Recent Comments by grum@work

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

I suspect there is some reason why Signing Day exists, though I don't know what it is.

Just four words:





posted by grum@work at 08:26 PM on January 17

Packers Hold Off Cowboys in Thriller, Advance to NFC Championship

Uh...good football game, man. I didn't really have a rooting interest in either team (other than the pick'em), and that was a hell of an ending.

posted by grum@work at 12:02 AM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Seattle by 3
New England by 17 * LOCK *
Kansas City by 6
Dallas by 7

1. Quarterback with most passing yards - Aaron Rodgers
2. Player with most rushing yards - Ezekiel Elliott
3. Player with most receiving yards - Antonio Brown
4. Player with a sack or partial sack - Lawrence Timmons

posted by grum@work at 08:19 PM on January 13

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

Even Canada is going to qualify for the World Cup someday.

Hey! We've done it before!

The question is...will we ever score a goal?

Besides, some people think Canada's best chance of going back to the World Cup would be act as a co-host.

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

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

It's possible for four team groups to end up all square, too. It looks like "drawing of lots" is your answer.

It's harder for four teams to end up in a dead-tie than it is for three teams. The more teams (and intragroup games) you add, the less likely you end up with a "draw lots" possibility (unless every game ends in a 0-0 draw, in which case you declare the group a waste of time and let other teams move on instead).

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

NFL Pick 'Em Champion Crowned

Man, the option to lock as many games as you want was a poison that I just couldn't stop drinking after about week 4. I should have quit after the week where I nailed almost all of them, and just gone back to one or two a week.

Instead, I rode the snake each week, and it kept biting me...

posted by grum@work at 09:38 PM on January 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

Put a *LOCK* on my Pittsburgh by 9 selection, please.

posted by grum@work at 12:29 PM on January 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

Houston by 3
Seattle by 10
Pittsburgh by 9
New York Giants by 6

1. Quarterback with most passing yards: E. Manning (NYG)

2. Player with most rushing yards: J.Ajayi (MIA)

3. Player with most receiving yards: O.Beckham (NYG)

4. Player with an interception: H.H.Clinton-Dix (GB)

posted by grum@work at 11:39 PM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"The Rain Delay" should probably be on a list of sports events somewhere because of its possible impact.

It was a ridiculous year for impactful sport moments. The Ringer has a nice collection.

My favourites?

- Leicester City wins the EPL after being 5000-1 underdogs to start the season.
- Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA championships after being down 3-1 in the finals against the team who set the regular season record for wins.
- Golden State wins SEVENTY-THREE GAMES!
- Chicago Cubs win the World Series after being down 3-1 in the series, ending the longest pro sports drought in North American history.
- The ending to the NCAA championship basketball game.
- Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps cement their legacy as the greatest of all time on land and in the water.
- Kobe Bryant's final game

And, on a personal note, three major league Toronto teams made it to at least the semi-finals for their sports, and the fourth one drafted The One Who Will Save Us All.

posted by grum@work at 11:49 AM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I feel like I'm going to remember the Rajai Davis homer for just as long even if it doesn't check off as many boxes.

If the Indians win the World Series, then Davis' homer would be the winner for me.

posted by grum@work at 11:25 AM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A 4-1 lead for the Leafs in the third period with 7 minutes to go?

I've seen this nightmare before...

Edit: And St. Auston saves the day!

posted by grum@work at 06:43 PM on January 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

We didn't have an end-of-the-year discussion, but if we wanted to talk about plays of the year, my suggestion is "The Block".

- an amazing athletic play
- during a critical moment of a game
- in an important game
- by one of the best (players) in the game
- against one of the best (teams) in the game
- potentially changing the result of the game/championship
- helping produce an historic event

posted by grum@work at 03:25 PM on January 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I don't understand the phrase "former first-round pick." How does a player stop being one?

"First round pick" would suggest the current draft.
"Former first round pick" would suggest a previous draft. However, the better term would be "previous first round pick".

posted by grum@work at 03:16 PM on January 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"I get nervous ordering food at restaurants, so it's probably just a general accepted feeling."

