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NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

I hate the fact that I "hedged my bets" by picking NE to win, even though I was cheering for Denver. I thought it would protect me if I was disappointed by Denver losing, but it did nothing but ruin my chances at winning. If you flip that game, I'm only 4 back of the lead.

Result: Denver by 3 - LOCK

Total Points: 29
(16-13 is my prediction as the defenses go crazy.)

Pick the kicker who scores the first field goal - G.Gano (Carolina)
Pick the player who scores the first touchdown - D.Thomas (Denver)
Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards - P.Manning (Denver)
Pick the player with the most rushing yards - C.J.Anderson (Denver)
Pick the player with the most receiving yards - G.Olson (Carolina)
Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack. - V.Miller (Denver)
Pick a player who will get an interception. - V.Miller (Denver)
Pick the player who commits the first turnover. - C.Newton (Carolina)
Pick the game's MVP. - V.Miller (Denver)
Pick the SportsFilter user who will win this contest - goyoucolts

posted by grum@work at 11:04 AM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I made the mistake of going to a huge local sports bar, and found myself perhaps the only one rooting for the Patriots. That experience of being in hostile territory, unable to cheer when your team does something well, having to endure the celebrations when the other team succeeds, is truly unpleasant.

When halftime came I saw the writing on the wall: this was not going to end well. I paid my tab, went back to my hotel and finished watching the game.

One day, I went to my university's local sports bar (Don Cherry's) to watch the Buffalo Bills play a wild card game. For some reason, the game was not a sellout Buffalo, so the local broadcast (which included my area) was blacked out. The only way to watch the game was through satellite, hence why I was there.

Buffalo would be considered the "local" team, but as a result of not actually being IN Buffalo, there was a lot of "anti-Bills" sentiment in the area. I was the only person at the bar wearing ANY Bills paraphernalia (my Steve Tasker jersey).

Well, the first half of the game was a nightmare, and they were trailing big coming out of half-time. Everyone around me was giving me the gears about the Bills, and I was NOT having fun. On the opening drive of the second half, the Bills turned it over...AGAIN. Now it was merciless from the "anti-Buffalo" fans. I paid my bill, and went back to my dorm. On the way, I hit the local arcade and killed some time there, then stopped by the computer lab to see if I had any email.

By the time I got back to the dorm, people were coming up to me and saying "Can you believe it?"

I had left the bar just before the beginning of THE GREATEST COMEBACK IN NFL HISTORY.

Thankfully, the local Buffalo station relented and re-aired the entire game at midnight, so I got to stay up and watch how it happened.

From that day forward, I swore I would never, EVER abandon a game in which I had a rooting interest.

posted by grum@work at 11:28 AM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

9: Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24. A notable game for many reasons. It was John Elway's first Super Bowl victory after multiple attempts. It featured one of the most brutal hits I've ever seen, on the game's second-to-last play, delivered by the Broncos' Steve Atwater, leveling both Packers receiver Robert Brooks and Atwater's teammate Randy Hilliard. (Atwater and Hilliard both had to leave the game.)

Uh, yeah. It was vicious. That's why they have those rules now. Atwater is out cold before he hits the turf.

posted by grum@work at 09:47 PM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Bills/Giants one stands out for me as it had zero turnovers, it was close the entire time, it had a memorable ending (*sob*), and it had the crazy pre-game hype (coming right after Gulf War I had just started).

I watched it during my first year at university, and everyone was sitting in chairs in the main quad watching it on a big screen TV. Just before they snapped the ball for the final kick, one of my dorm mates (a Giants fan) turned to me (a Bills fan) and said "You know he's going to miss the kick, right?"

I was momentarily stunned, and turned just in time to watch the kick sail wide.

I didn't talk to that guy for the rest of the semester.

posted by grum@work at 09:42 PM on February 04

Toronto Maple Leafs Adopt New Logo

If the team actually takes a step forward next year, the Leafs franchise is going to PRINT money with the new logo on hats/jerseys/t-shirts/cups/etc.

