January 17, 2014

Link-O-Rama

• Link-O-Rama favorite Dayn Perry went in search of Paul Molitor at his most handsome and what he found changed his life forever.

• I may never forgive myself for missing Sid Hartman's estate sale.

• I saw "Inside Llewyn Davis" and liked it enough to re-rank my favorite Coen Brothers movies.

• On a related note: Twitter is amazing and I'm horrible.

• In addition to being a great stand-up comedian Kyle Kinane spits truth about beards.

• I took a "what city should you actually live in?" quiz on Buzzfeed and got London, but honestly that's probably a little too far from Stella's.

• I was a "Baseball Stars" kid, but this is still fun news for anyone who grew up in the 1990s.

Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, and Jason Alexander got the band back together.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we talked about the Twins' spring training invite list, planned my upcoming move to New Zealand, and witnessed a first date in progress.

• It turns out that Robert Downey Jr. can really sing:

(Or at least can really sing kind of like Sting.)

Chris Brown of Grantland wrote a really good, in-depth article about how Pete Carroll and the Seahawks built the best defense in football.

• It's obvious from his eyes that the Cubs' new mascot has seen a lot of pain.

• I would watch CNN more if this was a regular thing for Randi Kaye.

Eric Decker has really come a long way since his days at the University of Minnesota.

• There's a new "concept store" opening in Hopkins "seeking individuals with existing knowledge of craft beer and/or whiskey." I'm happy to have a fallback plan in case NBCSports.com fires me.

• One of the most rewarding aspects of writing a super-personal birthday post about my life was hearing from people who've struggled with similar issues, including this well-written version.

• Who wore it better: Yours Truly or Bill Murray?

• Yeah, but still.

• As an egg-thrower from way back, Justin Bieber's current situation amuses me.

• Old friend Delmon Young signed a minor-league deal with Baltimore, where he could replace old friend Danny Valencia as the Orioles' platoon designated hitter versus left-handers.

• How did Possum Plows follow up her life-changing video from last week?

I like it. You know, for a song that isn't dedicated to me.

• I was pleased to see Bruce Springsteen give a nice shoutout to Jason Isbell.

Jeff Dubay was fired by 1500-ESPN in what the station called a cost-cutting move.

• Sisyphus Brewing is opening a taproom that features comedy and podcasting. Not a bad idea.

• Your weekly reminder that Aubrey Plaza is perfect.

• I really enjoyed the first episode of "True Detective" on HBO and you know there's some serious acting involved when these two can convincingly play police detectives.

• One of my favorite comedians, Morgan Murphy, has a new stand-up special on Netflix.

• Congrats to friend of AG.com Jon Marthaler for getting engaged to a lovely woman with iffy standards. I believe this means he owes $100,000 to John Bonnes now. Is that how it works?

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

- "Clarence Clemons wanted to date Robin Quivers"
- "Nigella Lawson lookalike porn."
- "Son loses 150 pounds without telling family"
- "Lost weight using Lean Cuisines"
- "Chelsea players carrying brooms"
- "Drew Butera girlfriend"
- "Kate Mara with Boston Terriers"
- "Are the Coen brothers Jewish?"
- "Who has a crush on Aaron Gleeman?"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Cory Chisel and Adriel Danae singing a live cover version of "Rosie" by Tom Waits:

September 13, 2013

Link-O-Rama

• After six months on the radio with KFAN this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode returned to our podcast-only, beer-drinking roots at Summit Brewing's annual "Backyard Bash" event. We explained the switch, discussed Joe Mauer's health status and future, and marveled over Byron Buxton. And as one commenter put it: "Aaron got overly salty at the end there."

• After recording the podcast and nearly sweating to death Saturday at the beer fest I headed to Target Field at the Twins' invitation for their "Social Media Deckstravaganza" event, where a few dozen of the internet's finest nerds got together to watch a game, drink some beer, and stare at their phones. Twins team photographer Brace Hemmelgarn snapped this long-distance shot of our group in left field from his perch by the dugout:

aaron and parker on the deck

Ugly shirt? Check. Making a weird face? Check. Staring at your phone? Check. Good work, Aaron.

