Thursday, September 21, 2017

It’s up to you Utah to do the right thing on Election Day

Save your state. Save the world. By Andrew J. Pridgen My favorite Mormon joke goes a little something like this: Q: Why do you always take two Mormons fishing? A: Because just one will drink all your beer. I had the rare privilege of living in Utah for a few years at the beginning of this decade, both in Park City and Salt...

Planet Earth saved TV …Now Can the Sequel Save Us?

The BBC’s Planet Earth saved TV from stupid in 2006—here’s hoping the series does it again. Written by Kyle Magin I grew up on nature documentaries. A coworker recently played the crescendo of National Geographic’s tv special opening and said “when you heard this, you knew you were going to learn something cool,” and I thought, yes! I used to...

Cancel these Olympics! An Oral History of all that is awful with the Games Part 2: The 21st Century

Part 2 of 2: Every four years, some city with a bankruptcy wish hosts a Summer Olympics, usually successfully! Every four years, somebody says it’ll fail or won’t be ready in time and should be boycotted, postponed, cancelled or moved. Click here to read Part 1. Written by Kyle Magin This summer, the Zika virus and impending collapse of Brazil’s political system...

This year we’re giving San Francisco the greatest gift of all: Its 49ers back

Editor's Note: Each holiday season DPB tries to give a little back to the sports that have given us so much (to write about). Last year it was offering to buy a Candlestick Park urinal off the SF Recreation & Parks Department. This year, well, we're offering to buy the 49ers off the York family...and return them to The...

Vegas on Ice: Ace in the Five Hole?

Vegas is in the running for an NHL franchise if the league decides to expand. Can Sin City really support a sport born on the frozen rivers of Montreal? Written by Kyle Magin If the Tampa Bay Lightning win Lord Stanley’s Cup over the Chicago Blackhawks, there’s going to be a lot of righteous Sun Belt-bashing. A subset of lazy hockey...

The NBA Finals: Dubs take Game 1, because overtime and Rihanna’s nails

Free basketball for 19,000 d-bags at Oracle for NBA Finals game one as the Warriors take an extra five minutes to temporarily derail the James train 108-100. By Andrew Pridgen The Warriors took game one in spite of LeBron rolling with a Kriss Kross line in his head that enabled him drop 44 and no travel/no foul ever. (Note to Warriors...

The Cal Neva is set to reopen on Sinatra’s 100th birthday

Frank Sinatra owned Crystal Bay’s Cal Neva from 1960 to 1963. That time, while brief, has defined more than any other the image and the lore of the border-straddling hotel-casino towering over the waters of North Lake Tahoe's dramatic granite shelf. As new ownership claims they'll bring back the Sinatra "glory days,” starting on the night of the crooners...

The market value of Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner’s statistics are overwhelming to the point of off-putting. It’s like hearing about $65 billion Madoff pilfered or the trillions spent on the endless wars in the Middle East. At some point, numbers so overshoot expectation or reality they become not just untenable but unrelatable. By Andrew Pridgen Bumgarner finished the 2014 World Series allowing just one run over 21...

Q&A with Stadium Designer Matt Taylor

Beyond the Press Box is a regular feature profiling the folks who color outside the lines of sport. Interview by Kyle Magin Architect Matt Taylor designs college and pro sports facilities for ROSSETTI, a Detroit-based architecture firm whose portfolio includes college and pro sports stadiums, airports and museums. Taylor is the mind behind Notre Dame’s Compton Family Ice Arena, Daytona...

Q&A with NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton

Beyond the Press Box is a regular feature profiling the folks who color outside the lines of sport. Interview by Kyle Magin Josh Fenton is the commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference—a key cog in collegiate hockey (the best sport you’re not watching if you’re not watching it.) The NCHC just dropped the puck on its second season—it’s the...

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