May 18, 2012

Link-O-Rama

• This is a great New York Times correction: "An earlier version of this article misstated the name of Howard Stern's bulldog. It's Bianca, not Bernice."

Mila Kunis took a break from her Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com duties to save someone's life.

• They told me to bring the stats, so I unleashed some sabermetrics (to the tune of Steely Dan) on KFAN with Paul Allen yesterday. You can listen to my entire appearance here.

• Almost every supermodel claims to have been unattractive in high school, but based on their yearbook pictures almost every supermodel is lying.

Torii Hunter took a leave of absence from the Angels after his 17-year-old son was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child following a months-long investigation.

• Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, great teacher, and awesome person Chris Ison was badly burned in a propane explosion, but thankfully is now recovering well.

• Not since Brett Favre has a legend coming out of retirement been such a sad idea. On the other hand, maybe that's just the 12-year-old me who had the original version talking.

• Last week's Gleeman and The Geek episode featured my mom's podcast/radio debut. Hilarity did not, as they say, ensue. And she claims to have been trying to sound like Lauren Bacall.

• My fellow Friday Night Lights fans will like this compilation of Coach Taylor warning people that he has something to tell them:

Let me tell you something: That video somehow makes me miss the show even more.

• On a related note, Coach Taylor's television daughter seems to be doing well post-FNL.

• As always my MinnPost colleage David Brauer analyzing local radio ratings is a must-read. Among the interesting notes: KFAN has the No. 1 or No. 2 rated show among male listeners in every time slot.

• On a related note, KFAN's overall ratings rank No. 9 among all sports stations in the country.

• I look forward to running into Michelle Beadle at the NBC holiday party. Also, congrats on getting away from Colin Cowherd.

• As an NBC homer I'm extra happy that they renewed Parks and Recreation, Community, 30 Rock, and the highly underrated Parenthood.

• Once again, Penn State seems like a wonderful place to spend your college years.

Jon Hamm answering advice questions submitted by teenage girls is pretty great, and as usual when not dressed as Don Draper he's repping the St. Louis Cardinals.

• Speaking of which, if John Slattery co-stars as Andrew McCutchen this movie will be great.

• One of my favorite basketball writers, Zach Lowe of SI.com, writes about the return of vintage Kevin Garnett at age 36.

• If you haven't been following the Sarah Phillips story, it's a weird one about fake identities, Twitter followers, ESPN, and gambling.

Ozzie Guillen explains, via video, that he's quitting Twitter because "people out there are nasty" and "I'm not Kim Kardashian":

I'm sad to see him go, because Guillen's tweets were pretty great, but he's basically right.

• Who are the Twins considering with the No. 2 pick in next month's draft? I'm glad you asked.

• Thing that makes me feel elderly: Kerry Wood is retiring.

David Letterman and Conan O'Brien get together to talk Jay Leno.

• After hundreds of Link-O-Rama posts over the years I'm amazed this has never happened.

Chelsea Peretti might be my all-time favorite podcast guest regardless of the show, so not surprisingly she was great recently on Sklarbro Country and You Made It Weird.

• Worlds colliding: Will Leitch was a guest on Julie Klausner's podcast to chat about Fargo.

• It was fun while it lasted, but I certainly understand.

• Congrats to friend of AG.com and original baseball blogger Jay Jaffe for his new SI.com gig.

Drive is on Netflix streaming now, so I'm planning to re-watch it over and over again until I figure out why so many people loved it.

• Car update: I bought a new Honda Fit on February 27 and it took me until May 9 for the little 10.6-gallon gas tank to be empty for the first time. I drove a total of 315 miles in 73 days.

• If you're interested in advertising your product, service, business, or website on AG.com I'm taking "sponsor of the week" reservations through the All-Star break. Click here for details.

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Ellie Goulding's live version of "Lights":

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February 10, 2012

Link-O-Rama

• If only I could have paid off my losing Super Bowl bet the same way as Maria Menounos.

• This post-Super Bowl column in the Boston Globe is everything wrong with sportswriting.

• I wrote a guest column for Baseball Prospectus, which has been my dream for 15 years.

• KFAN is the eighth-highest rated sports talk radio station in the country.

• I sometimes feel guilty about Link-O-Rama being sexist, so here's something for the ladies.

• I'm starting to think some of these "parents groups" should be more parenting.

• Finally, conclusive evidence that I've spoken to a woman.

