Sunday, October 21, 2018

Playboy goes down swinging

No more Playmates? Thanks Brazzers. Makers of the magazine that defined three generations of men’s people's lives, especially when found discarded in a field behind your school, announced its second redesign in three years will do away with the naked centerfolds. Oh well. While this change may be the truest reflection of Hefner’s vision in a half-century, it is...

9/11/17

Paul K. Sloan died on the 89th floor South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Donations to the memorial fund in Paul's name can be made to the Brown Sports Foundation, Box 1925, Providence RI 02912. By Andrew J. Pridgen The last night Paul and I hung out together, I was punched in the face outside a...

9-11-15

Paul K. Sloan died on the 89th floor of the South Tower, World Trade Center on 9/11/01. To read more about him or make a donation in his name click here. By Andrew Pridgen My first contact with a family member in the immediate hours following the events of the morning of 9/11 was my sister. She’d been up all night...

I miss my MTV

It’s shocking how not shocking the 2015 VMAs were. By Andrew Pridgen Were the James Beard Awards presented by Buffalo Wild Wings®, it’d feel a lot like the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The host network is now in a movie villain’s pre-freefall, grabbing at the ledge of pre-teen eyeballs using a medium no longer relevant. Today, the M for music is...

The Trinity of West Coast Baseball

Is this heaven? No, it's California. By Kyle Magin There’s a place, somewhere near the sun’s resting place, where baseball is still told as a story. Octogenarians and a sexagenarian do the telling in tasteful suits on TV and over the airwaves. They contextualize Yasiel Puig or Madison Bumgarner’s dazzling ability in baseball’s century-old saga with charming anecdotes woven in and...

Frank Gifford’s CTE diagnosis casts the NFL’s sepia years in harsh light

We learned last week the good old days of the NFL were just as bad if not worse for a player’s health. The league built its tough-guy image on a hit that Frank Gifford was on the receiving end of in 1960. A hit that forced him to take a year and a half off and prompted his family...

The day I fell for Alan Rickman

-OR- Why I always wish it was John McClain instead of Hans Gruber who gets pushed off Nakatomi Plaza. By Andrew J. Pridgen It's no secret my love for Die Hard. I love the fact that I always ask myself new questions every time I watch it: Why didn’t one of the German terrorists drown in the giant fountain of the lobby...

Garry Marshall raised me

...And I think he did a pretty OK job. By Andrew J. Pridgen I grew up a latchkey kid. Or, in today’s terms, I was free-range parented. There were some long days, especially during the summers, when I would go eight or ten hours without the accompaniment of an adult this side of Charles Ingalls, Schneider or Mr. Drummond. From them...

Tony Hawk sticks a 900 as a 48-year-old …why it’s important — and why it’s not

In his words, he did it because (he still) can. By Andrew J. Pridgen Tony Hawk was already ancient in his sport’s terms when he stuck the skateboarding’s Triple Lindy: A 900. That’s not one, not two, but two and a half full rotations in the air off a vert ramp. Or, to put it in layman's terms, that would be like...

What I know of Don Solem

Donald L. Solem, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at his home in Mill Valley. Donations can be made in his name to SupplyBank.org. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was chatting up Dick Spotswood at some cocktail reception for some ballot measure in the fall of 1997. I had no idea who Dick Spotswood was, but he was next to...