I was always a fan of the old logo (I have it on a Sittler jersey and on a Sundin jersey in my closet) because it was crisp, clean, and uncluttered.

That said, it was time to update it as it had been the same logo for my entire life (44 years) and they really, REALLY needed to try to put some space between themselves and the past 40+ years of failure (with brief moments of excellence...1978, 1992-1994, 1999-2002).

The new version looks very nice, but I'll be curious to see how they modify the rest of the jersey (stripes/arm crests/fonts).

posted by grum@work at 12:18 AM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Someone's going to make a nice 30-for-30 story about this.

John Scott wins All-Star MVP award

posted by grum@work at 08:58 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Let's ask Denver Broncos fans if they would like to trade Tebow for Newton straight up. They would laugh in your face. Football fans know even if the experts have no clue. We can spot a fraud when we see one.

In five years, when Tebow is leading Denver into the playoffs and Cam Newton is riding someone's bench, remember this article.

Oh, you couldn't POSSIBLY have concocted a better last paragraph than that one.

posted by grum@work at 09:02 PM on January 29

Ranking the Super Bowl MVPs

What's amazing to me is that I completely forgot that the Broncos beat the Falcons in John Elway's last Super Bowl (I couldn't remember who they played other than the Packers the year before), and that Ottis Anderson was the MVP from the classic XXV (Bills/Giants) Super Bowl (thought it was Jeff Hostetler).

posted by grum@work at 10:08 AM on January 28

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

MY REACTION TO PEYTON MANNING RUNNING FOR A FIRST DOWN, A One-Act Play

"He's started running!"

[head to fridge to grab a drink]

[sit back down]

"Oh, he just finished running. I didn't miss anything."

posted by grum@work at 02:28 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Running up the middle twice, then throwing sideline and then punting gave the ball to New England at the 50 with one timeout and 1:52 left.

In your scenario, ("don't-get-fired-three-runs-and-a-punt"), even if you cause New England to use their final timeout, the Patriots now have to gain a whopping 17 yards in ~100 seconds to have a chance to win the game.

I didn't suggest three straight rushes. I advocated against three straight passing plays. A<>B in this case.

Also, it wasn't like New England was going to run the ball to get those 17 (probably more, since that would still be a 50 yard field goal) yards (because of time management requirements). So if they were forced to pass, I'll point out that Brady was getting eaten alive by the Denver pass rush. He completed only 9 positive-yard passes in 25 attempts in the fourth quarter, including only 3 in his last 12 attempts.

posted by grum@work at 02:25 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Instead Denver throw the ball on second and third down, if not all three downs, convert for a first down, get to the two minute warning and then run into the line twice, cause New England to use its timeouts and Brady never has another serious chance.

Three passing plays when you're trying to chew up clock? Isn't that how coaches get fired?

posted by grum@work at 01:26 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

We're into butterfly wing territory here though. You can't rewrite the last six minutes of a football game and only change one team's script.

Denver's script after the first two drives (assuming no touchdown) would have probably been pretty much the same: chew up the clock, hold onto the ball, get a couple of first downs.

The play calling would still have been conservative (because the fear of a turnover is much greater than the fear of the drive after a punt), and Denver's defense would still be playing with the same objective (get the ball back ASAP, kill the drive or turnover).

I think a field goal on the first drive would have made a lot of sense because (I have to assume) a 34-yard field goal (from the 17 (+7 for the hold, + 10 for the endzone) has a higher make chance than a 2-point conversion. There was more than enough time to get the ball back after the first drive to get the non-converted touchdown.

posted by grum@work at 11:46 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

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.

3rd last drive for NE:
Real last play: Brady threw a pass to Edleman for -1 yards. That gave the ball to Denver at the 17 yard line.
Alternate result: NE kicks the field goal. Then they kick-off through the end zone (no time expires), and Denver starts at the 20 yard line.
Change: Denver starts 3 yards ahead. Negligible difference.

