January 18, 2013

Link-O-Rama

• When we started "Gleeman and The Geek" the basic idea was simply two guys having a long, unedited conversation over some beers. Conan O'Brien and Jack White had the same concept while adding in smoking and being far more interesting, and the result is absolutely fantastic.

• Big deal, I've been making up fake girlfriends for years.

• On a related note, Amy Webb developed a sort of sabermetric approach to online dating.

• I thought of a new pickup line on Twitter and Jon Shields was kind enough to give it life.

• My favorite lead sentence of the week, from Marino Eccher of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "An Eagan lawyer is suspended indefinitely after having an affair with a client whom he represented in a divorce, then billing her for time they spent having sex."

Pete Rose's new reality television show is exactly what you'd expect.

• Who mocks stat-heads and who hires stat-heads?

• Longtime readers and/or Twitter followers probably know that I'm obsessed with the "Hardball Dynasty" game on WhatIfSports, running two leagues and frequently recruiting new owners. One of those new owners is Carson Cistulli of Fan Graphs, who had WhatIfSports president Tom Zentmeyer on his podcast to discuss the game and the website and the role of sabermetrics in everything. And they even talked about me and my "dominance" for a little bit.

• Old friend Denny Hocking has been named the Angels' new rookie-ball manager.

• I'm way more upset about this week's "Top Chef" elimination than I was about Miguel Cabrera beating Mike Trout for MVP, and Keith Law's recap explains why.

• After a month-long break John Bonnes reunited with me for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode and naturally we talked mostly about drugs and Bar Mitzvahs.

• Not only is Rob Delaney a good stand-up comedian and must-follow on Twitter, he brilliantly analyzes baseball's sexy scouting lingo:

His mustache really puts it over the top.

Worst e-mail ever?

More reason to wish the Twins had signed Brandon McCarthy.

• I'm going to TwinsFest this year for the first time since 1995 or so. We have some interesting podcast-related plans that may or may not actually happen, but I'll definitely be at the Twins Daily get-together Saturday night at Hubert's and I'll also definitely try to re-enact this picture.

Milton Bradley is no longer a baseball player, but he's still a scumbag.

Anna Kendrick's tweet about Ryan Gosling was especially funny/bold considering she might actually run into and/or star in a move with him at some point.

• Friend of AG.com and fellow Twins blogger Seth Stohs' fifth annual "Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook" is now available as a paperback and ebook. with 191 pages of unique, in-depth content covering every key prospect, draft pick, and minor leaguer in the organization.

Pop quiz, hotshot: Delmon Young or Delwyn Young?

Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com covers mixed martial arts as well as any journalist covers any sport and I've become a huge fan of his over the past few years, so I really enjoyed Vice's video profile of him. His story is very interesting and a lot of it hit home with me.

Old Time Family Baseball is doing its annual charity blogathon this weekend to raise money for Doctors Without Borders, with non-stop blogging by Michael Clair and lots of good guest posts.

• Some recent Netflix instant recommendations: "God Grew Tired Of Us," "The Company Men," "You Can Count On Me," "Jeff, Who Lives At Home," "The English Patient," "Gosford Park," "The Wave," "Biutiful," "Sleepwalk With Me," "Take This Waltz."

• This week in Chelsea Peretti being the best.

Jessi Klein was a great guest on Dave Hill's always laid back podcast.

• Three months ago Adam Meier sponsored a week of AG.com for his mother, Emily Meier, promoting her self-published fiction writing as she battled cancer. I'm sad to report that she passed away last week, but I would encourage everyone to please check out her website and continue to give her the audience that she struggled to find.

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

- "Patrick Reusse weight loss"
- "Van Morrison divorce"
- "Chris Pratt Norwegian"
- "Jessica Alba porno"
- "Mitch Hedberg talks about baseball"
- "Plan to lose 150 pounds"
- "Why my body craves a cheeseburger"
- "Geek with turtleneck"
- "How much does Amy Grant weigh in pounds"

• Finally, in honor of that great O'Brien/White chat this week's AG.com-approved music video is The Raconteurs' live version of "Old Enough" with Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe:

September 14, 2012

Link-O-Rama

• It took a while, but someone finally put all this newfangled strike zone technology to good use and produced some meaty, worthwhile analysis. Ground-breaking, really.

• In fairness to Mike Francesa, most of the time radio is a lot less exciting than you might think and all of the time napping is amazing.

• Between this story and this story it was a banner week for my Alison Pill crush.

• This should be required reading for any Twins fans/Minnesotans/sane people.

• For my purposes this New York Times headline might as well be "breathing is bad for you."

• As a lifelong Howard Stern fan, this was a big thrill. Seriously.

• Ah, rookie hazing: Bryce Harper is McKayla Maroney. And also one of the best 19-year-olds in baseball history.

• My favorite headline of the week: "DMX says he would beat up Drake in an elevator if it were 10 years ago." Is there room to open up shop in an elevator?

• After reading about how few people are watching the Astros on television I'm thinking maybe they should just start a podcast.

• My advice for this week's Gleeman and The Geek? Fast forward through the 90 minutes of Twins talk for the last 15 minutes of philosophical discussion about aging and life lessons.

• This week's AG.com sponsor is Darrell Roehl, a fiction writer who wrote a book about personal redemption, nostalgia, and the Minnesota Twins during the Calvin Griffith era. And not only that, his sons are longtime AG.com readers. Check it out.

• If you're into mixed martial arts, this roundtable show with Ariel Helwani, Mike Chiappetta, and Luke Thomas is a must-watch:

I used to work with Chiappetta at NBCSports.com and the few times we met in person he was very nice and very willing to talk MMA with me, so it's great to see him getting to shine.

• As a kid I used to listen to The Fabulous Sports Babe, so Michael Kruse's lengthy Grantland profile of the former nationally syndicated radio host was equal parts interesting and sad.

• Speaking of Grantland, they lured one of my favorite basketball writers, Zach Lowe, away from Sports Illustrated. Bill Simmons has built quite a stable of talent over there.

• I'm in favor of making Chelsea Peretti all-time podcast guest, much like all-time quarterback in playground football, so her appearance on NBA.com with Roy Hibbert was spectacular.

Brandon McCarthy is out of the hospital and joking about threesomes, which is great news.

• My latest weekly chat with Paul Allen on KFAN was filled with a shocking amount of baseball.

Mike Trout is the first player with a double-digit Wins Above Replacement total since Barry Bonds in 2004. He's also a 21-year-old rookie.

• If you've ever wanted to play baseball scout--or maybe just go on record with your opinion of Ben Revere's arm strength and Josh Willingham's range--this is your big chance.

• I used to have nightmares about this happening to me in little league, so my condolences to Josh Beckett. Carlos Beltran is such a meanie.

• I can't imagine this movie not being great, just based on the ad.

• Someone please give friend of AG.com and fellow Twins blogger Nick Nelson a new job, if only so he'll quit giving me foot rubs.

Dan LeBatard and friend of AG.com Jon Sciambi were joined by Jeff Van Gundy and Stan Van Gundy for a great discussion about sports media, coaching, and Dwight Howard.

• Back by popular demand, this week's most amusing, weird, and random search engine queries that brought people here:

- "Tom Kelly Zubaz"
- "Maddie Bisanz age"
- "Brian Dozier is so cute"
- "Who is the father of Diora Baird's baby?"
- "Aaron Gleeman recipe"
- "Darin Mastroianni girlfriend"
- "Liam Hendriks girlfriend"
- "Lizzy Caplan looks like Zooey Deschanel"
- "Minka Kelly baseball hat"
- "Anthony LaPanta hair"
- "What a pound of rice looks like"

• Finally, just because I had a random memory about a kid named Ryan buying me Craig Mack's Project: Funk Da World for my 12th birthday this week's AG.com-approved music video is one of the songs from that CD to blow my 12-year-old mind, "Flava In Ya Ear":