Recent Comments by grum@work

Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of CTE, autopsy shows

Sure, his suicide might have been the result of the CTE, but the suicide was not what caused him to lose his income. The criminal activity and conviction are.

One of the more depressing (yet truthful) sentences I've seen on this site.

posted by grum@work at 06:42 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

L.A. Rams by 3
Baltimore by 6
Denver by 9
Pittsburgh by 17
Detroit by 6
Cleveland by 3
Tampa Bay by 7
New England by 21
Miami by 10
Philadelphia by 11
Carolina by 7
Seattle by 3
Green Bay by 9
Kansas City by 14
Oakland by 10
Arizona by 3

posted by grum@work at 01:32 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Cincinnati by 7
Baltimore by 13
Buffalo by 3
Arizona by 14
Tennessee by 6
Kansas City by 10
New England by 17
Pittsburgh by 9
Tampa Bay by 3
L.A. Chargers by 6
Oakland by 17
Dallas by 3
L.A. Rams by 6
Seattle by 20
Green Bay by 4
N.Y. Giants by 3

posted by grum@work at 03:50 PM on September 14

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

So, I'd be in great shape if the Patriots had won on Thursday...

posted by grum@work at 06:42 AM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yeah, when I saw that replay, I wondered what the best move is as the lone offensive player left chasing down that fumble.

Jumping on it left them with terrible field position, and they'd probably be punting from their own end zone, giving the opposition great field position.

Kicking it through the end zone gives the other team 2 points, but at least they kick off would be from a better point than a punt.

The best thing that could have happend was the opposing player keeps fumbling it into your own end zone, and THEN you push/kick it out the back of the end zone (or fall on it). I think at that point it would have been called a touchback, right?

(Since the opposing player touched it last before it went into the end zone.)

posted by grum@work at 10:56 PM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Today, Michael A. Taylor (of the Nationals) hits an inside-the-park grand slam against the Phillies, albeit due to some shoddy work by the centerfielder.

Now, where have I seen this before?

Oh, right. EXACTLY TWO YEARS AGO TO THE DAY, when Michael A. Taylor (of the Nationals) hit an inside-the-park grand slam, albeit due to some shoddy work by the centerfielder.

Of course, that wasn't the last inside-the-park grand slam hit.

No, the last one was on September 25 2015, when the Phillies' Aaron Altherr hit an inside-the-park grand slam against the Nationals, due to some shoddy play by the centerfielder, Michael A. Taylor.

It's all connected, man!

posted by grum@work at 10:58 PM on September 08

Football News Evolving Offside Rules

It looks like someone is trying to self-promote their website.

I think both these posts (this one and the previous one) should be scrubbed/wiped out.

posted by grum@work at 08:18 AM on September 07

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

New England by 14

Buffalo by 3

Washington by 6

Oakland by 14

Houston by 9

Detroit by 7

Pittsburgh by 13

Atlanta by 10

Cincinnati by 9

L.A. Rams by 3

Carolina by 17

Green Bay by 12

Dallas by 10

New Orleans by 3

Denver by 9

posted by grum@work at 10:57 PM on September 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In a split second, he was sprinting straight to the spot.

According to StatCast, 97.7% route efficiency, 82 feet covered in 4.6 seconds, only 38% chance of catching it, 4-star (out of 5) rating

posted by grum@work at 08:53 AM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Come on, Kevin.

You're going to hurt yourself SOMEDAY with these catches....

posted by grum@work at 09:10 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm tired of having to figure out what a pro team's stadium is currently named.

One of the online baseball forums I frequent is having fun with something called "Take Back the Ballparks".

That some well-heeled corporate sugar daddy is willing to fork over big bucks to the local extortionist baseball owner for naming rights doesn't mean we have to play along. Why should we be forced to follow all the latest merger and acquisition activity to keep up with the name outside that limestone and steel ode to corporate welfare?

The idea is to come up with a name that isn't tied to any corporate entity, and still reflects the location/team/culture/history.

