Monthly Archives: March 2009

My Wife Really Is Pregnant…

but apparently that’s not the case with Jose Tabata:

Pirates prospect Jose Tabata, reading from a statement in Spanish, said his wife lied to him about being pregnant and then showed to him a baby that she later handed over to authorities, who arrested her on charges of child abduction.
He said Amalia Tabata Pereira, 43, also never informed him that she spent two years and nine months in prison in connection with a fraud and arson case in the same Tampa area where they met and wed while he was a member of the New York Yankees’ Class A affiliate there.

He sounds like a real bright guy.

Around the Podcasts

After preparing next to no attention to podcasts for years, I’m suddenly addicted to about ten of them. A few of my favorites:
“The B.S. Report.” Just when his writing schtick was starting to get a bit stale, Simmons has reinvented himself as a podcaster who has mastered the medium in a fairly short time. He has excellent guests- everyone from Chuck Klosterman to Seth Meyers to Mike “Ken Tremendous” Schnur- but his banter with his old, Yankee-loving buddy JackO is the best of all.
“The Adam Carolla Podcast.” The ex-“Man Show” host has had an uneven career, but this podcast- already the world’s most popular- is Adam in his element and at his best. And it’s all because he got fired from his radio show a few weeks ago. The episode last week with Bill Simmons, in which Carolla went off on a 25-minute tangent about the Charles Manson murders and how he should have just hung out with the hippie chicks instead of carrying out the massacres, was the funniest thing I’ve heard in any medium in months.
“The Deadcast.” Deadspin’s recently launched podcast, featuring the always-hilarious Drew Magary as well as Will Leitch. Delightfully profane, much like Deadspin itself.
“Jordan and Chloe.” I mentioned this before, but it’s my LA-based friend Jordan Rockwell- and his cat, Chloe- hosting discussion on love, life and relationships. It’s the same hilarious stuff that got me hooked on his old blog five years ago.
“On the DL Podcast.” A Philly-based, but nationally-focused show, now five days a week, covering mostly sports but also politics and culture; the show boasts an insanely high profile roster of regular guests, from ESPN personalities to Philly newspaper columnists to blogosphere royalty to politicians (Michael Nutter and Ed Rendell have both appeared.) Hosted by Dan Levy (the “DL” of the title), along with film publicist Nick Tarnowski.
“Fox Twin Cities Sports on Demand.” Yes, it’s video, but I listen to the audio. A fresh take on Minnesota sports with the anchor and producers of the local Fox affiliate in the Twin Cities, and a huge breath of fresh air if you’re an out-of-towner and your only exposure to Minnesota sports is Sid and Souhan. It’s co-hosted by my old synagogue pal Seth Kaplan, while Aaron Gleeman is a frequent guest.
Will I launch my own? Probably not anytime soon, but who knows…