February 7, 2014

Link-O-Rama

Jerry Seinfeld and Howard Stern bickering like Jewish grandmothers is what my entire life has been building to until now.

• Pawn America is selling an unnamed person's 1987 World Series ring, which makes me sad.

• A lot of people say to me "I wish I could hear you on more podcasts talking about more bullshit topics while drinking more whiskey." Well, guess what people who don't actually exist? It's your lucky day! I was a guest on "The Sportive" podcast and it was a train wreck. (In a good way.)

• I really enjoyed and mostly agreed with Luke O'Neil's article about what choosing to favorite something on Twitter actually signifies.

Kara Nesvig of Vita.mn told the compelling, much-needed story of Minnesota's true heroes.

• Even after finding a new place to live I'm still addicted to looking at new apartment listings on Craigslist and some of them are absolutely amazing.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we debated Ricky Nolasco vs. Matt Garza, dreamed about Byron Buxton, and discussed swapping wives. It was a weird one.

• Years ago I was told that a decade-old video existed of Twins Daily blogger Parker Hageman appearing on a TLC reality show called "Second Chance." Ever since then I've been trying to talk him and various members of his family into posting that video online and now, just days before his wedding to the woman who appeared alongside him on the reality show, my prayers have finally been answered. Enjoy:

I kind of want to break the whole thing down frame-by-frame, like the Zapruder film.

Derek Jeter lives a rough life sometimes.

This news has me thinking about canceling my annual State Fair on-air radio date.

• Netflix has a new show coming out in which Coach Taylor and Lindsay Weir play brother and sister, so I'm basically a television producer now.

• I smiled a lot looking through the pictures from Howard Stern's birthday party.

Dana Wessel is apparently spreading the Heggies pizza gospel via the super-believable pen name "Ryan Burk" now.

• Fat quarterback Jared Lorenzen is now fatter and even more quarterbacky.

• "His submission was deemed 'weirder than balls' so they had Gleeman write it up instead. Here is the rejected preview."

• My HardballTalk blog-mate Matthew Pouliot did projections for all 30 starting rotations and ranks the Twins second-to-last despite all their offseason spending.

• Why am I moving? Another day, another police chase in my neck of the suburban woods.

• The Onion: "Report: Girlfriend's parents could hear everything."

• I want nothing more than to simply walk into this classroom and yell "Rihanna is better!" And then run, obviously.

• On the other hand, Possum Plows' latest video finally makes me appreciate what some of the Beyonce fuss is all about:

Related note: We may soon have a new "Gleeman and The Geek" theme song. Stay tuned.

• I screwed up and waited too long to buy Lake Street Dive tickets for The Cedar next month. Anyone have a hookup? I'd gladly pay full price for a pair of tickets.

Keith Law's "Top Chef" recaps were must-reads all season and his finale analysis was spot on.

• Me too, man. Me too. "Penguins are so fed up with the miserable winter weather they are being given antidepressants."

• Season 2 hasn't started yet, but Netflix already renewed "House Of Cards" for Season 3 and production begins soon.

John Mulaney explaining Jewish women always makes me laugh.

• "Stop Podcasting Yourself" with Graham Clark and Dave Shumka is consistently my favorite podcast and Nicole Passmore was a particularly entertaining guest.

• "Broad City" is a great show that everyone should be watching.

• Brunch spot recommendation: Victor's 1959 Cafe, a tiny, quirky place with good Cuban food and interesting mimosas.

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

- "Woman ate 350 chicken wings"
- "Image of get-together"
- "Bobby Bland baseball"
- "What's wrong with my elliptical machine?"
- "Chads and Brads"
- "General Bill Smith"
- "Pizza Hut five-pound deal"
- "Aaron Gleeman moving"
- "Aaron Gleeman in Uptown"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is John Newman singing a live version of "Love Me Again":

December 6, 2013

Link-O-Rama

• I did some hardcore hate-reading of "The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry." My favorite part:

One thing we missed out on was that Justin Bieber wanted to rep BlackBerry. He said, "Give me $200,000 and 20 devices, and I'm your brand ambassador," basically. And we pitched that to marketing: Here's a Canadian kid, he grew up here, all the teeny-boppers will love that. They basically threw us out of the room. They said, "This kid is a fad. He's not going to last." I said at the meeting: "This kid might outlive RIM." Everyone laughed.

And now, just a few years later, some doofus blogger in Minnesota is the last BlackBerry user.

• Seriously, please just die already so I can get on Tinder.

Miley Cyrus never looked so good.

• Apparently they're just putting my dreams on video now, starting with Aubrey Plaza and Alia Shawkat sitting around smoking pot.

Irina Werning did an amazing job photographing adults re-enacting their childhood pictures. I can't wait to re-enact this photo some day soon, perhaps around bar close.

Kirk Goldsberry's in-depth article on Grantland about LeBron James' dominance combines statistical analysis, visual presentation, and original reporting as well as anything I've ever read.

• We recorded this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode over brunch and skipped the usual bullshit session to almost exclusively break down the Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes signings.

