March 16, 2012


Ricky Rubio is adorable, with or without a functioning ACL.

Try as she might, Mila Kunis is in no danger of losing Official Fantasy Girl of status.

• My theory is that they didn't know what to do with 1,200 crumpled one-dollar bills.

• I've always wondered about the origins of my last name and this obviously fits.

Glen Perkins signed a $10 million contract extension and met Elton John.

Pamela Hill Nettleton was one my favorite professors (and people, period) at the University of Minnesota, so it's not surprising that she raised a helluva son.

• I was really getting into Luck on HBO, so this is unfortunate on multiple levels.

• As a television junkie, the history and process of naming shows is fascinating and weird.

• Not only did I drive all the way to Uptown for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode, I parallel parked for the first time since I used to regularly go to a dentist on Grand Avenue in 1999. Seriously, so you better listen.

• My trek to Uptown was so out of character that it spawned an amusing Twitter hashtag.

Gerald Green returned to the NBA with one of the best in-game dunks you'll ever see:

It seems like a decade since he disappointed with the Timberwolves, but Green is only 26.

Merrill Markoe describes why I always attend blogger get-togethers, but rarely plan them.

• Shockingly, it turns out that eight-pound hamburgers named after people with reconstructed elbows are really, really bad for you.

• Just in case you thought the Dodgers' ownership situation couldn't get any crazier.

• Lifelong residents know "Minnesota Nice" often equals "Minnesota Passive Aggressive."

• My blog-mate Craig Calcaterra wrote an interesting post about why access in sports writing isn't as important as what you actually do with the access.

Ozzie Guillen got his first ejection as Marlins manager out of the way early.

• As always any mention of being a John Mayer fan opens me up for mockery, but this is sad.

David Ortiz's life should be hosted by Maury Povich.

• Last week I wrote about eating Hormel "natural choice" chicken on a regular basis while losing 150 pounds in one year and then this showed up on my doorstep:

I talked about buying a new car for months without getting a freebie, but I'll certainly take it.

• On a related note, people are actually using my recipes.

• My first thought upon reading this story? It makes me feel better about buying a Honda Fit.

• My longtime boss was named to Sports Business Journal's annual "40 Under 40" list.

• New manager Robin Ventura won't have to watch that clip of Nolan Ryan beating him up when the White Sox are in the Texas.

• I finally saw The Descendants. It wasn't bad and I'm a big George Clooney fan, but it's easily one of the most overrated movies I've ever seen.

• I've never not enjoyed Harris Wittels on a podcast and his appearance on "Who Charted?" with Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack is no exception.

• My latest podcast subscription: "Stop Podcasting Yourself" with Graham Clark and Dave Shumka. Their recent episode with the aforementioned Vilaysack is a good place to start.

• If you liked the new "Gleeman and The Geek" theme song, check out the band responsible.

• Thanks to Jay Boller for the kind words and for including me in such good company.

• Finally, in honor of Perkins' new best friend this week's music video is "Amoreena" by Sir Elton:


  1. Looks like Target has Hormel Natural Choice chicken. Took awhile to find it, even on google.

    Comment by Jimbo92107 — March 16, 2012 @ 1:02 am

  2. Jim Souhan would love covering the Mets.

    Comment by SBG — March 16, 2012 @ 4:05 am

  3. As a fan of memes and whatnot I think #hipsteraarongleeman is comedy gold.

    Comment by Feloniousj — March 16, 2012 @ 6:01 am

  4. So glad you’ve found Stop Podcasting Yourself. I highly recommend any of the Paul F. Tompkins episodes, or , of course, the Jimmy Pardo episode.

    Comment by David Temple — March 16, 2012 @ 7:19 am

  5. Agree 100% on The Descendants. Saw it with my wife on a flight last week and at the end I said “That was boring”. I couldn’t believe how many other people with us (including my wife) absolutely loved it.

    Comment by Jeff — March 16, 2012 @ 8:16 am

  6. Green’s dunk: the dunk is insanely good and his athleticism is out of this world.

    Best part of the video – Houston’s bench reaction. Looks like they were all ready to jump up and then realized it was for the wrong team.

    Comment by pk — March 16, 2012 @ 9:26 am

  7. I’m not sure what that highly packaged chicken costs but it is probably ten times that of buying a whole chicken (getting a bunch for free is a pretty good deal though). Go to the butcher, get a whole chicken, cook it and enjoy several meals. Use the money you save to buy a Lexus next time. Congratulations on the weight loss.

    Comment by curt — March 16, 2012 @ 9:32 am

  8. Unfortunately, John Mayer was supposed to perform for Soldiers here in Kuwait on 22 March. Of all of the performers who have come here, his show was the only one I would have gone to see. Oh well. BTW, his promo poster here having him look like a Johnny Depp wannabe.

    Comment by Michael — March 17, 2012 @ 6:35 am

  9. Re: The Descendants? How much time have you spent in Hawai’i? That movie deals REALLY subtly with a lot of the issues in play in Hawai’i. If you don’t recognize those issues, there’s a lot to miss.

    Comment by haplito — March 17, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  10. Thanks for the shout-out. That IS a helluva son I have.

    Comment by Pamela Nettleton — March 19, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

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