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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: December 21, 2014

grum@work has posted 169 links and 7658 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

2015 Hall of Fame ballot released:
Highlighted by the addition of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz, this is going to be "round 2" of the Annual Ballot Crunch Time.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:23 PM on November 24 - 4 comments

Penny-pinching, no more!:
The Miami Marlins have signed their slugging star Giancarlo (don't call me Mike) Stanton to a 13-year, $325million contract.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:38 AM on November 17 - 9 comments

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees:
(Where "year" is October 2013 to September 2014.)

posted by grum@work to soccer at 09:44 AM on November 14 - 11 comments

9 reasons Hunter Pence is the most interesting man in the World (Series).:
Runs like a rotary phone thrown into a running clothes dryer. Throws like an effete Frenchman throwing a bookcase uphill. Swings a bat like his elbows are stapled to his knees and his underwear is pulled over his head.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:00 AM on October 24 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

Chris Wondolowski Relives That Shot

To be honest, as a non-American I had completely forgot about that game (and that miss) until I read this headline.

The most memorable game for me is still the vivisection of Brazil by the Germans in the semi-finals.

posted by grum@work at 02:07 PM on December 19

Panthers Win in NHL Record 20-Round Shootout

Okay, so they had to cycle through their roster again. I was stunned for a second that Ovechkin would be that far down the depth chart for shootout.

posted by grum@work at 11:24 AM on December 18

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs
(If there ever was a reason to jump ship from your favourite team, being a Leafs fan over the past 43 years would probably be high up there.)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays
(Longest active playoff drought in MLB right now. Of course, there was about an 8 year window long ago where being a fan was a good thing.)

NFL: Buffalo Bills
(Longest active playoff drought in the NFL right now. Of course, there was about an 4 year window long ago where being a fan was...tortuous.)

NBA: Toronto Raptors
(This is my weakest "hometown" connection, simply because I'm not a huge NBA fan. But things are looking pretty good this year.)

EPL: I don't have a real connection with a team. When I first started watching, it was all about ManU (Beckham, Nistelrooy) and winning. Then it was about anyone OTHER than ManU, with a leaning towards Chelsea (because someone bought me a jersey), with some love to the long lost Charlton Athletics (went to a game the year after they dropped down to Championship League).

IPL: I have a Chennai SuperKings jersey, so that's my default team.

posted by grum@work at 10:35 PM on December 17

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

And the Canadiens still seem to beat the Leafs 9 out of 10 games with the Leafs goalies stopping 42 shots in each of those games.

Your perception is not reality.

Not counting this season (only one game played), the last time the Montreal Canadiens had better than .500 record against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a season, Pavel Datsyuk was a rookie, and John Vanbiesbrouck played his final game (2001-2002). The Maple Leafs have the upper hand over the Canadiens for the past 13 years.

Toronto is 36W-22L-10OTL-1T vs Montreal over that span.

Also, there hasn't been a single game between the two teams in that time where a Maple Leafs goalie has had to make at least 42 saves (in a win/loss/tie)

posted by grum@work at 10:26 PM on December 17

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter


posted by grum@work at 01:52 PM on December 17

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

Unless they do something so reprehensible* that you can't stomach to even look at them, I don't see how you can have a "new favourite team". You might add teams to your "cheering" list (because you've moved), but when push comes to shove you'll probably go with the team that you grew up cheering for.

* Examples:
Edmonton Oilers
Baltimore Colts
Wimbledon F.C.
Oakland Raiders
New York Giants
Brooklyn Dodgers

posted by grum@work at 10:55 AM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Should there be a penalty to stop visiting players from jumping into a crowd?

Only if there is a penalty for home team players for jumping into a crowd of their fans.

If visiting fans have purchased a block of tickets in the front row of the stadium, I don't see why the visiting players can't Lambeau-leap into them.

posted by grum@work at 10:32 AM on December 17

Welcome to Middle Infielder Island

This reminds me of the town of San Pedro de Macoris, in the Dominican Republic.

It has about 190,000 people in it, but it's been the home of an unusually large number of successful MLB players.

posted by grum@work at 11:25 AM on December 16

Zemgus Girgensons Leads NHL All-Star Voting

I have no problem with this.

If you want to open up voting to people around the world, you have to expect something like this to happen.

Plus, it's Latvia. There are barely 2 million people in Latvia, so if he's already got over 800,000 votes, that's amazing.

I think the gauntlet has been thrown down now.

Es ist Zeit fr sterreich zu intensivieren und stimmen Sie fr Mats Zuccarello !
Pourquoi pas la France voter pour Antoine Roussel ?
Danmark ! Intensivere og stemme p Mikkel Boedker !

posted by grum@work at 12:09 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This is the formula that helped Doug Flutie become ONE OF the greatest quarterbacks in CFL history

Anthony Calvillo is the greatest QB the CFL has ever seen.

This is going to be one of those "Tastes great!" "Less filling!" kind of arguments. I would have no problem with anyone listing either of them as "the greatest" on their list.

Calvillo has the length of career on his side (20 seasons, all of the "most X in a career" records), I think Flutie has the peak of career on his side (6 MVP awards in 8 seasons).

To me, it's like comparing Ray Bourque to Bobby Orr.

posted by grum@work at 11:54 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Isn't it premature to start talking CFL? Manziel is going to be the starter next year in Cleveland. He needs an entire season of terrible play under his belt, maybe two, before he might be invited to succeed elsewhere.

But I want to speculate about the future NOW!


posted by grum@work at 11:45 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Actually, the CFL is better at exposing QBs that have flaws, because they are a much more pass-oriented league than the NFL. A good QB in the NFL can be a great QB in the CFL. A bad QB in the NFL can be a TERRIBLE QB in the CFL.

What Manziel might be able to do in the CFL is work on his passing while still being able to use his scrambling nature to be successful. This is the formula that helped Doug Flutie become the greatest quarterback in CFL history.

I think Manziel might be best suited for a stint in the CFL to gain more confidence. The wider/deeper field and the less talented defenses might be enough to give him time to work on his mechanics/intuition.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have Manziel's "negotiating rights", so they'd get first crack at him if he were to come up north. They should probably hang on to those rights for another season or two.

If he were to salvage his career and turn into the next Jeff Garcia, that's not a bad future.

posted by grum@work at 10:16 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Is the MMR vaccination not done outside the US?

MMR vaccination is done at 12 months and again at 18 months (no later than before going to public school (4-6 years old)) in Canada.

Of course, maybe during Crosby's formative years it might not have been mandatory (or maybe his family skipped it anyways because of some reason).

posted by grum@work at 10:55 PM on December 14

New Tennis League Called 'Minor Miracle' by Wall Street Journal

I saw this listed on my channel guide (IPTL - Manila vs UAE) and was utterly confused as to what it could possibly be.

I switched over, saw tennis being played, and figured it was a mistake in the guide.

Two days later, I saw another listing with a similar match up (Singapore, this time) and realized it was some new version of "Team Tennis".

Those are some big name players on the rosters.

posted by grum@work at 11:51 PM on December 13

Bitcoin Bowl Brings Virtual Currency to St. Pete

I wonder if boosters could pay college football players under the table in bitcoin without it being traceable.

The smart ones have already started doing that.

posted by grum@work at 03:03 PM on December 12