• This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" guest, Lindsay Guentzel, was chosen as a finalist for the MLB Fan Cave contest, so go vote for her a few thousand times.

Jose Reyes' dreadlocks sold for $10,200 on eBay. Seriously.

• I'm actually kind of surprised it took this long.

• Obviously the solution is to start using books as toilet paper.

• Just in case you need a pep talk after a long week, Coach Taylor is always here for you:

Can't lose, obviously.

• I've been watching the Starz series Boss on Netflix. It can get a little too cheesy at times, but Kelsey Grammer is great in the lead role and the show is definitely worth watching.

• And after mentioning Boss on Twitter one of the supporting actors randomly replied to me.

• We're doing very important things at Hardball Talk.

Ozzie Gullen, mocking Baseball Think Factory regulars since 2012.

Old habits die hard, even when your entire writing career has been spent on the internet.

• How many episodes of a new television show should you watch before you give up on it?

• This is the best decision rabbis have made since expelling me from Hebrew school.

• I'd love to have sat in on the meetings where this horrendous idea was approved.

• It took one week for former Harvard point guard and NBA journeyman Jeremy Lin to become every Knicks fan's favorite player.

• I'm not really the target demographic for Smash, but I look forward to running into Katharine McPhee at the NBC holiday party.

Kendrick Perkins needs to learn that the key is being the source of the negativity.

• I moved out of St. Paul at age 17, so obviously this happened.

• And to think, this man dated Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com Mila Kunis for many years.

• Something tells me Terry Ryan won't be joining Twitter any time soon.

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Basia Bulat signing "Before I Knew":

October 7, 2011

Link-O-Rama

• If only they had this program for journalism school students 10 years ago.

• Conclusive evidence that blogging has jumped the shark: Sid Hartman has a one now.

Two decades later the hair restoration cream from China finally worked on George Costanza.

• This totally ruins my Gail Simmons shiksa obsession and also shatters my entire world view.

• If you're not sick of Moneyball already, check out my article examining some of the history and ideas behind the movie (and the book).

• The look on this guy's face as he stares at Rihanna from behind is as amazing as the view.

• On a related note, they had to go all the way to Ireland to find a man who wanted her to put on more clothes.

Jordan Schafer isn't much of a hitter, but he's a Hall of Famer at getting arrested with pot.

Eva Amurri is the Ken Griffey Jr. of famous actress offspring.

Bernard Berrian and his public relations team seem like a perfect match.

• Congratulations to Kenan Thompson on his recent engagement and for showing why being on television every week is so great.

• I'd watch every episode of Prime Suspect if they'd let Trey Kirby write the scripts while Maria Bello wears the hats.

• I finally watched Bridesmaids and thought it was somewhat over-hyped while still very good, but this deleted scene of "the longest argument ever" beats anything in the actual movie:

Hell of an ending, too.

• I'm thrilled that Arrested Development might return from the dead, but once that happens can we resuscitate Freaks and Geeks too?

• Zooey Deschanel and Lizzy Caplan on the same show may shatter the adorability scale.

• And in other casting decisions taken directly from my dreams, Maura Tierney is joining Jenna Fischer on The Office.

• Of course, not every decision NBC makes is a good one.

• My favorite quote of the playoffs so far: "There was poo everywhere."

Joel McHale wrote a good article for Grantland about his time as a walk-on tight end for the University of Washington.

• I'm still skeptical about a(nother) Friday Night Lights movie, but everyone knows that Connie Britton doesn't say "for realsies" unless she means it.

Ozzie Guillen's replacement as White Sox manager came out of nowhere.

Jon Hamm's appearance on Marc Maron's podcast was every bit as enjoyable as expected.

• Speaking of which, Ida Blankenship remains the Queen of Perversions.

• No one has looked this good in a Pittsburgh Pirates hat since Barry Bonds.

• I look forward to this happening to me on Twitter some day.

• I've been debating getting a tablet computer, but reading this made me even more unsure.

• This week's episode of "Gleeman and The Geek" includes lots of arguing, a little drinking, and a new groupie.

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Shine" by Laura Izibor:

August 5, 2011

Link-O-Rama

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• I didn't realize it until afterward, but Monday marked the ninth anniversary of this blog, which started on August 1, 2002 with a post about A.J. Burnett being overworked by the Marlins. That night the Twins beat the White Sox behind Eric Milton's three-hit, 11-strikeout shutout and Michael Cuddyer's grand slam. Two months later the Twins made the playoffs for the first time since 1991, shortly after that Burnett blew out his elbow, and now here I am.

