Oh, and if the Capitals play like this against the Penguins, Pittsburgh is going to stomp them pretty hard.
posted by grum@work at 10:27 PM on April 23
The Leafs season ended like most of their games did early on...a blown third period lead and a loss in extra time.
That said, I ain't even mad.
I didn't think they'd make the playoffs.
I didn't (realistically, despite my bravado in the NHL pick-em) think they'd be all that competitive against the MUCH better Capitals.
To get the series to six games, and to play FIVE of them in overtime? That's crazy.
The best part is that when the Leafs were leaving the ice Auston Matthews had an angry look on his face. He wasn't content with just getting there. He wants to win.
Given how Matthews, Nylander, Kapenen, Andersen, and Kadri played this series, I like their chances next year.
posted by grum@work at 10:22 PM on April 23
You can cross off anyone that has any Penguins, Blue Jackets, Flames, Ducks, Hawks, or Predators that aren't Malkin, Crosby, or Kessel.
posted by grum@work at 10:18 PM on April 21
Duncan Keith blows up Viktor Arvidsson.
posted by grum@work at 10:30 PM on April 20
MLB's new baseball magnet: Josh Harrison
posted by grum@work at 09:02 AM on April 20
Attention all baseball fans!
CB Bucknor gave a demonstration tonight (in the Nationals/Braves game) of what would happen if an umpire closed his eyes on every pitch and just guessed (by sound) if it was a ball or a strike.
From Twitter: Seven individual calls by CB Bucknor that home plate umpires across the league make "0%" of the time.
Here is a map of every called pitch (no swings). Red ones are called strikes (they should be inside the boxes), green ones are called balls (they should be outside the boxes).
Jason Werth struck out in this at-bat without swinging his bat even once.
This was called a "foul-tip" by Bucknor.
The winning team's radio play-by-play guy tears into Bucknor's calling ability.
posted by grum@work at 12:19 AM on April 19
Listen, I've seen some amazing goals scored by some great players, but this one by Radulov is next-level insane.
Undressing a HOF-bound goalie, with one hand, while holding off a defender with the other...come on. If someone did that in NHL'17, I'd be pissed that they used a cheat code against me.
posted by grum@work at 11:14 PM on April 16
CLE in 5 - LeBron
TOR in 6 - Derozan
SAS in 5 - Kawhi
LAC in 5 - Hayward
WAS in 4 - Wall
GSW in 4 - Curry
BOS in 4 - Thomas
HOU in 6 - Westbrook
posted by grum@work at 12:16 PM on April 15
Ottawa in 7 +1
Pittsburgh in 5 +2
Edmonton in 6 +2
Montreal in 5
St. Louis in 7 +1
Toronto in 7
Calgary in 6
Chicago in 4
posted by grum@work at 02:21 PM on April 12
There are very few writers on the internet that I'd pay money to read, but if Jon Bois said "I'm going solo and producing a new article/video every week." I'd pony up the money pretty quickly.
The closest I've come to passing out from laughter was reading a bunch of his "Breaking Madden" (and other video game articles) in a row.
posted by grum@work at 10:29 PM on April 11
That's the most balkingest balk that ever balked.
posted by grum@work at 09:19 PM on April 09
An American crowd chanting "SER-GI-O!"?
It sounded great.
posted by grum@work at 07:39 PM on April 09
Getting to the playoffs was NOT expected this season, especially since they blew 3rd period leads in 4 of their first 5 games of the season.
Of course, Matthews scoring 40 goals as a rookie was also not expected, as well as having three rookies score over 60 points (Matthews, Marner, Nylander).
Naturally, the dream scenario* is that Toronto gets at least a point in the final game and then faces Ottawa in the first round.
Otherwise they will have to face the Capitals steamroller in the first round.
* A dream scenario four ways:
posted by grum@work at 09:28 AM on April 09
"Nice home run, son!"
Aaron Judge (6'7") greets teammate Ronald Torreyes (5'8") at home plate.
posted by grum@work at 01:24 PM on April 05
The universe does not like Stephen Piscotty.
Bonus: Video done with Scott Sterling commentary.
posted by grum@work at 10:38 AM on April 05
Chronicle beat reporter Daryl Polsafio reports that:
Bochy's medical leave of absence is so he may be tested for "early onset dementia". The rumours are that Giants officials became worried when Bochy insisted in multiple interviews and discussions that "last year's bullpen wasn't that bad", so they confronted Bochy directly and requested he be tested.
