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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: October 05, 2015

grum@work has posted 186 links and 8118 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

Dear Roberto,:
This is the refusal Roberto Clemente got when he asked for a raise [in 1960].

posted by grum@work to baseball at 03:48 PM on July 31 - 3 comments

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.:
Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games

posted by grum@work to olympics at 01:30 PM on July 30 - 11 comments

MLB All-Star Rosters (and "Final Vote") announced:
Only four Royals made the squad, averting the doomsday scenario of an "all-Royals" squad from earlier voting.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:36 AM on July 07 - 8 comments

This is Vin Scully's 66th season broadcasting Dodger games. Seriously.:
A goddman national treasure, I will turn on any Dodger games I am awake for on the east coast, and go to sleep listening to him call a game.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:27 PM on June 29 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yikes. It's gotta be REAL bad if this happens right before the playoffs start.

Hopefully this celebration wasn't the final trigger...

posted by grum@work at 03:42 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The priest allegedly approached the boy before Mass services at the church on Sunday, Sept. 13, and asked to see him in one of the rectory rooms, according to prosecutors. ... One of the parishioners who witnessed the incident contacted Newark Archdiocese officials on Sept. 25, and the Archdiocese in turn contacted the prosecutor's office on Sept. 28.

Outside of the actions of the priest, there is so much more wrong with this story.

- waiting 12 days before contacting someone - contacting the archdiocese first instead of the police - archdiocese waiting another 3 days before contacting the police

posted by grum@work at 11:23 AM on October 04

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's not often that a starting pitcher can have an ERA under two at the All-Star break, have his SECOND no-hitter of the year be in his final start, and still have no hope of finishing better than fourth in the Cy Young voting that year.

Well done, Max Scherzer.

posted by grum@work at 10:20 PM on October 03

Coke, Bud, McDonald's and Visa Demand Sepp Blatter Quit Immediately

Legal investigation? Who cares?!
Public outcry? Doesn't matter!
Internal pressure? Pffft!

Big corporations? Now they've got FIFA's attention.

posted by grum@work at 10:32 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Come on, Kevin. Stop showing off in centerfield. You're just making everyone else look bad, now.

posted by grum@work at 09:56 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I feel like someone has the obligation to address the 800 lb, and apparently very stoned, gorilla in the room.

It's his roundabout way of saying "Blonde with the breadstick is hot!".

posted by grum@work at 03:03 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Commentator: "Parenting 2015!"

Since those are sorority girls, that makes them in the 18-22 year old range. Since this is the Colorado Rockies broadcast, one of those voices that decided to make fun of the women was probably Drew Goodman. Just looking at his profile, it mentions that he graduated from university in 1985, and has three boys. I wouldn't be surprised if his at least one of his boys in that same age group. So he's actually making fun of a parental group of which he is probably a member.

Also, it looks like those women are taking the selfie photos in between innings. Given how fucking annoying the between-inning "entertainment" can be at ballparks (commercial, commercial, silly scoreboard game, commercial), I'm not sure why it's such a bad thing to entertain themselves like that.

As well, I'm pretty sure that if you got a similar collection of young men together like that, they'd probably be just as pre-occupied with their smart phones as those women were, except that they'd be doing something less obvious like checking their fantasy football lineups and sending texts to their friends.

Finally, you'd think that people whose livelihood (broadcasters) depends on the sport being popular would realize that those photos they are taken are going to go onto social media, and be tagged "at the baseball game". MLB (as every other sport) would DREAM of that sort of fan-driven-advertisement, as can be pointed out by the fact that there is an ad on the screen (that they are reading out loud) that asks people to do just what those women are doing.

In summary, fuck those announcers.

posted by grum@work at 11:08 PM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm an idiot.

TEX and LAA can't end up tied, so my nightmare scenario won't work.

One of them is going to end up with at least 87 wins.

So the nightmare scenario is:

TEX/LAA (one of them) 87 wins
TEX/LAA (one of them) 86 wins
HOU 86 wins
NYY 86 wins
MIN 86 wins

So the team with 87 wins gets the AL West.
The remaining four teams would have to play the extra games for the wild card spots.

