December 5, 2014
• At the press conference announcing his $10.5 million contract Torii Hunter used the "those nerds never played the game" cliche when asked about his terrible defensive numbers and then called Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press "a prick" four different times in response to questions about Hunter's very public and repeated stance against gay rights. As if there weren't already enough reasons to question to wisdom of signing him for purely on-field reasons.
• Parker Hageman of Twins Daily went inside the numbers to show why Hunter's defense rates so poorly, including video of specific plays. Hageman played the game in high school, so not sure if that counts or what.
• Aaron Purmort died at age 35, leaving behind a great wife, a great son, and a community who loved him online and in person. He also went out with the best obituary I've ever seen.
• Wanna buy Jonathan Papelbon's condo? It costs $7 million and includes zero colors.
• This is probably one of the top 10 signs someone has posted in the elevator of my building during the 10 months I've lived here.
• Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post raised a lot of good points in arguing against the need for online comment sections attached to articles.
• Jerry Kill was named Big Ten coach of the year just 15 months after Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan wrote that he shouldn't be allowed to coach the Gophers.
• This review of the new "America" restaurant at Donald Trump's hotel in Toronto is pure gold.
• Out of shape amateur MMA fighter tries the "Showtime" kick made famous by Anthony Pettis:
Some might say he failed, but failure is subjective anyway.
• Josh Willingham announced his retirement, two months after his wife got mad at Berardino for reporting he planned to retire.
• Dave Brown made his Fan Graphs debut writing about Willingham being the losing-est player.
• As someone who prefers staying home over just about anything movie theaters trying to be more like your living room is intriguing. But it'll never compete with not leaving the house.
• Chris Rock gave a lot of interesting answers in a long, wide-ranging interview with Frank Rich.
• Fran Tarkenton is never going to make the baseball Hall of Fame after admitting this stuff.
• It turns out the Twins' new coaching staff looks awfully familiar.
• If given the chance, how many MLB teams would wipe the slate clean and rid themselves of all contracts on the books? I think the Twins would likely be one of the them, despite Phil Hughes.
• Two of my favorites, Todd Barry and Tom Scharpling, sat down for a good chat.
• Scharpling is bringing "The Best Show On WFMU" back, minus WFMU, as a podcast.
• For the second time in three months the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an anti-transgender ad that never would have been accepted if it depicted any other minority group.
• Gerald Green had one of the best in-game dunks you'll ever see:
And he's playing well for the Suns after looking like a bust early in his career.
• As expected, I crushed Michael Rand in the Minneapolis Star Tribune fantasy football challenge.
• Coup d'etat has good fries, gnocchi, fish and chips, and whiskey. Joy Summers wrote a good article about their one-year anniversary in Uptown, including guys like me asking for more TVs.
• My pick for Minneapolis' most underrated restaurant, Louie's Wine Dive, got a nice write-up centered around their chef, Patrick Matthews.
• "Gilmore Girls" watching update: Jon Hamm was on an episode in Season 3.
• Heyday is a fantastic restaurant and I'm sure that will remain true, but seeing Lorin Zinter's smiling face was a big part of the experience.
• Nye's Polonaise is closing after 65 years as a Northeast Minneapolis staple.
• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:
- "Aaron Gleeman in a bear suit"
- "Naked parties"
- "Paul Molitor's wife"
- "Snoop Dogg and Eddie Guardado"
- "Fred Durst baseball"
- "Angelina Jolie in Minnesota"
- "Where is Scott Ullger now?"
- "Lizzie Caplan smokes Marlboro lights"
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Best That I Can" by Vance Joy:
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