The columnist, April Slaydofo, adds:
When asked about managing the team, Bonds says that he'll be a hands-off manager, but he will insist that everyone take the health supplements provided before each game by the team's new dietician and trainer, Greg Anderson.
posted by grum@work at 01:41 AM on April 01
It looks like my link is messed up in the post title. I guess there is a bad character in the web page, or I pasted it incorrectly, but it's chopped off the end of it. I'm not sure how to fix it.
posted by grum@work at 01:38 AM on April 01
Canada's still probably not going to make the World Cup again, right?
posted by grum@work at 11:52 AM on March 31
Toronto supports the Leafs, any other sports team is simply noise there.
When the Leafs stunk for the last decade, the Blue Jays, Raptors and TFC capitalized for a couple of seasons. They established themselves as teams to cheer for for the younger fans.
Lots of kids support the Raptors instead of the Leafs.
Lots of immigrant kids (from Europe) support TFC instead of the Leafs.
Lots of fans in general supported the 2015 resurgence and 2016 repeat of the Blue Jays (especially with the heavy marketing by the cable giant Rogers).
That said, 2017 might be the last chance for the three other teams to establish themselves before the Leafs junior juggernauts really take hold.
Of course, it's a magical time in Toronto right now (and the past 12 months).
Leafs - young, exciting, and might make the playoffs (and might even play their favourite whipping boys, the Senators, in the first round)
Raptors - made it to the ECF, and (assuming Lowry is healthy) look real strong to take another long run in the playoffs
Blue Jays - back-to-back runs to the ALCS
TFC - lost the title in a shootout (but only after humiliating NY and their arch-rivals, Montreal).
So yes, back in the day the Leafs were the dominant sports team in Toronto, and if the win a round of the playoffs this year they might leap back on top of the heap, but the other teams aren't "noise" right now.
posted by grum@work at 01:10 AM on March 30
Also increases the leverage for any other franchise seeking public money.
I'm not so sure about that.
Yes, they've increased the threat level of "Maybe we'll move if we don't get what we want!" by having examples of teams actually doing it, but they've taken away one of the prime "threat locations".
By moving teams to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, they've removed two prime threats to existing cities keeping their teams.
What (legitimate) cities does that leave?
A third Texas team?
Back to St. Louis?
None of them held the possibility of Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
posted by grum@work at 03:18 PM on March 29
ic23b: I think you misread jjzucal's quote. He said "empty seats in Oakland", not Las Vegas.
posted by grum@work at 07:29 PM on March 27
NHL goals in a season - 92 by Gretzky - nobody has come close in 35 years and the game is different now
Brett Hull scored 228 goals in 231 games over the span of 3 seasons (1989-90 to 1991-92), including an 86 goal season (in only 78 games).
At his peak (he was 25 in the first of those three seasons), The Golden Brett was the one that might have had a chance. He had the skill and the league was still in the format that allowed for crazy scoring like that.
If Brett had started his career (and peaked) 6 years earlier (during mid-80s), I think he has a real shot at beating that record.
If you use the statistic of "Adjusted Goals" (which takes into account roster size, games in a season, and league scoring), Hulls 1990-91 season (when he scored 86 real goals) is considered the largest "adjusted goals" season in NHL history (78). Gretzky's 92 goals comes out as 69.
The next highest "adjusted goals" season in NHL history was in 2007-08. It was Ovechkin's 65 goal season, which translated into 72 "adjusted goals" (because of the low scoring environment he did it in).
The really interesting part is that when you tally "adjusted goals" for an entire career, the league leader is...Gordie Howe (925). Second place is...Jaromir Jagr (840). Gretzky comes in third with 758.
posted by grum@work at 01:26 AM on March 24
I would think that Fernando Tatis' 2 grand slams (and the subsequent 8 RBI) in one inning was pretty untouchable...
The Tatis thing is like Johnny Vander Meer throwing consecutive no-hitters.
Maybe, in a blue moon, someone might match the record, but it's virtually impossible to ever break it.
posted by grum@work at 01:07 AM on March 24
The Maple Leafs almost burned themselves last night, but got lucky.
