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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: March 30, 2015

grum@work has posted 176 links and 7783 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

SF 49er rookie Chris Borland retires at age 24 due to worries about his future health from concussions.:
"I feel largely the same, as sharp as I've ever been, for me it's wanting to be proactive," said Borland. "I'm concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it's too late. ... There are a lot of unknowns. I can't claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don't want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise."

posted by grum@work to football at 11:12 PM on March 16 - 4 comments

Yahoo Tourney Pick'em Pool:
I didn't see one created for SpoFi, so I threw one together.

posted by grum@work to basketball at 09:53 PM on March 16 - 13 comments

Revealed: the ghost game bet on around the world ... that never actually took place.:
All this would have been reflected in the odds offered before and during the game by bookmakers such as bet365 and SBOBET, odds that should have been increasingly in Shakhter’s favour. Except most people backing them were doomed to lose from the outset, because FC Slutsk 2 Shakhter Soligorsk 1 was always going to be the final score of a match Inside Sport can reveal never took place.

posted by grum@work to soccer at 11:27 AM on February 19 - 4 comments

Semi-regular update: Julio Franco is still playing baseball.:
Julio Franco was teammates with Hall-of-Famer Phil Niekro (born in 1939) and current all-star Carlos Gomez (born in 1985).

posted by grum@work to baseball at 02:37 PM on February 09 - 17 comments

High school coach suspended after basketball team wins by 159 points.:
"The game just got away from me," Anderson told the San Bernardino Sun on Friday. "I didn't play any starters in the second half. I didn't expect them to be that bad. I'm not trying to embarrass anybody."

posted by grum@work to basketball at 12:20 AM on January 18 - 10 comments

Recent Comments

Tiger Woods Falls Out of Top 100 in Golf

This is like watching the end of Steve Carlton's career. One of the greats of all time struggling mightily with the end of his career, and refusing to go quietly into the night while chipping away at the legacy he built.

I would love for Tiger to be "Tiger" one last time at the Masters (redemption/recovery stories are so hot), but I'm not holding out hope.

posted by grum@work at 12:03 PM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If/when an undefeated elite NCAA men's basketball team loses it's first game of the season, do the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers uncork some champagne and celebrate in the manner of the 1972 Miami Dolphins?

P.T.I. had one of the players from that team on for a brief interview (I forget which one) and asked him just that. He said they don't do any celebration, and in fact it wouldn't diminish their accomplishment one bit if someone else pulled it off. He said the Hoosiers would still be undefeated champions, and he'd be happy to see other kids have a chance to relish that opportunity.

posted by grum@work at 09:56 AM on March 30

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

Help this North American figure out what is going on in the article:

"Sending off" usually means a batter has been bowled/run/caught out. What is it that the Aussies were doing that was controversial?

"Sledging"? Can I get a quick definition for that?

posted by grum@work at 09:52 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

grum's brief review of his visit to the NCAA Round 2/Round 3 games in Columbus, Ohio:

  1. Columbus, Ohio is a really nice city. They have a lot of nice touristy things to look at, some nice old buildings in the downtown core, and crazy-good shopping choices on the outskirts. My dad (who I went with) is probably going to plan a visit with my mom and sister as part of a shopping trip.

  2. The Nationwide Arena is great. It's a nice "new" building, with wide concourses, LOTS of food concession options with reasonable prices (including Tim Hortons, which my dad loved), and the sightlines for the upper areas are still great for basketball. The area around the arena has lots of "hip" eateries to enjoy if you come down for a game and make a night of it.

  3. The first half of the Dayton (11)/Providence (6) game was probably the worst half of basketball I've seen from two Division I teams in my life. At the 10 minute mark, the score was 9-5 (for Dayton). Both teams were just jacking up bricks from everywhere, or simply grabbing the ball and taking three big steps towards the basket and hoping for a foul call. After the first couple of times, the defenders simply let them pass. This created the ugly situation of a player who was completely out of control trying to make an off-balance layup/shot, leading to more bricks. This might have been the result of an insane start time for the game (10:53pm) and tired players taking the floor.

  4. Speaking of which, those "timeout on the floor" TV breaks (every four minutes of game time) are just awful and can really drag out a game. In the Dayton/Providence game (already starting late because of the previous evening game taking so long) there was a TV timeout 17 seconds after a full timeout. The worst sequence was late in the second half: in 51 seconds of game time, there were 4 team timeouts (two of which were "full" timeouts), a TV timeout, and a video review.

  5. Video reviews! Please, for the people that shelled out some big bucks to watch the games live, throw us a bone and tell us WHAT YOU ARE FUCKING REVIEWING! We sat there a few times over the two days in complete bewilderment as to the reason for the video review. Whether the review overturned something or not, they NEVER told the crowd what was happening. Just put something up on the board saying why the review is happening.

  6. Oklahoma had the best cheerleaders (both routine and looks), but the Dayton band was by far the most entertaining.

  7. Dayton may as well have been playing home games (like their First Four game against Boise St.) because 75% of the crowd was from Ohio for their games. When they had the lead (by 7) late against Oklahoma, the place was just rocking. Alas, they choked it away and lost (thus ruining my bracket a little more as I had them upsetting their way to the Sweet 16 like last year).

