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grum@work
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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: April 21, 2015

grum@work has posted 178 links and 7819 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

Who are the "Franchise Four"?:
A chance to vote for the four players on each franchise (plus 3 other categories) who have had the biggest impact on those franchises. The winners are to be revealed during the MLB All-Star Game.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:07 AM on April 09 - 16 comments

LA Dodgers set MLB payroll record.:
$277,000,000 for this season.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:56 AM on April 06 - 6 comments

SF 49er rookie Chris Borland retires at age 24 due to worries about his future health from concussions.:
"I feel largely the same, as sharp as I've ever been, for me it's wanting to be proactive," said Borland. "I'm concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it's too late. ... There are a lot of unknowns. I can't claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don't want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise."

posted by grum@work to football at 11:12 PM on March 16 - 4 comments

Yahoo Tourney Pick'em Pool:
I didn't see one created for SpoFi, so I threw one together.

posted by grum@work to basketball at 09:53 PM on March 16 - 13 comments

Revealed: the ghost game bet on around the world ... that never actually took place.:
All this would have been reflected in the odds offered before and during the game by bookmakers such as bet365 and SBOBET, odds that should have been increasingly in Shakhter’s favour. Except most people backing them were doomed to lose from the outset, because FC Slutsk 2 Shakhter Soligorsk 1 was always going to be the final score of a match Inside Sport can reveal never took place.

posted by grum@work to soccer at 11:27 AM on February 19 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

This whole meme that the Oilers ruin their prospects is just complete Bullshit.

I didn't say they ruined the prospects.

I'm just saying that the Oilers, as a franchise, is a sinkhole for talent. This will be the 4th #1 overall pick in 6 drafts, with a #3 and #7 included as well.

The players might be great, but the results seem to be the same every year. They can't win. Every year, people who follow hockey like to say "This is the year that the Oilers' talent finally starts to show.", and every year it seems to be a smoldering wreck.

The Senators had three #1 picks in four years (none of them the quality that Edmonton has had), and made the playoffs in year five. Other than being Toronto/Buffalo's bitch in the playoffs for the first 7 years, Ottawa put together a good run.

The Oilers have had more and better picks, and they've shown zero improvement.

That's what I meant by "tire fire". You keep feeding stuff into it, and it keeps burning.

posted by grum@work at 09:23 PM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Younger SpoFites go scrambling to google Barbie Benton

It's "Barbi".

You know, so they can search Google properly. She's a bit before my time but I know who she is because of, uh, historical print records.

posted by grum@work at 09:45 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Oh, great.

Another wonderful hockey prospect thrown onto the endless tire fire that is the Edmonton Oilers, to be forgotten by the rest of the NHL.

Maybe Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, and Nugent-Hopkins can give him some pointers.

At least in Toronto McDavid would have gotten some publicity...

posted by grum@work at 09:38 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Pennsylvania, California, New York, Ohio, and Alabama would be the favourites, I believe.

posted by grum@work at 01:57 PM on April 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

ATL in 5
CLE in 4
CHI in 6
TOR in 7

GSW in 4
HOU in 5
SAS in 7
MEM in 7

East scorer: L.James (CLE) - 27.5
West Scorer: J.Harden (HOU) 28.3
Ejected: J.R. Smith (CLE)
Highest Scoring Avg: 28.3

posted by grum@work at 01:29 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There's a cryptic comment in my link that suggests the Bruins got rid of Seguin because he slept with Nathan Horton's wife,

/Google: who is Nathan Horton's wife?

Goodness, gracious!

These "slept with team-mates wife" are almost like a meme now. I wouldn't put a lot of weight on it.

That's the feeling I get when I hear these things.
It's been around for as long as I've been a hockey fan.
Just on the Maple Leafs alone...

Gary Leeman supposedly slept with Al Iafrate's wife.
Shane Corson supposedly slept with Alex Mogilny's wife.
Joffrey Lupul supposedly slept with Dion Phaneuf's wife.

posted by grum@work at 04:10 PM on April 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Canadiens in 5
Islanders in 7
Blackhawks in 6
Vancouver in 6
Rangers in 5
Red Wings in 7
Blues in 5
Ducks in 6

Goal scorer: Tavares (Islanders)

posted by grum@work at 12:43 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I love it when runners burn teams that use the shift.

Especially when they do it on a big stage.

posted by grum@work at 02:27 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

One more time!

