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Last visit: May 29, 2015

grum@work has posted 180 links and 7891 comments to SportsFilter and 15 links and 920 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

Sports Bio

The Trophy Room

First of all, a trivia question. What are the 11 different ways for a baseball player to reach 1st base safely? Answer at bottom of page. I'm the saddest fan of them all: Toronto Maple Leafs Buffalo Bills (but not so much since the Holy Trinity retired...Kelly, Thomas, Reed) It could be worse...I could be a Boston or Chicago baseball fan. The most memorable sporting event was a hockey game back in the late 80's (not sure exactly when). A friend of the family got me really nice Leaf tickets during the Xmas holidays. They were playing the Bruins, so I took my friend Joe who was a big Boston fan. After two periods, the Leafs were getting killed, 5-1. My friend was really laying on the taunting thick, and I was contemplating how I could kill him on the way home. Then, to start the 3rd period, Wendel Clark scored a quick goal. Hey, at least they'll make it respectable, is what I figured. And then another goal is scored. And another. Well, lo and behold, the Leafs tie it up and send the game into overtime (the last goal was scored with an extra attacker, by Wendel again). Then, with about a minute left in the overtime, Wendel Clark blows one past the goalie and the place EXPLODES with noise. I must have gone hoarse from the shouting. The stunned/saddened look on Joe's face the entire ride home was like icing on the cake. ... Trivia Answer: 1. Hit 2. Base on balls 3. Hit by pitch 4. Catcher interference 5. Dropped third strike 6. Error 7. Fielder's choice 8. Hitting a baserunner with the batted ball 9. A ball, pitched to the batter or thrown by the pitcher from his position on the pitcher's plate to a base to catch a runner, goes into a stand, or player's bench, or over or through a field fence or backstop, or is touched by a spectator. (Obscure rule 7.05(h)) 10. The third strike becomes lodged in the umpires equipment (not touched by the catcher). (Obscure rule 7.05(i)) 11. Pinch Runner

Recent Links

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.: More than 7 years after the original indictment (4 perjury, 1 obstruction of justice), Bonds is found not guilty of all charges.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:26 PM on April 22 - 6 comments

Who are the "Franchise Four"?:
A chance to vote for the four players on each franchise (plus 3 other categories) who have had the biggest impact on those franchises. The winners are to be revealed during the MLB All-Star Game.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:07 AM on April 09 - 16 comments

LA Dodgers set MLB payroll record.:
$277,000,000 for this season.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:56 AM on April 06 - 6 comments

SF 49er rookie Chris Borland retires at age 24 due to worries about his future health from concussions.:
"I feel largely the same, as sharp as I've ever been, for me it's wanting to be proactive," said Borland. "I'm concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it's too late. ... There are a lot of unknowns. I can't claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don't want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise."

posted by grum@work to football at 11:12 PM on March 16 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

Golden State Reaches First NBA Finals in 40 Years

Maybe Thompson shouldn't have been allowed back into the game after he said he felt "dizzy" and was, you know, bleeding from his ear drum.

posted by grum@work at 03:16 PM on May 28

Golden State Reaches First NBA Finals in 40 Years

Maybe the first. It wasn't as big a deal in the press as when Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith faced each other in the Super Bowl.

There had been a black head coach in the NBA in 1966, and the first in the NBA finals that year. Nine years later, two of them faced each other in the finals.

It wasn't until 1989 before there was a black head coach in the modern NFL.
The first black head coach to make the Super Bowl wasn't until 2006-07 season, a span of 17 years. Of course, it was TWO black coaches in the Super Bowl that year.

MLB's first hired black manager was in 1975. The first black manager to reach the World Series wouldn't happen until 1992 (a span of 17 seasons), and there have never been two black managers in the World Series.

That's why the NFL occurrence (and the future MLB occurrence) was a bigger deal than the NBA one. The longer you have to wait, the bigger the deal is made out of it.
(See: Triple Crown (baseball and/or horse racing) or Canadian Stanley Cup champion team)

posted by grum@work at 12:31 PM on May 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Things have gone off the rails with the Blue Jays today. Because of their large bullpen, and the fact that one of their multi-positional utility players (Tolleson) is injured, a slew of pinch-hitting requirements mean we get to watch catcher Russell Martin play second base in the 9th inning. It's the second game in his MLB career at the position.

Update: The Jays tied the game in the bottom of the 9th, and now Martin will play 2B for the 10th inning.

posted by grum@work at 03:52 PM on May 27

LeBron Takes Cavaliers to NBA Finals in First Season Back

He becomes the first player to reach the Finals five times in a row since Bill Russell and three teammates in the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1960s.

Don't forget James Jones!

posted by grum@work at 09:31 AM on May 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Houston tic-tac-toe fans can take solace that it happens to the professionals, as well:

Physical activity + public performance = almost flubbing a simple task

posted by grum@work at 10:28 AM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Maybe Sam will be able to follow the same path as Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia. Dominate in the CFL for a couple of years, and then catch the eye of an NFL team for a real shot this time.

posted by grum@work at 02:49 PM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It's like Joe Maddon becoming the manager of the Cubs;
If you succeed, you become a living god.
If you fail, you just get thrown on the pile with the rest of them.

Since they are paying over $6million/year, I think I would take that chance if I was Babcock.

However, if he thought the Detroit sports media was nuts, he has NO idea what's coming with the Toronto hockey media frenzy...

posted by grum@work at 03:26 PM on May 20

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

Okay, if they've left the two-point conversion attempt at the 2-yard line, then I applaud the NFL for the change.

posted by grum@work at 08:21 AM on May 20

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

Well, there goes the two-point conversion! The conversion rate for those from the 15 will be almost nil, and the chance of the other team getting two on a botched pass play...

Why bother? (Unless you absolutely had to...)

posted by grum@work at 09:47 PM on May 19

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

Uh...what?
I'm still in first?
Huh.

Cleveland in 5
Golden State in 5
East Points - L.James
West Points - S.Curry
East Blocks - T.Mozgov
West Steals - D.Green
Offensive Rebounds - D.Howard
Rebounds + Assists: L.James
Margin of Victory - 27

posted by grum@work at 05:15 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's actually a heady play.

By pushing the ball into the attackers feet, it forces a harder kick than he'd want and (I'm guessing) the keeper gets to it.

posted by grum@work at 11:33 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Canada beats Russia 6-1 in the IIHF World Championships.

It completed a perfect tournament for the Canadians, as they won every game in regulation, and outscored their opponents 66-15 in the 10 games (including 17-1 in the playoff rounds).

Canada now holds all three official men's ice hockey titles (Olympic, world championship, junior championship) simultaneously. They're the first nation to do so since 2001 (Czech Republic).

The Unofficial World Hockey Championship Belt changed hands six times during the tournament. Russia came into the tournament as the "champs", but then lost it to the USA. The USA then lost a stunner to Belarus (for their second time holding the title in history), before it quickly moved back to Russia, then Finland, then Czech Republic, before finally being won by Canada in the semi-finals (where they will hold on to it until next year's World Championship tournament).

posted by grum@work at 12:22 AM on May 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Chicago in 7
New York in 7
Goal scorer: C.Perry (Ana)
Power play goal scorer: C.Perry (Ana)
Penalized player: A.Sustr (TB)
Save %: H.Lundqvist (NY)

posted by grum@work at 11:01 AM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Are you always going to be so awesome, Mike Trout?

posted by grum@work at 04:15 PM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh, snap!

posted by grum@work at 01:54 PM on May 14