December 18, 2005
Link-O-Rama entries have been an end-of-the-week staple of AG.com for a long time, but me ranting about the Twins' big free-agent acquisition put that on hold Friday. Never one to waste a bunch of random links, I've added a few more things and posted it today.
Losing Elisha from the blogging community is sad -- my dreams of wooing her at a blogger get-together have been dashed -- but it is also understandable. After all, she is far too good looking to be wasting energy thinking about hockey and far too busy looking good to be wasting time typing up her thoughts.
And now? Apparently I've become jaded, because not being able to overcome my laziness to actually find a copy means I'm taking the word of everyone who e-mailed me that I'm even in the paper. Either way, thanks to Gary Derong for the nice write-up.
Twins' signing of slugger makes blogger miserable
Aaron Gleeman has waited most of his life for the Twins to have a 30-home run hitter, and now that they appear to have one, he couldn't be more miserable.
"Tony (bleeping) Batista," was the headline on his Twins blog, AaronGleeman.com, after the team signed the third baseman Thursday.
A product of the University of Minnesota whose interest in baseball was spurred by the Twins' 1991 World Series championship, Gleeman writes daily about the Twins on a blog that has registered more than 1.6 million visits since Aug. 1, 2002.
One day after lamenting that the team hadn't had a 30-home run hitter since 1987, he wrote, "Batista will hit 30 homers if given everyday playing time, but he will make so many outs that it won't even matter."
I don't give a **** about Aaron Gleeman, whoever the **** he is.
Now, I'm not saying People should be in the business of covering Pryor's recent death particularly well (especially in their "Best of 2005" issue), but if you're going to put him on the cover shouldn't his death be given more emphasis than some complete non-story about a complete non-talent like Jessica Simpson?
My introduction to Pryor's genius came about six years ago when HBO ran an all-day marathon of his four concert movies. I watched them in one sitting and immediately knew what all the fuss was about it, like a teenager who had only seen Michael Jordan's forgettable final days with the Wizards stumbling across a '90s Bulls marathon on ESPN Classic.
I don't pretend to have something meaningful to say in tribute of Pryor. However, the media gives an incredible amount of coverage to people when it's not clear why they're even celebrities these days, so a few more words about Pryor couldn't hurt. If you haven't seen his stand-up, you really should. Rarely does something like that live up to the considerable hype, but decades after the fact Pryor certainly does.
Richard Pryor will be missed, and if you want to read about his amazing life check out his obituary in the New York Times.
Yes, but what about telling your wife you want to be traded?
Artest said some of the criticism he has received has been unfair. Former NBA great Magic Johnson said Artest doesn't deserve a second chance in the NBA.
"It's like saying, 'Magic, should your wife give you another chance?'" Artest said. "He's saying Ron Artest should have no more second chances. What's worse -- me saying I want to be traded or you cheating on your wife?"
Today at The Hardball Times:
- Demystifying the MLB Constitution (Part 2) (by Maury Brown)
- Range Revisited (by David Gassko)
Pick of the Day (155-132, +$2,165):
Green Bay +3.5 (-110) over Baltimore