October 1, 2010

Link-O-Rama

• Many times the word "irony" gets misused. This is not one of those times.

• Fan Graphs crunched some numbers on Kenny Powers' career stats and calculated his Wins Above Replacement despite the fact that he "f***ing hates computers, all kinds."

• I hope she asks for the kidney back.

• If your sibling is significantly better looking than you, don't appear in front of cameras while wearing the exact same clothes.

• I'll be co-hosting "Twins Wrap" on 1500-ESPN again tonight with Joe Anderson, starting 40 minutes after the last out.

• If you're into schadenfreude, click here.

• On a related note, Ozzie Guillen will be back with the White Sox next season.

• It's tough to blame a guy too much for having crazy goals when he's already dating Rihanna.

• In a "worlds colliding" discovery, Jin from Lost diagnosed Kramer with gonorrhea on Seinfeld:

Also in the scene: Brian Posehn.

• One of my favorite stand-up comedians, Greg Giraldo, died Wednesday. September was an awful month for the comedy world, with the great Robert Schimmel also passing away.

• After a Fred Lynn-like rookie season doing FSN's weather updates during Twins games, Kate Bilo has taken a new job in Philadelphia. She'll be missed.

• Pittsburgh fired ex-Twins catcher Matt Walbeck after he won Double-A manager of the year.

• More than 40 percent of AOL's revenue still comes from people using their service through a dial-up connection, which is the most shocking thing I've heard since ... well, since I stopped using AOL's dial-up service like 10 years ago.

Doc Rivers' son Austin Rivers is the top-ranked high school basketball player in the country and yesterday he committed to Duke. It surely had nothing to do with this.

• Phew, good to know that whole thing is finally settled. We're cool again, Germany.

• MLB.com has a mesmerizing video showing all 54 of Jose Bautista's homers in two minutes.

• Here's something to think about next time you read an article quoting "an unnamed scout."

• If you're unfamiliar with the brilliance of Karl Pilkington, this video is a good place to start:

And there's more where that came from.

• My main man Drew Silva wrote a lengthy article about the Cy Young award and everything that comes with it this season.

• On one hand, this is pretty cool. On the other hand, I have 20 of the real thing in my garage.

• YoYo Donuts and Coffee Bar opened recently and has really good donuts, which is bad news for fatso baseball bloggers who live a couple blocks away. I'm already into the place for $9.

• Friend of AG.com Ted Berg wrote a very touching, personal piece about life and baseball that you should probably read.

• If you're a student and a blogger, you can get a $10,000 scholarship.

• Here are some highlights from my NBCSports.com blogging this week:

- The Big Three could start 17 of 19 playoff games for the Phillies
- Pirates clinch MLB's worst record and next year's No. 1 pick
- Mariners "not thinking about changing the general manager at all"
- Pedro Feliciano becomes fifth pitcher in MLB history to make 90 appearances
- Matt Murton threatening to break Ichiro Suzuki's hit record in Japan
- "Setup man of the decade" Scot Shields pondering retirement
- Japanese outfielder Hitoshi Tamura "exploring" move to MLB
- Elvis Andrus is doing Vince Coleman-like things
- Rickey Henderson wants to be on the A's coaching staff

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Sara Bareilles performing a live version of "King of Anything" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson:

July 9, 2010

Link-O-Rama

• Internet declares: "The feeling is mutual, Prince."

• I'd like to believe a large number of these were purchased ironically.

• I've once again missed my chance with Jenna Fischer.

Basketball-playing brothers Scientific Mapp and Majestic Mapp think this guy's name is silly.

• Whatever rare condition this woman has, I have the exact opposite.

Lori Loughlin is the Jamie Moyer of good-looking women, still getting it done at age 46.

• It seems like Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert took the LeBron James news kind of hard.

• My take on James: I have absolutely no problem with him choosing Miami, but he went out of his way to make the entire experience as painful as possible for Cleveland. In hindsight a guy from Akron, Ohio being a Yankees and Cowboys fan probably should have been a pretty huge tipoff, but it takes a special kind of man to go from the most beloved to the most hated athlete in the history of his home state by his own doing (and with Stuart Scott/Jim Gray involved).

Delmon Young is having a much better year than his older brother.

Johan Santana bounced back pretty nicely from losing to the Twins.

• My favorite headline of this week: "Lindsay Lohan punched by waitress on 24th birthday." Hey, it's the thought that counts, right?

• Speaking of Lohan, she apparently only dates Jewish girls now, which means my mom would be thrilled to have her as a son.

• New team. New plate discipline. Same old Torii Hunter throwing teammates under the bus.

• Sadly the Arrested Development movie likely will never be made, although perhaps Hollywood will reconsider after seeing Buster Bluth, action star:

That show getting canceled still upsets me.

• One of the craziest Win Probability Added graphs you'll ever see.

• As if the first two episodes of Louis C.K.'s new FX series Louie weren't spectacular enough, Ricky Gervais guest-starred on this week's show. And here's another hilarious scene from the previous episode.

Jake Peavy is likely out for the year with a gross-sounding "detached" shoulder muscle and Gordon Beckham has been terrible, but the White Sox have won 22 of 27 games and are now reportedly looking to trade for Adam Dunn.

• I've thankfully never watched the show, but my new goal in life is to be able to this.

• It'll be tough to blame Jim Joyce for this one.

• I actually know someone who was in the Duluth prison with Jerry Koosman and he was sad to see him leave because the former Twins pitcher was such a nice guy and good story-teller.

• As a big Sara Bareilles fan I enjoyed her live, streaming interview with the Associated Press.

Ozzie Guillen may be sick of Twitter, but I'm more addicted than ever.

• As always, the easiest way to ensure a link here is to say something nice about me.

• Now that I'm no longer writing the "Daily Dose" column at Rotoworld each day I've expanded my duties at Hardball Talk on NBCSports.com, pumping out an average of a dozen blog entries per day this week alongside Craig Calcaterra's usual 500. Some of the highlights:

- Don't look now, but the Royals are winning with Ned Yost
- Josh Johnson quietly moves past Ubaldo Jimenez as first half's top pitcher
- Brandon Webb still hoping to make 6-8 starts this season
- Cubs closer Carlos Marmol piling up strikeouts at historic rate
- Matt Stairs ties MLB record with 20th career pinch-hit homer
- Does a three-homer game mean Drew Stubbs is destined for stardom?
- Jonathan Sanchez is first pitcher since 1999 to win with 6+ walks and 3+ wild pitches
- Jordan Zimmermann takes first step on long road back from Tommy John surgery
- Marlins demote struggling starter Chris Volstad to Triple-A

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is the aforementioned Bareilles doing a live version of "Many the Miles":