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grum@work
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Last visit: September 20, 2014

grum@work has posted 165 links and 7506 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

Former NY Mets VP sues baseball team for discrimination.:
According to the lawsuit, Wilpon "became fixated on the idea that Castergine would have a child without being married. He frequently humiliated Castergine in front of others by, among other things, pretending to see if she had an engagement ring on her finger and openly stating in a meeting of the team's all-male senior executives that he is 'morally opposed' to Castergine 'having this baby without being married,' " the lawsuit said.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:04 AM on September 11 - 0 comments

Yours Truly, Dr. Z.:
NFL Films Presents gives the legendary Paul Zimmerman (who has been around pro football for over 50 years) a voice about why no one has heard from him since 2008.

posted by grum@work to football at 01:26 PM on August 17 - 3 comments

Dangerous Experiment : A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns:
Thus I began this mad, stupid experiment. The premise is simple: using everyones favorite realistic baseball simulation, Out of the Park 2015, I created teams of baseball players by cloning a single player until they filled the active roster, and set them against each other in 162 games of gory combat. The results exceeded my wildest expectations.

posted by grum@work to fantasy at 09:15 PM on August 13 - 5 comments

Hunter Pence signs are going viral.:
After starting in New York, the trend to bring silly Hunter Pence signs has spread to Milwaukee.
It's all in good fun, and the subject of the signs is getting into the act as well on Twitter.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:00 AM on August 07 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Read a little Deadspin to work up a nice rage, then visit Goodspin to even out.

Or how about "Midspin" which contains stories about bad people doing good things?

I think this would qualify as the first article:

Player Suspended for Drug Use Helps Rescue Man Trapped Under Truck

posted by grum@work at 01:56 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

New Gatorade commercial for Derek Jeter's retirement.

I wanted to hate it. I really did. I was going in with cynicism set to "full".
But those scenes interacting with the fans really are sweet.
(The kid almost losing his mind realizing Jeter is going to sign his baseball is my favourite reaction.)

I would like to have seen a longer version of that if they made one.

This commercial is SO much better than that Nike "Tip of the Cap" one with the celebs.

posted by grum@work at 11:01 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If the NFL had half a brain, they would have an office that did nothing but overpump any positive league or player related story they could get their hands on.

The FOX pre-game show?

posted by grum@work at 10:42 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The lack of true high profile role models in sports over the last few decades is alarming.

MLB:
Mike Trout
Bryce Harper
Cal Ripken Jr
Derek Jeter
Tony Gwynn
Todd Helton
Doc Halladay
Mariano Rivera
Ken Griffey Jr.

NFL:
Drew Brees
Nnamdi Asomugha
Tim Tebow
Kurt Warner
Peanut Tillman

NHL:
Wayne Gretzky
Steve Yzerman
Teemu Selanne
Daniel Alfredsson
Jarome Iginla
Jonathan Toews
Nicklas Lidstrom

NBA:
Chris Bosh
Chris Paul
Kevin Durant
Tim Duncan
Steve Nash

posted by grum@work at 11:48 PM on September 17

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

It seems capricious that Peterson is being punished for this, absent more evidence that the media has not yet brought to light.

Try as you might, I don't think Peterson is going to score you any points in this week's fantasy games. ;)

I don't see how the injuries rise to the level of being a criminal offense, given that corporal punishment by parents and schools is still widespread in this country. In schools, in the last year of data available, 223,190 students were paddled.

From the quick look I saw of the photos on the news, it seemed to indicate that the skin was broken, bleeding may have occurred, and there may be scarring after the fact. I think that's too much.

posted by grum@work at 01:30 PM on September 17

Bryan Cranston performs one-man show about the MLB playoffs

*standing ovation*

posted by grum@work at 10:48 PM on September 16

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

The lawyer's name is Rusty Hardin. Doesn't that name sound familiar? I don't know about you, but when you get a heavy hitter like Roger Clemens' old mouthpiece, you are loading up for something.

Or, you want a lawyer who knows how to defend his client against (according to the client) spurious charges. I remember how everyone was sure Clemens was going to get nailed for perjury, but walked out of court without a scratch.

That's the kind of lawyer you'd want, and I don't blame Peterson (ignoring the charges against him) for going after the best counsel possible.

posted by grum@work at 08:22 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Nope. Same screen telling me to subscribe.

posted by grum@work at 03:32 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Atlanta Hawks article won't show for non-subscribers.

posted by grum@work at 11:17 AM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

341,960.

Two things about that article.

First:

"I've never seen him in a slump that lasted very long, because he is able to get back to that swing." said Joe Maddon, the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.

He hasn't been watching lately, I guess. Jeter is 1-for-28 right now, and has batted .182/.215/.227 since August 1st.

Second:

All. Those. Stats.

posted by grum@work at 10:59 AM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

With Chris Davis getting suspended 25 games for using Adderall/amps, there is a sad, extra twist to this story.

posted by grum@work at 09:57 PM on September 12

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts

Can we still do the back and forth move from NHL 93 & 94 or is that banned too?

In my games, we banned the "cut to the middle from the boards while holding down the shot button and freezing the goalie" move. If anyone in our group did that, you had to play the rest of the game without a goalie.

posted by grum@work at 02:34 PM on September 12

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts

If a player performs a spin-o-rama move correctly, then the puck still keeps moving forward. You don't stop the puck, but slow it down to a crawl and move around it. However, like Raymond's attempt above, most of them do stop the puck moving forward (and often slam on the brakes themselves). Those should definitely be disallowed, and I'd say that more than 75% of the attempts were done "incorrectly".

And since its a judgement call the ref has to make, I think it's a good idea to simply stop them from being used altogether. If you want to bust one out on a breakaway, go ahead.

posted by grum@work at 02:29 PM on September 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In a bizarre moment of umpiring, a Brewers pitcher was awarded a strikeout...after hitting two different Marlins batters...in the same at-bat.

posted by grum@work at 12:53 AM on September 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

I really hope picking Buffalo games incorrectly isn't a trend that is going to haunt me like it has done previous years. I finally ignore all of my wishcasting about their talent, and then they actually go ahead and beat the Bears. If I pick them to win this week, they'll lose.

Sigh.

posted by grum@work at 03:41 PM on September 11