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Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: August 01, 2015

holden has posted 51 links and 2280 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

Dear Roberto,

It was fair in the sense that Clemente had an off year the year prior, but would be curious to know how it compared to what other players were making. Clemente's teammate Bill Mazeroski had a pretty awful year at the plate the year prior (.241/.283/.339 with an OPS+ of 66, compared to .296/.332/.396 with an OPS+ of 92 for Clemente -- and a much huger drop of 31 points of OPS+ from 1958 to 1959 than Clemente's drop of 3 points), but perhaps Mazeroski's much-lauded defense at a premium defensive position made up the offensive difference between him and Clemente. Hard to find salary data for back then, and the one source I found suggested Clemente's salary for 1960 held steady at $17,500 (which is inconsistent with the letter) and that Mazeroski's actually decreased, so who knows whether Clemente was getting screwed on a comparitve basis due to ethnicity or other reasons.

posted by holden at 07:52 PM on August 01

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

I wonder if Craig Maddox and Ron Glavine were on hand when Schmaltz was enshrined.

posted by holden at 02:52 PM on July 27

The Justice Department has ended its criminal case against Barry Bonds.

Nine years ago, I said this:

I seriously doubt Bonds gets jail time in any of this. First, perjury is quite difficult to prove, and this is going to come down to a he said/she said type of thing. Second, depending on the scope and nature of the tax transgressions, the more likely result is payment of back taxes and a fine to the IRS as part of a plea. I know the tax investigators have a hard on for Bonds (I believe the whole Balco thing was initiated by federal agents with the Dept. of the Treasury), but who knows if the U.S. Attorney does. Overall, though, great use of public resources. (And watch this post end up in yerfatma's great predictions list after Bonds gets 5 years in jail.)

Still thought it was a waste of public resources back then, apparently, and that was before they got to the tab we currently have (cannot find reliable figures anywhere, but have seen $6-10MM thrown out for just the Bonds prosecution and upwards of $50MM for Balco writ large).

posted by holden at 01:56 PM on July 21

The Justice Department has ended its criminal case against Barry Bonds.

Well, that was certainly worth the cost of the prosecution.

posted by holden at 01:34 PM on July 21

Pro Surfer Attacked by Shark During Competition

Imagine what that surfer would have done if he was a mixture of Wolverine, Robocop, and Superman (check the link, rcade).

posted by holden at 11:58 AM on July 20

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman

That's a fair point, and was what I assumed you were getting at. Navratilova gets best all-around/most-decorated women's tennis player of all time, while Graf or Williams is the greatest singles player of all time. In the same way one might look at swimmers and quibble on all-time rankings based on medals/world records across individual disciplines, relays, etc.

posted by holden at 10:50 AM on July 14

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman

I intentionally was being a bit on the nose with that one. My point was just that using the criteria of total grand slam titles won and including doubles and mixed doubles probably flies in the face of what most people would select as the criteria for all-time greatness (although in grum's defense, not sure he ever really used any other adjective/descriptor to describe what constitutes #1).

posted by holden at 09:19 AM on July 14

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman

If Serena pulls off the calendar grand slam, that will put her right up there with Steffi Graf as the #2/#3 female tennis player of all time.

It would take a HELL of a late career run to match Navratilova (59 grand slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles).

It would have taken a HELL of late career run for Pedro Martinez (219 career wins) to match Gaylord Perry (314 career wins) on the list of all-time starting pitchers.

Navratilova remains the most decorated female player of all time, but best (measured by most dominant in the event (singles) by which individual greatness is and should be measured) is a two-horse race between Graf and Serena.

posted by holden at 11:16 PM on July 13

Wimbledon Finals: Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer, Serena Williams vs. Garbine Muguruza

If Muguruza wins, $50 to me if the headline over a photo of the joyous player reads "Basque-ing in Glory!"

posted by holden at 04:29 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

For better or worse (as a First Amendment absolutist a la rcade, I personally find this for the better), First Amendment jurisprudence has typically shied away from adapting to technological changes. And when Congress attempts to respond to technology, at least as it relates to speech (they have had much more success on copyright matters, among other areas), the courts have often overruled large swaths of laws as being too restrictive of speech, including most of the Communications Decency Act and all of the Child Online Protection Act. There seems to be some action relating to whether "citizen media" qualify for First Amendment protections that would apply to the ordinary press, which raises some interesting questions about drawing the line between a local reporter and a neighborhood gossip with an internet platform.

The courts have shown more of a willingness to adapt interpretations of constitutional matters to technological change in connection with the Fourth Amendment, with respect to different means of effecting searches. Some interesting cases under the Sixth Amendment relating to whether taking a victim's testimony at trial via video conference and the like violates the right of the accused to confront his/her witnesses. Obviously some Eighth Amendment case law around how technological advances should inform thinking on what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

But the courts have largely declined to undertake or accept this type of analysis as relates to the Second Amendment (in terms of accepting/adopting any sort of argument that maybe the Second Amendment should be assessed in light of the type of weaponry and killing power available to the average 1780s militiaman vs. what the average citizen can buy at Wal-Mart or Cabela's today).

Still waiting for a case on how the Third Amendment applies in the Airbnb age when those pesky soldiers want to be quartered in residences secured through online bookings. Scalia would surely would write a convoluted opinion about the meaning of "house" in the 18th century, while Thomas would argue that the amendment only applies to houses that had been built by the date of ratification in 1791.

posted by holden at 04:26 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

What is the downside to a society where JPP decides when and where to tell the world he's lost a finger, or someone gets the opportunity to tell the world on their own terms they're going through gender therapy, or has M.S? What do we lose?

The slippery slope is when this concerns, say, the President or a Presidential candidate. In those types of cases, the public may well have a legitimate interest in knowing of any medical issues that the officeholder or candidate may not want to disclose. Better to have the broad immunity/privileges of the press from a legal standpoint to protect for those circumstances and hope that any sort of journalistic ethics would dictate appropriate discretion when dealing with less weighty matters.

I think the biggest problem I have with this whole story is the screenshot itself. If Schefter wanted to report that he had "inside sources" about the information, then I wouldn't care (or, obviously, even know he had that photo). Then it would be up to Schefter to convince the public without revealing the private medical information. Heck, it could simply be a janitor that saw the player being wheeled back to the room with a missing finger.

Or he even could have gone so far as to state "I have seen the medical records and can confirm that he has had his right index finger amputated," in which case it is his credibility he is asking people to trust directly rather than the credibility of an unnamed source. I would have been a lot more okay with that than what he actually did.

posted by holden at 01:26 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It will just take 20 years or so for the courts to be tech-savvy enough to understand the issues in front of them.

At which point the technology will be another twenty years ahead.

posted by holden at 12:21 PM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

While Schefter is entitled to legal protection as a journalist, let's not kid ourselves that he is actually a journalist as one might typically construe that word. I believe his entire existence is to report tips, primarily through Twitter and then as a talking head on Sports Center or other bullshit ESPN programming. Seriously, when was the last time you read something from Adam Schefter and thought, "Wow, that is some serious investigative journalism or analysis?" (and listen, I appreciate that there is a wide spectrum of what constitutes journalism including doing little more than just reporting facts). All I can think of when I see him is a chipmunk commenter on a chipmunk blog who posts "First!" on every damn post. Sometimes his breathless reporting on the various ESPN programs leads me to believe that he thinks he is covering the Camp David Accords or the Kennedy assassination or something. "Sources tell me Dez Bryant has met with both Sadat and Begin in an effort to lend his services to the highest bidder. My sources suggest he wants to be dropping, not catching, bombs."

I believe journalists are entitled to broad leeway to write/say what they want (and I am in favor of a broad reading of who is a journalist for purposes of first amendment law) -- it's what makes our country great, and just take a look a Britain's libel laws to see the chilling effect of a different presumption/burden of proof on such matters -- but Schefter is just shit at being a journalist, if that's what he really is. Just look at his Twitter feed and I defy you to find one original thought. And I get that he's not being paid to provide any original thoughts, but daaaamn what that guy "reports" is such low-value claptrap.

When it comes down to it, what he did was a pretty scummy thing to do. I just fail to see why publishing someone's actual medical records, which are about as private as it gets, was necessary. Schefter seems more than happy to peddle rumor and innuendo at all times, and when multiple media reports had come out that Pierre-Paul had his finger amputated, why not just post "sources that have seen his medical records have confirmed that..." Definitive proof or confirmation from Pierre-Paul's camp/the Giants/the NFL is going to come out sooner or later, and Schefter seems happy to rely on anonymously sourced information without a shred of documentary evidence for most of his other "scoops." But seems he had to be the guy to raise his cheeky little chipmunk fucking hand with that dumb chipmunk grin to be the first to tell the class that, yes, he had definitive proof that Sally Squirrel pissed her pants on the bus on the way to school and here he was going to show it, when a simple report that this had happened and was confirmed by multiple witnesses would have sufficed without the photos of poor Sally with piss all over her sad little squirrel school uniform.

I doubt there's a cause of action here against Schefter from a pure legal standpoint, but I do think he should be convicted in the court of public opinion for basically being the TMZ of the NFL and for also having a very skewed sense of proportionality and propriety. Sometimes you just sit on something "juicy" because it's the right thing to do or publication of the same is totally unnecessary/disproportionate considering the circumstances. Did the public interest here actually justify the invasion of privacy? Did not think I would ever agree with James Harrison on much of anything, but think he's right on this one.

posted by holden at 01:02 AM on July 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Protection from what? HIPAA only applies to people working for specific medical agencies. There's nothing illegal about asking for or receiving information protected under the act. It is the sole responsibility of the person bound by HIPAA not to give it.

How about a state law tort claim for invasion of privacy? I think the media probably wins on that one, but that would be the basis of the claim, not a HIPAA violation.

posted by holden at 03:39 PM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Irrespective of legality, seems highly unethical.

posted by holden at 01:05 PM on July 09