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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Freddy says no!

posted by grum@work at 10:25 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 06:31 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Drake, his Humboldt Broncos jersey, and the Raptors.

posted by grum@work at 07:53 PM on April 15

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Saturday

Houston in 4 - Harden

Oklahoma City in 7 - Westbrook

Portland in 5 - A.Davis

Golden State in 5 - Durant

Toronto in 5 - DeRozan

Cleveland in 6 - James

Philadelphia in 7 - Reddick

Milwaukee in 7 - Greek Freak

posted by grum@work at 09:03 AM on April 14

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Winnipeg in 6
Pittsburgh in 5
Los Angeles in 7
Tampa Bay in 4
Toronto in 6
Washington in 5
Nashville in 5
Anaheim in 7

Auston Matthews

posted by grum@work at 07:24 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 06:44 AM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

After Buck Showalter brought in a relief pitcher against the Jays with the bases loaded and two outs, the Jays proceeded to draw a walk, hit a grand slam, and then get another hit.

This audio gem was caught on the mics, and I'm pretty sure it will be meme-worthy for Orioles fans for a while.

posted by grum@work at 10:29 PM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Hey, San Diego? You signed the American League Gold Glove winner for first base to the largest contract in the history of the organization ($144million over 8 years)! How is that going?

San Diego: Let's talk about this some other day.

posted by grum@work at 01:43 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Ottawa Senators held "Fan Appreciation Night". As part of the promotion, they gave away McDonald's gift cards to certain rows/sections of fans.


posted by grum@work at 12:19 PM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The were born at the same time, drafted at the same time, started their NHL careers at the same time, and will now retire at the same time.

Stick taps for the Sedin brothers, everyone.

posted by grum@work at 01:41 PM on April 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Baseball-Reference is switching to video mode.

Here is the new Mike Trout baseball-reference page.

posted by grum@work at 01:21 PM on April 01

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

Yeah, I didn't count the 8 second fun appearance:

With the Hurricanes losing 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning having iced the puck at the end of the game, Hurricanes' coach Bill Peters put Alves in the net for the final seconds of the match.

This was a legitimate "must play" appearance.

Interesting notes I found out about his appearance:

1) He doesn't get paid for playing net. The Amateur Try Out (ATO) specifically says they cannot be remunerated for their appearance on the bench/ice by management. Of course, I'm pretty sure the Hawks players will chip in something for him (petty cash or signed items).

2) He's been in the rink as an emergency goalie quite a few times, but hadn't been required to get dressed. In fact, if the JETS goalies had gotten hurt, then Foster would have been THEIR emergency goalie. They sit in the stands just in case either team needs them.

posted by grum@work at 01:59 AM on March 31

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

Celebration at the end of the game.

posted by grum@work at 01:08 AM on March 30

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

Post game interview!

posted by grum@work at 01:00 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I love watching Bo Bichette lose his mind in the on-deck circle when this happens.

And here is the high-quality stream of the home run from MLB itself, with all the audio calls (radio, TV, and French TV).

posted by grum@work at 01:21 PM on March 28

Mookie Betts Interviewed During Play

They have hot mics down near ice level in the NHL and they pick up some golden moments. I'm pretty sure the NHL (and other leagues) would make a mint if they sold a network package that allowed you to watch the game with no commentary and live mics at field/ice level.

posted by grum@work at 12:13 AM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Devils have 5 legitimate scoring chances in 10 seconds...and do not register a shot on net.

posted by grum@work at 12:39 AM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just rolled through a bunch of Zlatan videos, and I know he's never been considered the best player in the world (because of the overlap with Messi/Ronaldo, plus other stars before them during Zlatan's early career), but goddamn if he isn't the most entertaining player during his lifetime.

posted by grum@work at 12:12 AM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Hey Carolina!

When attempting to tank* for a better draft pick, please don't be so obvious next time.

I mean, deliberately taking the puck from behind the net and putting it into your own goal? Too obvious!

*Since they won anyways, it seems they can't even tank properly.

posted by grum@work at 12:16 AM on March 23

Former Bills GM Bill Polian is the co-founder of a new football league

No Montreal franchise during the Baltimore era does seem odd, but it was the case.

posted by grum@work at 07:27 PM on March 21

Former Bills GM Bill Polian is the co-founder of a new football league

But how well did those CFL franchises here in the US work out? Not very well as they are no longer functioning.

