holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: August 29, 2016

holden has posted 51 links and 2398 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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Is anyone else smelling a Dak Attack?

posted by holden at 12:35 AM on August 28

Longtime ESPN Broadcaster John Saunders Dies

Good article here by John Feinstein at The Washington Post.

I do not think there are many other ESPN personalities this type of thing could be written about, particularly lines such as "Saunders was the opposite of someone who thinks being on TV makes you really important."

posted by holden at 09:25 AM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Did State give him a full scullership?

If not, I'm sure he was at least angling for one.

posted by holden at 01:49 PM on August 09

A Q&A with Ichiro Suzuki

Love Ichiro. His common about his favorite American phrase to Bob Costas (dealing with Kansas City in August) is one of my all-time favorite athlete interview moments.

The Ringer had a good "what if" article about what if Ichiro had tried to hit more for power.

posted by holden at 09:24 PM on July 31

Sport and the Olympics: A Lament

Great read, thanks owlie.

posted by holden at 10:14 PM on July 20

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

billsaythis had an inauspicious total.

posted by holden at 08:55 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Howard - just got back to Chicago from a week in a part of coastal Rhode Island for which the nearest "big" city is Fall River, MA. Enjoyed some of the vestiges of the Portuguese influence there, although New Anglicized. I salute Portugal but still wanted France to win.

posted by holden at 11:46 PM on July 10

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

France 2-1 Portugal

Goal(s): Giroud
Cards: Evra, W. Carvalho, Pepe

posted by holden at 05:29 PM on July 08

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Looks like I missed the first game.

France 3-2 (Giroud)

posted by holden at 08:15 AM on July 07

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Poland 2-1 Portugal (Lewandowski - has to happen sometime)
Wales 1-2 Belgium (De Bruyne - kind of looks like Friday Night Lights-era Jesse Plemons, no?)
Germany 2-1 Italy (Muller time)
France 2-0 Iceland (Ollie G.)

posted by holden at 11:31 PM on June 29

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