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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: April 23, 2018

grum@work has posted 217 links and 9038 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

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.:
The 36-year-old accountant comes into the game with 14 minutes left in the game. And he makes a big save!

posted by grum@work to hockey at 12:55 AM on March 30 - 11 comments

Joe Morgan: "We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don't belong here.":
With the release of the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot this week, Joe Morgan has penned a letter that has been sent to all the Hall of Fame voters in the BBWAA.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 11:07 AM on November 22 - 5 comments

FoxSports "pivot to video" decision has cost them almost 90% of their audience.:
SI’s Richard Deitsch reports that traffic dropped an astounding 88% since the “pivot to video.” Their traffic has gone from over 143 million in a monthly period to just under 17 million.

posted by grum@work to general at 08:30 AM on October 25 - 8 comments

The most important news about the NHL this season: Jagr will play!:
It wouldn't be the NHL without Jaromir Jagr.

posted by grum@work to hockey at 01:18 PM on October 02 - 13 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Sean Manaea throws a no-hitter against the league-leading Boston Red Sox.

Boston had won their previous 8 games by a combined 60-16 score. They led the league in runs scored and in AVG/OBP/SLG.

That's like defeating a video game while playing on the hardest difficulty.

posted by grum@work at 12:03 AM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Freddy says no!

posted by grum@work at 10:25 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 06:31 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Drake, his Humboldt Broncos jersey, and the Raptors.

posted by grum@work at 07:53 PM on April 15

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Saturday

Houston in 4 - Harden

Oklahoma City in 7 - Westbrook

Portland in 5 - A.Davis

Golden State in 5 - Durant

Toronto in 5 - DeRozan

Cleveland in 6 - James

Philadelphia in 7 - Reddick

Milwaukee in 7 - Greek Freak

posted by grum@work at 09:03 AM on April 14

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Winnipeg in 6
Pittsburgh in 5
Los Angeles in 7
Tampa Bay in 4
Toronto in 6
Washington in 5
Nashville in 5
Anaheim in 7

Auston Matthews

posted by grum@work at 07:24 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 06:44 AM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

After Buck Showalter brought in a relief pitcher against the Jays with the bases loaded and two outs, the Jays proceeded to draw a walk, hit a grand slam, and then get another hit.

This audio gem was caught on the mics, and I'm pretty sure it will be meme-worthy for Orioles fans for a while.

posted by grum@work at 10:29 PM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Hey, San Diego? You signed the American League Gold Glove winner for first base to the largest contract in the history of the organization ($144million over 8 years)! How is that going?

San Diego: Let's talk about this some other day.

posted by grum@work at 01:43 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Ottawa Senators held "Fan Appreciation Night". As part of the promotion, they gave away McDonald's gift cards to certain rows/sections of fans.


posted by grum@work at 12:19 PM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The were born at the same time, drafted at the same time, started their NHL careers at the same time, and will now retire at the same time.

Stick taps for the Sedin brothers, everyone.

posted by grum@work at 01:41 PM on April 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Baseball-Reference is switching to video mode.

Here is the new Mike Trout baseball-reference page.

posted by grum@work at 01:21 PM on April 01

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

Yeah, I didn't count the 8 second fun appearance:

With the Hurricanes losing 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning having iced the puck at the end of the game, Hurricanes' coach Bill Peters put Alves in the net for the final seconds of the match.

This was a legitimate "must play" appearance.

Interesting notes I found out about his appearance:

1) He doesn't get paid for playing net. The Amateur Try Out (ATO) specifically says they cannot be remunerated for their appearance on the bench/ice by management. Of course, I'm pretty sure the Hawks players will chip in something for him (petty cash or signed items).

2) He's been in the rink as an emergency goalie quite a few times, but hadn't been required to get dressed. In fact, if the JETS goalies had gotten hurt, then Foster would have been THEIR emergency goalie. They sit in the stands just in case either team needs them.

posted by grum@work at 01:59 AM on March 31

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

Celebration at the end of the game.

posted by grum@work at 01:08 AM on March 30