The Baltimore Stallions franchise was doing quite well (finishing 1st and 2nd in attendance the years it was up and running) and had won the Grey Cup when the NFL announced they were returning to the city. For that reason only, they moved to Montreal.

posted by grum@work at 06:15 PM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 08:31 AM on March 20

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

I'm worried that grum is going to work up one of his indirect victory chains in reverse to show how truly bad this loss was.

Only because you asked...

Otterbein is a D3 school that went 1-24 this year.


On 1/27/2018 Otterbein beat Heidelberg 78 - 69
On 1/17/2018 Heidelberg beat Ohio Northern 84 - 80
On 12/29/2017 Ohio Northern beat Lynchburg 84 - 64
On 11/13/2017 Lynchburg beat Norfolk St 83 - 80 (this is the big one...D3 beats D1)
On 12/30/2017 Norfolk St beat Stony Brook 74 - 68
On 2/21/2018 Stony Brook beat UMBC 64 - 57
On 3/16/2018 UMBC beat Virginia 74 - 54

posted by grum@work at 01:42 AM on March 18

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

Also, that's the end of the perfect bracket for everyone.

posted by grum@work at 10:13 AM on March 17

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

I think this is the best way for a #1 seed to lose in the first round.

If they had lost by a point or two, or in overtime, or blew a lead, then people would say they choked. They'd have to think about how close they came to winning, and they'd run through their heads all the different small things they could have done to win that game. It would haunt them for a long time.

Losing this way? They simply got beat and the other team was better that day. After the second half started, UMBC thrashed Virginia up and down the court, and there isn't any little thing that Virginia could have done to change it.

posted by grum@work at 10:10 AM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Stephen Hawking was born on same date as Galileo's death, and died on the same date as Einstein's birth.

posted by grum@work at 04:48 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"It's all God's Plan that your streak ends tonight."

posted by grum@work at 09:06 AM on March 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Time for the banhammer again!

posted by grum@work at 06:35 AM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

"It's almost not fair."

And remember...he's also the fastest player in the NHL.

posted by grum@work at 01:25 AM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


(I couldn't use "King of Seattle", since that's reserved for Felix Hernandez.)

posted by grum@work at 02:11 PM on March 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I hope this is the season where Ichiro proves the adage "He could hit home runs if he wanted to." Go out swinging for the fences, pop 25 HR, and retire as the emperor of Seattle.

posted by grum@work at 11:39 PM on March 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Never forget!

posted by grum@work at 12:42 AM on March 01

U.S. May Lose Out on Bid to Co-Host World Cup

Canada: "What the fuck did we do wrong?!"

posted by grum@work at 01:50 PM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Updated Unofficial Men's International Ice Hockey Championship Title results

This is a pet project I created and update when changes require it. It tracks who would hold the "Championship Belt" after head-to-head matchups since the first IIHF champion was declared back in 1920. The title can only change hands if:

  • The teams face each other in a recognized international event (World Championship, World Cup, Canada Cup, Olympics) and also includes pre-tournament warm-up games with full rosters (that are recorded).
  • There is a winner in the game. Any games that end in a tie means the current title holder retains it.
  • Junior/Under-18 tournaments do not count. Only senior men's international tournaments.
  • Any tournament that involves non-national teams (Spengler Cup) does not count.
This Olympics saw the title pass from Sweden to Germany to Russia. This was the first time Germany has held the title under that name.

They country of WEST Germany held the title for 347 days after beating Finland in the 1985 IIHF World Championships in the consolation round, and then not losing it again until their first game in the 1986 IIHF World Championships against Canada.

My favourite part about tracking this information is that Italy has held the title at one time, Poland has held it TWO times, and France has held it THREE times.

