March 2, 2012
• Monday night John Bonnes and I are hosting a get-together/meet-up/viewing party.
• Who among us hasn't tried to steal hash browns by putting them in our pants?
• Jonathan Abrams' "oral history of the scariest moment in NBA history" at Grantland is one of the best things I've read so far this year.
• I'd pay big money for a set of these wind-up action figures of The Wire characters, but sadly they're apparently not for sale.
• Of course, if a certain The Wire fan took up the cause he could probably change that.
• A's right-hander Brandon McCarthy got hardcore into sabermetrics because he "didn't want to suck at baseball anymore" and turned into one of the best pitchers in the league.
• Billy Beane wasn't the only MLB general manager at the Oscars, as Ned Colletti snagged a seat right behind Michelle Williams despite the fact that Brad Pitt has never portrayed him.
• I suppose Fez from That '70s Show is basically a lateral move from Derek Jeter.
• Ozzie Guillen has one rule: Don't be late for the f***ing National Anthem.
• After months of waiting and way too much online research I finally bought a new car.
• Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley passes along this old video about Steve Carlton's sick slider:
"I hold it like this and I throw the s*** out of it."
• Congrats to Jim Souhan for becoming the one millionth mainstream media member to make a parents' basement joke about bloggers.
• Mike Pomeranz is leaving his news anchor job at KARE-11 to become the Padres' new pregame show host on FOX Sports San Diego.
• Jessica Alba lost her Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com title in 2004 and has since had two kids, but she's still getting the job done.
• After years of tireless research I finally found the perfect podcast and it's Jen Kirkman's recent appearance on Todd Glass' show.
• Luke Scott brought seven-foot-long, pig-killing spears into the Rays' clubhouse and then the next day he called Red Sox fans "ruthless and vulgar." Should be a fun season in Tampa Bay.
• In fairness, the straw man was really asking for it. Oof.
• The story of how a little-read 16-year-old blogger broke the Ryan Braun news weeks ahead of everyone else is pretty amazing.
• Being known as the world's most famous urine sample collector must be weird.
• Not only is Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch one of baseball's best beat reporters, he's a hell of an artist too.
• According to Chris Broussard of ESPN the Lakers turned down a trade for Michael Beasley.
• Barely anyone is watching Luck on HBO, but I'm there every week for the slow burn.
• I watched the premiere episode of Awake on NBC and it hooked me, although I agree with Alan Sepinwall that there's reason to be skeptical long term.
• Delmon Young remains as graceful as ever.
• Even the scariest baseball team of my childhood couldn't defeat time.
• My fellow Howard Stern fans will enjoy Artie Lange's appearance on Adam Carolla's show.
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is John Mayer's new song "Shadow Days":