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Twitters Everyone Should Follow

Hi All,

It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve had time to write a blog post. Most of this is due to traveling work and being swamped both at the hotel and when I get back home.

Anyway, excuses aside, I’ve recently found Twitter. It’s awesome. Below are some great Twitter users that everyone should follow. If you want to follow me, I’m at @MarkTRoehl

@SimpsonsQOTD – Simpsons quote of the day. What else needs to be said. They also include a picture, which is awesome.

@arresteddev – The official twitter of the greatest show of all time (Arrested Development)

@_youhadonejob – You Had One Job. Funny fails with pictures.

@slmandel – Stewart Mandel – Former head Sports Illustrated college writer

@ExpCols – Experience Columbus – Tells fun stuff to do around the city

@Ken_Rosenthal – Baseball Analyst for Fox.

@11W – Eleven Warriors – Best site on the interwebs for OSU football news.

@OsuCoachCoombs – OSU Assistant Football Coach – King of the hashtag.

@KenTremendous  – Created of Parks and Rec, Moos from The Office and former writer from FireJoeMorgan.com

@JimTressel5 – Twitter of the greatest coach ever to grace the sidelines at The Ohio State University

@Buster_ESPN – Buster Olney – ESPN Baseball Writer

@DOMTIBERI – Dom Tiberi – Best sports anchor in Columbus and an all-around great guy.

@BraxtonMiller5 – Braxton Miller – #QBgeddon!

@CJ12_ – Cardale Jones – #QBgeddon!

@JT_theQB4th – JT Barrett – #QBgeddon!

@JPosnanski – Joe Posnanski – The greatest sports writer on the planet.

@_FloridaMan – Florida Man – Because everything strange or macabre happens in Florida. One of my top 3 twitters

@ShitTats – Shit Tats – Speaks for itself. Pictures of really bad tattoos. 

@harlowandsage – Amazing pics of Harlow and Sage – Two great dog friends (and one is a weimaraner)

@MedievalReacts – This is hard to explain, but it’s medieval paintings told in the language of today. Absolutely hilarious.

If you have any other good Twitters to follow, drop a note in the comments.

The Great Joe Posnanski

My favorite writer is the great Joe Posnanski. He could write about a chemistry competition and make it sound interesting. I love that he grew up in Cleveland and still harbors all the heartbreak of 50+ years of being without a championship. I also like how I agree with almost his entire philosophy when it comes to Baseball and advanced statistics (everyone who likes baseball should be lucky enough to read this book). In his previous role as senior writer for Sports Illustrated and current role as Senior Writer for NBC Sports, we’re lucky enough to have him write about a wide variety of sports. If you count his blog, almost no topic is outside of what he’ll write about.

My favorite Joe posts are on his blog when he writes about either nerdy baseball topics (WAR vs. traditional stats) and when he writes about life. It sounds cliche, but I’ve saved a few of his articles in my RSS feed that I feel everyone should read. In a way, I hope my writing can achieve a small part of what he accomplished. With that said, I encourage anyone reading this blog to check out these links and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

1.Fifteen Years – An article about being married 15 years to his wife Margo. I love when he writes about non-sports and I wish I could be this articulate about events in my life.

2. The heart of Los Angeles – A great article about the incomparable Vin Scully.

3. The Biggest Winner – An article about Rulon Gardner and what inspiration in sports means.

4. Home in Capital Letters – There was a time when I thought I would be moving from Columbus. I specifically saved this article because it resonated with how I feel about the city. If I ever leave Columbus, this will be the first article I read to try to capture how I feel about leaving my adopted hometown.

5. Katie the Prefect – I know I’ve said all these articles are brilliant… this is an article about taking his daughter Katie Universal Studios to Harry Potter World and how the smallest deeds can have the biggest influences.

If you have any authors who have had a positive influence in your life or want to drop a note about Joe Posnanski, feel free to use the comment box below.

Saturday Night Summed Up in One Conversation

My wife and I had a wonderful time at the Powell Village Winery on Saturday. The Summer Sangria is absolutely amazing! It quickly became our all-time favorite wine from their. We split a bottle at the restaurant and then bought another bottle for later.

On the way home, we stopped at the grocery store to grab some oranges. While my wife ran in, I turned on ‘The Sportive‘ podcast. When my wife came back, I told her I found this podcast when they had Aaron Gleeman on as a guest and started telling her who Gleeman is… her response….

“I know who Gleeman is. Gleeman and Posnanski…. I’m going to get you all friendship bracelets”

Ahh married life!


If you want to follow some great writers:

Aaron Gleeman – http://aarongleeman.com/

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Joe Posnanski – http://joeposnanski.blogspot.com/
and I highly recommend reading his book – The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America

If you want to buy us all friendship bracelets or have any comments, feel free to drop a note below 

Random 11pm on a Thursday Post

I often struggle with what I want this blog to be. I think what I’ve come up with is sometimes I want to write an article or share something that’s longer than a Facebook or Google+ post. Other times I want to share a thought or pictures.

With that said, today was a really neat day that I want to remember. It started by reading an amazing article by my favorite writer, Joe Posnanski celebrating 15 years of marriage. The article is here:


I can’t recommend it enough. I’m currently a few weeks away from getting married and I couldn’t help but think my future bride and get excited as I read it.

When I got home, I was so tired. It’s been a long week. As life can be at times, there are are a million things to do and only 24 hours in the day. I knew I needed to go for a run, but just couldn’t muster the energy. I eventually rallied and ended up with one of the best runs Tobey and I have ever had. The run seemed effortless and the splits were crazy-fast for us.


After the run, Tobey was out like a light and laid next to me on the couch as we watched the Twins lose to the Royals. We also dual-tasked (a lesser form of multi-tasking) and caught up on Mad Men and watched the Parks and Rec with the Leslie and Ben marriage episodes. I’m tempted to watch my favorite movie of all time (Juno), but it’s already 11:30.

I know this is kind of a random post so if you have any special days you wish to share or any favorite Ron Swanson quotes, feel free to drop a note in the comments.

It’s Almost Next Year!!! Opening Day on April 1!

Opening day is nearly here! The Minnesota Twins open at 4:10pm versus the Detroit Tigers on April 1. For those who don’t follow baseball, the Twins are coming off consecutive last place finishes in the their division. In 2011 they won a grand total of 63 games and in 2012 only won 66. This year doesn’t look to be much better with Vegas putting the estimated win total at a robust 68.5 wins.

Part of the beauty of opening day is that anything can happen for one game. The Twins are facing  the odds-on favorite to win the division in the Tigers. Detroit will be pitching Justin Verlander. He’s not only the best pitcher in the league, but also won the MVP two years ago making him the best player in the league. The odds are not in the Twins favor, but like so many things in life… hope springs eternal. If Baltimore and Oakland could compete last year, anything can happen. With that said, here are a few things I’m looking forward to this year.

  • Watching Joe Mauer play
  • Listening to and watching Vin Scully, Bob Uecker and Charlie Steiner via the MLB.tv package
  • Seeing if the Twins can get any value from trading Justin Morneau or Josh Willingham at the trade deadline
  • Watching Trevor Plouffe and Aaron Hicks development (I think Plouffe is going to have another breakout year)
  • Watching Glen Perkins and Jared Burton
  • Reading the great Aaron Gleeman and Joe Posnanski (who can also be found at http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/)

Another one of my favorite things about baseball season is listening to the Gleeman and the Geek podcast for their annual Over/Under predictions. I thought it may be fun to jot down their predictions and join in with some of my friends. The plan is to check back at the end of the year with how everyone did. If we were in Vegas, my top picks would be the under on the Twins and Red Sox and the over on the Rays. With that said, below are the over/under predictions (Note: on the podcast, Bonnes said he was confident about 5, but I only counted 4).


If you have anything you’re looking forward to for the upcoming MLB season or want to get in on the over/under fun please feel free to drop a note in the comments.