The craziest time period was the 2014 IIHF World Championships as 6 different nations (Canada, France, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Russia) all held the title at one time during the tournament. The following year, the 2015 tournament also saw 6 different nations (USA, Russia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Canada) hold the title during the tournament.

posted by grum@work at 01:52 PM on February 27

The 2018 Winter Olympics are over and Norway won

Okay, there are many ways to measure which nation was the best overall at the Olympics:

Total Gold Medals:
1) Norway & Germany - 14
3) Canada - 11

Total Medals:
1) Norway - 39
2) Germany - 31
3) Canada - 29

Total points (G=4, S=2, B=1):
1) Norway - 95
2) Germany - 83
3) Canada - 70

One way I like to measure it is by awarding more points to countries that have medals in more disciplines. There are 15 different disciplines in the Winter Olympics :

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Bobsleigh
  • Cross Country
  • Curling
  • Figure Skating
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Hockey
  • Luge
  • Nordic Combined
  • Short Track
  • Skeleton
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboard
  • Speed Skating

Total Disciplines With at Least One Gold:
1) Canada & Germany - 7
3) Norway & USA - 6

Total Disciplines With at Least One Medal:
1) USA - 11
2) Canada & Germany - 9

Finally, copying a method that Bill James used for measuring the success of brothers in baseball, there is this method:

- Take the total medal score (4/2/1) of the best discipline of the nation, add it to 2x the score of the 2nd best discipline, add it to 3x the 3rd best discipline, and so on.

So if a nation has 11 points Speed Skating (2G/1S/1B), 6 points in Curling (3S), 4 points in Nordic Combined (1G/1B) and 1 point in Hockey (1B), then their weighted score would be:


If another nation has 27 points in Speed Skating (6G/1S/1B) and 5 in Bobsleigh (1S/3B), then their score would be:


This rewards nations that do well in multiple disciplines, instead of hoarding all the medals in a single one (*cough* Netherlands *cough*):

Based on this:

Total Weighted Disciplines Score:
1) Germany - 261
2) Norway - 252
3) Canada - 243

Side note: USA would have a score of 166.

posted by grum@work at 12:00 PM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

posted by grum@work at 08:45 AM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"Hey, Germany. Would you like to play an overtime period with the chance to win the gold medal?"

Pre-tournament: "Are you fucking high?"

Pre-gold-medal-game: "Sure!"

Pre-third-period: "I guess."

Pre-last-minute-of-the-game: "Fuck, noooo!"

posted by grum@work at 08:40 AM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I can't believe the Germans lost the gold medal by giving up a short handed goal in the last minute of the game.

Then again, I can't believe the Germans actually had the chance to win the gold medal in the last minute of the game.

At least it didn't end in a shootout...

Fast ein Wunder auf Eis.

posted by grum@work at 01:59 AM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Two things soften the blow about Canada losing in hockey today:

1) No other nation takes a bigger hit talent-wise by the lack of NHL players than Canada. It's a built-in excuse for losing. "Yeah, but if it the real players were here..."

2) Now I can cheer for the "Wunder auf dem Eis 2".

Side note: Are 90% of German words at least 8 characters long?

posted by grum@work at 10:23 AM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Mixed Doubles doesn't count as curling?

Yeah, it counts, but it was only introduced this Olympics AND the Canadians really didn't take it seriously. The amount of practice time the Canadian team had together before arriving in South Korea was 30 minutes.

That's it.

posted by grum@work at 10:19 AM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

In 1998, curling was introduced to the Olympics for women, and was re-introduced for men (after a 74-year break from it's first introduction).

Up until 2014, there have been 10 total sets of medals (G/S/B) handed out between the men's teams and the women's teams.

Canada had won 5 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze. They've ALWAYS won a medal for each discipline, and half the time they won gold.

Over the last two Olympics, the Canadian men's and women's teams went a combined 40-4 in their matches while winning 3 gold and 1 silver medal.

At the 2018 Olympics, Canada won ZERO curling medals. This will be considered a national disgrace.

If you had bet on that before the Olympics, you would have gotten "Leicester City wins the EPL" kind of odds.

posted by grum@work at 06:46 AM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

But grum, we down here *needed* this win so very badly. Please, give us this one thing.

No. No no no. No.

The women's curling team is going to go without a medal for the first time since it was introduced in 1998.

The men's curing team isn't going to the gold medal match for the first time it was re-introduced in 1998, and their first non-gold medal performance since 2002. And they got beat by ... the Americans?!

The women's hockey team didn't win a gold medal for the first time in 20 years.

Now everything rests on the men's hockey team to salvage our national pride for the two sports Canadians EXPECT to win every Olympics.

That's too much pressure on these Spengler Cup guys.

