holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: September 28, 2016

holden has posted 51 links and 2407 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

CFL player Mylan Hicks (age 23) killed in night club shooting.

What a horrible day.

posted by holden at 12:55 AM on September 28

Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident

Don't know how I missed this until just now. Horrible. Seemed like a very joyful guy.

posted by holden at 09:51 PM on September 25

Les Miles out at LSU

Ole Eddie O. is apparently the widowmaker -- he was interim at USC as well after Kiffin was fired.

Scratching my head a bit about why this didn't happen at the end of last season -- seems a win against a crappy A&M squad saved his job, but everyone knew what they had with Miles. Great recruiter, generally seems to be a nice guy (my parents have met him a few times through booster events and at church), but really a pretty poor game day coach.

posted by holden at 08:03 PM on September 25

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

Arizona by 10
Oakland by 3
Miami by 14 LOCK
Jacksonville by 7
Green Bay by 10 LOCK
Cincinnati by 6
Carolina by 8
New York Giants by 7
Tampa Bay by 10
Seattle by 3
Kansas City by 6
Indianapolis by 7
Pittsburgh by 7
Dallas by 7
New Orleans by 14 LOCK

posted by holden at 09:59 AM on September 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

New England 6

posted by holden at 08:12 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

New York Jets by 4
Baltimore by 7
Cincinnati by 3
Washington by 7
Kansas City by 7
New England by 10 LOCK
New York Giants by 13
Carolina by 14 LOCK
Detroit by 10
Seattle by 20
Arizona by 10
Oakland by 7
Indianapolis by 3
Jacksonville by 4
Green Bay by 10
Chicago by 7

posted by holden at 05:39 PM on September 15

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Carolina by 6
Atlanta by 3
Minnesota by 7
Philadelphia by 4
Cincinnati by 4
New Orleans by 7
Kansas City by 7
Baltimore by 4
Chicago by 3
Green Bay by 10 LOCK
Seattle by 13 LOCK
New York Giants by 7
Indianapolis by 3
Arizona by 8
Pittsburgh by 3
Los Angeles by 6

posted by holden at 11:47 AM on September 08

Tha Art of Coarse Cricket

Reading both the article and the comments section was like reading Icelandic sagas in Old Norse, but still cracked me up.

posted by holden at 11:33 PM on September 04

Raiders Stadium Backers To Las Vegas: Give Us $750 Million, Or Else

Sheldon Adelson's opposition to weed is pretty rich to me coming from a guy whose fortune is based on something probably more harmful to people on the whole.

posted by holden at 09:40 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Is anyone else smelling a Dak Attack?

posted by holden at 12:35 AM on August 28

Longtime ESPN Broadcaster John Saunders Dies

Good article here by John Feinstein at The Washington Post.

I do not think there are many other ESPN personalities this type of thing could be written about, particularly lines such as "Saunders was the opposite of someone who thinks being on TV makes you really important."

posted by holden at 09:25 AM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Did State give him a full scullership?

If not, I'm sure he was at least angling for one.

posted by holden at 01:49 PM on August 09

A Q&A with Ichiro Suzuki

Love Ichiro. His common about his favorite American phrase to Bob Costas (dealing with Kansas City in August) is one of my all-time favorite athlete interview moments.

The Ringer had a good "what if" article about what if Ichiro had tried to hit more for power.

posted by holden at 09:24 PM on July 31

Sport and the Olympics: A Lament

Great read, thanks owlie.

posted by holden at 10:14 PM on July 20

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

billsaythis had an inauspicious total.

posted by holden at 08:55 PM on July 12