I started as a 19-year-old in search of a writing outlet while home from college for the summer and now I'm a 28-year-old lucky enough to write about baseball for a living. In between seems like kind of a blur, but I know that without this blog and the people who read it I may never have gotten the opportunity to make a career out of something I love and for that I'm forever grateful. Whether you've been here for nine years or this is your first visit, thanks for reading.

There but for the grace of blogging go I.

• This is one service that the YoYo Donuts near my house does not provide.

Joel Lovell's lengthy profile of Louis C.K. in GQ magazine is well worth the read.

• In one of the most disappointing revelations in cinematic history, Mila Kunis has admitted to using a "butt double" in Friends With Benefits. As the Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com explained:

I showed side boob and I figured I can't just give away everything all at once. I gotta let it all out in little pieces here and there.

Legally, does that count as a binding contract?

• Kunis defending Justin Timberlake by yelling at reporters in Russian was fun to watch.

• In one of the craziest plays you'll ever see Brendan Ryan caught Oakland's defense napping for an "infield triple."

• Picture of the Week: Jimi Hendrix gets his hair done while reading Mad magazine.

Kate Upton saying she "prayed every day" to look like Kate Upton has made me reconsider everything I've ever thought about religion.

• In honor of Randy Moss' retirement, here's a commercial he and Jason Williams did for Nike that I thought was pretty badass as a kid:

Still is, actually.

Bethlehem Shoals was an awesome basketball blogger, but he might be even better writing about Otis Redding, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and the history of "Try A Little Tenderness."

Latrell Sprewell is still just trying to feed his family in Wisconsin.

• Of course, Sprewell is a piker compared to Stephon Marbury.

Marko Jaric is faring slightly better after leaving the Timberwolves.

Kevin Durant scored 66 points in a Rucker Park game and the video is excellent.

• For a 51-year-old fat guy Stan Van Gundy can still handle the rock pretty well.

• After seeing Half Nelson and Blue Valentine during the past week I've officially become a Ryan Gosling fanboy, which is something I never expected to write. Blue Valentine is definitely worth renting, while Half Nelson is a must-watch for anyone with Netflix instant.

• To anyone who made the mistake of not watching already: Netflix instant just added the first four seasons of Mad Men. Pour yourself an old fashioned and watch all 52 episodes. Trust me.

• In odd marriage news, Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari broke up before their wedding while Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed are now engaged after 28 years and two grown kids.

• Cavallari has rebounded with ... the kid from Boy Meets World? Sure, why not.

• Even my mom would begrudgingly admit that George Clooney made a solid rebound choice.

Alex Rodriguez being investigated for "playing in an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used" makes him significantly more likable. Even if he isn't very good.

• Oh great, now my hopes are up for a Friday Night Lights movie.

• Now that everything has been settled, the worst part of the NFL lockout is without question HBO skipping Hard Knocks this season.

Community was already one of my favorite shows, and now they're adding Omar Little and Bill Haverchuck to the cast for next season. Omar comin':

It sounds like Michael K. Williams had a good first day on the set, too.

• People who insist on saying happy birthday to every "friend" on Facebook deserve this.

• Maybe it's not too late for me to become a newspaper reporter after all.

Sarah Hyland provides a compelling sneak preview of next season's Modern Family.

• Versus is becoming NBC Sports Network, which means I'm a step closer to that cooking show I've always wanted. "Aaron Makes Stuff With Rice And Oyster Sauce" is the working title.

David Cameron, whom I got a chance to meet and play poker with at the SABR convention, has been diagnosed with leukemia. Whether you like his work as Fan Graphs managing editor or just hate when bad things happen to good people, root for him.

• I'm on board the Rick Adelman bandwagon, which guarantees David Kahn won't hire him.

• I'm thrilled that 1500-ESPN decided to dump Colin Cowherd's syndicated show and replace it with a local host. My nomination: Darren Wolfson.

• In related news, Sporting News Radio just became Yahoo! Sports Radio, with lots of Yahoo! writers getting their own shows. KFAN-1130 will air some locally, I believe.

UPDATE: And now more intrigue in the local sports radio scene, as David Brauer of MinnPost reports that KFAN is switching from AM to FM.

