holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: May 26, 2016

holden has posted 51 links and 2365 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

Did the Starting Gate Injury Break Barbaro's Leg?

Interesting read, although some of the comments in the Deadspin article (from seemingly informed/qualified commenters) have me leaning towards the "probably not" camp.

posted by holden at 10:43 AM on May 24

Premier League Fantasy 2015-16 final results

I think that's maybe my third or fourth year running of finishing second. Kind of like Arsenal I guess.

I'm thinking we should get a Euro 2016 fantasy league going (maybe a little closer to the tournament, once rosters are finalized).

posted by holden at 02:13 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I kind of like irrational (probably more like less rational) homer grum as a change-of-pace from analytical grum.

I don't know whether Odor was throwing at Bautista's head (seems plausible), but I'm not sure the three examples above are particularly instructive. In each of those other DPs, he catches the ball at waist level or above. In the play from yesterday, Beltre seems to have short-armed the throw and Odor receives it down around his shin, and if you're trying for a quick exchange and throw in that position, a side-arm throw seems about as good an approach as any.

posted by holden at 11:54 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

posted by holden at 11:21 PM on May 15

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

OKC in 7
Cavs in 5

PTs + REB + AST - Westbrook
BLOCKS - Green
STEALS - Lebron
PF - Green
FT - Harden ... er ... Durant

posted by holden at 11:07 PM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

TB in 7
STL in 7

posted by holden at 10:36 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

How is a four pitch walk unintentional? Is the pitcher that bad?

It was issued by reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. If MLB's Gameday strike zone is accurate, Arrieta seems to have been a little hard done by the ump's strike zone.

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It's also notable that two of the intentional walks of Harper ended up loading the bases. In extra innings.

posted by holden at 12:12 PM on May 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Goodness, baseball will be the worse for it when Bartolo retires.

posted by holden at 11:42 PM on May 07

Nyquist Favorite to Win Today's Kentucky Derby

I figured Majetor was a Mexican horse who was not a big fan of Mothers Day (or other things mother-related, for that matter).

posted by holden at 11:36 PM on May 07

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