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grum@work has posted 201 links and 8588 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

A Q&A with Ichiro Suzuki:
I really hope he plays forever...
When I first came, I had a three-year deal. At that point all I thought was that I want to do the best I can in those three years. But in my first game, there was a play I made that was pretty good. I came in and Lou [Piniella, Seattle's manager from 1993 to 2002] gave me a kiss. So I thought, "Three years is too long! If I am going to get kissed every day, I don't want to be here!"

posted by grum@work to baseball at 07:33 AM on July 31 - 1 comment

The Greatest is gone.:
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posted by grum@work to boxing at 01:07 AM on June 04 - 13 comments

Vin Scully recites the speech about baseball from "Field of Dreams".:
This should be played in every MLB park before the last game of Scully's career.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:27 PM on May 26 - 3 comments

Joe Paterno (and Penn State) may have known about the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976.:
The line in question states that one of Penn State's insurers has claimed "in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky."

posted by grum@work to football at 08:23 AM on May 06 - 10 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

So who is the fourth string QB in New England (assuming Brady, Jimmy G., and Brissett are 1/2/3)?

And who would be the backup to that guy?

I'm sure Doug Flutie is still in pretty good shape.

posted by grum@work at 04:39 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The thought occurred to me that while all other broadcasters use a color commentator, Scully works alone.

Like his "under the park" home run quip, almost everything Scully says sounds better than anything any ex-ballplayer colour guy could come up with. I so much want to listen to him broadcast a game than anything, even more than my favourite sounding announcer (Dan Shulman).

If you get a chance, listen to Scully paint the picture for Sandy Koufax's last three outs of his perfect game.

posted by grum@work at 09:01 AM on September 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

I might also suggest then you avoid trying this.

From the link: "He'll take the fact that he won't be able to have kids pretty hard, though."

He may be one of the rare non-posthumous Darwin Award recipients!

posted by grum@work at 02:09 PM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

How long has Vin Scully been part of broadcasting Dodgers games?

The same year that Scully began working on Dodgers broadcasts (1950), Ken Griffey was born.
The same year that Scully stops working on Dodgers broadcasts (2016), Ken Griffey's SON was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

He's broadcasted the entire career of three generations of baseball players:

Gus Bell - 1950-1964
Buddy Bell - 1972-1989
David Bell - 1995-2006

posted by grum@work at 10:34 AM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

New England by 7
Arizona by 7
Tennessee by 3
Miami by 9
Baltimore by 10
Green Bay by 13 LOCK
Denver by 7
Carolina by 10
New York Giants by 7
Los Angeles by 3
Seattle by 9
Kansas City by 6
Indianapolis by 13
Pittsburgh by 14 LOCK
Dallas by 3
New Orleans by 9

posted by grum@work at 03:51 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

Yeah, I was pretty sure I wasn't anywhere near the top, so I'll thank you from threatening my reproductive organs...

posted by grum@work at 03:48 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So...those North America (World Cup of Hockey) kids...they're pretty damn good.

Also, they've upgraded the tech on the ref cams, and it's fantastic. There was a scramble in the Finnish crease with a loose puck, and you could see from the ref's point of view that the puck was still visible the entire time. I originally thought it was too gimmicky when they debuted it a couple of years ago, but I'm thinking it's definitely something they should implement at ALL of the arenas. If anything, it should be used as a teaching tool for the younger refs to show how to get yourself in the right position to see everything that happens.

posted by grum@work at 09:39 PM on September 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

Buffalo by 3
Baltimore by 10
Pittsburgh by 14 - Lock, stock and two smoking barrels!
Washington by 7
Kansas City by 13
New England by 6
New York Giants by 3
Carolina by 17 - Lock, stock and two smoking barrels!
Detroit by 3
Los Angeles by 3
Arizona by 14 - Lock, stock and two smoking barrels!
Oakland by 3
Indianapolis by 6
Jacksonville by 3
Green Bay by 17 - Lock, stock and two smoking barrels!
Philadelphia by 7

posted by grum@work at 02:10 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The MLB.com site insists on listing "Elimination Numbers" for teams to indicate how close that team is from being eliminated from post-season contention.

However, they only use raw numbers (games played and wins) to do the calculation, and they ignore future match-ups.

