holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: October 06, 2015

holden has posted 51 links and 2297 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

If Quebec builds a stadium, will the Nordiques come?

Is there a group that holds the Nordiques name and colors, brand imaging, etc.?

From what I can tell, based on some googling around, seems these are actually held by the NHL (and not the Avs). Different leagues treat these things differently (or they shake out differently in different specific acquisition/relocation contexts). I believe the Thunder (or its ownership) own the Sonics trademarks, for example. I recall that when Modell took the Browns to Baltimore, he did so on the condition that the team name, trademarks, and history be left behind, to be held in trust by the city of Cleveland until the new Browns team came into the league a couple of years later. From trademark records, appears the Hurricanes own the Hartford Whalers trademark but conveyed the logo to the NHL.

posted by holden at 12:56 PM on October 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Baltimore by 7
Miami by 4
Atlanta by 10
New York Giants by 7
Oakland by 7
Cincinnati by 6
Indianapolis by 13
Carolina by 7
Philadelphia by 13
San Diego by 10
Denver by 7
Arizona by 3
New Orleans by 7
Seattle by 10

posted by holden at 08:42 PM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Please may this nightmare scenario come to pass. Extra games!!!

posted by holden at 12:07 AM on October 01

Toronto Blue Jays Clinch Playoff Spot, But Nobody Notices

grum -- you get credit for this the same way some previously stalwart defensive shortstop gets a Gold Glove on reputation even when his defense has slipped. Chalk one up to living on perception v reality, bitches.

posted by holden at 01:08 AM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wow, just wow on that Trout catch (and not talking about an angler's haul fly fishing in Jackson Hole).

posted by holden at 01:01 AM on September 27

Craig Finn's guide to the best ever sports music

Finn also penned a Twins "fight song."

posted by holden at 01:00 PM on September 24

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

New York Giants by 10
Cleveland by 3
Atlanta by 4
Indianapolis by 14
St. Louis by 7
San Diego by 7
New England by 21 John Locke Memorial Classical Liberalism Lock of the Week
Philadelphia by 7
Carolina by 10
Baltimore by 3
Houston by 7
Arizona by 10
Buffalo at Miami
Chicago at Seattle
Detroit by 7
Green Bay by 13

posted by holden at 04:57 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I like deadspin in general, but their soccer coverage is awful.

Grantland, on the other hand, is putting out some great soccer content (albeit somewhat intermittently).

posted by holden at 10:19 AM on September 23

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Kansas City by 7
Buffalo by 3
Chicago by 6
Cincinnati by 10
Tennessee by 3
Minnesota by 7
New Orleans by 14 -- Tyler Lockett LOCK of the Week
New York Giants by 7
Pittsburgh by 14
St. Louis by 7
Carolina by 7
Baltimore by 13
Miami by 3
Philadelphia by 10
Green Bay by 10
Indianapolis by 9

posted by holden at 04:12 PM on September 17

Luke Shaw of Man U Suffers Broken Leg in Champions League Match

I hope Shaw has a speedy recovery and gets back to full mental and physical fitness as soon as possible. In addition to the grisly nature of the injury, this is particularly sad for Shaw in that he finally seemed to be rounding into form (as evidenced by his appearances for United and England recently) after a year in Van Gaal's doghouse and on the treatment table for less traumatic injuries.

posted by holden at 11:24 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I believe Bridgewater's arm strength was considered to be average or slightly below-average coming out of Louisville, but that teams thought he could make almost all throws an NFL quarterback will have to make.

I recall in a Broncos game some time in the past couple of years that Denver brought in its backup QB (Osweiler) for Manning to throw an end-of-half hail mary.

posted by holden at 01:32 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Bartolo Colon is a national/international treasure.

This is the moment when I figured out that Bartolo Colon is the apotheosis of humankind: He's reached the point where the less he gives a shit, the more we love him. That's where I want to live.

posted by holden at 10:57 AM on September 15

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

New England by 10
Indianapolis by 7
Green Bay by 10
Seattle by 3
N.Y. Jets by 6
Miami by 7 [Ricardo Lockette LOCK of the week]
Carolina by 7
Kansas City by 3
New Orleans by 7
San Diego by 6
Denver by 3
Cincinnati by 7
Tampa Bay by 7
Dallas by 13
Philadelphia by 3
Minnesota by 7

posted by holden at 04:04 PM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Kind of interesting that Schilling, who turned the Twitter/internet brigade on those who said some reprehensible things about his daughter, is now facing the same type of backlash he encouraged not too long ago.

posted by holden at 01:06 AM on August 27

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

Not making excuses, but this is going to be a bad fantasy year for me (after 7 or so consecutive finishes in the Champions League places and a couple of titles). It started with my fantasy baseball team just doing horribly and now this on the FPL front. I am blaming a somewhat busy work schedule, followed by the birth of my fourth child a month ago making me stupid. Actually, don't know how anyone who does not work a desk job keeps up with fantasy sports. I've been on paternity leave since the beginning of the season and have forgotten to set/tweak my lineup every gameweek so far.

posted by holden at 09:42 PM on August 22