May 8, 2015
• Headline of the week/weak: "Police rescue man stuck in basketball hoop."
• Sometimes when a Yankees fan tries to catch a foul ball something much better happens.
• David Letterman's lengthy chat with David Itzkoff of the New York Times was really good.
• Greg Howard of Deadspin wrote a fascinating take-down of Jason Whitlock and everything he touches, which was 10,000 words and somehow still too short.
• I had a lot of fun being a guest on "The Sportive" podcast for their first ever episode with all four hosts in the same room. (I also correctly predicted the Wild would get swept.)
• Jeff Dubay was arrested again and charged with "felony methamphetamine possession after police allegedly found meth and more than 30 syringes during a traffic stop."
• City Pages has been purchased by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which also shut down their own City Pages competitor Vita.mn.
• Aaron Rupar, who left City Pages last year after a great run writing the "Blotter" blog, wrote an interesting piece about the tough task of turning page views into revenue.
• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we talked about how long the Twins will be able to stay above .500, Byron Buxton's hot streak, and Ron Gardenhire's job search.
• Kraft changing the color of its macaroni and cheese in the name of creating a healthier image seems to miss the entire appeal.
• Minnesota native and former Vikings tight end John Carlson just retired from the NFL at age 30 after multiple concussions.
• Bryce Harper hit three homers in his first three at-bats Wednesday and people who claim he's overrated are being silly.
• FSN, along with every other local FOX Sports affiliate, got rid of the "FOX Sports North Girls."
• People complain that Gregg Popovich is too short with media, but whenever he does open up it's always smart and interesting.
• Reds manager Bryan Price went insane on the local media for reporting accurate information.
• KFAN and the Vikings agreed to a new five-year deal, which means Paul Allen will be calling their games on radio through at least 2020.
• Torii Hunter wrote a not-great thing about Floyd Mayweather, scolded people for criticizing him, deleted it, half-heartedly apologized, and finally blamed Twitter.
• Dana Wessel lost a Home Run Derby to Twins mascot T.C. Bear. By a lot.
• Chris Colabello is back in the big leagues with the Blue Jays after hitting .337 with five homers and a .975 OPS in 23 games at Triple-A.
• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:
- "What happened to Tsuyoshi Nishoka?"
- "How was Ron Coomer an All-Star?"
- "Spoon and Stable review"
- "Nick Blackburn salary"
- "Scott Erickson girlfriend"
- "Sid Hartman train phone ringer"
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "A Little More" by Machine Gun Kelly:
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