Nothing screams "We are America" more than one-stop shop strip malls, all-you-can-eat buffets, and that annual trip to Cancun. But as you might have expected, there is more to the land of the free gift with every purchase. In effort to prove America isn't totally vacuous, USA Today has drummed up ... More >>
In the 2000 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders used their first-round pick to select Sebastian Janikowski, a damn kicker. People laughed. People taunted. People thought the Raiders were crazy. And that would turn out to be one of the team's smarter first-round picks. This week, the Raiders released D ... More >>
Looks like the 49ers' PR department might be clocking some overtime this week. After 49ers player Chris Culliver made his public apology for his grammatically-incorrect anti-gay remarks, his teammates Ahmad Brooks and Isaac Sopoaga took over the spotlight with their own dumbass remarks. Apparent ... More >>
When you're trying to decide what's hip and what's square, there's really only one place to look: Michael Wolff writing in USA Today. Wolff is a serial Internet failure who is nevertheless a highly successful self-promoter. The two don't go together at all, especially considering that he promotes h ... More >>
On Monday, ESPN baseball analyst Rick Sutcliffe was on ESPN radio and said this about Melky Cabrera: You know, it makes you mad. First of all, this guy is over here in the United States on a working visa. He broke the law. What's he doing still here? I mean, forget the 50-game suspension from baseb ... More >>
This week's feature story, Swoosh Dreams, describes how the Oakland Soldiers became one of the best travel basketball teams in the country. The program's co-founder, Calvin Andrews, believes that the Soldiers' rise can be charted along three turning points. The first was when Izzy Washington, the ... More >>
Last year, Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum confessed to reporters that, despite his lanky appearance, he tends to feast on In-N-Out with serious regularity. And he doesn't just order the combo meal. Lincecum -- at 168 pounds -- would down three double-doubles, two fries, and a chocolate-strawberry sh ... More >>
What are these called again?Alright, for those of you who didn't take the hint when the automakers dropped all cassette players from every car sold in this country, here's the final nail in the dead-tape coffin: "cassette tape" is no longer included in the latest edition of the Oxford English ... More >>
Unlike Apple CEO Tim Cook, we're going to cut to the chase and tell you what you really want to know from the Let's Talk iPhone event that kicked off at 10 a.m. today at Apple headquarters in Cupertino. For the tech journalists who sat through the three-hour conference, perhaps a more fitting nam ... More >>
This is the equivalent of two tabs of E.Belgian researchers have demonstrated once and for all that fat makes you feel better, according to USA Today. The researchers have showed that the pleasure of eating fatty foods is inconsequential -- it's just the fat that matters -- by piping either a sal ... More >>
Hey, I didn't ask for that. People just don't want to have to pay for newspapers these days. Americans are cancelling their subscriptions in droves. Everyone is still groaning about the New York Times website's pay wall. And now, people are suing Hilton Hotels for allegedly charging 75 cents for ... More >>
Even Botoxed models register shock at how expensive food has gotten.According to USA Today, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported that the price of food eaten at home -- as opposed to in restaurants -- increased 4.7 percent from June 2010 to 2011. According to the bureau's national ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. Jonathan Kauffman is out this week, so Jesse Hirsch is filling in on Talking Points. Teamwork! 1. Small Farms Keep Struggling. There is so much farmer love here in the Bay that we ma ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Desk Jockeys Get Heavier. Both USA Today and the New York Times wrote about a new study that shows that as Americans have shifted from manufacturing or agricultural jobs to sedent ... More >>
I'm a big fan of Jack Shafer, Slate's media columnist. But his libertarian worldview sometimes tends to make him go overboard with his "oh, what's the big deal" shtick. That's the case -- somewhat -- with his latest column, wherein he wonders why people are so shocked that Facebook hired ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Healthful chain meals take off. I've scoffed off the "healthy" options on the menus of chain restaurants as the dietetics equivalent of greenwashing. But USA Today just reported t ... More >>
CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled.
The breakfast of champions...We can't decide. Does Tim Lincecum's new look more closely resemble Iggy Pop or the Christopher Walken "The Continental" character from Saturday Night Live? Consider it food for thought. Speaking of food and thought, we think Lincecum's professed favorite food order a ... More >>
The MIJ is going away, technically -- but it's not going anywhereCountering rumors to the contrary, the Marin Independent Journal's president and publisher said his paper is not curtailing its print run and going online only. "Completely untrue," says Matt Wilson. That being said, it is the ... More >>
David D./YelpSubway franchise on Main at Howard in SOMA.Our favorite morsels from the Web. Thanks to SFoodie's blog sib Noah Galuten of LA Weekly's Squid Ink for directing our browser to USA TODAY, which today records a backlash against efforts by a craggy, scenic town in Utah to keep chain ... More >>
Stories about a website hawking steering wheel mounts for iPads that would enable drivers to do their reading en route started popping up all over the interwebs. The idea, or course, is a safety proponents nightmare, and as one might imagine, it's most likely a hoax. Jalopnik did some rudimentary re ... More >>
It won't be out until May, but it's hardly a stretch to call Green Day's upcoming release, titled 21st-Century Breakdown --their first since 2004's American Idiot, which won the Best Rock Album Grammy--one of the most "highly-anticipated rock albums of 2009." Do we sound like film critic Peter Trave ... More >>
By Peter Jamison As a member of a profession that relies on scandal in the upper echelons of representative government to justify its existence, it was with some chagrin that I noticed the recent rankings of states by level of corruption published in USA Today and the New York Times. (Such comparis ... More >>
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