October 31, 2008
"She's got a much bigger part than me, I'm not doing this."
Luckily she's apparently a longtime AG.com reader who's enjoyed my ongoing support of her brother, so my existence amuses her too. Phew. Also, just by e-mailing me once Kubel's sister now joins Pat Neshek's wife as my two top "inside" Twins sources. If, say, Boof Bonser's cousin or maybe the mom of Alexi Casilla's best friend ever drops me a line we can really start to get some juicy rumors going here. And people say bloggers don't cultivate sources and do original reporting!
1. The Office
2. 30 Rock
3. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
4. Curb Your Enthusiasm
5. Flight of the Conchords
6. Poker After Dark
7. High Stakes Poker
8. World Poker Tour
9. World Series of Poker
10. Family Guy
11. Homicide: Life on the Street
13. The Daily Show
14. In Treatment
15. Big Love
16. Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
17. Hell's Kitchen
18. Gordon Ramsay's F Word
19. The Ultimate Fighter
20. PRIDE Fighting Championships
21. Rescue Me
22. Jimmy Kimmel Live
23. The Life and Times of Tim
Recently dumped from the "scheduler" were Entourage, True Blood, and Sons of Anarchy, the latter two of which sadly didn't hold my interest for more than a few episodes. In fact, The Life and Times of Tim is the only show that I'm still watching from this season's pathetic crop of debuts, which means even more Seinfeld re-runs than usual for me. If there are other shows that would fit well in the above list, feel free to make a suggestion in the comments section.
If three minutes of horrible acting, sexual innuendo, testicle-related humor, and the Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com runner-up playing softball in short shorts is your thing, then it's the perfect commercial.
Seriously though, he really was throwing rocks that night.
Over the past two years the Star Tribune has lost 10.2 percent of its weekday print readership, which equals nearly 40,000 copies each day. Sunday's edition is down just under 50,000 copies during that same span. Meanwhile, the St. Paul Pioneer Press has actually seen its print readership rise over the past year, however slightly, which shocks me given the newspaper's overall lack of readability beyond Phil Miller's excellent work covering the Twins.
Of course, while print circulation steadily declines and the industry as we've grown to know it gradually morphs into something completely different, the Star Tribune is among many prominent newspapers with a rapidly growing online audience. The days of ink-stained pages landing on everyone's doorstep each morning are vanishing, but it'll be interesting to see what happens when "newspapers" join the ever-growing world of "online content" and have to compete for readership based solely on merit.
Believe it or not he's actually right. Because of those aforementioned atrocities in Washington, last year commissioner Roger Goodell issued a memo to all teams banning the practice that has since been dubbed the "Redskins Rule." Seriously. So next time someone suggests that the life of a professional athlete is easy, think of all the poor NFL players in that tunnel in Washington. Godspeed, men.
They try to make their cheerleaders stretch in our tunnel before we come out of the locker room. The couple preseason games I've played down there, we've seen it. That's just not good. It can be [distracting], let's be truthful. I've heard a rumor that they're not allowed to do it anymore.
Once you're done here, check out my latest "Daily Dose" column over at Rotoworld.