Recent Comments by holden

Vin Scully recites the speech about baseball from "Field of Dreams".


posted by holden at 11:44 PM on May 26

Did the Starting Gate Injury Break Barbaro's Leg?

Interesting read, although some of the comments in the Deadspin article (from seemingly informed/qualified commenters) have me leaning towards the "probably not" camp.

posted by holden at 10:43 AM on May 24

Premier League Fantasy 2015-16 final results

I think that's maybe my third or fourth year running of finishing second. Kind of like Arsenal I guess.

I'm thinking we should get a Euro 2016 fantasy league going (maybe a little closer to the tournament, once rosters are finalized).

posted by holden at 02:13 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I kind of like irrational (probably more like less rational) homer grum as a change-of-pace from analytical grum.

I don't know whether Odor was throwing at Bautista's head (seems plausible), but I'm not sure the three examples above are particularly instructive. In each of those other DPs, he catches the ball at waist level or above. In the play from yesterday, Beltre seems to have short-armed the throw and Odor receives it down around his shin, and if you're trying for a quick exchange and throw in that position, a side-arm throw seems about as good an approach as any.

posted by holden at 11:54 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

posted by holden at 11:21 PM on May 15

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

OKC in 7
Cavs in 5

PTs + REB + AST - Westbrook
BLOCKS - Green
STEALS - Lebron
PF - Green
FT - Harden ... er ... Durant

posted by holden at 11:07 PM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

TB in 7
STL in 7

posted by holden at 10:36 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

How is a four pitch walk unintentional? Is the pitcher that bad?

It was issued by reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. If MLB's Gameday strike zone is accurate, Arrieta seems to have been a little hard done by the ump's strike zone.

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It's also notable that two of the intentional walks of Harper ended up loading the bases. In extra innings.

posted by holden at 12:12 PM on May 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Goodness, baseball will be the worse for it when Bartolo retires.

posted by holden at 11:42 PM on May 07

Nyquist Favorite to Win Today's Kentucky Derby

I figured Majetor was a Mexican horse who was not a big fan of Mothers Day (or other things mother-related, for that matter).

posted by holden at 11:36 PM on May 07

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Cleveland 5
Toronto 7
Spurs 5

JR Smith
Klay Thompson

posted by holden at 01:58 PM on May 02

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

Watch the Tom Hanks video. Pretty sure he was joking about putting money on Leicester.

posted by holden at 09:23 AM on May 02

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Blues in 7
Islanders in 6
Capitals in 6
Sharks in 6

Scorer: Tarasenko
Goalie: Bishop
PP: Sharks
GPG: Caps

posted by holden at 12:43 PM on April 27

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

Cleveland 5
Toronto 5
Miami 4
Boston 6

Golden State 4
San Antonio 5
Portland 7

Highest points (team): 113
Highest points (player): 39

posted by holden at 01:01 AM on April 15

LA Rams Trade to Acquire 1st Pick in NFL Draft

I agree with Video Game Parlor. Seems like a steep price to pay, particularly in a year in which there is no sure-fire QB prospect. Rams do not seem to be just a QB away from contending (and thus could use all of those picks), although perhaps this is also motivated by having a marketable, franchise player for the return to LA (although I would think Gurley is pretty damn marketable).

posted by holden at 12:58 AM on April 15

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Panthers 6
Wings 6
Caps 5
Pens 7

Stars 6
Hawks 6
Ducks 6
Kings 7

posted by holden at 11:00 AM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

He was taking off his shoes in Jeff Kent's truck.

posted by holden at 04:10 PM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

For the record, holden, I wasn't offended, just surprised.

You'd be surprised too if you walked into your kitchen and saw Bernie Sanders doing that to your mom. (I know, I know -- too soon.)

posted by holden at 12:34 PM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In an attempt to avoid the banhammer, just want to apologize for my role in what happened in the Huddle yesterday. Definitely got way out of hand, and I unfortunately fanned the flames. The Maddux thing was obviously riffing on a long-standing joke, but had no idea there were that many Trump fans on this board.

posted by holden at 10:02 AM on March 24

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

Welcome to the Hootie Johnson Club.

posted by holden at 09:09 PM on March 21

Michael Powell follows the sad, dirty trail of big time high school and college ball

Good read. Larry Brown does not come off particularly well in this reckoning.

