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:


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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:


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January 9, 2015

Link-O-Rama

• Twins Daily is throwing their second annual "Winter Meltdown" event on the Saturday of Twins Fest--which January 24--and you're all invited. Tickets go on sale Monday and last year the event sold out in four hours. This year's special guests include Twins president Dave St. Peter and two popular former Twins players, although Scott Erickson will not be making a return appearance after shocking everyone with his handsomeness last year.

• Be warned: If you argue about sports on Twitter some people will drive a long way to fight you.

• Important question with an interesting answer: "Why do Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas?"

Rosemary Counter responded to a Craiglist "missed connection" post that seemed to fit her description and then things got crazy.

Greg Howard's lengthy Jon Jones profile on Deadspin was a fascinating read made even more fascinating by Jones beating Daniel Cormier and then immediately testing positive for cocaine.

• I ranked the 30 best Minnesotans to follow on Twitter.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we argued about the merits of extending Phil Hughes and signing Tim Stauffer. And my favorite server forced me to take a birthday shot.

Nicole Kidman went on "The Tonight Show" to inform Jimmy Fallon that years ago she had a crush on him and arranged a meeting only to have him unknowingly botch the whole thing:

Women should never, ever forget that men are generally clueless and occasionally need a push in the right direction.

• Things have gone from bad to worse for Mase, who lost 1.5 million followers when Instagram cracked down on spam accounts and then decided to just delete his account.

Edward Herrmann, whose many roles included one of the few semi-likable "Gilmore Girls" characters in Richard Gilmore, died at age 71.

• Safe to say Brody Brixton is the Byron Buxton of French bulldogs and now all I want to do is find the Miguel Sano.

• As if "Foxcatcher" wasn't depressing enough already, now Mark Schultz is furious with director Bennett Miller about how he was portrayed by Channing Tatum in the movie.

• FanGraphs thinks the Twins' defense is going to be really, really bad (again).

• St. Paul native, former Gophers star, and one-time JCC basketball league scoring machine Jack Hannahan is going to Korea.

• I listened to all 12 episodes of "Serial" but definitely enjoyed the "Saturday Night Live" spoof more than the actual show:

That is truly nailing an impression.

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

• Owned by the Pohlad family, the radio home of the Twins has switched formats, but the station will remain mostly music.

• My favorite podcast is "Stop Podcasting Yourself" with Dave Shumka and Graham Clark, and this week's episode with guest Conor Holler is a particularly good one.

• Netflix recommendation: It's depressing, but all six installments of the British mini-series "Black Mirror" are fascinating and really well done as a sort of new school "Twilight Zone."

Black Sheep Pizza just opened a new location on Nicollet Avenue with a nice space, big bar, and meat skewers in addition to the great pizza.

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

- "Michael Cuddyer's enchilada recipe"
- "Menu for Spoon and Stable restaurant"
- "Paul Molitor's brother"
- "Jewish fans and Delmon Young"
- "Robin Wright smoking pot"
- "Derek Jeter on Howard Stern"
- "Pictures of outfielder throwing to infielder"
- "Mike Berardino criticized"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Ghost" by Ella Henderson:


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December 5, 2014

Link-O-Rama

• At the press conference announcing his $10.5 million contract Torii Hunter used the "those nerds never played the game" cliche when asked about his terrible defensive numbers and then called Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press "a prick" four different times in response to questions about Hunter's very public and repeated stance against gay rights. As if there weren't already enough reasons to question to wisdom of signing him for purely on-field reasons.

Parker Hageman of Twins Daily went inside the numbers to show why Hunter's defense rates so poorly, including video of specific plays. Hageman played the game in high school, so not sure if that counts or what.

Aaron Purmort died at age 35, leaving behind a great wife, a great son, and a community who loved him online and in person. He also went out with the best obituary I've ever seen.

• Wanna buy Jonathan Papelbon's condo? It costs $7 million and includes zero colors.

• This is probably one of the top 10 signs someone has posted in the elevator of my building during the 10 months I've lived here.

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post raised a lot of good points in arguing against the need for online comment sections attached to articles.

Jerry Kill was named Big Ten coach of the year just 15 months after Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan wrote that he shouldn't be allowed to coach the Gophers.

• This review of the new "America" restaurant at Donald Trump's hotel in Toronto is pure gold.

• Out of shape amateur MMA fighter tries the "Showtime" kick made famous by Anthony Pettis:

Some might say he failed, but failure is subjective anyway.

Josh Willingham announced his retirement, two months after his wife got mad at Berardino for reporting he planned to retire.

Dave Brown made his Fan Graphs debut writing about Willingham being the losing-est player.

• As someone who prefers staying home over just about anything movie theaters trying to be more like your living room is intriguing. But it'll never compete with not leaving the house.

Chris Rock gave a lot of interesting answers in a long, wide-ranging interview with Frank Rich.

Fran Tarkenton is never going to make the baseball Hall of Fame after admitting this stuff.

• It turns out the Twins' new coaching staff looks awfully familiar.

• If given the chance, how many MLB teams would wipe the slate clean and rid themselves of all contracts on the books? I think the Twins would likely be one of the them, despite Phil Hughes.

• Two of my favorites, Todd Barry and Tom Scharpling, sat down for a good chat.

• Scharpling is bringing "The Best Show On WFMU" back, minus WFMU, as a podcast.

• For the second time in three months the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an anti-transgender ad that never would have been accepted if it depicted any other minority group.

Gerald Green had one of the best in-game dunks you'll ever see:

And he's playing well for the Suns after looking like a bust early in his career.

• As expected, I crushed Michael Rand in the Minneapolis Star Tribune fantasy football challenge.

• Coup d'etat has good fries, gnocchi, fish and chips, and whiskey. Joy Summers wrote a good article about their one-year anniversary in Uptown, including guys like me asking for more TVs.

• My pick for Minneapolis' most underrated restaurant, Louie's Wine Dive, got a nice write-up centered around their chef, Patrick Matthews.

• "Gilmore Girls" watching update: Jon Hamm was on an episode in Season 3.

• Heyday is a fantastic restaurant and I'm sure that will remain true, but seeing Lorin Zinter's smiling face was a big part of the experience.

• Nye's Polonaise is closing after 65 years as a Northeast Minneapolis staple.

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

- "Aaron Gleeman in a bear suit"
- "Naked parties"
- "Paul Molitor's wife"
- "Snoop Dogg and Eddie Guardado"
- "Fred Durst baseball"
- "Angelina Jolie in Minnesota"
- "Where is Scott Ullger now?"
- "Lizzie Caplan smokes Marlboro lights"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Best That I Can" by Vance Joy:


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November 21, 2014

Link-O-Rama

Nora Purmort and Aaron Purmort are sort of the official couple of Twin Cities Twitter. They are beloved, both online and in person, and their young son Ralphie Purmort is an Instagram superstar because he's basically the cutest kid of all time. Aaron was diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after they got married and Nora has been writing honestly, openly, and humorously about their life together in a way that is truly inspiring.

Now they need your help. Aaron's condition has worsened to the point that treatment has stopped working and he's entered into hospice care at home. He's dying. At the urging of her sister Nora has set up an online fundraiser via which people can donate money to help a great family in need. So go read the archives of Nora's blog, My Husband's Tumor, which is well-written and sad and touching and funny. And then go donate whatever you can to help them. Please.

• Friend of AG.com Maggie LaMaack interviewed Aaron Purmort, who said: "I think I am the first person on LOL/OMG to be interviewed on his death bed."

• Great headline, with an even better mugshot: "Drunken bicyclist arrested at Taco Bell drive-through after tussle with cops."

• For just $60 (and a flight to Oregon) you can get an hour-long cuddling session that includes "hair strokes, hand-holding, and a plethora of different cuddle positions."

• "The Voice" contacted Jason Isbell about auditioning for their show, which is like if a Triple-A team contacted Mike Trout to see if he wanted to try out as a shortstop.

Helluva legal system when admitting to regularly ejaculating into a co-worker's coffee doesn't result in a clear, immediate means for punishment.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we examined the Twins' options for finding an outfielder in free agency and reviewed Fritos Chili pizza.

• On a related note, this is either performance art of the person who cut it is insane.

• Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon set the college record with 408 rushing yards and did so in just three quarters against Nebraska, but more importantly he got a Tecmo Bowl reenactment:

I miss Tecmo Bowl in my life.

• As a new "Scandal" watcher I hope they cast Rihanna in a guest role and she dates Joshua Malina's character.

• There are seven arbitration-eligible players on the Twins' roster and December 2 is the deadline to tender them contracts for 2015, so I tried to figure out what they should do with each one.

• Baseball America released its annual list of the Twins' top 10 prospects, with the same top five as last year in a slightly different order.

• An example of why Parker Hageman of Twins Daily is so good: He breaks down potential Twins target Justin Masterson using stats, scouting, quotes, and video.

Mike Wise is the latest old white dude to make me sad about eventually becoming one myself.

Marilyn Manson is doing a concert at Mystic Lake casino in February. Imagine that crowd.

Chelsea Peretti's new stand-up special "One of the Greats" is on Netflix and it's predictably fantastic, with lots of funny/weird Easter Egg-type stuff thrown in.

• One of my favorite comedians, John Mulaney, was a good guest on "WTF" with Marc Maron.

• Restaurant recommendation: Black Sheep Pizza in North Loop lived up to the considerable hype.

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

- "Highland Park robbery video"
- "Baseball movie with Gilbert Gottfried"
- "Eddie Guardado speaks Spanish"
- "Snoop Dogg jet"
- "Drew Butera girlfriend"
- "Chelsea Peretti dating Denzel Washington"
- "Torii Hunter not such a great guy"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Isbell doing a live version of "Cover Me Up" on November 18:


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