• Want to feel old? Raul Mondesi's son just signed with the Royals for $2 million.

• For any DIPS and/or FIP doubters out there: When position players pitch they have the same batting average on balls in play as actual pitchers pitching.

Fedor Emelianenko went from the top of the MMA food chain to washed up in three fights.

• I was feeling good about our recent traffic at HardballTalk, but then I saw that my colleagues at ProFootballTalk had 3.9 million page views in one day. To put that in some context, AG.com has had a total of around 13 million page views ... in nine years.

Curb Your Enthusiasm fans will like Jeff Garlin's appearance on The Sound of Young America.

• I've now been on Twitter for two years and 7,000 tweets later can't imagine life without it.

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is The King of Soul singing what will always be my favorite version of "Try A Little Tenderness":

July 22, 2011

Link-O-Rama

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• Not that it was ever tough to sell me bacon in the first place, but this is especially effective.

Bruce Willis has never looked so good.

• Earlier this week the Twins sold $391,000 worth of bobblehead dolls in one day.

Jay-Z and Kanye West teaming up for the sample-filled song "Otis" is interesting, but mostly just reminds me how awesome Otis Redding was.

• Sure, but at least it's a really great face.

• Congratulations to Jonah Hill for losing a ton of weight, although unfortunately for his career this means Hollywood will have to find a new fat guy to co-star in every comedy movie.

David Brauer of MinnPost reports that Chip Scoggins will soon become the Minneapolis Star Tribune's newest sports columnist after years of covering the Vikings alongside Judd Zulgad.

• Someone tell Adrian Peterson to get in line.

• I'm still grieving the end of Friday Night Lights, but Connie Britton has already moved on.

Friday Night Lights was able to squeak out five great seasons despite poor ratings, but sadly the similarly underrated and underwatched TNT show Men of a Certain Age isn't so lucky.

• Cleveland starter Justin Masterson shut out the Twins for 7.2 innings Tuesday night despite throwing a fastball on 103 of his 104 pitches.

• If you turned off last night's Twins game early, you missed Wilson Betemit make one of the worst throws in baseball history.

• I've never seen an episode of iCarly and presumably never will, but there's a big The Wire fan on their writing staff who deserves credit for this scene:

For anyone not smart enough to have watched The Wire already, here's the original scene.

• I'm not sure if Ron Gardenhire really loves Japan women's soccer, but we definitely know he pays off his bets.

• Rochester lost 18-3 yesterday and Toby Gardenhire threw a scoreless ninth inning.

• I'm hoping Rihanna has started a new fashion trend for exceptionally good-looking women.

• His bat no longer works like it once did, but Torii Hunter celebrated his 36th birthday earlier this week by announcing that he doesn't have erectile dysfunction.

• Grantland inducted my favorite book of all time, Ball Four, into their sports book Hall of Fame.

• It's been more than a decade and this still makes me sad and furious at the same time.

• As usual, things are going really well for the Canseco brothers. Jose has had a tough week.

Paz de la Huerta gives good interview, particularly for an insane person.

• Tuesday night's Conan had Marc Maron and Susan Tedeschi, which means they were just a Mila Kunis short of creating a show specifically for me.

Wonderful news for Jenna Fischer is slightly less wonderful news for her Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com candidacy and The Office.

Danny Valencia and Chris Perez had a sleepover.

Michael Rand posted a picture of what his Minneapolis Star Tribune colleague Patrick Reusse looked like in the 1970s and it's way too good not to share:

Mind. Blown.

Howard Stern won't take him back, so Artie Lange is doing a new sports radio show.

• Listening to Jonah Keri's podcast as Jon Weisman brought up my name and said nice things about me pretty much made my week. Us original baseball bloggers have to stick together.

• I actually thought about flying to Philadelphia just to steal all the tea.

• Congratulations to Sam Miller for his new gig at Baseball Prospectus and congratulations to Baseball Prospectus for hiring one of the best baseball writers around.

Ozzie is getting upset.

• One of my favorite writers, Clay Travis, launched a new site called Outkick The Coverage.

• Podcast recommendation: Nick Adams was great as a guest co-host on "Jordan, Jesse, Go!"

• I've extended the AG.com "sponsor of the week" program into September and October, so if you're interested in reserving a spot check out the details and current openings.

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Tedeschi and her husband Derek Trucks doing a live cover version of "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" by Bob Dylan:

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