October 17, 2014

Link-O-Rama

• Approximately one million people sent me the New York Times' "brunch is for jerks" article, but here's the thing: Combining breakfast food and booze is undeniably great. End of story.

• UFC announcer Mike Goldberg did play-by-play for the Vikings-Lions game and it was a mess, with botched names and confused calls throughout. Afterward he cursed out people on Twitter who were criticizing his performance, at which point FOX removed him from their NFL schedule.

• If this is true about Kate Mara ... well, then I quit.

• How much payroll space do the Twins have and, more importantly, will they actually spend it?

Martha Stewart vs. Gwyneth Paltrow is this generation's Notorious B.I.G. vs. Tupac.

• Congrats to friend of AG.com Dana Wessel for winning "Mrs. Arkansas International, 2014."

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we drank beer at 612 Brew and revisited our preseason predictions to see just how terrible they were.

• We also had Twins beat reporter Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press as our guest on "Gleeman and The Geek" two episodes ago and lots of listeners enjoyed it more than usual.

• Imagine if someone from England looked just like Aaron Rodgers and hung around Green Bay:

Tom Wrigglesworth is a quality name, too.

• I "took issue" with something a local newspaper columnist wrote about Joe Mauer and brain injuries, leading to City Pages' amusing recap and this brilliant "Douse Mauer in Gasoline and Chase Him with Matches" parody by Steve "Randball's Stu" Neuman.

• Speaking of which, one year ago Neuman wrote my favorite parody ever, including this opening line: "As night-life emissaries go, one could do better than Aaron Gleeman."

Maggie "Boss Lady Yung Mags" LaMaack is one of the most underrated writers in Minnesota, this time on the subject of using Tinder to date.

• The local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America gave Ron Gardenhire their "media good guy" award on his way out.

Andrew Friedman left the $50 million payrolls in Tampa Bay for the $250 million payrolls in Los Angeles and sent a goodbye letter to a Rays blog.

• I went to a high school journalism conference when the Final Four was here in 2001 and Bob Ryan's storytelling mesmerized me, so I enjoyed Grantland's profile of the Boston sportswriter.

• Believe it or not the Twins had many valuable players this season and I ranked them on my hypothetical team MVP ballot.

• Two all-time greats, Bill Murray and Howard Stern, had a nice long chat and it was very fun.

• You may not think so, but you'll definitely want to watch a little kid recreate Patrick Swayze's dance moves from the final scene of "Dirty Dancing":

I can do the same thing, except with Elaine Benes' dance moves in "Seinfeld."

Dax Shepard is one of the most underrated actors/funny people around and he was predictably funny/charming chatting with Marc Maron.

• I spent a week reading "Gone Girl" and wherever I put it down--on the bed, on the floor, on random places around the house--she immediately slept on it.

• On a related note, my power rankings of David Fincher movies:

1. "Seven"
2. "Fight Club"
3. "The Social Network"
4. "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button"
5. "The Game"
6. "Gone Girl"
7. "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
8. "Panic Room"
9. "Zodiac"
10. "Alien 3"

I apologize in advance for not liking "Zodiac" more. I realize that will bother many people.

J.J. Hardy, whom the Twins basically gave away to the Orioles in 2011, signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension to remain in Baltimore.

• Thrilled that Tom Scharpling is bringing back "The Best Show" after reconsidering retirement.

• I agree with Rick Nelson's review in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Libertine has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants for dinner and brunch.

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

- "Man who couldn't stop laughing at his own twin"
- "Sweet Martha's Cookies revenue"
- "Sylvester Stallone young beard"
- "What will happen to Rick Anderson?"
- "Jerome Felton's girlfriend"
- "What was Aaron Burr's sidekick's name?"
- "Jon Taffer pumpkin carving stencil"
- "Naked twins"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Take Me To Church" by Hozier:

April 18, 2014

Link-O-Rama

• "Gleeman and The Geek" will be live on KFAN this Sunday (and almost every Sunday) at 4:00 p.m. You can tune into 100.3 FM, stream the show online at KFAN.com, or just continue listening to the show not live as a podcast.

• An online dating website exclusively for Green Bay Packers fans sounds like an excellent idea and certainly isn't something to be made fun of.

• Sure, this looks crazy and all, but let's see him do it in a Honda Fit.

• I was a guest on "Fan Graphs Audio" with one of my favorite people, Carson Cistulli, for a show that completely avoided baseball and ended when his wife finished cooking him dinner in France.

Phil Ivey might be the best poker player of all time and he's a bad motherf-er, so hopefully a casino doesn't have him killed.

According to a recent study people who take daytime naps are much more likely to die before age 65, which is so depressing that it makes me want to take a nap.

• I seriously think this is the best looking a human being has ever been.

