April 27, 2012
• Reminder: Gleeman and The Geek will be live on KFAN again Sunday at 4:00, shortly after the Twins-Royals game. Taking calls from listeners went well last week, so we'll probably do that again if you feel like listening live on 100.3-FM or KFAN.com instead of waiting for the podcast.
• Josh Willingham welcoming his son into the world is pretty damn cute.
• According to the New York Post a "highly intoxicated" Delmon Young was arrested and charged with assault late Thursday night. And not only did the incident occur on the six-year anniversary of his 50-game suspension for throwing a bat at an umpire, Young is being charged with a hate crime for "anti-Semitic remarks" during the assault.
• Bobby Valentine had to redo the Red Sox's lineup Wednesday because he had no idea Liam Hendriks was right-handed and not left-handed. And then they clobbered him anyway.
• In addition to the "Mr. Irrelevant" title and a celebration at Disneyland the last pick in the NFL draft now also gets ... well, let's call it a date.
• Picture of the week: Louis C.K. meets Hillary Clinton, with photo-bomb by Amy Poehler.
• Chuck Klosterman bravely attended Creed and Nickelback concerts on the same night so he could write about the experience for Grantland.
• Speaking of which, it's been a while since the last Fat-O-Meter update: My new goal is to have lost more pounds than my current weight. I started at 355 pounds on March 7, 2011 and now I'm 188 pounds, so the goal is to weigh 177 pounds compared to 178 pounds lost.
• Brad Miller closed out his 13-year career in style with a three-pointer and some tears:
And most of Miller's teammates, including the injured, in-street-clothes Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love, wore headbands to honor him.
• It turns out not speaking Spanish really hurt Kyrie Irving's case for Rookie of the Year.
• Court Vision is a great website for "examining the NBA through spatial and visual analytics."
• On last week's Gleeman and The Geek episode I talked about playing basketball for the first time in five years and how depressing it was. One of my former teammates chimed in with a glowing scouting report on my old skills: "Undersized 4, no left hand, ugly jump shot."
• Kerry Ligtenberg, the former Gophers pitcher who went from the independent league Minneapolis Loons to closing for the Atlanta Braves, is the St. Paul Saints' new pitching coach.
• Watching live as this bit of baseball history unfolded was surreal.
• Chris Parmelee's life passing before his eyes, in picture form.
• Kathleen Robertson is so good (and so good-looking) on the Starz show Boss that I'm willing to forgive her for bouncing the first pitch at a White Sox game.
• Hanley Ramirez always wear a Nirvana shirt and a white belt when he hangs with Jay-Z.
For a woman so thin to accurately describe life as a fat man is impressive.
• Torii Hunter is up to his old tricks, throwing people under the bus in the media.
• HBO sadly has canceled one of my favorite shows, The Life And Times Of Tim, after three underrated seasons.
• My fellow Community fans will enjoy Gillian Jacobs' appearance on Janet Varney's podcast.
• If you don't like Astros second baseman Jose Altuve we can't be friends.
• My cousin Josh Gallop had a 0.90 ERA and 13-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Hopkins sophomore team, so they moved him up to the junior varsity squad. I've already put in a request with Baseball America editor John Manuel for a cover story.
• Netflix recommendation: The Messenger, starring Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster.