April 5, 2013

Link-O-Rama

Roger Ebert, who's the greatest film critic of all time and still had his fastball at age 70, passed away yesterday after a harrowing battle with cancer. Even as cancer ravaged his body his mind remained incredibly sharp and he never ceased being the first review I read for every movie. And beyond his greatness as a writer and film critic Ebert lived a fascinating life and was a hilarious regular guest on Howard Stern's radio show for many years. Truly a legend.

Parker Hageman of Twins Daily escaped from his parents' basement long enough to interview Glen Perkins about the role of sabermetrics in his career and I'm confident it's the best baseball article you'll read this week. Perfect mix of blogging, reporting, stats, and quotes.

• Speaking of Hageman, as part of his Opening Day trip to the Target Field press box he co-stars in this amazing GIF of Sid Hartman sipping hot chocolate.

• Believe it or not, the headline "Hopkins man trying to connect with woman he met at drunken driving class" is not about me. But can you audit those classes without the whole arrest part?

Brett Favre's bedroom on draft day 1991 was absolutely spectacular.

• Who should be batting second for the Twins? I'm glad you asked.

• I jokingly asked via Twitter for someone to start a Tumblr page devoted to Roy Smalley's hair and the internet being the internet it now exists.

• I'm really hoping that J.J. Barea becomes a trend-setter.

• Probably my biggest regret in life was not having my breathalyzer to test John Bonnes midway through this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode.

• My mom weighed in on the podcast.

• Someone over at "MLB 13: The Show" decided to make a video of me as a player in the game and they even included the glasses, constant five o'clock shadow, and slow bat. Screen shot:

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Honestly, those frames are hipper than I'm comfortable with and I don't have that much range.

• I've been letting my NBC bosses know that I'm available to take over Jimmy Fallon's old spot.

• As a lifelong Howard Stern fan I loved that his guests on Wednesday were Drew Magary from Deadspin and Louis C.K. from being the funniest person alive. Stern and C.K. had a tremendous hour-plus chat and afterward my main thought was: "I really hope they liked each other." Because for some reason that would make me incredibly happy.

• If you like "Parks and Recreation" you'll love this.

• Apparently there's now a third sports radio station in the Twin Cities, as Love 105 has become The Ticket, with programming that includes syndicated CBS Sports Radio shows.

• With free agency around the corner Robinson Cano fired Scott Boras as his agent and hired Jay-Z, which has me wondering what type of commission Mase charges.

Kirk Goldsberry of Grantland wrote an awesome visual, statistical, and analytical article about how LeBron James became the best player in basketball and then got even better.

• Presented without comment: For three games this year the Twins are hosting a "Wine, Women, and Baseball" event at Target Field, sponsored by Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Skincare and featuring "pamper yourself stations."

• During my weekly appearance on KFAN with Paul Allen we discussed Eduardo Escobar's Hall of Fame candidacy for a half-hour or so. Plus some other stuff, probably.

• "Mad Men" returning is exciting enough, but in promoting the upcoming season Jon Hamm was a great guest on "Comedy Bang Bang" and very amusing on "Seven Minutes in Heaven":

"I thought that would make you kiss me."

• My attempt to figure out exactly how bad the Twins will be this season.

• Hebrew school expellees aren't much help in trivia contests.

• If anyone cares, here's my roster for the 13-team Rotoworld fantasy baseball league.

• A long time ago lots of people thought Delmon Young would be really good, so that's cool.

• "Blue Valentine" is one of my favorite movies--it came out in 2010 and I've seen it at least 10 times--and you can watch it for just 99 cents this week on both Amazon.com and iTunes.

• Maybe it was just low expectations because everyone seemed to hate it at the time, but I finally saw "This is 40" and really liked it a lot, especially Albert Brooks and Maude Apatow.

• I donate to Maximum Fun every month because they provide tons of great, free content in the form of several of the best podcasts around. They rely on donations to keep afloat, so please join me in sending them some money for the annual pledge drive.

• Stand-up comic, "Parks and Recreation" writer, Twitter must-follow, and fellow "Bar Rescue" fan Joe Mande is coming to Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis next month. We should all go.

• Interested in sponsoring a week of AG.com and advertising your product, service, local business, or website to thousands of readers per day? Click here for details.

• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:

- "Jared Burton girlfriend"
- "Darin Mastroianni girlfriend"
- "Robb Quinlan girlfriend"
- "Fat Zubaz"
- "What happened to Scott Erickson?"
- "Who did the Twins all trade?"
- "Twins future prospect"
- "Is Drew Butera married?"
- "Dick Bremer hates Aaron Gleeman"
- "Husband says I'm fat"
- "Alexey Shved shirtless"
- "Byron Buxton shirtless"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "You and Me" by Penny and The Quarters from the "Blue Valentine" soundtrack:


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  • David

    What’s the deal with that Hageman GIF? He and Hartman are the only ones moving.

  • Gregg

    You recently said you discovered and liked Amelie. Have you seen Priceless? Amazon – $2.99.

  • steve

    THUMBS UP to Blue Valentine

    HUGE THUMBS DOWN to This is 40

  • Eric

    LOVE 105 is gone?! Now where can I get my Pitbull AND Anne Murray love songs on the same station?

    Nice to know you’re a local kid, but have time for only local sports radio; not local morning shows.

  • Nate

    Love Mauer hitting second. Gives Morneau and Willingham a chance to drive him (and hopefully Hicks) in. Sadly, after those 4, the lineup drops off sharply.

    Loved Blue Valentine, but it’s going to be a while before I will be up to watching it again. Big dog lover and the scene of her finding it and him digging a hole kill me every time.

  • http://saltmanz.com Chris

    The Twins have run the “Wine, Women, and Baseball” thing in the past. If I recall, my wife and her mother went to one or two of them and enjoyed themselves.

  • Matt #3

    I watched the replay of the Friday game on FSN last night.

    There’s loss #1 (of many) on Gardy. Sorry Gardy apologists. The guy can’t manage a bullpen.

    It was so frustrating watching that last night.

    You have the lead late in the game…on the road…in a tough place for us to win. Yet you let our lead go away while our best reliever (Perkins) is not even used? I simply cannot comprehend that strategy. Makes ZERO sense to me. The game is on the line RIGHT THERE. And the last straw was when he chose Tyler Robertson, our worst LH reliever, to face the hottest LH bat on the planet with the bases loaded. What was that? How is Gardy not being called out for such terrible decisions? If you haven’t brought Perkins into the game before then (which I would argue he should have been in well before that), WHY WOULD YOU NOT BRING HIM IN TO FACE DAVIS??!?!!? Really? Banana underpants?

    Congratulations Gardy. You managed (yes) to piss away a game you had in hand while NEVER bringing your best reliever into the game. You didn’t give us the best chance to win, and if that continues to happen, it’s ON YOU and you should be removed from your position as manager of this team.