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SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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 bringing magic back to FA Cup

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Kyrie Irving believes the earth is flat: 'They lie to us'

posted by grum@work at 10:31 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Like father like son, unfortunately.

posted by grum@work at 05:44 PM on February 13

Mike Ilitch, owner of the Tigers and Red Wings, passes away at 87.

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

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

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

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 Greatest Comeback in NFL History

The front page that was scrapped...

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

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

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

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

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

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

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

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

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

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History


posted by grum@work at 10:30 PM on February 05

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

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

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History


This game is getting ugly, fast.

posted by grum@work at 07:49 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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...

posted by grum@work at 10:41 AM on February 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x33 Edition

New England by 3 *LOCK*

Field goal: Gostkowski

TD: M.Ryan

Passing: M. Ryan

Rushing: L.Blount

Receiving: J.Jones

Sack: V.Beasley

Interception: R.Allen

Turnover: T.Brady

MVP: M.Ryan

Winner: tron7

Score: 71

posted by grum@work at 07:58 PM on February 03

67 Swedes Decide Whether to Take the Plunge

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Okay, now I'm hooked.

I definitely have to get back to England again sometime in the future to attend these minnow matches in the FA Cup and DEFINITELY get me some lower level jerseys for my collection.

posted by grum@work at 10:52 PM on January 29

Roger Federer beats back father time to win his 18th major at age 35.

Contains Swiss cheese and ham, if you're asking

Were they twin pizzas?

posted by grum@work at 10:48 PM on January 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

During the NHL All-Star pre-game blatherfest, Pierre McGuire just asked Mario Lemieux if he's surprised that he's in the Top 100 of all time list.

posted by grum@work at 04:32 PM on January 29

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

I've just realized that I've been a member of SportsFilter longer than I've been married.

The membership has definitely shrunk since the high times, but that has also weeded out the "[team A] RULES, [team B] DROOLS!" people as well.

(It has something to do with dropping off Yahoo!'s recommended sports page, right?)

I am sometimes saddened to see nothing new posted on SpoFi for a couple of days, remembering when the front page would have more than 5 new items a day. Of course, most of those items would barely qualify as "front page material", so putting them in the daily huddle is actually a better idea now.

Things that SpoFi has done for me over the years:

1) I now understand (and will watch) cricket.
2) I sharpened my skills at analyzing sports statistics so that I win every argument about sports. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. ಠ_ಠ
3) Reading about lots of different sports has increased my awareness for many different leagues, meaning I've expanded my sports jersey collection quite extensively.

posted by grum@work at 04:28 PM on January 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Pedro Martinez (in Spanish: 1, 2, 3) is alleging (and many DR sources are reporting) that Yordano Ventura was either alive after his crash, was robbed at the scene, and then died when no one else helped him, OR was his body was robbed after he died at the scene before help could get there.

This is based on the fact that his 2015 World Series ring was not found on his body, anywhere at the scene, or among his possessions in the DR. As well, the placement/state of his body outside of the vehicle after a crash like that was suspicious.

posted by grum@work at 06:42 AM on January 24

Falcons Will Face Patriots in Super Bowl 0x33

Wow. That was impressive.

posted by grum@work at 09:55 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Dallas Stars wade into "attendance" brouhaha.

posted by grum@work at 03:58 PM on January 22

Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Dies in Car Crash

Ventura seemed like a talent who was going to put it all together and dominate the game.

Actually, he looked like a talent that was losing control. His ERA kept climbing and his head-hunting/fight-starting ways were making him unpopular with his teammates (just watch Salvador Perez's nonchalant effort to stop Machado going after Ventura, plus comments from his manager suggested he wasn't really defending him any more).

This also wasn't the first time he was drinking and driving. An advisor at a baseball academy tweeted this on October 16th:

Got to the DR this am & in just one night I've seen multiple MLB players and prospects drinking and driving. Man the culture needs change

He then tweeted this morning (after news of Ventura came out):

I tweeted this the morning after seeing Yordano out at the clubs drinking and driving 😢😞 RIP. Didn't want to use his name at the time

It sounds like he was on a self-destructive path. It's a shame someone couldn't pull him out of it before it ended like this.

posted by grum@work at 03:49 PM on January 22

Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Dies in Car Crash

Extra weird coincidence:

Former major leaguer (and one time top prospect) Andy Marte was also killed this morning in a drunk driving accident. His plate appearance in the majors (August 2014) was against Yordano Ventura.

Drunk driving deaths are far too common in the DR.

posted by grum@work at 01:14 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Someone's gonna get an early scholarship...

posted by grum@work at 08:18 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Doing it once is cool. Doing it every Sunday home game is like your friend who celebrates a "birthday week."

Sort of like singing "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch?

But I do like that they look like Roughned.

Well, it is nice to honour the player that helped the Jays get to the ALCS again.

posted by grum@work at 08:15 PM on January 20

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

Atlanta by 6 *LOCK*

New England by 9 *LOCK*

1. Quarterback with most passing yards - Matt Ryan

2. Player with most rushing yards - LeVeon Bell

3. Player with most receiving yards - Antonio Brown

4. Player with an interception. - Deion Jones

posted by grum@work at 04:36 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

They do something similarly on/around July 1st each year, and "Baseball Day in Canada" (in August).

