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:

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June 13, 2014


• I'm thrilled that friend of AG.com Randball's Stu/Steve Neuman has been hired by American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio to "write words for them on various projects." Thrilled!

• This is exactly why I had to block my mom on Facebook last year. Seriously.

• Old friend Matthew LeCroy is now the Nationals' bench coach and he's doing some big things in Washington involving weird sandwiches.

• Topps is producing short-printed cards featuring sabermetric statistics on the back.

Jon Hamm is a big St. Louis Cardinals fan and now they're giving him a bobblehead doll night.

• Did the Twins make a good move by signing Kendrys Morales? I'm glad you asked.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we talked a ton of about the Morales signing and analyzed the Twins' draft picks and John Bonnes' dance moves in equal detail.

• Speaking of which, as promised on the podcast here's an extended video of Bonnes on stage at the KFAN "rube party" dancing like a maniac:

There are actually two more videos just like that, including one that also implicates "Gleeman and The Geek" producer Kate Butler, but the world has probably seen enough.

• I'm studying "How To Parallel Park Perfectly, Every Time" because I'm the absolute worst at it.

• Women are learning to be grossed out by me at younger and younger ages these days.

• Good to see Michael Jordan can still have this effect on people too young to have actually grown up watching him play basketball.

Yoenis Cespedes made an incredible throw. And then he made another one the next night.

• You'll never guess what Jesse Spector of The Sporting News thought of the Twins' television announcing duo.

Greg Howard's lengthy Deadspin piece about Jason Whitlock, ESPN, and "Black Grantland" was fascinating and, if even mostly true, pretty damning.

• In honor of the World Cup, let the Minnesota United players teach you the rules of soccer.

• Related note: My mentor Dana Wessel is a huge soccer fan--to the point of madness, really--so you should follow him on Twitter during the World Cup. (And also just because he's very funny.)

• Congratulations to my cousin and Hopkins high school pitcher/infielder Josh Gallop for being named to the Academic All-State baseball team. He's also easily the least annoying person in my immediate family, although the competition there is admittedly far less steep.

• I wish I still had this entire outfit.

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

- "Kevin Slowey engaged"
- "Curtis Granderson boxers or briefs?"
- "Joe Mauer batting average"
- "Drug known as Kubel"
- "What did Aaron Gleeman die from?"
- "What happened to Scott Erickson?"
- "Bobby Womack baseball"
- "What did the Twins get Derek Jeter?"
- "Drew Butera personal catcher"
- "Anna Kendrick socks"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Beautiful" by Miguel and Mariah Carey:

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January 10, 2014


• I invite you all to share in the greatest moment of my life.

• Uh oh, now Joe Mauer is joining Chris Kluwe in speaking out about social issues.

Sid Hartman is having an estate sale this weekend to "sell clothes such as suits, shirts, pants, and shoes." I desperately want a Hartman-owned cardigan sweater, so I'm thinking about going.

Maggie LaMaack ranked the "Top 20 Twin Cities Twitterers" for City Pages, so I decided to do my own local Twitter power rankings. It's controversial and has ruined some friendships.

• For anyone not obsessed with Twitter but curious about those of us who are, this is a handy little guide to some of the silliness.

• I was correctly pegged as being from St. Paul by the New York Times' dialect quiz.

• I wrote a super personal thing about my life during the past year.

Parker Hageman's collection of the 10 best Twins moments of 2013 is really fun.

• I'm thinking about trying to rig the Minneapolis Star Tribune's "crush contest" so I can win it.

UPDATE: I asked Twitter to help me, so someone submitted me to the contest and I've already been approved. Based on the photo and quotes, it's honestly hard to imagine me not winning.

"Gleeman and The Geek" just surpassed one million total listeners, which is so far beyond the scope of anything we ever imagined. Thank you.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode I talked about drugs, got someone to disrobe in public, and bought drinks for a table of women at Town Hall Lanes.

Aubrey Plaza playing the saxophone is enough to make me sit through any video:

On a related note, I cannot believe they went on a vacation without me and Dana Wessel.

• This is why I'll take Rihanna over Beyonce all day.

• Not even Alicia Keys could save BlackBerry.

• As the comedic genius known as Ampersandria brilliantly shows, for women life on Tinder is a lot like an Alanis Morissette song.

• As someone deathly afraid of weddings, I thought this Talia Wischmann article was interesting.

• Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are coming to St. Paul next month. I saw them in concert 18 years ago.

• I'm completely sick of everything Hall of Fame related, but Frank Thomas is my favorite player of all time and his first-ballot induction makes me happy. Big Hurt, in his twenties: .330/.452/.600 in 1,076 games. Such a bad motherf-er.

James Avery, who played Uncle Phil on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and voiced Shredder on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," died at age 65. He had a big role in any decent 90s childhood.

• Oh nothing, just a junior high school Trevor Plouffe in a Wu Wear shirt.

• I'd never read it before, but Gay Talese's famous Esquire profile of Frank Sinatra from 1966 definitely lives up to the hype and then some. I mean, this is the opening line:

Frank Sinatra, holding a glass of bourbon in one hand and a cigarette in the other, stood in a dark corner of the bar between two attractive but fading blondes who sat waiting for him to say something.

And then there are like 10,000 more words of greatness.

• At my house party a couple weeks ago "The Sportive" podcast crew recorded a star-studded, filthy, trainwreck of an episode in my basement. Literally one minute into the episode they accuse me of having killed multiple women in my basement. And then it goes downhill from there.

Louis C.K. was the first guest on the new season of "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" with Jerry Seinfeld. They went boating and he explained getting high at the movies. I loved it.

• Being a huge Howard Stern fan also means I'm a huge Artie Lange fan, and his interview with Marc Maron was especially fantastic for anyone interested in addiction and recovery.

• Comedy Central posted the first episode of its new show "Broad City" online and it's really funny.

• Netflix added director commentaries to "House Of Cards" episodes, so I can fulfill my dream of hearing David Fincher talk about Kate Mara.

• Two really good movies recently added to Netflix instant: "Drinking Buddies" and "Amelie."

• Paparazzi caught me mid-brunch.

• Important interview with one of the all-time greats.

• An early heads-up: We'll be recording the February 8 episode of "Gleeman and The Geek" at Sociable Cider Werks in Minneapolis. Details here.

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

- "Minnesota's sexiest bloggers"
- "Cash considerations"
- "I need to lose 150 pounds"
- "Shirtless Jerome Felton"
- "Brad Ausmus shirtless"
- "Stallone twins"
- "Gillian Jacobs socks"
- "Robin Thicke socks"
- "SABR bourbon"
- "Fat-O-Meter numbers"
- "Calling up an old ex and catching up"
- "Lindsay Guentzel boyfriend"
- "Erin Gleeman"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is a combination of "Sure Thing" by Miguel and Lil Wayne's remix of the same song:

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January 8, 2014

Possum Plows (you can bet that, never gotta sweat that)

possum sure thing screen grab

About three months ago I stumbled across a YouTube video of a musician in New Zealand named Possum Plows singing an acoustic cover version of the Whitney Houston song "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and immediately became smitten. I'm a sucker for acoustic remixes and a sucker for incredibly talented, beautiful, neon-haired women from other hemispheres, so she's become a Link-O-Rama regular since then.

And now she dedicated her latest song to me, recording a cover version of "Sure Thing" by Miguel after I joked on Facebook and Twitter that he's the only singer I'm going to listen to in 2014:

Being a muse is fun.

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December 20, 2013

My favorite songs of 2013

For some reason I went through Pitchfork's top 100 songs of 2013 and predictably found myself either disliking or never even hearing all but around a dozen songs, so I decided to put together my own top 30 37. It turns out that most of the songs I thought came out in 2013 actually came out in 2012 or maybe 2005, so this is hardly a definitive ranking. But whatever. Here are a bunch of songs I liked this year:

1. "Backseat Freestyle" by Kendrick Lamar

2. "Bad" by Wale and Rihanna

3. "Dear Marie" by John Mayer

4. "Power Trip" by J. Cole and Miguel

5. "Wake Me Up" by Avicii and Aloe Blacc

6. "Elephant" by Jason Isbell

7. "Bed Peace" by Jhene Aiko and Childish Gambino

8. "Hit Me" by Mystikal

9. "The Monster" by Eminem and Rihanna

10. "Wild Child" by Brett Dennen

11. "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake and Majid Jordan

12. "Crooked Smile" by J. Cole and TLC

13. "Gun" by Chvrches

14. "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" by Kendrick Lamar

15. "Cover Me Up" by Jason Isbell

16. "Who You Love" by John Mayer and Katy Perry

17. "Poetic Justice" by Kendrick Lamar and Drake

18. "Love Is The Answer" by Aloe Blacc and Pharrell Williams

19. "Don't Wait" by Mapei

20. "She Knows" by J. Cole

21. "When We Were Young" by Brett Dennen

22. "Wildfire" by John Mayer

23. "Rich As Fuck" by Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz

24. "Royals" by Lorde

25. "Different Days" by Jason Isbell

26. "Do I Wanna Know" by Arctic Monkeys

27. "Tired Of Dreaming" by Wale, Ne-Yo, and Rick Ross

28. "Sweet Persuasion" by Brett Dennen

29. "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams

30. "Beautiful Day" by Joshua Radin

31. "Love Me" by Lil Wayne, Drake, and Future

32. "The Man" by Aloe Blacc

33. "My My Love" by Joshua Radin

34. "Body Party" by Ciara

35. "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" by Arctic Monkeys

36. "Fuckin' Problem" by A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and Drake

37. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Possum Plows

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