2nd last drive for NE:
Real last play: Brady threw an incomplete pass. That gave the ball to Denver at the 14 yard line.
Alternate result: NE kicks the field goal. Then they kick-off through the end zone (no time expires), and Denver starts at the 20 yard line.
Change: Denver starts 6 yards ahead. Tiny difference.

Last drive for NE:
Real last play: Touchdown pass from the 4 yard line! The two-point conversion fails (no clock change). Then follows an onside kick. Denver gets the ball, but it's inconsequential.
Alternate result: This is where things really go wild with speculation. Since NE only needs a field goal, they probably aren't throwing the ball as far and deep as possible. As well, Denver isn't trying to stop a touchdown, they're trying to stop ANY movement (since NE started with the ball at the 50 (or their own 44 if you assume previous alternate result)). As well, you now have a case where maybe DENVER is the one using timeouts once New England gets past a certain point on the field (to ensure they have time left to counter if the field goal goes through).
Change: Who knows...

posted by grum@work at 10:26 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

They briefly mentioned that the challenge was on call about the lateral, and that Denver thought that the reason the ball went backwards was that the defender got a finger on it, deflecting it backwards, and making it an incomplete pass and not a lateral.

What surprised me was so little was made that the refs blew that whistle so fast that it probably cost the Patriots a crucial touchdown. I would have thought they would have been trained to simply swallow the whistle on plays that MIGHT be laterals, and let the instant replay sort it out.

posted by grum@work at 09:55 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

then had a crucial two-point conversion stop as time expired to win the AFC Championship Game 20-18 over the New England Patriots

The time wasn't expired when they tried the 2-point conversion. The Patriots had enough time to try an onside kick and, if they recovered, try a Hail Mary.

posted by grum@work at 09:00 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.

posted by grum@work at 10:16 PM on January 24

Carolina Demolishes Arizona to Roll Into Super Bowl 50

Oh, man.

posted by grum@work at 09:45 PM on January 24

Carolina Demolishes Arizona to Roll Into Super Bowl 50

Oh, man.

Every time it looks like the Cardinals MIGHT show life, it all just falls apart.

Time to watch this video at halftime in the Cardinals dressing room.

posted by grum@work at 08:22 PM on January 24

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

If you're asking about the 360 spin-around-while-being-sacked throw he did in the final set of downs, I thought that was grounding too.

That's the one.

posted by grum@work at 08:01 PM on January 24

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

If that's the last Tom/Peyton matchup, it was a doozy finish.

posted by grum@work at 06:34 PM on January 24

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

How was that not grounding by Brady?

posted by grum@work at 06:26 PM on January 24

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Why would they show the NE kicker? He isn't going to be involved if the team is down by 8.

posted by grum@work at 06:10 PM on January 24

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

A good example of how far the NFL has come with regards to avoiding injuries was just visible when I was watching. Manning overthrew a receiver enough to make him turn his back on the defender, jump up, stretch, and just get his finger on the ball (before it deflected high and out of bounds). The Patriots defender pulled up in front of the receiver when he came down.

In the old days, the Patriots defender would have blasted the helpless receiver (who, because he touched the ball, would have been "fair game").

posted by grum@work at 03:57 PM on January 24

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

A missed extra point?!

posted by grum@work at 03:48 PM on January 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The story being posted in places is that Blatt was so overwhelmed by what he was asked to do in the NBA games, that he was confused and wasting time diagramming plays during timeouts, and that some plays involved players that weren't even in the game at the time.

Of course, there was the time in the playoffs last year where he almost screwed over the team by trying to call a timeout when the Cavs didn't have one left.

I can understand the desire to hang this on LeBron (and I'd be silly to suggest that he didn't have any input on the result), but there might be a good reason to let him go.

posted by grum@work at 10:26 PM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

There is only city with (at least) four major league sports teams that has never lost a franchise. Detroit.