• As part of their annual "Best Of" issue City Pages named "Gleeman and The Geek" as the "Best Sports Podcast" in Minnesota. Apparently there isn't even a trophy, but it's still good for my ego.

This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode is what happens when we get kicked off the radio and includes the story of my torn ACL, plus some very memorable waitress interactions.

Jeff Francoeur was the target of one of the best baseball pranks you'll ever see:

I'm not even really a prank fan, but that's pretty good.

Accurate stuff from The Onion: "Determined Restaurant Patrons Tough It Out On Chilly Patio."

• It's possible that we, as a society, have reached peak beard, but I'm not done being lazy about shaving or hiding most of my face yet. Not even close.

• I have some ideas for the Brooklyn Cyclones' upcoming "Seinfeld Night."

• It sounds like I've really got to find a kickball league to join.

• Of course some guy figured out a way to cheat the system on Tinder.

Andrei Kirilenko is a hero to the Russian people.

• I really enjoyed Joy Summers' series for City Pages ranking the top 100 meals in Minnesota.

• Rye Deli owner and former "Gleeman and The Geek" guest David Weinstein explained to Rick Nelson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune why he had to suddenly close up shop last month.

Randball's Stu is so desperate for work that he was willing to talk to Maggie LaMaack. Also: Someone should hire Randball's Stu because he's great and I want to read more of his writing.

• Something tells me there's probably a really sad story behind this.

• I've been using Uber a lot and it's very easy/pleasant compared to cabs. If you use my promo code you get $20 off a ride and I get $20 too. If you've been thinking of trying it anyway, do it.

Parker Hageman of Twins Daily has started his own podcast with his buddy Dan Anderson and, as much as it pains me to say, it's not terrible.

• Friend of AG.com Jack Moore is part of a new sports writing project that needs funding help to survive, so give it a look.

• I started watching "Orphan Black" because I noticed that it's on Amazon Prime and now I want to know why Tatiana Maslany isn't super famous already.

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

- "Minneapolis pub crawls for charity"
- "Ron Coomer sounds like some actor"
- "Is Ron Coomer married"
- "Twins baseball meet and greet"
- "Robby Incmikoski real name"
- "Jenna Fischer and friends"
- "Former Twins pitcher Capps"
- "Aaron Gleeman Twitter"
- "Stella's blogger Gleeman"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Bruce Springsteen doing a slow version of "Thunder Road" in which the girl's name is different than in what became the actual song:


This week's blog content is sponsored by Fan HQ at Ridgedale Mall, which will be hosting an autograph and meet-and-greet session with former Twins closer Joe Nathan on April 26. Please support them for supporting AG.com.

April 4, 2014

Link-O-Rama

• "Gleeman and The Geek" returns to KFAN this Sunday at 4:00 pm for our third season on the radio. You can listen to us live on 100.3-FM, stream us online at KFAN.com, or simply continue listening to the show via podcast like nothing has changed.

"This American Bro: A Portrait Of The Worst Guy Ever."

Mase is on TMZ because he's a pastor now and people at his church are revolting against him.

• Tried to keep this under wraps, but Randball's Stu revealed details about my new FSN show.

Ginuwine can still (mostly) get the job done when he sings "Pony" in front of a female crowd.

• Here's the final installment of my annual Twins prospect rankings, featuring the best prospect in the world and the best top-five prospect group in baseball.

• I finally ditched my BlackBerry for an iPhone, which means I'm now occasionally posting pictures to Instagram (and also on Tinder, but that's more of a warning than anything).

• Next month the St. Paul Saints are hosting "Tinder Night" at Midway Stadium and they've invited me to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

• There are a whole bunch of people getting married after meeting on Tinder.

Jason Isbell's music career must not be going as well as I thought.

• Really enjoying my old school blogging buddy Tony Pierce telling stories about Uber driving.

• We recorded this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode at Freehouse in North Loop and they refused to stop bringing us food and alcohol.

• I always address people with "hey yo" on Twitter and this is the inspiration behind it:

Sadly it's not always effective.

Richard Pitino's best friend is the brother of Kate Mara and Rooney Mara, and he says "we used to torment them at a younger age."

• While the Twins television broadcast sticks to batting average, homers, and RBIs, the Astros are showing stuff like batting average on balls in play and Wins Above Replacement.

Chelsea Fagan wrote an interesting article about not wanting to hang out at a bar alone. I feel the exact same way and, hard as it may be to believe, I've never done it.

• I want to host a speed-dating night for the next Twins Daily event, so Amanda Bullock's article full of speed-dating observations was fascinating.

• I wrote the Twins preview for NBCSports.com and tried to be as optimistic as possible.

Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star Tribune called me "in general, highly entertaining" in an interview with friend of AG.com Maggie LaMaack, so I printed it out and framed it.

Lauryn Hill is one of my 10 favorite musicians of all time, but what are the odds that she'll put on a show at First Avenue in 2014 worth $65? I'd gladly pay $500 to see her in 1998.

• Rye Deli in Lowry Hill hosted several "Gleeman and The Geek" episodes and quite a few more of my first dates, so I was very sad to see it close suddenly this week.

• Sounds like a James Beard Award-winning chef is opening a restaurant three blocks from me.

• I tried Hammer and Sickle in Uptown and liked it. Good vibe, weird vodka shoes, and tasty food.

• I paid $5 for Todd Barry's crowd-work special on Louis C.K.'s website and loved it.

• Netflix recommendation: "Blue Is The Warmest Color" is one of the best foreign movies I've ever seen and reminded me of all the stuff I love about one of my top 10 movies, "Blue Valentine."

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

- "David Kahn baseball scout"
- "OKCupid Minnesota geek nerd"
- "Otis Redding tattoo"
- "Fat left-handed hitters with high socks"
- "Talk show socks"
- "Brunch ideas in Minneapolis"
- "Steven Van Zandt shirtless"
- "Scott Erickson and Inga Hammond"
- "Aaron Gleeman right swipe"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video of "Oh Boy" by Cam'ron and Juelz Santana:

February 14, 2014

Link-O-Rama

• I loved Jason Isbell's concert at First Avenue last weekend and Chris Riemenschneider of the Minneapolis Star Tribune did a great job capturing the overall vibe in his review.

• My jobs have forced me to be involved in hundreds of mock drafts over the years, so the idea of someone intentionally ruining them is absolutely hilarious to me.

Headline of the week: "Minnesota woman accused of stealing camo lingerie from Fleet Farm."

Paul "Meatsauce" Lambert from KFAN and Falen Bonsett from KDWB told the story/stories of how they fell in love and it's basically the sweetest thing ever.

• As a child of divorce I'm not capable of handling my two favorites, Ma$e and J. Cole, beefing.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we broke down all of the Twins' spring training position battles, including Miguel Sano, and then John Bonnes mocked me for a bunch of stuff.

• I didn't win the Vita.mn "crush contest" and neither did my personal crush Ampersandria, but Jana Shortal is a worthy champion for whom I was proud to buy Rumple Minze shots.

• This was the official write-up/photo they chose for my candidacy:

crush contest

Tough to figure out why I didn't win, obviously.

• My mom finally met Paul Allen and now she has a crush on him.

• Athletes in the Olympic Village are using Tinder, which sounds like the premise of a porn movie.

• I do a similar thing to Kate Hansen's routine to prepare for blogging each morning.

• If you've ever wondered what it would sound like if I hastily left a bar around 11:00 p.m. to be interviewed about the Twins on Baseball Prospectus' podcast, this is your lucky day!

• I also joined the degenerates on "The Sportive" for a profanity-filled podcast about silliness.

Jay Z and Beyonce win the synchronized shade-throwing gold medal.

• Speaking of which: Surfbort.

• I'd probably need to be married for a decade before sharing my Netflix password with someone.

• I guess Kate Mara is decent looking if you're into that type of thing.

The Onion: "Coworkers Currently Gchatting About You."

• Superheroes have never done much for me and I've always wondered how so many guys got so obsessed with them. This video might answer that question:

As a little kid I had that same reaction the first time I saw Jarvis Brown pinch-run for the Twins.

• Reds closer Aroldis Chapman seems like a lot of fun:

Finally, a few minutes before 4 p.m., the curtains lift and Chapman descends the spiral staircase to the pool deck. He wears sandals, sunglasses and a tank top obscured by heavy gold chains. He lights a Marlboro Red cigarette and flops down onto an all-weather mattress near the pool.

"Why so late like this?" Maria Caridad asks. "Why all this sleeping?"

"There's nothing else to do," he says.

I'm another 40 miles per hour on my fastball away from being Chapman, basically.

• On a related note, we'll be joining forces to fight against this ridiculousness.

• Remember that incredibly embarrassing video of Twins Daily blogger Parker Hageman of a TLC reality show from 10 years ago? Well, he tried to explain himself (and his robe).

• Here's a glimpse into what it looks like when I'm straight up balling at Stella's.

• Netflix recommendation: "Strongman" is one of the most brutally honest, sweet, and ultimately depressing documentaries I've ever seen.

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

- "TLC Second Chance"
- "Best soccer cover for tweeter"
- "Maria Bello porn lookalike"
- "Tila Tequila high school"
- "Bearded Minnesota Twins"
- "Aaron Gl"
- "Aaaron Gleeman"
- "Aaron Gleman"
- "Aaron Gleamon"
- "Aaron Gleemam"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Cover Me Up" by Isbell:

May 3, 2013

Link-O-Rama

• Another week, another example of Glen Perkins being the best.

