If you missed my lengthy breakdown of the Johan Santana trade in this space Wednesday or feel like reading a slightly altered version in a much different format, the entry was reprinted as a column on Sports Illustrated's website. I'd never written anything for Sports Illustrated before--although I've been featured in the actual magazine--so seeing my byline on SI.com was pretty gratifying despite the article being about the Twins losing my favorite player. They even left in the AC/DC lyrics as the intro.
Along with SI.com reprinting my blog entry about the Santana deal, I also wrote a more mainstream column about the trade for MSNBC.com. The MSNBC.com piece doesn't analyze the actual trade as much as it discusses Santana's unique history and examines what losing a superstar player over money is like for the Twins and their fans. While there's no mention of Kevin Garnett, David Ortiz, or Randy Moss, the article perhaps does get a bit melodramatic:
He toyed with hitters, setting them up with his fastball and then making them look silly once the count got to two strikes, as his changeup left even the league's best bats helpless when the bottom dropped out. He was an artist on the mound, painting corners and pulling strings, but as has long been the case for the small-payroll Twins the clock was ticking the entire time.
If you read the rest of the article, keep in mind that it wasn't written for hardcore Twins fans.
Along with those two articles on the Santana trade, I also talked about the deal on KFAN radio for two hours Tuesday night with Doogie Wolfson and Phil Mackey. You can listen to a clip of the show on KFAN's website, although for some reason only the first hour or so is available at the moment. We basically did a 120-minute round-table discussion of the trade and also took a bunch of calls from the audience, so it's worth checking out.
Unfortunately video cameras don't follow every out of control ESPN personality everywhere they go, but thankfully in some cases pictures will suffice.
AskMen.com recently came out with their list of this year's "99 Most Desirable Women" and I'm proud to say that all three former Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com title-holders made the cut. Heidi Klum, who was the original OFGoAG.com way back in 2002, ranks No. 25. Jessica Alba, who replaced Klum and had the position's longest reign, ranks No. 5. Elisha Cuthbert, who took over for Alba and was the most recent OFGoAG.com, ranks No. 24.
Part of why Hazell hasn't moved past "leading candidate" is that she's rarely seen clothed. Generally speaking that's not a bad thing, but the "not safe for work" nature of nearly every photo shoot that she does hurts her linkability and that's a big part of being the OFGoAG.com. For instance, this week was "Keeley Week" at FHM.com, but around 0.001 percent of the videos and photos that were posted each day to honor her involved clothing. If only this blog's readership consisted solely of the unemployed.
This isn't actually a link, but humor me: NBC was kind enough to put me in first class for my flight back from Dallas last week, which had me very excited after 25 years of flying strictly coach. However, as far as I could tell the only real perks were a little added leg room and free booze. Don't get me wrong, stretching out and drinking are two of my favorite things, but is that really what all the fuss is about? People pay five times as much just to sip some wine in a few extra inches of space?
Speaking of my business trip to Dallas, the online version of the Rotoworld Baseball Draft Guide is now available for purchase. Unlike the Beckett Media-published print version of the magazine it doesn't feature a hastily-taken head shot of me on the "editor's note" page, but the online version of the draft guide does offer additional articles and customizable rankings that won't be available on newsstands. Plus, it has a good-looking logo:
If you're like me and have been waiting years for Adam Carolla and Oswaldo Castillo to team up on the big screen together, you're in luck:
Not since Al Pacino and Robert De Niroshared the diner scene in Heat has an on-screen duo been as powerful as Ace Man and Ozzie.
One of my ninth-grade classmates at Highland Park Senior High used to regularly drink vodka out of a Sprite bottle during history class, which is why it wasn't difficult for me to believe the Minneapolis Star Tribunestory about seventh graders drinking before school.
In case anyone cares, here's my Super Bowl pick: Patriots 35, Giants 20.
After waiting a month longer than usual to begin my annual Top 40 Twins Prospects series in the hopes of avoiding a mid-series Santana trade that would force me to recalibrate the entire list, I finally decided that it couldn't be delayed any further. Prospects 36-40 were profiled last week, followed by prospects 31-35 this week, but if the Santana trade becomes official today I'll have to add the four Mets' prospects to the rankings and start the whole series over. If it wasn't for bad timing, I'd have no timing.
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