The only thing I can say positively is that the women put on a MUCH better performance in the shootout than the men have. Those two goals, by Daoust and Lamoureux, were NHL-calibre moves

posted by grum@work at 02:53 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 02:14 AM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Americans fell victim to one of the classic blunders!

  1. Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
  2. Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
  3. Never get into a shootout with the Czech Republic.
  4. posted by grum@work at 12:58 AM on February 21

The Film the NFL doesn't want you to see

the NFL diagnosed at least 281 traumatic brain injuries this season

There were 2009 different players that played in at least one game during the 2017 season.

That means almost 14% of the players (assuming each player only had one concussion, but I know that less than 281 players got one because some had two) that played this season got a concussion.

I can't imagine any other sport or profession (outside of full contact combat sports) that would be okay with that high percentage of their participants suffering brain injuries.

posted by grum@work at 03:02 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I have to believe he changed his mind because Belichek told him he's staying on for just one more year and the Patriots will make him the new head coach after that.

posted by grum@work at 06:32 AM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Connor McDavid is ridiculous.

posted by grum@work at 12:19 AM on February 06

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

I think this is my first Costanza!

I couldn't be more proud. Everyone tries to achieve perfection, but there has to b....

/David Harbour appearance

"Nope, this is a Tide ad."

posted by grum@work at 06:52 AM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

The big winner last night was't Philadelphia, but was Tide. Their "every commercial is OUR commercial" Super Bowl ad was brilliant marketing.

As well, every OTHER company should thank them for convincing the viewing public to watch every other commercial intently to see if it was another Tide fakeout.

posted by grum@work at 06:49 AM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

I have no idea why Collingsworth was so adamant about the 2nd touchdown NOT being a catch. It was quite obvious to everyone watching that the receiver took two upright steps before the defender hit his leg and and the runner dove for the goal line to try and get the touchdown.

If the defender isn't there, then he runs in unopposed.

The first touchdown I could KIND OF understand why it might be ruled "no good" as the ball was moving around in his arms as he was taking another step, but I wouldn't have said it was "loose".

Hopefully Collingsworth's "I don't know any more!" becomes the final rallying cry for a rewrite of the "catch" rules this off season. You can't have the national broadcaster say that in the biggest game of the year (and probably one of the most entertaining Super Bowls of all time) and not have SOMETHING happen...

posted by grum@work at 06:45 AM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

That 4th down play call by the Eagles for the Foles TD is the greatest play call in the history of the Super Bowl.

It's daring.

It's crazy.

It's a game breaker.

It's unexpected.

It's memorable.

No other play call (not play) can compare to it.

posted by grum@work at 08:14 PM on February 04

Super Bowl 0x34

Not a concussion...a "head injury".

posted by grum@work at 07:51 PM on February 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

New England by 3 -10

FIRST FG: Gostkowski, NE

FIRST TD: Amendola, NE


RUSHING: Blount, PHI +5

RECEIVING: Amendola, NE +5



OOPS: Brady, NE

MVP: Amendola, NE


posted by grum@work at 10:44 AM on February 02

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019

People from outside North America have a hard time believing that Chief Wahoo was a real sports logo for a mainstream team. Two people I know thought it was a parody of sports logos. They could not believe that a professional team would want to associate themselves to such a terrible caricature.

posted by grum@work at 06:07 PM on January 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bring the banhammer!

posted by grum@work at 06:33 AM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I know holding occurs on every play, but when it is done to secure the edge on a running play, as happened to Telvin Smith on a big third down run by Dion Lewis, it often draws a flag.

That's exactly what I thought when I saw the replay of the run immediately after it happened. I didn't realize that the Pats had been as penalty-free as they were.

posted by grum@work at 07:19 AM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

I can't win unless I go big:

Jacksonville by 3

Minnesota by 7

1. The quarterback with the most passing yards. Brady

2. The player with the most rushing yards. Fournette

3. The player with the most receiving yards. Gronkowski

4. A player who will get a turnover. Ngakoue

5. The team that will score the most points. Minnesota

posted by grum@work at 05:45 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I summon THE BANHAMMER! for lucysharpe!

posted by grum@work at 12:01 AM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I know a couple of kids that are going to be DEVASTATED by Andrew McCutchen being dealt away from the Pirates.

posted by grum@work at 09:26 AM on January 16