Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included returning to podcast-only mode at Mason's Barre after another season on the radio, breaking down the September call-ups, whether the Twins "get it" or not, the bullpen implosion, brand surveys and Keith Olbermann, comparing the Twins to the United States Postal Service, how much to believe in Eduardo Escobar, and the life of a parent with special guest David Brauer.
City Pages ran an article by Maggie LaMaackranking the "Top 20 Twin Cities Twitterers" among non-mainstream media and non-celebrities. She did a very nice job on the piece, which included artsy caricatures of each person and lots of fun quotes, but my Twitter obsession won't let me go on living without posting my own ranking. Mine is slightly different in that I refuse to use the word "Twitterers" and anyone is eligible, but it's the same basic idea. Oh, and I chose 30 instead of 20.
• "Twin Cities ladies you've probably dated" is pretty clever and the nice thing is that a potential "Twin Cities guys you've probably dated" follow-up article can't include "Blogger" because none of us have ever had a date.
I suppose my actual podcast is sort of like the beer-drinking version of that anyway.
• One of my favorite comedians, Tom Segura, is taping his new television special in Minnesota next month and tickets are free. We should all sign up and go.
• I saw Gilbert Gottfried at New Hope Cinema Grill last Friday night. He was very funny/weird, and while a little unusual for a stand-up comedy venue New Hope Cinema Grill was actually pretty nice. Oh, and they serve 612 Brew too. I'll definitely be back.
• My little-known co-worker Joe Posnanskiwrote aboutCarlos Beltran and Paul Newman.
• Kenley Jansen was a catcher in the minors and hit .229/.310/.337, so it's not too late to get that girl from high school to go out with you.
• Also on this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episodeDavid Brauer of MinnPost joined the very exclusive club of people who've appeared on the podcast more than once. Determining an actual "guest" can be tricky, but here's a possibly incomplete list of people who've spoken on microphone during more than one show:
• News story lead sentence of the week: "A quick-thinking worker at Dunkin' Donuts threw hot coffee at a man who tried to climb through the drive-through window to rob the store, telling him 'go run on Dunkin'' as he fled."
• Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawfordteamed up for an in-game dunk better than anything in the dunk contest, and Griffin's reaction afterward is pretty good too.
• I used to think Barry Bonds posting a .480 on-base percentage at age 42 was amazing, but then I learnedNigella Lawson is 53. On a related note, I've been watching "The Taste" on ABC despite the fact that it's not a very compelling show.
• Congrats to my former The Hardball Times partner, Dave Studeman, for winning this year's "Analytics Research Award" from SABR.
• Podcast recommendation: "The Crab Feast" with Jay Larson and Ryan Sickler. Get started with a Jen Kirkmanepisode, because she's always a can't-miss podcast guest.
• Mark your calendars: Twins Daily is having a get-together/viewing party on March 23 to watch the Saturday afternoon Twins-Rays spring training game on television. Starting at noon we'll be hanging out at 612 Brew in Northeast Minneapolis, drinking beer and talking baseball.
• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:
- "Marney Gellner age"
- "Will Chinese buffet kill my Atkins diet?"
- "I'm 29 years old and lost"
- "Corey Koskie net worth"
- "Chuck Berry and Sammy Sosa"
- "Brian Dinkelman girlfriend"
- "Is Terry Gross a baseball fan?"
- "How much does Louis C.K. weigh?"
- "Anthony Slama's mom"
- "Gleeman fashion"
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Sweet Wanomi" by Bill Withers:
• In elementary school my class sold Kirby Puckett candy bars for some sort of fundraiser and my mom just bought a bunch of them from me and then let me eat them all, which explains a lot about my life and is also relevant to this shocking Deadspin investigation.
• Bloggers seem contractually obligated to hate "Girls" and Lena Dunham, but I watched the first five episodes of Season 2 in one sitting this week and still liked it. I'm constantly confused by who the internet decides to collectively hate or love, but she seems pretty great to me.