• If you prefer written analysis of the signings, read the Nolasco version and the Hughes version.

• As someone who loves Howard Stern and David Letterman their half-hour chat last week was basically perfect television:

They're definitely my favorite old married couple.

• No. 21 is legit, No. 6 and No. 8 are purely hypothetical, and No. 29 actually sounds good to me.

Seth Rogan's back hair is the new Kim Kardashian's ass.

• After seeing this I'm thinking about giving the whole Minnesota Daily thing one last try.

• "House of Cards" fans will love this. Also: Robin Wright is amazing at smoking a cigarette.

• I've been doing my own study on this same topic and have come to the same conclusion in the sense that hanging out drinking and talking and having fun stops me from eating.

• I'm printing this out and bringing copies on all future dates.

The Onion hits on something I've been constantly fighting for about 20 years.

Wonder Woman is Jewish. Mazel tov.

• Carson Cistulli's latest chat with Dayn Perry was spell-binding as always and 67 minutes in Perry randomly said: "I bet Aaron Gleeman has something similar to a document of sexy ladies."

Headline of the week/weak: "Male stripper arrested after fight in downtown St. Cloud."

• "Gleeman and The Geek" listeners will be relieved to know that we made our biggest fan happy.

• Few things are more amazing than a motivated pothead.

• In case you thought Nigella Lawson didn't already seem like enough fun.

• One of my most vivid childhood memories, 15 years later.

• So great: 17-year-old Notorious B.I.G. free-styling on a Brooklyn street corner in 1989.

Maria Bello is one of my favorite actresses and love is love, y'all.

• The latest song/video from my future wife Possum Plows is almost too much for me to handle:

On a related note, I'm taking this as a very strong sign that Ms. Plows is into me too. Gonna be a helluva meet-cute story some day.

Jared Leto ruined a perfect picture of perfect people.

• I've been staring at this page for the majority of the week.

• Honestly, how do we all feel about "Body Party" by Ciara sounding so much like "Are You That Somebody" by Aaliyah?

• After talking about her on Paul Allen's show Marney Gellner finally got to meet my mom.

• My "Gleeman and The Geek" co-host John Bonnes was a guest on "Talk To Contact" if you're curious what else is out there in the world of Twins podcasts.

• I recapped my bachelor party-going experience on last week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode, including the story of Bonnes throwing up in a cab, but there's photographic evidence too.

• I'm putting this in Link-O-Rama in part because it made me laugh and in part because it's the closest Dana Wessel can get to making it himself these days.

• JNCOs never went out of style.

• As documented on Twitter, not going to this Thursday night was a big mistake.

• Having been to Town Hall Tap approximately 1,000 times in the last month, I can vouch for this.

• Netflix recommendation: "Somm" is a documentary about people trying to become expert-level sommeliers and it's about a million times better than it sounds.

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

- "Dave Chappelle and Tall Paul"
- "Lady fat nod"
- "Eliza Coupe lookalike pornstar"
- "Reason for Scott Diamond's decline"
- "Aaron Gleeman girlfriend"
- "Joe Mauer girlfriend"
- "Twins my brain shut down"
- "How does a person become a blogger?"
- "Minnesota Twins blog sites"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Backseat Freestyle" by Kendrick Lamar:


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February 8, 2013

Link-O-Rama

• ZiPS projections for the Twins are now available and in addition to being really ugly they have a bad personality too.

Zach Lowe, formerly of SI.com and now of Grantland, is my favorite NBA writer, and he chatted with Will Leitch about nontraditional paths to sportswriting and blending statistical analysis with old-school reporting. Just really good stuff from two really good writers.

• Typos can be fun sometimes.

• A glimpse at my mom being a parents-versus-technology stereotype.

Mark Willis has been designing soccer-style MLB jerseys and posted his AL Central creations, including a surprisingly understated Twins version that would no doubt sell amazingly well.

• "Delmon Young striking out looking" by Jeff Sullivan of Fan Graphs is a must-read.

Torii Hunter Jr. signed to play football at Notre Dame.

Todd Helton, who's earned more than $150 million playing baseball, got a DUI while going to buy lottery tickets at a gas station in the middle of the night. Helluva mug shot, too.

• Netflix released the first season of "House of Cards" and it took me just 48 hours to watch all 13 episodes. And that was me actually trying to pace myself. Kevin Spacey is incredible in the lead role, everything about the show is HBO-caliber from the characters and storylines to the acting and look, and I'm completely smitten with Kate Mara. I've already pitched hiring Zoe Barnes for HardballTalk to my bosses at NBC. If nothing else she's familiar with social media.

• Mara has single-handedly put Mila Kunis' status as Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com in jeopardy after nearly three years with the title. When told, this was her reaction. Or maybe this.

• According to Variety, approximately 25 percent of Netflix users who watched the first episode of "House of Cards" finished all 13 episodes within five days. My people!

• And now we're all going through the six stages of grief together. I'm currently stuck on Stage 5.

• Netflix announced that the first episode of "House of Cards" is available to everyone through the end of February, even if they don't subscribe, so I highly recommend checking it out.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode John Bonnes tried his best to stop me from talking about "House of Cards" for 90 consecutive minutes and we also took a team-by-team look at the AL Central and discussed Dave St. Peter's dimples.

• This week's "The Ultimate Fighter" episode had an incredible knockout and the quick reversal in everyone's reaction made for compelling drama too:

Nothing mixes humanity and fighting like a heartfelt "I'm sorry" to an unconscious person.

Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone needed couples therapy, basically.

• I would award Jason Whitlock a Pulitzer Prize for unintentional comedy.

• Twins prospect Aaron Hicks makes good use of Twitter.

Jonathan Rauch of The Atlantic wrote an interesting article titled "Caring For Your Introvert" and the opening paragraph might as well have been written specifically about me:

Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to parties and then needs the rest of the day to recuperate? Who growls or scowls or grunts or winces when accosted with pleasantries by people who are just trying to be nice?

He goes on to talk about how introverts are often perceived incorrectly as arrogant or aloof, which is something that's definitely been an issue for me. Good article and hits close to home.

• On a related note, I was on television this week (sort of).

• "Replacement-level player" isn't just an abstract idea, as Dave Cameron of Fan Graphs shows.

Jack Morris, who previously did some part-time radio work for the Twins, was hired by the Blue Jays as their new radio analyst.

• NFL.com has great audio of both teams during the final minutes of the Super Bowl, including Joe Flacco suggesting Ravens on the sideline should run onto the field to stop 49ers kick returner Ted Ginn if he looked headed for a touchdown. My favorite part? Matt Birk hearing that and reacting like you would when a drunk buddy wants to do something crazy: "Why can't you?"

• On a related note, this is a great story about a Ravens player who didn't get much attention for saying something good and a sportswriter who thanked him for it.

• For one day at least I actually liked Curt Schilling.

Jacob Wheatley-Schaller of Vegas Watch is my favorite gambling-related follow on Twitter and this e-mail is an example of why. Being a degenerate is amazing sometimes.

• If you're into human trafficking the Super Bowl is great.

Adrian Peterson's legend continues to grow.

• Listening to Chelsea Peretti's latest podcast reminded me that I wore Michael Jordan cologne throughout junior high, but don't let that stop you from listening to it.

• My favorite part of this slow-motion video of Kobe Bryant dunking on the Nets is spotting John Legend and Chrissy Teigen freaking out in the background:

And of course Teigen tweeted about it afterward.

• "SimCity" and "The Sims" are basically the only non-sports computer/video games I've ever played, so I enjoyed "A History of All Things Sim" by Rob Lammle of Mental Floss.

• While this article was intended to show how amazing Kevin Durant is at basketball it also did a nice job showing how great Kirk Goldsberry is at writing about basketball.

Anna McDonald of ESPN.com has an in-depth look at how the Cardinals and general manager John Mozeliak use sabermetrics. As co-creator of The Hardball Times this made me happy:

For now, Mozeliak's desk offers a clue to one way the Cardinals have maintained a competitive edge since he became general manager in October 2007. There are a few black binders scattered about on his desk. There is also a copy of "The Hardball Times 2013 Annual" on top of a pile of papers. When I ask if it is all right if I mention that he reads these sabermetric books, Mozeliak smiles and with the tone of confidence only a GM with one World Series championship under his belt (and plans for more rings in the future) can have, says, "Sure."

Makes for an "interesting" comparison to the Twins, huh?

• FX's website has the first three episodes of Jim Jefferies' new show "Legit" available for free. It's not as good as Jefferies' stand-up comedy (yet), but it's also not bad.

Scott Aukerman hosting Gillian Jacobs and "Garry Marshall" is a prime example of why "Comedy Bang Bang" is such a great podcast.

Mel Brooks is 86 years old and still the best.

Spencer Hall of SB Nation wrote some really good stuff about Randy Moss' career.

• The greatest website of all time, Baseball-Reference.com, turned 13 years old this week. I want to live in a world where creator Sean Forman is more famous than Kim Kardashian. But also a world where Kardashian runs a baseball stats website.

Tom Scharpling and Jesse Thorn joining Julie Klausner for her 100th episode of "How Was Your Week?" is like when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwayne Wade in Miami.

• As a big mixed martial arts fan I'm happy to see NBC get into the MMA game.

• Minnesotan and AG.com reader Michael McGivern could use your help getting into the MLB Fan Cave after being chosen as one of the 50 finalists.

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

- "Maura Tierney glasses"
- "Aaron Gleeman age"
- "Billy Bragg baseball"
- "Linda Cardellini podcast"
- "Top prospect Samuel Deduno's future role"
- "J.J. Hardy naked"
- "Maria Bello looks like Kate Beckinsale"
- "From out of shape and overweight to badass"
- "Anna Chlumsky feet"
- "Yuengling in Minneapolis"
- "Lean Cuisine spring rolls anxiety"

• Finally, because it's sad to think some people like The Black Crowes' cover and haven't heard the original this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Hard To Handle" by Otis Redding:


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