holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: November 18, 2017

holden has posted 51 links and 2455 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

Doctors Feared Zach Miller Would Lose His Leg

I'm a Saints fan, but still not sure how that's not a touchdown.

posted by holden at 11:31 PM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yes, Roberts' usage of Morrow was bordering on criminal. Especially in light of the fact that Roberts failed to rectify his mistake when he did not lift Morrow either immediately after the Springer homer (which was just crushed) or the Bregman single.

Holy hell what an entertaining game though.

posted by holden at 11:45 AM on October 30

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

What a disaster. Now the finger-pointing begins I guess (primarily at Klinsmann and his "creative" team selection I suppose, but Arena bears some responsibility as well). No excuse to not qualify out of this confederation, particularly in playing a game against a squad with nothing to play for -- but this qualification was lost in the early phases of the Hex.

posted by holden at 11:11 PM on October 10

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Patriots by 11.

posted by holden at 07:29 PM on September 07

Jaguars Demote Blake Bortles in Preseason

It would have been better if one or both of those garbage cans was on fire, but guess that would be difficult in a hurricane/torrential downpour.

posted by holden at 06:42 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Jinxed it, Tommy.

Well, lots of Jays fans in the neighborhood this weekend with Toronto at Cubs. Probably a good quarter of the people we saw in baseball gear, so way to represent, Canadians. My boys did a lemonade stand yesterday out front of our house before and after the game and charged the Jays fans half price, as we (as Cardinals fans) have a common interest with them and plus many had traveled from Canada. (More than made up for the reduced pricing in tips/"keep the change."). Thought today was the one the Jays would get, but not meant to be.

Oh and my boys netted $100. Not a bad day at the office when you're 11, 9, 6, and 2. Buys a lot of bubblegum, but seems they're saving up and the suspect it's for something more sinister.

posted by holden at 08:47 PM on August 20

Cubs Give Steve Bartman a World Series Ring

It's "Go Cubs Go" that grates. Even if I were a Cubs fan and not a Cardinals fan, I would hate that song.

posted by holden at 09:12 PM on August 02

Cubs Give Steve Bartman a World Series Ring

If Steve Goodman were still alive, they would have to consider giving him one.

That Cubs song is truly horrible.

We moved a couple of weeks ago to a house 4 or 5 blocks from Wrigley. Far enough away to largely avoid the drunk bros. But close enough that the other day when I was outside grilling, I could hear the cheer of the crowd for a home run (pretty cool) but also the fans in the stadium singing that infernal song at the conclusion of the game (awful).

The way the Cubs have been trending, could make for a pretty long summer into early fall.

posted by holden at 06:12 PM on August 02

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

I assume Leicester's turnover is in large part due to payouts resulting from their winning the League last year. I suspect Everton would be a larger earning club if you look over for the past 5-10 years and likely future earning potential.

posted by holden at 11:50 PM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I know it's said so much as to be trite, but greatest trophy in sports and greatest trophy-related traditions.

posted by holden at 08:36 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Having waded (as a passive, as opposed to active, participant) into the comments threads in a couple of articles about ESPN's layoffs and declining viewership, it appears that a vocal segment of right-leaning people think ESPN is very liberal and believe that right-of-center-types are abandoning ESPN in droves.

(As far as I can tell, the basis for this complaint has to do with there being a "black" SportsCenter, plus The Undefeated, plus firing Schilling, plus Michael Sam, and generally bending over backwards for, or "hitting us over the head" with, multiculturalism and moral relativism or somesuch.)

So I do wonder whether this re-engagement of Bocephus is a conscious or subconscious attempt to "balance" the ledger, so to speak.

posted by holden at 02:44 PM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Geoff Cameron has had a decent run at Stoke (mid-table to lower-mid-table Premier League team during his time there) as an MLS transfer. Seems to be on the down slope of his career, though, and only appeared in about half of their matches this past season.

As evident from billsaysthis's list, goalkeepers tend to "translate" better than outfield players. Perhaps a better indicator of the level of play in MLS is the "washed up" EPL players who have managed to be reasonably top-tier MLS players (e.g., Robbie Keane, Didier Drogba).

posted by holden at 04:11 PM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As much fun as that quote is, he apparently said "punch," not "punt."

posted by holden at 08:59 PM on May 04

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

I've wondered whether the fact that Sunday is often "getaway day" for Vegas visitors will affect their ability to draw a big out-of-town crowd. Certainly fans of visiting teams will come and stay though Monday (or catch a Sunday night redeye) to catch a game, but not sure about the causal visitor coming Thursday/Friday through Sunday for a bachelor party or whatever.

posted by holden at 10:58 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I took my three oldest boys to a Spurs game last spring when we were in the Hill Country for a vacation. Of course Pop decided to give Kawhi, Tony Parker and Duncan the night off (none were injured). My kids are still young enough (oldest was 10 at the time) that they enjoyed watching Aldridge and Manu stick it to a Memphis team whose best player on the night was Vince Carter (missing Conley and Randolph due to injuries), but I could easily see some major disappointment in similar circumstances in the future.

If the NBA really wants to cut back on this practice of healthy scratches of core players, the league should think about shortening the season, reducing/eliminating back-to-backs and 5-games-in-7-days-type situations, etc.

posted by holden at 05:28 PM on March 19