holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: January 20, 2017

holden has posted 51 links and 2432 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 Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Atlanta by 7
New England by 20 (LOCK)
Kansas City by 3
Green Bay by 3

Antonio Brown
Cliff Avril

posted by holden at 12:53 AM on January 14

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

Oakland by 3
Seattle by 13
Pittsburgh by 7
Green Bay by 4

1. Ben Roethlisberger
2. Le'veon Bell
3. Antonio Brown
4. Quentin Demps

posted by holden at 05:40 PM on January 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: One-Legged Quarterback Edition

Baltimore by 7
New York Jets by 3
Tampa Bay by 10
Minnesota by 8
Pittsburgh by 20 LOCK
Dallas by 6
Green Bay by 9
Houston by 7 LOCK
Indianapolis by 18 LOCK
New England by 7
New Orleans by 6
Washington by 7
Arizona by 13
Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Denver by 8
Seattle by 20 LOCK

posted by holden at 09:06 AM on December 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Farewell Gus Bradley Edition

Carolina by 6
Buffalo by 3
Green Bay by 14 LOCK
New England by 20 LOCK
San Diego by 6
New Orleans by 8
Tennessee by 7 LOCK
Chicago by 10
Oakland by 12
Seattle by 14
Los Angeles by 3
Cincinnati by 8
Pittsburgh by 7 LOCK
Kansas City by 7
Detroit by 4

posted by holden at 12:24 PM on December 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Farewell Gus Bradley Edition

Giants by 7

rcade - unless the NFL came back and retroactively changed the outcome, the Saints beat the Cardinals 48-41 (you have it 48-41 the other way).

Tommy, Ufez and I will gain points, but everyone else picked Arizona.

posted by holden at 06:12 PM on December 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Farewell Jeff Fisher Edition

Buffalo by 13
New York Giants by 10
Green Bay By 13
Minnesota by 7
Houston by 6 LOCK
Baltimore by 7
Dallas by 9
Kansas City by 10 LOCK
New Orleans by 3
Atlanta by 17 LOCK
New England by 7
Oakland by 6
Pittsburgh by 10 LOCK
Washington by 7

posted by holden at 01:52 PM on December 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Farewell Jeff Fisher Edition

Miami by 6

posted by holden at 03:51 PM on December 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Farewell Jeff Fisher Edition

Seattle by 14 LOCK

posted by holden at 08:23 PM on December 15

Los Angeles Rams Fire Jeff Fisher

Well, his statement that he wasn't going to go f$#!ng 7-9 again did come to pass.

posted by holden at 07:01 PM on December 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Just Endure The Suffering Edition

Arizona by 7
Detroit by 13 LOCK
Cincinnati by 14 LOCK
Denver by 4 LOCK
Indianapolis by 10 LOCK
Minnesota by 6 LOCK
New Orleans by 7
Pittsburgh by 8 LOCK
Carolina by 7
Washington by 7
New York Jets by 6
Atlanta by 10 LOCK
Green Bay by 6
Dallas by 6
New England by 7

posted by holden at 11:55 PM on December 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Dallas by 8
Denver by 7
New Orleans by 13 LOCK
Green Bay by 10 LOCK
Kansas City by 6
New England by 17 LOCK
Baltimore by 3
Philadelphia By 7
Chicago by 8
Oakland by 9
Pittsburgh by 10
San Diego by 6
Washington by 7
Seattle by 6
Indianapolis by 3

posted by holden at 10:58 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

owlie - is that: (1) a reference to the red card/touchline ban, (2) a statement of desire/aspiration, or (3) an inside-info statement about the firing of Mourinho (as I've not seen anything in the press to suggest he's been sacked)?

posted by holden at 10:45 PM on November 27

Strong Out, Herman In (probably)

As an LSU fan, I'm pretty happy with the Tigers going with Orgeron, particularly if he can get a top-shelf offensive coordinator in place (and LSU should have decent money to spend on assistants considering that Oregeron's $3MM per year is well below what they would have paid Herman or another in-demand coach). I think college football is better when there is a little bit of crazy down in Baton Rouge. And it's not like anyone is going to have sustained success at the top of the SEC West as long as Saban is at Alabama, so might as well roll the dice and have some fun.

posted by holden at 02:23 PM on November 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Atlanta 7
Baltimore 6
Buffalo 10
New Orleans 17
New York Giants 13
San Diego 7
Miami 10
Chicago 3
Seattle 10
Oakland 7
Denver 4
New England 13
Philadelphia 7

posted by holden at 01:34 PM on November 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Detroit by 7
Dallas by 3
Pittsburgh by 10

posted by holden at 11:52 AM on November 24