While ahead by only a goal, the Leafs' Roman Polak drew a 5-minute penalty (and game misconduct) for boarding. Instead of putting another player in the box immediately, Leafs coach Mike Babcock elected to not put someone in right away, and was planning to put in a player at the first whistle during the penalty kill (which is an option).
However, there never WAS a whistle during the power play! After the five minutes were up, there was no player in the penalty box, so the Leafs had to remain shorthanded until the next whistle! They could not bring a player onto the ice from the bench.
The Blue Jackets were on the power play for almost SEVEN MINUTES. The Leafs tried to ice the puck, but being short handed meant that didn't stop the play!
Eventually, Dan Boyle (the veteran on the Leafs) got control of the puck at his blue line, skated towards centre, and then flipped it into the Blue Jackets bench. Because it did not go over the glass, it was not a delay of game penalty, and the Leafs could finally put a 5th skater on the ice.
Mike Babcock was seen saying "I'm sorry. My fault. I'm sorry." to his team during the commercial break and said after the game:
"That will never happen in my lifetime again. I can tell you that. I'll never wait to put a guy in."
The Leafs won the game 5-2.
posted by grum@work at 11:36 AM on March 23
Barring a change on how they count "wins" in baseball, Cy Young's 511 wins seems impossible at this time.
posted by grum@work at 10:50 AM on March 23
long travel to away games
So, for fun, I mapped out the travel distances for the Chicago Fire this season:
For all their away games listed on their 2017 schedule that aren't pre-season matches, they would have to travel 28,564 miles (round trip, as the crow flies, calculated here). That's for 17 listed away games, on in the US and Canada, and does not include any possible playoff matches or other currently unscheduled matches (other Cups/Leagues?).
And, in turn, mapped out the travel distances for Manchester United this season:
For all their away games listed on their 2016-17 schedule (non-exhibition, August 2016 to May 2017), they would have to travel 17,924 miles (round trip, as the crow flies, calculated here). That's for 29 listed away games, in the UK, Russia, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Turkey, and Ukraine. It does not include any other unscheduled cup/league matches to be determined.
The two longest trips were by ManU to Zorya Luhansk (1812 miles) and FC Rostov (1944 miles). The longest trip for Chicago was to Portland (1756 miles) or LA (1744 miles) (it could be either depending on airport locations and such).
Chicago's shortest travel distance was two matches in Columbus (276 miles). ManU's shortest travel distance (other than their ManCity derby of 0 miles) is Brunley (21 miles).
Chicago had no one-way travel under 200 miles. ManU had almost 80% of their matches within 200 miles of their home, and almost 50% of their matches had less than 105 miles in one-way travel.
One major difference is that imagine most of the travel for ManU to other UK locations would be by train or bus.
posted by grum@work at 01:50 PM on March 22
The full plate appearance between Wladimir Balentien and Edwin Diaz, from last night's WBC semi-final game.
Even if the American fans and/or players don't get excited about the WBC, it seems like lots of players from around the world sure seem to care.
posted by grum@work at 11:58 AM on March 21
Oh man, not you too, Shaq!
posted by grum@work at 11:06 PM on March 19
I'm not sure there is any incentive you can offer a genuine contender (Cavs, GS, Spurs) to keep their stars on the court if the team thinks their stars could use a night off.
I have no problem with resting stars.
I have a REAL problem if you rest ALL of the stars at once (if I was a paying customer of a team with stars), especially on the road (where a fan has a limited chance of seeing these stars in the first place).
Like you said, it's virtually impossible to enforce this kind of rule without some weird backlash/interpretation, but the NBA can't be happy with what happened with the Spurs/Warriors.
posted by grum@work at 10:39 PM on March 19
There has to be something wrong with the third base coach running down the line in between the runner and the player with the ball at third base.
If I was the guy with the ball (and realized that no one was going to cover home in time), I would have thrown the ball AT the third base coach and try to get an "interference" call from the ump for the automatic out.
posted by grum@work at 09:53 AM on March 16
Celebrating before you finish making the play?
