May 18, 2012


• This is a great New York Times correction: "An earlier version of this article misstated the name of Howard Stern's bulldog. It's Bianca, not Bernice."

Mila Kunis took a break from her Official Fantasy Girl of duties to save someone's life.

• They told me to bring the stats, so I unleashed some sabermetrics (to the tune of Steely Dan) on KFAN with Paul Allen yesterday. You can listen to my entire appearance here.

• Almost every supermodel claims to have been unattractive in high school, but based on their yearbook pictures almost every supermodel is lying.

Torii Hunter took a leave of absence from the Angels after his 17-year-old son was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child following a months-long investigation.

• Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, great teacher, and awesome person Chris Ison was badly burned in a propane explosion, but thankfully is now recovering well.

• Not since Brett Favre has a legend coming out of retirement been such a sad idea. On the other hand, maybe that's just the 12-year-old me who had the original version talking.

• Last week's Gleeman and The Geek episode featured my mom's podcast/radio debut. Hilarity did not, as they say, ensue. And she claims to have been trying to sound like Lauren Bacall.

• My fellow Friday Night Lights fans will like this compilation of Coach Taylor warning people that he has something to tell them:

Let me tell you something: That video somehow makes me miss the show even more.

• On a related note, Coach Taylor's television daughter seems to be doing well post-FNL.

• As always my MinnPost colleage David Brauer analyzing local radio ratings is a must-read. Among the interesting notes: KFAN has the No. 1 or No. 2 rated show among male listeners in every time slot.

• On a related note, KFAN's overall ratings rank No. 9 among all sports stations in the country.

• I look forward to running into Michelle Beadle at the NBC holiday party. Also, congrats on getting away from Colin Cowherd.

• As an NBC homer I'm extra happy that they renewed Parks and Recreation, Community, 30 Rock, and the highly underrated Parenthood.

• Once again, Penn State seems like a wonderful place to spend your college years.

Jon Hamm answering advice questions submitted by teenage girls is pretty great, and as usual when not dressed as Don Draper he's repping the St. Louis Cardinals.

• Speaking of which, if John Slattery co-stars as Andrew McCutchen this movie will be great.

• One of my favorite basketball writers, Zach Lowe of, writes about the return of vintage Kevin Garnett at age 36.

• If you haven't been following the Sarah Phillips story, it's a weird one about fake identities, Twitter followers, ESPN, and gambling.

Ozzie Guillen explains, via video, that he's quitting Twitter because "people out there are nasty" and "I'm not Kim Kardashian":

I'm sad to see him go, because Guillen's tweets were pretty great, but he's basically right.

• Who are the Twins considering with the No. 2 pick in next month's draft? I'm glad you asked.

• Thing that makes me feel elderly: Kerry Wood is retiring.

David Letterman and Conan O'Brien get together to talk Jay Leno.

• After hundreds of Link-O-Rama posts over the years I'm amazed this has never happened.

Chelsea Peretti might be my all-time favorite podcast guest regardless of the show, so not surprisingly she was great recently on Sklarbro Country and You Made It Weird.

• Worlds colliding: Will Leitch was a guest on Julie Klausner's podcast to chat about Fargo.

• It was fun while it lasted, but I certainly understand.

• Congrats to friend of and original baseball blogger Jay Jaffe for his new gig.

Drive is on Netflix streaming now, so I'm planning to re-watch it over and over again until I figure out why so many people loved it.

• Car update: I bought a new Honda Fit on February 27 and it took me until May 9 for the little 10.6-gallon gas tank to be empty for the first time. I drove a total of 315 miles in 73 days.

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• Finally, this week's music video is Ellie Goulding's live version of "Lights":

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  1. Tyra Banks evidently had a nose job, and Cindy Crawford certainly was a late bloomer. I think that covers half the supermodels that ever mattered to me.

    Comment by frightwig — May 18, 2012 @ 12:11 am

  2. Was about to suggest the MATES podcast to you…then saw it on your list. Glad to see it. I was a huge fan of “Ed” back in the day…don’t know if you were.

    Comment by TheMix — May 18, 2012 @ 12:51 am

  3. I did not like Paul Allen’s attitude whatsoever. I liken talk of “my head hurts” when someone explains WAR and whatnot WITHOUT THE MATH to old people getting flustered with computers and not even bothering to try to understand.

    Comment by Shane — May 18, 2012 @ 2:17 am

  4. Damn, you shouldn’t have bought new. You use a car so little that it’s a total waste to spend serious cash… go Used next time.

    Comment by MC — May 18, 2012 @ 8:29 am

  5. Holy crap, my wife and I bought a new car the week before you and I think it already has 4000 miles on it.

    Comment by Paul — May 18, 2012 @ 9:17 am

  6. Thank goodness, I have finally found a kindred spirit on the “Drive” front. Sure it’s artfully shot and features drool-worthy male lead, but brutal violence has been used in “talkies” previously right? What is so earth shattering about this flick?

    Comment by Mattie C — May 18, 2012 @ 10:01 am

  7. I like that Ellie Goulding video — she’s kind of intense.

    Comment by funoka — May 18, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

  8. Drive was outstanding. Probably my favorite movie last year. Good cast, good balance of character development & action, radass soundtrack…jjust a cool overall vibe that sucked me in.

    Comment by clint — May 18, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

  9. Doesn’t Mauer’s current ‘funk’ warrant some attention around here? You haven’t said peep about him.

    Comment by ewen21 — May 18, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  10. AG – I put ~350 milers per WEEK on my car mostly to work and stuff. Since Feb that would equate to ~ 5,000 during same time frame. My wife does about the same too. I’m jealous, but you need to get out more pal.

    Comment by Craig — May 18, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

  11. Revere has a higher SLG than Mauer. That is all.

    Comment by Heathcliff — May 19, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

  12. Butera has a higher SLG than Mauer. That is all.

    Comment by Heathcliff — May 19, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

  13. THat is all? Why is that all? I understand he had 3 hits today, but let’s at least break down where the guy has (and hasn’t) been hitting the ball. I would think a Twins fan would show some interest and concern over how he has been hitting. God forbid any talking head asks him about what his approach is at the plate.

    Comment by ewen21 — May 20, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

  14. He was in take mode when we were down 14. He can be a little more aggressive in that situation.

    Comment by ewen21 — May 20, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

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