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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: September 24, 2017

grum@work has posted 212 links and 8873 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

Skunk In The Outfield : How A Trick Play Almost Broke Baseball:
That's how it came to be that a Portsmouth sophomore named Johnny Pedrotty stood in right field in Game 2 of the Rhode Island state championship series, that a crowd of a thousand fans erupted into profane chaos, that a star infielder almost blacked out from the stress, and that Ulmschneider found himself unsure of how to stop what he'd unleashed. It's how, for two minutes and 32 seconds, baseball broke.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:28 AM on August 18 - 3 comments

What if Barry Bonds had played without a bat?:
A fantastic video narrated by Jon Bois (creator of "Chart Party", "Pretty Good", and "Breaking Madden") about what would happen if Barry Bonds went to the plate every time in 2004 and never had a bat (or, realistically, never swung it).

posted by grum@work to baseball at 04:48 PM on April 11 - 4 comments

NHL will not officially release players to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics.:
Some teams (Senators) have announced they will not allow their players to participate, while other teams (Capitals) have said they will release their players to play if they choose to go.

posted by grum@work to olympics at 12:34 AM on April 04 - 1 comment

Bruce Bochy takes medical leave, Barry Bonds interim manager for San Francisco Giants:
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Giants manager Bruce Bochy is taking a leave of absence due to "a medical issue" and that recently-hired-advisor-to-the-CEO Barry Bonds has been tapped to fill in as the interim manager until Bochy is cleared to return.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:38 AM on April 01 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of CTE, autopsy shows

Sure, his suicide might have been the result of the CTE, but the suicide was not what caused him to lose his income. The criminal activity and conviction are.

One of the more depressing (yet truthful) sentences I've seen on this site.

posted by grum@work at 06:42 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

L.A. Rams by 3
Baltimore by 6
Denver by 9
Pittsburgh by 17
Detroit by 6
Cleveland by 3
Tampa Bay by 7
New England by 21
Miami by 10
Philadelphia by 11
Carolina by 7
Seattle by 3
Green Bay by 9
Kansas City by 14
Oakland by 10
Arizona by 3

posted by grum@work at 01:32 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Cincinnati by 7
Baltimore by 13
Buffalo by 3
Arizona by 14
Tennessee by 6
Kansas City by 10
New England by 17
Pittsburgh by 9
Tampa Bay by 3
L.A. Chargers by 6
Oakland by 17
Dallas by 3
L.A. Rams by 6
Seattle by 20
Green Bay by 4
N.Y. Giants by 3

posted by grum@work at 03:50 PM on September 14

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

So, I'd be in great shape if the Patriots had won on Thursday...

posted by grum@work at 06:42 AM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yeah, when I saw that replay, I wondered what the best move is as the lone offensive player left chasing down that fumble.

Jumping on it left them with terrible field position, and they'd probably be punting from their own end zone, giving the opposition great field position.

Kicking it through the end zone gives the other team 2 points, but at least they kick off would be from a better point than a punt.

The best thing that could have happend was the opposing player keeps fumbling it into your own end zone, and THEN you push/kick it out the back of the end zone (or fall on it). I think at that point it would have been called a touchback, right?

(Since the opposing player touched it last before it went into the end zone.)

posted by grum@work at 10:56 PM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Today, Michael A. Taylor (of the Nationals) hits an inside-the-park grand slam against the Phillies, albeit due to some shoddy work by the centerfielder.

Now, where have I seen this before?

Oh, right. EXACTLY TWO YEARS AGO TO THE DAY, when Michael A. Taylor (of the Nationals) hit an inside-the-park grand slam, albeit due to some shoddy work by the centerfielder.

Of course, that wasn't the last inside-the-park grand slam hit.

No, the last one was on September 25 2015, when the Phillies' Aaron Altherr hit an inside-the-park grand slam against the Nationals, due to some shoddy play by the centerfielder, Michael A. Taylor.

It's all connected, man!

posted by grum@work at 10:58 PM on September 08

Football News Evolving Offside Rules

It looks like someone is trying to self-promote their website.

I think both these posts (this one and the previous one) should be scrubbed/wiped out.

posted by grum@work at 08:18 AM on September 07

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

New England by 14

Buffalo by 3

Washington by 6

Oakland by 14

Houston by 9

Detroit by 7

Pittsburgh by 13

Atlanta by 10

Cincinnati by 9

L.A. Rams by 3

Carolina by 17

Green Bay by 12

Dallas by 10

New Orleans by 3

Denver by 9

posted by grum@work at 10:57 PM on September 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In a split second, he was sprinting straight to the spot.

According to StatCast, 97.7% route efficiency, 82 feet covered in 4.6 seconds, only 38% chance of catching it, 4-star (out of 5) rating

posted by grum@work at 08:53 AM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Come on, Kevin.

You're going to hurt yourself SOMEDAY with these catches....

posted by grum@work at 09:10 PM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm tired of having to figure out what a pro team's stadium is currently named.

One of the online baseball forums I frequent is having fun with something called "Take Back the Ballparks".

That some well-heeled corporate sugar daddy is willing to fork over big bucks to the local extortionist baseball owner for naming rights doesn't mean we have to play along. Why should we be forced to follow all the latest merger and acquisition activity to keep up with the name outside that limestone and steel ode to corporate welfare?

The idea is to come up with a name that isn't tied to any corporate entity, and still reflects the location/team/culture/history.

They've already voted for San Francisco Giants (China Basin), Texas Rangers (The Ballpark in Arlington), and are currently voting on San Diego Padres.

posted by grum@work at 01:03 AM on August 28

Edmonton Eskimos Face New Calls to Change Name

NoMich: Actually, "Roughriders" is taken. "Rough Riders" is no longer in use. However, the Red & Black still own the rights to "Rough Riders", even though the Ottawa franchise hasn't been called that in over 20 years.

posted by grum@work at 09:52 PM on August 24

Edmonton Eskimos Face New Calls to Change Name

Well, if they do retire Eskimos then it's pretty obvious what name they have to take:

Rough Riders

posted by grum@work at 07:05 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Technically, Andy Hawkin's performance isn't considered an official no-hitter any more because he did not pitch 9 innings or more in a complete game.

They made the change back in 1991 to remove shortened games, or no-hitters that were lost after the 9th inning...just like what happened to Rich Hill tonight.

posted by grum@work at 12:27 AM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

How many times has a pitcher faced only one more than the minimum number of batters, getting 27 outs in 27 batters after a home run?


On May 13th 1954, Robin Roberts gave up a lead-off home run to Bobby Adams, and then gave up no more hits and no more walks and finished the complete game facing exactly 28 batters.

Search criteria:

  • Complete Game
  • Batters Faced = 28
  • HR = 1
  • IP = 9.0
  • Runs Allowed = 1

There were 33 games that met that criteria (32 wins and 1 loss). I then looked at the box scores for all of the games, and Robin Roberts near-perfect start is the only one that had a lead-off home run.


posted by grum@work at 12:21 AM on August 23