Nelson Cruz, what the hell were you thinking? Did you forget that you are NOT a base stealer? I'm hoping that was some sort of blown hit-and-run play, but I doubt it with Adrian Beltre at the dish with two outs and down by two runs. But why steal there with Yadier Molina behind the plate?
posted by grum@work at 04:48 PM on March 15
I have no beef with Odor any more. After he helped the Blue Jays move on to the ALCS, all is forgiven. :)
posted by grum@work at 11:25 AM on March 14
Since no one has done it yet, I've created a quick March Madness bracket group on Yahoo.
posted by grum@work at 08:28 AM on March 14
If Israel goes way into extra innings and wins with a heroically and improbably manufactured walkoff run
Sadly, the tournament is being played with some crummy extra-inning rules.
posted by grum@work at 01:57 PM on March 09
With Israel beating The Netherlands and securing a 3-0 record in Pool A of the WBC, I saw this comment posted online:
The last time Israel beat 3 countries in less than a week was 1967.
posted by grum@work at 09:50 AM on March 09
Decals on the windows might not be the most aesthetically satisfactory solution, but they are cheap, require little or no maintenance, and can even be something of a revenue source if advertising is allowed.
I'm really surprised that someone in Minny hasn't tried to cash in on that already. You put a silhouette on the exterior facing decal, and a company name on the interior facing one.
posted by grum@work at 08:46 AM on March 05
It was inevitable that they'd return to Canadian TV after they got let go from FOX Sports 1.
The interesting part would be if SportsNet would try to steal them before TSN had a chance to get them back. If they did, that would be another serious blow to the network. They are currently getting killed in the ratings by SportsNet.
That said, I'm happy to have them back. They are great.
posted by grum@work at 10:33 AM on March 02
body swap reality inhabited by owl@work and grumhouse
My original user id for SpoFi was grum@home (because Rogers email system was "@home" originally...or maybe it was just "grum", I forget exactly). When we got internet access at work (maybe a week later), I wanted to login but I forgot my password. I couldn't access my @home email account if I did a password retrieval, so I created the "grum@work" userid (just over 15 years ago, it seems) as a temporary measure so I could read/comment on stuff while at work that day (and chose an easier password to remember).
I never went back to the original user id, and I've posted 207 links and 8743 comments on my "temporary" account.
I am, however, posting this from my house.
posted by grum@work at 01:34 AM on March 01
Lincoln City making it to the semi-finals/Wembley would be amazing.
I'm pretty sure they'd be the most supported 5th tier team in history if they pull it off.
posted by grum@work at 03:36 PM on February 20
Kyrie Irving believes the earth is flat: 'They lie to us'
posted by grum@work at 10:31 PM on February 17
The Guardian on NHL relocation
Of course I turn to a British paper to find out information about a Canadian sport in an American city!
That said, well written article that helped remind me how god damn good that Hartford Whalers logo was.
posted by grum@work at 03:49 PM on February 14
Like father like son, unfortunately.
posted by grum@work at 05:44 PM on February 13
Ilitch's admiration of Detroit also was put on display in 2009, when General Motors struggling under the threat of bankruptcy discontinued its sponsorship of the popular General Motors Fountain at Comerica Park. Instead of selling the space to other bidders, Ilitch gave the advertising spot to each of the area's car companies that season at no cost.
posted by grum@work at 08:20 PM on February 10
The handball goal was from some charity game, right? That's why everyone (even the opposition) claps.
And was the keeper for the lacrosse goal some middle school kid they used by mistake? He looked like he was 5 feet tall at best.
posted by grum@work at 01:28 PM on February 09
Bruins fired Julien.
I'm sure I'm just remembering specific points, but this has to be like the 4th or 5th time in the past 10 years that a coach was fired by a team after losing to the Maple Leafs.
Off the top of my head:
- Claude Julien (Boston)
- Lindy Ruff (Buffalo)
- Michel Therrien (Pittsburgh)
- Tom Renney (NYR)
posted by grum@work at 10:14 AM on February 07
I also assume that streak of 3 consecutive failed 3rd downs the Patriots converted via defensive holding had 90% of America screaming it was a fix.
Which, of course, is completely against the prevailing theory that Goodell/NFL did NOT want to give Kraft, BB, and Brady the trophy after all that Deflategate brouhaha.
All three calls were correct. The only complaint that could be made is that maybe that happens on EVERY play and they only called it here because they wanted to give the Patriots a chance.
And for all the crap the refs catch in the the NFL, how they got that Edelman catch right in real time is beyond me. I was laughing when they called it a catch claiming I'd definitely seen it hit the ground.
