June 19, 2015


• Well, well, well. Now the Twins storing everything on floppy disks doesn't look so dumb, does it?

• Friend of AG.com Matt Hollinger got literally stuck in a Taco Bell drive-through in Iowa.

• One of my favorite writers, Greg Howard, wrote a really good look at Ken Shamrock's sad final act vs. Kimbo Slice.

• Former football star Lawrence Phillips' letters from maximum-security prison are very sad.

Joe Mauer used to be very good and now he's very bad. What happened?

• It turns out that "Mad Max: Fury Road" was a love story, at least for the stunt doubles.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we basically talked about Byron Buxton for 90 consecutive minutes.

• These quotes from NBA scouts about Karl-Anthony Towns vs. Jahlil Okafor vs. D'Angelo Russell are really interesting and a must-read for Timberwolves fans.

• This pre-draft workout video of Towns, a 6-foot-11 shot-blocking center, shooting three-pointers is enough to make me start smoking cigarettes again:

I'm fully on the Towns bandwagon and might be less disappointed with Russell than Okafor.

• It's fun having a great closer who's also into analytics.

• I was on KFAN chatting with Paul Allen for a half-hour and we covered some interesting stuff.

• What percentage of Americans use their phone while in the bathroom at work? Pablo Sandoval got punished for it.

• I'm once again featured in The Onion.

• Old friend Kevin Slowey retired and took a job with the MLB Players Association.

When will the Twins call up Miguel Sano to join Buxton in Minnesota?

• It cost $21 million to build "The Walkway" apartments on Lake Street and the developer just sold it for $54 million.

• My friend who fosters dogs has a new guy looking for a home via Secondhand Hounds. His name is Wayne, he's four years old, and he looks like this:

Wayne dog

She says: "Wayne is the most laid back dog I think I've ever met. He likes to cuddle, give kisses, rub his giant body up against you to get petted, and will do anything for a treat. For more info on how you can give Wayne a good, permanent home, click here.

Miguel will be at First Avenue in August. You can bet that, never gotta sweat that I'll be there.

Jon Marthaler, who's one-fourth of "The Sportive" podcast and Minnesota's nicest sports writer, is now writing a weekly soccer column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

• As a child of the 1990s who grew up listening to hip-hop music Hot 102.5 is a very welcomed addition to the Twin Cities radio scene.

• According to Baseball America the Twins are expected to sign 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Wander Javier for around $4 million.

• I hope another local media outlet hires Tyler Mason, who has consistently produced good Twins and Gophers content for FSN's website and is now being let go through no fault of his own.

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Sure Thing" by Miguel:

This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is offering a free ride to first-time users who sign up with the promo code "UberGleeman."

May 29, 2015


• No matter what happens in the NBA Finals it's going to be awfully tough to beat this for the best moment of the playoffs.

• Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports basically says Fred Hoiberg has already agreed to leave Iowa State and replace Tom Thibodeau as the Bulls' new coach.

• Wait, the Twins are winning? How did that happen?

"Area Baseball Satirist 'Completely Flummoxed' By Twins' Competence" is peak Stu Neuman.

• Everyone involved with "The Simpsons" seems legitimately baffled about what made Harry Shearer quit the show.

• Boston's broadcast of the Twins-Red Sox game Wednesday featured a really weird video of the Metrodome implosion that never actually happened.

Combining a hoodie and a flask is one of the century's greatest breakthroughs for schlubs.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we talked Alex Meyer's move to the bullpen and whether or not it's time to buy into the Twins being for real.

Norm Macdonald's final appearance on "Late Show With David Letterman" is something you should definitely watch:

Imagine anyone crying about Jay Leno.

Lil Wayne is coming to Minneapolis to play somewhere called "The Venue" and one ticket will cost you $110 with fees, which seems insane.

• This is definitely the darkest timeline.

• Brewers general manager Doug Melvin's rant about Scooter Gennett and stat-heads looks really, really silly now.

