holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: January 15, 2018

holden has posted 52 links and 2464 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

Are You Ready for Some Football?: The World Cup draw was conducted earlier today. An Iberian showdown in Group B, while Groups D and F look, if not quite Groups of Death, at least Groups of Moderate Discomfort. The U.S. is in Group I.

posted by holden to soccer at 12:41 PM on December 01 - 6 comments

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

Recent Comments

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Atlanta by 7
New England by 14 [LOCK]
Pittsburgh by 10 [LOCK]
New Orleans by 5

Passer " Brady
Rusher " Fournette
Receiver " Cooks
Sack " Calais Campbell
Points " Patriots

posted by holden at 10:56 PM on January 12

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Well, at halftime my Chiefs lock and Alex Smith as top yardage QB were looking pretty, pretty good....

posted by holden at 10:39 PM on January 06

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Not sure why I cannot edit, but should be Tre'Davious (not Tre'Dacious) White.

Also, will lock all four games.

posted by holden at 09:43 PM on January 05

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

KC by 11
Rams by 7
Jacksonville by 10
New Orleans by 13

QB: Alex Smith
RB: Todd Gurley
Receiver: Michael Thomas
INT: Tre'Dacious White
Points: Rams

posted by holden at 09:40 PM on January 05

Home Fitness Equipment made for you

Hell, as long as the inmates are running the asylum, Did anyone see that clam shot of Arakawa???

posted by holden at 12:07 AM on December 20

Home Fitness Equipment made for you

Either this is rcade's mom posting or something horrible has happened to rcade!

posted by holden at 11:59 PM on December 19

Why don't we care about the biggest sex abuse scandal in sports history?

Thanks for posting. I must admit I first came across this in the last two weeks and was shocked. If this was in some higher profile sport (at least more than two weeks every four years) it would be saturation coverage. While I'm no supporter of outrageously long prison sentences when there is an opportunity for rehabilitation, seems like he deserves the sentence he's already gotten and that he's still yet to get. And seems like a reckoning is in order for the institutions that either enabled this or turned a blind eye to it.

posted by holden at 10:42 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Another option would be to throw out each participant's lowest scoring week, which would basically give each participant a mulligan on a missed week.

posted by holden at 09:54 AM on December 08

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Get Better Ryan Shazier Edition

Do I get the Costanza for having lodged one pick (NE over KC) and then forgetting about it for a couple of weeks and thereafter deciding not to participate? Or is there a minimum picks/participating weeks requirement to qualify for the Costanza?

Just trying to figure out if I should submit the next couple of weeks just to try to pass the other folks ahead of me who seem to have packed it in as well.

posted by holden at 04:28 PM on December 07

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