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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: February 09, 2016

grum@work has posted 194 links and 8331 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

Super Bowl hero wishes he never played pro football.:
Randle El, who retired in 2010 and is now 36 years old, has trouble walking down stairs and experiences memory lapses, the Post-Gazette reported.

posted by grum@work to football at 11:56 PM on January 19 - 2 comments

Baseball Hall of Fame adds "The Kid" and the catcher in 2016.:
With 99.3% of the vote (the highest percentage ever), Ken Griffey Jr. (the second best left-handed outfielder born on November 21st in Denora Pennsylvania) is easily inducted by the 440 baseball writers. Mike Piazza also clears the 75% hurdle with 83% of the vote.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 06:37 PM on January 06 - 17 comments

Final 2015 MLB 40-man payroll totals are released.:
The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with a $291,056,310 payroll.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 04:03 PM on December 21 - 8 comments

David Price signs largest pitching contract in MLB history.:
The Boston Red Sox needed an ace, so they went out and got the best free agent on the market. David Price has reportedly come to terms with the Red Sox on a seven-year contract worth $217 million, according to The Boston Globe.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:12 PM on December 01 - 9 comments

Recent Comments

Senators acquire Phaneuf from Maple Leafs in nine-player deal

His return to Toronto should be interesting...

posted by grum@work at 03:53 PM on February 09

Texans Owner Robert McNair: Cherokees Can't Hold Their Whiskey

If anything, you'd think that the owners would vote for the name change just so they could remove this ticking time bomb from their midst. As long as that offensive name is around for people to ask them questions, there remains a distinct chance that any one of them will say something stupid about it face the (appropriate) heat for their remarks.

Once the team becomes "Washington Warriors" or "Washington Americans" or "Washington Whatevers", then they'll never have to talk about "those people" again.

posted by grum@work at 03:33 PM on February 09

Texans Owner Robert McNair: Cherokees Can't Hold Their Whiskey

"Old, Rich, White Guy Says Something Insensitive" is the new "Dog Bites Man" headline.

posted by grum@work at 03:28 PM on February 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Fourth Down Bot doesn't care any more.

posted by grum@work at 02:49 PM on February 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

Shit. I wish I'd lost by three more points. Now my chickenshit decision to split my head/heart picks on the DEN/NE game has come back to haunt me.

And definitely ditch the quantum pick. We dodged a bullet this time.

posted by grum@work at 02:49 PM on February 08

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

Around a decade ago the NFL banned alcohol promotion by players even though the owners are making huge money from it

I had no idea they were such hypocrites. If that really is Manning's way around it, then good for him (especially if he owns stakes in it).

posted by grum@work at 09:54 AM on February 08

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

Manning owns 21 Papa John franchises in the state of Colorado. That's his main income after his retirement, and he probably has a strong relationship with him.

Manning had probably practiced his celebratory speech in order to avoid sounding too robotic, but then ended up sounding that way by using the same speech twice.

I'm just glad he didn't announce his retirement immediately after the game. Let the boys enjoy the moment.

posted by grum@work at 08:18 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Given the length of time and the brutality of the sport, I was VERY surprised that only one Super Bowl MVP (of the 50..two people tied one year) had passed away.

I couldn't help but notice how many of them were walking very gingerly, or with a limp...

posted by grum@work at 01:07 AM on February 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

I hate the fact that I "hedged my bets" by picking NE to win, even though I was cheering for Denver. I thought it would protect me if I was disappointed by Denver losing, but it did nothing but ruin my chances at winning. If you flip that game, I'm only 4 back of the lead.

Result: Denver by 3 - LOCK

Total Points: 29
(16-13 is my prediction as the defenses go crazy.)

