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SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The updated Negro Leagues Database has gone live. Here is their post about the changes/updates.

Satchel Paige

Cool Papa Bell

Josh Gibson (look at those numbers!)

Oscar Charleston

Buck O'Neill

posted by grum@work at 02:09 PM on December 06

Three conference champions and Ohio State walk into a stadium...

while Clemson and Ohio State will face off in the Fiesta Bowl for the right to get ritually murdered by Nick Saban

How soon we forget...

posted by grum@work at 11:37 AM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I just want to get this straight:

  • the commissioner during the "Steroid Era" has been elected to the baseball HOF (Bud Selig)
  • presidents of teams during the "Steroid Era" have been elected to the HOF (John Schuerholz)
  • general managers during the "Steroid Era" have been elected to the HOF (Pat Gillick)
  • managers during the "Steroid Era" have been elected to the HOF (Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa)
  • reporters during the "Steroid Era" have been elected to (a wing of) the HOF (too many to list)

Essentially every single level of baseball that knew there were PEDs in the game, kept quiet about PEDs in the game, and profited from having PEDs in the game, have been honoured with a place in the baseball hall of fame...except one.

But the players that are accused of/found using the PEDs are the ones that get to be banished from the HOF (by the last group I listed above).

posted by grum@work at 11:21 AM on December 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Well, this week pretty much erased any advantage I had from last week. I haven't done the math, but I think I'm still above zero...

posted by grum@work at 12:25 AM on December 05

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

She also called me from the Playboy Super Bowl party.

wifecade: "Did you know that the Bunnies really DO walk around topless all the time?"

rcade: "...."

wifecade: "Big ol' boobies, as far as the eye can see."

rcade: "....any chance you can take some p"

wifecade: "No."

posted by grum@work at 07:00 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Picking all those locks and only blowing up on Seattle is impressive, Grum.

Of course, that game was the one I second-most confident about, too (behind NE).
I STILL have to go hog-wild to make up ground...

all bold are locks

Dallas by 7
Denver by 3
Detroit by 7
Green Bay by 13
Kansas City by 9

New England by 17
Miami by 6
Philadelphia by 10

Chicago by 3
Oakland by 9
New York Giants by 10
San Diego by 7
Washington by 6
Seattle by 9

Indianapolis by 10

posted by grum@work at 09:51 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Who would have thunk that the best Montreal/Toronto rivalry in sports would be in soccer?

That...was a hell of a game.

posted by grum@work at 09:46 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As is usually the case, the most entertaining football game of the night was actually the Grey Cup. The goal line stance by Ottawa in the last minute to force overtime was nail biting.

posted by grum@work at 06:55 AM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm thankful that even if the Jays end up losing Bautista and Encarnacion to free agency, I'll forever have their video highlights to enjoy.

The Batflip

The Parrot Walkoff

I'm thankful that the Leafs drafted Autson Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner. There is hope, and that's all we Toronto fans want from our NHL team right now.

I'm thankful for Michael Bradley scoring that second TFC goal to cut the score to 3-2 against the Impact in Montreal in the first leg. It suddenly gives Toronto a real chance of moving on to the MLS final (as a 1-0 win in the second leg wins it on away goals).

I'm thankful that DeMar DeRozan resigned with the Raptors, because I can't imagine where they'd be without his 30ppg right now.

But then again, I'm Canadian so I was thankful about this a month ago...

posted by grum@work at 11:18 AM on November 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Okay, I'm losing touch of the leaders, so time to start pushing all my chips onto the table. All games that are bolded are locks.

Detroit by 7
Dallas by 7
Pittsburgh by 13
Atlanta by 14
Baltimore by 6
Buffalo by 10
New Orleans by 11

Cleveland by 3
Houston by 6
Miami by 7
Tennessee by 11
Seattle by 17
Oakland by 7

Denver by 6
New England by 21
Green Bay by 3

posted by grum@work at 08:33 AM on November 24

NHL's Newest Team: The Vegas Golden Knights

"Vegas Knights" would have been MUCH better, but Golden is definitely better than Silver, or Knight Hawks.

I'm hoping the slate grey isn't a dominant colour in the design. The Diamondbacks looked TERRIBLE in that version of their uniforms.