My only complaint is that the bird is all red. If they left it the original colours, I'd have no problem with the jerseys.

posted by grum@work at 04:33 PM on January 20

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.

If Rolen is that far from Chipper it would be a shame.

Rolen suffers from the same thing that Raines did. He happened to play at the same time as a clear first ballot player at the same position. Jones is better than him in almost every stat (both traditional and SABRmetric), except for fielding (which never gets much play unless you are acknowledged as a legend at it). Jones also has an much better MVP voting history and post-season resume, and has the bonus of being a single-team legend.

When Jones goes in, Rolen will move up the charts. I think that he'll become the new SABR push candidate after Mussina & Martinez get in (or drop off).

posted by grum@work at 06:29 PM on January 19

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.

On the 2018 ballot (and my guess at their vote percentages), newcomers in bold:


Chipper Jones (91%)
Vladimir Guerrero (81%)
Jim Thome (79)
Trevor Hoffman (79%)

Getting close but falling short:

Edgar Martinez 69%
Mike Mussina (65%)
Rogers Clemens (63%)
Barry Bonds (61%)
Curt Schilling (53%)
Omar Vizquel (41%)
Scott Rolen (36%)
Larry Walker (34%)
Manny Ramirez (33%)
Jamie Moyer (29%)
Fred McGriff (26%)
Andruw Jones (25%)

Players that will probably get at least one vote but no more than 5:

Kerry Wood
Livan Hernandez
Hideki Matsui
Brad Lidge

posted by grum@work at 09:45 AM on January 19

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.

Hoffman and Guerrero are pretty much locks to make it into the HOF on the 2018 ballot.

Martinez has two years left on the ballot. At 58.6%, he's actually in better shape than Raines was with two years left on the ballot (55.0%). He's expected to become the player to receive the "SABR push" (like Raines and Blyleven received before him) to get him in the hall of fame.

The jump by Bonds and Clemens to above 50% seems to signal to a lot of people that they might make it into the HOF on the BBWAA ballot (and not the Veteran's Committee) in the next 5 years.

Mussina's climb above 50% gives him 6 seasons to make to the promised land. He has Halladay, Pettitte, Moyer, Buehrle, and Hudson joining him on the ballot in the next five seasons, so he'll probably fair very well in comparison to those guys.

Speculation is that Schilling's personality was the reason he dropped about 7% from the 2016 ballot. It could be hard for him to make up that ground in the remaining 5 years on the ballot.

Ramirez received pretty much the same percentage of votes that Mark McGwire got in his first season. People think that if Bonds and Clemens get in through the BBWAA, the Ramirez's numbers might start climbing quickly afterwards. Still, he might stall out because of his two positive test for illegal (masking) drugs.

Walker, McGriff, Kent, Sheffield, and Sosa were all considered strong candidates by SABR writers, and all of them look like they have too far to go to make it through the normal voting procedure.

Posada is probably the best player on the ballot to be one-and-done, joining Edmonds (2016), Delgado (2015), and Kenny Lofton (2013) as the most overlooked for the past 5 years of balloting.

posted by grum@work at 11:24 PM on January 18

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.

Full voting results:

Ballots Cast: 442 Needed for Election: 332

Votes Name            Percentage 
381 Jeff Bagwell      86.2% 
380 Tim Raines        86.0% *
336 Ivan Rodriguez    76.0% ^
327 Trevor Hoffman    74.0% 
317 Vladimir Guerrero 71.7% ^
259 Edgar Martinez    58.6% 
239 Roger Clemens     54.1% 
238 Barry Bonds       53.8% 
229 Mike Mussina      51.8% 
199 Curt Schilling    45.0% 
151 Lee Smith         34.2% *
105 Manny Ramirez     23.8% ^
 97 Larry Walker      21.9%  
 96 Fred McGriff      21.7% 
 74 Jeff Kent         16.7% 
 59 Gary Sheffield    13.3% 
 45 Billy Wagner      10.2% 
 38 Sammy Sosa         8.6% 
 17 Jorge Posada       3.8% -
  3 Magglio Ordonez    0.7% -
  2 Edgar Renteria     0.5% -
  2 Jason Varitek      0.5% -
  1 Tim Wakefield      0.2% -
  0 Corey Blake        0.0% -
  0 Pat Burrell        0.0% -
  0 Orlando Cabrera    0.0% -
  0 Mike Cameron       0.0% -
  0 J.D. Drew          0.0% -
  0 Carlos Guillen     0.0% -
  0 Derrek Lee         0.0% -
  0 Melvin Mora        0.0% -
  0 Arthur Rhodes      0.0% -
  0 Freddy Sanchez     0.0% -
  0 Matt Stairs        0.0% -

^ First year on ballot * Last year on ballot - Will be dropped from future ballots for receiving less than 5.0% of the vote

posted by grum@work at 11:07 PM on January 18

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

Yeah, it existed before ESPN.

Before, it was just "signing day".

But after ESPN got their hands on it, the transformation to "Signing Day" happened.

posted by grum@work at 02:20 PM on January 18

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