posted by holden at 08:48 PM on March 06

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Broncos 7 Lock

posted by holden at 06:48 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I still see a number of two-handed set shots in my son's Chicago Catholic Youth League 4th-grade basketball games.

posted by holden at 09:19 PM on January 30

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

That's fair in as far as the clock is concerned (for some reason was under the mistaken impression that the clock ran from boot to whistle on a touchback) and in the field position (for some reason, I had remembered both of those possessions ending inside the ten), but I do think Denver's play-calling would not be so conservative if they did not have the 8-point lead. Seemed their strategy in the last several possessions was "don't do anything stupid."

posted by holden at 10:40 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

If New England had kicked a field goal on the last three possessions instead of going for touchdowns, they would have won the game.

While that is obviously true, it's hard to say how the game would have played out had the Patriots kicked field goals -- would have made a difference in field position (Denver's starting field position and Patriots field position after Broncos punts) and amount of clock available for the Patriots (at a minimum, due to kickoffs), and might have influenced Bronco's offensive strategy.

posted by holden at 10:00 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Exhibit C that a tenacious pass rush is kryptonite to the Brady-era Patriots offense. Fun game from the neutral's perspective. And yes, that game was close enough that it goes the other way at Foxborough.

posted by holden at 08:05 PM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

I think my picks from last week were not tallied.

Denver by 3 LOCK
Carolina by 7 LOCK

Most total yards - NE
Most turnovers - ARI
Most passing yards - Brady
Most rushing yards - Stewart
Most receiving yards - Fitzgerald
Sack - Von Miller
Interception - Peterson

posted by holden at 06:13 PM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

New England 6
Arizona 10 LOCK
Carolina 7
Denver 10 LOCK


posted by holden at 04:33 PM on January 16

Golfer linked to multi-million dollar coke deal.

Raise your hand if you thought this was going to link to an article about Dustin Johnson.

posted by holden at 12:08 AM on January 15

NFL Approves Rams Move to Los Angeles, Chargers Invited to Join

St. Louis really has gotten the stiff arm from major league sports over the years. The NFL made sure that Cleveland was taken care of after Modell left. The NBA made sure that Charlotte was taken care of after Shinn left. The NHL took care of Minnesota after the North Stars left. Baltimore would have been taken care of if Modell hadn't gone there. And so on and so forth.

Add to that the Spirits of St. Louis being one of two then-active teams not to survive the ABA-NBA merger. Mitigated by the fact that (a) they had only been in St. Louis for two seasons before the merger, and (b) the owners made out like bandits.

posted by holden at 02:20 PM on January 13

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 21

I only had one transfer. If you don't use one in a given week, it carries over until you use 2 in one week.

posted by holden at 12:03 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Andy Reid doesn't have that problem. He knows how to endure when things get messed up.

If by endure, you mean standing around looking confused and throwing challenge flags on calls that have no chance of being overturned, I agree.

posted by holden at 02:01 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

As someone who (I believe) did not really participate in any of the Deflategate threads, all I will say about the outrage discrepancy is that (1) there is a perception (right or wrong) that the Patriots are serial cheaters, and (2) people seem to get more worked up about allegations of chicanery that happens between the lines or could directly affect what happens between the lines than something that is much more indirectly related to what happens on the field. I get that Manning is about as big as it gets, but no one (media or public) has ever really seemed to care too much about PEDs in the NFL. It seems more likely than not that Antonio Gates will go to the Hall of Fame regardless of his PED suspension earlier this year, whereas better baseball players who were never suspended (Clemens, Bonds) may never get into Cooperstown.

posted by holden at 06:26 PM on January 09

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Kansas City by 7
Cincinnati by 6
Seattle by 10 LOCK
Green Bay by 3

Russell Wilson
Jeremy Hill
Antonio Brown
J.J. Watt

posted by holden at 03:08 PM on January 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I initially read yerfatma's post above and said to myself "What the hell does the guy from The Hold Steady care about Manning and HGH?," followed by "Oooh, and the drummer does not agree with him on it!" Would have been a lot more fun that way rather than a couple (or at least one confirmed) blowhards at the Globe.

