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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: February 25, 2018

grum@work has posted 216 links and 8999 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

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

Skunk In The Outfield : How A Trick Play Almost Broke Baseball:
That's how it came to be that a Portsmouth sophomore named Johnny Pedrotty stood in right field in Game 2 of the Rhode Island state championship series, that a crowd of a thousand fans erupted into profane chaos, that a star infielder almost blacked out from the stress, and that Ulmschneider found himself unsure of how to stop what he'd unleashed. It's how, for two minutes and 32 seconds, baseball broke.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:28 AM on August 18 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I can't believe the Germans lost the gold medal by giving up a short handed goal in the last minute of the game.

Then again, I can't believe the Germans actually had the chance to win the gold medal in the last minute of the game.

At least it didn't end in a shootout...

Fast ein Wunder auf Eis.

posted by grum@work at 01:59 AM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Two things soften the blow about Canada losing in hockey today:

1) No other nation takes a bigger hit talent-wise by the lack of NHL players than Canada. It's a built-in excuse for losing. "Yeah, but if it the real players were here..."

2) Now I can cheer for the "Wunder auf dem Eis 2".

Side note: Are 90% of German words at least 8 characters long?

posted by grum@work at 10:23 AM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Mixed Doubles doesn't count as curling?

Yeah, it counts, but it was only introduced this Olympics AND the Canadians really didn't take it seriously. The amount of practice time the Canadian team had together before arriving in South Korea was 30 minutes.

That's it.

posted by grum@work at 10:19 AM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

In 1998, curling was introduced to the Olympics for women, and was re-introduced for men (after a 74-year break from it's first introduction).

Up until 2014, there have been 10 total sets of medals (G/S/B) handed out between the men's teams and the women's teams.

Canada had won 5 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze. They've ALWAYS won a medal for each discipline, and half the time they won gold.

Over the last two Olympics, the Canadian men's and women's teams went a combined 40-4 in their matches while winning 3 gold and 1 silver medal.

At the 2018 Olympics, Canada won ZERO curling medals. This will be considered a national disgrace.

If you had bet on that before the Olympics, you would have gotten "Leicester City wins the EPL" kind of odds.

posted by grum@work at 06:46 AM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

But grum, we down here *needed* this win so very badly. Please, give us this one thing.

No. No no no. No.

The women's curling team is going to go without a medal for the first time since it was introduced in 1998.

The men's curing team isn't going to the gold medal match for the first time it was re-introduced in 1998, and their first non-gold medal performance since 2002. And they got beat by ... the Americans?!

The women's hockey team didn't win a gold medal for the first time in 20 years.

Now everything rests on the men's hockey team to salvage our national pride for the two sports Canadians EXPECT to win every Olympics.

That's too much pressure on these Spengler Cup guys.

The only thing I can say positively is that the women put on a MUCH better performance in the shootout than the men have. Those two goals, by Daoust and Lamoureux, were NHL-calibre moves

posted by grum@work at 02:53 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 02:14 AM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Americans fell victim to one of the classic blunders!

  1. Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
  2. Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
  3. Never get into a shootout with the Czech Republic.
  4. posted by grum@work at 12:58 AM on February 21

The Film the NFL doesn't want you to see

the NFL diagnosed at least 281 traumatic brain injuries this season

There were 2009 different players that played in at least one game during the 2017 season.

That means almost 14% of the players (assuming each player only had one concussion, but I know that less than 281 players got one because some had two) that played this season got a concussion.

I can't imagine any other sport or profession (outside of full contact combat sports) that would be okay with that high percentage of their participants suffering brain injuries.

posted by grum@work at 03:02 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I have to believe he changed his mind because Belichek told him he's staying on for just one more year and the Patriots will make him the new head coach after that.

posted by grum@work at 06:32 AM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Connor McDavid is ridiculous.

posted by grum@work at 12:19 AM on February 06

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

I think this is my first Costanza!

I couldn't be more proud. Everyone tries to achieve perfection, but there has to b....

/David Harbour appearance

"Nope, this is a Tide ad."

posted by grum@work at 06:52 AM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

The big winner last night was't Philadelphia, but was Tide. Their "every commercial is OUR commercial" Super Bowl ad was brilliant marketing.

As well, every OTHER company should thank them for convincing the viewing public to watch every other commercial intently to see if it was another Tide fakeout.

posted by grum@work at 06:49 AM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

I have no idea why Collingsworth was so adamant about the 2nd touchdown NOT being a catch. It was quite obvious to everyone watching that the receiver took two upright steps before the defender hit his leg and and the runner dove for the goal line to try and get the touchdown.

If the defender isn't there, then he runs in unopposed.

The first touchdown I could KIND OF understand why it might be ruled "no good" as the ball was moving around in his arms as he was taking another step, but I wouldn't have said it was "loose".

Hopefully Collingsworth's "I don't know any more!" becomes the final rallying cry for a rewrite of the "catch" rules this off season. You can't have the national broadcaster say that in the biggest game of the year (and probably one of the most entertaining Super Bowls of all time) and not have SOMETHING happen...

posted by grum@work at 06:45 AM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

That 4th down play call by the Eagles for the Foles TD is the greatest play call in the history of the Super Bowl.

It's daring.

It's crazy.

It's a game breaker.

It's unexpected.

It's memorable.

No other play call (not play) can compare to it.

posted by grum@work at 08:14 PM on February 04

Super Bowl 0x34

Not a concussion...a "head injury".

posted by grum@work at 07:51 PM on February 04