September 19, 2008


  • See, now that was fun:

    With their playoff hopes vanishing down 8-6 in the ninth inning, the Twins got a game-tying homer from Alexi Casilla followed by a go-ahead butcher-boy double from Adam Everett. Imagine how exciting the past month would've been if the Twins had been on the right end of just a few more moments like that. If they can build on that crazy comeback and get a little help from the Royals the final week will be pretty thrilling. And if not, at least the image of Everett pulling the bat back will stick in my mind for a while.
  • Chris Cooley recently provided an important lesson for all bloggers: Don't show your junk.
  • When someone has a great speaking voice, it's often said that people would even enjoy listening to them read the phone book. My slightly different twist on the same theme is that when someone looks like Official Fantasy Girl of fourth runner-up Mila Kunis, people would even enjoy seeing them make a phone call.
  • I've yet to place an actual NFL bet this year, so naturally I've gone 18-13 picking against the spread.
  • Friend of (and diehard Rays fan) Thayer Rasmussen narrowly missed making his second World Poker Tour final table, settling for 11th place at this week's Borgata Poker Open. Rasmussen is probably disappointed with his finish given that he was among the big stacks late in the tournament, but it was great to hear him as a guest on my favorite poker podcast with Joe Sebok, Gavin Smith, and Ali Nejad. I'm jealous on approximately a dozen different levels.
  • On a related note, 75-year-old poker legend Doyle Brunson blogged about meeting Tila Tequila:

    I played in a charity tournament while I was in Macau. There were a lot of Asian celebrities. I sat next to Tila Tequila, a Vietnamese-American model from Houston, Texas. She is famous for having 3.5 million friends on MySpace along with her modeling and singing career. The biggest bluff I ran while I was there was when I told her if I was 40 years younger I would kidnap her. She replied, "Oh, I love older men." I had to fold and throw my hand away.

    Good laydown.

  • I'd make the same offer if it didn't mean losing my "desk" too.
  • To me, the answer to this question is a no-brainer. "Ohhhh, what a rush!"

    Second place goes to Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart's spectacular beard, which I've occasionally attempted in vain to duplicate for about five years now.
  • New York Post columnist George Willis recently explained that Derek Jeter "is going to the Hall of Fame primarily because of his hustle." Seriously.
  • I've never actually heard of Malibu Magazine before, but it's already on my short list of all-time great publications thanks to this month's Marisa Miller photo shoot involving lots of knee-high socks.
  • Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register checks in with a pretty strong showing of douchebaggery that unintentionally explains why fewer and fewer people get their sports analysis from newspapers:

    It sure makes it easier to throw out opinions when you don't have to justify them to the people you're writing about or face the music by walking into a clubhouse the next day. Makes it easier. Not more valid, though.

    Of course, there's a flip side to that and it goes something like this:

    It sure makes it tougher to throw out opinions when you have to justify them to the people you're writing about or face the music by walking into a clubhouse the next day. Makes it tougher. Not more valid, though.

    Call me crazy, but I'll take a smart outsider with an unfiltered opinion over an insider afraid of angering the people he has to rely upon for quotes and information every day.

  • Imagine how miserable I'd be if not for standing 6-foot-2.
  • Congratulations to George Takai, even if it means fewer afternoon field-trip dates with Artie Lange.
  • Speaking of gay couples, Sal Governale and Richard Christie appeared together on CNN recently, although you'll have to focus on the background to spot them:

    And Bababooey to y'all.
  • Over at, friend of Thor Nystrom recently wrote a nice "where are they now? article about Kevin Tapani, who ranked No. 29 in my long-delayed Top 40 Minnesota Twins series.
  • Compared to Brad Childress, Patrick Reusse almost manages to come across as blog-friendly in his recent Minneapolis Star Tribune column:

    The media session soon ended. As Childress walked past an old sportswriter, he offered this sentence of advice: "Don't look at those blogs."

    Clearly if not for all those horrible blogs Childress' time as Vikings coach would be free of criticism.

  • Despite a ridiculous-looking dress and the presence of her husband, Official Fantasy Girl of third runner-up Kate Beckinsale still manages to be plenty fetching in these pictures.
  • Hosting Saturday Night Live is apparently yet another thing that Official Olympian of Usain Bolt would be probably better at than Michael Phelps. No water, no greatness. But we knew that.
  • I'm admittedly a sucker for overly complicated science fiction plots, but for a poorly reviewed movie that I'd never heard of prior to last week Deja Vu was excellent.
  • David Pinto dropped a nice Otis Redding reference this week that made me smile.
  • Ambrose Burnside was Joe Mauer before there was a Joe Mauer.
  • Friend of Conor Glassey has joined the writing team at my favorite non-Twins baseball blog, U.S.S. Mariner.
  • Finally, this week's music video is Susan Tedeschi covering Bob Dylan with a live version of "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right":

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

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