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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: August 27, 2016

grum@work has posted 201 links and 8566 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

A Q&A with Ichiro Suzuki:
I really hope he plays forever...
When I first came, I had a three-year deal. At that point all I thought was that I want to do the best I can in those three years. But in my first game, there was a play I made that was pretty good. I came in and Lou [Piniella, Seattle's manager from 1993 to 2002] gave me a kiss. So I thought, "Three years is too long! If I am going to get kissed every day, I don't want to be here!"

posted by grum@work to baseball at 07:33 AM on July 31 - 1 comment

The Greatest is gone.:

posted by grum@work to boxing at 01:07 AM on June 04 - 13 comments

Vin Scully recites the speech about baseball from "Field of Dreams".:
This should be played in every MLB park before the last game of Scully's career.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:27 PM on May 26 - 3 comments

Joe Paterno (and Penn State) may have known about the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976.:
The line in question states that one of Penn State's insurers has claimed "in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky."

posted by grum@work to football at 08:23 AM on May 06 - 10 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Wainwright and the other pitchers are standing on the top step of the dugout, while Weaver is one step a rookie should be.

posted by grum@work at 11:37 AM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Time for the rookie to learn the team traditions.

posted by grum@work at 05:16 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

grumble grumble Al Oerter grumble

grumble grumble single event grumble grumble

posted by grum@work at 09:23 AM on August 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Okay, NOW we can say Usain Bolt is the greatest Olympic track and field star of all time...right?

posted by grum@work at 09:51 PM on August 18

LeBron James Wants to Own an NBA Team

Obviously the market is changing and TV contracts may collapse

The only thing left on TV that people will watch live is sporting events...but I'm not sure that "TV" as we know it will be around in 20 years.

posted by grum@work at 05:13 PM on August 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I really hope Adrian Beltre has a few more years left in him.

posted by grum@work at 11:36 AM on August 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The picture (from the semi-finals, I assume) also captures DeGrasse's weird straight right arm running motion. It's so unorthodox.

As his coach says, don't fix what ain't broke.

posted by grum@work at 06:25 PM on August 15

Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky in the Same Relay? It Could Happen.

Why not do the same on the track for the 4x100m relays? Two men, two women, alternating each leg.

Or "team heptathlon", where you combine the scores of each member on the team (or they each do 3 events, and both do the final 800m as a 2x400m relay)?

Is there team golf at these Olympics? Each nation has a male/female pair, and it's alternating shots in match play single-elimination mode.

How about a combined weightlifting, where BOTH competitors work together to lift the (extra-long) bar?

posted by grum@work at 02:31 PM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So...Bolt's the greatest track and field star in Olympic history? Or does he have to win the 200m and 4x100m relay as well?

posted by grum@work at 12:31 AM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Patrick Roy resigns as head coach (and VP) of the Colorado Avalanche.

I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs and bring it to a higher level. To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-Hockey Operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team's performance. These conditions are not currently met.

posted by grum@work at 02:40 PM on August 11

WGN Anchor Goes on Epic Rant About Rules for Covering Olympics

It's a really interesting situation in Canada.

CBC (national broadcaster) has the rights.

They've sold some of them to TSN (one national sports station) and they broadcast events on 4 different channels.

They've also sold some of the rights to SportsNet (another national sports network, and blood rivals with TSN), and they broadcast events on one of their channels.


In the SportsCenter highlight shows every night, TSN can show actual highlights of the events (video) when talking about them. The soccer goals, rubgy tries, swimming finishes, gymnastic leaps, etc...whatever they want.

In the SportsCentral highlight shows every night, SportsNet can only show still images of the events when talking about them. Here is a still image of the Canadian soccer player celebrating! Here is a still image of the American swimmer standing in the starting blocks! Here is a still image of competitors standing around before the beginning of the beach volleyball tournament!

It's very weird.

posted by grum@work at 01:37 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

"I'm putting out what I feel is the best lineup," Girardi began. "That's my job. That's in my job description."

Standard stuff there. He has crafted the same thought a thousand different ways since Sunday, and really since it became apparent Alex Rodriguez had stopped being a part of his immediate plans. But then Girardi added this, and we got a rare chance to take a peek at a peeled-back onion:

"My job description," Girardi said, "does not entail a farewell tour."

Except, of course, when the farewell tour goes for an entire season (2013 & 2014). Then, in 2014, you had no problem running out the second worst hitter in the American League (76 OPS+) in the #2 spot in the batting order for 141 games, and in the #1 spot for three more games.

I also like how "best lineup" right now includes both Aaron Hicks (48 OPS+) and Mark Teixeira (69 OPS+) for 10 of the past 11 games.

posted by grum@work at 09:56 AM on August 11

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

Speaking as a Canadian football expert (as of this week), Tebow's passing deficiencies would be more apparent there than in the NFL.

But his skill as a running QB (like Flutie) could open things up for him.

posted by grum@work at 11:23 AM on August 10

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

I wouldn't be surprised if Tebow got a look from some club that put him at Triple-A to see what he could do.

If some team likes what they see, he probably starts in Rookie A ball, or A+ ball. I would have strong doubts he makes it up to AAA unless he's absolutely smashing all the minor leagues below him.

My Texas Rangers have done some outside-the-box signings before, like Josh Hamilton and Matt Bush, and those guys had big character concerns. Tebow is as squeaky clean as it gets in sports.

The difference there is that Hamilton and Bush were AMAZING baseball players before their troubles hit (albeit in high school and minor league ball). Tebow couldn't have been all that much in high school as no team even took a flyer on him in the draft.

MLB teams were willing to draft Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Daunte Culpepper, John Elway, and Dan Marino...but not Tim Tebow.

posted by grum@work at 01:49 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In honour of Ichiro's 3000th hit, here is a great commercial he did with Griffey Jr. back in 2010.

I mention it because of this article.

posted by grum@work at 12:33 AM on August 09