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grum@work
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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: July 25, 2014

grum@work has posted 159 links and 7425 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

This isn't The Onion : Championship League football owner cuts player from team because date of birth is unlucky.:
Cellino is so suspicious of the number 17 that he had the seats at his former club, Cagliari, taken out and replaced with 16B.

posted by grum@work to soccer at 02:39 PM on July 03 - 4 comments

MLB Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn has died at age 54.:
The 15-time all-star passed away from cancer. Known for his hitting (8-time NL batting champ), his greatest season (1994) was shortened by the player's strike.

He played 20 seasons with the Padres, and always had an OPS over 100+, and never struck out more than 40 times in a season.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 11:56 AM on June 16 - 17 comments

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World.:
I went looking for these videos in search of a pattern; maybe a pattern of pitch location, or pitch type. What I found was something far more fascinating.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 11:43 PM on April 17 - 9 comments

Baseline Cherrypicker: lets you find out who led what stat for which time period in baseball history, so you can win those very important internet arguments. For example: Greg Maddux led all pitchers in wins between 1947 and 2013.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:52 AM on January 10 - 6 comments

Three managers unanimously elected to Baseball Hall of Fame:
At the end of the 1981 season, these three managers had a combined career managing record of 705-912, with only two winning seasons (out of 11+ seasons managing) between them. Fast forward 32 years, and a 6853-5159 record with 63 winnings seasons (out of 78+) between them, and Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony LaRussa were inducted into the HOF by the Veteran's Committee.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:33 PM on December 09 - 7 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A called fake punt end-around on 3rd and 9 from your own 6 yard line with 50 seconds left in the half? That kind of shit has only ever worked in video games.

If you are EVER going to have the element of surprise, that would seem to be the time to have it. Nobody would expect them to run that play, at that time, with that field position. The main complaint is that the play they ran took WAY too long to develop. If they had the runner intercept the snap, or the kicker run it himself, maybe it has a chance. Maybe even a fake punting motion might have frozen the defense....

posted by grum@work at 03:28 PM on July 25

Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games

So how does the NFL justify the mentality that smoking pot is worse than beating on a woman?

Drugs are bad, m'kay?

posted by grum@work at 03:03 PM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Talk about home-field advantage! The Yankees won last night's game because their home grounds crew was unable to get the tarp on to the field during a rainstorm, and the field was rendered unplayable. The Yankees had the lead after 5 innings, so the umpires called the game after the rain stopped and they were unable to get the field dried out.

posted by grum@work at 08:26 AM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Reading about the Champions Hockey League makes me realize that my dream of a "Hockey Champions Cup" tournament in September (instead of watching meaningless pre-season games on TV) will never happen.

In my dream, the following teams qualify for this one-month tournament:
- the playoff winners
- the regular season winners (or the playoff runners-up if the playoff winners were also the regular season winners

from the following leagues:

NHL
KHL
Finnish Elite League
Swedish Hockey League
Czech Extraliga
Swiss National League A
German Ice Hockey League
and two more teams that qualify from the other European leagues (to be determined later)

The 16 teams would be entered into a single-elimination tournament, played in 2-to-4 cities of the host country. The teams would be seeded so that teams from each league can not play each other until the finals, and the KHL/NHL teams wouldn't face each other until the final four.

The tournament would alternate between a North American host and a European host each year.

posted by grum@work at 10:44 AM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Monaco vice-chairman Vadim Vasilyev said his club had no plans to sell Rodriguez, but were proud to be part of "one of the most significant transfers in football history". Vasilyev said: "The time came when the solution of a transfer was considered to be the most beneficial solution for all parties."

Translation:

posted by grum@work at 01:10 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Our previous discussion about the possibility of Rodriguez moving on from Monaco.

posted by grum@work at 01:07 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) connection to the existing New York Yankees franchise has been officially severed by the guys behind Baseball Reference (to line up with every other reference, and the Yankees/MLB themselves).

posted by grum@work at 11:33 AM on July 22

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

The Rangers currently have 16 players on the DL. They've used 51 different players this season.

In comparison, the AL East leading Orioles have 7 players on the DL. They've used 35 different players this season.

posted by grum@work at 04:18 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And after the game, at two in the morning, he took our players away. The very talented ones: Teixeira, Douglas, Fred. The rest are not so important.

Oof.

posted by grum@work at 01:54 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I had never heard about her before, but holy cow she won the looks lottery. Some company in Belgium/Europe is going to sign her for sure, regardless of the photo.

posted by grum@work at 12:11 PM on July 20

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

The shift is designed ONLY to thwart singles. Rasmus countered by hitting a single in a different way because of the defensive shift.

Someone should make sure Lewis gets his diaper changed before he talks to the media next time.

posted by grum@work at 11:10 AM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

We have a new front runner for the worst use of "unwritten rules" whining in MLB history:

"I told [Rasmus] I didn't appreciate it," Lewis said. "You're up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don't think that's the way the game should be played."

In summary: "Waaaaaaaaah!"

posted by grum@work at 10:14 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

No way. That Toronto lineup is ridiculously overstocked in talent. You have two of the top three goal scorers over the last 4 seasons (Stamkos, Perry), you have the #7 goal scorer (Tavares), and then you arguably have the best two defensemen in the NHL. As long as the goalie isn't you or me, that lineup smokes all the other Canadian ones.

The only one that comes close is Winnipeg, and Salvador is a big drop-off from the Leafs defensemen, and you already know my feelings about James Reimer...

posted by grum@work at 06:08 PM on July 18

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?

If you really wanted to be restrictive and say only from teams outside the top 100 AND have never made the World Cup at any time, then your list of twenty-three countries would be:

Moldova
Latvia
Lithuania
Bahrain
Tanzania
Luxembourg
Rwanda
Ethiopia
Equatorial Guinea
Namibia
Mozambique
Sudan
Liberia
Central African Republic
Lebanon
Malawi
Aruba
Tajikistan
Dominican Republic
Burundi
Kazakhstan
Philippines
Afghanistan

posted by grum@work at 12:22 PM on July 17

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?

It's too bad Qatar can't just take the best players from the countries that have zero chance of qualifying and make them citizens for six weeks. That would be an interesting team.

If you were to take the best player from the top 23 ranked teams that haven't competed in the last three World Cups, then you'd have the following nations to choose from (current world rank):

Romania 28
Venezuela 30
Turkey 32
Panama 33
Egypt 36
Hungary 38
Armenia 41
Austria 43
Wales 44
Iceland 47
Guinea 51
Uzbekistan 52
Finland 55
Jordan 57
Burkina Faso 58
Peru 59
Mali 60
Senegal 62
Libya 63
Sierra Leone 64
United Arab Emirates 65
Albania 67
Israel 67

Side note: Holy fuck, Canada! 118th?! I am disappoint.

posted by grum@work at 11:55 AM on July 17