February 3, 2012

Link-O-Rama

• These would be the latest fashion trend for bloggers, except we don't wear pants.

• I was a guest on "Fan Graphs Audio" with Carson Cistulli and had a great time chatting about non-baseball stuff for around 45 of the 50 minutes. We discussed the Twins briefly at the end, but not before talking about Louis C.K.'s greatness, how getting rejected made me start blogging, the downside of having to wear pants at work, being propositioned for sex, the advantage of having a name that starts with back-to-back A's, and high-brow versus uni-brow. I think you'll like it a lot.

• Congrats might be the wrong word, but Darren Wolfson and Joe Schmit made Deadspin.

Jon Heyman made Deadspin too and as Hardball Talk readers know it was a long time coming.

• Grown men getting angry at teenagers for changing their minds about which college to attend is one of the weirdest things about sports, especially when the decision-making is based on food.

• I'm worried that my soulmate might die before we even have a chance to share a meal.

• Bad news for Matt Garza, but it only seems fair given how the Rays stole him from the Twins.

• I'll bet even Jim Marshall is confused about how this happened.

John Bonnes called in sick for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode, so I poured myself a scotch and babbled for an hour.

Blake Griffin's dunk on Kendrick Perkins earlier this week was one of the best you'll ever see:

"Oh me oh my!"

• This deserves a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

Royce White was the lead story/photo on ESPN.com, with an article about his on-court success and off-court difficulties written by former Minneapolis Star Tribune beat reporter Myron Medcalf.

• Twenty years from now I'm sure his therapist will say this was really healthy.

• In that case, I'll take World to cover the spread.

• If you like soul music as much as me, D'Angelo simply getting back on stage is good news.

Jimmy Kimmel was an excellent guest on Marc Maron's podcast and I especially enjoyed their discussion about two of my favorite things, holding grudges and napping.

• Focusing on NBCSports.com stuff meant ending a five-year run as editor-in-chief of Rotoworld's fantasy baseball magazine, but I still wrote several articles and the online version is available now.

Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote a nice article on Terry Kunze, with whom I've been fortunate enough to watch a bunch of basketball games over the years.

• Proving that I'd make an excellent television executive, Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com candidate Lizzy Caplan has been cast as the lead in a new Showtime series with "sex" in the title.

Kevin Love celebrated his $62 million by taking a Luis Scola fastball to the ... well, you'll see:

Houston's announcer also coined a new phrase in describing the play: "The Love Stomach."

Scott Aukerman and Harris Wittels doing a lot of drugs, recording their experience at a Phish concert, and then later commenting on the recordings made for a pretty great podcast.

• Netflix recommendation: Jens Pulver: Driven, a very gritty, compelling documentary about MMA fighter Jens Pulver, from his difficult upbringing and early UFC success to his comeback attempt.

• It's reassuring that one of my favorite comedians, Chelsea Peretti, was funny seven years ago.

Evan Silva's "matchups" column has been a weekly must-read throughout the NFL season and his Super Bowl breakdown is no different even if I disagree with the ending.

• One of the best and longest-running baseball blogs went back to its roots after leaving ESPN.

• There might finally be a good reason to attend White Sox games at U.S. Cellular Field.

• Both my IBM Thinkpad and backup IBM Thinkpad died more or less of natural causes on Sunday, so I decided to take the plunge and get my first Macintosh computer. I got plenty of warnings that it takes some getting used to and even then the number of subtle differences are more frustrating than expected, but after five days with a Macbook Pro it's easy to see why the cult of Apple has so many members. And the Apple Store employees in Ridgedale Mall were incredibly nice and helpful.

• Person you should follow on Twitter: Than Tibbetts, who keeps AG.com running behind the scenes, answers my annoying tech questions, and consistently passes along good Link-O-Rama material.

• Finally, in honor of Etta James passing away recently this week's AG.com-approved music video is her 1968 classic "I'd Rather Go Blind":

June 3, 2011

Link-O-Rama

• Reminder: I'm taking questions via Twitter for a mailbag column next week.

• Not everyone on Facebook knows The Onion is parody and the results are fantastic. Literally!

• My only question after reading this story? Who ended up with the five dollars?

• Speaking of an "aspiring rapper" ... as always I'm a sucker for rap lyrics in graphical form.

• Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of Rod Carew announcing his retirement.

• As a big Friday Night Lights fan I'm certainly not complaining, but Coach Taylor isn't going to be very happy about this.

• Speaking of which, seeing Friday Night Lights rank 124 out of 133 shows on the season-long list of television ratings makes me sad, especially considering some of the dreck near the top.

Peter Moylan's fiancee looks just slightly better in a little black dress than he does, although the ability to simultaneously be sleeveless and fully sleeved is quite a skill.

• Next year the World Series of Poker is planning a $1 million buy-in tournament, so hopefully Phil Ivey will be finished protesting the event by then.

• It's currently a moot point, but now that they're business partners baseball has banned Jim Joyce from umpiring games involving Armando Galarraga's team whether he's pitching or not.

Blake Lively seems fun, but at this point has any famous person ever taken nude pictures of themselves that didn't end up on the internet?

• This week I learned that angry Avril Lavigne fans are hilarious.

• I'm starting the AG.com "Sponsor of the Week" program Monday and the first few weeks are already booked, but there are still some future weeks available if you're looking to promote a product, service, website, or local business while also supporting the free content on this blog.

• I actually think this is an improved look for Snooki.

Donald Trump offends me, not as an American, but as a fat guy who loves pizza:

And his explanation makes it even worse.

• While watching The Next Great Restaurant my favorite was always the grilled cheese concept. It ended up finishing seventh on the show, but a similar idea just got $10 million in funding.

Ricky Rubio finally looks headed to the NBA, so Timberwolves fans can stop worrying about whether he'll come to America and start worrying about whether he'll actually be any good.

Darin Erstad is the new head baseball coach at the University of Nebraska, ensuring they'll lead the conference in scrappiness and yards per punt.

• Can you imagine what this columnist would write if the Mariners ever signed Nick Punto?

• Twitter bought Tweetdeck for $40 million and now they're pushing out photo-sharing sites by creating their own platform. This might be good for Twitter, but probably not for Twitter users.

• I'm biased, but the idea of the UFC on an NBC-owned channel sounds intriguing even though their partnership with Spike has been great for everyone involved.

• Health problems forced Rocco Baldelli into retirement at age 28, so now he's a scout.

• When it comes to a former Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com, some things can't been unseen.

• Being an MLB beat reporter has lots of perks. This isn't one of them.

• When is 431 years not long enough?

• My fellow Community fans will enjoy listening to the show's creator, Dan Harmon, talk about his creative process and a whole bunch of other interesting stuff on Marc Maron's podcast.

Tom Scharpling and his great radio show got some love from New York magazine.

Last week's Link-O-Rama included me asking a question about shorts and praising podcaster Jesse Thorn, but it turns out I should have simply gotten the answer from Thorn.

• He was going to face the Twins until the company ruled that would only be worth $50.

• Congratulations to Josh Gallop, Sam Niedorf, and the rest of the Hopkins team for winning last weekend's Wayzata Classic Tournament, which I enjoyed watching more than most Twins games this season (and not just because I saw an umpire throw out an opposing player and a parent at the same time Sunday, although that was the highlight).

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Sunday Kind Of Love" by Etta James: