holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: May 06, 2016

holden has posted 51 links and 2356 comments to SportsFilter and 8 links and 268 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

My Teams:

MLB -- Cardinals
NFL -- Saints
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

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Cleveland 5
Toronto 7
Spurs 5

JR Smith
Klay Thompson

posted by holden at 01:58 PM on May 02

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

Watch the Tom Hanks video. Pretty sure he was joking about putting money on Leicester.

posted by holden at 09:23 AM on May 02

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Blues in 7
Islanders in 6
Capitals in 6
Sharks in 6

Scorer: Tarasenko
Goalie: Bishop
PP: Sharks
GPG: Caps

posted by holden at 12:43 PM on April 27

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

Cleveland 5
Toronto 5
Miami 4
Boston 6

Golden State 4
San Antonio 5
Portland 7

Highest points (team): 113
Highest points (player): 39

posted by holden at 01:01 AM on April 15

LA Rams Trade to Acquire 1st Pick in NFL Draft

I agree with Video Game Parlor. Seems like a steep price to pay, particularly in a year in which there is no sure-fire QB prospect. Rams do not seem to be just a QB away from contending (and thus could use all of those picks), although perhaps this is also motivated by having a marketable, franchise player for the return to LA (although I would think Gurley is pretty damn marketable).

posted by holden at 12:58 AM on April 15

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Panthers 6
Wings 6
Caps 5
Pens 7

Stars 6
Hawks 6
Ducks 6
Kings 7

posted by holden at 11:00 AM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

He was taking off his shoes in Jeff Kent's truck.

posted by holden at 04:10 PM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

For the record, holden, I wasn't offended, just surprised.

You'd be surprised too if you walked into your kitchen and saw Bernie Sanders doing that to your mom. (I know, I know -- too soon.)

posted by holden at 12:34 PM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In an attempt to avoid the banhammer, just want to apologize for my role in what happened in the Huddle yesterday. Definitely got way out of hand, and I unfortunately fanned the flames. The Maddux thing was obviously riffing on a long-standing joke, but had no idea there were that many Trump fans on this board.

posted by holden at 10:02 AM on March 24

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

Welcome to the Hootie Johnson Club.

posted by holden at 09:09 PM on March 21

Michael Powell follows the sad, dirty trail of big time high school and college ball

Good read. Larry Brown does not come off particularly well in this reckoning.

posted by holden at 08:48 PM on March 06

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Broncos 7 Lock

posted by holden at 06:48 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I still see a number of two-handed set shots in my son's Chicago Catholic Youth League 4th-grade basketball games.

posted by holden at 09:19 PM on January 30

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

That's fair in as far as the clock is concerned (for some reason was under the mistaken impression that the clock ran from boot to whistle on a touchback) and in the field position (for some reason, I had remembered both of those possessions ending inside the ten), but I do think Denver's play-calling would not be so conservative if they did not have the 8-point lead. Seemed their strategy in the last several possessions was "don't do anything stupid."

posted by holden at 10:40 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

If New England had kicked a field goal on the last three possessions instead of going for touchdowns, they would have won the game.

While that is obviously true, it's hard to say how the game would have played out had the Patriots kicked field goals -- would have made a difference in field position (Denver's starting field position and Patriots field position after Broncos punts) and amount of clock available for the Patriots (at a minimum, due to kickoffs), and might have influenced Bronco's offensive strategy.

posted by holden at 10:00 AM on January 25