They've already voted for San Francisco Giants (China Basin), Texas Rangers (The Ballpark in Arlington), and are currently voting on San Diego Padres.

posted by grum@work at 01:03 AM on August 28

Edmonton Eskimos Face New Calls to Change Name

NoMich: Actually, "Roughriders" is taken. "Rough Riders" is no longer in use. However, the Red & Black still own the rights to "Rough Riders", even though the Ottawa franchise hasn't been called that in over 20 years.

posted by grum@work at 09:52 PM on August 24

Edmonton Eskimos Face New Calls to Change Name

Well, if they do retire Eskimos then it's pretty obvious what name they have to take:

Rough Riders

posted by grum@work at 07:05 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Technically, Andy Hawkin's performance isn't considered an official no-hitter any more because he did not pitch 9 innings or more in a complete game.

They made the change back in 1991 to remove shortened games, or no-hitters that were lost after the 9th inning...just like what happened to Rich Hill tonight.

posted by grum@work at 12:27 AM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

How many times has a pitcher faced only one more than the minimum number of batters, getting 27 outs in 27 batters after a home run?


On May 13th 1954, Robin Roberts gave up a lead-off home run to Bobby Adams, and then gave up no more hits and no more walks and finished the complete game facing exactly 28 batters.

Search criteria:

  • Complete Game
  • Batters Faced = 28
  • HR = 1
  • IP = 9.0
  • Runs Allowed = 1

There were 33 games that met that criteria (32 wins and 1 loss). I then looked at the box scores for all of the games, and Robin Roberts near-perfect start is the only one that had a lead-off home run.


posted by grum@work at 12:21 AM on August 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

With Bartolo Colon winning on the weekend against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he became just the 18th pitcher in MLB history with wins against (all) 30 different teams.
(from Wikipedia, the date being when that pitcher won against the 30th team)

  1. Al Leiter, April 30, 2002

  2. Kevin Brown, March 31, 2004

  3. Terry Mulholland, July 3, 2004

  4. Curt Schilling, September 10, 2004

  5. Woody Williams, September 26, 2006

  6. Jamie Moyer, May 26, 2008

  7. Randy Johnson, April 19, 2009

  8. Barry Zito, June 12, 2010

  9. A. J. Burnett, July 21, 2012

  10. Javier Vzquez, July 21, 2010

  11. Vicente Padilla, August 10, 2010

  12. Derek Lowe, May 10, 2012

  13. Dan Haren, August 9, 2013

  14. Kyle Lohse, June 26, 2015

  15. Tim Hudson, July 26, 2015

  16. John Lackey, April 18, 2016

  17. Max Scherzer, May 11, 2016

  18. Bartolo Colon, August 20, 2017

The bolded ones are pitchers that had a win against the Montreal Expos AND Washington Nationals.

posted by grum@work at 09:51 AM on August 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Kevin Pillar is still doing Kevin Pillar things. This time the wall doesn't have that much give...

posted by grum@work at 09:43 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Billy Hamilton makes a hell of a catch.

posted by grum@work at 03:38 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Jon Bois is a national treasure.

posted by grum@work at 03:57 PM on August 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The 6 Sutter brothers scored a combined 2,934 regular season NHL points. If Wayne Gretzky decided to make a comeback, he would need 78 points to pass them...

Actually, he'd only need 74 points to pass them as the most points by a set of brothers, as Brent got four in his short career.

posted by grum@work at 07:26 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

There are only 66 players in all of NBA history with a career free throw percentage greater than the percentage of seasons Bill Russell won an NBA championship (11 of 13).

posted by grum@work at 03:52 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Saw this on deadspin and my best guess is someone slapped the text boxes for "Most Hits - Players Born Outside US" over the pictures for "Most HR"?

The pictures are "Most Hits - Players Born Outside US" (Ichiro, Carew, Palmeiro, Beltre, Clemente).

Rk             Player    H
1       Ichiro Suzuki 3060
2           Rod Carew 3053
3     Rafael Palmeiro 3020
4       Adrian Beltre 3002
5    Roberto Clemente 3000

The names are "Most HR - Players Born Outside US" (Sosa, Pujols, Palmeiro, Ramirez, Ortiz)

Rk            Player  HR
1         Sammy Sosa 609
2      Albert Pujols 608
3    Rafael Palmeiro 569
4      Manny Ramirez 555
5        David Ortiz 541

The fact that Palmeiro is middle picture/name for both lists is probably what confused the guy in charge of the graphics.

posted by grum@work at 03:44 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Finally, the Blue Jays twitter account has something to say about MLB twitter account's "top 5 plays of the week".

