February 15, 2008


  • A new season of NBCSports.com's "Fantasy Fix" show began earlier this week and the first episode features me talking with host Tiffany Simons about star players who switched teams during the winter (you can probably guess which player we discussed first). Whereas last season I simply linked to each new episode, thanks to our new partnership with MSNBC.com I'm now able to embed the videos here for your viewing enjoyment:

    We'll be shooting one new show per week for the next month or so, but once Opening Day nears the schedule calls for two new episodes per week through the end of the season. We also have some special season preview shows planned and I'll be flying to New York next month to shoot the episodes in studio. Whether radio or video I've always greatly preferred in-studio to over-the-phone, although I'm a little worried that viewership will plummet once Tiffany isn't the only person on camera.
  • On a related note, it may be a while before pictures like this one cease making me sad.
  • Former St. Paul Pioneer Press writer and current ESPN.com columnist Jim Caple recently attended Twins fantasy camp, where he made the mistake of charging the mound on Bert Blyleven.
  • Perhaps Latrell Sprewell wasn't lying after all about that whole "I've got a family to feed" thing.
  • After noting earlier this week that Justin Morneau recently got engaged, several readers pointed out that his fiancee has a MySpace page:

    Sadly, Krista Martin hasn't accepted me as a "friend" yet.

  • Much like HBO's usual haul at the Emmys, Rotoworld recently took home a bunch of hardware at the annual Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) awards in Denver this week, winning the honors for Best Fantasy Online Service, Best Unique Contest, Best Fantasy Draft Kit, and Best Fantasy Magazine. Along with the industry leading four site-wide awards, Gregg Rosenthal was named Fantasy Football Writer of the Year.

    Gregg is responsible for first bringing me to Rotoworld back when I was still pretending to be a college student, asking me to contribute to their annual baseball magazine after reading my work in the early days of this blog. In the years since then he's become a co-worker and friend, but in addition to being one hell of a nice guy he's among the hardest-working people I've ever met. The award couldn't have gone to a more deserving person and it's great to see Rotoworld recognized within the industry.

  • Speaking of Rotoworld, my latest column over there discusses using early Average Draft Position (ADP) information to find undervalued players in the middle rounds.
  • Ashley Judd showing up at games to cheer for the University of Kentucky basketball team doesn't seem so quaint when they're getting drilled by Vanderbilt.
  • In what is no doubt her greatest accomplishment since becoming a candidate for the still-vacant Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com throne, Marisa Miller graced the cover of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue this week. Along with a 50-photo gallery devoted entirely to Miller, SI.com also features a video of her boxing that includes some pretty ridiculous visuals and this quote: "I actually look forward to the beating now":

    Miller can't take a bad picture and the cover shot is pretty good, but this one is my favorite. Shockingly, she continues to look relatively decent with clothes on too.
  • Hopping into the wayback machine for a moment, here's an article about Livan Hernandez's rubber arm that I wrote for The Hardball Times back in June of 2005. Little did I know then that he'd steadily decline over the next two seasons before signing with the Twins.
  • Jamie Mottram left AOL Fanhouse last year to start up a new blogging empire at Yahoo! Sports and whether you like MLB, NBA, or NFL the early results are pretty strong.
  • Elisha Cuthbert's odds of reclaiming the Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com title took a big hit when she cut her hair way too short and started hanging out with Paris Hilton, but her stock is slowing beginning to rise again. On the other hand, she recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and I can't decide if she was actually cute and charming or boring and just really good looking.
  • Speaking of hanging out with Hilton, John Mayer thankfully used his D.A.R.E. training to just say no.
  • Sure, my own school's student newspaper wouldn't have me, but at least the University of Dallas' version is willing to throw me a bone.
  • Wade Townsend starred at Rice University and was the eighth overall pick in both the 2004 and 2005 drafts, but hasn't been the same since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2005. Fortunately he may have a second career to fall back on after recently winning a World Series of Poker circuit event worth $77,042.
  • A new blog to check out: MN Sports Chat.
  • Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Alexi Murdoch doing an acoustic, solo version of "Orange Sky":

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