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Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: April 25, 2015

holden has posted 51 links and 2238 comments to SportsFilter and 8 links and 268 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

My Teams:

MLB -- Cardinals
NFL -- Saints
NCAA -- LSU
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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The St. Louis vote is wonky (although nothing as egregious as leaving Cy Young off the Boston list). I predicted Pujols would be left off in favor of Ozzie Smith, for a ballot of Musial, Hornsby, Gibson and Ozzie (which should probably be Musial, Hornsby, Pujols then Gibson). But I never would have guessed that Rogers Hornsby (127 career WAR, 90+ of which came with the Cardinals) would be dropped in favor of Lou Brock (45.2 career WAR). The fact that Brock is apparently polling higher than Ozzie (76.4 career WAR) is a head scratcher as well. Guess there are a bunch of Tribe Called Quest fans in the STL.

[And yes, I appreciate WAR (all figures above from Baseball Reference) is not the end all, be all of career value analysis, but at a minimum should provide a sense of whether any ranking passes the straight-faced test, which the current Cardinals vote does not.]

posted by holden at 04:39 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Canada, Brazil, and Germany being among the few countries that are represented in all 4 sports.

I am assuming Brazil is on the NHL list because of Robyn Regehr, so in light of his retirement that country probably comes off the list for next year's iteration. And depending on how "nationality" is defined/construed maybe should not be on the list at all.

posted by holden at 11:35 AM on April 23

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

I have been in some seating areas at some ballparks where the ushers do not let you return to your seat before other than in between batters or in between innings. That said, you can't really control the reverse of this (i.e., when people exit their seats), so there will always be risks. Seems like this is really a combination responsibility of patrons to be aware and exercise good judgment (both in terms of safety and communal etiquette) and ballparks to have nets that actually protect against this and to enforce when attendees can return to at least certain seats.

posted by holden at 12:46 PM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Find some shade, set up the folding chair, bring a couple of novels and an esky.

Oh, owlie. Our Puritan roots effectively mean no beer in public places. We got the religious fundamentalists and you got the criminals. Thanks, England.

posted by holden at 10:22 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Did any of the parents slip you some cash? I'm in the early stages of the kids-in-sorts thing (my boys are 9, 7 and 4), but some of the mind-numbing tedium has given me a much greater appreciation of/for my parents.

posted by holden at 04:21 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Two hour and two minute Sunday night baseball game, as the Cardinals finish the sweep with a 2-1 victory over the Reds. Very refreshing, especially considering the 4 hour Red Sox-Yankees games we often get in that spot. Combination of two relatively fast-working pitchers (Wainwright and Leake) who pitched good not great games (very few walks, but few strikeouts as well -- lots of outs on contact) and some pretty mediocre-to-bad at bats. Oh, and no in-inning pitching changes (3 total pitchers, with both starters going 8 innings -- which is a complete game in the case of Leake).

posted by holden at 10:22 PM on April 19

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Howard_T -- as long as you are calling for Yannick Noah to get ejected, why not Tito Horford, Dell Curry, or Mychal Thompson?

posted by holden at 10:25 AM on April 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Hawks in 5
Cleveland in 4
Bulls in 5
Wizards in 7

Warriors in 5
Houston in 7
Spurs in 7
Grizzlies in 6

LeBron
Harden
Blake Griffin
28.5 points

posted by holden at 07:36 PM on April 16

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Habs in 6
Wings in 7
Rangers in 6
Caps in 7
Blues in 6
Canucks in 6
Predators in 7
Ducks in 5

Ovechkin

posted by holden at 07:49 PM on April 15

Famous Texas Sportswriter Jim Dent Convicted of 10th DWI

I think after getting ten and filling your punch card, you should at minimum get a free entree of your choice.

posted by holden at 12:25 AM on April 12

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Cardinals vote will be interesting. Assuming voting for a team will primarily be done by fans of that team, my guess would be that the list is Musial, Hornsby, Gibson, and Ozzie, but should probably include Pujols (at the expense of Ozzie).

posted by holden at 01:04 PM on April 09

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

Job qualifications are unfair when their intent and effect are basically protectionist. Doctors have job qualifications because a certain level of skill and training is necessary before someone practices medicine, particularly considering the stakes. Basketball is different -- we have seen that some of these players can actually compete at age 18, so there is not much of a rational basis for the "job qualification," other than protecting the current players and protecting owners and GMS from the risk of failure and the consequences of bad decisions.

posted by holden at 06:57 PM on April 07

The best 3-point shooter you never saw

Good read; thanks for passing along. I was in the same fellowship program as the author, Doc Searls, a couple of years back. Too bad I didn't know back then that he was an amateur basketball historian.

posted by holden at 02:36 PM on April 06

LA Dodgers set MLB payroll record.

That is a lot of money. Here is a complete list of opening day payrolls.

Relative to how they are expected to perform, looks like the Pirates are especially good bang-for-the-buck. Cards, Cubs, and Seattle (assuming you buy into the Cubs and Mariners hype) as well.

posted by holden at 11:34 AM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Happy (belated) birthday, Howard_T. Waiting for you to reach the doddering stage so you can post state secrets on SpoFi from your time in the Navy, including what happened to the nuclear sub you went joyriding in with then-Senator Joe Biden and his merry band of revelers in the summer of '73.

And good luck with the umpiring -- probably less about keeping up with the kids and more about keeping up with (or on top of) the obnoxious parents. At least in today's era we will have cellphone video of any fracas you are involved in.

posted by holden at 10:56 AM on April 02