Friday, October 19, 2018

A Festival of Futility: There’s Going to Be So Much Shitty Baseball in the Second Half

Rob Manfred, please find a way to speed up the game ...till the end of September. Written by Kyle Magin Truly, baseball’s second half will be a tale of two leagues. Only three teams are more than 6 games out of playoff contention in the American: Chicago, Detroit and Oakland. The National, as it was in the first half, will be laughably replete...

The West Coast Quietly Crushed This Election

Underestimate the West Coast, bet against us—and you will lose...big-ly. By Andrew J. Pridgen Klay Thompson should have played hoops for a major program in college. The three-sport star out of Los Angeles had the pedigree: Thompson is the son of a college volleyball player, Julie, and the NBA’s first overall pick in 1978, Showtime Lakers power forward Mychal. He had...

He Made America Hate Again

It has been a year and a half since Donald Trump stepped into the world spotlight as a mainstream candidate in America. Since then, the country has found itself plunged into some of the darkest domestic moments of its 240-year history. Below, a recollect of the Republican nominee’s campaign that was and why the nation would likely not survive...

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...