May 10, 2007


  • I have no idea who Kendra Wilkinson is, but I'm willing to learn.
  • I was really looking forward to reading's "50 Greatest Boxers of All Time" series, but immediately lost all faith in the concept once I saw that they had Mike Tyson ranked No. 50. I realize that his career flamed out and he has since become a joke, but it's unfathomable to me that there have been 49 better boxers than a guy who began his career 37-0 and became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time by absolutely demolishing the competition.
  • Floyd Mayweather will almost surely never put his money where his mouth is and fight under MMA rules, but IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron is willing to give it a try. Cintron apparently has a wrestling background, so unlike Mayweather I'd actually give him a chance to beat someone decent. Meanwhile, I'd heartily endorse Max Kellerman as the voice of the UFC on HBO. My second choice for the job would be anyone but Jim Lampley.
  • I write a "Daily Dose" column every weekday over at and I'm always amazed at which topics generate the most e-mails from readers. In a week that saw me write about Roger Clemens and Tim Lincecum, by far the biggest response came from my column about "The Dushku Effect."
  • If you're like me and have long been wondering how exactly Kevin McHale managed to ruin the Timberwolves despite having one of the NBA's best players in his prime, this story explains a lot.
  • Last week, I wrote the following:

    Given that they've already run their way out of a half-dozen innings this season, can we get a break from the constant talk about the Twins "doing all the little things"? Please?

    After another listless, mistake-filled loss yesterday afternoon, we learned that Ron Gardenhire agrees with me:

    People can pat you on the pack and say you're a fundamentally sound team, but you're not fundamentally sound unless you do it on the field. And we're not getting it done on the field right now.

    Someone might want to forward the message to the FSN broadcast team.

  • Among all the potential problems someone can have personally and professionally, where does being "too sexy to be taken seriously" rank? Not that I disagree, of course. It's something that I struggle with every day (at least I assume that's why no one takes me seriously).
  • I'm proud to say that I made it through two weeks of subbing for a honeymooning Gregg Rosenthal as Tiffany Simons' co-host on's "Fantasy Fix." On Monday's show we discussed Roger Clemens' return to the Yankees, and on Thursday's show we talked about Lindsay Lohan and Mariano Rivera (seriously). I also filmed my weekly solo video, with the latest edition of the "Gleeman Report" focusing on what to expect from the aforementioned Giants uber-prospect, Lincecum.
  • The Reds need pitching, the Twins need a third baseman who can hit, and Terry Ryan has already shown that he's willing to trade with former right-hand man Wayne Krivsky, so can we please get the recently demoted Edwin Encarnacion in Minnesota?
  • The beauty of working from home--or as Dan Barreiro says, from "mom and dad's basement"--is that I'm never in any danger of my office moving to Charlotte.
  • With High Stakes Poker and now the World Poker Tour, GSN is about one step from becoming The Poker Channel (and completely taking over my TiVo).
  • I'm linking to this simply because I discovered yesterday that they have a website, so if you're in the Twin Cities and like Chinese food, consider trying the Official Restaurant of Yangtze. I can say without a hint of hyperbole that I've ordered take-out from there 100 times in the past 365 days, although that might say more about me than it does about their food. My dish of choice? Unbreaded hunan chicken, with carrots and baby corn as the only vegetables. Shockingly, I ate it last night.
  • A couple blog anniversaries (or blogiversaries, if you're feeling nerdy) to celebrate: Stephen Silver, who's one of the first bloggers I ever met and one of the few bloggers who's been doing it longer than me, has been blogging for five years. And 10,000 Takes, which is a solid Minnesota-themed site that I only recently stumbled upon, has been running for one year. Congratulations, boys.
  • As you might expect, I have all kinds of comments about this story. However, I'm going to hold off discussing it for now, and come back to the subject once I've collected my thoughts and talked to some of the people involved. Needless to say that for a Minnesota-based blog produced by a professional writer who likes to dabble in discussions of the newspaper business when not focused on the Twins, it's a pretty big deal with a lot of moving parts. Stay tuned.

  • Once you're done here, check out my latest "Daily Dose" column over at Rotoworld.

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