I do find the lack of follow up on the story interesting/curious, but does anyone give a shit whether an aging QB coming off of a major surgery potentially used something to aid/speed his recovery?

posted by holden at 01:47 PM on January 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Anyone have a link to (or their own) handy list of where former Grantland authors are publishing pieces? I know some of the big-sport big names (Lowe, Barnwell) are at ESPN, but would be curious where some of the others have landed (to the extent they have found regular or at least frequent gigs).

posted by holden at 01:26 PM on January 08

Baseball Hall of Fame adds "The Kid" and the catcher in 2016.

I saw bacne on Bagwell once at the community pool in Sugar Land. Will never get my vote.

posted by holden at 11:40 PM on January 06

Baseball Hall of Fame adds "The Kid" and the catcher in 2016.

Donora, not Denora.

Shame about Edmonds; deserved more than a year on the ballot.

posted by holden at 09:00 PM on January 06

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

New Orleans by 10
Buffalo by 7
Chicago by 3
Cincinnati by 6
Pittsburgh by 27
Dallas by 3
Indianapolis by 13
New England by 20
N.Y. Giants by 10
Houston by 10
Denver by 7
Kansas City by 15
Arizona by 7
San Francisco by 7
Carolina by 14
Green Bay by 20

posted by holden at 01:21 PM on January 03

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

I quit entering one because I realized the game had started, but didn't delete the beginning. Outcome makes this moot in any event.

posted by holden at 03:05 PM on December 25

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

San Diego by
Philadelphia by 13
Carolina by 17
Buffalo by 6
Detroit by 9
Tennessee by 3
Kansas City by 17
Indianapolis by 3
New England by 7
Tampa Bay by 10
Pittsburgh by 14
New Orleans by 13
Arizona by 3
Seattle by 20
N.Y. Giants by 3
Denver by 14

posted by holden at 09:13 PM on December 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If A-Rod can hang on 2 more seasons and gets into the Hall of Fame, then drop Pedro and you've got Clinton to Trump covered.

Which of the three assumptions in that statement is most unlikely to come to pass?

Perhaps a more likely player to bridge Clinton and whoever is next would be Adrian Beltre - both due to potential longevity and HoF potential.

posted by holden at 01:33 PM on December 15

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Not So Hotlanta Edition

Arizona by 13
Chicago by 6
Cincinnati by 7
San Francisco by 3
Kansas City by 20
Detroit by 7
N.Y. Jets by 9
Philadelphia by 7
New Orleans by 7
Carolina by 14
Indianapolis by 3
Seattle by 17
Denver by 10
Green Bay by 17 LOCK
New England by 10
N.Y. Giants by 3

posted by holden at 01:58 PM on December 09

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Brock and Roll Edition

Green Bay by 7
Buffalo by 3
Chicago by 10
Cincinnati by 13
Tennessee by 6
Arizona by 10
Miami by 7
Seattle by 6
N.Y. Giants by 10
Tampa Bay by 3
Kansas City by 7
Denver by 13
New England by 20 LOCK
Carolina by 13
Pittsburgh by 7
Washington by 13

posted by holden at 11:40 AM on December 03

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

0 for 3 and bonked my lock as well. The tumble down the ladder continues.

posted by holden at 11:52 PM on November 26

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Philadelphia by 3
Dallas by 6
Green Bay by 10 LOCK
Atlanta by 3
Cincinnati by 7
Oakland by 6
Indianapolis by 3
Kansas City by 13
N.Y. Jets by 4
N.Y. Giants by 7
Jacksonville by 3
New Orleans by 10
Arizona by 9
Seattle by 7
New England by 7
Baltimore by 6

posted by holden at 11:28 AM on November 26

Tiger Woods to be a Ryder Cup vice captain in 2016

Is the spirit of the Ryder Cup similar to the [SPOILER ALERT] spirits that come out of the Ark of the Covenant and wreak all kinds of hell on the Nazis at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie?

posted by holden at 05:27 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I am originally from Baton Rouge (and my folks still live there) and am an LSU fan, although did not go to school there. My impression is that a vocal portion of the fan base thinks that LSU should basically be in contention for the national championship every year on account of the fact that one can have a top-5 recruiting class just by getting the top in-state recruits, and that Miles is thus failing. Personally, I think he is a great recruiter and a good "man manager," but a poor in-game and advance game-planning tactician. That said, it is undeniable that he is the most successful coach in LSU history. Unless LSU could be reasonably assured of getting Chip Kelly (or someone very much like Chip Kelly), not sure any change makes sense at present.