That mock-expansion draft has 12 teams not listed as losing a player, and it's a mixed bag of good teams (playoff auto-qualifiers like Dallas, Washington, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Montreal), okay teams (wild-card teams like Columbus, LA, Boston), cellar dwellars (bottom two spots in the conferences like NYI, Arizona, Vancouver)...and also Toronto (neither good nor the worst).

posted by grum@work at 02:24 PM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Rangers farm system in the Dominican Republic is out of control.

I see aberrant behaviour runs in the Odor family...

posted by grum@work at 11:28 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Of course, I completely overlook the legend himself, Hank Aaron.

19 consecutive seasons (2nd to 20th) out of a 23 year career.

posted by grum@work at 04:34 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Side note around Mike Trout winning his second MVP award (and fifth straight season of finishing 1st or 2nd in the voting):

Miguel Cabrera has received MVP votes for every single season of his career (14 and counting).

It's (obviously) the longest active streak, and the longest streak from the start of a career.

Ted Williams received votes in all 18 seasons of his career where he didn't serve time in the war (out of 19 seasons total).

Stan Musial received votes in 16 consecutive seasons (over 17 years), starting with his second season and continuing to his seventeenth (and skipping over 1945 when he served in the war).

posted by grum@work at 04:16 PM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

I felt like the Sam Wang of NFL prognosticators last week.

Carolina by 6
Arizona by 7
Dallas by 6
Cincinnati by 3
New York Giants by 10 *LOCK*
Detroit by 6
Pittsburgh by 13 *LOCK*
Kansas City by 9
Indianapolis by 9
Los Angeles by 3
New England by 17 *LOCK*
Seattle by 7 *LOCK*
Green Bay by 3
Oakland by 13 *LOCK*

posted by grum@work at 02:33 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Please tell me this didn't happen because some Boston sportswriters resorted to Yankme tactics ...

It seems it was BOTH Tampa Bay writers that left him off their ballots.

They would have both had to give him at least 3rd place on each of their ballots to give Verlander the Cy Young award (by one point).

posted by grum@work at 11:24 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Oh. My. God.

posted by grum@work at 07:03 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

a blocked extra point run back for a safety is the margin of victory

Scratch that one off my list of things I've never seen happen in a football game.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 AM on November 14

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.

Here is the high-def version, with player/manager reactions and announcer amazement.

posted by grum@work at 07:38 AM on November 14

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.

Yes. I believe it was declared a ground rule double after the umps got together.

posted by grum@work at 12:41 AM on November 14

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.

Let's also point out that he can pitch, and is able to throw the ball 165km/hr (which is 102.5mph).

He's the Japanese Babe Ruth.

And he will be able to be posted for MLB bidding for the 2018 season.

(If there was a true international draft, this is the guy everyone would be 76'ers-tanking it for.)

posted by grum@work at 10:48 PM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Nate Silver knew. Nate Silver knew EVERYTHING back in May.

posted by grum@work at 06:41 PM on November 11

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Baltimore by 9
Atlanta by 12 *LOCK*
Tampa Bay by 6
New Orleans by 3
Green Bay by 6
Jacksonville by 7
Kansas City by 9
New York Jets by 3
Washington by 3
San Diego by 9
Dallas by 6
Arizona by 11 *LOCK*
New England by 14 *LOCK*
Cincinnati by 7

posted by grum@work at 06:34 AM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Nice job by the refs last night on Bills/Seahawks.

Were those guys the hold-overs from the replacement refs from a few years ago?

I don't know how Rex Ryan kept his composure enough not to get a penalty/ejection after the delay of game penalty.

posted by grum@work at 09:00 AM on November 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

A Canadian wins the American football pick-em, and an American wins the Canadian football pick-em.

What a truly wondrous international place.

posted by grum@work at 06:24 AM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Holy crap, Canada. Way to stomp all over New York.

10-1 in aggregate for both TFC and Montreal over the NYCFC and Red Bulls.

