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grum@work has posted 207 links and 8742 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

Carter Capps' pitching delivery is illegal and MLB doesn't care.:
If I was an opposing manager, I'd protest every single pitch he made against my team.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:33 PM on February 17 - 3 comments

Mike Ilitch, owner of the Tigers and Red Wings, passes away at 87.:
As an owner, he was one of the few that legitimately seemed to put winning ahead of profiting as an owner. He had no problem spending money to help his teams get better.

posted by grum@work to hockey at 08:18 PM on February 10 - 4 comments

Roger Federer beats back father time to win his 18th major at age 35.:
Since Federer last won a major (2012 Wimbledon), Nadal & Wawrinka & Murray have won three each, and Djokovic has won seven.

posted by grum@work to tennis at 10:53 AM on January 29 - 3 comments

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.:
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:58 PM on January 18 - 9 comments

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.:
Man hit ball hard. Ball leaves domed stadium. World is stunned.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:46 PM on November 13 - 10 comments

Recent Comments

Lincoln City bringing magic back to FA Cup

Lincoln City making it to the semi-finals/Wembley would be amazing.

I'm pretty sure they'd be the most supported 5th tier team in history if they pull it off.

posted by grum@work at 03:36 PM on February 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Kyrie Irving believes the earth is flat: 'They lie to us'

posted by grum@work at 10:31 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Guardian on NHL relocation

Of course I turn to a British paper to find out information about a Canadian sport in an American city!

That said, well written article that helped remind me how god damn good that Hartford Whalers logo was.

posted by grum@work at 03:49 PM on February 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Like father like son, unfortunately.

posted by grum@work at 05:44 PM on February 13

Mike Ilitch, owner of the Tigers and Red Wings, passes away at 87.

Ilitch's admiration of Detroit also was put on display in 2009, when General Motors struggling under the threat of bankruptcy discontinued its sponsorship of the popular General Motors Fountain at Comerica Park. Instead of selling the space to other bidders, Ilitch gave the advertising spot to each of the area's car companies that season at no cost.

posted by grum@work at 08:20 PM on February 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The handball goal was from some charity game, right? That's why everyone (even the opposition) claps.

And was the keeper for the lacrosse goal some middle school kid they used by mistake? He looked like he was 5 feet tall at best.

posted by grum@work at 01:28 PM on February 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Bruins fired Julien.

I'm sure I'm just remembering specific points, but this has to be like the 4th or 5th time in the past 10 years that a coach was fired by a team after losing to the Maple Leafs.

Off the top of my head:

- Claude Julien (Boston)
- Lindy Ruff (Buffalo)
- Michel Therrien (Pittsburgh)
- Tom Renney (NYR)

posted by grum@work at 10:14 AM on February 07

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

I also assume that streak of 3 consecutive failed 3rd downs the Patriots converted via defensive holding had 90% of America screaming it was a fix.

Which, of course, is completely against the prevailing theory that Goodell/NFL did NOT want to give Kraft, BB, and Brady the trophy after all that Deflategate brouhaha.

All three calls were correct. The only complaint that could be made is that maybe that happens on EVERY play and they only called it here because they wanted to give the Patriots a chance.

And for all the crap the refs catch in the the NFL, how they got that Edelman catch right in real time is beyond me. I was laughing when they called it a catch claiming I'd definitely seen it hit the ground.

That call and the call on the Julio Jones sideline toe drag were spot on and seem to balance out all those HORRIFIC calls the zebras made in the regular season that had everyone up in arms. The team given the task to officiate this game were definitely top notch.

posted by grum@work at 01:55 PM on February 06

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

Average margin of victory of Super Bowls that involved the B&B Patriots: 3.7
Average margin of victory for every other Super Bowl since B&B Patriots won in 2002: 14.0

Love them or hate them, the B&B Patriots pretty much guarantee an exciting/close Super Bowl.

posted by grum@work at 12:17 AM on February 06

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

The front page that was scrapped...

posted by grum@work at 12:06 AM on February 06

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

You know, in every other football game in history, the Julio Jones catch on the sidelines would be hailed as one of the greatest of all time.

Then, Julian Edelman goes and does this and everyone forgets about it....

posted by grum@work at 10:57 PM on February 05

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

Is it me, or does the football on the Lombardi Trophy look a little...flat?

posted by grum@work at 10:49 PM on February 05

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

I just heard the FOX guys call this the greatest comeback in post-season history.

Nope. Sorry. I can't abide by that.

If you aren't down by 32 points at any time in the game, then it isn't the greatest comeback in post-season history.

posted by grum@work at 10:37 PM on February 05

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

There can't possibly be anyone who doesn't say GOAT now, unless they're being pointlessly contrary.

I think if you were holding off on the GOAT for Brady, it wasn't for winning Super Bowls (4 already), or winning against the odds (his first one), or winning close ones (they have all been 4 points or less before this one). There has to be something else (stupid) that has been holding you back, and this game probably didn't change it.

I had been a "Peyton Manning man" because of "numbers", but I conceded that position after the end of this season (and before the playoffs started).

posted by grum@work at 10:34 PM on February 05

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

And now...AND NOW GODDELL HAS TO HAND THE TROPHY TO THE PATRIOTS!

posted by grum@work at 10:30 PM on February 05