July 5, 2013
• News story lead sentence of the week: "A bizarre incident at a McDonald's drive-thru involving a bare-breasted woman and caramel led to the woman being arraigned."
• Baseball America is publishing Byron Buxton porn now.
• In response to my post about the Twins signing 16-year-old Lewin Diaz for $1.4 million, swing mechanics expert Bobby Tewksbary broke down the video and compared him to David Ortiz.
• Gilbert Gottfried as Walter White is just dumb enough to be funny.
• As a longtime Google Reader power user who relies on constantly updated RSS feeds to do his job I was crushed when it went away this week, but I'm slowly rebounding with Feedly.
• Not mentioned on this "Most Popular Date Ideas By City" list is Minnetonka: Chinese takeout and "Blue Valentine" on Netflix.
• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we unfortunately predicted exactly how the Josh Willingham injury situation would play out and examined the Kyle Gibson hype meter.
• I generally think Conan O'Brien on television is hit or miss, but his internet videos are more often than not really funny:
And my favorite O'Brien thing is the "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" documentary, which is on Netflix.
• Joe Mauer, on moving to a new house with his pregnant wife: "I've been told I'm a hoarder."
• Glen Perkins thinks the Twins should be using him more often in non-save situations, which is exactly what I wrote here not so long ago. He probably has a better chance of convincing them.
• Here's an example of the type of e-mails that get sent to the HardballTalk contact address. We write about baseball, by the way.
• Jim Thome was unable to land another major-league job at age 42, so he joined the White Sox front office as a special assistant to the general manager.
• There's something funny about the Twins' television announcer implying that people who watch games on television don't know as much as people who watch games at Target Field.
• On a related note, I've gone to a bunch of Twins games recently and luckily spotted this.
• Holding up signs at baseball games always seems silly to me, but I'm making an exception.
• I really liked Britt Robson's lengthy, reasoned analysis of the Timberwolves beefing up their offense and ignoring their defense.
• My weekly half-hour appearance on KFAN with Paul Allen was pushed back to Friday because of the holiday and we were joined by Paul Charchian. I explained Mase to them.
• I'm almost finished re-watching all six seasons and 86 episodes of "The Sopranos" and this is by far the saddest moment.
• One of the best "The Sopranos" moments that I'd forgotten about was Christopher Moltisanti quoting "Born To Run" in a scene with Bruce Springsteen's bandmate Steven Van Zandt:
With all that New Jersey and all that Van Zandt, how did Springsteen avoid making a cameo?
• So you wanna work in baseball, huh?
• On a recent "Gleeman and The Geek" episode I talked about being nostalgic for typewriters and according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "typewriters are surprisingly hip again."
• Just a super chill Twitter bro offering up his thoughts about baseball and life to me.
• Two-and-a-half years after leaving the Twins for the Dodgers and a three-year, $12 million deal Matt Guerrier was traded for Carlos Marmol in a swap of unwanted contracts.
• Tami Taylor was amazing, but it turns out that Connie Britton is pretty great in real life too.
• One of the better Twitter conversations of all time. Just happy to be a small part of it.
• Never forget that Karl Pilkington is the best.
• "Stop Podcasting Yourself" is my favorite podcast and it's especially good when hosts Graham Clark and Dave Shumka are joined by a guest with as much silliness as Caitlin Howden.
• Jon Dore was a fun guest on "Who Charted?" with Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack.
• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:
- "Darin Mastroianni girlfriend"
- "Ways to approach a 39-year-old daughter to lose weight"
- "Bret Saberhagen net worth"
- "Are Aaron Gleeman and Dana Wessel the same person?"
- "Fox Sports North Girls last name"
- "Drinking alcohol while on the elliptical"
- "Is Kyle Gibson right-handed or left-handed?"
- "Ron Coomer strip club"
- "Jim Thome shirtless"
- "Sid Hartman still alive"
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Leaving California" by Shawn Smith:
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