holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: June 25, 2016

holden has posted 51 links and 2388 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

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Argentina 2-1 Chile

Goals: Higuain

Cards: Medel, Rojo, Vidal

U.S 1-2 Colombia

Goals: Wood

First goal at 27:34

posted by holden at 12:12 PM on June 24

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

Switzerland 0-2 Poland (Lewandowski finally breaks his duck. Incidentally, how does a duck get broken? Is it a broken beak or a broken leg or wing?)

Wales 2-0 N. Ireland (Ramsey. Apparently a peroxide job does wonders for the chance to transfer to Man U, if you believe the Guardian's rumor mill.)

Croatia 3-1 Portugal (Mandzukic finally comes good. As an aside, Peresic. Dude looks like he's 50, but he's only 27.)

France 2-0 Ireland (Payet again. Thanks god for colonialism, say the former colonizers of the isle of Reunion.)

Germany 3-1 Slovakia (Muller looks like he's due for one, despite the fact that his Euro record is a stark contrast to his WC exploits.)

Hungary 1-2 Belgium (Lukakakakakuuuuu.....)

Italy 1-2 Spain (David Silva with that silky-smooth-let-me-seduce-your-wife-while-I-make-this-defense-splitting-pass-insouciance.)

Engerland 3-1 Iceland (Vardy Party in Your Mama's Pants.)

posted by holden at 12:44 AM on June 24

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Results

I picked Cleveland in 6 as well, on the theory that if it went back to Oakland tied, there was no way the Warriors would lose.

posted by holden at 10:19 PM on June 22

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

Man -- not sure how I missed the finals. Guess I only avoided the Costanza by flaking out and not picking.

I like the aggregate standings idea, but sometimes miss these things or elect not to participate because I know nothing (CFL).

posted by holden at 06:05 PM on June 22

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

U.S. 1-3 Argentina (Higuain)
Colombia 2-1 Chile (James)

posted by holden at 11:07 PM on June 20

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

bender - Vidal is suspended for the next game.

posted by holden at 11:05 PM on June 20

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland

I used that block as a teaching moment and told my two oldest boys (10 and 8 years old) last night that the block was an example of how you never give up on a play. What I neglected to tell them is that they will never have half of the size, speed, or general athleticism to pull it off.

posted by holden at 11:40 AM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I know there is the negligible contact exception, but seems hand to face is a pretty bright-line rule - almost like a strict liability standard.

posted by holden at 11:38 AM on June 20

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland

Loving a Fraze appearance.

On the NBA Finals front, quite a game (fairly sloppy, but plenty exciting) and quite a comeback. The cynical part of me would be inclined to say that LeBron was just playing it up for the cameras with the collapse and the crying, but really seems like he put his heart and soul into this. Just a pretty cool thing to see.

posted by holden at 11:31 PM on June 19

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

rcade -- thankfully Brooks, who I think has been the best US defender in this tournament, was not one of the players who will miss the next game. Bedoya and Wood are off due to yellow accumulation, while Jones is out for a straight red.

posted by holden at 10:44 PM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Agree. He arguably should have been MVP in a losing effort last year as well, but much more likely to happen if the series goes the distance.

posted by holden at 12:10 PM on June 17

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

I hate the two yellows/yellow card accumulation rule in international tournaments. It's just too small of a sample size that allows for fluky bookings to sideline a player. I would prefer to see three yellows with no reset or maybe after two yellows the player has to sit out the first half of the next match.

posted by holden at 10:03 AM on June 17

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

U.S. 2-1 Ecuador (Dempsey)
Peru 0-2 Colombia (James)
Argentina 3-0 Venezuela (Messi)
Mexico 1-1 Chile [Mexico advances on penalties 4-3] (Chicharito]

Three Floyds Zombie Dust

posted by holden at 11:32 PM on June 15

Penguins claim fourth Stanley Cup with 3-1 win over Sharks

ESPN's punitive (non-)coverage of the NHL is one among several factors that have led me to effectively phase it out as a source of content. Basically am down to live sporting events I cannot get elsewhere and frankly have phased out a lot of that as well (more or less down to the international soccer tournaments, and I will take those on Spanish-language channels when I can).

Good on the Penguins.

posted by holden at 10:27 PM on June 13

Brazil Knocked Out of Copa Centenario by Handball Goal

I think Fox has generally done a pretty poor job with this tournament (the contrast to the Euros on ESPN is pretty stark, to my mind), but one thing that has kind of grown on me (even though its genesis is clearly in American football) is having the officiating commentator jump in to explain calls. Some of it is obviously super basic and just trying to find something for the guy to speak about, but in some cases there are some interesting insights/explanations. During the handball debacle last night, I thought he did a good job explaining what the ref should have done -- not on the call itself (although he opined on that as well) -- but in regards to controlling the players (basically said he should have gone to the sideline to confer with his assistant and told the players that anyone who crosses the line to get in his face is getting a card and then enforced that).

posted by holden at 09:03 AM on June 13