holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: December 05, 2016

holden has posted 51 links and 2422 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

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Dallas by 8
Denver by 7
New Orleans by 13 LOCK
Green Bay by 10 LOCK
Kansas City by 6
New England by 17 LOCK
Baltimore by 3
Philadelphia By 7
Chicago by 8
Oakland by 9
Pittsburgh by 10
San Diego by 6
Washington by 7
Seattle by 6
Indianapolis by 3

posted by holden at 10:58 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

owlie - is that: (1) a reference to the red card/touchline ban, (2) a statement of desire/aspiration, or (3) an inside-info statement about the firing of Mourinho (as I've not seen anything in the press to suggest he's been sacked)?

posted by holden at 10:45 PM on November 27

Strong Out, Herman In (probably)

As an LSU fan, I'm pretty happy with the Tigers going with Orgeron, particularly if he can get a top-shelf offensive coordinator in place (and LSU should have decent money to spend on assistants considering that Oregeron's $3MM per year is well below what they would have paid Herman or another in-demand coach). I think college football is better when there is a little bit of crazy down in Baton Rouge. And it's not like anyone is going to have sustained success at the top of the SEC West as long as Saban is at Alabama, so might as well roll the dice and have some fun.

posted by holden at 02:23 PM on November 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Atlanta 7
Baltimore 6
Buffalo 10
New Orleans 17
New York Giants 13
San Diego 7
Miami 10
Chicago 3
Seattle 10
Oakland 7
Denver 4
New England 13
Philadelphia 7

posted by holden at 01:34 PM on November 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Detroit by 7
Dallas by 3
Pittsburgh by 10

posted by holden at 11:52 AM on November 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

New Orleans by 7
Arizona by 3
Dallas by 7
Cincinnati by 6
New York Giants by 13 LOCK
Detroit by 10
Pittsburgh by 21 LOCK
Kansas City by 14
Indianapolis by 6
Miami by 3
New England by 15 LOCK
Seattle by 8 LOCK
Washington by 6
Oakland by 12 LOCK

posted by holden at 02:52 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I read somewhere that it was listed in the official game report as a "defensive two-point conversion."

posted by holden at 07:08 PM on November 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Ravens by 7
Philadelphia by 4
Tampa Bay by 6
New Orleans by 3
Green Bay by 8
Houston by 3
Carolina by 7
New York Jets by 3
Washington by 6
San Diego by 10
Dallas by 6
Arizona by 8
New England by 3
Cincinnati by 7

posted by holden at 02:18 PM on November 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Concussion Protocol Edition

Atlanta by 7
Dallas by 10
Minnesota by 6
Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Miami by 7
New York Giants by 7
Pittsburgh by 3
Carolina by 14
New Orleans by 8
Green Bay by 10
San Diego by 10
Denver by 3
Seattle by 12 LOCK

posted by holden at 03:22 PM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition

Wow - getting really close to Costanza territory, and this without even having missed a week (although missed a few Thursday nighters).

Tennessee by 7
Cincinnati by 7
Carolina by 3
Detroit by 6
Kansas City by 10 LOCK
New England by 14 LOCK
New York Jets by 7
Oakland by 6
Seattle by 10
Denver by 3
Atlanta by 7
Dallas by 7
Minnesota by 10 LOCK

posted by holden at 02:12 PM on October 26

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition

Giants 10
Jets 7
Miami 3
Cincinnati 14
Tennessee 7
Minnesota 8
New Orleans 3
Jacksonville 6
Washington 9
Atlanta 17
Tampa Bay 7
New England 14
Arizona 7
Denver 13

posted by holden at 09:59 AM on October 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Denver by 7 LOCK

posted by holden at 08:02 PM on October 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Touchdown John Kuhn Edition

Indy by 7
Minnesota by 10 LOCK
New England by 13 LOCK
Pittsburgh by 7 LOCK
Philadelphia by 3
Miami by 7
Baltimore by 7
Denver by 3
Buffalo by 4
Cincinnati by 10
Oakland by 13
Green Bay by 7
Carolina by 3

posted by holden at 10:40 AM on October 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Throw the Ball Jameis Edition

Indianapolis by 10
New England by 13 LOCK
Carolina by 7
Washington by 10 LOCK
Detroit by 3
Oakland by 6
New York Jets by 7
Houston by 3
Denver by 12
San Francisco by 3
Arizona by 17 LOCK
San Diego by 7
Pittsburgh by 10 LOCK
New York Giants by 8

posted by holden at 09:46 AM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Appears West Brom is missing as well.

posted by holden at 11:20 PM on October 01