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Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: May 21, 2015

holden has posted 51 links and 2249 comments to SportsFilter and 8 links and 268 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

My Teams:

MLB -- Cardinals
NFL -- Saints
NCAA -- LSU
Football -- Spurs, Barca
Hockey -- Red Wings
Basketball -- Ambivalent

Sports Lowlights:

In my first real year of Wings fandom (I was a transplant to the North and was a latecomer to hockey), I saw the Leafs beat the Wings because Nicklas Lidstrom (of all people) allowed Nikolai Borschevsky to get his stick on the puck for the Game 7 overtime winner. I have attended my share of heartbreaking sporting events, including Game 7 of the 1994 Western Conference Quarterfinals (top-seeded Wings lose to eighth seeded Sharks, margin of victory is a goal by the Sharks due to Chris Osgood not getting back in position after playing the puck away from the net) and Game 4 of the 2004 World Series (Cardinals are ignominiously swept by the Red Sox in St. Louis).

Sports Highlights:

I have also attended a few fantastic (from my perspective) sporting events, including Games 3-5 of the 2006 World Series, Game 5 of the 2003 ALDS (Oakland v. Boston -- no rooting interest, just a great game, with Derek Lowe striking out Terrence Long looking with the tying run on third to end the game and then classily grabbing his crotch), and the 1998 ACC men's basketball tournament (with Vince Carter and Antwan Jamison-led UNC taking out Duke in the final).

Recent Links

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow: After a short post-WC break, the season in England's top flight begins tomorrow. The first manager to quit or get fired has already left the building, in the form of a man who seems almost unrecognizable minus the hat. Don't forget to join the SpoFi Fantasy Premier League mini-league (anyone know the SpoFi league code?). Post your season predictions inside.

posted by holden to soccer at 11:30 AM on August 15 - 9 comments

Euro 2012 Confidence Pool (Final Standings): Congrats to our winner, goddam, who narrowly pipped second-place finisher owlhouse (and apologies to those of you whose entries the software ate). Full standings inside.

posted by holden to fantasy at 11:43 AM on July 05 - 1 comment

Euro 2012 Confidence Pool (Standings Post-Group Round): Standings after the group round inside.

posted by holden to fantasy at 02:59 PM on June 22 - 1 comment

Euro 2012 Confidence Pool: For those not interested in playing a full-blown Euro fantasy league or (like me) interested in both, click the link for the SpoFi Euro 2012 confidence pool. Additional details inside.

posted by holden to fantasy at 01:19 PM on June 07 - 22 comments

SportsFilter Euro 2012 Fantasy League: If you are interested in joining a fantasy league for the European Championships, see details inside.

posted by holden to fantasy at 02:41 PM on June 05 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

I assume if a team lines up for the PAT and the defense jumps offside, that the only option is to take a 5-yard penalty to move up the kick to the 10 yard-line (as opposed to somehow electing to take a half-the-distance penalty and go for 2 from the one)?

posted by holden at 09:09 AM on May 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Starwood Preferred Traveler Note of the Week. The coffee at the Chariot Motor Coach Inn in Toledo is very weak, but those vibrating beds are a nice touch. Unfortunately what could have been a near-perfect stay was ruined by the woman speaking loudly on her cell phone by the pool when I was doing my morning laps. Well, that and the vomit in the pool.

Beer Nerdness. Purple Nurple American Pale Ale is a tasty brew for those who like hops, malt, and water.

Coffee Nerdness. Starbucks could do worse things than hire more employees like Briana, the barista at the Starbucks at the tollway oasis at exit 37 of the New Jersey Turnpike. She makes the perfect white chocolate macchiato. I ordered a macchiato in Italy once and it was an espresso with a little bit of steamed milk in it and all I could think was "boy, do they not know what they are missing."

posted by holden at 01:59 AM on May 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Is he wiping his nose as he tries (and fails) to get to his feet? Or is that just an optical illusion/weird spasm that does not have a purpose?

