January 14, 2011
• After years of campaigning on behalf of Bert Blyleven, blogger Rich Lederer and the Hall of Famer finally met in person at the Twins' fantasy camp in Fort Myers.
• Based on this picture, Dr. Dre will never be voted into the baseball Hall of Fame.
• If this ever reoccurs, my chances with the Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com will skyrocket.
• Making an unsuccessful movie in 1998 sent Oprah Winfrey into what she called "a massive, depressive, macaroni-and-cheese-eating tail spin." Or as it's called in my life: "Tuesday."
• On a related note, I'm responsible for approximately $265 billion of this total.
• No matter how good your week has been, it can't possibly be complete without seeing this:
Not sure if that shows pure joy or pure insanity, but I'm certain I've never had that much fun.
• Christina Hendricks was in Playboy way back in 1999. Sort of.
• Next thing you know I'll admit to "trying" donuts.
• Some pretty big news in the world of online sportswriting. I'm a huge fan of quite a few AOL Fanhouse writers, including must-reads Clay Travis, Michael David Smith, Ariel Helwani, Jeff Fletcher, Mike Chiappetta, and Tom Krasovic, so hopefully everyone lands on their feet.
• In retrospect, the original casting wish list for Modern Family is pretty amusing.
• Kim Kardashian is "having a lot of fun" with Kris Humphries.
• Breaking this habit was a tough one for me, but blogging has made me a one-spacer for life.
• Judging from his 67-yard touchdown run against the Saints last weekend, Marshawn Lynch is the third Super Mario brother:
That's called "Beast Mode."
• Ryan Howard listens to The Cranberries. Of course he does.
• Earlier this week I suggested the Twins should sign reliever Chad Qualls for $2 million, but yesterday the Padres did it instead.
• Bill Murray is, as always, the man.
• After hearing some intriguing word of mouth, I watched Catfish this week. While certainly not a great movie, as someone whose social interactions occur online about 99 percent of the time I found it extremely interesting/unsettling. Definitely worth checking out.
• If you haven't seen Men of a Certain Age on TNT, you're missing one of the most underrated shows on television.
• In fairness, A.C. Slater probably had it coming.
• If you're familiar with Twins outfield prospect Rene Tosoni or the concept of "icing" someone, odds are you'll enjoy this video from his wedding:
Just for that, I moved him up three spots on my upcoming ranking of Twins prospects.
• My latest podcasting discovery: "The Long Shot" with Sean Conroy, Eddie Pepitone, Jamie Flam, and Amber Kenny. Lots of funny, laid back conversations and lots of good guests from the stand-up comedy world.
• Rules are rules, but Trevor Mbakwe wrote the nicest note to ever get someone arrested.
• Bobby Valentine is apparently the new king of Stamford, Connecticut, which is home to the NBCSports.com offices.
• Blake Griffin is a bad, bad man, as Mario Chalmers can attest to.
• Here are some highlights from my NBCSports.com blogging this week:
- Twins are "optimistic" that Justin Morneau "will be ready for spring training"
- All-times saves leader Trevor Hoffman announces retirement
- Mariano Rivera could pass Trevor Hoffman for all-time saves lead this season
- Kevin Kouzmanoff thought "where do I fit?" while A's pursued other third basemen
- Armando Galarraga could be odd man out for Tigers' rotation
- Jose Tabata "worked out in the gym every day this winter"
- Can Mike Stanton hit 40 homers in his first full season?
- Cornering the market on scrappiness, Diamondbacks sign Willie Bloomquist
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Marvin Gaye doing an a capella version of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine":