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A washout as a traditional sportswriter, Minnetonka man found success as innovative blogger | StarTribune.com

Meet baseball blogger extraordinaire and eligible bachelor Aaron Gleeman.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:49 AM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Guapo Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM (#4454447)
My mother told me good
My mother told me strong.
She said "be true to yourself
And you can't go wrong."
"But there's just one thing
That you must understand."
"You can fool with your brother -
But don't mess with a Minnetonka man."

   2. The District Attorney Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM (#4454458)
Why doesn't he purify himself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka?
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM (#4454460)
THE HEADLINE MADE ME THINK THIS WAS ABOUT MURRAY CHASS, MR. PRESIDENT!
   4. gef the talking mongoose Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM (#4454480)
The accompanying photo apparently shows Aaron at a ballgame, which frightens & confuses me. Maybe we're instead seeing the view on a big-screen TV in his mother's basement?

Also, interesting to see Keith Moyer, who helped ruin my old newspaper's competitor in one of the last great newspaper wars in Little Rock, quoted as "a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication and former Star Tribune publisher." Gannett was always good about making sure executive-level incompetency was rewarded with kicks upstairs.
   5. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM (#4454498)
When will we get the Dimino retrospective? WHEN?!
   6. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM (#4454501)
The accompanying photo apparently shows Aaron at a ballgame, which frightens & confuses me. Maybe we're instead seeing the view on a big-screen TV in his mother's basement?


It's a TV. Besides, he's not looking at the game, so everything is OK.
   7. Morty Causa Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM (#4454512)
"Minnetonka"? It's a joke name, right? Like Bigus Dickus?
   8. gef the talking mongoose Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM (#4454525)
"Minnetonka"? It's a joke name, right? Like Bigus Dickus?


Big words there from a man who's from a state whose list of cities & towns includes Dry Prong & Krotz Springs.
   9. sonoran_fox Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM (#4454529)
Morty Causa:

The word "Minnetonka" comes from the Dakota Indian mni tanka meaning "great water", i.e. Mississippi River.

And it applies to a suburb of Minneapolis, a creek, a large lake, a high school, and a very successful moccasin company amongst many others in Minnesota.
   10. DJS, the Digital Dandy Posted: May 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM (#4454550)
The word "Minnetonka" comes from the Dakota Indian mni tanka meaning "great water", i.e. Mississippi River.

It seems that most of the Amerindian words for stuff involves "little" or "great." Didn't they have a word for "average" or "moderate?"
   11. jmurph Posted: May 29, 2013 at 12:14 PM (#4454555)
Didn't they have a word for "average" or "moderate?"


Ohio?
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: May 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM (#4454559)
It seems that most of the Amerindian words for stuff involves "little" or "great." Didn't they have a word for "average" or "moderate?"


Fast food places, movie theaters and Starbucks can offer five serving sizes and not a goddamned one of them is a "medium", so why should the Native Americans be any different?

   13. ntr RdP Posted: May 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM (#4454567)
So Gleeman is not a writer for the show Glee?
   14. DL from MN Posted: May 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM (#4454570)
Didn't they have a word for "average" or "moderate?"


I believe it was "Gleeman"
   15. Rancischley Leweschquens (Tim Wallach was my Hero) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM (#4454574)
It seems that most of the Amerindian words for stuff involves "little" or "great." Didn't they have a word for "average" or "moderate?"

One Inuit (Eskimo) village in Nunavik (Northern Quebec) is actually named Kangirsuk, or "The Bay", after the huge Ungava Bay.

Funny thing however is that there is another village in the same region called Kangiqsujuaq, or "The Big Bay", in reference to Wakeham Bay, which is actually very small (in comparison with the Ungava Bay anyway).

And there's also Kangiqsualujjuaq, "The Great Big Bay". But since this ones also refers to the Ungava Bay, it fits rather well.
   16. DA Baracus, Braves Intern Posted: May 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM (#4454582)
When will we get the Dimino retrospective? WHEN?!


Not until I get my Perry Laurentino retrospective.
   17. gef the talking mongoose Posted: May 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM (#4454598)
It's a TV. Besides, he's not looking at the game, so everything is OK.


As long as he has the sound turned off, I suppose.
   18. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 01:00 PM (#4454604)
Fast food places, movie theaters and Starbucks can offer five serving sizes and not a goddamned one of them is a "medium", so why should the Native Americans be any different?


I do get into it with places that pretend not to have 'small' or 'medium' sizes. "You do have a size which is smaller than the other sizes, that's the one I want, the small one."
   19. Steve Treder Posted: May 29, 2013 at 01:04 PM (#4454605)
Yay Aaron!
   20. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: May 29, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4454636)
The native word for "average" or "medium" in all languages of the 500 nations was actually "venti."
   21. alilisd Posted: May 29, 2013 at 02:29 PM (#4454684)
The word "Minnetonka" comes from the Dakota Indian mni tanka meaning "great water", i.e. Mississippi River.

And it applies to a suburb of Minneapolis, a creek, a large lake, a high school, and a very successful moccasin company amongst many others in Minnesota.


Fascinating, Senor Fox; what can you tell us about Milwaukee, or as the Ojibwe referred to it, Ominowakiing, gathering place by the water? ;-)
   22. Morty Causa Posted: May 29, 2013 at 03:15 PM (#4454775)
Big words there from a man who's from a state whose list of cities & towns includes Dry Prong & Krotz Springs.


And those are the the more vanilla ones.

How about Mamou--after the Mamou Indians? Or Mermentau. Or Bacchiochi. Or Cow Island.

Ooo [hugging the internet], let's never argue again.

   23. Morty Causa Posted: May 29, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4454781)
And it applies to a suburb of Minneapolis, a creek, a large lake, a high school, and a very successful moccasin company amongst many others in Minnesota.


Atchafalaya. Now that's a river and wetland basin name you can set your watch by.
   24. gef the talking mongoose Posted: May 29, 2013 at 03:22 PM (#4454791)
The second place we lived in Slidell, near New Orleans, back in back in the late '80s was about 5 blocks from an EPA Superfund site (because of an old creosote plant), Bayou Bonfouca. "Bonfouca" is one of those "smile when you say that, pardner" words, I've found.
   25. God Posted: May 29, 2013 at 03:58 PM (#4454869)
When I was driving through Minnesota I had to stop and take a picture of the little town called "Ball Club." (Whose name actually has nothing to do with baseball, alas.)
   26. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 29, 2013 at 04:02 PM (#4454875)
For some reason I found this one funny.

-- MWE
   27. DL from MN Posted: May 29, 2013 at 04:11 PM (#4454889)
Minnetonka beats Nimrod, MN as far as city names go.
   28. Ron J2 Posted: May 29, 2013 at 04:31 PM (#4454914)
#10 No Pratchett quotes yet:

an explorer pointed to a forest, and asked a native "what is this?

Name translates to "Your finger you fool"

In the same vein Mount Oolskunrahod translates to translates to "Who is this Fool who does Not Know what a Mountain Is"

Canada is something of a real life example of this. It's from kanata and means something close to village or settlement. Cartier misunderstood and thought he was being told the name of the whole region.

   29. Morty Causa Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:35 PM (#4455232)
"Faquetigue" tore kids up with laughter when I was growing up. A small rural community Southwest Acadiana, it has a nice provincial Mardi Gras. You pronounce Faquetigue sort of like Bruce Willis: "fickee tie yay." That's French Anglicized so it sounds a lot like a combination of that and "fockee", and of course the young boys just took it from there when I was a kid. I'm sure kids now are a lot more sophisticated. Google the word for some surprises.
   30. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 30, 2013 at 04:19 AM (#4455445)
I'll call your Dry Prong, Mamou, and Bonfouca, and raise you a Natchitoches and Tchefuncte.
   31. gef the talking mongoose Posted: May 30, 2013 at 09:29 AM (#4455539)
Natchitoches


At least the locals have the good sense to boil it down to something manageable. (It's "nak-uh-dish" up where I'm from, a few miles north of the La. border.)
   32. The Polish Sausage Racer Posted: May 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM (#4455804)
I've always found him ridiculous since his misguided effort to name some goofy metric after himself.
   33. pikepredator Posted: May 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM (#4455835)
those of us from New England are familiar with the lake whose name translates to: "I fish on my side, you fish on your side, and nobody fishes in the middle". On a local sign the name has to be given the uber-saltalamacchia (ie semi-circle) treatment in order to fit:

Lake Chargogg . . .

note: that is not photoshopped, I learned about this BITGOD before the internet or photoshop existed.
   34. dlf Posted: May 30, 2013 at 01:27 PM (#4455885)
When I was driving through Minnesota I had to stop and take a picture of the little town called "Ball Club." (Whose name actually has nothing to do with baseball, alas.)


A little north of Atlanta is a tiny town named Ball Ground.
   35. Cris E Posted: June 04, 2013 at 03:13 PM (#4460185)
Cities in Minnesota

Embarrass
Fertile
Climax
Young America
Minnesota City, MN (So that's what you came up with? Really?)

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