Not only did the Dodgers hold a "Bloggers Night" last week, they set the bloggers up in a suite and owner Frank McCourt, general manager Ned Colletti, former manager Tommy Lasorda, and Alyssa Milanoappeared as special guests. For a good laugh, imagine the Twins putting a bunch of bloggers up in a suite, with Carl Pohlad, Bill Smith, Tom Kelly, and whoever the Minnesota equivalent of Milano is coming in throughout the evening to chat. We might even leave our parents' basements for that.
Speaking of the Timberwolves, Minneapolis Star Tribune beat writer Jerry Zgoda recently penned an article about my mom traveling to Milwaukee so that she could go with my aunt to watch Kevin Garnett play the Bucks. Seriously. Sunday's newspaper contained a five-paragraph story devoted entirely to two of my relatives going to a basketball game together, complete with a picture of my mom. My favorite part was the headline: "A couple of 'crazy old ladies' who just love NBA basketball."
Her younger sister cashed in some frequent-flyer miles, so Judi Gleeman boarded a plane at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Tuesday afternoon, arrived in Milwaukee a few hours before the opening tap and prayed Kevin Garnett would play for Boston in an otherwise meaningless, late-season game. He scored 21 points in 20 minutes before sitting down in the third quarter of an overtime victory over the Bucks.
She's 58 and a controller for a mortgage company. Her sister, Jane Gallop, is 55 and lives in Milwaukee.
"Somebody should know there's these crazy old ladies who love NBA basketball," said Gleeman, who describes herself as a "Jewish broad living in Minnetonka."
She has been a Garnett fan "since the beginning" and remembers taking her son, Aaron, now 25, to Wolves games when he just a boy.
Her sister bought $121 tickets for Tuesday's game. "You've got to be able to hear the squeak of their shoes," she said. "I don't take a vacation very often. I wore my Timberwolves [Kevin Garnett] MVP shirt with my green Celtics beads. It was great."
I'm not sure whether to be amused or disturbed by that, but it's definitely one or the other. At this point, it's probably safe to say that we can all look forward to the Star Tribune's upcoming coverage of my dad walking his dog and my cousin going to the grocery store.
This week's NBCSports.com "Fantasy Fix" show has Samantha Hilbert subbing for Tiffany Simons and features me discussing a whole bunch of young pitchers, including Francisco Liriano:
About 48 hours after Kissing Suzy Kolber blogger Michael Tunison decided to shed his anonymity by revealing himself as a Washington Post reporter, the newspaper fired him and had him escorted out of the building by security. Seriously. Thankfully for me, if you plaster your name all over your blog and use it to actually get jobs, the odds of you being fired for blogging decrease significantly (hopefully).
Than Tibbetts, who proved himself to be a nice guy and a good writer while we were together in the University of Minnesota's school of journalism, has joined The Bleacher Bums blogging team over at Minnesota Public Radio.
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