So an all-Canadian semi-final means that it's the "BMO Cup" (as they are the sponsor for both teams).

posted by grum@work at 09:30 PM on November 06

Cubs Win World Series

Ken Burns has some work to do now...

posted by grum@work at 07:35 PM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

Good old Onion

posted by grum@work at 05:30 PM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

Someone at SABR coined the term "Golden Pitch" to describe the last pitch of an at-bat that could end a World Series as a win for EITHER team.

Last night, Mike Montgomery's final pitch to Michael Martinez was a "Golden Pitch". If Martinez hit a HR, the Indians win the World Series. As it was, the ground ball out won the World Series for the Cubs.

In 2014, Madison Bumgarner's pitch to Salvador Perez was a "Golden Pitch". If he hits a home run, the Royals win the World Series. Instead, the foul out won it for the Giants.

Prior to that, the 2001 World Series had a "Golden Pitch" that wasn't the last pitch of the game. That was when Tony Womack was at the plate against Mariano Rivera, with runners on 1st and 2nd and one out. The Yankees still led the game 2-1. If Womack hits into a double play, the Yankees win the World Series. If Womack hit a HR, the Diamondbacks win the World Series. Instead, he hit a double, scoring one run (to tie the game) and removing the "Golden Pitch" scenario from the rest of the game.

In 1997, the Florida Marlins and the Cleveland Indians had a "Golden Pitch" scenario twice in the 9th inning. Charles Johnson of the Marlins came to bat with the Marlins trailing 2-1, with a runner on 1st and one out. The same scenario as Womack in 2001 (double-play/HR). Then, after he got a hit, Craig Counsel came to the plate with one out and the runners on 1st and 3rd. He hit a single to tie the game, removing the "Golden Pitch" scenario from play.

Other World Series with "Golden Pitch" scenarios:

1912, 1926, 1972, 1962

posted by grum@work at 05:21 PM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

Theo Epstein has to be the best baseball executive ever, no?

Breaking two curses helps, but I'm still going to go with the guy that changed the game forever.

posted by grum@work at 11:12 AM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

I'll take the Rajai Davis homer. Completely unexpected.

For you Americans that didn't hear the international feed, listen to the call by Matt Vasgersian.


posted by grum@work at 11:08 AM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

David Ross' send off by his teammates.

posted by grum@work at 09:31 AM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

Also Theo Epstein? Put that dude in the HoF.

He's not done yet.

He has to be the President/GM of the 2024 World Series Champion Texas Rangers, the 2031 World Series Champion Washington Nationals, and the 2037 World Series Montreal Rays.

posted by grum@work at 01:12 AM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

When I think of winning pitcher, my thoughts immediately go to "Aroldis Chapman, Game 7, 2016 World Series".

Hopefully, finally, forever...that's the end of anyone giving a flying fuck about "pitcher wins".

posted by grum@work at 12:52 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bob Newhart and Don Rickles fly the W last night.

I had no idea that Rickles was still alive.

posted by grum@work at 04:03 PM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Concussion Protocol Edition

It's time to try and make up some ground on the leaders:

Atlanta by 10
Dallas by 13 *LOCK*
Minnesota by 9 *LOCK*
Kansas City by 6
Miami by 3
Philadelphia by 9
Baltimore by 7
Carolina by 9 *LOCK*
New Orleans by 14 *LOCK*
Green Bay by 6
Tennessee by 14 *LOCK*
Oakland by 3
Seattle by 6 *LOCK*

posted by grum@work at 09:55 AM on November 02

Divorcing Couple Go to Court Over Cubs World Series Tickets

posted by grum@work at 06:38 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Should it be 0 points instead?

"I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

posted by grum@work at 06:56 PM on October 28

MLB Commissioner Red-Faced Over Indians Logo

From this post:

"My dad dressed as Chief Wahoo for school today and I've never been more proud."

Your dad is painting his face and looking like a culturally insensitive dope. If that's his proudest moment in your eyes, he's been a TERRIBLE father...

posted by grum@work at 02:44 PM on October 27

MLB Commissioner Red-Faced Over Indians Logo

I was shocked to see it on the cap during the playoffs. I hadn't realized they used it as anything other than a secondary (sleeve) logo. It's stupid to have it there, but at least (in a relative form) it's hard to see during the game.

