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Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: May 24, 2017

holden has posted 51 links and 2443 comments to SportsFilter and 8 links and 268 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

My Teams:

MLB -- Cardinals
NFL -- Saints
NCAA -- LSU
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

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

The Table Never Lies

I like their approach and would love to see them get into the PL.

posted by holden at 09:41 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Well, I ordered a couple of King Cakes for my soon-to-be 9-year old's birthday this weekend, so hope the egress is relatively unaffected.

posted by holden at 11:45 PM on February 21

Mike Ilitch, owner of the Tigers and Red Wings, passes away at 87.

It's a shame the Tigers didn't win a World Series during his tenure as owner. Seems like that was the one he really wanted (not that the Stanley Cups weren't great, I'm sure).

posted by holden at 08:03 AM on February 13

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

Wow what a game. No dog in this fight, but man NFL OT rules suck.

posted by holden at 11:08 PM on February 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x33 Edition

Atlanta by 7 LOCK

First FG: Matt Bryant

First TD: Devonta Freeman

Most Passing: Matt Ryan

Most Rushing: LeGarette Blount

Most Receiving: Julian Edelman

Sack: Vic Beasley

Interception: Jalen Collins

Turnover: Tom Brady

MVP: Matt Ryan

Winner: beaverboard will have the most points after tallying up the all points but those from this prop, at which point the points I win from picking beaverboard here will propel me to victory

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posted by holden at 05:34 PM on February 03

Frank Lampard Retires from Soccer

The "145 will shock you" is pure comedy gold.

posted by holden at 10:40 PM on February 02

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

Malcolm Butler

posted by holden at 11:36 PM on January 21

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

Atlanta by 8
New England by 3

Matt Ryan
Le'veon Bell
Julio Jones

posted by holden at 11:35 PM on January 21

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Atlanta by 7
New England by 20 (LOCK)
Kansas City by 3
Green Bay by 3

Roethlisberger
Bell
Antonio Brown
Cliff Avril

posted by holden at 12:53 AM on January 14

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

Oakland by 3
Seattle by 13
Pittsburgh by 7
Green Bay by 4

1. Ben Roethlisberger
2. Le'veon Bell
3. Antonio Brown
4. Quentin Demps

posted by holden at 05:40 PM on January 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: One-Legged Quarterback Edition

Baltimore by 7
New York Jets by 3
Tampa Bay by 10
Minnesota by 8
Pittsburgh by 20 LOCK
Dallas by 6
Green Bay by 9
Houston by 7 LOCK
Indianapolis by 18 LOCK
New England by 7
New Orleans by 6
Washington by 7
Arizona by 13
Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Denver by 8
Seattle by 20 LOCK

posted by holden at 09:06 AM on December 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Farewell Gus Bradley Edition

Carolina by 6
Buffalo by 3
Green Bay by 14 LOCK
New England by 20 LOCK
San Diego by 6
New Orleans by 8
Tennessee by 7 LOCK
Chicago by 10
Oakland by 12
Seattle by 14
Los Angeles by 3
Cincinnati by 8
Pittsburgh by 7 LOCK
Kansas City by 7
Detroit by 4

posted by holden at 12:24 PM on December 24