April 12, 2013

Link-O-Rama

• I'm happy to announce that "Gleeman and The Geek" will be back on KFAN for a second season, beginning April 28. We'll be live on the radio every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. and you'll also be able to continue downloading the show as a podcast, which will be about twice as long as the radio show and include all the usual babbling you've come to expect. So you can tune into 100.3-FM, stream online at KFAN.com, or download the extended podcast version later.

Buster Sylvester, Assistant Meat Manager.

• I can't imagine sitting on the toilet for more than, like, six months without my laptop.

Grand Forks Herald or The Onion? You decide! (And that's after some post-mockery editing.)

• As long as Glen Perkins keeps pitching like one of those mythical "proven closers" I'm fully committed to making his dreams come true on a weekly basis.

• I still don't fully understand "weird Twitter" after reading Buzzfeed's lengthy oral history by John Herrman and Katie Notopoulos, but it was fascinating and funny.

• For a quarterback--even one known more for his legs than his arm--Denard Robinson sure throws a hideous ceremonial first pitch.

• Much like robbing a bank, the key to puking at a baseball game is to walk away as if nothing out of the ordinary happened.

• My weekly appearance on Paul Allen's show involved 30 minutes of Twins talk, plus "intern gal" Barrett Anderson teaching me how to craft a successful pickup line.

• Rotoworld was on "Jeopardy" this week:

And he got it right!

• Spinoffs are generally a terrible idea, but "Better Call Saul" as a comedy could be funny.

• I'd have dropped out of college even sooner if this existed back then.

• Finally, some local politics I care about.

• This is the dumbest thing in the history of Fan Graphs.

• Between snow in mid-April and "Mason" being the state's most popular baby name it's been a rough week for living in Minnesota. Aaron ranked 70th for boys behind names like Jaxon, Bentley, Asher, Brody, Riley, Hunter, Cooper, Austin, Chase, Colton, Wyatt, Brayden, Aiden, and Jayden.

Denard Span has a plan to beat the traffic in Washington, D.C.

Kelly Oxford is one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter and her new book is really good.

David Simon explained how recently decreased Orioles catcher Gus Triandos became a very memorable part of "The Wire."

• I'm ashamed to admit how I excited I was to listen to this.

• If you're at a stage in life where denying a rumor like this is necessary things are going well.

• Hey, don't blame me.

• Hermits need someone to look up to and I think we've found our man.

• He'll have to improve his 40-yard dash time to make it in the NFL, but Jack Hoffman is my new favorite running back:

Gutsy play-call on fourth-and-short, too.

• It took me a minute to recognize her and then me and my Lindsay Weir crush felt really old, but I was glad to see the perpetually underrated Linda Cardellini on "Mad Men." I'm now hoping for a Samm Levine cameo, although I'd probably settle for Martin Starr.

• On a related note, this conversation with my mom has a little bit of everything.

• If you watch "Mad Men" every week you should also be reading the shot-by-shot style analysis by Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez every week.

• I'm basically in love with John Mulaney after seeing him live at the Varsity Theater last month, so this video was very funny.

• Should the Twins try to sign Justin Morneau to a contract extension? I'm glad you asked.

• If you're into sports or you're just a Haralabos Voulgaris groupie this video from the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is a must-watch.

• "High Maintenance" is a funny, well-done web series about the life of a marijuana delivery man.

Christina Pazsitzky was great on "The Crab Feast" with Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson.

• Fun fact: Alexi Casilla has the second-highest stolen base percentage of all time behind only Chase Utley. Seriously.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode I staged an intervention for John Bonnes.

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

- "Aaron Glee"
- "Anna Kendrick fake sex tapes"
- "What was wrong with Kevin Slowey?"
- "Fashion icons in the 1980s"
- "Cleveland hotel SABR"
- "Lunchables after gastric bypass"
- "Where is Sam Dodono"
- "Will skinny guys date someone who's 153 pounds?"
- "Mike Trout shirtless"
- "Jason Kubel's sister"
- "Tim Brewster hates fat people"
- "Does Sid Hartman still drive?"

• Finally, in honor of "Gleeman and The Geek" returning to KFAN this week's AG.com-approved music video is "On The Radio" by Regina Spektor:


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March 22, 2013

Link-O-Rama

• Reminder: Twins Daily is having a get-together Saturday afternoon to watch the Twins-Rays spring training game on television. I'll be there and you should too. Details here.

