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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: November 12, 2019

grum@work has posted 227 links and 9,295 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

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!:
At 19-31 in late May, with a less than 1% chance of even making the playoffs, the Nationals have come roaring back to win the franchise's first ever World Series championship, and the first one for D.C. baseball team in over 90 years.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:41 AM on October 31, 2019 - 15 comments

Pirates broadcaster complains about Reds player and goes too far.:
“I heard of him because of his grandfather (Steve Demeter) who used to be a minor league coach for the Pirates. He was the nicest, sweetest guy in the world. He’s rolling in his grave every time this guy hits a home run. He’s embarrassed of his grandson.”

posted by grum@work to baseball at 03:27 PM on May 30, 2019 - 6 comments

Mom, don't read this! - Seth Jones:
"Oh man, she’s gonna read this. She’s going to be all over this. Players’ Tribune, you should talk to her about all this, because she’s going to say I’m lying." Editor’s’ Note from The Players’ Tribune: No problem, Seth. Please welcome your special guest editor, Amy Jones.

posted by grum@work to hockey at 12:40 PM on February 27, 2019 - 7 comments

Ryan Reeves visits the barbershop to talk about hockey in the black community.:
"If you ever see a playoff hockey game, it's better than any other sport."

posted by grum@work to hockey at 12:15 PM on February 11, 2019 - 2 comments

"My Dad's Friendship with Charles Barkley":

posted by grum@work to basketball at 10:45 PM on December 26, 2018 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

When EVERYONE else apologizes for your stupid outburst, but you remain vigilant in NOT apologizing, the writing is on the wall.

His time had come, and Don Cherry can go ahead and rant and rave in a much less public forum.

I will be curious how they fill their first intermission time slot now.

I don't think anyone would want to jump into the seat that Don has been kicked from, because that's just focusing the ire of the angry white male on a new (and unrelated) target.

Ron Maclean still has the "Hometown Hockey" weekly gig, so he's not really hurting if they go with some other ideas for that slot.

posted by grum@work at 04:47 PM on November 11, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

L.A. Chargers by 10
Detroit by 9
Baltimore by 17
Buffalo by 10
Kansas City by 13
New Orleans by 17
N.Y. Giants by 3
Tampa Bay by 3
Indianapolis by 6
Green Bay by 10
L.A. Rams by 10
Minnesota by 6
Seattle by 6

posted by grum@work at 06:09 PM on November 05, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

St. Louis Blues - first championship in franchise history

Toronto Raptors - first championship in franchise history

Washington Nationals - first championship in franchise history

Do I dare dream for the Buffalo Bills this season?

posted by grum@work at 07:29 AM on October 31, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series! took out my strike through for Montreal Expos!

posted by grum@work at 12:41 AM on October 31, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Perhaps more to the point, I wonder how many players understand that they are supposed to run outside of the foul line.

I have to imagine it was explained to them at SOME point in their Little League, college, minor league, or major league careers. I mean, would they not ask why that long rectangle appears on the ground, starting halfway between home and first?

It's the only marking on a baseball diamond that I know of that doesn't have a mirror image on the other side of the diamond.

posted by grum@work at 06:08 PM on October 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I don't think this call is being made a lot of the time, and I don't think it's absence would have been noticed if it wasn't called

It's called a lot more often (where "a lot" = a few times a year) when the throw is from a sharper angle and the ball hits the runner (who is outside the running lane) before it gets to the glove. Here, the interference is with the receiving glove and not the thrown ball.

when Turner is hit while he is stepping on the base

It was that he hit the fielder's glove BEFORE stepping on the base and was running the entire time outside the marked running lane.

posted by grum@work at 03:43 PM on October 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The funny part was that Nationals fans were saying things like "they never make that call", "I've never seen that called" and other things like that.

Jon Bois tweeted some nonsense about the rule not being enforced since "1905".

Of course, almost the EXACT same play and umpire call happened in a game involving the Nationals.

posted by grum@work at 02:53 PM on October 30, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: San Francisco 51ers Edition

San Francisco by 13
Houston by 9
Buffalo by 14
Minnesota by 10
N.Y. Jets by 6
Philadelphia by 3
Indianapolis by 10
Carolina by 7
Detroit by 6
Seattle by 10
Cleveland by 3
Green Bay by 13
New England by 14
Dallas by 13

posted by grum@work at 12:53 PM on October 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Raptors are rocking their original 1995 jerseys for tonight's game against the Magic and playing on the throwback court as well.

To give you an idea of how things have changed, the Raptors averaged 12 3-pt attempts per game in that inaugural year.

They just took 13 3-pt attempts in the first quarter of tonight's game.

posted by grum@work at 08:14 PM on October 28, 2019

Astros Exec Celebrated ALCS Win by Taunting Female Reporters


If there is a university course out there that teaches about public relations, this whole matter should be a chapter in the text book called "Cautionary Tale: How To Do Everything Wrong".

The Astros handling of this has been so bad, they've blown off every goddamn toe at this point with how many times they've shot themselves in the foot.

posted by grum@work at 11:31 PM on October 24, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

MLB: "Hopefully the whole Astros domestic violence thing will just fade away and we can get back to talking about the W...what? Oh, come on! We just cannot catch a break right now!"

posted by grum@work at 08:28 PM on October 23, 2019

Astros Exec Celebrated ALCS Win by Taunting Female Reporters

But wait, there's EVEN MORE!

"What we really don't know is the intent behind the inappropriate comments he made. We may never know that because the person who said them and the people who heard them, at least up to this point, have different perspectives."

They've now moved on to the "he said, she said" defense!

Whoever is being paid to handle this PR nightmare for the Astros should ALSO be fired.

posted by grum@work at 03:44 PM on October 23, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Seeing Ghosts Edition

Minnesota by 10
Seattle by 13
Buffalo by 3
Chicago by 3
Detroit by 10
Tennessee by 6
Indianapolis by 9
L.A. Rams by 13
New Orleans by 10
Jacksonville by 13
San Francisco by 13
New England by 17
Houston by 13
Green Bay by 10
Pittsburgh by 10

posted by grum@work at 06:52 AM on October 23, 2019

Astros Exec Celebrated ALCS Win by Taunting Female Reporters

But wait, there's more!

NEWS: Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman was targeting a female reporter wearing a purple bracelet on domestic violence.

She has tweeted frequently on DV; he complained about her tweets offering info on DV hotlines when Roberto Osuna appeared in Astros games in 2018.

posted by grum@work at 09:14 PM on October 22, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: J-E-T-S Edition

Kansas City by 3
L.A. Rams by 6
Buffalo by 9
Jacksonville by 3
Detroit by 7
Green Bay by 10
Houston by 7
N.Y. Giants by 3
San Francisco by 17
Tennessee by 6
New Orleans by 3
Baltimore by 3
Dallas by 6
New England by 21

posted by grum@work at 09:05 AM on October 16, 2019