Pick the kicker who scores the first field goal - G.Gano (Carolina)
Pick the player who scores the first touchdown - D.Thomas (Denver)
Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards - P.Manning (Denver)
Pick the player with the most rushing yards - C.J.Anderson (Denver)
Pick the player with the most receiving yards - G.Olson (Carolina)
Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack. - V.Miller (Denver)
Pick a player who will get an interception. - V.Miller (Denver)
Pick the player who commits the first turnover. - C.Newton (Carolina)
Pick the game's MVP. - V.Miller (Denver)
Pick the SportsFilter user who will win this contest - goyoucolts

posted by grum@work at 11:04 AM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I made the mistake of going to a huge local sports bar, and found myself perhaps the only one rooting for the Patriots. That experience of being in hostile territory, unable to cheer when your team does something well, having to endure the celebrations when the other team succeeds, is truly unpleasant.

When halftime came I saw the writing on the wall: this was not going to end well. I paid my tab, went back to my hotel and finished watching the game.

One day, I went to my university's local sports bar (Don Cherry's) to watch the Buffalo Bills play a wild card game. For some reason, the game was not a sellout Buffalo, so the local broadcast (which included my area) was blacked out. The only way to watch the game was through satellite, hence why I was there.

Buffalo would be considered the "local" team, but as a result of not actually being IN Buffalo, there was a lot of "anti-Bills" sentiment in the area. I was the only person at the bar wearing ANY Bills paraphernalia (my Steve Tasker jersey).

Well, the first half of the game was a nightmare, and they were trailing big coming out of half-time. Everyone around me was giving me the gears about the Bills, and I was NOT having fun. On the opening drive of the second half, the Bills turned it over...AGAIN. Now it was merciless from the "anti-Buffalo" fans. I paid my bill, and went back to my dorm. On the way, I hit the local arcade and killed some time there, then stopped by the computer lab to see if I had any email.

By the time I got back to the dorm, people were coming up to me and saying "Can you believe it?"

I had left the bar just before the beginning of THE GREATEST COMEBACK IN NFL HISTORY.

Thankfully, the local Buffalo station relented and re-aired the entire game at midnight, so I got to stay up and watch how it happened.

From that day forward, I swore I would never, EVER abandon a game in which I had a rooting interest.

posted by grum@work at 11:28 AM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

9: Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24. A notable game for many reasons. It was John Elway's first Super Bowl victory after multiple attempts. It featured one of the most brutal hits I've ever seen, on the game's second-to-last play, delivered by the Broncos' Steve Atwater, leveling both Packers receiver Robert Brooks and Atwater's teammate Randy Hilliard. (Atwater and Hilliard both had to leave the game.)

Uh, yeah. It was vicious. That's why they have those rules now. Atwater is out cold before he hits the turf.

posted by grum@work at 09:47 PM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Bills/Giants one stands out for me as it had zero turnovers, it was close the entire time, it had a memorable ending (*sob*), and it had the crazy pre-game hype (coming right after Gulf War I had just started).

I watched it during my first year at university, and everyone was sitting in chairs in the main quad watching it on a big screen TV. Just before they snapped the ball for the final kick, one of my dorm mates (a Giants fan) turned to me (a Bills fan) and said "You know he's going to miss the kick, right?"

I was momentarily stunned, and turned just in time to watch the kick sail wide.

I didn't talk to that guy for the rest of the semester.

posted by grum@work at 09:42 PM on February 04

Toronto Maple Leafs Adopt New Logo

If the team actually takes a step forward next year, the Leafs franchise is going to PRINT money with the new logo on hats/jerseys/t-shirts/cups/etc.

I was always a fan of the old logo (I have it on a Sittler jersey and on a Sundin jersey in my closet) because it was crisp, clean, and uncluttered.

That said, it was time to update it as it had been the same logo for my entire life (44 years) and they really, REALLY needed to try to put some space between themselves and the past 40+ years of failure (with brief moments of excellence...1978, 1992-1994, 1999-2002).

The new version looks very nice, but I'll be curious to see how they modify the rest of the jersey (stripes/arm crests/fonts).

posted by grum@work at 12:18 AM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Someone's going to make a nice 30-for-30 story about this.

John Scott wins All-Star MVP award

posted by grum@work at 08:58 PM on January 31