holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: December 20, 2014

holden has posted 51 links and 2192 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

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to Dallas

I don't really like the trade for the Mavs as it tinkers with the league's best offense and I don't think Rondo will do much to help their defense. Ultimately, I trust Carlisle to make it work but it's not a trade I would have made.

Zach Lowe over at Grantland (who is doing some of the best basketball analysis (not-stats-heavy division) out there, to my mind) seems to agree with respect to the offense:

The Mavs offense lives on ball movement and spacing; Monta Ellis has thrived as the lead ball handler, but he's also a killer passer, and the Mavs are at their best when they're pinging the ball to shooters dotting the perimeter. Rondo is a non-shooter, and as a result, he has almost always had the ball in Boston.

The Mavs were quietly comfortable parting with Shawn Marion in the offseason because they were sick of watching the Matrix's man clog the paint while he lurked in no-man's-land along the baseline. That's exactly where Rondo likes to hide when he doesn't have the ball. And when he's had it, at least in Boston, he has liked to dribble it around one screen, then another, then under the hoop and around the other end. That would not jibe well with the Mavs' sharing.

He also seems to agree with respect to the defense, for that matter.

posted by holden at 12:38 PM on December 19

Wage Lawsuit by Bills Cheerleaders Details Appalling Treatment

A little unfair to impugn the current owner, seeing as how the lawsuit was filed several months before he bought the team, and it sounds like the squad was disbanded before he took over.

posted by holden at 01:36 AM on December 12

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

According to Jeff Sagarin's rating system, OSU had the 52nd-toughest schedule, while Baylor's was 56th and TCU's was 42nd. Bama came by their ranking honestly, with the 4th toughest schedule overall (teams in the SEC West had the 6 toughest schedules according to these rankings).

posted by holden at 11:31 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

TCU is in North Texas, but it ends right before Waco. So this outraged North and Central Texas.

Funny -- I almost looked it up when I posted this to make sure I was geo-characterizing the applicable parts of Texas correctly, but thought to myself "No one is going to call you on that." Forgot that we have an unrepentant North Texan as overlord.

posted by holden at 12:09 PM on December 08

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

I would be inclined to say that the Big XII not having a title game hurt them, but Baylor had a competitive game against a ranked opponent, so it's not like they did not have a chance to make their case on the last weekend of the season. Considering the Big XII generally has been stronger than the Big Ten this year, I would have given the nod to one of the two Big XII teams, but OSU dominated in a conference title game, so it's not entirely indefensible. Either way, I doubt anyone is Madison is getting a fruit basket from anyone in NorthTexas this holiday season.

posted by holden at 04:08 PM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Nails were driven in the Giants' (collective) coffin weeks ago. Question is whether this is the final nail in the Coughlin coffin.

posted by holden at 08:46 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

There is some text missing in the Scott Stevens lineage above, namely that he left the Caps for St. Louis as a free agent in 1990, which should have been noted in the second bullet.

posted by holden at 06:28 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Here's one that I got just dicking around with Wikipedia for the Washington Caps (started by looking at Shanahan and the Devils, as he was involved in some notable transactions, but ended up with Scott Stevens as an earlier entry point):

Washington Capitals: 1982 (Scott Stevens) to 2014 (Michael Latta)

Transaction History:

  • Caps selected Scott Stevens 5th in 1982 draft --->
  • for whom they received draft-pick compensation from St. Louis due to his restricted FA status, one of which (Sergei Gonchar was one of the others) they used on Brendan Witt --->
  • who was traded in 2006 to Nashville for Kris Beech and a 2006 first-round pick, which they used on Semyon Varlamov --->
  • who was traded in 2011 to the Avs for, among other picks, a 2012 first-round pick, which they used on Filip Forsberg --->
  • who they traded to the Predators in 2013 for Michael Latta (has played in 14 games for the Caps this year) and Martin Erat (who they subsequently traded to the Coyotes for Chris Brown, who has played 5 games for the Caps this year, plus Rotislav Klesla (currently playing in the Czech League) plus a 2015 fourth-round pick)

You can get some better ones in the NHL than MLB I think because of the trading of draft picks. Sure there are longer ones than this.

posted by holden at 04:25 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

MLB Roster Lineage -- surprised grum did not get to this first.

posted by holden at 02:59 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Do you have Air Force 1 in leopard print? Thanks.

posted by holden at 12:38 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

NoMich -- did you see the image in yerfatma's post under the text that links to the wiki page? It's a photo of a page of what I assume is Tendulkar's autobiography.

posted by holden at 08:55 AM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Five or six inches? That's it?

Young Tendulkar's got nothing on the Chinese.

posted by holden at 09:50 AM on November 07

Giants Win World Series

Great performance by Bumgarner, but agree with the bunting thing in the 5th. It's not that you necessarily play for the big inning, it's that you make Bumgarner work for it.

posted by holden at 03:58 PM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

As relates to baseball on TV, I was traveling last week and in Philadelphia, and my hotel did not have Fox Sports 1 as an in-room channel (although they did end up having it in the hotel bar), meaning I could not watch the Cardinals-Giants games (4 and 5) in my room -- maybe a good thing, seeing as how I could not then damage the hotel room after Matheny's mismanagement in Game 5. Maybe the idea here is that making Fox Sports 1 more "indispensable" means it gets picked up more -- from an anecdotal perspective, it seems to me that more domestic hotels now have NBC Sports Network than did 2 years ago, so maybe once the market gets big enough or public clamor reaches a fever pitch, these networks will become more ubiquitous in terms of being included in basic cable packages and picked up by hotels and the like -- but overall seems pretty non-user-friendly to park these games on Fox Sports 1 to grow that channel's brand and prestige at the expense of viewership numbers instead of having it over on Fox where it can be viewed by basically anyone with a TV (over-the-air or cable/satellite). If I was MLB, I would be kind of pissed off. (With respect to advertisers, hope their ad buys factored in the network's coverage and likely viewership numbers.)

posted by holden at 05:05 PM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Mattingly carried 12 pitchers for a short series in which he likely knew he would only go with three starters. If you're not going to use Puig as a starter, surely he has to get an at bat. Might have been helpful to have a few more position players on the bench, even if just to use as pinch runners. Hell, seems like the Royals have multiple guys who serve no purpose but to come in as pinch runners and steal bases.

posted by holden at 10:52 PM on October 07