA Finals: This jacket is the real MVP

With apologies to Andre Iguodala (and Quentin Tarantino), the night the Warriors won their first title since 1975, this is how I tucked my son in after the Warriors' 105-97 NBA Finals-clinching victory. By Andrew Pridgen Hello, little man. Boy, I sure heard a bunch about you. See, I’m your dad. I was in that pit of hell called being a Warriors fan...

Thanks to a life-changing assist from his brother, Bobby Hurley is back in the NCAA Tournament

I didn’t know if I’d ever see someone like Bobby Hurley in the NCAA Tournament again. This March, he's back. By Andrew Pridgen He was the Kid ‘n Play Generation’s answer to Maravich—punky and gaunt and off-putting—awkward to the point of believability. When Bobby Hurley initiated his dribble drive it’s like the rest of the court became one of those wood...

Oregon coach denies presence of Glory Holes in new state-of-the-art facility

Charlotesville, VA — First-year University of Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich this week danced around the question of whether whether the O-shaped holes installed in the shower and tub rooms are, in fact, glory holes better than his quarterback Marcus Mariota can samba around the pass rush. Hoping to focus on the task at hand, making sure the majority of...

I’m so pumped to watch the NLDS Game 3 with the sound down and Toto IV playing on a loop in the background it’s ridiculous

Look no further than the confines of AT&T park Cubs fans...and you’ll find that winning breeds awful. Click here for other MLB playoff game/album pairings. By Andrew J. Pridgen Over the weekend, Chicago Cubs fans were acting very un-Chicago-Cubs-fan-like. Instead of digging fingernails into palms at every strikeout, booing at every perceived balk from the opposing pitcher and tearing out what’s left of...

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...

Hide the contenders

There should be a deep, abiding shame about this point in Gennady Golovkin’s career. The boxing world is, unfortunately, a deeply shameless place. Golovkin, aka GGG, the God of War, a Kazakhstani middleweight with a penchant for merciless headhunting inside the boxing ring, is most exciting fighter in the world right now and perhaps one of its greatest champions, though...

Aaron Hernandez’s story is portrayed by NFL-friendly media as the demise and death of a bad seed …the rest of us ought to know better

Hernandez, 27, hung himself in prison this week. The narrative quickly spun to a young man predisposed to hanging with the wrong crowd who paid the ultimate price for his actions. The reality is his brain will be researched — and that will tell a different story. By Andrew J. Pridgen Shock would hardly be the word to use to describe...

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