posted by holden at 01:21 PM on November 20

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

New England by 20

posted by holden at 10:24 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Tennessee by 10
Atlanta by 7
Chicago by 3
Oakland by 7
Dallas by 4
Philadelphia by 6
Carolina by 13
St. Louis by 6
N.Y. Jets by 4
Kansas City 10
Green Bay by 7
Seattle by 13 LOCK
Arizona by 6
Buffalo at New England

posted by holden at 09:27 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Green Bay by 17
Carolina by 6
St. Louis by 4
Philadelphia by 7
Pittsburgh by 12
Dallas by 3
New Orleans by 3
Baltimore by 9
Oakland by 10
Denver by 13 LOCK
New England by 10
Seattle by 3
Cincinnati by 14

posted by holden at 12:55 AM on November 15

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Jets by 7

posted by holden at 08:36 PM on November 12

Racism Between the Goal Posts

Interesting findings, although seems like a potentially small sample size - can't see the full academic journal article, but assume there's enough there to get something statistically significant or it wouldn't have been published (unless this is some sort of vanity/pay-to-publish journal with low publication and/or peer review standards).

I do wonder about one thing with respect to the percentage of black NFL quarterbacks (16-28%) compared to black NFL players generally (~66%). Assuming (and I have no factual basis for this other than an assumption based on observation and perception, which - not to get too meta here - might reflect implicit bias) black quarterbacks in college are less likely to play a "pro-style" system, then perhaps they are less likely to be drafted/started due to reasons of scheme "fit," experience, or skill set, rather than for race-based reasons. Of course, this is maybe just abstracting up a level, as there may be a race-based bias/"push" to put black quarterbacks in high school or college offenses that are more gimmicky or that otherwise do not translate to the pros -- due to perceptions of the players' relative athleticism, ability or inability to make reads, etc.

posted by holden at 12:29 PM on November 11

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 13 (see above)
Miami by 3
St. Louis by 7
New England by 20
New Orleans by 13
New York Jets by 8
Pittsburgh by 3
Green Bay by 7
Atlanta by 10
New York Giants by 11
Denver by 7
Philadelphia by 10
Chicago by 6

posted by holden at 10:30 AM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 13

posted by holden at 07:50 PM on November 05

"Shuttering of Grantland Hints at Corroding ESPN Culture, Competency, and Gumption"

The shuttering of Grantland is unfortunate from my perspective in that, with a couple of exceptions, you could really count on just about anything you read on there being good. The signal to noise ratio was really high, as opposed to at the "mothership" where there is just a whole bunch of crap to wade through to get to anything good.

It was a "home page" of sorts for me (certainly a weekly, if not a daily, visit) -- I know I could get good writing on a variety of sports and other subjects (although I mostly ignored the pop culture stuff). It was like a really well-curated wine or liquor store, where you initially discovered and could continually go back to your favorites but you also knew that the proprietor would have interesting new selections that you could feel confident investing money/time in and that would probably be worth it. Now, with what I assume is or will be a diaspora of the Grantland writers, the convenience factor of having that all in one place is gone. It was really nice to have the one place I could visit to read Mike Goodman on EPL, Zach Lowe n basketball, Bill Barnwell on NFL, or Jonah Keri on baseball.

I think Simmons' signature accomplishment with Grantland was attracting and fostering all of that talent. I could take or leave his columns or his podcasts -- his suspension and then being let go did not change my consumption of Grantland at all. But that was just a great collection of writers -- apparently with very good editors behind the scenes -- and I think it is doubtful we see another site/media organization that has top-3 talent in multiple sports all in the same place.

posted by holden at 03:51 PM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night

New England by 7
Kansas City by 6
Atlanta by 13
Chicago by 8
Arizona by 10
St. Louis by 17 LOCK
New Orleans by 7
Pittsburgh by 3
Baltimore by 10
Houston by 6
Oakland by 3
Seattle by 17
Green Bay by 7
Carolina by 10

posted by holden at 08:46 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

... only to be stranded at third.

posted by holden at 12:19 AM on October 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Now that's a pinch runner.

posted by holden at 12:08 AM on October 24

U.S. Will Host 2016 Copa America Centenario

Here's hoping Chicago gets some matches (and J'ville as well, for rcade and his boys).

posted by holden at 12:06 AM on October 24