June 28, 2013
• Richard Matheson, whose brilliant novel "I Am Legend" was made into a mediocre Will Smith movie that completely missed the entire point, died this week at age 87. Read the book.
• Big deal. My office has never not served beer. On weekends too.
• There were tons of GIF-able moments in the "Mad Men" season finale, but this was my favorite.
• I didn't have any plans last Friday night, so I was just thrilled to be part of this guy's tweeting.
• There are lots of amazing Byron Buxton stats, but I'll put this one up against any of them.
• Congrats to Tom Pelissero for his new gig at USA Today. Vikings fans were lucky to have his in-depth coverage at 1500ESPN.com.
• Glen Perkins was distraught after being left out of last week's Link-O-Rama, so now I'm just mentioning his name to keep the Twins' closer happy. Look how cute he is!
• Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Thome, Paul Molitor, and the best old hitters in Twins history.
• I'm very pleased to have inspired someone to be inspired by Mase.
• Speaking of Mase, once the Blackhawks fans in Wrigleyville celebrating their Stanley Cup win started playing "Mo Money Mo Problems" the barriers had no chance:
Almost makes me wish I cared about hockey.
• Bobby Bland, a great and underrated soul singer from the 1960s and 1970s, died this week at age 83. Jay-Z heavily sampled his song "Ain't No Love In the Heart of the City" back in 2001.
• I'll be reading this for the articles.
• This week's reminder that I went to journalism school.
• Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com put together a lengthy, well-done oral history of the 2003 NBA draft, which produced one of the most valuable classes of all time. And also Darko Milicic.
• During my weekly half-hour chat with Paul Allen we stopped talking Twins when Flip Saunders called in. I even asked him a question (sort of), but he didn't hint at last night's madness.
• As a devoted "Chopped" fan this news made me smile.
• Gotta be a top five couple of all time in terms of most combined talent in the same field.
• Manny Machado is 20 years old and on pace for the most doubles of all time.
• "The Sopranos" creator David Chase gave an incredible eulogy for James Gandolfini.
• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we discussed Kyle Gibson's call-up and lots of Twins stuff, but then spent way too long analyzing our respective plans for a zombie apocalypse.
• Jerry Seinfeld was on Howard Stern's show for a 90-minute interview and it was great:
I grew up obsessively listening to Stern back when Seinfeld first got his television show and then angrily stopped coming on Stern, so the ease with which they reconnected made me happy.
• Oh nothing, just a picture of young Paulie Walnuts from "The Sopranos."
• John Mulaney on dating a Jewish woman is pretty great.
• Julie Klausner's latest podcast episode was basically perfect. She covered two of my favorite topics, Tony Soprano and hating to talk on the phone, and then had on two excellent guests in Chiara Atik and Kat Dennings.
• AG.com reader Liz Rudolph is doing her master's thesis on sports fans and Twitter, so she's looking for people to help her by filling out this survey.
• Not gonna lie, this was one of my most painful breakups.
• Multiple-time AG.com sponsor of the week Curt's Salsa was recently featured in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:
- "Baseball blogs"
- "Cuddyer groupies"
- "How long to lose tenths of a pound?"
- "Terry Francona girlfriend"
- "Stan Rizzo shirtless"
- "Troy Aikman has an ugly personality"
- "Alison Brie wearing glasses"
- "Joe Mauer switch-hitter"
- "Obsessed with podcasts"
- "Kevin Love boxers or briefs?"
- "Fat guy asleep"
• Finally, in honor of Wednesday's news this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Let's Get Married" by Al Green:
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