May 8, 2015

Link-O-Rama

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:


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April 17, 2015

Link-O-Rama

"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:


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March 13, 2015

Link-O-Rama

• 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.

February 20, 2015

Link-O-Rama

Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs examined the video of every Ben Revere assist and it's great.

Pablo Torre of ESPN wrote an interesting, lengthy article about how the Philadelphia 76ers are trying to innovate during a scorched-earth rebuild.

Harris Wittels, who wrote for "Parks and Recreation," made "humblebrag" famous, and was a hilarious podcast guest, died at age 30.

• Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian went to McDonald's for the first time and it was amusing.

• JNCO jeans are making a comeback.

• My fellow "Bar Rescue" fans will hopefully appreciate this Instagram account devoted exclusively to pictures of Jon Taffer.

Headline of the week: "Casual dating has millennials confused."

Maggie LaMaack wrote a good piece for Vita.mn about Twin Cities couples that met online.

• Timberwolves fans still giddy from Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine making headlines during All-Star weekend should check out these "Bounce Bros" t-shirts.

• Speaking of which, on this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we tried to determine whether Wiggins or Byron Buxton is the superior prospect.

• Now that the Twins have re-signed Torii Hunter and the Timberwolves have traded for Kevin Garnett, it seems only fair that the Vikings talk Randy Moss out of retirement. To get in the mood for Garnett's return to Minnesota, here are some highlights from his fist go-around:

It's not shown in the above video, but I've missed that thing where Garnett stubbornly refuses to let opponents make dead-ball shots after whistles and catches them all.

• Minnesotans need constant validation from non-Minnesotans that we're good and nice and not at all insane for living in this weather, so this The Atlantic article is a big hit locally.

According to the Wall Street Journal "vodka sales fall as drinkers opt for whiskey."

• Legal marijuana is already a billion dollar per year industry in Colorado.

• Apparently you can be "jailed for months" if Mankato police mistake your vitamins for drugs.

• If you believe Baseball Prospectus' new pitch-framing numbers, Joe Mauer should have won two and possibly three MVP awards in a four-season span.

• On a related note: Of all the No. 1 ranked prospects in Baseball America history, Mauer has turned out to be the third-best player.

• WNBA star Diana Taurasi makes 15 times her WNBA salary to play in Russia, so she's sitting out the WNBA season.

Kevin Durant is the latest athlete to get sick of being a quote machine for reporters.

• It's often said that stat-heads are rude and insulting to those who disagree with them, but these columns in mainstream publications are still common. Also, "you go girl"?

• Someone bought Josh Hartnett's house on Lake of the Isles for $2.4 million.

Kerry Washington was once engaged for three years to the guy who played the kid in "Big."

Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus wrote a fun post showing that basically every star player in baseball was once a shortstop prospect.

Jared Burton, whose $3.6 million option for 2015 was declined by the Twins, signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees.

Jack Morris has a new job in Detroit as one of the Tigers' television analysts.

Barb Abney, whose firing by The Current last month led to lots of listeners being angry, has a new gig with the Pohlad family-owned GO-96.3.

John Mulaney is at the State Theatre on March 20. I saw him in 2013 and he was amazing.

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

- "Ricky Rubio tattoo 79"
- "Twin Cities morning show rankings"
- "Brian Duensing fastball speed"
- "People staring at their phone"
- "Dick Bremer foul ball stories"
- "Tommy Herr reputation"
- "What position did Roy Smalley play?"
- "What happens in arbitration hearings?"
- "Dana Wessel superstar"

• Finally, in honor of Valentine's Day this week's AG.com-approved music video is my favorite love song, "How To Love" by Lil Wayne:


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."

January 30, 2015

Link-O-Rama

• 612 Brew's top-selling beer was called "R Rated" and then the Motion Picture Association of America threatened to sue them.

• My first question after reading this story: Are there warranties on sewn-back-on penises?

• Adult human sports writers tell readers to boycott Skittles because Marshawn Lynch won't give them quotes, but that still can't touch the "hot take" from Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press.

• And yet people wonder why some athletes choose not to talk to sports writers.

Flip Saunders was very open and shared a lot of interesting stuff in this interview with Britt Robson of MinnPost.

• On a related note, Kirk Goldsberry of Grantland concludes that Andrew Wiggins needs to stop taking so many mid-range jumpers. But unfortunately his coach loves them.

• Dogs are amazing. And much better than me at getting somewhere by riding the bus.

Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton were back in Seattle together to watch their sons play against each other, which made childhood me very happy.

Stu Neuman recaps TwinsFest like only he can.

• I'll never get sick of watching Klay Thompson's record-breaking 37-point quarter:

Afterward the NBA forced Thompson to adjust his game setting from "rookie" to "veteran."

Drake is out there sliding into direct messages just like some sort of internet commoner.

Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio getting together is interesting gossip and also how we should re-populate the planet if the human race is ever wiped out.

• "What It's Like to Date Your Dad" is insane on every level, but maybe the worst part is that they bonded over "Big Bang Theory."

• This has been my home office setup for the past decade, basically.

• Internet trolls have lives too, you know. And not surprisingly it turns out they're very sad.

Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune is now pulling the same crap with Ricky Rubio that he pulled with Joe Mauer, questioning his injury and desire to play. He's a poor man's Skip Bayless.

• MLB's new commissioner, Rob Manfred, takes over for Bud Selig with a lot on his plate.

Keith Law of ESPN has Kris Bryant, not Byron Buxton, as the No. 1 prospect in MLB. He also rates the Cubs' farm system as the best in baseball, followed by the Twins at No. 2.

• NFL outsiders are mixing statistics and scouting in such a detailed, analytical way that almost every team is paying attention (and money).

• Now that studies show being Twitter obsessed is good for your health maybe I'll give it a try.

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

- "Aaron Gleeman fried rice"
- "Spoon and Stable review"
- "Minnesota Twins player uncircumcised"
- "What has happened with Torii Hunter?"
- "Chinese food weight loss plan"
- "City Pages top tweeters"
- "Alison Brie wearing socks"
- "LynLake Brewery rooftop"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Too Much" by Drake and Sampha:


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."

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