After reading this news, I'm willing to sell an AG.com internship for the low, low price of $10,000 and I'll even let you do my laundry.
Earlier this week I wrote a lengthy entry about why Carlos Gomez should be playing more often than Delmon Young thanks to the big gap defensively. Friend of AG.com Thor Nystrompens a mainstream version of the same analysis while subbing for Kelly Thesier over at MLB.com and Nick Nelsonhelps explain the numbers by way of a situation from yesterday's game. Meanwhile, LaVelle E. Neal IIIreports that Young will be away from the team for a while because of a family emergency.
Here's the video of Bert Blyleven eating worms on the air last weekend to raise money for charity:
Never before have I liked someone so much and become annoyed with their announcing so easily.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, former Timberwolves point guard Pooh Richardson "is now a central figure in an obstruction-of-justice investigation built around a phone call he that made to a local drug kingpin warning him that he was about to be arrested." Tyrone Corbin, Randy Breuer, and Tony Campbellcould not be reached for comment.
Between hisappearances on Bill Simmons' podcast, interviews like this one with Jonah Keri, and a bunch of amusing Facebook updates I've become such a huge fan of Houston general manager Daryl Morey that I'm rooting for the Rockets to win the NBA title without Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady.
I've long complained about the St. Paul Pioneer Press' website being so horrendous from a usability standpoint that it actually keeps me from reading articles that I'm interested in, like Phil Miller's strong work covering the Twins. They've failed to improve the website in several years, leaving readers to sift through error messages and missing content, yet now they're planning to charge for access. Brilliant!
My favorite part is that Howard Stern spent this week bringing on various sports figures to discuss just how horrible the pitch was and the New York media covereditlikeactualnews.
I'm quite certain that I had absolutely nothing to do with this, but a couple months ago I encouraged some of my bosses at NBCSports.com to expand the site's relationship with PokerRoad ... and now they have. My job won't be complete until Scott Huff and Joe Stapleton replace Jay Leno. Yes we can!
I'm very pleased with how Circling the Bases has gone thus far. Traffic is steadily rising after we started from scratch last month, I've become increasingly comfortable with the all-afternoon posting schedule, and we're finding a nice groove in terms of topics and tone. Plus, within the past week I've managed to quote both Mase and Elvis Costello, which I believe to be a first in the history of NBC and GE.
Finally, in honor of Houston's improbable playoff run this week's AG.com-approved music video is Elton Johnsinging a live version of "Rocket Man":
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