June 28, 2007
Who: Gleeman, Sinker, Nelson, Mosvick, Born, and other bloggers, blog readers, and Twins fans.
What: Eat, drink, be merry, watch baseball.
When: Saturday, June 30, at 2:30 p.m.
It's not quite tonight's Johan Santana-Justin Verlander matchup, but watching rookies Kevin Slowey and Andrew Miller square off tomorrow should hold our attention.
Seriously, just click play.
Hudson asking for a trade is akin to someone giving me permission to date Elisha Cuthbert. In both cases, the correct response is: "If I have the ability to do that, don't you think I would have done it a long time ago?" Of course, Hudson can't be blamed too much for not realizing his lack of value. After all, he's just a few years removed from convincing a team to hand him $37 million. Unfortunately for Hudson, there's only one Kevin McHale and he's not finished running the Wolves into the ground yet.
Bill Neff, the agent for Timberwolves guard Troy Hudson, has asked owner Glen Taylor to trade his client. ... Neff said Friday he has informed Taylor that Hudson would welcome any change of scenery and would like to be traded.
Also not bad to look at? Jessica Biel's recent spread in GQ.
Schoenberg might get my vote for world's prettiest professional poker player, with some of the more compelling evidence qualifying as "not safe for work." There's a lesson to be learned from seeing her naked, which is that you probably shouldn't appear in a strip-poker DVD hosted by Carmen Electra if you plan on actually becoming a professional poker player some day. If I'm ever rich and famous, I can only hope that no one discovers that photo shoot I did for Playgirl back when I was young and naive.
It's often assumed that newspapers will be able to offset their declining print revenue and readership by simply transitioning their focus to online content, but there's a problem with that assumption. Once newspapers lose some of their print-generated luster and cease being viewed as something special that gets delivered to doorsteps each morning, they'll just be one of many online outlets competing for readership in a wide open playing field. The days of taking an audience for granted are nearing an end.
A candid report on the financial state of newspapers halfway through 2007 might go like this: "Business has been terrible for a year now, it's bad today and it will stay bad for quite a bit longer." ... [P]rint revenue losses, particularly in classifieds, just keep getting worse. For several years, the contributions from online at least kept overall revenue level or slightly positive. No more. If this is the path to a better future, it is a bumpy one.
Meanwhile, one of the fights on UFC's The Ultimate Fighter 5 finale Saturday night featured an ending straight out of a bad movie:
Let's see Floyd Mayweather do that.
Once you're done here, check out my latest "Daily Dose" column over at Rotoworld.