• Crazy story of the week: A mother of two went missing for 11 years and was presumed dead only to return and reveal that she left voluntarily to live among homeless people.

Jim Thome is still looking for work even as the Indians build him a statue outside their ballpark.

Jon Bois does a lot of good writing about sports for SB Nation, so not surprisingly his tales of being homeschooled for Vice are a must-read.

• When it comes to making terrible decisions for breakfast I go with Burger King over McDonald's, but people like me have been waiting decades for this news.

• "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" is one of my favorite albums of all time, so if it takes the threat of prison time to coax the first new music in a decade out of Lauryn Hill then so be it.

Snoop Dogg and Philip Seymour Hoffman are besties, obviously.

• You can't listen to "Gleeman and The Geek" live on Sunday because the Wild-Blackhawks playoff game bumped us off KFAN, but you can hear what we sounded like on the radio last Sunday.

• Podcast listeners know my policy of asking John Bonnes about the parking situation before we record an episode at a new location and my fear of winding up in a video like this one is why:

I'd have just gone home about 30 seconds in.

Tommy Lasorda reacted to seeing Psy at Dodger Stadium exactly like you'd expect.

• What has gotten into Kevin Correia? I'm glad you asked.

Jack Morris has a new radio gig in Toronto and he's accusing opposing pitchers of cheating.

Julio Borbon has a hit by pitch he'd like to sell you.

Mila Kunis was just named FHM's "sexiest woman in the world" after previously being named GQ's "sexiest woman alive." I've been driving that bandwagon since naming her Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com back in 2010, but now that it's the consensus opinion it may be time to move on. Kate Mara is the current front-runner, but I'm also considering Lizzy Caplan, Aubrey Plaza, Chelsea Peretti, and Alison Brie. Obviously this isn't a decision that should be made quickly.

• Baseball-Reference.com now has game logs and splits for minor leaguers dating back to 2008, because Sean Forman is a saint.

• What happens when A.J. Pierzynski leaves a team after eight seasons and then faces them for the first time?

• The most shocking revelation from Jason Collins' hour-long chat with Bill Simmons is that he's a Blackberry user just like me.

• As a lifelong Howard Stern fan it always make me happy when he has someone else I like on as a first-time guest and they get along well, so Marc Maron's appearance was great.

• Sunday afternoon the Minneapolis JCC is hosting "Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes" author John Rosengren for a chat about Hank Greenberg and Jewish baseball players.

• "Modern Comedian" is a well-done series of short films by Scott Moran and I especially enjoyed the most recent one about "crowd work" featuring Phil Hanley:

Hanley has also been a guest on my favorite podcast, "Stop Podcasting Yourself."

• I'm very happy with my employers for renewing the most underrated show on television.

• In her latest recap Molly Lambert of Grantland asked arguably the most important question in "Mad Men" history: What did Pete Campbell order from the Chinese restaurant?

• I got into a bar debate about which "Mad Men" character you'd most like to be friends with and my choice was Stan Rizzo, so I'm happy that the actor who plays him, Jay R. Ferguson, seems pretty great too. Especially for a former teen heartthrob.

• On a related note, here's my favorite GIF from the most recent "Mad Men" episode.

• No one cares because reviewing movies six months later is silly, but I finally saw "Silver Linings Playbook" and didn't love it. Lots of good parts, but also lots of rough draft-like parts. I've decided that 2012 had tons of very good movies, but zero great movies.

• Follow-up from last week's Link-O-Rama: Stand-up comedian Rob Delaney actually did a very nice job singing the National Anthem at the Dodgers-Brewers game.

Dayn Perry, whose podcasts with Carson Cistulli are basically my favorite thing ever, has a new book out called "Drinking With Boileryard Clarke."

Parker Hageman of Twins Daily was a guest on "The Sportive" podcast and a good, filthy time was had by all.

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

- "She men's restroom recap"
- "Ribas Twins what team is he in now?"
- "Dick Bremer retiring"
- "Jason Kubel shirtless"
- "Girl in baseball jersey"
- "Zubaz limousines"
- "Joe Mauer personal life"
- "Why doesn't my brain want me to lose weight?"
- "Cybermetrics on A.J. Pierzynski"
- "Binging on macaroni and cheese"
- "Started watching 'Dawson's Creek' on Netflix"
- "Aaron Gleeman is Jew"

• Finally, in honor of me knowingly listening to a Daft Punk song for the first time and actually liking it, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Get Lucky" featuring Pharrell Williams:


This week's blog content is sponsored by "Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes" author John Rosengren's upcoming appearance at the Minneapolis Sabes JCC on May 5. Please support him for supporting AG.com.

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