• "Cornbread-coated pulled pork mac and cheese wedges" is essentially my dream food.

Randy Moss is a prime example of why you can't trust old white dudes who write sports columns for newspapers to form your view of a person.

Zach Lowe of Grantland examined the rapid decline of the post-up big man in the NBA, which is relevant to the Wolves choosing Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns.

Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal put together in-depth, stat-driven scouting reports on all of the top prospects in the draft, including Okafor and Towns.

• And last but not least, here are some nice highlight videos of Okafor and Towns in college:

I'm worried that the Wolves picking a traditional back-to-the-basket big man who can't stretch the floor or protect the rim is a mistake in 2015, which is why I'm hoping they'll choose Towns despite every indication being that Flip Saunders prefers Okafor.

• Netflix recommendation: "Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows" is a documentary about 1990s wrestling superstar Bret Hart and his tumultuous final year with the WWF.

• If you like interviewers interviewing interviewers Marc Maron's chat with Terry Gross was fun.

• Friend of AG.com Liz Welle subbed for Clarence Swamptown on "The Sportive" podcast much like Tom Brady filled in for Drew Bledsoe as the Patriots' quarterback.

• I'm a loyal Bitesquad user, but Postmates is a new service delivering food and basically anything else around the Twin Cities. Delivery fees are waived until the end of the month and if you sign up using the promo code "wtrq" you can also get a free $10 credit.

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

- "Is Meatsauce Paul Lambert a bit?"
- "Wilson Ramos trade good or bad?"
- "Dick Bremer salary"
- "Best beard on the Minnesota Twins"
- "Livan Hernandez hit someone with a golf club"
- "Danny Valencia character issues"
- "Glen Perkins looks rough"
- "How to pick the best kid to play shortstop"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Somebody" by Natalie La Rose:

This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is offering a free ride to first-time users who sign up with the promo code "UberGleeman."

May 8, 2015


Headline of the week/weak: "Police rescue man stuck in basketball hoop."

• Sometimes when a Yankees fan tries to catch a foul ball something much better happens.

David Letterman's lengthy chat with David Itzkoff of the New York Times was really good.

Greg Howard of Deadspin wrote a fascinating take-down of Jason Whitlock and everything he touches, which was 10,000 words and somehow still too short.

• I had a lot of fun being a guest on "The Sportive" podcast for their first ever episode with all four hosts in the same room. (I also correctly predicted the Wild would get swept.)

Jeff Dubay was arrested again and charged with "felony methamphetamine possession after police allegedly found meth and more than 30 syringes during a traffic stop."

• City Pages has been purchased by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which also shut down their own City Pages competitor Vita.mn.

Aaron Rupar, who left City Pages last year after a great run writing the "Blotter" blog, wrote an interesting piece about the tough task of turning page views into revenue.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we talked about how long the Twins will be able to stay above .500, Byron Buxton's hot streak, and Ron Gardenhire's job search.

• Kraft changing the color of its macaroni and cheese in the name of creating a healthier image seems to miss the entire appeal.

• Minnesota native and former Vikings tight end John Carlson just retired from the NFL at age 30 after multiple concussions.

Bryce Harper hit three homers in his first three at-bats Wednesday and people who claim he's overrated are being silly.

• FSN, along with every other local FOX Sports affiliate, got rid of the "FOX Sports North Girls."

• People complain that Gregg Popovich is too short with media, but whenever he does open up it's always smart and interesting.

• Reds manager Bryan Price went insane on the local media for reporting accurate information.

• KFAN and the Vikings agreed to a new five-year deal, which means Paul Allen will be calling their games on radio through at least 2020.

Torii Hunter wrote a not-great thing about Floyd Mayweather, scolded people for criticizing him, deleted it, half-heartedly apologized, and finally blamed Twitter.

Dana Wessel lost a Home Run Derby to Twins mascot T.C. Bear. By a lot.