That call and the call on the Julio Jones sideline toe drag were spot on and seem to balance out all those HORRIFIC calls the zebras made in the regular season that had everyone up in arms. The team given the task to officiate this game were definitely top notch.
posted by grum@work at 01:55 PM on February 06
Average margin of victory of Super Bowls that involved the B&B Patriots: 3.7
Average margin of victory for every other Super Bowl since B&B Patriots won in 2002: 14.0
Love them or hate them, the B&B Patriots pretty much guarantee an exciting/close Super Bowl.
posted by grum@work at 12:17 AM on February 06
The front page that was scrapped...
posted by grum@work at 12:06 AM on February 06
You know, in every other football game in history, the Julio Jones catch on the sidelines would be hailed as one of the greatest of all time.
Then, Julian Edelman goes and does this and everyone forgets about it....
posted by grum@work at 10:57 PM on February 05
Is it me, or does the football on the Lombardi Trophy look a little...flat?
posted by grum@work at 10:49 PM on February 05
I just heard the FOX guys call this the greatest comeback in post-season history.
Nope. Sorry. I can't abide by that.
If you aren't down by 32 points at any time in the game, then it isn't the greatest comeback in post-season history.
posted by grum@work at 10:37 PM on February 05
There can't possibly be anyone who doesn't say GOAT now, unless they're being pointlessly contrary.
I think if you were holding off on the GOAT for Brady, it wasn't for winning Super Bowls (4 already), or winning against the odds (his first one), or winning close ones (they have all been 4 points or less before this one). There has to be something else (stupid) that has been holding you back, and this game probably didn't change it.
I had been a "Peyton Manning man" because of "numbers", but I conceded that position after the end of this season (and before the playoffs started).
posted by grum@work at 10:34 PM on February 05
And now...AND NOW GODDELL HAS TO HAND THE TROPHY TO THE PATRIOTS!
posted by grum@work at 10:30 PM on February 05
Well, what do we say?
The greatest COMEBACK in Super Bowl history, or the greatest COLLAPSE in Super Bowl history?
posted by grum@work at 10:27 PM on February 05
This game is getting ugly, fast.
posted by grum@work at 07:49 PM on February 05
Come on you Lions, if the Cubs can win a World Series, you dumb asses can win a Super Bowl.
Not before a Leafs Stanley Cup, thank you very much....
posted by grum@work at 10:41 AM on February 05
I was at university in a big common room with a whole bunch of Giants fans (and a couple of Bills fans like myself). Norwood was lining up for the kick, and the other Bills fan near me turns to me and says "You know he's going to miss this, right?"
I was FURIOUS that he would think that way, and then when it happened and the Bills actually lost (and the Giants fans started to taunt me), I decided then and there that I was going to watch the rest of the Super Bowls on my own and away from other people.
I'm real glad I stuck to my guns for the next three years at least...
New England by 3 *LOCK*
Field goal: Gostkowski
Passing: M. Ryan
posted by grum@work at 07:58 PM on February 03
Frida and Linus were definitely the stars of the film. Both of them very attractive and that chatter was great to hear/read.
The part that got me all nervous was the girl in the purple bikini at around 13 minutes. She false jumps at least three times, and that bothered me.
Just recently I jumped off the 5 meter platform at my local pool (because my 3-year-old daughter wanted to see daddy jump, and what are you gonna do, right?), and on my first jump I hesitated once like she did and almost fell off the edge anyways. I caught my balance at the last second, but if I hadn't I would have tumbled awkwardly into the pool and who knows how that would have felt.
In the end, I jumped from that height four times (all controlled, with my arms tucked in and legs crossed for minimal wedgie results). The sensation of falling is great and terrifying, and I would have loved to try the 10 meter platform, but it was closed to the public that day.
posted by grum@work at 04:30 PM on February 02
Forty years ago today, Ian Turnbull became the first and (still) only NHL defenceman to score 5 goals in a single game. He's also the only NHL player to score 5 goals on just 5 shots.
That season, 1976-1977 Maple Leafs, is probably the time when I first started following hockey as a kid (five years old for the season) and why every time I played ball hockey for the next ten years I would pretend to be one of the following players:
G: Mike Palmateer
D: Borje Salming
D: Ian Turnbull
RW: Lanny McDonald
C: Darryl Sittler
LW: Tiger Williams
posted by grum@work at 09:16 AM on February 02
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