holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: November 28, 2015

holden has posted 51 links and 2322 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 Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

0 for 3 and bonked my lock as well. The tumble down the ladder continues.

posted by holden at 11:52 PM on November 26

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Philadelphia by 3
Dallas by 6
Green Bay by 10 LOCK
Atlanta by 3
Cincinnati by 7
Oakland by 6
Indianapolis by 3
Kansas City by 13
N.Y. Jets by 4
N.Y. Giants by 7
Jacksonville by 3
New Orleans by 10
Arizona by 9
Seattle by 7
New England by 7
Baltimore by 6

posted by holden at 11:28 AM on November 26

Tiger Woods to be a Ryder Cup vice captain in 2016

Is the spirit of the Ryder Cup similar to the [SPOILER ALERT] spirits that come out of the Ark of the Covenant and wreak all kinds of hell on the Nazis at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie?

posted by holden at 05:27 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I am originally from Baton Rouge (and my folks still live there) and am an LSU fan, although did not go to school there. My impression is that a vocal portion of the fan base thinks that LSU should basically be in contention for the national championship every year on account of the fact that one can have a top-5 recruiting class just by getting the top in-state recruits, and that Miles is thus failing. Personally, I think he is a great recruiter and a good "man manager," but a poor in-game and advance game-planning tactician. That said, it is undeniable that he is the most successful coach in LSU history. Unless LSU could be reasonably assured of getting Chip Kelly (or someone very much like Chip Kelly), not sure any change makes sense at present.

posted by holden at 01:21 PM on November 20

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

New England by 20

posted by holden at 10:24 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Tennessee by 10
Atlanta by 7
Chicago by 3
Oakland by 7
Dallas by 4
Philadelphia by 6
Carolina by 13
St. Louis by 6
N.Y. Jets by 4
Kansas City 10
Green Bay by 7
Seattle by 13 LOCK
Arizona by 6
Buffalo at New England

posted by holden at 09:27 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Green Bay by 17
Carolina by 6
St. Louis by 4
Philadelphia by 7
Pittsburgh by 12
Dallas by 3
New Orleans by 3
Baltimore by 9
Oakland by 10
Denver by 13 LOCK
New England by 10
Seattle by 3
Cincinnati by 14

posted by holden at 12:55 AM on November 15

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Jets by 7

posted by holden at 08:36 PM on November 12

Racism Between the Goal Posts

Interesting findings, although seems like a potentially small sample size - can't see the full academic journal article, but assume there's enough there to get something statistically significant or it wouldn't have been published (unless this is some sort of vanity/pay-to-publish journal with low publication and/or peer review standards).

I do wonder about one thing with respect to the percentage of black NFL quarterbacks (16-28%) compared to black NFL players generally (~66%). Assuming (and I have no factual basis for this other than an assumption based on observation and perception, which - not to get too meta here - might reflect implicit bias) black quarterbacks in college are less likely to play a "pro-style" system, then perhaps they are less likely to be drafted/started due to reasons of scheme "fit," experience, or skill set, rather than for race-based reasons. Of course, this is maybe just abstracting up a level, as there may be a race-based bias/"push" to put black quarterbacks in high school or college offenses that are more gimmicky or that otherwise do not translate to the pros -- due to perceptions of the players' relative athleticism, ability or inability to make reads, etc.

posted by holden at 12:29 PM on November 11

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 13 (see above)
Miami by 3
St. Louis by 7
New England by 20
New Orleans by 13
New York Jets by 8
Pittsburgh by 3
Green Bay by 7
Atlanta by 10
New York Giants by 11
Denver by 7
Philadelphia by 10
Chicago by 6

posted by holden at 10:30 AM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 13

posted by holden at 07:50 PM on November 05

"Shuttering of Grantland Hints at Corroding ESPN Culture, Competency, and Gumption"

The shuttering of Grantland is unfortunate from my perspective in that, with a couple of exceptions, you could really count on just about anything you read on there being good. The signal to noise ratio was really high, as opposed to at the "mothership" where there is just a whole bunch of crap to wade through to get to anything good.

It was a "home page" of sorts for me (certainly a weekly, if not a daily, visit) -- I know I could get good writing on a variety of sports and other subjects (although I mostly ignored the pop culture stuff). It was like a really well-curated wine or liquor store, where you initially discovered and could continually go back to your favorites but you also knew that the proprietor would have interesting new selections that you could feel confident investing money/time in and that would probably be worth it. Now, with what I assume is or will be a diaspora of the Grantland writers, the convenience factor of having that all in one place is gone. It was really nice to have the one place I could visit to read Mike Goodman on EPL, Zach Lowe n basketball, Bill Barnwell on NFL, or Jonah Keri on baseball.

I think Simmons' signature accomplishment with Grantland was attracting and fostering all of that talent. I could take or leave his columns or his podcasts -- his suspension and then being let go did not change my consumption of Grantland at all. But that was just a great collection of writers -- apparently with very good editors behind the scenes -- and I think it is doubtful we see another site/media organization that has top-3 talent in multiple sports all in the same place.

posted by holden at 03:51 PM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night

New England by 7
Kansas City by 6
Atlanta by 13
Chicago by 8
Arizona by 10
St. Louis by 17 LOCK
New Orleans by 7
Pittsburgh by 3
Baltimore by 10
Houston by 6
Oakland by 3
Seattle by 17
Green Bay by 7
Carolina by 10

posted by holden at 08:46 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

... only to be stranded at third.

posted by holden at 12:19 AM on October 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Now that's a pinch runner.

posted by holden at 12:08 AM on October 24