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini, asked before a playoff game if he was nervous.

In case anyone didn't know already, Biagini is the new "oddest duck" in baseball. He has an EXTREMELY dry sense of humour, and has no problem making fun of himself (or blowing up an interview/question with an odd answer)...

posted by grum@work at 12:19 AM on January 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: One-Legged Quarterback Edition

There is a decent chance I won't be around for NFL picks.

Use these ones for now, unless I submit a new set on Saturday/early Sunday:


Baltimore by 3
Indianpolis by 6
New England by 13
Minnesota by 11
Buffalo by 3
Dallas by 7
Pittsburgh by 13
Carolina by 10
Houston by 7
Atlanta by 6
Denver by 10
Arizona by 13
KC by 21
Seattle by 17
Giants by 11
Green Bay by 10

posted by grum@work at 03:39 PM on December 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Good bye, EE.

We'll always have the Parrot Walk Off, and the original Home Run Hat Trick.

May 8th will be an emotional day, indeed.

posted by grum@work at 12:44 AM on December 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Farewell Gus Bradley Edition


NYG by 13
Carolina by 3
Miami by 9
Green Bay by 13
New England by 17
San Diego by 10
New Orleans by 7
Tennessee by 14
Washington by 23
Oakland by 9
Seattle by 7

Los Angeles by 3
Cincinnati by 2
Pittsburgh by 6
Kansas City by 6
Dallas by 13

posted by grum@work at 03:00 PM on December 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Farewell Gus Bradley Edition

New York by 13 *LOCK*

posted by grum@work at 02:31 PM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

You can track the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame public voting results here.

So far:

  • Tim Raines is looking VERY good to getting into the HOF on his last available ballot.
  • Jeff Bagwell is on pace to get into the HOF on his 7th try, barring a complete collapse among the remaining unseen voters.
  • Trevor Hoffman seems to be stalling, and is right on the edge of making it. He might have to wait another year or two.
  • Ivan Rodriguez is getting great support in his first year, but the general trend for private ballots vs public ballots is that the private voters (for the final time this is allowed) don't like newcomers. He might get in, he might not, but he'll be close enough that he'll probably get in on his second ballot.
  • Vlad Guerrero is having a STRONG first ballot, but will probably fall short. He's setting himself up for a probable election in the next 3 or 4 ballots.
  • The election of Bud Selig by the Veterans Committee has seemed to have loosened the noose around PED-suspects Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. They have both picked up quite a few new votes from their previous tries.
  • Everyone hates Curt Schilling. His vote totals (from the public ones so far) have dropped significantly. It might have to do with his politics, or at least his public Tweeting.

posted by grum@work at 11:28 AM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I have nothing interesting to say other than the fact that while trolling through the deep minor league systems in the American League, I came across what must be the greatest name in sports history.

posted by grum@work at 08:45 AM on December 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Farewell Jeff Fisher Edition


Seattle by 17
Miami by 3
Buffalo by 7
Detroit by 6
Green Bay by 13
Indianapolis by 3
Jacksonville by 3
Baltimore by 7
Dallas by 10
Kansas City by 13
Atlanta by 21
New England by 10
Oakland by 13
Pittsburgh by 11
Washington by 9

posted by grum@work at 02:43 PM on December 15

Los Angeles Rams Fire Jeff Fisher

My understanding was that he wasn't extended a week ago, but that they announced the extension (which he signed in the spring/summer) at that time.

posted by grum@work at 09:07 PM on December 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Just Endure The Suffering Edition

The lock giveth (two weeks ago), and the lock taketh away (last week).

But since you get diddly-squat for any position other than first...


Oakland by 6
Arizona by 3
Detroit by 11
Cincinnati by 13
Denver by 13
Indianapolis by 13
Minnesota by 9
New Orleans by 9
Pittsburgh by 17
San Diego by 10
Washington by 6
New York Jets by 3
Atlanta by 7
Green Bay by 6
Dallas by 10
New England by 6

posted by grum@work at 12:28 AM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The updated Negro Leagues Database has gone live. Here is their post about the changes/updates.

Satchel Paige

Cool Papa Bell

Josh Gibson (look at those numbers!)

Oscar Charleston

Buck O'Neill

posted by grum@work at 02:09 PM on December 06

Three conference champions and Ohio State walk into a stadium...

while Clemson and Ohio State will face off in the Fiesta Bowl for the right to get ritually murdered by Nick Saban

How soon we forget...

posted by grum@work at 11:37 AM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I just want to get this straight:

  • the commissioner during the "Steroid Era" has been elected to the baseball HOF (Bud Selig)
  • presidents of teams during the "Steroid Era" have been elected to the HOF (John Schuerholz)
  • general managers during the "Steroid Era" have been elected to the HOF (Pat Gillick)
  • managers during the "Steroid Era" have been elected to the HOF (Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa)
  • reporters during the "Steroid Era" have been elected to (a wing of) the HOF (too many to list)

Essentially every single level of baseball that knew there were PEDs in the game, kept quiet about PEDs in the game, and profited from having PEDs in the game, have been honoured with a place in the baseball hall of fame...except one.

But the players that are accused of/found using the PEDs are the ones that get to be banished from the HOF (by the last group I listed above).

posted by grum@work at 11:21 AM on December 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Well, this week pretty much erased any advantage I had from last week. I haven't done the math, but I think I'm still above zero...

posted by grum@work at 12:25 AM on December 05

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

She also called me from the Playboy Super Bowl party.

wifecade: "Did you know that the Bunnies really DO walk around topless all the time?"

rcade: "...."

wifecade: "Big ol' boobies, as far as the eye can see."

rcade: "....any chance you can take some p"

wifecade: "No."

posted by grum@work at 07:00 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Picking all those locks and only blowing up on Seattle is impressive, Grum.

Of course, that game was the one I second-most confident about, too (behind NE).
I STILL have to go hog-wild to make up ground...

all bold are locks

Dallas by 7
Denver by 3
Detroit by 7
Green Bay by 13
Kansas City by 9

New England by 17
Miami by 6
Philadelphia by 10

Chicago by 3
Oakland by 9
New York Giants by 10
San Diego by 7
Washington by 6
Seattle by 9

Indianapolis by 10

posted by grum@work at 09:51 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Who would have thunk that the best Montreal/Toronto rivalry in sports would be in soccer?

That...was a hell of a game.

posted by grum@work at 09:46 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As is usually the case, the most entertaining football game of the night was actually the Grey Cup. The goal line stance by Ottawa in the last minute to force overtime was nail biting.

posted by grum@work at 06:55 AM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm thankful that even if the Jays end up losing Bautista and Encarnacion to free agency, I'll forever have their video highlights to enjoy.

The Batflip

The Parrot Walkoff

I'm thankful that the Leafs drafted Autson Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner. There is hope, and that's all we Toronto fans want from our NHL team right now.

I'm thankful for Michael Bradley scoring that second TFC goal to cut the score to 3-2 against the Impact in Montreal in the first leg. It suddenly gives Toronto a real chance of moving on to the MLS final (as a 1-0 win in the second leg wins it on away goals).

I'm thankful that DeMar DeRozan resigned with the Raptors, because I can't imagine where they'd be without his 30ppg right now.

But then again, I'm Canadian so I was thankful about this a month ago...

posted by grum@work at 11:18 AM on November 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Okay, I'm losing touch of the leaders, so time to start pushing all my chips onto the table. All games that are bolded are locks.

Detroit by 7
Dallas by 7
Pittsburgh by 13
Atlanta by 14
Baltimore by 6
Buffalo by 10
New Orleans by 11

Cleveland by 3
Houston by 6
Miami by 7
Tennessee by 11
Seattle by 17
Oakland by 7

Denver by 6
New England by 21
Green Bay by 3

posted by grum@work at 08:33 AM on November 24

NHL's Newest Team: The Vegas Golden Knights

"Vegas Knights" would have been MUCH better, but Golden is definitely better than Silver, or Knight Hawks.

I'm hoping the slate grey isn't a dominant colour in the design. The Diamondbacks looked TERRIBLE in that version of their uniforms.

That mock-expansion draft has 12 teams not listed as losing a player, and it's a mixed bag of good teams (playoff auto-qualifiers like Dallas, Washington, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Montreal), okay teams (wild-card teams like Columbus, LA, Boston), cellar dwellars (bottom two spots in the conferences like NYI, Arizona, Vancouver)...and also Toronto (neither good nor the worst).

posted by grum@work at 02:24 PM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Rangers farm system in the Dominican Republic is out of control.

I see aberrant behaviour runs in the Odor family...

posted by grum@work at 11:28 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Of course, I completely overlook the legend himself, Hank Aaron.

19 consecutive seasons (2nd to 20th) out of a 23 year career.

posted by grum@work at 04:34 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Side note around Mike Trout winning his second MVP award (and fifth straight season of finishing 1st or 2nd in the voting):

Miguel Cabrera has received MVP votes for every single season of his career (14 and counting).

It's (obviously) the longest active streak, and the longest streak from the start of a career.

Ted Williams received votes in all 18 seasons of his career where he didn't serve time in the war (out of 19 seasons total).

Stan Musial received votes in 16 consecutive seasons (over 17 years), starting with his second season and continuing to his seventeenth (and skipping over 1945 when he served in the war).

posted by grum@work at 04:16 PM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

I felt like the Sam Wang of NFL prognosticators last week.

Carolina by 6
Arizona by 7
Dallas by 6
Cincinnati by 3
New York Giants by 10 *LOCK*
Detroit by 6
Pittsburgh by 13 *LOCK*
Kansas City by 9
Indianapolis by 9
Los Angeles by 3
New England by 17 *LOCK*
Seattle by 7 *LOCK*
Green Bay by 3
Oakland by 13 *LOCK*

posted by grum@work at 02:33 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Please tell me this didn't happen because some Boston sportswriters resorted to Yankme tactics ...

It seems it was BOTH Tampa Bay writers that left him off their ballots.

They would have both had to give him at least 3rd place on each of their ballots to give Verlander the Cy Young award (by one point).

posted by grum@work at 11:24 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Oh. My. God.

posted by grum@work at 07:03 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

a blocked extra point run back for a safety is the margin of victory

Scratch that one off my list of things I've never seen happen in a football game.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 AM on November 14

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.

Here is the high-def version, with player/manager reactions and announcer amazement.

posted by grum@work at 07:38 AM on November 14

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.

Yes. I believe it was declared a ground rule double after the umps got together.

posted by grum@work at 12:41 AM on November 14

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.

Let's also point out that he can pitch, and is able to throw the ball 165km/hr (which is 102.5mph).

He's the Japanese Babe Ruth.

And he will be able to be posted for MLB bidding for the 2018 season.

(If there was a true international draft, this is the guy everyone would be 76'ers-tanking it for.)

posted by grum@work at 10:48 PM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Nate Silver knew. Nate Silver knew EVERYTHING back in May.

posted by grum@work at 06:41 PM on November 11

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Baltimore by 9
Atlanta by 12 *LOCK*
Tampa Bay by 6
New Orleans by 3
Green Bay by 6
Jacksonville by 7
Kansas City by 9
New York Jets by 3
Washington by 3
San Diego by 9
Dallas by 6
Arizona by 11 *LOCK*
New England by 14 *LOCK*
Cincinnati by 7

posted by grum@work at 06:34 AM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Nice job by the refs last night on Bills/Seahawks.

Were those guys the hold-overs from the replacement refs from a few years ago?

I don't know how Rex Ryan kept his composure enough not to get a penalty/ejection after the delay of game penalty.

posted by grum@work at 09:00 AM on November 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

A Canadian wins the American football pick-em, and an American wins the Canadian football pick-em.

What a truly wondrous international place.

posted by grum@work at 06:24 AM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Holy crap, Canada. Way to stomp all over New York.

10-1 in aggregate for both TFC and Montreal over the NYCFC and Red Bulls.

So an all-Canadian semi-final means that it's the "BMO Cup" (as they are the sponsor for both teams).

posted by grum@work at 09:30 PM on November 06

Cubs Win World Series

Ken Burns has some work to do now...

posted by grum@work at 07:35 PM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

Good old Onion

posted by grum@work at 05:30 PM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

Someone at SABR coined the term "Golden Pitch" to describe the last pitch of an at-bat that could end a World Series as a win for EITHER team.

Last night, Mike Montgomery's final pitch to Michael Martinez was a "Golden Pitch". If Martinez hit a HR, the Indians win the World Series. As it was, the ground ball out won the World Series for the Cubs.

In 2014, Madison Bumgarner's pitch to Salvador Perez was a "Golden Pitch". If he hits a home run, the Royals win the World Series. Instead, the foul out won it for the Giants.

Prior to that, the 2001 World Series had a "Golden Pitch" that wasn't the last pitch of the game. That was when Tony Womack was at the plate against Mariano Rivera, with runners on 1st and 2nd and one out. The Yankees still led the game 2-1. If Womack hits into a double play, the Yankees win the World Series. If Womack hit a HR, the Diamondbacks win the World Series. Instead, he hit a double, scoring one run (to tie the game) and removing the "Golden Pitch" scenario from the rest of the game.

In 1997, the Florida Marlins and the Cleveland Indians had a "Golden Pitch" scenario twice in the 9th inning. Charles Johnson of the Marlins came to bat with the Marlins trailing 2-1, with a runner on 1st and one out. The same scenario as Womack in 2001 (double-play/HR). Then, after he got a hit, Craig Counsel came to the plate with one out and the runners on 1st and 3rd. He hit a single to tie the game, removing the "Golden Pitch" scenario from play.

Other World Series with "Golden Pitch" scenarios:

1912, 1926, 1972, 1962

posted by grum@work at 05:21 PM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

Theo Epstein has to be the best baseball executive ever, no?

Breaking two curses helps, but I'm still going to go with the guy that changed the game forever.

posted by grum@work at 11:12 AM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

I'll take the Rajai Davis homer. Completely unexpected.

For you Americans that didn't hear the international feed, listen to the call by Matt Vasgersian.


posted by grum@work at 11:08 AM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

David Ross' send off by his teammates.

posted by grum@work at 09:31 AM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

Also Theo Epstein? Put that dude in the HoF.

He's not done yet.

He has to be the President/GM of the 2024 World Series Champion Texas Rangers, the 2031 World Series Champion Washington Nationals, and the 2037 World Series Montreal Rays.

posted by grum@work at 01:12 AM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

When I think of winning pitcher, my thoughts immediately go to "Aroldis Chapman, Game 7, 2016 World Series".

Hopefully, finally, forever...that's the end of anyone giving a flying fuck about "pitcher wins".

posted by grum@work at 12:52 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bob Newhart and Don Rickles fly the W last night.

I had no idea that Rickles was still alive.

posted by grum@work at 04:03 PM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Concussion Protocol Edition

It's time to try and make up some ground on the leaders:

Atlanta by 10
Dallas by 13 *LOCK*
Minnesota by 9 *LOCK*
Kansas City by 6
Miami by 3
Philadelphia by 9
Baltimore by 7
Carolina by 9 *LOCK*
New Orleans by 14 *LOCK*
Green Bay by 6
Tennessee by 14 *LOCK*
Oakland by 3
Seattle by 6 *LOCK*

posted by grum@work at 09:55 AM on November 02

Divorcing Couple Go to Court Over Cubs World Series Tickets

posted by grum@work at 06:38 PM on October 29