(They included Brett Gardner's two walk-offs, which were just a solo home run and a single, instead of Pearce's two walk-off grand slams.)

posted by grum@work at 03:38 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

All the radio and TV calls of Slamming Steve Pearce's amazing moment yesterday.

Also, the Rangers have completed their reversal of last year's deadline deal by flipping the other part of the Lucroy deal, Jeremy Jeffress, back to the Brewers for minor league pitcher Tayler Scott.

If you're keeping track, in the end it looks like:

The Rangers traded:
Lewis Brinson (#16 prospect in 2016, #27 in 2017)
Luis Ortiz (#64 prospect in 2016, #79 in 2017)


Tayler Scott (over-aged AA pitcher with a sub 2.00 K/BB ratio)
474 PA of 89 OPS+ from Lucroy (and .167 OPS in 12 PA in the post-season)
54 IP of 98 ERA+ from Jeffress (and 1IP in the post-season)

posted by grum@work at 03:27 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

So yesterday was an unbelievable day for the sport of baseball:

The HOF inductions of Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez.

The highlight for me was Tim Raines thanking his biggest fan, and the person that helped lead the sabremetric community to push for Raines induction into the HOF, Jonah Keri.

Adrian Beltre becomes the 31st player in history to reach 3000 hits, and the first Dominican-born player to achieve that level.
It's still not okay to touch his head.

The Toronto Blue Jays top off their greatest 9th inning comeback (down 6 runs, 10-4) with Steve Pearce's second walk-off-grand-slam of the past four days. This time, it was an "ultimate slam" as the Jays trailed by 3 runs when he hit it.
Side note: I was at the game!

The Los Angeles Dodgers just keep on winning, and this time Kyle Farmer hits the 2-run-come-from-behind-walk-off-double in the 11th inning on his very first major league plate appearance.

The Texas Rangers implemented the lesser known strategy of "buy high and sell low" as they flipped last year's deadline acquisition, Jonathan Lucroy (acquired for a top 20 prospect), for the dreaded player-to-be-named-later.

posted by grum@work at 10:47 AM on July 31

111 NFL Brains Examined By Neuropathologist

As someone who has a bachelor's degree in mathematics, I can unequivocally state that this is strictly a statistical fluke, and in no way should anyone be able to infer that playing in the NFL can cause CTE. To do so would be to fly in the face of science and common sense. If anything, the NFL should consider suing this neuropathologist for the potential public relationship nightmare this has opened up for them.

Now, if you'll excuse me I have to go to my bank and cash this outrageously large donation cheque for my I've received for my think tank from a kind citizen named...[reading cheque] "Roger Woodell".

posted by grum@work at 02:00 PM on July 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Freeze Busted by Nutt Law Dog, Phone Log

For that description alone...

posted by grum@work at 11:59 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I've finally gotten around to updating this:

MLB Last Man Standing List

It's a list of the last player to play for every now defunct/moved team in MLB history, and the last player ALIVE for some really old franchises/teams.

Bartolo Colon remains the last Expo standing, and there are only 5 remaining living Boston Braves (1876-1952) players.

posted by grum@work at 01:06 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Jean Segura almost single-handedly saved the Mariners in the 9th inning with just his defense. It may be the greatest single inning of defensive work I've ever watched.

- first out of the inning : if he doesn't make this play, the winning run scores. Difficulty level: 9 out of 10

- second out of the inning : if he doesn't make this play, the winning run scores. Difficulty level: 5 out of 10

- third out of the inning : If he doesn't make this play the winning run scores. Difficulty level: 8 out of 10*

*Side note: If the baserunner going to second had simply run THROUGH the bag (instead of the instinctual slide that everyone is supposed to do), he's (probably) safe and the winning run scores. However, it's anti-intuitive to run through second base and I don't blame him for doing what he did.

posted by grum@work at 01:10 AM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Kind of a rare event in the Jays/BoSox game.

The "win" wasn't given to the pitcher of record.

The Jays led 3-0 going into the bottom of the 7th inning in Boston.
Then, the Red Sox scored two runs and had two men on with two out.
The Jays brought in the relief pitcher (Leone).
He threw one pitch, which was hit for a double (tying the game) and also got the 3rd out (runner gunned down at home plate).