Chris Colabello is back in the big leagues with the Blue Jays after hitting .337 with five homers and a .975 OPS in 23 games at Triple-A.

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

- "What happened to Tsuyoshi Nishoka?"
- "How was Ron Coomer an All-Star?"
- "Spoon and Stable review"
- "Nick Blackburn salary"
- "Scott Erickson girlfriend"
- "Sid Hartman train phone ringer"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "A Little More" by Machine Gun Kelly:

This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is offering a free ride to first-time users who sign up with the promo code "UberGleeman."

April 17, 2015


"Gleeman and The Geek" is officially back on the radio, starting our fourth season on KFAN this Sunday at 4:00 pm. As always you can listen live on 100.3-FM and KFAN.com streaming audio or you can continue to listen to the show as a podcast via however you've been doing that already. We broadcast an hour live on the radio and then record another hour afterward in a side studio without any commercials, gluing the two pieces together for the final podcast product.

Rob Neyer of FOXSports.com wrote about my NBCSports.com blog-mate Craig Calcaterra and the criticism that comes with criticizing other writers.

• A national security expert wrote in the Washington Post that MLB forcing fans at every ballpark to go through metal detectors is "pure security theater" and "laughable."

Dana Wessel told the cute story of how he unexpectedly met his idol.

• I need two new owners my "Hardball Dynasty" league on WhatIfSports. Click here for details.

• You can't wear a spiked leather wristband and not expect people to mock it. Well, you can. But then it'll be even funnier.

• There's a vacant lot next to Calhoun Square and this summer Prime Time Wrestling "is planning five free outdoor shows" where "attendees just need to bring their own lawn chairs."

• I put together a guide to where the Twins' top 40 prospects are playing in the minors.

• If you like Boston Terriers, junk food, or dating you'll love this as much as I did:

The lesson to be learned is that meatballs are great.

• On a related note: This is a perfect representation of what life is like with a cat.

• Coincidentally the Cubs called up No. 1 prospect Kris Bryant on the same day his service time had been delayed long enough to push back his eventual free agency by an extra year.

Bryce Harper is still the youngest player in the National League.

• Grantland's oral history of the Orland Magic's non-dynasty was really good and included this what-if scenario from Shaquille O'Neal's agent about the Wolves winning the 1992 lottery:

Shaq was never adamant about going to L.A. or any big market. He went to LSU, so it wasn't like he was saying, "I need to go to some big market." Our strategy wasn't to force anybody to go anywhere. Maybe if he was picked by Minnesota he might have said, "I don’t want to go there."

Instead the Wolves picked third, missing out on both O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning.

Flip Saunders will surely disagree, but three-point shooting and playoff teams go hand in hand.

• It was another awful Wolves season, but television analyst Jim Petersen provided an ideal mix of passion, opinion, criticism, knowledge, and analytics. He's proof stats on TV can work.

• In the rare instances when the Twins talk publicly about their use of "statistical analysis" it comes across as rudimentary.

• Twins president Dave St. Peter took some shots at me during a Q&A session at the Minneapolis Star Tribune's new building and in doing so coined the phrase "Gleeman disciple."

• Seinfeld plus Limp Bizkit amused me way more than it should have:

The internet is an amazing place.

• As a Food Network viewer and Deadspin reader Drew Magary's appearance on "Chopped" was magical from start to finish.

• The photos from my podcast co-host John Bonnes' trip to Las Vegas are fascinating and scary.

• Congrats to Stu Neuman, Jon Marthaler, Brandon Broxey, and Clarence Swamptown on "The Sportive" winning the City Pages award for "2015 Best Sports Podcast."

• Restaurant recommendation: The Strip Club is a cozy gem in St. Paul. Tim Niver and Christy Niver treated us like family, every dish was fantastic, and I'm still thinking about the pork belly.

