holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: January 31, 2015

holden has posted 51 links and 2203 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

Ernie Banks, legendary 'Mr. Cub,' dead at 83

Infectious joy, or infectiously joyous, methinks.

posted by holden at 10:41 AM on January 25

Ernie Banks, legendary 'Mr. Cub,' dead at 83

"Infectiously joy"' is one of those overused tropes, but damn if Mr. Cub didn't embody that.

posted by holden at 11:57 PM on January 24

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

I know the retort of "just don't let them score a touchdown," but NFL overtime rules suck. (Not a fan of either team in the game today, for what it's worth.)

posted by holden at 06:40 PM on January 18

Free Climbers Finish 19-Day Scamper Up El Capitan

No Jolt (my parents were somewhat fanatical about sugar).

I also once beat my mom in pool using a bridge.

posted by holden at 05:06 PM on January 15

Moving Toward a Unified Theory of the As Offseason

Love this on both fronts (Lindbergh and FG). The abundance of quality analysis out there is mind-boggling.

posted by holden at 04:53 PM on January 15

Boy Asks All 32 NFL Teams: Why Should I Be Your Fan?

Also, love that the kid said he would definitely become a Panthers fan assuming no one else got back to him (in which case, implicitly, all bets are off).

posted by holden at 04:51 PM on January 15

Free Climbers Finish 19-Day Scamper Up El Capitan

I once beat Contra after up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A-start.

posted by holden at 04:48 PM on January 15

Free Climbers Finish 19-Day Scamper Up El Capitan

And everyone who ever tried the rhythm method is a parent. What's your point?

posted by holden at 04:15 PM on January 15

Boy Asks All 32 NFL Teams: Why Should I Be Your Fan?

I heard Dairy Queen has rebranded simply as "DQ" because there is no dairy in their "ice cream". Kinda like KFC changing their name on account of their namesake product being grown in a lab.

posted by holden at 04:09 PM on January 15

Free Climbers Finish 19-Day Scamper Up El Capitan

Safety ropes? Doesn't count.

posted by holden at 04:06 PM on January 15

Four players voted into the baseball Hall of Fame

Glad to see things trending up for Raines (second-largest bump behind Schilling, it appears).

posted by holden at 03:30 PM on January 06

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