The top of the 8th saw the Jays score a run to take the lead back.

The bottom of the 8th saw a different pitcher (Tepera) throw a clean 1-2-3 inning.

Then Osuna gunned the Red Sox down 1-2-3 in the 9th.

Normally, Leone would get the win by being the pitcher of record.
However, the scorer (correctly) determined he was not "effective", and gave the "win" to Tepera.

I can't think of the last time that's happened, but I rarely notice it in box scores when I glance at them.

posted by grum@work at 10:55 PM on July 17

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

LeBron has been in the NBA Finals for seven straight years. It's an incredible feat.

It's the fact he's done it with two different teams during that stretch that makes it amazing.

K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, and Bill Russell went to the finals 8 straight seasons (and won each time) with the Boston Celtics, but LeBron's feat is more impressive to me.

posted by grum@work at 12:36 AM on July 17

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

Hello, all the above guys, and hello Mickelson, LeBron, and the Buffalo Bills, among others.

Two of those in your list have won championships multiple times, so the sting of losing is probably offset somewhat.

The Bills, however....

posted by grum@work at 12:54 PM on July 16

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

Federer, 35, last won in 2012.

And when he won then, everyone talked about how it was his last hurrah.

posted by grum@work at 12:02 PM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

So, they haven't beaten the Brewers, Astros, Marlins, Rockies, Diamondbacks, or the Nationals/Expos

  • Brewers have been in the NL for only 20 seasons, and have only made the playoffs twice in that time.
  • Astros are no longer in the NL, so that's never going to happen.
  • The Yankees had their chance against the Marlins and blew it, which is amazing since the Marlins have made the playoffs in only twice in 24 seasons.
  • Rocktober is a rare event (3 times in 24 seasons), but the Yankees actually made it to the World Series in one of those times (2009).
  • They were two outs away with the best closer in history, so it's not like the Yankees didn't have their chance against the Diamondbacks.
  • Making it to the World Series at least once should be a requirement to be on this list. We might have had our matchup in 1994 as the Yankees and Expos were far and away the best teams in their leagues at season's end...

posted by grum@work at 10:00 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

By the way, Judge is worth the price of admission until opposing pitchers and scouts find the holes in his swing.

Then they need to talk to young Roberto Osuna (from "Other Team In Yankees' Division"). He's almost 3 years younger than Judge, and the giant is 0-for-5 against him with 4 strikeouts.

posted by grum@work at 09:50 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This ESPN headline is just terrible.

If only Cano was still playing MLB for some other team...

posted by grum@work at 01:15 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I had no idea that Scott Newlands was such a popular choice to sing O Canada at sporting events. I've found ten different performances by him on Youtube.

posted by grum@work at 10:26 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Toronto Blue Jays All-Star first baseman shot her a nasty look when she did it.

posted by grum@work at 10:22 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Judge's teammate Dellin Betances expresses what everyone felt like watching Judge.

posted by grum@work at 10:22 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Normally the HR derby isn't all that enticing to me.

But, I'm going to admit that I was curious to see how Judge would do.

And...well...holy shit.

He wasn't even trying in the final round, and he won it with 2 minutes to spare and no timeouts.

posted by grum@work at 10:03 PM on July 10

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

According to the reports from January 2017, ManU made more money than any football club in the world. The figure touted is 515.3 million pounds . They have massive sponsorship deals with Chevrolet and Adidas.

Everton doesn't appear in the top 20 for the world rankings. 20th spot was held by Leicester City, with 128.7 million pounds.

So yeah, there's a MAJOR financial discrepancy between the two clubs.

posted by grum@work at 07:33 PM on July 09

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

It's like going from the New York Yankees (one of the greats of MLB history but isn't currently top of the league but is close) to the Toronto Blue Jays or Minnesota Twins (used to be a great franchise ~30 years ago, but now consistently sits in the mid-level of the league).

posted by grum@work at 05:22 PM on July 09

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

Wow. That's going to be weird seeing him in the blue instead of the red.

posted by grum@work at 11:56 AM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Online, I still see people typing "Bra7i1" to provoke Brazilians...

posted by grum@work at 06:05 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A lengthy no-rain rain delay and then a memorable night yesterday (and this morning) at Nats Park.