A vs B
C vs D

The winners of those games would be the wild card teams, where their order is determined by other tie-breaking rules.


TEX/LAA (one of them) 87 wins
HOU 87 wins

TEX/LAA (one of them) 86 wins
NYY 86 wins
MIN 86 wins

TEX/LAA (87 wins) vs HOU for the AL West division, loser gets Wild Card 1.
The remaining 3 teams would then have to play AvB, winner v C to determine the 2nd wild card.

posted by grum@work at 10:04 AM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

the suddenly Godzilla Red Sox

They are the team (after the Blue Jays) that I would bet on to win the AL East next year. If they get their pitching in order, that batting lineup (assuming Pedroia/Ortiz don't crater) is scary.

posted by grum@work at 09:43 AM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Okay, now that the Jays have clinched the AL East, let's get serious about a very important topic: Can we have a nightmare scenario (for the MLB schedule makers) for the AL wild card spots (and AL West division)?

Current standings:
TEX 86 wins (4 games left)
NYY 86 wins (4 games left)
HOU 83 wins (4 games left - currently playing tonight)
LAA 83 wins (4 games left)
MIN 82 wins (4 games left)

Future games:
TEX vs LAA (4 games)
NYY vs BOS (1 game), NYY vs BAL (3 games)
HOU vs SEA (1 game), HOU vs ARI (3 games)
MIN vs KC (4 games)

To achieve nightmare scenario:
LAA sweeps TEX
NYY loses every game
HOU wins 3 of 4
MIN sweeps KC

Result: 5 teams tied for 3 playoff spots

As best as I can figure out, the tie-breakers would be:

The AL West teams would be designated A/B/C based on tie-breakers like overall record vs each other.

Game 1: AL West Team A vs AL West Team B - winner gets AL West title
Game 2: NYY vs MIN - winner gets Wild Card spot
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs AL West Team C - winner gets Wild Card spot

posted by grum@work at 12:04 AM on October 01

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Baltimore by 6
Miami by 3
Atlanta by 11
Buffalo by 14
Oakland by 6
Cincinnati by 3
Indianapolis by 7
Carolina by 11
Philadelphia by 7
San Diego by 3
Denver by 14
Arizona by 1
Green Bay by 20 (BUSH PARTY LOCK!)
Dallas by 3
Seattle by 17

posted by grum@work at 11:39 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Follow-up: AA addresses the troops as the REAL party is about to start. (NSFW language)

posted by grum@work at 11:25 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Looks like the Cards are going to avoid that aforementioned potentially awkward situation.

The Blue Jays didn't! Wooo!

Highlight of the game was when the HUGE group of Toronto fans that came to the game (some reporters believed it was 50/50 split in attendance) all started a chant to thank the man most responsible for the team's amazing 2nd half, GM Alex Anthopolous.

He was sitting in the crowd (with his front office staff) and acknowledged them at the end of it. He also then high-fived all of them as he made his way over to the dugout to celebrate with his team after the game was over.

posted by grum@work at 09:07 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

And, in case you are wondering, the Detroit Tigers clinched the AL pennant exactly 70 years ago today (1945/09/30) by winning the first game of a (make-up) double-header against the St. Louis Browns. They cancelled the second game (because it was now unnecessary and because of the rain that was falling at the time.)

posted by grum@work at 11:41 AM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Thanks to yesterday's rain-out, the Cardinals have the odd opportunity to clinch the NL Central in the first game of a doubleheader today. I'm curious as to what they would do about the usual champagne party woo woo time that comes with clinching.

The Toronto Blue Jays are in exactly the same situation in Baltimore today. With only 30 minutes between the end of the game and the second one, I assume it'll just be jumping around on the mound for now.

Then, after the second game is completed (with a AAA/backup/scrub lineup), they'll get some serious partying on in the visitor's locker room.

posted by grum@work at 11:27 AM on September 30