• They did pretty well casting the show, but seeing the other names on the original call sheet for "The Office" is very interesting. Adam Scott and Mary Lynn Rajskub as Jim and Pam would have been fun.

Zach Lowe's article on Grantland about the next big thing in basketball analysis is fascinating.

• My pick for the best team in the American League probably won't surprise anyone.

• I saw John Mulaney at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown last weekend and he was incredible. An hour of non-stop laughs, mostly from stories rather than one-liners, and the 500-person crowd couldn't possibly have been more charmed by him. He seamlessly mixed in some funny stuff about Minnesota, coaxed a ton of laughs out of talking to a random audience member halfway through the set, and was basically just perfect. And his opener, Carmen Lynch, was really good too.

• Lynch is coming to Acme Comedy Company this summer to headline her own show, where she'll do closer to an hour instead of the 15 minutes she did Saturday. I'm already looking forward to it. Oh, and here's a picture she took of the audience from backstage (I'm the good-looking one).

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we talked about Kyle Gibson's assignment to Triple-A and whether our bar-buying idea might be helped by Kickstarter.

• Speaking of using Kickstarter to fund a new bar opening, apparently it's already worked locally.

• Life is tough for Jon Hamm. Poor guy must be so whatever the opposite of embarrassed is.

• On a related note (sort of), "March Mad Men" is just a good use of the internet:

Every time I watch a video like that I can't stop thinking about how long it took someone to make.

• Old friend Pat Neshek talked about what life is like six months after losing his newborn son.

Cory Cove, who goes mostly by "Sludge" on KFAN, won a poker tournament worth $50,000.

• Thanks to everyone who submitted mailbag questions via Twitter. Here are all the answers.

• Speaking of comedy shows I'm looking forward to attending, Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi are coming to Minnesota to do a live "Throwing Shade" podcast at Lee's Liquor Lounge on June 27. I wrote about "Throwing Shade" as part of my guide to podcasts last year. It's great, they're great, and I'll bet the live show here will be great.

• Hey guys, did you know "bloggers are where it's at"?

Nick Offerman brought out the big guns to promote his new movie.

• Time-lapse NBA boxscores are pretty damn cool.

• What happens when a Diamondbacks minor leaguer interacts with comedian Rob Delaney on Twitter? Outing yourself as anti-gay marriage and the type of person who has to tell someone that you're unfollowing them on Twitter is quite a combo.

• I hope his one-scene cameo on "Girls" reminds everyone how great Colin Quinn is. I'd love to see a "Girls" spinoff starring Quinn and Alex Karpovsky. And maybe Amy Schumer too.

• I wrote a Royals season preview on HardballTalk and then got wonderful replies on Twitter.

• Oh man, the 80s were crazy.

• Thunderous dunks and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are two of my favorite things, so I loved this:

Jason Terry misses his uncle Charles, basically.

Miguel Sano was in the Twins' lineup against the Yankees last night and had two hits.

• I haven't listened yet, but I'm really hoping this new Beyonce song "Bow Down" is a Westside Connection cover.

Alex Speier of WEEI.com wrote an interesting article about how Alex Meyer almost ended up with the Red Sox. Instead he's the Twins fifth-best prospect.

• Another look at catcher defense that doesn't show Ryan Doumit in a very good light.

• I really enjoyed Jeff Garlin's chat with Will Ferrell (and the Zach Galifianakis cameo).

Lachlan Patterson was a great guest on this week's "Stop Podcasting Yourself" with Graham Clark and Dave Shumka, which has emerged as my favorite podcast.

• I finally saw "Zero Dark Thirty" and thought the first two hours were mostly mediocre and the last 30 minutes were excellent. My favorite part of the whole movie was Andy Dwyer playing horseshoes and my second favorite part was this face. Also, props to the casting director for going with Dwyer, Coach Taylor, Michael Dawson, Pete Eckhart, and Tony Soprano. That's some good taste in television if nothing else.

• Netflix recommendation: "The Trip" starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

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

- "Craig Calcaterra Minnesota"
- "Elliptical workouts for beer drinkers"
- "Jared Burton girlfriend"
- "J.J. Hardy dyes his hair"
- "Guys wearing black socks"
- "Emmy Rossum Mets game"
- "Coach Taylor got fat in Fargo"
- "Had sex with Jack White"
- "John Bonus"
- "How much does Louis C.K. weigh?"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Pistol" by Dustin Kensrue:

January 25, 2013

Link-O-Rama

John Bonnes, Parker Hageman, Nick Nelson, and Seth Stohs from Twins Daily are hosting a get-together Saturday night at Hubert's across from the Metrodome. It starts at 6:00, which is when TwinsFest ends for the day, and I'm told there will be several rounds of free beer and prize giveaways. I'll be there, probably hanging out until they kick me out, and would love to see some AG.com readers and "Gleeman and The Geek" listeners there too.