The sense of camaraderie among the fans in this story is the same one that exists for fans of games that go into CRAZY long extra innings. I was at the July 1 (Canada Day) Jays game from last year, where they lost to the Indians in 19 innings. Thankfully, it was a 1pm start so it was only just after 7:30pm when it ended, but it really didn't hurt as much as you'd expect for a close loss. We saw our best hitter (Encarnacion) get ejected (which is amazing since he's generally the coolest/nicest guy on the field), our manager get ejected (one of three times I saw him get tossed in the five games I went to last year), TWO position players pitch for the Jays (Ryan "0.00 ERA" Goins, and Darwin Barney) and FOUR appearances by the grounds crew.

I still have the paper copy of my ticket from that game.

posted by grum@work at 03:54 PM on July 07

Tennis Player Suffers Terrible Knee Injury at Wimbledon

It looked like her knee cap was dislocated (like what happened to the Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler), and I'm guessing another muscle/ligament tore in the process.

That would have been a helpless feeling for Cirstea. You want to comfort her, but there is absolutely nothing you can do about her pain. The last thing you'd want to do is touch/move the leg and possibly do even more damage.

posted by grum@work at 02:48 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Is this it?

Is the last remaining Montreal Expos player finally gone?

I gotta admit, I'll be a bit sad to see the fat, steroid-using, team-quitting, secret-second-family guy finally retire.

posted by grum@work at 12:44 AM on June 30

The LA Clippers trade PG Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets

Basketball is slowly turning into the EPL, with the haves and have-nots in talent distribution.

posted by grum@work at 09:33 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Nolan Arenado makes a hell of a play.

posted by grum@work at 09:31 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Gary Bettman has fully embraced the heel role.

Good for him.

posted by grum@work at 11:37 AM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Canadiens sure do like to make a splash in the off-season...

posted by grum@work at 09:18 AM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Crosby brings the cup into the locker room.

Real men don't wear ski goggles when celebrating.

posted by grum@work at 12:06 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I couldn't believe that the NBA had THREE DAYS in between games. That's ridiculous.

posted by grum@work at 12:04 PM on June 12

SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: rcade

To use the worst metaphor possible, you hit a half-court shot in the dying seconds to win this, rcade.

You jumped past four people (5 if you consider your tie with me before the round started) in the last round to win the tournament.

posted by grum@work at 01:30 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's that time of year where Seattle Mariners fans get REALLY salty about the Canadian invasion into their stadium.

Watch the videos and understand why some people call Safeco Field "SkyDome West" when Toronto comes to town.

Morales home run

Smoak home run

Osuna locks down the save

posted by grum@work at 10:00 AM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Some of you can hate him, but you have to respect the baseball smarts of Jose Bautista.

View from the outfield of the steal.

posted by grum@work at 09:54 AM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Pirates beat reporter does a nice interview with Jason Taillon (pitcher coming back from fight with cancer), and ESPN asks if they can use the interview on their "platforms" and offer only "credit" as payment.

He responds. And the twitterverse responds to him.

(Jayson Stark was an ESPN writer for 17 years before being canned by them as a cost-cutting measure.)

This is the second time ESPN has asked to use other people's work after firing most of their reporters.

posted by grum@work at 09:50 AM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oh, Lebron.

Why do you taunt us mortals like this?

posted by grum@work at 11:26 PM on June 09

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

Winner: Cleveland

Games: 7

MVP: James

Scorer: James

Rebounder: James

Margin: 17

Combined Score: 217

Tiebreaker: 167

posted by grum@work at 07:05 PM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

By the way, the best part of that brawl was how little Buster Posey (SF catcher) cared about trying to stop Harper from getting to Strickland. He didn't make a move to intervene or interfere until Harper had already thrown a punch.

In the full video of the at-bat, you can see Strickland shake off EVERY signal from Posey before throwing the bean ball. Posey knew what was coming, but probably didn't want it to happen.

I think the fact that Strickland decided to throw at Harper because of home runs he hit THREE YEARS AGO bothered Posey (since he'd be the prime retaliation target for the Nationals), so he basically said "fuck it, you're on your own" to Strickland when Harper charged.

posted by grum@work at 09:53 AM on May 30