Guess now I know what Gollum playing soccer looks like.

posted by holden at 03:54 PM on May 18

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

Cleveland in 6
Warriors in 6
East Points: LeBron
West Points: Harden
East Blocks: Mozgov
West Steals: Green
Foul-out: Bogut
Off. Rebounds: Howard
REB + AST: LeBron
MOV: 23

posted by holden at 03:14 PM on May 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Chicago in 7
New York in 7
Goals: Kane
Power Play Goals: Kane
PIM: Andrew Shaw
Save %: Lundqvist

posted by holden at 05:50 PM on May 15

Bill Simmons Out at ESPN

I think Simmons' greatest accomplishment has been the talent he has put together/curated/cultivated at Grantland (although who knows how much that is due to him vs. other editors/management), and agree with yerfatma that it will be interesting to see what they do. Suspect it will be governed in large part by what kind of contracts they have with Grantland and whether Simmons' agreement has any sort of non-solicit or other restrictive covenants that will keep him from poaching Grantland staff.

Will be interesting to see Simmons freed from the handcuffs of not being able to criticize ESPN -- its programming, other "talent," conflicts of interest and kid gloves treatment of its content licensors, making itself the story, etc. I suppose he's going to have quite a bit of motivation to rip them, and wherever he goes he will presumably have quite a big platform to do so and quite a big audience to hear/see/read it.

I can take or leave most of Simmons' writing (found this to be pretty humorous), but find myself reading quite a bit of Grantland content and curious to see how the life of that site plays out.

posted by holden at 11:35 AM on May 10

Yes, But Is It A Sport?

In the U.S., there has been a debate (and several court cases) as to whether poker is a game of chance or a game of skill. At issue in those cases is whether individuals or organizations could be prosecuted under anti-gambling laws for participating in or running poker games. In at least a couple of the cases, the court has found that poker is primarily a game of skill.

posted by holden at 11:11 AM on May 07

The Man Who Never Was, Or Who Was He?

Great read; thanks.

posted by holden at 12:01 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This weekend's sweep of the Pirates by the Cardinals was the first time that the Cardinals have swept a 3-game series in which all games went to extra innings and the first time that feat has been accomplished since 1925, when the Reds swept the Boston Braves in all extra-inning games from June 4-7.

posted by holden at 10:47 AM on May 04

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Bulls in 7
Atlanta in 7
Clippers in 6
Golden State in 5
Eastern rebounds: Gasol
Western rebounds: Griffin
Three-pointers: Curry
Assists: 9.0

posted by holden at 10:43 AM on May 04

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Chicago in 6 +1 (Kane) +1
Ducks in 5 +2 (Kesler)
Habs in 7 (Stamkos) +1
Rangers in 6 +1 (Ovechkin)
GAA: Price

posted by holden at 01:10 PM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The St. Louis vote is wonky (although nothing as egregious as leaving Cy Young off the Boston list). I predicted Pujols would be left off in favor of Ozzie Smith, for a ballot of Musial, Hornsby, Gibson and Ozzie (which should probably be Musial, Hornsby, Pujols then Gibson). But I never would have guessed that Rogers Hornsby (127 career WAR, 90+ of which came with the Cardinals) would be dropped in favor of Lou Brock (45.2 career WAR). The fact that Brock is apparently polling higher than Ozzie (76.4 career WAR) is a head scratcher as well. Guess there are a bunch of Tribe Called Quest fans in the STL.

[And yes, I appreciate WAR (all figures above from Baseball Reference) is not the end all, be all of career value analysis, but at a minimum should provide a sense of whether any ranking passes the straight-faced test, which the current Cardinals vote does not.]

posted by holden at 04:39 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Canada, Brazil, and Germany being among the few countries that are represented in all 4 sports.

I am assuming Brazil is on the NHL list because of Robyn Regehr, so in light of his retirement that country probably comes off the list for next year's iteration. And depending on how "nationality" is defined/construed maybe should not be on the list at all.

posted by holden at 11:35 AM on April 23

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

I have been in some seating areas at some ballparks where the ushers do not let you return to your seat before other than in between batters or in between innings. That said, you can't really control the reverse of this (i.e., when people exit their seats), so there will always be risks. Seems like this is really a combination responsibility of patrons to be aware and exercise good judgment (both in terms of safety and communal etiquette) and ballparks to have nets that actually protect against this and to enforce when attendees can return to at least certain seats.

posted by holden at 12:46 PM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Find some shade, set up the folding chair, bring a couple of novels and an esky.

Oh, owlie. Our Puritan roots effectively mean no beer in public places. We got the religious fundamentalists and you got the criminals. Thanks, England.

posted by holden at 10:22 PM on April 20