  8. Maryland player Melo Trimble suffered a head injury in the second half. He got kneed in the head by his own teammate after stumbling to the ground. He was on the ground for a long time, and was obviously in a lot of discomfort. The training staff did NOT come out to look at him until a couple of team mates called them over. Then, they simply stood him up and walked him back to the bench. He sat there for the rest of the game, alternating between holding his head in his hands, and leaning forward with a towel over his head. The training staff made NO effort to take him into the back for any sort of concussion exam, and instead kept talking to him...which must have been difficult since he was seated RIGHT NEXT TO THE UNIVERSITY BAND!. I can't think of many things worse for a head injury than having someone pound on a base drum only 10 feet away. It was appalling that there wasn't any attempt to get him some relief (or medical attention) until after the game was over.

posted by grum@work at 02:47 PM on March 24

The 2015 Cricket World Cup moves on to the knock-out stage

There is a 30-minute "highlights" show that pops up in the late hours on the Sportsnet channels (Canadian). The actual games are PPV/subscription to watch, so that's not an option for me, but I've been enjoying some of the highlights.

posted by grum@work at 11:13 AM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The "Richard Riot" was 60 years ago today. The Globe and Mail has some archival photos from that time.

posted by grum@work at 08:27 AM on March 17

Yahoo Tourney Pick'em Pool

Name: SpoFi
Pool #: 160458
Pass: spofi2k15

The scoring system is called "Seed Difference Bonus".
The normal scoring is counted:
1 point for a correct round of 64 pick
2 points for a correct round of 32 pick
4 points for a correct round of 16 pick
8 points for a correct round of 8 pick
16 points for a correct round of 4 pick
32 points for a correct final winner

As well, bonus points are awarded for upsets, equal to the seed differential.
So if a #12 upsets a #5, you get 7 bonus points (regardless of the round it happens).
If a #1 beats a #16, you don't get any bonus points.

This will reward riskier picks that are right.

posted by grum@work at 10:01 PM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This morning:
Video of Wayne Rooney being knocked out whilst boxing in kitchen is released on a newspaper website.

This afternoon:
Wayne Rooney scores for Manchester United and then gives everyone an awesome goal celebration.

posted by grum@work at 11:25 PM on March 15

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

Puns on Sportsfilter?

Some things will never change...

posted by grum@work at 10:07 PM on March 15

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

I'm going to Columbus to watch the games there on Friday and Sunday. Unfortunately, we didn't get any of the big name teams.

I'm hoping that Dayton makes it out of the play-in game, because they had a REALLY nice run last year, knocking off Ohio State, Syracuse, and Stanford. They'll essentially be playing another "home game", as the First Four is in Dayton, and their next series would be in Columbus.

I assume that there will be an official SpoFi bracket contest...

posted by grum@work at 09:37 PM on March 15

Formula E Racing Comes to U.S.

The changing cars halfway through just proves that electric cars will never work unless you have a regular car also.

Drive your local commutes everyday but if you want to take a trip forget it.

That's the kind of thing that buggy owners said about gas-powered "automobiles" over 100 years ago. If you really think this is the be-all-end-all of battery tech, then you're probably going to be very surprised in the (near) future.

posted by grum@work at 02:08 AM on March 15

"Why not go for 70?"

Watching the Atlanta player flip out on the bench was great.

I understand the need for professionalism, but sometimes you just get so caught up in the amazing that it is okay to become a fan for a long as you accept the punishment later.

posted by grum@work at 03:57 PM on March 13

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

The Eagles traded Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday in a perplexing move that brought former No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford to Philadelphia after two major knee injuries and also required the Eagles to surrender their 2016 second-round pick.

posted by grum@work at 12:04 AM on March 11

Baseball's fight with fatigue

So does someone want to try and explain how amps weren't "performance enhancing", and the fact that all of their favourite baseball heroes of the 1950s/60s/70s/80s that used them weren't "cheating"?

posted by grum@work at 11:56 PM on March 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Well, Phaneuf is the captain, and that role comes with a target. And Kessel is the highest paid and most talented Leaf, so that also comes with a target.

The fact that the media attention is negative is strictly because of the team results. When the Leafs were winners, players like Doug Gilmour were lauded like gods among men by the media.

Hockey in Toronto (and Montreal) is unlike any other club sport in any other city in the world, except maybe football in Dallas. You're talking about the nation's most popular sport, in the nation's most populous city, without any other competing team. You also have quite a few media empires that are centered around Toronto (Bell, Rogers, Sun, Star) and now you have to produce infotainment to fill those eyes/ears/bits. When the team stinks, it's easy to write a new article every day that explains how they stink, why they stink, who should be blamed for the stink, and how you think it should be fixed. Who do you blame?

Coach, GM, captain, star..those are the easiest choices.

posted by grum@work at 02:41 PM on March 03