Delmon Young's one-year contract with the Phillies includes a be-less-fat clause that basically would pay the 238-pound "outfielder" $600,000 for losing eight pounds. I've asked to renegotiate my contract with NBC to include the same clause, at which point they'd owe me $11.25 million.

• Another week, another missed connection for me.

• Seriously, how did I not make this list?

• As someone who never knows how to get anywhere and often previews the route via Google street view this was pretty great.

• This is definitely the first time in my life I've ever been referred to as "hot." Well, sort of.

• Rotoworld's annual "Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide" is now available online and in magazine form, featuring about 10,000 of my words.

Sammy Sosa talked to HardballTalk's automated Twitter feed.

• Like me, David Brauer of MinnPost dropped out of the University of Minnesota to become a full-time writer. Unlike me, the prospect of returning to school--three decades later in Brauer's case--apparently doesn't make him physically ill. This is how I imagined Brauer's first class:

And then presumably he'll join the diving team.

• My blog-mate and lifelong Cardinals fan Drew Silva wrote a touching tribute to Stan Musial.

• I've often talked here about the potential downsides to having "access" and Jeff Sonderman of Poynter put together some interesting notes on how that applied to the Manti Te'o story.

• I watched "Breaking Bad" when it first aired on AMC in 2008 and gave up after a few episodes because it seemed cheesy to me and none of the secondary characters were compelling. Since then basically everyone I know has fallen in love with the show, so I gave it a second chance and re-watched it from the beginning on Netflix instant. And it's amazing. I watched all 54 episodes in nine days and can't wait for the final eight episodes to air on AMC this summer.

I still think the first handful of episodes are mediocre at best, but I've never seen a show improve more dramatically and once it gets cooking "Breaking Bad" never lets up. From the second season forward nearly every new character introduced is compelling, including a few of the best regulars in recent television history, and the show's narrative and visual styles are fantastic. If you haven't yet, definitely check out "Breaking Bad" on Netflix or Amazon.

• And for everyone who's watched "Breaking Bad" already, you'll enjoy re-watching my favorite scene from the fourth season. Such a great quote/delivery.

• Speaking of great AMC shows, Pete Campbell apparently has sideburns now.

This beauty arrived in the mail yesterday as a late birthday present, which gives me an idea for a new weekly podcast segment and should come in handy tomorrow night at Hubert's.

• Speaking of the best characters in recent television history Robert Chew, who was excellent on "The Wire" as Proposition Joe, died at age 52. My favorite Prop Joe moment:

Compelling arguments from both sides, really.

• Friend of AG.com and Fan Graphs writer David Temple, with whom I've consumed many beers, started a new baseball podcast that's so professional sounding he's calling it a radio show.

• In addition to being a Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver was into sabermetrics before such a thing actually existed and the author of a must-read book.

• A couple weeks ago I noted that Bill Burr, Nick Offerman, and Tom Segura are all performing in Minnesota within the next two months and now John Mulaney can be added to the list of good stand-up comedians doing shows here soon. I'm thinking of going to all four.

Terry Gross' interview with Jimmy Kimmel was funny and touching and just great.

• Two of my longtime favorite writers/online buddies got new gigs, as Kevin Pelton goes from Basketball Prospectus to ESPN.com and Chris Wesseling goes from Rotoworld to NFL.com.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we discussed whether the Twins can truly be done pursuing starting pitching and what happens when the person cutting your hair wants to talk about nothing but prostitutes killing their customers.

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

- "What if I forget what flavor my Lean Cuisine was for rewards?"
- "What does an 11 x 16 bedroom look like?"
- "Drew Butera girlfriend"
- "How long for pounds to show up?"
- "Older women who have lost 50 pounds"
- "Jon Rauch father"
- "Solomon Burke underrated"
- "Nicholas Batum languages spoken"
- "Gus Johnson millionaire"
- "Baseball sex blog"

Finally, in honor of Brauer going back to school this week's AG.com-approved music video is Chuck Berry with "School Days" from 1958:

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