March 14, 2014

Link-O-Rama

Who said it: Tom Waits or Rust Cohle?

• Here's the kicker to this story about 19-year-old Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo that got a lot of headlines: The couple in the story is my aunt and uncle. Seriously.

• As a Gchat power user I loved Julie Buntin's look at flirting and dating via instant message.

• What happens when you put dogs in a photo booth together? Maximum cuteness, that's what.

Jim Leyland told a great story that involves former Twins catcher Tom Prince and the line "I looked up and the f***er took off!"

• Last week I visited the Hopkins high school newspaper class and they were excited to cover the state basketball tournament. They got great stuff from a crazy championship game.

• Check out the housewarming gift that Link-O-Rama regular (and patriot) Dana Wessel got me.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode a drunk woman interrupted us several times to show us her butt and I attempted to flirt with a waitress, plus we talked about spring training.

Miguel Sano underwent Tommy John elbow surgery Wednesday and recorded a video message from his hospital bed while being prepped to go under the knife:

Somehow that made me even sadder about the whole thing.

Elisabeth Moss describing her failed marriage to Fred Armisen: "It was extremely traumatic and awful and horrible."

• It turns out that students drink and do drugs at the University of Minnesota.

• As someone who uses Twitter favorites for both good and evil, I enjoyed this detailed analysis.

• They should do this same thing for work-at-home bloggers too.

• Country Bar, which I've been talking about buying with John Bonnes and Parker Hageman for approximately 10 years now, has officially closed. And we're still too chicken to buy it.

• One of the all-time great PR e-mails I've even gotten.

• Every woman I know will be in attendance at First Avenue for this event next month.

Every few days I tweet the same stupid "is [famous person] on Tinder?" joke, but apparently now it's actually coming true.

• My latest installment of Twins prospect rankings includes a bunch of high-upside teenagers.

• I'm just hoping that they replace the H&M with an Old Navy to really shake things up.

• Rangers manager Ron Washington paid a fine from MLB with 20,000 pennies.

• Few things are funnier than a little kid very seriously calling a parent by their first name and generally just acting like an old person:

Cupcakes are serious business.

• For my latest NBCSports.com season preview I tried to figure out if the Royals are finally ready to contend in the AL Central.

Kyle Kinane was a great guest on "Stop Podcasting Yourself" with Dave Shumka and Graham Clark, including shrewdly noting that baseball "is a sport that was invented for cats originally."

• I've been doing a lot of matchmaking lately, with mixed results, but my proudest one is for sure hooking up "The Sportive" podcast with Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Alan Sepinwall did a good post-finale interview with "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto.

• Restaurant recommendation: Blue Nile, an Ethiopian place in Minneapolis with good food, a nice staff, and a long beer list.

Paul "Meatsauce" Lambert from KFAN is doing stand-up comedy at the New Hope Cinema Grill tonight and tomorrow night. Go check it out. And be nice if you see me there.

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

- "Aaron Gleeman on Tinder"
- "Has Jon Taffer been in Minnesota?"
- "Sid Hartman net worth"
- "Greg Gagne net worth"
- "Lizzy Caplan podcast appearance"
- "MLB tongue photos"
- "Scott Conant naked shirtless"
- "Money on trees"
- "Luis Rivas designated hitter"

• Finally, because I saw them at The Cedar last weekend they were great this week's AG.com-approved music video is "You Go Down Smooth" by Lake Street Dive:

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":

January 31, 2014

Link-O-Rama

• I was chosen as/rigged the voting to be a finalist for Vita.mn's "crush contest" and got invited to a photo shoot/party Wednesday night, so now there are more pictures of me on the internet. This one is my favorite because it perfectly shows the effect I have on women:

crush party

There's a lot more where that came from.

Jon Bois' season-ending edition of "Breaking Madden" is pure genius.

• Someone mapped out the location of every place mentioned in Tom Waits songs.

• I was an in-studio guest on KFAN for the first time in a couple months and Paul Allen basically staged an intervention. Depending on your point of view, it was radio gold or a train wreck.

The Onion is giving me some good ideas: "New Dating Website Helps Plus-Size Jewish Plane Crash Survivors Find Love."

• I thought about moving into one of the new "luxury apartments" in Uptown, but for better or worse various friends talked me out of becoming that type of person.

• I have a couple 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.

• This is just a great picture of Sid Hartman and Glen Perkins.

This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode was recorded live in front of a 300-person crowd at Twins Daily's inaugural "Winter Meltdown" event, with special guests Twins president Dave St. Peter, my mom's favorite handsome athlete Scott Erickson, and Miguel Sano documentary filmmaker Jon Paley. I love the look on St. Peter's face as I ask him some dumb question:

st. peter meltdown panel

Me posing with Erickson is pretty good too.

• As a huge DMX fan and a frequent party bus passenger, this was amazing.

• Good collection of the Twin Cities' best late-night breakfast spots, including some of my favorites like Rye Deli and Hell's Kitchen.

Anna Kendrick is the best.

Elijah Aaron's cover of "No Scrubs" is as entertaining as the song could be without Chilli.

• Whole lotta Minnesotans flying to Colorado to get their legal pot on, but the true pros drive.

• As the world's biggest J. Cole fan his birthday gift from Jay Z made me smile.

Chipper Jones is a superhero.

• My idol Rob Neyer is leaving SB Nation for FOXSports.com.

Craig Calcaterra let his 10-year-old daughter write a guest post for HardballTalk.

• For the same money, would the Twins have been better off with Matt Garza or Ricky Nolasco?

• My favorite scene in television history:

Susie Greene is a saint.

• I wrote the Twins essay in this year's "Baseball Prospectus" book, which is now available.

• I'm glad the Twins finally put Chuck Knoblauch in the team Hall of Fame. He's one of the 10 best players in Twins history.

"Metrodome Lashes Out at Twins in Final Interview."

• Old friend Scott Baker signed with the Mariners.

Tina Fey was delightful on "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" with Jerry Seinfeld.

• I don't even like this song, but Kendrick Lamar screaming "tater tots!" is my new ringtone.

John Mulaney's stand-up special "New In Town" is one of the best hours of comedy I've ever seen and now it's on Netflix.

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

- "Dick Bremer net worth"
- "How much does Louis C.K. weigh?"
- "St. Louis fried rice"
- "How long can you survive without food?"
- "Aaron Gleeman height"
- "Geraldo Rivera vs. Frank Stallone"
- "Robin Thicke socks"
- "Sid Hartman old"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Bad Self Portraits" by Lake Street Dive: