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NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

/looks at score

/looks at leaderboard

/pushes all his chips into the middle

Minnesota by 10
L.A. Chargers by 6
Washington by 9
Atlanta by 17
Cincinnati by 7
Tennessee by 7
Kansas City by 11
New England by 17
Carolina by 15
Philadelphia by 20
Seattle by 3
Denver by 3

New Orleans by 9
Jacksonville by 11
Pittsburgh by 13
Baltimore by 11

posted by grum@work at 11:38 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Hartford Whaler's logo (and name) is probably the epitome of perfection for both name and logo. It's inner circle hall of fame for sports names/logos. It's the Wayne Gretzky/Babe Ruth/Michael Jordan of names/logos.

Comparing anything to it is unfair. The only one that comes close is the Minnesota Vikings name/logo.

posted by grum@work at 01:35 PM on November 22

Joe Morgan: "We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don't belong here."

There is also this:

In 2010, when Ken Burns's THE TENTH INNING first came out, I wrote here about something Washington, DC sportswriter Thomas Boswell said in it. I just watched it again and, through the magic of DVR, can now give the exact quote. Boswell was referring to Jose Canseco's PED-usage, which first came to light in 1988: "There was another player, now in the Hall of Fame, who literally stood with me and mixed something. I said, What's that?' And he said It's a Jose Canseco milkshake.' And that year that Hall of Famer hit more home runs than he ever hit any other year."

Who was this mystery man? Assuming Boswell's account is accurate, we're looking for a player (presumably a non-pitcher) after 1987 who hit more homers than in any other year, and was elected to the Hall of Fame by 2010. There are only four players who fit this description: Ryne Sandberg, Cal Ripken, Paul Molitor, and Tony Gwynn.

posted by grum@work at 01:31 PM on November 22

Joe Morgan: "We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don't belong here."

Here is the list of everyone that played during the 15 seasons of the "steroid era" (Bash Brothers to Bonds' 73HR, 1987-2001) that made it to the HOF (so far):

Roberto Alomar
Jeff Bagwell
Craig Biggio
Bert Blyleven
Wade Boggs
George Brett
Steve Carlton
Gary Carter
Andre Dawson
Dennis Eckersley
Carlton Fisk
Tom Glavine
Rich Gossage
Ken Griffey Jr.
Tony Gwynn
Rickey Henderson
Reggie Jackson
Randy Johnson
Barry Larkin
Greg Maddux
Pedro Martinez
Paul Molitor
Eddie Murray
Phil Niekro
Mike Piazza
Kirby Puckett
Tim Raines
Jim Rice
Cal Ripken
Ivan Rodriguez
Nolan Ryan
Ryne Sandberg
Mike Schmidt
Ozzie Smith
John Smoltz
Bruce Sutter
Don Sutton
Frank Thomas
Dave Winfield
Robin Yount

I'd be willing to bet good money that at least one if not a few of those players tried steroids at least once in their career.

Sorry, Joe. I'm pretty sure there are already steroid users in the baseball HOF.

posted by grum@work at 11:45 AM on November 22

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

My reaction today:

"Hey, the Bills are playing at 4pm. It's almost 5 o'clock, I wonder how that new QB is doing?"

[checks stats]

"Oh. Dear."

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm just going to let everyone know that "Let's do that hockey!" is now the go-to phrase for all hip internet hockey fans.

posted by grum@work at 08:17 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 6
Jacksonville by 13
Detroit by 9
Baltimore by 7
Tampa Bay by 3
L.A. Rams by 10
New Orleans by 13
Kansas City by 17

Arizona by 3
Buffalo by 3
Cincinnati by 6
New England by 10
Philadelphia by 14

Atlanta by 3

posted by grum@work at 04:37 PM on November 16

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

Can...can Canada play? Please?

posted by grum@work at 12:13 PM on November 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

LiAngelo leading UCLA in steals.

posted by grum@work at 02:45 PM on November 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

Seattle by 5
New Orleans by 7
Green Bay by 6
Detroit by 9
Tennessee by 6
Pittsburgh by 13
Tampa Bay by 3
Washington by 9
L.A. Chargers by 3
L.A. Rams by 17
Dallas by 6
San Francisco by 7
New England by 13
Carolina by 10

posted by grum@work at 09:24 PM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

His last picture he tweeted:

posted by grum@work at 06:59 PM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I saw Halladay and Stieb pitch, and Stieb put up more WAR (57.4 to 48.5) but that can almost entirely be based on the fact that he pitched for an extra 3 seasons (and 120 starts) for the Blue Jays.

Halladay, however, was a MUCH better person than Stieb (both on and off the field). It felt good to cheer for Halladay because he was a good person. All of the interviews with former teammates that I've heard so far (Lidge, Romero, Martinez, Hudson) have all mentioned how he was the hardest working guy on the team and that he was all business when he was on the field.

I remember watching his second ever start as Jays pitcher and he threw a no-hitter for 8.2 innings before giving up a 2-out home run. Screw you, Bobby Higginson!

I don't know if it was true, but I'm pretty sure that Halladay didn't ask for a trade from the Jays, but that they asked HIM if he wanted to be traded (since he wasn't getting to the playoffs any time soon as with the Jays). Very few players for the Jays were as well beloved by Halladay even after he left the team.

When he threw the perfect game in the regular season and then the no-hitter in the playoffs, every Jays fan I knew was ecstatic for him.

His name/number is not yet retired on the Jays' Level of Excellence because they were waiting for his HOF ballot appearance (next year). If he got voted in (possible and, sadly now, probable) then they would have also retired his number (like they did with Alomar).

During his time with the Jays, he was known to fly model airplanes around the empty SkyDome during off days/practice. He was very excited to get his pilot's licence in 2014, and posted numerous photos/videos of his love for the plane he was flying when he perished. He only got it a month ago.

My favourite posting from his social media feed is him doing a selfie with the kids baseball team that he coached that won a championship trophy as they all celebrated the win.

The dude was only 40 years old, so he was supposed to be around much longer. This sucks.

posted by grum@work at 06:48 PM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm not sure where the ball carrier gives up on the play. He dodged the tackle and fell to the ground in the process, got back up and ran it in.

posted by grum@work at 11:50 AM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's the celebration by the "winner" that makes it great.

posted by grum@work at 09:25 AM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Other fun NHL stuff:

Matt Duchesne was traded in the middle of the game last night, and he snuck off the ice as his injured teammate was being helped off the ice.

Oh, and because this is how things go, his first two games with his new team (Ottawa Senators) will be against his old team (Colorado Avalanche) when they play a pair of games in Sweden this weekend.

posted by grum@work at 09:08 AM on November 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Auston Matthews is so fast and elusive he makes players headbutt the boards in frustration.

posted by grum@work at 09:05 AM on November 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

AFC North: Browns, Bengals, Bills, Colts

Bills : 5-3
Bengals : 3-5
Colts : 3-6
Browns : 0-8

Yes, please!

posted by grum@work at 08:58 AM on November 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Marlins decline Ichiro option and Marlins looking to trade Stanton and Gordon.

It's like Derek Jeter is looking to kill any reason to follow the Marlins as a fan.

posted by grum@work at 06:53 AM on November 06

Astros Win World Series

By the way, SI writers are actually getting pretty good at this "look ahead in 4 years thing".

From a March 2011 article, Pos pretends to be looking back at the Royals history from the far ahead future:

The biggest problem then, strange as it may seem now (we are talking about the three-time-champion Royals), was that Kansas City had trouble finding, developing and affording good players. How did it turn around? How did the Royals reach the playoffs in 2013, win the World Series in '15 and then dominate the latter part of the decade? Well, it was that minor league system ... that amazing Kansas City Royals minor league system.

posted by grum@work at 10:59 PM on November 02

Astros Win World Series

Has Texas, by virtue of being twice a strike away, suffered the most on that list? I vote yes.

Is what Texas gone through worse than what Seattle has gone through (2001 season, never even MADE the World Series, had 4 HOF-level players* together on the team for a 3 year span and the best they can do is win 1 game in the playoffs)?

Texas got to the summit..they just couldn't plant their flag. Seattle has never left base camp.

* Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr from 1996-1998

posted by grum@work at 04:51 PM on November 02

Astros Win World Series

Of the seven franchises listed by ufez, only Seattle and Washington/Montreal have never made it to the World Series.

By the way, MLB seems to be on some sort of amazing run of killing off "never won a title in a long time" stories. Since 2002 (16 World Series), the following has happened:

Cubs (108 years)
White Sox (88 years)
Red Sox (86 years)
Giants (66 years)
Angels (41 years)
Astros (55 years)

(Those teams have now won 10 of the last 16 World Series.)

As well, Cleveland had two "golden pitches" to end a 69 year drought last year, and the Rangers were TWICE a strike away from ending a 50 year drought in 2011 (and it was their second straight year in the World Series).

Those eight teams (six winners, two losers) had the longest World Series droughts as of 2002 (when it all started).

This gives hope to Washington and Seattle to make it to the World Series next year.

Personally, I'll just wait for Ben Reiter to tell me who is going to win in 2021.

posted by grum@work at 12:22 PM on November 02

Astros Win World Series

San Diego: awesome weather all the time, never had a really serious earthquake: never won a damn thing.

posted by grum@work at 11:40 AM on November 02

Astros Win World Series

Of course, there is the exception to the rule:

New York : 9/11 and choking in the 9th inning of Game 7 of the World Series

posted by grum@work at 08:38 AM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

Buffalo by 7
Tennessee by 9
New Orleans by 7
L.A. Rams by 10
Philadelphia by 8
Atlanta by 3
Jacksonville by 6
Houston by 13
Arizona by 9
Washington by 3
Kansas City by 7
Oakland by 9
Detroit by 10

posted by grum@work at 05:52 PM on November 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I can't believe that Dave Roberts has used Brandon Morrow again.

At what point can Morrow ask the police to charge Roberts with abuse?

For a guy who has a history of arm problems (he's made more appearances in these playoffs than the did in ALL of 2013 or 2014), this might turn out to be the death of his career.

posted by grum@work at 10:03 PM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Vegas Golden Knights are now down to their FOURTH string goaltender, as the first three have gotten injured in their first 10 games of the season.

I can't imagine the impact this is having on their ECHL affiliate as everyone keeps shifting up the depth chart. I assume it's just open tryouts at this point...

posted by grum@work at 10:17 PM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I feel for Brandon Morrow.

He had pitched in 11 of the 12 playoff games for the Dodgers, all 4 of the previous World Series games, and last night was his third night in a row.

Dave Roberts even said before the game that Morrow wasn't available, and yet he still had to put him out there to get absolutely destroyed.

Morrow threw 6 pitches:

  • Home run to Springer
  • Single to Bregman
  • Strike to Altuve
  • Double to Altuve
  • Wild pitch/ball to Correa
  • Home run to Correa

That could be the worst multiple batter pitching performance in World Series history.

Roberts should be absolutely blasted for using him in this game.

posted by grum@work at 09:40 AM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

although Sanchez is a catcher made for the DH role.

Given his performance in the ALCS, his position should be listed as can'tcher.

posted by grum@work at 11:04 PM on October 26

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Sacksonville Edition

I posted my Thursday game in the huddle, but I'll repeat it here.

Also, I think it's time for my middle-of-the-season gambles.

Miami by 7
Minnesota by 13
Buffalo by 3
Cincinnati by 9
New England by 7
New Orleans by 9
Atlanta by 3
Philadelphia by 10
Carolina by 3
Houston by 6
Dallas by 7
Pittsburgh by 7
Kansas City by 9

posted by grum@work at 11:02 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Really? No talk about last night's game?

You surprise me sometimes, SpoFi.

I went to bed in the 8th inning (before the Astros scored their run), and woke up to the sound of wind outside knocking over a deck chair. When I figured that out and started to go back to sleep, I threw on the TV to see what the final score was.

Imagine my surprise that they were still playing, and it was (just now) 7-5 Astros in the 11th!

I watched the bottom of the inning and rooted for Puig to hit one out to extend it, even though I was cheering for the Astros and there was no way I could watch any more of the game.

If the game started an hour earlier, I probably would have made it all the way through (as I'm am less likely to go to sleep during a tie game in the 9th/10th inning than a 3-1 lead with super-reliever coming on in the 8th).

As for the baseball-cap deflection:

Single to LF (Line Drive to LF-CF); Reddick to 3B

posted by grum@work at 04:18 PM on October 26

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Sacksonville Edition

Miami by 7

posted by grum@work at 04:13 PM on October 26

FoxSports "pivot to video" decision has cost them almost 90% of their audience.

I can't think of the last time I clicked on an article on a sports/news/entertainment website, and wanted to watch video it provided. I would much prefer to read an article than watch someone read that information to me through video.

posted by grum@work at 08:35 AM on October 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

October 22nd has the potential to be one of the most event packed days in American sports history. Here is a list of every major professional sporting event in the US on that date:


  • MLB: NLCS Game 7 (long shot, but could happen)

  • NHL: Vancouver @ Detroit

  • NBA: Three games scheduled

  • NFL: Thirteen games scheduled

  • MLS: Ten games scheduled

  • NASCAR: Hollywood Casino 400

  • Formula One: US Grand Prix

That's the first time in history that all 7 sports would happen on the same day in the US.

posted by grum@work at 11:47 AM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

He was a Bruins fan, but Downie's kids and his songs were all Leafs.

posted by grum@work at 01:28 PM on October 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Brett Hundley Edition

Kansas City by 13
Tampa Bay by 6
Carolina by 17
Tennessee by 13
New Orleans by 9
Jacksonville by 14
L.A. Rams by 7
Miami by 6
Minnesota by 6
Dallas by 13
Seattle by 10
Pittsburgh by 13
Denver by 7
New England by 3
Washington by 3

posted by grum@work at 08:41 AM on October 18

Could a 32-Team MLB Scrap the Leagues?

splitting local TV revenue equally.

Commie!

posted by grum@work at 11:02 PM on October 17

Could a 32-Team MLB Scrap the Leagues?

I'm not sure how you can advocate expansion to Montreal and Portland when Oakland, Tampa Bay, and Miami have have drawn 25,000/game only ONCE in the past 36 combined seasons (Miami in 2012).

These are three struggling franchises, and unless Boston/New York/Los Angeles are fine with propping them up for the foreseeable future, they should think about fixing/moving them first.

posted by grum@work at 07:10 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

John Lackey is a terrible pitcher because he isn't good and he takes too fucking long to show everyone how bad he is at pitching.

2 minutes and 12 seconds in between two pitches...and then he spikes the pitch in the dirt for ball four.

posted by grum@work at 05:27 PM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Also, for the sake of craziness, this has to be mentioned (as someone pointed out on Reddit):

Joe Maddon, on why he used John Lackey (a bad starting pitcher) instead of Wade Davis (his closer) in the bottom of the 9th: "We needed [Wade Davis] for the save."

Now, if you're paying attention, this is pretty much what Buck Showalter said when he used Ubaldo Jimenez (a bad starting pitcher) instead of Zach Britton (his closer) in the 2016 AL Wild Card game, and it ended like this.

What makes it even crazier?

In the 2016 game, Showalter took out Brian Duensing and put in Jimenez, who gave up a 3-run walk-off home run.

In tonight's game, Maddon took out Brian Duensing and put in Lackey, who gave up a 3-run walk-off home run.

posted by grum@work at 01:19 AM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

October 15, 1988 - Los Angeles Dodger Kirk Gibson hits a walk-off home run in the playoffs.

Fast forward exactly 29 years...

October 15, 2017 - Los Angeles Dodger Justin Turner hits a walk-off home run in the playoffs.

No other Los Angeles Dodgers player hit a walk-off home run in the playoffs in between those.

posted by grum@work at 12:31 AM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Listening to Ron Darling shout "Just shut the TV off!" and continue to rant about it for the rest of the game because he didn't agree with the ruling on this play (when the replay correctly said the catcher illegally blocked the plate with his left foot before receiving the ball) has to be one of the lowlights of this year's playoff broadcasting.

posted by grum@work at 01:49 AM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Junior Felix came to Boston as a Blue Jays rookie and hit an inside the park grand slam.

Side notes!

It was one of three things JF is famous for as a Blue Jay. The second is catching the final out on Dave Stieb's no-hitter. The third is being the centerpiece for the package sent to the Angels for Devon White.

The JF grand slam happened in the first game of the weekend series.

The third game of the series on the Sunday was the single greatest comeback in Blue Jays history, as they erased a 10-0 deficit, scoring 11 runs in the 7th/8th/9th (but then giving up a game tying run in the bottom of the 9th). They won in the 12th (final score 13-11) with a two-run home run by...of course...Junior Felix.

posted by grum@work at 11:45 PM on October 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So...that was an interesting game 5 for the Nats/Cubs tonight.

For the first time in MLB history, four consecutive batters reached base four different ways without making contact with the ball:

- (Intentional) walk
- Strike three passed ball
- Catcher's interference
- Hit by pitch

posted by grum@work at 01:00 AM on October 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

- Have the Indians ever lost an ALDS Game 5 at home after going up 2-0?

Yes. In 1999, the Indians went up 2-0 in the division series against the Red Sox, and then lost the last three games (including Game 5 at home) by a combined score of 44-18. Bonus: Game 5 featured one of the most famous and amazing "use a Cy Young winning starting pitcher as a reliever" appearances in playoff history.