He's the NHL version of Rickey Henderson. One of the all-time greats who just wants to keep playing, and really doesn't care who/what/where he plays. If he hadn't played those three years in the KHL, but had stayed and had "average" years (based on the season before he left and the season after he returned), he'd be standing all by himself in 2nd place in career points.

posted by grum@work at 02:35 PM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Tuuka Rask, Tyler Seguin, Alex Steen, and Dougie Hamilton

The Seguin pick would have been the same, but I still don't hate them going after Kessel. There is obvious scoring talent in Kessel, and he's shown that he can be dominating when necessary, and he was young when they got him. Nobody expected the Leafs to crater the year they actually dealt away their #1 pick....

The Hamilton pick might have been anyone, since it wasn't #1 or #2 overall. Who knows who the Leafs would have grabbed with that spot.

I HATED that they traded Steen away when they did, as I had this fantasy of him being the next Maple Leafs captain, almost from the beginning. That's because his dad was the model of a classy solid NHL professional/almost-star and I suspected that his son would be a chip off the old block.

Rask? He was the fourth goalie on the depth charts (behind the two they had in the NHL and Pogge), so I don't really blame them on dealing him. It's just that they then dealt him for a goalie that everyone should have known was going to be bad. Ugh.

They just need to stay the course, accept another horrifically bad season

Shanahan needs to say the hockey equivalent of "Rome wasn't built in a day", threaten to punch any reporter that even looks at him funny, and leave the press conference immediately. Anything else, and the media/fanbase are going to froth at the mouth next season.

posted by grum@work at 02:27 PM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Leafs fire GM Nonis, interim head coach Horachek, 3 assistant coaches, Director of Scouting Kasper, 18 scouts

There hasn't been a house cleaning like this in a LONG time. It is interesting to note that the whiz kid assistant GM (Kyle Dubas) was spared and is, at this point, the interim GM.

It's now all in Shanahan's...uh...hands.

The Toronto/Canadian sports media is in full feeding frenzy mode now, with speculation about all of the available positions to be filled.

My long shot speculation for coach: Dale Hunter. His brother is the director of player personnel for the Leafs, and Hunter would essentially be given the job with a clean slate of players (assuming the house cleaning in the dressing room that is expected is going to happen). He's got a hell of a track record for working magic with young players, which I suspect the Leafs will be filled with after this summer...

posted by grum@work at 08:37 PM on April 12

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Tony Fernandez could make the list (with Alomar, Stieb and Halladay) because he was a longtime favourite who kept coming back to the team after leaving. I think that Delgado will squeeze him out, but then never underestimate the power of a TV moment to push Carter into that list. I would be very disappointed if Stieb was the one that got bumped. He was the best pitcher in the 1980s in the AL, and he pretty much carried the team right up to their first World Series Championship (when he got injured).

posted by grum@work at 10:10 AM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

So, the Winnipeg Jets make the NHL playoffs

That's awesome. I hope they do that for every win in the playoffs as well. Create the "White Mile" to go along with the "Whiteout".

posted by grum@work at 07:16 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Well, that one hits you right in the feels.

It's reminds me of this picture, spiritually:

posted by grum@work at 01:22 PM on April 09

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Other discussion points:

Who do you pick as your #4 Boston player (behind Young, Yaz, and Williams)? Ortiz or Martinez?

The top 5 players in career WAR not listed any where on any ballot:
1) Roger Clemens (8th in WAR)
2) Alex Rodriguez (17th)
3) Phil Niekro (34th)
4) Wade Boggs (42nd)
5) Gaylord Perry (43rd)

The lowest player in career WAR (in the top 1000) who appears on a ballot: Rollie Fingers (983rd in WAR). There are some active players who currently have less WAR (Melvin Upton, for example).

Total number of active players on the lists: 33
Ortiz, Crawford*, Kazmir*, Longoria, Price*, Shields*, M.Upton*, Zobrist*, Bautista, Mi.Cabrera, Verlander, Gordon, Mauer, Trout, F.Hernandez, I.Suzuki*, A.Beltre, Hamilton*, Stanton, Wright, Rollins*, Utley, Zimmerman, Braun, Fielder*, Pujols*, Goldschmidt, C.Gonzalez, Holliday*, Tulowitzki, A.Gonzalez*, Peavy*, Posey

*indicates not playing for the team where he's listed on the ballot

posted by grum@work at 08:46 AM on April 09