On the cap? Moronic at best, tauntingly arrogant at worst.

posted by grum@work at 02:10 PM on October 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition

Tennessee by 3
Washington by 6
Arizona by 9
Houston by 3
Kansas City by 6
New England by 13 *lock*
Cleveland by 3
Oakland by 9
Seattle by 13 *lock*
Denver by 9
Green Bay by 6
Dallas by 7
Minnesota by 14 *lock*

posted by grum@work at 06:02 PM on October 26

World Series Game 1 Preview

Wow. Miller and Francona are blowing up the "closer" role this fall.

posted by grum@work at 10:47 PM on October 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Toronto Maple Leafs have had the lead in the third period for every single one of their five games this season. They have just one win, one regulation loss (by one goal), and 3 overtime/shootout losses.

It would be so frustrating if the future (Matthews/Nylander/Marner/Gardiner/Reilly) didn't look so good. I'd like to think this is the way the Blackhawks started out almost a decade ago with Toews/Kane/Versteeg/Seabrook/Keith.

posted by grum@work at 10:13 AM on October 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Shilling wasn't fired because his conservative views, he was fired for saying stupid shit.

To be fair, on that is pretty much one and the same.

posted by grum@work at 07:17 PM on October 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Now that the Cubs are no longer the "longest suffering fans to have a team not make the championship series", the following franchises are to be recognized:

NFL - Detroit Lions (1957)

NHL - Toronto Maple Leafs (1967)

MLB - Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos (1969)

NBA - Sacramento Kings/Kansas City Kings/Cincinnati Royals/Rochester Royals (1951)

posted by grum@work at 09:52 AM on October 23

Cubs Beat Dodgers, Head to the World Series for the First Time in 70 Years

Here we go:

  • The last time the Cubs made it to the World Series, black players were not allowed to play in the major leagues. In fact, it wouldn't be for another two weeks before a black player signed a minor league contract with a MLB farm team (Jackie Robinson, Montreal Royals)
  • There are no living Cubs players from the last time they made it to the World Series.
  • Only one member of the entire Cubs organization was alive the last time they made the World Series: Billy Williams (senior advisor), HOF player for the Cubs from 1959-1974

posted by grum@work at 12:58 AM on October 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition

Green Bay by 13
Los Angeles by 7
Baltimore by 10
Buffalo by 3
Cincinnati by 7
Tennessee by 6
Minnesota by 9
Kansas City by 7
Jacksonville by 6
Washington by 13
Atlanta by 19
Tampa Bay by 10
New England by 14 LOCK
Arizona by 6
Denver by 13

posted by grum@work at 02:52 PM on October 20

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

Side note:

After the Jays got knocked out (which I couldn't watch because I was driving home and had to run errands), I said to myself "Let's watch the Leafs tonight!"

They jump ahead 4-0, and I think that this might not be so bad.


There it is. That familiar feeling...

posted by grum@work at 11:28 AM on October 20

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

If the Cubs don't make it to the World Series, then I have no problem throwing my support behind Cleveland. I like Francona, Napoli, Lindor, Kluber, Miller, Ramirez, Davis, and Crisp. I HATE their name (and Chief Wahoo), but I'm a huge sucker for teams overcoming years of championship drought.

posted by grum@work at 11:25 AM on October 20

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

Based on historical precedent, Cleveland looks like a favourite to win the World Series.

The Toronto Blue Jays are the king makers for the World Series. Every year the Jays have made the playoffs, they either win the World Series or they lose to the eventually World Series winner.

1985 - Kansas City Royals
1989 - Oakland A's
1991 - Minnesota Twins
1992 - Toronto Blue Jays
1993 - Toronto Blue Jays
2015 - Kansas City Royals.
2016 - Cleveland Indians?

posted by grum@work at 11:06 AM on October 20

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

What happened to the bats?

They were non-existent for most of September, which is why the team slid from leading the AL East to being tied for the second wild-card spot with two games to go in the season.

In fact, there were a few stretches of a week or two throughout the season where the offense would just do nothing but K/pop-out/double-play.

It's frustrating when you remember they were absolute monsters in offense in 2015, and were the best pitching team in the American League in 2016.

If they could only have combined those two traits...

The team broke a commitment to phase out that odious symbol by using him on caps in these playoffs.