It was like 95 degrees outside that night, so some of us retreated to the air conditioning:

deck conference room

There are at least four Twins employees and three Twins Daily writers in that picture, along with me. Here's what I saw earlier when I arrived about 15 minutes before the first pitch:

social media deck2

And here are the last dozen or so people who stuck around after the final pitch, phone-staring:

social media deck5

There are a lot more pictures in existence, but you probably get the idea. Thanks to the Twins (and specifically Keith Beise and Chris Iles) for the invite. Good times, despite Kevin Correia.

• My long, hard journey to the Deckstravaganza was documented poetically by Axel Kohagen.

• My podcast co-host John Bonnes is speaking at the Minnesota Blogger Conference next month.

• As someone who's shared way too much of his life online for years I was fascinated by the idea platonic friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman had to date each other every day for 40 days, keep separate journals documenting the experience, and post it all for the world to see. It was part art project and part social experiment, and when combined with a well-done website featuring lots of quirky visual extras "40 Days Of Dating" is incredibly interesting.

• This season Buxton did things very few prospects have done and he did it at multiple levels.

• Some interesting local radio news, as 105.1-FM has switched to a sports talk format and added a bunch of well-known names like Tom Barnard, Don Shelby, Bob Sansevere, and Mike Morris to its lineup. Along with 100.3-KFAN and 1500-ESPN there are now three local stations devoted to full-time sports and 96.3-KTWN also has all the Twins games.

• Speaking of which, Adam Platt of Twins Cities Business took an in-depth look at the growing sports radio market in Minnesota and whether it's sustainable. It's a really good read, including a breakdown of each station involved and lots of interesting quotes from all sides.

• If you gave me a good bottle of Scotch and two hours I could grow a better mustache than the embarrassment Justin Bieber has on his upper lip.

• Braves teammates Dan Uggla and Gerald Laird had an ab contest via Twitter and as a Team Hirsute member I feel compelled to stick up for Laird. Freddie Freeman's photo bomb is the best part of the whole thing, although it might take a second to spot it.

• I'll be among 100 people embarking on Saturday's all-day "Grand Drunk Railroad" event, which involves taking the light rail from St. Paul to Target Field for the Twins-Rays game and stopping at a half-dozen bars along the way. Technically all the spots were already booked in advance, but if you'd like to crash the party at one of the bar stops or the game here's our planned schedule.

• Congrats to friend of AG.com Michael Rand on his promotion to Minneapolis Star Tribune digital sports editor. Great news for Minnesotans who consume their sports content online.

• Congrats to Dana Wessel of 96.3-KTWN for being friends with Rand and for buying a nice table.

Correction: Wessel did not, in fact, buy the table in question. Heather Balgaard is the real hero.

• Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe hit three homers in one game and then had a pot hat in his locker afterward.

• On a related note, here's a picture from 1996 of 13-year-old me posing with Stephon Marbury while wearing a hat with a blunt in a banana peel on it:

aaron and marbury

Not pictured: Marbury made me take off my Jason Kidd jersey before the photo was taken.

• "Storage Wars: Dikembe Mutombo Edition" is a show I'd watch.

• One of my favorite sports memories is being in the student section when Bobby Jackson came back to Williams Arena and got a standing ovation, so this news is pretty cool. As a mediocre JCC league point guard I wore my socks high because of him.

• Even cancer knows not to mess with Robin Quivers.

• Monday was my all-time favorite musician Otis Redding's birthday. He died in 1967 at age 26 and would have been 72 years old now. I get sad thinking about how many songs we missed out on, but he managed to get a whole bunch of great ones in. Some of my favorites:

- "I've Got Dreams to Remember"
- "That's How Strong My Love Is"
- "You Left The Water Running"
- "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay"
- "Hard To Handle"
- "Try A Little Tenderness"
- "Your One And Only Man"
- "My Girl"
- "Shake"

And once you're done listening to those, you're encouraged to shake it like a bowl of soup.

• I'd never heard Dan Savage before and was only vaguely aware of his popularity, but I really enjoyed his appearance on Marc Maron's show.

• It took one podcast appearance for Jenny Slate to move near the top of best guest rankings.

• I've owned the same pair of glasses since college and they broke this week, making me realize just how horrible life is when you can't see beyond five feet. If any doctors out there want to trade Lasik surgery for some blog and podcast mentions, let me know. I'm serious (and cheap).

