holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: February 13, 2016

holden has posted 51 links and 2345 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 Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Broncos 7 Lock

posted by holden at 06:48 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I still see a number of two-handed set shots in my son's Chicago Catholic Youth League 4th-grade basketball games.

posted by holden at 09:19 PM on January 30

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

That's fair in as far as the clock is concerned (for some reason was under the mistaken impression that the clock ran from boot to whistle on a touchback) and in the field position (for some reason, I had remembered both of those possessions ending inside the ten), but I do think Denver's play-calling would not be so conservative if they did not have the 8-point lead. Seemed their strategy in the last several possessions was "don't do anything stupid."

posted by holden at 10:40 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

If New England had kicked a field goal on the last three possessions instead of going for touchdowns, they would have won the game.

While that is obviously true, it's hard to say how the game would have played out had the Patriots kicked field goals -- would have made a difference in field position (Denver's starting field position and Patriots field position after Broncos punts) and amount of clock available for the Patriots (at a minimum, due to kickoffs), and might have influenced Bronco's offensive strategy.

posted by holden at 10:00 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Exhibit C that a tenacious pass rush is kryptonite to the Brady-era Patriots offense. Fun game from the neutral's perspective. And yes, that game was close enough that it goes the other way at Foxborough.

posted by holden at 08:05 PM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

I think my picks from last week were not tallied.

Denver by 3 LOCK
Carolina by 7 LOCK

Most total yards - NE
Most turnovers - ARI
Most passing yards - Brady
Most rushing yards - Stewart
Most receiving yards - Fitzgerald
Sack - Von Miller
Interception - Peterson

posted by holden at 06:13 PM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

New England 6
Arizona 10 LOCK
Carolina 7
Denver 10 LOCK


posted by holden at 04:33 PM on January 16

Golfer linked to multi-million dollar coke deal.

Raise your hand if you thought this was going to link to an article about Dustin Johnson.

posted by holden at 12:08 AM on January 15

NFL Approves Rams Move to Los Angeles, Chargers Invited to Join

St. Louis really has gotten the stiff arm from major league sports over the years. The NFL made sure that Cleveland was taken care of after Modell left. The NBA made sure that Charlotte was taken care of after Shinn left. The NHL took care of Minnesota after the North Stars left. Baltimore would have been taken care of if Modell hadn't gone there. And so on and so forth.

Add to that the Spirits of St. Louis being one of two then-active teams not to survive the ABA-NBA merger. Mitigated by the fact that (a) they had only been in St. Louis for two seasons before the merger, and (b) the owners made out like bandits.

posted by holden at 02:20 PM on January 13

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 21

I only had one transfer. If you don't use one in a given week, it carries over until you use 2 in one week.

posted by holden at 12:03 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Andy Reid doesn't have that problem. He knows how to endure when things get messed up.

If by endure, you mean standing around looking confused and throwing challenge flags on calls that have no chance of being overturned, I agree.

posted by holden at 02:01 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

As someone who (I believe) did not really participate in any of the Deflategate threads, all I will say about the outrage discrepancy is that (1) there is a perception (right or wrong) that the Patriots are serial cheaters, and (2) people seem to get more worked up about allegations of chicanery that happens between the lines or could directly affect what happens between the lines than something that is much more indirectly related to what happens on the field. I get that Manning is about as big as it gets, but no one (media or public) has ever really seemed to care too much about PEDs in the NFL. It seems more likely than not that Antonio Gates will go to the Hall of Fame regardless of his PED suspension earlier this year, whereas better baseball players who were never suspended (Clemens, Bonds) may never get into Cooperstown.

posted by holden at 06:26 PM on January 09

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Kansas City by 7
Cincinnati by 6
Seattle by 10 LOCK
Green Bay by 3

Russell Wilson
Jeremy Hill
Antonio Brown
J.J. Watt

posted by holden at 03:08 PM on January 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I initially read yerfatma's post above and said to myself "What the hell does the guy from The Hold Steady care about Manning and HGH?," followed by "Oooh, and the drummer does not agree with him on it!" Would have been a lot more fun that way rather than a couple (or at least one confirmed) blowhards at the Globe.

I do find the lack of follow up on the story interesting/curious, but does anyone give a shit whether an aging QB coming off of a major surgery potentially used something to aid/speed his recovery?

posted by holden at 01:47 PM on January 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Anyone have a link to (or their own) handy list of where former Grantland authors are publishing pieces? I know some of the big-sport big names (Lowe, Barnwell) are at ESPN, but would be curious where some of the others have landed (to the extent they have found regular or at least frequent gigs).

posted by holden at 01:26 PM on January 08