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TFD: This Kevin Love photo shoot is really something

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated February 19th at 4:27pm 292748511

Honestly, if you showed us the picture of the guy with the dog without context, we wouldn’t know it was Love.

There are plenty more shots of Love wearing ridiculously expensive clothes that you can’t afford right here at GQ.com.

This dad is rating the free stuff he gets for his son from all 30 MLB teams

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated February 19th at 1:03pm 292702811

We first saw this being chatted about Thursday morning on Twitter, later realizing it was getting a boost from a post on Deadspin.

The gist: A dad is working on getting free stuff from baseball teams for his son, a 20-month-old named Mason. Per the dad’s blog:

I decided to contact all 30 MLB teams on behalf of my 20 month old son, Mason. I simply sent an email to the franchise and asked if they would be nice enough to send him a fan pack. I also included a photo of Mason in my email. I will be tracking the results in this blog and handing out letter grades for each franchise. Feel free to contact me with any questions. 

He’s heard back from seven teams so far. Maybe it’s a little odd that a dad wants free stuff from EVERY team, but if they are keepsakes for a son he hopes will be a baseball fan someday … maybe not too weird? The problem seems to be with the rankings.

When you ask for free stuff, you are at the mercy of the giver. And anything given is a bonus — something that should be valued. Instead, the dad gives pretty high marks to teams that give him a big haul, but then does this:

Only took a week to receive our letter back from the pale hoes. Pretty basic stuff here (2) 2015 schedules, a letter to thank us for the support and a sticker.  FINAL GRADE FOR THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX: C-.
The only team of the seven that doesn’t give him anything, the Mets, gets an F. This project would have been much better without the grades.

Thursday (KG to the Wolves is picking up steam) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated February 19th at 3:01pm 292671411

kgtaylorLast month, we wrote about how the Wolves should try to acquire Kevin Garnett as a mentor of sorts for all their young players. It was a bit of wishful thinking, a bit of puzzle pieces fitting together and a bit of a whim.

It seemed unlikely at the time that it could happen this year. We were really interested in next year, a final stop for Garnett, No. 21 coming back to Minnesota to play season 21 in the NBA.

But it went from speculative curiosity to the Wolves and Nets talking trade to “cautious optimism” that this thing could get done today (per a tweet from Marc Stein) faster than KG in his prime could swat away a shot.

Make no mistake: The Wolves would not be getting KG in his prime. They wouldn’t even be getting him in those golden years, when he was still productive in Boston even if he was on the decline. Da Kid is no kid anymore. He’s fifth all-time in NBA minutes played, closing in on 50,000, and could be third in minutes before the season ends.

The wear and tear of aging has taken him from up-and-comer, to superstar, to useful cog, to role player.

But it doesn’t matter. The Wolves absolutely should acquire Garnett if they can. It’s not about filling seats, though we suppose there will be curiosity from fans. It’s about setting an example, even if it’s only for a couple months and he decides not to play a 21st season, for a roster filled with promising players as young as he once was.

For all of Garnett’s flaws, his defining feature has always been a relentlessness that we’ve never seen matched. He and Ricky Rubio would click. He and Andrew Wiggins would talk. He and the rest of the young Wolves would probably butt heads and come out better for it.

Teaching a young team to gel is a coach’s responsibility, too, but there’s no substitute for the leadership from a player.

TFD: Flip Saunders in the running for NBA Executive of the Year?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated February 19th at 12:29am 292275681

flipfansIf you think it’s too early for NFL mock drafts, it’s WAYYYYY too early for NBA mock drafts. But don’t tell that to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, who is already on his third version of the 2015 NBA mock, with more than four months to go until draft day.

Poor guy.

At this point, it’s probably just reshuffling teams based on records, even though the draft lottery could blow it all up. Still, his latest mock has the Wolves picking second and taking Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns, which would be fine and dandy. Of more interest to us is his lavish praise for Wolves coach/President Flip Saunders. Per Ford:

Andrew Wiggins wins MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge. Zach LaVine wins the Slam Dunk Contest. Ricky Rubio, Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng all have bright futures. The Wolves have several other interesting young players such as Anthony Bennett, Adreian Payne and Glenn Robinson III. And don’t forget that vets such as Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin should have terrific trade value before the trade deadline, and into the summer. Of the teams at the top of the draft, only the Jazz have an equal stockpile of young talent and assets. I can make a case that Flip Saunders should be in the running for Executive of the Year. The Wolves are going to be a very dangerous team in a couple of years, and adding Towns to the mix would make them even richer in talent.

NBA Exec of the Year will almost certainly go to a GM from a contender, but it is interesting praise from Ford for the rebuilding effort here.

Box scores that time forgot (May 17, 2002): Yankees 13, Twins 12, 14 innings

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated February 17th at 1:45pm 292248191

giambiThe official MLB Twitter feed did a very mean thing on Monday, tweeting out a gif of Jason Giambi’s walk-off grand slam against the Twins in 2002 in honor of Giambi’s retirement. It was a game we had almost forgotten about, and then the flood of memories came gushing back.

*The Twins trailed 8-3 after Rick Reed was shelled, but they came back to take a 9-8 lead thanks to a six-run sixth. Some stellar relief from Bob Wells, J.C. Romero and Mike Jackson (!) got them to the ninth with that one-run lead intact, but Eddie Guardado gave up a game-tying home run to Bernie Williams with one out.

*Guardado pitched a scoreless 10th, and then the Twins — their bullpen depleted — handed the ball to Jack Cressend. The game probably should have ended sometime during Cressend’s time. After all, he finished the season with a 5.91 ERA. Instead, he pitched three scoreless innings of relief — despite giving up four hits and five walks while striking out nobody — to get the game to the 14th inning. Cressend left the bases loaded in the 11th and 13th, while Giambi was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a double in that latter inning.

*In the Twins’ half of the 14th, RBI singles by Bobby Kielty, Denny Hocking and Jacque Jones looked like they would finally make winners of the Twins, giving them  a 12-9 lead.

*However, Mike Trombley had other ideas. Trombley was in his second tour of duty with the Twins and was pretty much out of gas. He was pitching in the third of what would be four consecutive games from May 15-18, which would turn out to be four of the final five appearances of his MLB career (the last would come May 27). In this particular game, Trombley gave up a single to Shane Spencer, a single to Derek Jeter and a walk to Williams before Giambi had a massive blast to right for a walk-off grand slam. The game lasted 5 hours, 45 minutes, and if you were unlucky enough to have watched the bitter ending, you won’t forget it.

*No big deal, though, right? The Twins won the division that year, starting a string of six AL Central titles in nine seasons. Well, yes and no. That year and game started a downward spiral against the Yankees. Minnesota went 0-6 against New York that season and ultimately would go 2-12 in losing four playoff series to the Yankees from 2003-10. Did it all start with that fateful walkoff slam? Maybe not. But it added to the collective weight of the Yankees’ mastery over the Twins.

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