October 1, 2010

Link-O-Rama

• Many times the word "irony" gets misused. This is not one of those times.

• Fan Graphs crunched some numbers on Kenny Powers' career stats and calculated his Wins Above Replacement despite the fact that he "f***ing hates computers, all kinds."

• I hope she asks for the kidney back.

• If your sibling is significantly better looking than you, don't appear in front of cameras while wearing the exact same clothes.

• I'll be co-hosting "Twins Wrap" on 1500-ESPN again tonight with Joe Anderson, starting 40 minutes after the last out.

• If you're into schadenfreude, click here.

• On a related note, Ozzie Guillen will be back with the White Sox next season.

• It's tough to blame a guy too much for having crazy goals when he's already dating Rihanna.

• In a "worlds colliding" discovery, Jin from Lost diagnosed Kramer with gonorrhea on Seinfeld:

Also in the scene: Brian Posehn.

• One of my favorite stand-up comedians, Greg Giraldo, died Wednesday. September was an awful month for the comedy world, with the great Robert Schimmel also passing away.

• After a Fred Lynn-like rookie season doing FSN's weather updates during Twins games, Kate Bilo has taken a new job in Philadelphia. She'll be missed.

• Pittsburgh fired ex-Twins catcher Matt Walbeck after he won Double-A manager of the year.

• More than 40 percent of AOL's revenue still comes from people using their service through a dial-up connection, which is the most shocking thing I've heard since ... well, since I stopped using AOL's dial-up service like 10 years ago.

Doc Rivers' son Austin Rivers is the top-ranked high school basketball player in the country and yesterday he committed to Duke. It surely had nothing to do with this.

• Phew, good to know that whole thing is finally settled. We're cool again, Germany.

• MLB.com has a mesmerizing video showing all 54 of Jose Bautista's homers in two minutes.

• Here's something to think about next time you read an article quoting "an unnamed scout."

• If you're unfamiliar with the brilliance of Karl Pilkington, this video is a good place to start:

And there's more where that came from.

• My main man Drew Silva wrote a lengthy article about the Cy Young award and everything that comes with it this season.

• On one hand, this is pretty cool. On the other hand, I have 20 of the real thing in my garage.

• YoYo Donuts and Coffee Bar opened recently and has really good donuts, which is bad news for fatso baseball bloggers who live a couple blocks away. I'm already into the place for $9.

• Friend of AG.com Ted Berg wrote a very touching, personal piece about life and baseball that you should probably read.

• If you're a student and a blogger, you can get a $10,000 scholarship.

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

- The Big Three could start 17 of 19 playoff games for the Phillies
- Pirates clinch MLB's worst record and next year's No. 1 pick
- Mariners "not thinking about changing the general manager at all"
- Pedro Feliciano becomes fifth pitcher in MLB history to make 90 appearances
- Matt Murton threatening to break Ichiro Suzuki's hit record in Japan
- "Setup man of the decade" Scot Shields pondering retirement
- Japanese outfielder Hitoshi Tamura "exploring" move to MLB
- Elvis Andrus is doing Vince Coleman-like things
- Rickey Henderson wants to be on the A's coaching staff

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Sara Bareilles performing a live version of "King of Anything" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson:

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: