* I really enjoyed Paul Daugherty’s piece on the special relationship between Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall. A lot of us feel like we have a special relationship with Joe, after all the years listening to him on the radio. Good stuff. (FYI, this was the occasion that sparked Marty’s reminiscences.)

* Anyone have suggestions for some good books that you’ve read recently? I just got an Amazon gift card, and I’m looking to load up my Kindle (though there are already twenty books on there that I haven’t read yet).

* Interesting piece by Slyde on the Reds strength of schedule (or lack thereof) so far and what it means for the rest of the season.

* Want a good laugh? Check out People of Wal-Mart. That site cracks me up.

* Homer Bailey has taken a few baby steps towards a return to the Reds, but Chris Dickerson isn’t so lucky.

* I mentioned last week that I’m a 76ers fan, which is defensible because Cincinnati no longer has an NBA team. Philly selected a Buckeye in the NBA draft, Evan Turner. I’m happy with that pick, though I was hoping the Sixers could get the first overall selection. John Wall is a stud.

* Bite your tongue.

* Another one of my favorite sites: Shorpy. I don’t know why, but I’m a sucker for those old photos, especially the ones from DC and New York, showing street scenes from around the turn of the century. Good stuff.

* How many of you have an iPhone? I don’t, but I’ve been drooling over them for quite some time. Whether you have one or not, check out this short film that was shot and edited entirely on an iPhone 4. That blows my mind.

* Hurry and get down to GAB where you can grab lunch on the Reds and vote for your favorite players for the All-Star Game. Great idea, and nice gesture by the Reds. Kudos to Jamie Ramsey for organizing it.

* Oh no. This is bad news.

* Why aren’t you following me on Twitter? And why aren’t you following Redleg Nation? We are almost up to 1000 followers, and I’m hoping to get there soon. I don’t know why I’m hoping that. It’s meaningless, I concede.

* On this date, King John II of Aragon, Nelson Eddy, Slim Pickens, Harmon Killebrew, Stokely Carmichael, Gary Busey (!), Rick Honeycutt, Pedro Guerrero, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jeff Burton, and Prince Aristides Stavros of Greece and Denmark, son of Crown Prince Pavlos, were all born. Also on this date, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Fatty Arbuckle, Jayne Mansfield, Primo Carnera, Lana Turner, Rosemary Clooney, and Katharine Hepburn all died. In 1613, the Globe Theatre in London burned to the ground. In 1880, France annexed Tahiti. In 1956, the US Interstate Highway System was created. In 1974, Isabel Perón was sworn in as the first female President of Argentina. In 1990, both Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela tossed no-hitters.

Oh yeah, and I was born on this date, as well. 🙂