holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: July 24, 2014

holden has posted 50 links and 2159 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

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

An Anatomy of Three Hits: Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden pens an essay at Grantland about hits and their consequences in the NHL of today and yesteryear.

posted by holden to hockey at 02:30 PM on April 27 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

Bartolo Colon Has Perfect Game Through 6 Innings

uc -- to spare you a grumming, Johan Santana threw the Mets' first (and only) no hitter just over two years ago.

posted by holden at 11:03 PM on July 23

Bartolo Colon Has Perfect Game Through 6 Innings

posted by holden at 11:00 PM on July 23

Germany Wins World Cup

I think concussions get a big look before the next World Cup, and likely before the next European Championships. ESPN's coverage of the issue was actually pretty good (both in the booth and back in the studio), primarily because Taylor Twellman is such an advocate for better concussion protocols in part due to having his own career cut short as a result of suffering multiple concussions. No way Kramer, Mascherano, Pereira and probably others should have played on in the games in which they were concussed.

I appreciate the fact that soccer does not really afford the luxury of pulling a player to the sideline and putting someone else in for him so doctors can assess whether a player has suffered a concussion, but something needs to be done. I think there needs to be an independent doctor (hired by FIFA, the applicable Confederation, or the applicable FA or whatever) who determines whether a player has suffered a concussion and/or should not play on. I know FIFA hates implementing things at one level that cannot theoretically be replicated all the way down to the lowest leagues, but too much is at stake. Maybe even change the rules so that if the independent doctor determines a player has suffered a concussion, he/she can be subbed out and it does not count against the 3 substitutions, so as to mitigate the effect of taking a player off against his or the coach's will. I guess that could lead to some measure of gamesmanship (in terms of players trying to "fake" concussions), but FIFA needs to think outside of the box here to protect players from themselves.

posted by holden at 02:52 AM on July 14

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

Not the only thing one has been stunned by today, presumably.

posted by holden at 04:31 PM on July 08

The Netherlands Faces Underdog Costa Rica in World Cup

In regards to Robben, my two older sons (ages 6 and 8) kept asking how that "really old guy" could be competing (and so well) at the highest level. I told them that he has looked like that since he was 20.

Another burning question has been how a guy named Fred (who they have branded as a cheat since game 1) could be allowed to play, when he clearly has the name and face of a guy "that works at Target" (their words, not mine).

posted by holden at 10:57 PM on July 06

Colombia Faces Suarez-Less Uruguay in World Cup Knockout

Unless it's Madrid or Barcelona on a Bale-type deal, would be surprised if Rodriguez moves again this summer. He just was sold from Porto to Monaco last summer for 47M. I would also imagine that with that club's wealth and tax status, he might be hard pressed to find a situation with potential for greater net wages.

posted by holden at 09:34 PM on June 28

Luis Suarez Banned 9 Games for Biting Opponent

In addition to the Uruguay games, I count 9 Liverpool premier league matches this will cover (roughly 1/4 of the season) and adding in league cup matches and Champions League matches, looks like this will be a 20+ game ban in reality.

posted by holden at 10:38 AM on June 26

Tim Lincecum Throws 2nd No-Hitter Against Padres

HOF bonus points for wearing U.S. jersey in locker room after game.

posted by holden at 12:09 AM on June 26

Mavericks, Knicks shuffle up players.

Shocked that Chandler is only 31. Seems like he has been around forever, which he has (as he came straight out of high school). Remember that the Bulls drafted both him and Eddy Curry? (Not totally factual -- they traded Elton Brand for Chandler on draft day). Curry has been out of the league for 2 years.

posted by holden at 11:55 PM on June 25

Broken Aereo

Nothing really to say on this, other than nice title.

Also, where is the Huddle for today?

posted by holden at 08:12 PM on June 25

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

Adidas was ahead of the curve with this ad:

posted by holden at 08:27 AM on June 25

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

Now that I think of it, didn't someone bite Bergeron in the playoffs a couple of years back?

On edit (decided not to be so lazy and actually Googled it) -- Alex Burrows of the Canucks bit Patrice Bergeron's finger in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals 3 years ago.

posted by holden at 07:41 PM on June 24

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

Do not think I will ever understand what would compel one to bite an opponent. I get lashing out in the heat of the moment, just not in that specific manner.

posted by holden at 07:12 PM on June 24

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

Anything that can break a guy's leg, basically.

posted by holden at 03:57 PM on June 24

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

Who doesn't love to grab a quick bite of Italian from time to time? Credit to Suarez's global outlook and adventurous palate in that he's now tried Dutch, Serbian and Italian. Bit Eurocentric, but still.

posted by holden at 03:33 PM on June 24