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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: June 28, 2016

grum@work has posted 200 links and 8516 comments to SportsFilter and 15 links and 920 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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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

The Greatest is gone.:

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 Monday Huddle

First Brexit. Now this game. If I'm a member of the English monarchy, I'd be REAL careful for the next few days. Anything that can go wrong for the English has, so far.

posted by grum@work at 05:09 PM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Is there any hope that Buffon will do a retirement tour in MLS? He is such a fun character to watch play, and I'm going to take his word that he was ignorant of fascist connotations of "88" and the t-shirt.

posted by grum@work at 02:09 PM on June 27

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

I'm too late for the 3rd place game:

Argentina 3, Chile 1
Goals: Messi
Cards: Medel, Gaitan, Vidal
First Goal: 8:30

posted by grum@work at 03:02 PM on June 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

(the previous day had my Copa America picks)

My Euro picks:

Switzerland 2, Poland 0 (Mehmedi)
Portugal 3, Croatia 2 (Ronaldo)
Wales 2, Northern Ireland 1 (Bale)

France 4, Ireland 0 (Payet)
Germany 3, Slovakia 0 (Muller)
Belgium 1, Hungary 0 (Benteke)

Italy 2 (win on penalty kicks), Spain 2 (Eder)
England 3, Iceland 1 (Rooney)

posted by grum@work at 08:30 PM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That Iceland goal call is exactly how I would want my announcer to sound if something insanely amazing were to happen.

posted by grum@work at 07:39 PM on June 22

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

Is there an on-going update for the 2016 SpoFi Overall Pick'em results?

posted by grum@work at 03:18 PM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


(Seriously...I have no idea how Pillar isn't injured from all of these plays. He's made of adamantium, I guess.)

posted by grum@work at 11:42 AM on June 22

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

I'm not going to have internet access from Thursday - Sunday morning.

Therefore, I'm going to make my picks for the Copa America final now:

Argentina 3 - Colombia/Chile 1 (Messi)

Tie-breaker :
If it's time of last goal : 83 minutes
If it's time of first goal: 21 minutes
If it's number of cards (yellow+red): 6
If it's possession percentage: Argentina 68%

I'll have to wait to see the results on Wednesday to make my Euro 2016 picks for the round of 16.

posted by grum@work at 12:12 AM on June 22

Dustin Johnson Won U.S. Open Without Knowing What His Score Would Be

It was true amateur hour stuff by the USGA. I can't imagine how the nightmare scenario (DJ ahead by a stroke, or tied, after the final hole) could possibly be handled without a problem. They lucked out that nothing happened this time.

I don't even care about the actual ruling. Just make a decision in a timely fashion so that everyone understands where they stand with regards to the leaderboard.

posted by grum@work at 02:16 PM on June 21

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Agentina 3, USA 1 (Messi)

Colombia 2, Chile 1 (Vargas)

posted by grum@work at 02:12 PM on June 20

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland

What I neglected to tell them is that they will never have half of the size, speed, or general athleticism to pull it off.

He was like a predator rushing out of the bushes to take down his prey.

You know he's out there. You know he can do that. You just don't think it's going to happen this time.

And then, with a furious flash, you're dead.


I've watched it a few times now and it still blows my mind. He changes speed three times during the run down the court. The first time is when he accelerates past Thompson. The second time is when he decelerates as he approaches Curry, because he's about to jump up to reject HIS shot (that never comes). The third time is when he accelerates again to go after Iggy, and he stutter steps to time his leap absolutely perfectly.

It's the perfect blend of athleticism, awareness, and adjustments.


I guess all that's left is for LeBron to go after titles 4 through 7...

posted by grum@work at 01:25 PM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Stephen A. Smith (on ESPN First Take) curse continues!

2011 - Miami will beat Dallas!

2012 - OKC will beat Miami!

2013 - San Antonio will beat Miami!

2014 - Miami will beat San Antonio!

2015 - Cleveland will beat Golden State!

2016 - Golden State will beat Cleveland!

posted by grum@work at 10:40 AM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Long time losers Leicester City finally win.
Long time losers Cleveland finally win.
Long time loser Dustin Johnson finally wins.
Long time losers Chicago Cubs are heavy World Series favourites.

It might be time to put a couple bucks down on the Detroit Lions...

posted by grum@work at 08:50 AM on June 20

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland

This is just bonkers:

LeBron James led all players on both teams in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in series.

I mean, come on. That's some Konami code level craziness.

posted by grum@work at 12:29 AM on June 20