- Have the Yankees ever won an ALDS Game 5 on the road after going down 0-2?

No. However, they won the 2001 ALDS against the A's after starting off down 0-2, and won Game 5 at home.

- Have the Yankees ever gone down 0-2 and then won an ALDS Game 3 in a 1-0 pitcher's duel?

Yes. It was the same 2001 ALDS, as Mussina (7) and Rivera (2) combined for a shutout, while Zito (8) and Guthrie (1) gave up only one run (a Posada 5th inning home run) in a tough luck loss.

has there ever been a Lose 2 / Win 3 straight ALDS that featured a Game 5 seventh inning that stretched the limits of credulity?

NEVER FORGET! (Don't click it, rcade.)

posted by grum@work at 09:47 AM on October 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I can't think of any other way to interpret this:

The Devils are already two-men shorthanded so the referee changed his mind and decided NOT to call a cross-checking penalty.

You can clearly see him start to raise his hand, and then change his mind. I have never seen a referee make the signal for "waving it off" for a non-penalty.

If it's a penalty, call it.

posted by grum@work at 09:30 AM on October 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Carolina by 6
Green Bay by 9
Houston by 7
New England by 13
New Orleans by 3
Washington by 3
Atlanta by 7
Baltimore by 7
Jacksonville by 6
Oakland by 3
Arizona by 3
Kansas City by 13
Denver by 7
Tennessee by 6

posted by grum@work at 06:08 PM on October 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Jagr crashes interview with the Travelling Jagrs to introduce the new Jagr jersey.

posted by grum@work at 02:22 PM on October 08

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Cam Newton's Spoiled Yogurt Edition

New England by 7
Buffalo by 7
N.Y. Jets by 7
Carolina by 7
San Francisco by 7
Tennessee by 7
N.Y. Giants by 7
Philadelphia by 7
Pittsburgh by 7
Baltimore by 7
L.A. Rams by 7
Green Bay by 7
Kansas City by 7
Minnesota by 7

posted by grum@work at 06:15 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So...McDavid's pretty fast, eh?

And my favourite comment from Reddit:

Entire Flames Bench

posted by grum@work at 08:42 AM on October 05

'It's Funny to Hear a Female Talk About Routes.'

10 years ago at age 15 she got hooked on football when she saw Boise State's incredible bowl win over Oklahoma.

Wait, that's not right. It wasn't 10 years ago! That was just a couple of years ago.

[google]

Motherf.....

posted by grum@work at 12:24 AM on October 05

'It's Funny to Hear a Female Talk About Routes.'

That cannot possibly be the first time he's been asked a question by a female reporter. You think he would have gotten that stupid sexist thought out of his head by now.

posted by grum@work at 10:11 PM on October 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This is the same moron who didn't know who Al Alburquerque was...

posted by grum@work at 10:05 PM on October 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah, that's the best I could come up with, too. Money money money.

posted by grum@work at 12:31 AM on October 04

The most important news about the NHL this season: Jagr will play!

If Jagr plays most of the season he'll own the record for most games played. Good for him.

He'd own that record free and clear (and probably closing in on 2000 NHL games) if he hadn't played in the KHL for 3 seasons when he was the tender age of 36.

posted by grum@work at 03:54 PM on October 02

The most important news about the NHL this season: Jagr will play!

I wonder if there is a clause that lets him be released from the contract if he isn't getting playing time and he wants to play in the Olympics in 2018...

posted by grum@work at 03:51 PM on October 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: I Won't Stand for That Edition

Green Bay by 7
Miami by 7
Atlanta by 7
Cleveland by 7
Dallas by 7
Detroit by 7
New England by 7
Jacksonville by 7
Pittsburgh by 7
Tennessee by 7
Arizona by 7
L.A. Chargers by 7
Tampa Bay by 7
Oakland by 7
Seattle by 7
Kansas City by 7

posted by grum@work at 06:02 PM on September 28

NCAA Coaches, Adidas Executive Face Charges

If Adidas is caught doing this, I'll be surprised if other companies like Under Armor, Nike, Reebok, etc. aren't trying something like this as well.

posted by grum@work at 02:08 PM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Leafs defenseman Ron Hainsey leaves reporters speechless.

posted by grum@work at 10:28 AM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

'Tomlin just added himself to the list of no good N******. Yes I said it,'

'I want to apologize. I was frustrated and angry at the Steelers not standing for the anthem. ... This had nothing to do with my fire department. I regret what I said.'

posted by grum@work at 03:09 PM on September 26