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Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: May 24, 2018

holden has posted 52 links and 2470 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

Are You Ready for Some Football?: The World Cup draw was conducted earlier today. An Iberian showdown in Group B, while Groups D and F look, if not quite Groups of Death, at least Groups of Moderate Discomfort. The U.S. is in Group I.

posted by holden to soccer at 12:41 PM on December 01 - 6 comments

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Seek out Filip Forsberg's second goal from Game 1 of Preds-Avs (can't link a video because it just happened). Through his own legs and then the defender's legs and then beats the goalie. Amazing.

posted by holden at 12:00 AM on April 13

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

Holy cow. Guess it was bound to happen sooner or later, but my goodness would have thought it would have been a buzzer beater or a 42-40 grind-it-out game or something.

posted by holden at 12:07 AM on March 17

LeBron James: NCAA is Corrupt

Dude needs to shut up and just dribble a basketball.

posted by holden at 11:54 PM on March 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

(how did you do that?)

I just put a closed bold tag < / b > (but without the spaces) at the beginning of my post, thus having the courtesy to do what grum apparently could not bring himself to do in his outrage.

Whoever had money on a curler being the first 2018 Olympian being stripped of a medal for doping made a lot of money on what surely had to be really long odds (although I assume the odds were flipped the other way for anyone betting on the first medalist stripped being Russian).

posted by holden at 04:08 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I thought grum was upset about the U.S.-Czech Republic game.

And yes, you're welcome for me taking off the bolding.

posted by holden at 12:52 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Poor Leonard Fournette must have been having a strong sense of deja vu from his LSU days with the Jags' play calling in the second half. Patriots obviously made some adjustments, but seems like the Jags were playing scared with the lead and went away from what got them ahead in the first place.

posted by holden at 10:01 PM on January 21

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Atlanta by 7
New England by 14 [LOCK]
Pittsburgh by 10 [LOCK]
New Orleans by 5

Passer " Brady
Rusher " Fournette +5
Receiver " Cooks
Sack " Calais Campbell
Points " Patriots

posted by holden at 10:56 PM on January 12

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Well, at halftime my Chiefs lock and Alex Smith as top yardage QB were looking pretty, pretty good....

posted by holden at 10:39 PM on January 06

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Not sure why I cannot edit, but should be Tre'Davious (not Tre'Dacious) White.

Also, will lock all four games.

posted by holden at 09:43 PM on January 05

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

KC by 11
Rams by 7
Jacksonville by 10
New Orleans by 13

QB: Alex Smith
RB: Todd Gurley
Receiver: Michael Thomas
INT: Tre'Dacious White
Points: Rams

posted by holden at 09:40 PM on January 05

Home Fitness Equipment made for you

Hell, as long as the inmates are running the asylum, Did anyone see that clam shot of Arakawa???

posted by holden at 12:07 AM on December 20

Home Fitness Equipment made for you

Either this is rcade's mom posting or something horrible has happened to rcade!

posted by holden at 11:59 PM on December 19

Why don't we care about the biggest sex abuse scandal in sports history?

Thanks for posting. I must admit I first came across this in the last two weeks and was shocked. If this was in some higher profile sport (at least more than two weeks every four years) it would be saturation coverage. While I'm no supporter of outrageously long prison sentences when there is an opportunity for rehabilitation, seems like he deserves the sentence he's already gotten and that he's still yet to get. And seems like a reckoning is in order for the institutions that either enabled this or turned a blind eye to it.

posted by holden at 10:42 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Another option would be to throw out each participant's lowest scoring week, which would basically give each participant a mulligan on a missed week.

posted by holden at 09:54 AM on December 08

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Get Better Ryan Shazier Edition

Do I get the Costanza for having lodged one pick (NE over KC) and then forgetting about it for a couple of weeks and thereafter deciding not to participate? Or is there a minimum picks/participating weeks requirement to qualify for the Costanza?

Just trying to figure out if I should submit the next couple of weeks just to try to pass the other folks ahead of me who seem to have packed it in as well.

posted by holden at 04:28 PM on December 07