December 23, 2010
• In honor of Festivus, this week's Link-O-Rama is a day early and super-sized ...
And here's a little more about my favorite holiday:
On a related note: The Economics of Seinfeld.
• Be honest, you'd walk around all day with your hand there too if you could.
• I picked the right profession, apparently.
• On the other hand, suddenly "thief" is looking like a pretty easy gig for me.
• In fairness to Natalie Portman, it's tough to look that good next to the Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com.
• And as the Notorious B.I.G. once said: If you don't know, now you know.
• On a related note I almost don't want to see Black Swan because it can't possibly be as good as it is in my mind.
• One-liner of the week, from SI.com media writer Richard Dietsch about NFL pregame shows: "Outside of Michael Irvin, most NFL pregame analysts will eventually provide some interesting insight and analysis."
• How to go from being a Baseball Think Factory and The Hardball Times writer to international scouting director for an MLB team.
• I sometimes can't help but wonder if there's a marketing department somewhere inventing food specifically for me to buy.
• Sure, it seems like a lot of money, but $12,000 is really only $3,000 per inch.
• Here are highlights from Kevin Love's recent 43-point, 17-rebound game versus the Nuggets set to "God is Love" by Marvin Gaye:
If you didn't like that, we probably can't be friends.
• Jose Canseco wants to show you his bat speed.
• David Simon, the Washington Post, and how one little word can change everything.
• Next time someone makes that old joke about the book of famous Jewish athletes being just a pamphlet, I'll send them here. And then wait patiently for them to make a different joke.
• My latest podcast discovery: "Comedy and Everything Else" with Jimmy Dore and Stefane Zamorano (and for the first 60 episodes Todd Glass). They mix silly and serious as well as any podcast I've heard (albeit with a bit more politics and a bit less comedy than I'd prefer), and often have on great guests too.
• Speaking of good podcasts, here's a worlds colliding moment: One of my favorite podcasters, Jesse Thorn, talked baseball with Carson Cistulli of Fan Graphs. Not only is he a big baseball (and specifically Giants) fan, Thorn was nice enough to comment here after I wrote about liking his podcasts in a previous Link-O-Rama.
• And speaking of Fan Graphs interviews, Eno Sarris chatted with my main co-worker.
• IFC has rapidly become one of my favorite channels by resurrecting several of the best and most underrated shows of the 1990s and 2000s.
• I really, really wanted to like The Walking Dead on AMC, but throughout the first season I was bothered by the cheesy dialogue, over-acting, paper-thin characters, and silly decision-making needed to push certain plot lines along. Suffice it to say I wasn't surprised to read this.
• Karl Pilkington is coming to the Science Channel, so hopefully they'll now study why he has "a head like a f***ing orange."
• Miley Cyrus seems like fun.
• French bulldog puppy versus doorstop, who ya got?
Winner of that matchup takes on the winner of shadow versus light from flashlight in Round 2.
• Speaking of LeBron James, this article about his longtime relationship with former Cavs and current Heat reporter Brian Windhorst is very interesting.
• I like to think of myself as the white, talentless version of Cee-Lo Green. Or in other words, just fat and weird.
• Hall of Fame or not, Ron Santo ranks among the all-time great third basemen.
• I'm probably a 5.5 on a 1-10 scale of Bruce Springsteen fandom, but I absolutely loved the recent HBO documentary on the making of his 1978 album "Darkness on the Edge of Town." If you like Springsteen even a little bit, try to catch a replay or rent it. Incredibly compelling.
• Speaking of documentaries, ESPN's film about Marcus Dupree was incredible. It was so good that I randomly spent 10 minutes recapping the whole story for my mom despite her having no interest. In fact, after I was finished her only response was to ask, "Is he married now?"
• Joe Posnanski's latest bit of awesomeness was about Zack Greinke.
• The most underrated performer in radio history talks to my second-favorite radio personality of all time, largely about my favorite radio personality of all time. I liked it, shockingly.
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Tighten Up" by The Black Keys: