holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: July 06, 2015

holden has posted 51 links and 2265 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

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

Good work by the American women. Yes, Germany probably got jobbed on some calls (Johnston could/should have been sent off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (although the German player did go to ground rather easily) and the foul on Morgan was marginally outside of the box), but the U.S. probably deserved it on the balance of play.

rcade's comments re Rapinoe at the end of the half notwithstanding, one thing I noticed in watching the game was the lack of cynicism in the women's game -- just a lot less embellishment and time-wasting when compared to men's soccer.

posted by holden at 01:03 AM on July 01

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

I didn't realize that evidence so critical could be kept off limits, unacknowledged, hidden from public view, and shuttled around between government bureaus like that. Even though the people keeping the documents hidden knew full well how useful they would be to an ongoing investigation. They could have redacted the documents to protect the third parties that they claim to be so concerned about.

The reasoning of the US Attorney's office for denying access to the material sounds and feels like discretionary nonsense. They were content to let the saga play out as it did without that evidence. So much time, effort, and bullshit wrangling could have been avoided.

I actually find it kind of refreshing that the government kept this under wraps as long as it did. If this investigation had happened today, it seems almost a certainty that there would have been a leak, as there was with the PED list that (to date) has provided the only evidence that David Ortiz, among others, was a PED user, and the leak of Barry Bonds' grand jury testimony (although the latter was leaked by a non-government attorney, who was duly punished).

Why should the government be compelled to assist a private (MLB) investigation? I get that it is a matter of public interest, but the fact that the government did not use its police powers to smear/impugn someone who was not a target of the investigation that secured the evidence at hand is surprising and welcome from my perspective.

posted by holden at 11:15 AM on June 23

Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

Super tight series, but would have enjoyed an overtime or two as well.

posted by holden at 03:20 PM on June 16

St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros

The posting of the information to an anonymous file site would seem to suggest that the motivation, at least in part, was to embarrass Jeff Luhnow. Not sure why you would call attention to the hack if the intent was to use the information to competitive advantage. Not that motivation really matters here.

I would be surprised if anyone in the higher reaches of the Cardinals front office would be stupid enough to have authorized this or to have condoned it once known. But the good thing with the FBI involvement/criminal justice system angle is that there should be more transparency into what went down than in your typical sports league internal investigation/Robert Goodell kangaroo court.

posted by holden at 03:12 PM on June 16

Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

This hockey game is pretty fantastic.

Quick quiz -- which of these verbs has not been used by Doc Emerick to describe game play?


posted by holden at 09:59 PM on June 15

American Pharoah vs. Secretariat

"He is moving like a tremendous machine!" One of my favorite calls ever.

posted by holden at 04:50 PM on June 12

Corey Crawford Comes Up Big as Blackhawks Even Stanley Cup at 2

Super tight and entertaining series so far. Teams seem really evenly matched.

posted by holden at 12:01 PM on June 11

U.S. Men Beat Germany After Beating The Netherlands

Klinsmann said after the World Cup that he thought the U.S. showed too much respect to Germany and Belgium and were tentative and reactive as a result. Still do not love giving each of Holland and Germany basically 2/3 of the possession, but the U.S. obviously did more when it had the ball than in those two World Cup games and seemed less cowed by the opposition.

posted by holden at 11:44 AM on June 11

U.S. Men Beat Germany After Beating The Netherlands

Say what you will about less-than-full-strength opposition (although the U.S. did not field its first-choice squad either), but I think these games and outcomes are very valuable for the USMNT in terms of gaining experience and reflecting positives to build on. Good way to try out some fringe players as well and see what they have.

posted by holden at 10:54 AM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Cavs are kind of getting jobbed here in OT.

posted by holden at 11:12 PM on June 07

Lightning Beat Blackhawks to Even Stanley Cup at 1

This is shaping up to be a pretty good series. As a "neutral,"' here's hoping it's this much fun when they get back here to Chicago.

posted by holden at 11:05 PM on June 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Watching Cards-Dodgers on MLB Network now and might as well be the History Channel. Love Vin Scully.

posted by holden at 12:16 AM on June 07

SpoFil NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Win - Warriors
Games - 6
MVP - Curry
Rebounds - Green
Assists - LeBron
Free Throw Attempts - LeBron
Steals - Green
Blocks - Mozgov
Fouls - Bogut
Turnovers - LeBron
3-pt % - Curry
Tech fouls - 3
Largest MOV - 14
Triple Doubles - 1
Total points - 160

posted by holden at 05:23 PM on June 04

Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.

"Fuck you, bison!!! Whoops."

posted by holden at 12:53 AM on June 03

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Finals

Winner: Chicago +1
Duration: 7 games
Longest game: 2OT
TV rating: 2.5 +1
First goal: Tyler Johnson
Conn Smythe: Toews
Goals: Kane
Assists: Toews
Points: Toews
Plus/minus: Toews
Penalty minutes: Tyler Johnson
GAA: Bishop
SpoFite: cixelsyd +1

posted by holden at 05:34 PM on May 31