So we're back to calling the Lions a "major league sports team"?

posted by grum@work at 10:20 PM on January 23

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

Like I said in the last thread, this would pretty much be over if tommytrump had used locks. He would have an extra 20 to 30 points right now.

This weekend is a nightmare for me and the AFC game.

I'm torn.

I want Roger Goddell to have to smile when he hands over the trophy to Brady/Mr.Hoody/Kraft.
I want Peyton Manning to go out with a Super Bowl win, so I want him to win.
But I think Manning/Denver will get chewed up by whoever comes out of the NFC, and Manning losing his last game in the Super Bowl will add too much to that stupid "losing compiler" narrative that I keep hearing.
I also think that the NFC winner could beat the Patriots, and I'd like to see Belichick get knocked down a peg or two.

So if I pick with my heart, I don't know what to do.

If I pick with my head, I have to think that Brady (and a healthy team) can beat the Broncos (and a fading Manning).
But Brady hasn't done well in Denver, and the Broncos defense could give him fits.

Ugh.

New England by 3 - Lock
Carolina by 6 - Lock

(I need the points to make up any ground, so I have to choose locks on games I'm not confident about at all.)


Pick the team with the most total yards: Carolina Panthers
Pick the team with the most turnovers (no bonus if there are no turnovers): Denver Broncos
Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards: C. Palmer (Arizona)
Pick the player with the most rushing yards: J. Stewart (Carolina)
Pick the player with the most receiving yards: L. Fitzgerald (Arizona)
Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack: V. Miller (Denver)
Pick a player who will get an interception: R. Johnson (Arizona)

posted by grum@work at 03:04 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That would have been too obvious. I guess they thought that trading him to another team as part of a deal and then having that new team demote him would have been less obvious.

posted by grum@work at 11:08 AM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I blame them for being a party to the league's request to subvert the vote. They could have said "No, we don't want him in the trade." and make the NHL do their own dirty work.

posted by grum@work at 09:56 AM on January 20

Super Bowl hero wishes he never played pro football.

"There's no correcting it. There's no helmet that's going to correct it. There's no teaching that's going to correct it. It just comes down to it's a physically violent game. Football players are in a car wreck every week," he said.

posted by grum@work at 11:58 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Say what you might, Montreal runs a class organization.

This might make up for their role in the scummy attempt to subvert the fan vote for the All-Star Game.

...which was resolved properly.

posted by grum@work at 11:40 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Unfortunately, you are not allowed to purchase your home team's games. I guess the NHL just doesn't want my money.

Well, it's more like they want the local TV money more than your money.

In Canada, Rogers paid $5billion (that's BILLION, not million) for twelve years of TV rights to the NHL, so they definitely don't want people to cut the cord and watch their local games on the NHL site instead. They need the eyeballs/cable-boxes on the big screen to charge the big ad revenue to make it worth it.

Live sports is pretty much the only reason I have a (high-definition) cable package at this point. I still record other shows, but I know I could switch to online/torrent viewing for the scripted stuff. Sports...I gotta watch (somewhat) live.

posted by grum@work at 02:13 PM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

Oh, I don't blame you. I only caved to making two locks because of the overwhelming number of people who made multiple locks. It just made mathematical sense to jump on board.

posted by grum@work at 01:03 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

If tommytrump had made ALL of his games a lock, I'm pretty sure he'd have won the pool before the third round.

posted by grum@work at 11:42 PM on January 17

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

A few people picked the spread perfectly for the NE/KC game, but didn't use their locks. That'll keep things closer.

posted by grum@work at 08:29 PM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

Well, it looks like everyone else is getting on the LOCK train, and I will definitely lose ground regardless of the outcome if I don't join in.

UPDATE TO MY PICKS:

New England by 3
Arizona by 7 LOCK
Carolina by 6
Denver by 14 LOCK

posted by grum@work at 02:47 PM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

I picked all visitors last week, and I'm swinging the pendulum in the other direction.
I don't trust ANY of my picks. I feel like I could be swayed on almost off of them.
(If Big Ben is really hurt, I don't see how the Steelers can win...but I don't know how hurt he REALLY is...)

New England by 3
Arizona by 7
Carolina by 6
Denver by 14

Bonus Categories

Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards: C. Palmer (Arizona)
Pick the running back with the most rushing yards: J. Stewart (Carolina)
Pick the player with the most receiving yards: R. Gronkowski (New England)
Pick a player who will get an interception: M.Peters (Kansas City)

posted by grum@work at 03:42 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

My SpoFi NFL regular season pick'em "trophy" arrived today (the official NFL football).

My 2.5 year old daughter said "That's a funny soccer ball".
She's currently playing with it (rolling it around on the floor, dropping it off the couch).
Two things:

1) Those balls are MUCH lighter than I thought they'd be.

2) I'm pretty sure it's over-inflated, and not just "for Tom Brady's use", but in general. It's rock hard and I can't squeeze it at all with my software developer hands.

posted by grum@work at 02:10 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Clever bobble-head design!

posted by grum@work at 07:28 AM on January 12

Alabama Wins College Football Championship

Ha! I made a comment about the last onside kick, but you must have been updating the database with the title change and it ate the comment entirely.

I was saying that the last onside kick was timed perfectly, but had too much OOMPH on it. The apex of the big bounce was out of bounds. A little less, and that would have landed right in the scrum of players and...hey...you never know.

posted by grum@work at 12:20 AM on January 12

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

He now calls Porter an "embarrassment to the coaching profession."

I have no problem with that assessment.

posted by grum@work at 05:27 PM on January 11

Alabama Wins College Football Championship

It makes me wonder if you could sell sponsorship for our SpoFi pools.

"Fantasy Premier League presented by Dave's Rotorooter"

posted by grum@work at 05:27 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That Desean Jackson play was bizarre.

Let's be honest about this. If there was only one player in all of the NFL that you figured would screw up making sure the ball crossed the goal line, it's Jackson.

Right?

RIGHT!?

posted by grum@work at 01:17 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I can't think of any reason why there isn't a 4-man female bobsled competition in the Olympics. For some reason, I just assumed that if there was a 2-man female bobsled medal to be won, that there was a 4-man one as well.

posted by grum@work at 01:08 PM on January 11

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

I don't see anything wrong with the NoMich switch.

posted by grum@work at 01:31 PM on January 10

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

It does look like Gilberry bumps him into the group, then #55 grabs Porter's jacket. Still, Porter shouldn't have been there.

The reason Porter didn't draw a penalty (other than incompetence) was that he kept his cool perfectly. He didn't make any sudden movements, he didn't try to act tough, he simply started backing up with a "come on, man" look on his face.

Pacman got a penalty because he looked like he was trying to re-heat a situation that looked like it was cooling down on its own (as Porter backed away).

posted by grum@work at 01:28 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

what is opposing assistant coach Joey Porter doing on the field near the Bengals sideline

In the NFL.com summary of the game, the description in the video was that he was going out to see his injured player.

posted by grum@work at 12:55 AM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Where are the outraged pearl-clutching dearies who swore up and down that their own misunderstanding of the ideal gas law should lead to lost championships, lifetime bans, and other absurdly harsh punishments?

Were there people on this site that advocated reversing the championship or a lifetime ban for Brady?

posted by grum@work at 07:02 PM on January 09

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Hopefully those that saw the news today about Lynch will come back into this thread and update their choices for running back.

posted by grum@work at 08:55 AM on January 09

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards - R. Wilson (SEA)
Pick the running back with the most rushing yards. - A. Peterson (MIN)
Pick the player with the most receiving yards. - D.Hopkins (HOU)
Pick a player who will record a sack or partial sack. - J.J.Watt (HOU)

posted by grum@work at 04:36 PM on January 07

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Kansas City by 9 - LOCK
Pittsburgh by 6
Seattle by 10 - LOCK
Green Bay by 3

