Rihanna seems like fun.
• In retrospect,
Kevin Garnett had the right idea in this picture.
• If she wasn't already an Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com candidate
this quote would put Lizzy Caplan in the mix: "What I like to do every single night is fall asleep watching Larry Sanders."
Joe Mauer is engaged now, so perhaps there's a similar explanation for last year's injuries.
• One of my favorite comedians,
Todd Glass, came out of the closet on Marc Maron's podcast and it was incredibly compelling stuff.
• Speaking of Maron,
this article about podcasting quotes me right alongside him, which was a big thrill. And coincidentally the writer, Gaby Dunn, conducted the interview with Jewish porn star James Deen that appeared in Link-O-Rama last month. As always, life is weird.
• We had a first on
this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode, as a random drunk woman interrupted the podcast to show us her bra for no apparent reason.
• Imagine a world in which
Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera, and Delmon Young are all on the same American League team and someone else is the designated hitter.
Jimmer Fredette's transition to the NBA is proving to be a difficult one and Sebastian Pruiti of Grantland has a very detailed, interesting analysis of his early struggles.
• Speaking of NBA rookies, I
bought one of these.
Katy Perry unfollowed Russell Brand on Twitter after their divorce, which is no doubt where this is headed too some day.
• I was talking about wrestling on Twitter, so my mom
dug up this picture of me with Sergeant Slaughter in 1985:
I apparently inherited his jaw line from that one brief meeting.
• Fat-O-Meter update: This is day 330 of my diet and I'm down 140 pounds.
• This is absurd, of course, but
he almost deserves it for not getting a prenup.
• I wonder what
Justin Morneau and Corey Koskie think about this.
• Two great tastes that
go great together: Kate Beckinsale and Maria Menounos.
• Stuff like this fascinates me: Back in 1995 the Mariners
turned down a deal with the Yankees for a 23-year-old catching prospect named Jorge Posada.
Moneyball was nominated for six Oscars, including "best actor" for Brad Pitt, "best supporting actor" for Jonah Hill, and "best picture." I liked these outtakes better than the actual movie.
• Not only is new Astros general manager
Jeff Luhnow sabermetrically inclined, he announced via Twitter that Baseball Prospectus analyst Mike Fast is joining the front office.
Bill James used to write the occasional guest piece for The Hardball Times when I was there and it was a big honor, so Grantland talking him into being a regular is quite a get.
• As a
Sarah Hyland fan, I might have actually tuned into the Golden Globes for this.
• I have some mixed feelings about this, but it's
an interesting story and an important lesson when it comes to baseball rumors and reporting.
Zooey Deschanel, describing her college experience that sounds an awful lot like mine: "My specialness is not appreciated in this place." With the main difference being that mine still isn't.
• I've always said there's a little
Gilbert Gottfried inside all of us:
If you don't think that's funny we probably can't be friends.
• Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com candidate
Aubrey Plaza on meeting Ryan Gosling: "I think he has a girlfriend, but maybe I'll murder her someday and we'll be together forever."
Flip Saunders got fired by the Wizards, who hilariously replaced him with Randy Wittman.
JaVale McGee's mom seems a lot like my mom.
Harris Wittels, who once left a comment here, was cast in Sarah Silverman's new show.
watched all 10 episodes of Bar Rescue despite not really enjoying it and thinking the star is like Gordon Ramsay without the charm, charisma, and hair. Is that a recommendation?
• Showtime is
following the Marlins for Season 2 of The Franchise, which leaves the door open for Ozzie Guillen to appear on Shameless. I'll bet he has great chemistry with Emmy Rossum.
• For anyone with HBO: Make sure to
watch the documentary series about Freddie Roach.
• Speaking of great sports documentaries,
the final episode of the series following MMA fighter Allistair Overeem is spectacular and features his recent win over Brock Lesnar. Great stuff.
• As always I'm proud to be
a very, very small part of MinnPost, which saw its readership grow 21 percent in 2011.
• If you haven't already,
go buy Seth Stohs' annual Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook for 190 pages of hardcore prospect profiles, analysis, interviews, and rankings.
Nick Nelson's old blog-mate, Nick Mosvick, has a new blog all his own.
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved
music video is "Work" by Gang Starr: