May 9, 2014
• "Gleeman and The Geek" was removed from iTunes on Wednesday because MLB contacted Apple to inform them about several team-related podcasts whose titles and logos "include infringing uses of trademarks of Major League Baseball and certain clubs." For our podcast that apparently boiled down to the inclusion of the words "Minnesota Twins" in the description, because our title and logo certainly weren't infringing on anything.
MLB and iTunes were both incredibly difficult to deal with, but eventually after almost an entire day of nagging them via phone calls, e-mails, and Twitter messages we received word that the whole thing was a big misunderstanding. I'm not sure I buy that, but ultimately I just wanted the silly podcast back on iTunes so people can listen to it and after 24 hours or so of being removed "Gleeman and The Geek" was finally restored.
And then, because my day wasn't surreal enough, Keith Olbermann devoted a segment of his ESPN show to "Gleeman and The Geek" being removed from iTunes. Seriously. Here's the video:
Thanks to Olbermann for sticking up for the little guy and also for making me laugh by questioning my sanity for "voluntarily talking about the Twins."
• This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode was recorded at my favorite bar, Stella's, and features me interviewing my favorite bartender, repeatedly revealing things I immediately regret revealing, and singing "Me and Mrs. Jones."
• Shea Serrano of Grantland attempted to quantify which rappers you should and shouldn't get into a fight with and two of my favorites are on the extreme opposite sides of the spectrum.
• After studying Matt Daniels' brilliant analysis of the largest vocabularies in hip-hop I've come to the conclusion that the fewer words a rapper uses the more I like their music.
• Breaking news: Rihanna is more fun than Avril Lavigne.
• On a related note, Carmelo Anthony is only human.
• I'm way too excited about the news that the gross Rainbow Foods in Uptown will soon become a slightly less gross Cub Foods.
• One of my earliest crushes appears to be not doing so well, although maybe this is my chance.
• This video of two teenage girls fighting was fascinating and disturbing even before one of them got hit in the head with a shovel.
• Marlins minor leaguers are breaking their teammate's jaws in bar fights and I'm very proud of the photo I chose to use for the HardballTalk post.
• Who should be the Twins' starting shortstop? I'm glad you asked.
• As someone deathly afraid of talking to people on the phone I'm not sure if this chair would make things better or worse.
• Glen Perkins agreed to play match-maker for me.
• It turns out at least one NBA player is a big fan of "Gleeman and The Geek."
• This is probably the best picture I've ever taken.
• I went to Todd Barry's crowd work-only show at The Cedar last month and loved it, so it was fun to hear him talk about that on "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross.
• Hilarious person on Twitter and big-time baseball fan Alison Agosti was a guest on "Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend" with, coincidentally, Alison Rosen.
• Friend of AG.com Lindsay Guentzel is hosting a bowling-and-beer party Saturday night at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:
- "What language does Eddie Rosario speak?"
- "What are Eddie Rosario's accomplishments?"
- "Pizza diet to lose 60 pounds"
- "Brian Dozier trade contract"
- "Stella's blog"
- "Outstanding Minnesota Twins ball players"
- "Joe Nathan's hobbies"
- "Built like a fire hydrant"
- "People staring at phones together"
• Finally, in honor of our MLB/iTunes experience this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy:
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I think the podcasting issue with MLB wasn’t so much with the podcasters who are podcasting for free but with Apple profiting off of the podcasting of MLB without paying a licensing fee. the solution would be for apple to put adds on the podcast at intervals to pay for the licensing.
Comment by Brandon Hovind — May 9, 2014 @ 2:11 pm
Aaron, despite the many and varied questions about your sanity, nobody out here in Podcastland has ever doubted your dedication to the minute analysis of every little thing related to the Minnesota Twins…and beer. For that, I wave my arms in a vague, ritualistic gesture of homage. Well done sir, and may the overactive, misguided zeal of corporate lawyers not inadvertently stomp on more fan sites such as yours.
Comment by jimbo92107 — May 10, 2014 @ 10:01 am
Congrats Aaron. Hope you get some pub from this – especially from Olbermann’s ridicule of all of us.
Comment by Opie Jones — May 15, 2014 @ 7:12 pm