I was REALLY surprised to see it so prominent on the caps. I assumed it was just a small arm patch and secondary logo at this point.

posted by grum@work at 10:46 AM on October 20

Video games are changing how professional soccer is played:

It happens with racing games as well.

posted by grum@work at 11:04 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

So...does Lord Auston score only a hat trick tonight in Toronto? Or do the Bruins key on him and keep him to just two goals?

posted by grum@work at 04:02 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Is it this jersey? If so, that's nice.

The Kilkenny jersey is a nice bright colour combination that I don't have in my collection. I have vertical stripes (Inter Milan) and yellow (Chennai SuperKings), but not both.

I have an India national jersey from about 8 years ago, and a Chennai SuperKings IPL jersey from about 3 year ago. People have stopped me in the street/mall/subway/stadium in Toronto to ask about both of them, and I had a guy working at a PetroCan station ask to take my picture with me while I was wearing the national jersey so he could "send it home to his friends".

I've also been stopped/talked to while wearing the Ajax jersey, Barcelona jersey, AEK jersey, Charlton jersey, and Monaco jersey, but the Indian ones have easily drawn the most attention.

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I have my eye on this.

Oh, I like that. The price (if you can get it for that) seems REALLY good.

My parents are heading to Ireland in the near future and I'm hoping they can pick up a jersey that can add two more items to my collection:

- first Irish jersey
- first hurling jersey

I currently have 25 jerseys from 6 sports (baseball, hockey, soccer, football, cricket, rugby) from 18 nations (USA, Canada, Germany, England, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, France, India, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Monaco, Italy, "West Indies", Greece, Denmark, Netherlands). I'm always looking to add more nations/leagues/sports to my collection.

On my want list:
- Irish hurling
- more soccer from any nations I don't have already
- any European national handball team

posted by grum@work at 03:03 PM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

False advertising!

(game WORN, is a better description...definitely not USED)

posted by grum@work at 01:45 PM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Baseball jerseys are larger than t-shirts because they are designed to be tucked in (by players), and allow for more freedom of movement for the arms (throwing the ball).

In my current collection from around the world, I have ones that are measured "Medium", "Large", "XLarge", and they all fit me almost exactly the same.

I think for baseball jerseys, you always want to error on the side of bigger is better. If it's a little loose on you, it can still be comfortable. If it's a little tight (especially on the shoulders or under the arms), it's really annoying.

I'm 5'11", 170lbs, and my shoulders are a bit broader than expected for my size. I wear a "L" Jays jersey from 5 years ago quite comfortably, but if I was just a LITTLE bit taller or broader, it might be considered "restricting". I wear a t-shirt underneath it (for comfort) and have no problems.

All American baseball jerseys use the exact same sizing (and have been for a while), so if you can get your hands on ANY jersey as a fitting example, it'll give you a good idea.

posted by grum@work at 01:45 PM on October 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

I'm in first? There must be a calculation error.

Denver by 6
Baltimore by 3
New Orleans by 6
New England by 13 LOCK
Tennessee by 7
Jacksonville by 9
Los Angeles by 10
Philadelphia by 3
Pittsburgh by 17 LOCK
Buffalo by 6
Kansas City by 3
Atlanta by 9
Green Bay by 7
Indianapolis by 3
Arizona by 6

posted by grum@work at 06:02 PM on October 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Forward Auston Matthews became the first player to score four goals in his first NHL game in the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 loss in overtime against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.

This might be the most Maple Leafs result you could expect.

posted by grum@work at 10:27 PM on October 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I love this feeling: Opening day of a sporting season and my team is still technically in the hunt for the championship trophy.

Not a Leafs fan, eh?


To be fair, I'm pretty much a fair weather fan at this point. The Blue Jays have a death grip on my sporting attention (pre-, middle-, and post-season), and I barely followed the Leafs last year. I even had AMAZING tickets to two Leafs home games last season (one in a luxury box, one 4 rows behind the Leafs net), saw them win (rare!), and I still couldn't get into following them closely. Seeing Marner and Matthews play might rekindle my love this year.

That said, I would have LOVED to have gotten the Maple Leafs Seasons Ticket package they sent out this year.

posted by grum@work at 02:49 PM on October 12