No additional categories for the first week?
(And if the lock can get me 2*5 points for simply picking the winner, the broken lock should cost me more than 3 points. Maybe 5 at least?)

posted by grum@work at 03:45 PM on January 07

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

I'm glad that Griffey's PED use (and subsequent side-effects) weren't a hindrance to his election.

posted by grum@work at 10:37 AM on January 07

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

yerfatma: That's the same Randy Winn. He's a perfectly fine choice to have on the HOF ballot (13 seasons, a reasonable career (2002-2008 he was better than average and had some good seasons)), and thankfully didn't get any votes.

posted by grum@work at 10:32 AM on January 07

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

Donora, not Denora.

Right.

[BAD FINGERS! YOU TYPED WRONG!]

posted by grum@work at 10:21 PM on January 06

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

How we'll all remember Piazza and Griffey:

posted by grum@work at 07:30 PM on January 06

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

Comments:

1. I say this every year, but in this case the three writers who left Griffey off their ballots better have a good strategic reason for doing so. If it was a "blank ballot" or "insane ballot", they should lose their voting privileges.

2. Bagwell, Raines, and probably Hoffman are going to get in next year. They are too close to fall short now.

3. Trammell (15 years are up) joins Edmonds and everyone else on the list below him (less than 5% of the vote) in falling off the ballot. Trammell will probably be elected with his buddy Whitaker in the veterans committee vote in the future. It would be nice if they both went in together that way. Edmonds should have remained on the ballot for a while, but I'm not sure he gets in until the big logjam disappears.

4. Schilling got a nice boost. Mussina moved up. They now have a chance of getting enough votes in the next 5 years or so.

5. Bonds and Clemens are showing an outside chance now of getting in through the regular vote. With Piazza (tiniest hint of PED) and Bagwell (ditto) getting in this year and next, and both Clemens/Bonds getting boosts (after some old retired writers were dropped), there might be a path there in front of them.

6. That's the first overall #1 draft pick to make it into the Hall of Fame (Griffey). It's also the LOWEST draft pick (by a large margin) to make it into the HOF (Piazza, 62nd round).

7. Fuck those writers who wasted votes on Anderson, Kendall, Eckstein, and Sweeney. There isn't any logical reason why you might use one of your precious ten spots on them.

posted by grum@work at 06:48 PM on January 06

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

Final vote totals:

Ballots Cast: 440	Needed for Election: 330
Votes	 	       Percentage
437	Ken Griffey Jr.	    99.3%
365	Mike Piazza	    83.0%
315	Jeff Bagwell	    71.6%
307	Tim Raines	    69.8%
296	Trevor Hoffman	    67.3%
230	Curt Schilling	    52.3%
199	Roger Clemens	    45.2%
195	Barry Bonds	    44.3%
191	Edgar Martinez	    43.4%
189	Mike Mussina	    43.0%
180	Alan Trammell	    40.9%
150	Lee Smith	    34.1%
92	Fred McGriff	    20.9%
73	Jeff Kent	    16.6%
68	Larry Walker	    15.5%
54	Mark McGwire	    12.3%
51	Gary Sheffield	    11.6%
46	Billy Wagner	    10.5%
31	Sammy Sosa	     7.0%
11	Jim Edmonds	     2.5%
8	Nomar Garciaparra    1.8%
3	Mike Sweeney	     0.7%
2	David Eckstein	     0.5%
2	Jason Kendall	     0.5%
1	Garret Anderson	     0.2%
0	Brad Ausmus	     0.0%
0	Luis Castillo	     0.0%
0	Troy Glaus	     0.0%
0	Mark Grudzielanek    0.0%
0	Mike Hampton	     0.0%
0	Mike Lowell	     0.0%
0	Randy Winn	     0.0%

posted by grum@work at 06:40 PM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Old-school bat flipping, by Mickey Mantle.

(Linked from this tweet.)

posted by grum@work at 09:52 AM on January 05

NFL Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Grum@work

Also, yay me!

posted by grum@work at 04:46 PM on January 04