Weekend Links with Jon Marthaler

Posted on December 13th, 2008 – 1:03 PM
By Michael Rand

weekendlinks2.jpgSorry for the delay, but it has been one misadventure after another trying to get these links up today. First, we left our laptop at work last night so we wouldn’t have to lug it around the Wolves game and the after-game shenanigans. We thought: no problem, we’ll just file the links for the RBBH’s computer in the morning. But we couldn’t remember the blog login and didn’t have it saved on her computer. No problem, we’ll just go grab the laptop on the way to this craft show the RBBH is participating in. Ah, but we were running late, so we had to drop her off first. No problem, we’ll just run to get it after we go to the bank for small bills for said sale. After about 20 minutes in line at the bank, we come to find out they are out of $1 bills, which is kind of like McDonald’s being out of hamburgers. But still, we were on our way. Got the laptop. We were on our way back to the craft sale, where we would have wireless and be able to post. Get to the craft sale parking lot and slam into a curb. Nice driving. Flat tire. Half-hour or so later, after changing it, here we are. We would just stay in the rest of the day, but we’re told there’s a holiday party to attend tonight. We’ll probably end up spilling hot buttered rum on our Shiancoe. But enough of that. Here are Jon’s links:

When I was a kid, I distinctly remember the NFL playing Saturday games after the college football season ended. It was great — it allowed Saturday football junkies like me a way to keep up the habit through the first couple of weeks of January. But there are no pro games tomorrow — in fact, there’s just one Saturday game the remainder of the year. Instead, we’re stuck with the stupidity of Thursday night NFL games. You know, because Thursday night is such a traditional football night.

Anyway, let’s have some links:

*We start today with a Weekend Links Endorsement: Twins blogger Seth Stohs has taken his minor-league expertise offline and transmogrified it into book form by writing the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook for 2009. I got my copy in the middle of last week, and it’s already come in handy, to look up shortstops in the Twins’ system that could conceivably replace Nick Punto. Seriously, if you’re the kind of person that enjoys reading the small print at the back of the Sunday paper to see who’s doing well in the farm system — Stohs has already written down everything you’ll need to know.

*Your list of the week: a list of the ten greatest TV sports themes of all time (well, really of the last 20 years). Apart from the lack of the “This Week in Baseball” theme, the horribly low rankings of the CBS College Football theme and of the “ESPN National Hockey Night” theme, and a confusingly Canuck choice at #1 — I’d have to say I agree.

*If it’s a preview of the Gophers-Colorado College hockey series you’re looking for, then look no further than the … New York Times? Can that be right?

*Every time Nick Hornby blogs about what he calls football, I’ll link to it.

*Every time Joe Posnanski types just about anything, I’ll link to it. This one’s about Rickey Henderson, who I’ll remind you once left the following message on a GM’s answering machine: “”Kevin, this is Rickey. Calling on behalf of Rickey. Rickey wants to play baseball.”

*Finally, Chris at Western College Hockey thinks that high school hockey in Minnesota may be on the endangered list.

That’ll do it for me — two hockey links and a soccer link, what a Saturday. Enjoy your weekend.

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