• Netflix recommendation: "Bloodline" is a slow burn, but Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, and Ben Mendelsohn are all great and I enjoyed the 13-episode first season.

Jason Isbell has a new album coming out in July. His last album was amazing, as were the two lives shows in Minnesota that I went to.

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

- "How did Aaron Gleeman die?"
- "Kid trips over man"
- "Spoon and Stable what to order"
- "How hard did Bert Blyleven throw?"
- "Heaviest center fielders"
- "Paul Molitor shirtless"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth:

This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is offering a free ride to first-time users who sign up with the promo code "UberGleeman."

March 13, 2015


• I'll bet the guys in Lifehouse were super pumped about their super fun plane concert and then they saw Jonah Keri's tweets.

• My dad was on WCCO news being interviewed about getting free tickets from Kevin Garnett.

Stephon Marbury scored 38 points to beat likely top-five pick Emmanuel Mudiay's team in the Chinese league semi-finals.

• Twenty years ago this week Michael Jordan quit baseball. His one Double-A season was a lot more impressive than he gets credit for.

• Just sub "Joe Mauer" for "Joey Votto" and almost any Minnesota newspaper columnist could've written this same thing.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we revealed the details of a straightforward, no-strings-attached contest giving away 20-game Twins season ticket packages to listeners. And also a drunk woman crashed the show until her friend came and got her.

• To wrap up my series ranking the Twins' top 40 prospects I reviewed their entire farm system.

• On a related note, here is some hardcore pornography for Twins fans:

And a little more, just in case:

You're allowed two cigarettes now.

• If my hypothetical rankings of non-sports prospects this kid would be the easy No. 1 pick.

Nicole Curtis answers the age-old question: What's worse, tearing down an old Minneapolis house or sending an online mob after a woman?

• This isn't such a big deal compared to the Twins giving $9 million to Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

Manute Bol's son is a 6-foot-10 high school basketball player struggling to find stardom.

Rihanna is singing about whiskey now, because sometimes dreams really do come true.

• Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo opened up about how close he was to being chosen as the Twins' new manager over Paul Molitor.

Johan Santana signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, including an opt-out clause.

Pat Neshek wanted to stay with the Cardinals, but they didn't want him.

Kevin Correia, fresh off a two-year, $10 million contract with the Twins, signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners.

Nick Punto is sitting out the season and probably retiring despite signing with Arizona.

Paul "Meatsauce" Lambert ran the 40-yard dash in the KFAN offices while wearing boots and a sweater:

Still faster than me, guaranteed.

• Congrats to friend of AG.com Brad Fischer for coaching the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh women's basketball team to a second straight conference title.

• I highly recommend "The Overnighters" on Netflix, which is a fascinating documentary about the North Dakota fracking boom and pastor Jay Reinke. It starts heavy and gets heavier.

• HBO's six-part documentary "The Jinx" is great. Strong mix of facts, drama, weirdness, and mystery like a television version of what "Serial" was hyped up as.

• Baseball Prospectus has been sold to Jim Walsh, formerly of Maple Street Press.

Rob McElhenney from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was fun on Marc Maron's podcast.

• My favorite podcast is "Stop Podcasting Yourself" and they had back-to-back great episodes with guests Todd Glass and Andy Kindler. Choose one and become a fan.

• I loved my first time at Travail Kitchen, which offers a 15-course tasting menu and now takes pre-paid reservations rather than everyone waiting in line for tables every night.

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

- "Sid Hartman net worth"
- "Minnesota Twins blog sites"
- "Where is pitching coach Rick Anderson now?"
- "How much is Jon Taffer worth?"
- "Top tweeter city"
- "Justin Morneau shirtless"
- "Glen Perkins arrogant"
- "Chicago White Sox jokes"
- "Bumped into Kate Mara"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Hanging By A Moment" by Lifehouse:

This week's blog content is sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, which is hosting a Twins season ticket giveaway contest on their website, MNFarmTeam.com.

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