December 21, 2012
• I'll have a lot more on this next week in this space and on the podcast, but the Twins signed Rich Harden to a minor-league contract.
• David Brown of Yahoo Sports created internet gold by ranking MLB's sexiest general managers and Terry Ryan fares better than you might expect.
• Mark Willis designed soccer-style jerseys for the AL East teams and I'm really wishing he'd do the same for the AL Central so I could buy a Twins "kit."
• Jeff Dubay returned to local radio this week as a guest co-host on 1500-ESPN and also did a very honest, compelling interview about his long road back with Steve Marsh of MSPMag.com.
• Samantha Micelli was one of my original crushes, so it's hard to believe Alyssa Milano turned 40 years old this week.
• Last week I mentioned the new NBC Sports/Yahoo Sports partnership and my longtime boss gave an interview laying out some of the details and plans.
• As part of his 1500-ESPN radio show with Patrick Reusse changing time slots Phil Mackey will no longer be covering the Twins as a reporter, joining Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in leaving the beat.
• This is, without question, the craziest story of the week.
• Wade Boggs has 3,010 hits and zero rhythm.
• This week's "Gleeman and the Geek" episode features lots of Kevin Correia talk and me breaking up with John Bonnes. Finally.
• Kevin Garnett and Kevin McHale shared an amazingly emotional moment at the end of a Celtics-Rockets game:
And here's the story of what was said.
• For all their talk about wanting more strikeout pitchers the Twins keep signing pitchers who don't get any strikeouts.
• Brian McTaggart of MLB.com wrote a nice profile of Kevin Goldstein, who recently went from Baseball Prospectus writer to Astros pro scouting coordinator.
• Chubby is always funnier than ripped, but Chris Pratt's transformation was pretty amazing.
• It turns out the only thing keeping me from becoming one of Hollywood's most successful leading men is that I'm way too tall.
• As a big "30 Rock" fan this makes me sad.
• There's a reason why Peter Gammons is a Hall of Famer.
• Chris Hardwick has turned his "Nerdist" podcast into a television show, so it's only a matter of time before we do the same with "Gleeman and The Geek."
• Where does Trevor Plouffe fit into the Twins' short- and long-term plans?
• Rob Trump of The Classical put together an amusing history of the now-defunct blog "Fire Joe Morgan" and the hilarious, surprisingly famous people behind it.
• My feelings about fans calling their favorite teams "we" and "us" can be more or less summed up by this brilliant video:
Twins fans generally seem less guilty of that than Vikings fans, for whatever that's worth.
• My family apparently knows me pretty well, because I got this as a Hanukkah present.
• Bill Baer of ESPN.com wrote a good article about Joe Mauer from a non-Minnesota point of view, although as always I'd advise against venturing into the comments section.
• Former No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush will be in prison until 2016.
• "Sleepwalk With Me" is now on Netflix instant and really enjoyable, especially if you're into stand-up comedy.
• On a related note, adding foreign movies to my Netflix queue is my version of a drunk dial.
• Speaking of which, I really enjoyed the Norwegian movie "Headhunters" on Netflix instant and apparently an American version is in the works.
• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:
- "Ricky Rubio neck tattoo"
- "Yuengling Minneapolis"
- "Kevin Slowey engaged"
- "Influential podcast"
- "Jeff Kent family pictures"
- "Why did Plouffe cut his hair?"
- "Value of Brian Harper autograph"
- "How much does Rene Rivera make?"
- "I weigh 350 and I'm lazy"
- "Best elbow surgeon in Minnesota"
- "Vance Worley girlfriend"
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Mystikal's new song "Hit Me":
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I thought the strangest story of the week, is tha guy who was suing about the right of having sex with his donkey.
Comment by Jose Hernandez — December 21, 2012 @ 9:15 am
But the Vikings specifically told me “You made the team” a couple years ago – http://prod.static.vikings.clubs.nfl.com/assets/docs/139495.pdf
Comment by sandbun — December 21, 2012 @ 12:16 pm
So what are the theories on all the ” girlfriend” searches? Potential gold diggers?
Comment by shuhooo — December 22, 2012 @ 10:37 am
excuse me, “(player name) girlfriend”
Comment by shuhooo — December 22, 2012 @ 10:38 am
Disagree on the “we” team hate.If you invest enough time and money in watching a team I don’t see what’s wrong with it.
You can say there’s a problem with investing so much time an money in it but then you could also say the same thing about ticket prices, salaries or being able to make a living blogging about it.
Comment by Sam — December 23, 2012 @ 4:34 pm