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

- "Jon Taffer hair transplant"
- "Dick Bremer net worth"
- "Corey Koskie net worth"
- "One beer or chicken wings worst for diet"
- "How to reduce weight in old men bloggers"
- "Sauce money 400 pounds"
- "Men-O-Rama"
- "Are the suites at Target Field air conditioned?"
- "Aaron Gleeman dead"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "You Don't Miss Your Water" by the birthday boy Otis Redding, which accurately portrays how I feel about the Twins right now:


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April 19, 2013

Link-O-Rama

• I'd have pegged Jose Mijares as the perpetrator, not the victim, in a "someone farted in the bullpen" situation.

• I was trying to keep this a secret, but I guess the news is out: I live in Michigan now and have a 6-year-old son.

• I took issue with IMDB's ranking of the top 10 baseball movies of all time, so I put together my own list over at HardballTalk. Despite blogging since 2002 it was my first real foray into making lists for people to argue about on the internet. And boy did they!

Kyle Buchanan of Vulture did some interesting research (with graphs!) about how male movie stars get old and their female love interests stay mostly the same age.

• As a freshman in college I had three roommates I'd never met before and within the first week two of them uttered the same phrase as Oklahoma politician Bill Johnson.

• I have a few openings in my "Hardball Dynasty" league on WhatIfSports and the new season begins next week. If you're interested in joining, please read this first.

• One of my favorite writers, Joe Posnanski, did a lengthy feature on one of my favorite coaches, Gregg Popovich, and not surprisingly it's great.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode a woman named Delilah interrupted the show, decided she liked us, and stayed to chat for a while.

• I didn't think it was possible to be any more into Alison Brie, but then I watched her 22-minute chat with Paul F. Tompkins.

And there's more where that came from.

• On a related note, my favorite moment from the most recent "Mad Men" episode? Please do!

• Of the several million "Mad Men" recaps I read each week Molly Lambert's for Grantland always rate at or near the top.

Justin Bieber on Anne Frank, obviously.

Ben Revere is not off to a good start in Philadelphia and the complaints sound familiar, but his catch Monday night was incredible. Of course, not every attempted great catch works so well.

• I'm getting pretty sick of Glen Perkins trying to ride my coattails to fame.

• Between the weather and the score last Friday night's Twins-Mets game was depressing, but the highlight was what happened when a bat flew into the stands. My new best friend is the guy in the Johan Santana jersey holding an ice cream cone.

• My favorite baseball player is selling his house and it's cheap enough that I think we should all pool our money together and buy the place.

Rasheed Wallace announced his retirement again and I'll choose to remember him like this.

Adam Scott is sick of Adam Scott.

• I joked on Twitter that Carlos Quentin's punishment for charging the mound on Zack Greinke should be having to do the same on Kyle Farnsworth, and Dayn Perry of CBSSports.com looked into Farnsworth's "weapons-grade soup-bones."

Faith Hill is stepping down as the "Sunday Night Football" theme singer, so I've put in a request with the NBC higher-ups to do the right thing and replace her with Mase.

• Oh, no big deal, just Dolph Lundgren singing (and drumming) Elvis on Eurovision:

Amazing.

• I enjoyed this chat between official pitcher of the internet Brandon McCarthy and living legend Carson Cistulli, who also had a good chat with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic about life as a baseball beat reporter.

Nate Sandell of 1500ESPN.com wrote a good piece about new Gophers basketball coach Richard Pinto being a stat-head.

• My fellow "Chopped" fans will love frequent judge Scott Conant's appearance on "WTF" with Marc Maron. He was great and hopefully it convinces Maron to interview more chefs.

Norm MacDonald's weekly video podcast has quickly become a must-watch and Russell Brand was an especially entertaining guest.

• Link-O-Rama regular Dana Wessel was a guest on this week's "The Sportive" podcast, if you're into that type of thing.

• I watched "The Campaign" on HBO and it was decent, but far more interesting was discovering that the actress who played Will Ferrell's wife was married to both Dennis Hopper and French Stewart in real life. How do you think she describes her "type"?

• My love for Mets right-hander Matt Harvey knows no bounds, unlike my photoshop skills.

Joe Mauer turns 30 years old today and I choose to celebrate by looking at this picture again.

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

- "Corey Koskie net worth"
- "Is Miguel Sano that good?"
- "FSN naked girl"
- "Sid Hartman drinking hot chocolate"
- "Is Jon Taffer Jewish?"
- "Jon Taffer in Minnesota"
- "How did Kevin Goldstein get famous?"
- "Men line up Target Field restroom"
- "Twins pitching still sucks"
- "Mila Kunis tired"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Vivrant Thing" by Q-Tip:


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September 10, 2010

Link-O-Rama

• A new season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia begins next week and after reading this I'm really looking forward to the "Sweet Dee Gives Birth at a Phillies Game" episode. So realistic!

• In fairness, she's really, really good looking.

• You might think someone who graduated from medical school would recognize the difference between the legend of Santa Claus and the reality of basic masonry, but apparently not.

• My bid of a gazillion dollars was rejected, for some reason.

• In case you thought MLB teams only disliked dealing with bloggers, check out the anti-media e-mail Mariners boss Howard Lincoln sent to team employees (at least one of whom leaked it to the media).

• In theory this is an amazing idea, but I'm sure it'll just lead to more people running over kids.

• If you watch the Twins on FSN you might recognize Kate Bilo as the attractive meteorologist who gives weather reports during games. She has sort of a cult following among certain fans, so Ben Collin interviewed her about her job and effective weather-related pickup lines.

• Sure, the story about his getting arrested for stealing drugs is sad, but I'm most upset about the state of Jim Neidhart's once-spectacular facial hair.

• Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com candidate Kate Beckinsale looks good enough that I'm willing to ignore the stupid hat.

• I've never seen this happen in a baseball game before, at least not unintentionally.

• Someone to keep in mind in case the Twins need rotation help next season.

• My cousin, Amy Gallop, is one of six finalists for the National Scholastic Press Association's "story of the year" contest in the "feature story" category, which is sponsored by the American Society of News Editors. In related news, the first "Top 25 Writers in My Immediate Family" poll of the season just came out and I'm in the "others receiving votes" group.

Kent Hrbek left his mark on Target Field while playing in the Twins' "legends game."

• I'm not really sure how to describe this video, but I'm definitely sure you should watch it:

I never realized hip hop had so many rules. Or such amazing uniforms.

• If you're a fan of Mad Men, photo-shopping, and crying ad executives it's your lucky day.

• For whatever reasons Robert Schimmel never quite reached the level of stardom his talent warranted before dying last week at age 60 following a car accident, but he ranks among my favorite stand-up comedians and was one of the greatest radio guests of all time.

• Not a single girl from my Hebrew school made this list. In related news, I worked yesterday.

Tiffany Simons may or may not live in Craig Calcaterra's basement.

• All joking aside, I bet everyone did think it was fly when girls stopped by for the summer. For the summer.

• Tweets about Justin Bieber take up three percent of Twitter's servers. I'll assume the other 97 percent is for my tweets about Bert Blyleven's announcing and Delmon Young's defense.

Crazy stat of the week: Zack Greinke has a 3.77 ERA over 165 career starts and the Royals are 68-97 in those games.

• On a related note, Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times explains why assuming a pitcher with a great record "knows how to win" is bullshit.

Buck Showalter apparently likes lying a whole lot more than he likes Keith Olbermann.

Livan Hernandez narrowly missed the cut for this list by Joe Posnanski, ranking 14,582nd.

• I once owned a Nick Van Exel jersey, so this makes me feel old and happy simultaneously.

• At this point, I'm looking forward to Kimbo Slice's inevitable fight with James Toney.

• MinnPost will soon be celebrating its third anniversary and I'm proud to be a very small part of what is a great website.

Sidney Crosby can hit a little bit too.

Alan Sepinwall put together a handy list of all the fall television premiere dates for new and old shows.

• Happy one-year blogiversary to On the road with ... Shawn Berg.

• Here are some highlights from my NBCSports.com blogging this week:

- Jim Thome ties Frank Robinson for eighth place with 586 homers
- Hells Bells: Trevor Hoffman notches 600th career save
- Chris Sale is thriving in the White Sox's bullpen three months after being drafted
- Domonic Brown isn't playing for the Phillies, so he'll likely play winter ball
- Cubs owner Todd Ricketts films "Undercover Boss" episode
- Jeremy Hellickson named Baseball America's minor league player of the year
- Shin-Soo Choo hoping to avoid military service by playing for South Korea in Asian Games
- Homefield advantage and drawn-out NLDS schedule would be huge for the Phillies
- Travis Hafner quietly having a good, healthy year in Cleveland

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video (sort of) is Sam Cooke performing a cover version of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" by Duke Ellington: