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 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 music video is "Somebody" by Natalie La Rose:

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January 25, 2013


John Bonnes, Parker Hageman, Nick Nelson, and Seth Stohs from Twins Daily are hosting a get-together Saturday night at Hubert's across from the Metrodome. It starts at 6:00, which is when TwinsFest ends for the day, and I'm told there will be several rounds of free beer and prize giveaways. I'll be there, probably hanging out until they kick me out, and would love to see some readers and "Gleeman and The Geek" listeners there too.

Delmon Young's one-year contract with the Phillies includes a be-less-fat clause that basically would pay the 238-pound "outfielder" $600,000 for losing eight pounds. I've asked to renegotiate my contract with NBC to include the same clause, at which point they'd owe me $11.25 million.

• Another week, another missed connection for me.

• Seriously, how did I not make this list?

• As someone who never knows how to get anywhere and often previews the route via Google street view this was pretty great.

• This is definitely the first time in my life I've ever been referred to as "hot." Well, sort of.

• Rotoworld's annual "Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide" is now available online and in magazine form, featuring about 10,000 of my words.

Sammy Sosa talked to HardballTalk's automated Twitter feed.

• Like me, David Brauer of MinnPost dropped out of the University of Minnesota to become a full-time writer. Unlike me, the prospect of returning to school--three decades later in Brauer's case--apparently doesn't make him physically ill. This is how I imagined Brauer's first class:

And then presumably he'll join the diving team.

• My blog-mate and lifelong Cardinals fan Drew Silva wrote a touching tribute to Stan Musial.

• I've often talked here about the potential downsides to having "access" and Jeff Sonderman of Poynter put together some interesting notes on how that applied to the Manti Te'o story.

• I watched "Breaking Bad" when it first aired on AMC in 2008 and gave up after a few episodes because it seemed cheesy to me and none of the secondary characters were compelling. Since then basically everyone I know has fallen in love with the show, so I gave it a second chance and re-watched it from the beginning on Netflix instant. And it's amazing. I watched all 54 episodes in nine days and can't wait for the final eight episodes to air on AMC this summer.

I still think the first handful of episodes are mediocre at best, but I've never seen a show improve more dramatically and once it gets cooking "Breaking Bad" never lets up. From the second season forward nearly every new character introduced is compelling, including a few of the best regulars in recent television history, and the show's narrative and visual styles are fantastic. If you haven't yet, definitely check out "Breaking Bad" on Netflix or Amazon.

• And for everyone who's watched "Breaking Bad" already, you'll enjoy re-watching my favorite scene from the fourth season. Such a great quote/delivery.

• Speaking of great AMC shows, Pete Campbell apparently has sideburns now.

This beauty arrived in the mail yesterday as a late birthday present, which gives me an idea for a new weekly podcast segment and should come in handy tomorrow night at Hubert's.

• Speaking of the best characters in recent television history Robert Chew, who was excellent on "The Wire" as Proposition Joe, died at age 52. My favorite Prop Joe moment:

Compelling arguments from both sides, really.

• Friend of and Fan Graphs writer David Temple, with whom I've consumed many beers, started a new baseball podcast that's so professional sounding he's calling it a radio show.

• In addition to being a Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver was into sabermetrics before such a thing actually existed and the author of a must-read book.

• A couple weeks ago I noted that Bill Burr, Nick Offerman, and Tom Segura are all performing in Minnesota within the next two months and now John Mulaney can be added to the list of good stand-up comedians doing shows here soon. I'm thinking of going to all four.

Terry Gross' interview with Jimmy Kimmel was funny and touching and just great.

• Two of my longtime favorite writers/online buddies got new gigs, as Kevin Pelton goes from Basketball Prospectus to and Chris Wesseling goes from Rotoworld to

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we discussed whether the Twins can truly be done pursuing starting pitching and what happens when the person cutting your hair wants to talk about nothing but prostitutes killing their customers.

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

- "What if I forget what flavor my Lean Cuisine was for rewards?"
- "What does an 11 x 16 bedroom look like?"
- "Drew Butera girlfriend"
- "How long for pounds to show up?"
- "Older women who have lost 50 pounds"
- "Jon Rauch father"
- "Solomon Burke underrated"
- "Nicholas Batum languages spoken"
- "Gus Johnson millionaire"
- "Baseball sex blog"

Finally, in honor of Brauer going back to school this week's music video is Chuck Berry with "School Days" from 1958:

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