August 27, 2009

Link-O-Rama

  • If this story is even close to true, I'm likely going to retire and just spend the rest of my life watching the footage on an endless loop.
  • Cowboys receiver Roy Williams is so irate about his 86-rated speed in Madden 10 that he used the phrase "geez Louise" and the term "slowpoke."
  • If ever you doubt the pure evil humans are capable of, read this horrific story 18 years in the making.
  • CNN reports on formerly anonymous bloggers who suffered consequences once their true identities became known, but the real key to remaining an anonymous blogger is picking a believable pen name such as "Aaron Gleeman."
  • According to the New York Post's gossip column, Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly might be "secretly engaged." First, that's the best decision Jeter has made since roaming into the middle of the infield on the Jeremy Giambi flip play. Second, imagine getting to a point in your life where you're not even eager to tell everyone about your engagement to the insanely attractive girl on Friday Night Lights. I'm tempted to tell everyone when I watch Friday Night Lights.
  • My quick review of Inglourious Basterds: Perhaps not quite a great film and definitely not my favorite by director Quentin Tarantino, but amazing acting, several absolutely extraordinary scenes, and a pretty awesome movie-going experience. Also, from now on I'd like everyone to refer to me only as "The Bear Jew." Thanks.
  • Speaking of Inglourious Basterds, while top billing naturally went to Brad Pitt (and Tarantino) veteran Austrian actor Christoph Waltz completely stole the show as one of the great movie villains of all time. Better yet, he was also interesting, funny, smart, and charming during a 45-minute interview on Adam Carolla's podcast this week.
  • One of the main perks of working from home is the ability to quote Seinfeld with zero consequences.
  • However, one of the biggest drawbacks of working from home is the lack of potential for slow claps:


    Aside from maybe causing massive explosions by flicking a cigarette at stuff, is there anything that gets portrayed more often in moves while happening less often in real life?
  • Twins high Single-A affiliate Fort Myers--which at various points this season has been home to 13 of their top 40 prospects--recently held a "What Would Tim Tebow Do?" promotion, with amusing results.
  • Quote of the Week, courtesy of Ichiro Suzuki talking about racking up infield hits during an era when "chicks dig the long ball":
    Chicks who dig home runs aren't the ones who appeal to me. I think there's sexiness in infield hits because they require technique. I'd rather impress the chicks with my technique than with my brute strength. Then, every now and then, just to show I can do that, too, I might flirt a little by hitting one out.

    Ichiro has an MLB-leading 449 infield hits since joining the Mariners in 2001, including 43 this season when no one else has even 25. He leads the league in cool by an even wider margin.

  • Friend of AG.com Keith Arnold is now part of the NBCSports.com family with Inside the Irish, which joins Circling the Bases and Pro Football Talk in the site's growing stable of blogs. A friendly word of advice from someone who's already been through the grueling initiation and humiliating hazing: Don't take off your underwear, no matter what Gregg Rosenthal and Mike Florio tell you.
  • Purple Jesus apparently does not save ducks.
  • Anna Paquin gets offended when people wonder why she hasn't fixed the gap in her front teeth after tuning into True Blood for her weekly nude scene.
  • As you might expect from someone who was placed on the disabled list with a testicle injury, Adrian Beltre probably won't be returning when eligible next week. "I think the swelling has going down a little slower than we thought," manager Don Wakamatsu said. Of course, the craziest part of the whole story is that Beltre is undecided about wearing a protective cup when he does come back.
  • Not that he's wrong in any way, but when someone who looks like this makes fun of my fellow SABR convention attendees' physical appearance ... well, it stings just a little more than usual.
  • Friend of AG.com Tom Tango launched his annual "scouting report by the fans for the fans." If you've ever dreamed of being a scout, this is your chance. After going to Tango's database, enter in personal observations about the players you watch on a regular basis to become part of the huge collection of scouting reports compiled entirely by fans. Take a look at the instructions and details, and then head to the Twins page to mark down what you think of, say, Delmon Young's "instincts" in the outfield.
  • Some of the highlights from my NBCSports.com blogging this week:

    - Big Papi back to putting up big numbers
    - If you're worried about Hamels, look past his ERA
    - Lidge keeps job after blowing MLB-high ninth save
    - Cookie Monster, Wily Mo Pena, and J.D. Drew
    - Defensive metrics, the Mariners, and Kevin Kouzmanoff
    - Remaking the Halladay-Lee comparison, a month later
    - Wagner changes mind, agrees to join Red Sox
    - Papelbon changes tune on Wagner, not a Rhodes Scholar
    - Twins getting what they paid for with Crede
    - Penny dropped from rotation; Smoltz was tipping pitches?

  • Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video/audio is The Black Keys with "I'll Be Your Man":


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