August 13, 2009


  • If you've ever wondered what Nick Nelson would look like freestyling to "Sweet Home Alabama" as John Bonnes cheers him on, today is your lucky day:

    I'm now fairly convinced that 78-second clip is why both video cameras and the internet were invented.
  • Earlier this week Shaquille O'Neal threw out the first pitch at a Cardinals game and also found time to befriend one of the local dwarfs.
  • According to the New York Post, there's some trouble brewing in Yankee land as Alex Rodriguez's actress girlfriend (Kate Hudson) isn't getting along with Derek Jeter's actress girlfriend (Minka Kelly). Penny Lane versus Lyla Garrity! My brain just exploded.
  • Adrian Beltre is the unfortunate example of why "cup check!" isn't just an excuse for little leaguers to smack each other in the nuts before every game.
  • Family Guy creator/genius Seth MacFarlane, on the all-around awesomeness of reigning Official Fantasy Girl of fourth runner-up Mila Kunis: "She's a Star Trek nerd, which you don't often see in somebody that hot."
  • Speaking of Kunis, it was probably her hotness moreso than her nerdiness that allowed her to top Premiere magazine's picture-filled list of "The 40 Most Beautiful Hollywood Women (Right Now)." Along with Kunis, my favorites are Nos. 11, 14, 15, 22, 29, 32, 36, and 38. I'll take one of each, please. To go.
  • If you like funny captions about old baseball cards, bookmark this site.
  • Good news: Vin Scully has backtracked from talk of retiring after next season.
  • I'm a fan of Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris, plus a sucker for Western movies, but the easiest way to ruin an otherwise decent film is to have the "attractive young widow who comes to town and shakes everything up" part played by Renee Zellweger. That's my entire review of Appaloosa, which I knew zero about beforehand and soured on the moment she stepped off the train. Some digging on the horrible casting revealed that Diane Lane was initially hired for the role. Which, you know, makes sense.
  • At the opposite end of the female actress spectrum, Maura Tierney has been absolutely amazing in her guest role on Rescue Me. Tierney is a longtime Official Fantasy Girl of contender from her days on NewsRadio and ER, and she's still getting the job done at the age of 44.
  • Also still getting the job done in her mid-40s: Elle MacPherson.
  • In honor of Madden NFL 10 getting released today, here's one of the most memorable video game experiences of my childhood:

    For years I'd run screaming at the mere sight of an ambulance.
  • One of my favorite shows, Reno 911!, has been canceled, and lieutenant Jim Dangle himself broke the sad news.
  • Journalism school classmate Than Tibbetts has 10 easy steps for how to engage beautiful women.
  • Congratulations to Twinkie Town on reaching one million visitors, at least half of which weren't just people ragging on me. Probably.
  • Henry Abbott of put together a lengthy, very well-done article about David Kahn "ripping the Timberwolves down to the studs."
  • Here are some of the highlights from my blogging this week:

    - Is Rios really underrated? (Why defense matters)
    - Slumping Brewers make sweeping changes
    - Wagner close to rejoining Mets' bullpen
    - Pirates shed payroll, re-invest in draft picks
    - Smoltz refuses assignment to minors
    - Vlad joins the 400-homer club
    - Delusion of the Day: Sheffield and 3,000 hits

  • If you're not among the 945 people following me on Twitter, you missed tweets about Game 7 of the 1991 World Series as it replayed on MLB Network earlier this week. Also, lots of Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven mocking and various deep thoughts about the Twins.
  • Finally, in honor of Nelson's unforgettable foray into rap this week's music video is Mark Ronson laying down beats for Nate Dogg and Ghostface Killah on "Ooh Wee":

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