August 17, 2012
• I mentioned this briefly last week, but now that there's an actual page devoted to it on KFAN's website it's officially too late to back out:
I'm not sure why they used a picture of me from 100 pounds ago, but maybe that's just KFAN's way of keeping expectations incredibly low and/or bringing in the chubby chaser demographic. Whatever the case, Thursday at the Minnesota State Fair there will be a dating game-style show on KFAN featuring me as the bachelor and Paul Allen as the host. I'm expecting to either find a wife or die of embarrassment on air, with nothing in between. Good radio either way.
If you're single woman between the ages of, say, 20 and 40, go to the "Girls Gone Gleeman" page on KFAN's website for details and fill out an application.
• Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce meets The Bluth Company for an all-time great worlds colliding.
• While at the fair I'll probably not be eating any of this stuff unless I decide to start looking like that old picture again.
• Tom Barnard is doing what's commonly known as "a reverse Gleeman and The Geek."
• 1500-ESPN is no longer the radio home of the Twins, who announced their move from AM to FM and the Pohlad family-owned KTWN-96.3. David Brauer of MinnPost analyzed what the move means for 1500-ESPN and looked at how the Twins fit on a music-only station.
• Happy birthday to Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com Mila Kunis, who turned 29 this week. To celebrate, I watched this GIF and applied to have that silly restraining order dropped.
• "Mila, what's your reaction to that weird baseball blogger always talking about you?"
• I'm hoping everyone checked out the AG.com sponsor of the week, Emily Meier, a fiction author with a very compelling story. Here's part of a Minneapolis Star Tribune profile of her:
For years, there had been nibbles from publishers in New York, but no bites. Now, with breast cancer metastasizing through her bones, she decided she didn't have time to wait; she would publish them herself. But because she was Emily Meier--driven, focused, hardworking--she didn't do this halfway. Instead, she started her own publishing company.
Sky Spinner Press of St. Paul, incorporated as a for-profit business and co-owned by Meier's son and daughter, has published all six of her books in record time. ... The books are done, but Meier continues to write daily---her website (www.emilymeier.com) is an orderly maze of drop-down menus and essays and suggestions for book clubs and links to reviews and interviews. There's even a page of quotes from rejection letters she received over the years.
As someone whose entire writing career has been shaped and fueled by rejection I view Meier as a kindred spirit and it would make me incredibly happy if everyone who visited AG.com this week would take some time to visit her website as well. Poke around Meier's site, look at the rejection letters, get familiar with her collection of writing, and help fulfill someone's dream.
• If you won't listen to me about the stupidity of thinking no-hitters can be "jinxed" then at least listen to the greatest baseball announcer of all time.
• MLB.com has a video showing all 27 of Felix Hernandez's perfect game outs in six minutes:
And there are some impressive perks for making baseball history.
• Why did the Twins send Brian Dozier to Triple-A? I'm glad you asked.
• And when will the Twins recall Chris Parmelee from Triple-A? I'm glad you asked that too.
• Johan Santana is making me sad.
• I've never understood why Ashley Greene isn't way more famous than Kristen Stewart.
• Well, there goes my plan to take over the Minnesota Daily someday.
• Pretty good, especially Jerry Hairston: MLB players audition for The Expendables 3.
• I spent all week pouring over Rotoworld's online fantasy football draft guide to prepare for my keeper league draft and can't recommend it enough. Great content, constantly updated.
• Speaking of which, the Orioles had a unique idea to determine their league's draft order.
• Let's all pool our money together and buy this.
• I can't even imagine how long this masterpiece took to piece together, but "Baby Got Back" sung entirely from movie clips is definitely worth it:
Sir Mix-A-Lot would be proud.
• I'm thrilled to see Pulitzer winner, journalism professor, and all-around great guy Chris Ison looking good three months after a life-threatening propane accident.
• Nick Nelson and his famous "mustard face" made an appearance on FSN.
• For anyone into documentaries, find out where Queen of Versailles is playing near you and go see it. Equal parts interesting, sad, funny, and infuriating, and showing at the Landmark Edina theater in Minnesota.
• Podcast recommendation: I've been going through the archives of Stop Podcasting Yourself with Graham Clark and Dave Shumka all week, listening to multiple episodes per day.
• In retrospect, I guess "warlock" would have been the proper choice.
• My beloved Hardball Dynasty league on WhatIfSports.com starts a new season next week. If you're interested in joining, click here for more details.
• I wrote an article for the Society for American Baseball Research convention program that was a condensed version of my still-unfinished-on-the-blog "Top 40 Minnesota Twins" series. My article, along with articles from familiar names like John Bonnes, is now available online.
• Back by popular demand, this week's most amusing, weird, and random search engine queries that brought people here:
- "Tsuyoshi Nishioka smoking"
- "Turkey hen weight after one year"
- "James Deen Hebrew school"
- "Michael Beasley publicist"
- "Dick Bremer salary"
- "Nick Blackburn awful"
- "Troy Aikman running"
- "Dana Wessel Chaska Redhawks"
- "Moira Kelly weight loss"
- "Delbert Young"
- "Will fried rice make you lose weight?"
- " Hawk Harrelson mental illness"
• Finally, in honor of "Girls Gone Gleeman" this week's AG.com-approved music video is The Black Keys' cover version of "Have Love, Will Travel":
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