January 9, 2015

Link-O-Rama

• Twins Daily is throwing their second annual "Winter Meltdown" event on the Saturday of Twins Fest--which January 24--and you're all invited. Tickets go on sale Monday and last year the event sold out in four hours. This year's special guests include Twins president Dave St. Peter and two popular former Twins players, although Scott Erickson will not be making a return appearance after shocking everyone with his handsomeness last year.

• Be warned: If you argue about sports on Twitter some people will drive a long way to fight you.

• Important question with an interesting answer: "Why do Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas?"

Rosemary Counter responded to a Craiglist "missed connection" post that seemed to fit her description and then things got crazy.

Greg Howard's lengthy Jon Jones profile on Deadspin was a fascinating read made even more fascinating by Jones beating Daniel Cormier and then immediately testing positive for cocaine.

• I ranked the 30 best Minnesotans to follow on Twitter.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we argued about the merits of extending Phil Hughes and signing Tim Stauffer. And my favorite server forced me to take a birthday shot.

Nicole Kidman went on "The Tonight Show" to inform Jimmy Fallon that years ago she had a crush on him and arranged a meeting only to have him unknowingly botch the whole thing:

Women should never, ever forget that men are generally clueless and occasionally need a push in the right direction.

• Things have gone from bad to worse for Mase, who lost 1.5 million followers when Instagram cracked down on spam accounts and then decided to just delete his account.

Edward Herrmann, whose many roles included one of the few semi-likable "Gilmore Girls" characters in Richard Gilmore, died at age 71.

• Safe to say Brody Brixton is the Byron Buxton of French bulldogs and now all I want to do is find the Miguel Sano.

• As if "Foxcatcher" wasn't depressing enough already, now Mark Schultz is furious with director Bennett Miller about how he was portrayed by Channing Tatum in the movie.

• FanGraphs thinks the Twins' defense is going to be really, really bad (again).

• St. Paul native, former Gophers star, and one-time JCC basketball league scoring machine Jack Hannahan is going to Korea.

• I listened to all 12 episodes of "Serial" but definitely enjoyed the "Saturday Night Live" spoof more than the actual show:

That is truly nailing an impression.

• I need two new owners my "Hardball Dynasty" league on WhatIfSports. Click here for details.

• Owned by the Pohlad family, the radio home of the Twins has switched formats, but the station will remain mostly music.

• My favorite podcast is "Stop Podcasting Yourself" with Dave Shumka and Graham Clark, and this week's episode with guest Conor Holler is a particularly good one.

• Netflix recommendation: It's depressing, but all six installments of the British mini-series "Black Mirror" are fascinating and really well done as a sort of new school "Twilight Zone."

Black Sheep Pizza just opened a new location on Nicollet Avenue with a nice space, big bar, and meat skewers in addition to the great pizza.

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

- "Michael Cuddyer's enchilada recipe"
- "Menu for Spoon and Stable restaurant"
- "Paul Molitor's brother"
- "Jewish fans and Delmon Young"
- "Robin Wright smoking pot"
- "Derek Jeter on Howard Stern"
- "Pictures of outfielder throwing to infielder"
- "Mike Berardino criticized"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Ghost" by Ella Henderson:


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February 28, 2014

Link-O-Rama

Johan Santana's comeback from multiple shoulder surgeries at age 35 isn't going so well.

• Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com is no longer really a thing, so longtime title-holder Mila Kunis gave up and decided to just marry some loser.

• Those of us who're naturally blessed resent the fact that people can now fake having our gift.

• I did something very similar for about 10 years, except with Chinese food.

• As a college dropout I'm thankful that this is an increasingly prevalent thing, if only so someone can support me in my old age.

• I wrote a White Sox season preview for HardballTalk and for the second straight season they might be even worse than the Twins.

Lydia Loveless put out a new album last week and I've already listened to it several dozen times. Good music with emotional lyrics, an interesting perspective, and a pretty solid Lucinda Williams vibe. She's coming to Minnesota in April to play First Avenue and I'll be there.

• Really good long read: Benjamin Wallace-Wells of New York Magazine on prison gang culture and the craziness of a large-scale hunger strike in solitary confinement.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode I gave John Bonnes a tour of my new place in Uptown and told a lengthy pooping-related story.

• On a related note, the podcast is making tremendous strides in the female listener demographic.

• I stupidly didn't go see Hannibal Buress at Varsity Theater after loving him at Acme Comedy Company last year, but at least his five-minute set on "The Tonight Show" was really good:

Here's hoping that Jimmy Fallon keeps giving good, young stand-up comedians a big stage.

• Big news in the fast food world, as Taco Bell is set to launch a breakfast menu and McDonald's is thinking about serving breakfast all day.

• It never stops: "If you don't know what type of phone this guy has (if it's a BlackBerry, dump him) you should prepare to bring a charger."

• Having just realized that Uber is available on BlackBerry, this Mickey Rapkin article for GQ about a week-in-the-life of an Uber driver was really eye-opening to me.

Mike Minor and his urethra had a rough offseason.

Jason Schwartz of Grantland wrote a really interesting article about the Houston Rockets using their Developmental League team to essentially experiment with extreme strategies ... and win.

"Humanitarians of Tinder" is just perfection.

• It turns out that I could never play for the Vikings.

• Yet another writer/analyst left Baseball Prospectus for a job with an MLB team.

Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen are a couple now, which seems both random and fun.

Ron Gardenhire looks fit, well-rested, and ready for the challenge of leading the Twins back into contention!

• Old friend Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 seasons, the last three-and-a-half with the Twins.

Marc Maron's chat with Tom Arnold was manic and weird and fascinating.

• You should go vote for Meredith Westin as the Twin Cities' best music photographer.

• "Bad Self Portraits" by Lake Street Dive was the AG.com-approved music video in Link-O-Rama a few weeks ago and now it's the free song of the week on iTunes.

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

- "How much is a Ron Coomer signed baseball worth?"
- "Brian Duensing trade contract"
- "David Ortiz dating"
- "Robin Thicke socks"
- "Is LaVelle Neal married?"
- "When is Aaron Gleeman's wedding?"
- "Aaron Gleeman top tweeters"
- "Paul Lambert on KFAN"
- "Ryan Doumit home run"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Loveless singing "Back On The Bottle":