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Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: April 19, 2015

holden has posted 51 links and 2232 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

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

Ronnie O'Sullivan clears the table in the 2012 world snooker championships.

The article that this video presumably was posted to accompany is worth a read as well.

posted by holden at 10:44 AM on April 02

NFL Drops Blackout Rule for 2015 Season

Good to see this rule, a product of a bygone era, go. If anything, only seemed to hurt the teams it was supposedly trying to help.

posted by holden at 10:35 PM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Great read, thanks yerfatma. Really like Philippe's analysis in the Football Weekly podcast and his written work. Another guy, like Rafael Honigstein, whose elegance and facility in spoken English belies his non-native speaker status (including his use of the British English phrasing "identity parade" to refer to a police line-up the other day).

posted by holden at 01:05 PM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Helped my 4 year-old fill out a bracket this a.m. -- told him mascots, but that's really it. Sometimes what seems more badass to a 4 year-old boy helps lead you to the head of your family picks pool after the first 6 or so games.

"Dragons or tornadoes?" Kid looked at me like I was high.

posted by holden at 06:35 PM on March 19

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Yeah, am always amazed at Rafa's grasp of English, and in particular idiomatic English, in the Football Weekly podcast. And just does not seem fair (to us native English speakers) for a non-native speaker to have written this:

Regular "comments section" frequenters will recognise the phenomenon: newcomers to the faith, especially those who live too far away to physically congregate with their gods and prophets, seem to feel the need to compensate for those defects by adopting a fundamentalist, 100% humour-free stance in defence of their side, while those born into the religion through parental lineage or proximity can often afford a more relaxed, ambivalent and honest relationship with the powers that be, as well as more tolerance towards non-believers

posted by holden at 02:51 PM on March 19

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

Did you know Bruce Hornsby's son plays for LSU? Seems reason enough to expect they will knock off the Wolfpack in Round 1. Sorry, NoMich, but that's just the way it is.

posted by holden at 09:43 PM on March 15