For example:

Tampa Bay is listed with an elimination number of 1.

However, Tampa Bay is already eliminated from post-season play.

The most wins the Rays can have at the end of the season is 79. They have 62 wins, and 17 games left.

  • Boston has 81 wins.

  • Baltimore has 80 wins.

  • Toronto has 79.

  • New York has 77.

Toronto and New York play each other 4 times before the end of the season. Either Toronto wins at least one game (meaning BOS/BAL/TOR finish with more than 79 wins) or New York sweeps and finishes with 81 (meaning BOS/BAL/NYY finish with more than 79 wins).

Therefore, Tampa Bay can't possibly get the 2nd wild card.

(They were actually eliminated before yesterday's games, but I hadn't looked at the standings in a bit.)

posted by grum@work at 08:53 AM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tony Romo is 80-53 with the Cowboys since he became the starting QB. In that same time, all other QBs with the Cowboys are 1-14.

So what's his "wins above replacement" during this time?

80 wins out of 133 games is .602 win%
1 win out of 15 games is .067 win%

That's pretty much .535 win% difference, which means 8.6 wins per season.

In comparison:

Tom Brady is 172-51 in the 223 games he's started. That's a .771 win%.
The Patriots are 11-7 in the games he didn't start (in seasons where he was a starter). That's a .611 win%.

That's pretty much a .160 win% difference, which means 2.6 wins per season.

In summary:

Silly math tells me that Tony Romo is more than three times as valuable to the Cowboys as Tom Brady is to the Patriots.

posted by grum@work at 03:34 PM on September 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The following teams currently not in first in their divisions still control their own destiny to win the division title:

New York Yankees: If the Yankees win every game from here on out to the end of the season, they win the AL East.

  • 7 games against Boston, but only 4 games back of them.
  • 4 games against Toronto, but only 2 games back of them.
  • 4 games against Baltimore, but only 2 games back of them.

Baltimore Orioles: If the Orioles win every game from here on out to the end of the season, they win the AL East.

  • 7 games against Boston, but only 2 games back of the them.
  • 3 games against Toronto, tied with them in the standings.

Toronto Blue Jays: If the Blue Jays win every game from here on out to the end of the season, they win the AL East.

  • 3 games against Boston, but only 2 games back of them.
  • 3 games against Baltimore, tied with them in the standings.

San Francisco Giants: If they Giants win every game from here on out to the end of the season, they win the NL West.

  • 6 games against Los Angeles, but only 3 games back of them.


The following teams currently not in first in their divisions still control their own destiny to force at least a "Game 163" to determine the division title:

Detroit Tigers: If the Tigers win every game from here on out to the end of the season, they will be (at worst) tied for the AL Central.

  • 7 games against Cleveland, but only 7 games back of them.

posted by grum@work at 12:30 PM on September 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yasiel Puig makes a 1.2 Pillar* catch to preserve (what was at the time) a perfect game.

* preserving no-hitters and/or perfect games in the 7th inning or later adds to what was a 0.9 Pillar catch to start with.

posted by grum@work at 09:37 AM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The individual players should be fined/suspended, and the team should be fined a large sum of money (~$5million) for what seems to be a culture of headhunting by their defense.

posted by grum@work at 09:03 AM on September 09

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Time to defend my title!
(But what am I going to do with TWO footballs?)

Denver by 3
Atlanta by 7
Tennessee by 11
Philadelphia by 3
Cincinnati by 14
New Orleans by 9
San Diego by 1
Buffalo by 3
Houston by 9
Green Bay by 14 - Lickety split! Lock this pick!
Seattle by 17 - Lickety split! Lock this pick!
New York Giants by 3
Indianapolis by 7
New England by 3
Pittsburgh by 7
Los Angeles by 9

posted by grum@work at 12:25 AM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Sphincter-clenching standings potential scenario!

By the end of Sunday's games, the standings in the American League East/Central/Wild-Card could be:

  • CLE 79-63
  • TOR 79-63
  • BOS 79-63
  • BAL 78-64
  • HOU 78-64
  • DET 77-65
  • NYY 77-65
  • KCR 76-66
Eight teams within three games of each other, for four playoff spots (ALE, ALC, WC1, WC2).

posted by grum@work at 10:49 AM on September 07