holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: March 31, 2015

holden has posted 51 links and 2222 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 Drops Blackout Rule for 2015 Season

Good to see this rule, a product of a bygone era, go. If anything, only seemed to hurt the teams it was supposedly trying to help.

posted by holden at 10:35 PM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Great read, thanks yerfatma. Really like Philippe's analysis in the Football Weekly podcast and his written work. Another guy, like Rafael Honigstein, whose elegance and facility in spoken English belies his non-native speaker status (including his use of the British English phrasing "identity parade" to refer to a police line-up the other day).

posted by holden at 01:05 PM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Helped my 4 year-old fill out a bracket this a.m. -- told him mascots, but that's really it. Sometimes what seems more badass to a 4 year-old boy helps lead you to the head of your family picks pool after the first 6 or so games.

"Dragons or tornadoes?" Kid looked at me like I was high.

posted by holden at 06:35 PM on March 19

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Yeah, am always amazed at Rafa's grasp of English, and in particular idiomatic English, in the Football Weekly podcast. And just does not seem fair (to us native English speakers) for a non-native speaker to have written this:

Regular "comments section" frequenters will recognise the phenomenon: newcomers to the faith, especially those who live too far away to physically congregate with their gods and prophets, seem to feel the need to compensate for those defects by adopting a fundamentalist, 100% humour-free stance in defence of their side, while those born into the religion through parental lineage or proximity can often afford a more relaxed, ambivalent and honest relationship with the powers that be, as well as more tolerance towards non-believers

posted by holden at 02:51 PM on March 19

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

Did you know Bruce Hornsby's son plays for LSU? Seems reason enough to expect they will knock off the Wolfpack in Round 1. Sorry, NoMich, but that's just the way it is.

posted by holden at 09:43 PM on March 15

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

I don't understand the Murray signing in light of the Mathews signing -- seems like a lot of money to be tied up in a position that probably does not warrant it and this coming on the heels of everyone assuming that Kelly understood the fungible nature of running backs when he traded McCoy.

posted by holden at 06:03 PM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Nice that they've lined up U.S. TV coverage (although I suspect FS1 or NBC Sports will pick up at least the later rounds).

May try to get to the doubleheader here in Chicago. Mexico v. Cuba promises great atmosphere, seeing as how there are roughly a million people of Mexican birth or heritage in Chicago.

posted by holden at 06:00 PM on March 12

Mark Teixeira: Sharing Yankee Stadium with NYCFC Will Suck

It's a legitimate complaint both ways (playing on a baseball field will likely suck for the soccer players as well), and spectators could probably grouse as well. What's the latest on a soccer-specific stadium? I recall there were plans (or competing plans) to build something in one of the five boroughs, but seems to have stalled out at present.

posted by holden at 05:54 PM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

yerfatma is correct, with the additional nuance that there are also some local (city) laws that address this. There are also industry-specific tax laws in some cities and states addressing other performers, such as musicians. Here's a good run-down of an Ohio lawsuit challenging Cleveland's jock tax with some good background on the phenomenon.

posted by holden at 04:50 PM on March 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think it is assumed McCourty will sign elsewhere after the Patriots opted not to franchise him (franchising the kicker instead), but the Patriots could obviously re-sign him.

posted by holden at 02:46 PM on March 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"Getting the best seats for University of Texas sporting events will be based on a new loyalty points system tied to how much a fan donates or spends on tickets."

Isn't this effectively how it is already done at most large universities (maybe without the formal/transparent points calculations)?

posted by holden at 12:47 PM on March 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The quote "I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual" is oddly worded, and out of context I thought Murphy was effectively saying "As a factual matter, I do not believe that Billy is gay."

posted by holden at 12:45 PM on March 04

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

Love The Professor.

posted by holden at 09:54 PM on February 23

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Hot day in the city
Running out to grab a beer
My baby don't mind, cause I got the time
Been outta work a year
Roll on up to my favorite joint
Head on in, gonna open that spout
Bartender smiles, cause together we been miles
Then I hear that familiar shout

posted by holden at 09:06 PM on February 22

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Yeah, but what about the giant cigarette boat playing just the "WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?!" part of "Who Let the Dogs Out?" on an endless loop while idling near the docks looking for tourists?

Are there verses (other parts) to that song?

posted by holden at 02:45 PM on February 22