Friday, July 28, 2017

Barry Bonds: Real-life misanthrope and social media genius

How did the most hated man in all of sport become the happiest guy on the internet? By Andrew Pridgen Barry Bonds has always been known for a kind of calculated obtuseness. In the ‘90s and early 2000s, when he came to prominence as the greatest hitter of his generation and arguably, all time, the media both in the Bay Area—and...

“Excerpt from a text convo lamenting how boring ski porn has gotten” A story for aging bros who came of age in mountain towns during the early 2000s

As told by every sad bro ever since the trailer for Fade to Winter dropped Wednesday. By Andrew Pridgen “Sup bro?” texted James. He was sitting in traffic and pretending not to text which made it look even more like he was texting. Pause. (An ellipsis denoting Mike texting back made James smile.) “Sup,” Mike texted. James and Mike have been bros for a decade,...

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...

Merle knew what it’s like to walk the Streets of Bakersfield. As it turns out, you might too

Oildale's favorite son Merle Haggard, country's only true believer and a man who made something out of dirt, died on his birthday April 6. He was 79. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recall with relative clarity one languid spring Friday afternoon scene at Robert’s Western World in Nashville listening to third-tier honky-tonk acts reverb off of our half-empty cans of Coors...

Arnold Palmer and the Past Perfect

The course will be left alone to rot and deal with the wind off the shoreline and the fiery waves crashing against the rocks. An errant scrap of paper will blow by like a tumbleweed to remind the sky above that we were once here. The King, it can be said, is dead. By Andrew J. Pridgen There is a...

Michelle Obama’s embrace of America is exactly what we needed

...Now let’s get back to it. By Andrew J. Pridgen This campaign season has been one of the most debilitating, disheartening and grotesque in American history. Some of the unrest and rhetoric has bubbled into violence. There is a feeling — a very clear and present and palpable danger — that things are about to get really, really bad really, really fast...

Barry Zito should have quit, but he didn’t

In every unironic way imaginable I am a Barry Zito apologist. The possibility of a Hudson/Zito reunion/match-up in Oakland next Saturday (9/26) for me is orbiting somewhere in the same solar system as being invited to the closed-door Creed/Balboa bout or standing next to Fredo in that weird Cuban sex club and discovering he’s the worst brother ever or...

Bronzed and Bloodied: U.S. Tennis Suprises in Rio

Who we put on the podium in Rio wasn't who we thought ...but maybe exactly who we needed. (in other words, we'll take that mixed-doubles gold!) Written by Kyle Magin These weren’t the Americans you expected in Rio. The 2016 Stars and Stripes tennis contingent looked like star(s) and scrubs on paper. We sent our best--maybe the best ever--in World No. 1 Serena...

Why Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech Ought to be Studied and Emulated Over and Over and Over

Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. By Andrew J. Pridgen Meryl Streep should not have had to use her Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement acceptance speech as a battle cry. It should have been a long and lugubrious list of tipsy thank yous to her husband,...

Why I Will Miss Anton Yelchin Like Crazy

Another good-bye, but this time a premature one By Andrew J. Pridgen I encountered Anton Yelchin at a q&a after the press and industry screening of a movie he starred in called “Like Crazy” at Sundance 2011. A beanie’d kid with fair skin and light eyes was sitting next to me in the dark theater and when the lights went up he...

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