November 16, 2007


  • Pitcher-turned-writer Carlos Gomez spent the past year breaking down pitching mechanics in articles for The Hardball Times and Baseball Think Factory, and then parlayed that work into a scouting job with the Diamondbacks.
  • I'm very sad to report that former Official Fantasy Girl of Elisha Cuthbert has made a terrible, terrible mistake. At least Jessica Alba is still going strong.
  • Not only is friend of Will Leitch the man behind the world's most-trafficked sports blog, he's now apparently also a sexologist. Normally I'd make some kind of joke here about Jim Souhan being confused, but now that Souhan has blogged his sex life has surely gone to hell.
  • As someone who grew up right around the time when computers started becoming really popular and remembers all too well the days when modems, AOL, and floppy disks ruled, I found this video of what 24 would look like if it took place in 1994 very amusing:

    Not even Jack Bauer could make carrying a pager look cool, although I actually gave it a try for a brief, misguided time around 1995 (I was 12 years old and cell phones were the size of car batteries). We all make mistakes.
  • Shocking as this probably sounds, being married to former Official Fantasy Girl of Heidi Klum apparently isn't all bad.
  • Last week internet cult hero and bare-knuckle street-fighter Kimbo Slice made his official MMA debut and seemingly scared his opponent into a knockout 19 seconds into the fight. Meanwhile, internet cult hero and fantasy football guru Gregg Rosenthal earned himself the right to forever be called "Gregg Slice," although for a slightly different reason.
  • On a related note, in addition to my regular Tuesday afternoon "live chat" on Rotoworld, I'm doing double chat duty this week by filling in for a vacationing Gregg Slice today (Friday) at 2:00 p.m. EST. It's supposed to be a football-related chat session, but feel free to stop by and ask me about Joe Mauer or Jenna Fischer.
  • I find myself jealous of The Big Lead's new redesign, if only because this site has the exact same basic, boring look that it did three years ago and no one has ever offered to pretty it up for me.
  • Joe Posnanski is one of my favorite writers whether he's wearing his "newspaper columnist" hat or his "blogger" hat, so when he talks about mainstream media versus bloggers it's worth listening.
  • Friend of Kevin Pelton is now writing for Basketball Prospectus and had a well-done article this week about how NBA teams are playing at a faster pace than they have since 1992. Actually, I'm not so sure that Pelton is still a "friend of" He lives in Seattle and we met when the SABR convention was there a couple years ago, but I'm fairly certain that he was less than impressed with the SABR crowd and was bored out of his mind playing poker with us. It's still a good article, though.
  • Erin Andrews of ESPN will no doubt win the "America's Sexiest Sportscaster" poll in a landslide over my NBC Sports colleague Shana Hiatt (shown alongside me in the screen shot below).

    Voting for a co-worker seems biased, so I'd cast my vote for Bonnie Bernstein, except that she's not even on the ballot. The fact Jeanne Zelasko and a whole bunch of women who I've never heard of appear on the ballot ahead of Bernstein is the biggest voting-related outrage since Bartolo Colon stole Johan Santana's Cy Young in 2005.

  • Speaking of Andrews, she recently talked to about her incredible popularity and the creepy blog entries like this one that come with it.
  • Last week's Link-O-Rama contained my mini-review of American Gangster, but anyone who's seen the film will want to read New York Magazine's "The Return of Superfly" article from August of 2000 that started it all.
  • Dave Chapelle might be a little bit crazy for passing up $50 million and basically disappearing for a few years, but there's also plenty of evidence to suggest that he's still incredibly funny:

    Perhaps it's just because I write for living and generally avoid speaking in public, but being able to stand in front of a room full of strangers and entertain them for a solid 15 minutes with what are clearly random, improvised comments always strikes me as an incredibly impressive skill.
  • Speaking of impressive skills, because of injuries to Kelly Holcomb and Tarvaris Jackson last week the Vikings paid Koy Detmer $90,000 to basically play catch for three days. As a wise man once said, "It's a great gig if you can get it."
  • Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports wrote an interesting article this week about the pre-mainstream days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  • Brett Favre said earlier this month that his friend Tim McGraw "out-punted his coverage" when he married Faith Hill. I might say the same thing about my friend Will Young and his new bride, except that would be a really jerky thing to do. In other words, congrats!
  • New general manager Bill Smith and the Twins' front office may or may not know some pretty basic rules in regard to this week's trade for Craig Monroe.
  • It wasn't as funny as his first segment, but Bill Simmons' second appearance on ESPN's new E:60 show was still pretty good.
  • Greatest Thing Ever of Best Thing of All Time? You decide.
  • I actually listened to Aubrey Huff's appearance on Bubba the Love Sponge's radio show live and then watched the uncensored video (NSFW) on the BTLS website afterward, thinking the entire time that the mainstream media was going to make far too big a deal about what was taking place. Sure enough, that's exactly what happened.
  • Last weekend Navy and North Texas somehow combined for 136 points playing football, which is an NCAA record for a non-overtime game. As you'd expect there's no shortage of ridiculous stats to come out of a game that saw one point scored every 26 seconds, but my favorite is that Navy attempted a grand total of six passes on their way to 74 points. Totaling 572 yards and eight touchdowns on 57 carries would make me turn up the difficulty level on a video game or maybe just get bored and quit.
  • Believe it or not, my Top 40 Minnesota Twins series will resume next week with No. 17. The write-up of Rick Aguilera at No. 18 was posted back in mid-August and the whole series has been delayed far longer than planned, so hopefully I can make the time between profiles a little more reasonable now that the ball is at least rolling again. For those of you who enjoy the series, or at least would if I'd actually pump out a new write-up more than once every quarter, I'm sorry.
  • Some said that leading off my Daily Dose column over at Rotoworld with several paragraphs worth of vomit-related discussion couldn't be done, but they were wrong.
  • A pair of new blogs to check out: Philosofickle and T.K. On Toast.
  • Finally, this week's music video is Kanye West doing a live version of "All Falls Down" with John Legend on piano, Miri Ben Ari on violin, and Syleena Johnson on vocals:

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

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