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.
Friend of AG.com (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 Brunsonblogged 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.
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 Millerphoto shoot involving lots of knee-high socks.
Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Registerchecks 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.