holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: March 03, 2015

holden has posted 51 links and 2210 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

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

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

What is a "true urban ballpark"? One that is in the city as opposed to suburbs? Has to be baseball-only as opposed to dual-use? Has to be retro in styling? Has to not be surrounded by parking lots?

posted by holden at 12:47 AM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think self-linking is acceptable in the Huddle (or in a comments thread, to the extent linking to something germane to the discussion at hand), but not as an FPP. Look forward to reading some of your stuff.

posted by holden at 10:53 AM on February 12

Coming of Age

"the," not "th"

[rcade -- on iPhone (mine at least), ads partially cover the edit window and will not allow me to get a cursor and make changes.]

posted by holden at 12:19 AM on February 02

Coming of Age

Good stuff and congrats to th Socceroos on their first major international trophy. I think moving to the Asian confederation has served them well, and look forward to future World Cups in which the mentality (and results) go beyond "happy-to-be-here/don't-embarrass-yourself."

posted by holden at 12:12 AM on February 02

Ernie Banks, legendary 'Mr. Cub,' dead at 83

Infectious joy, or infectiously joyous, methinks.

posted by holden at 10:41 AM on January 25

Ernie Banks, legendary 'Mr. Cub,' dead at 83

"Infectiously joy"' is one of those overused tropes, but damn if Mr. Cub didn't embody that.

posted by holden at 11:57 PM on January 24

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

I know the retort of "just don't let them score a touchdown," but NFL overtime rules suck. (Not a fan of either team in the game today, for what it's worth.)

posted by holden at 06:40 PM on January 18

Free Climbers Finish 19-Day Scamper Up El Capitan

No Jolt (my parents were somewhat fanatical about sugar).

I also once beat my mom in pool using a bridge.

posted by holden at 05:06 PM on January 15

Moving Toward a Unified Theory of the As Offseason

Love this on both fronts (Lindbergh and FG). The abundance of quality analysis out there is mind-boggling.

posted by holden at 04:53 PM on January 15

Boy Asks All 32 NFL Teams: Why Should I Be Your Fan?

Also, love that the kid said he would definitely become a Panthers fan assuming no one else got back to him (in which case, implicitly, all bets are off).

posted by holden at 04:51 PM on January 15

Free Climbers Finish 19-Day Scamper Up El Capitan

I once beat Contra after up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A-start.

posted by holden at 04:48 PM on January 15

Free Climbers Finish 19-Day Scamper Up El Capitan

And everyone who ever tried the rhythm method is a parent. What's your point?

posted by holden at 04:15 PM on January 15