holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: April 18, 2014

holden has posted 50 links and 2106 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

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

An Anatomy of Three Hits: Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden pens an essay at Grantland about hits and their consequences in the NHL of today and yesteryear.

posted by holden to hockey at 02:30 PM on April 27 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

UMass Basketball Player Says He's Gay

Maybe, but being out to a group small enough to keep it secret isn't generally what people think of as out. What you're describing is the "people who know me have known this for years" manuever.

I was thinking more along the lines of someone who is not being secretive about his sexuality and/or is not deliberately keeping it to a smaller group, and is genuinely out to anyone who was paying attention, but simply is under the radar because he is part of a smaller community without national sports exposure (say, someone who goes to Brown or Portland or something) and chose not to make an announcement on Twitter. I don't think there's an absolute "size of the group in the know" or "taking affirmative steps to broadcast it to the world" rule to being out.

Of course, it's basically impossible to fact check. Just was surprised that the media was so quick to christen him the "first openly gay D-I athlete" basically on his own say-so.

posted by holden at 12:06 AM on April 10

UMass Basketball Player Says He's Gay

Good for him, but curious how he (and the media) knows he is the first out male D-1 basketball player. Maybe the first to publicly announce it via Twitter, but it does not strike me as outside of the realm of possibility that some kid at a smaller D-1 basketball school (there are nearly 350 of them) has been out at his institution and/or among his teammates, family and friends and nobody really gave a shit or made a public announcement about it.

posted by holden at 03:35 PM on April 09

Some Indians Fans Are De-Chiefing Their Gear

Reading the comments thread at that ESPN article (I know, I should know better) is depressing.

posted by holden at 09:30 AM on April 04

Through Thick and Thin

Good read. I know some of my favorite teams of the clubs I support (i.e., team year within a particular club/franchise) are ones that maybe came up a bit short of, or not even close to, winning everything or anything, but either had enjoyable personalities, good collective spirit, or other attributes that did not necessarily lead to winning.

posted by holden at 12:45 PM on March 31

Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera agree to 8 year extension

This is like the Pujols deal (and boy, did the Cardinals dodge a bullet on that one) -- paying a player for what he has done and not what he is likely to do. That said, if baseball is really as flush as is being reported right now, and revenues continue to go up, the $30MM per year may not be as crippling in 4-6 years when he really starts to decline as it looks now on paper.

posted by holden at 01:23 PM on March 29

Teen Wrestler Loses State Title, Hugs Opponent's Dying Dad

In a sporting world in which it's more likely that someone like [Player X] makes the headlines for [cheating | holding out for more money | assaulting his wife/girlfriend | slaying hookers | using drugs | etc.] it's refreshing to see such an outstanding example of true [sportsmanship | class | grace | etc.].

posted by holden at 04:41 PM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Seeing as how the college seems to have knocked off Paul Bunyan depictions that predate their mascot, not sure they really have the moral high ground here. In the U.S., I doubt you could even get trademark or other protection for a character of this type based on it effectively being in the public domain.

posted by holden at 09:02 AM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Re the Olympic hockey -- I wouldn't read too much into a team's performance over two games in a single elimination tournament (or even the four games that preceded it). It's a fun little tournament, but it is basically a crapshoot once you get to the semis. The U.S. just looked flat in the Canada game, and today seemed to be the classic third-place game syndrome (which obviously didn't affect Finland, though); they just looked completely uninterested and like they could not get on the plane fast enough. Would love to see U.S.-Canada or any of the other possible combos with the semifinalists over best of 7.

posted by holden at 11:29 PM on February 22

Derek Jeter to Retire From Yankees After 2014 Season

While I would say not-so-classy to announce and effectively ensure yourself a farewell tour, Mo Rivera did it, so no grounds on which to question the class of athletes who elect to do this.

posted by holden at 03:40 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I thought the men's hockey started tomorrow. Guess the confidence pool is out.

posted by holden at 03:30 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I suck at Excel and can't find any free or easy-to-use confidence pool sites online (the qbert72/drjohnevans joint from years past appears to be out of commission), but would love to participate in an Olympics hockey confidence pool with SpoFites. Anyone got the time or wherewithal to set one up?

[I tried doing it manually/via Excel for Euro 2012 and it basically worked, but involved a bit more manual processing than I care to do because I am bordering on spreadsheet illiterate.]

posted by holden at 11:41 AM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

NFL team helmets redone for the Star Wars universe: AFC and NFC. (Although missed a golden opportunity by not using Boba Fett or another bounty hunter for the Saints.)

posted by holden at 11:53 AM on February 05

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

Quick, Al Davis -- sign Malcolm Smith!

Apparently, this is the first game in NFL history in which one team's point total equaled the 13th prime number and the other team's total was the cube of the 1st prime number.

posted by holden at 09:49 AM on February 03

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

Denver by 6
D. Thomas +1
K. Moreno
M. Ball
P. Manning
No interceptions
M. Bennett
T-Mobile Tebow Ad (dude just wins, ok?)

posted by holden at 03:51 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Arsne Wenger is upset that Chelsea are selling Juan Mata to Man U after they've finished playing Man U. That just comes off as sour grapes to me. Is there some sort of Gentleman's Agreement you have to risk losing to your former player when making a transfer among the big clubs?

If you look at his actual quotes, I think it is bit more of a criticism of the length and timing of the transfer window generally (with a "Veeeeerrrrry curious that they did not sell a week ago" thrown in for good measure). But absent the EPL adopting a winter break between Game 19 and Game 20 and having a transfer window coterminous with that break, not sure there is really any way to ever make it completely "fair" (in terms of some team or another being seen as being advantaged or disadvantaged based on the timing of the move and the number of head-to-heads with the transferring and buying teams).

posted by holden at 05:37 PM on January 23