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grum@work has posted 194 links and 8324 comments to SportsFilter and 15 links and 920 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

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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

Super Bowl hero wishes he never played pro football.:
Randle El, who retired in 2010 and is now 36 years old, has trouble walking down stairs and experiences memory lapses, the Post-Gazette reported.

posted by grum@work to football at 11:56 PM on January 19 - 2 comments

Baseball Hall of Fame adds "The Kid" and the catcher in 2016.:
With 99.3% of the vote (the highest percentage ever), Ken Griffey Jr. (the second best left-handed outfielder born on November 21st in Denora Pennsylvania) is easily inducted by the 440 baseball writers. Mike Piazza also clears the 75% hurdle with 83% of the vote.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 06:37 PM on January 06 - 17 comments

Final 2015 MLB 40-man payroll totals are released.:
The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with a $291,056,310 payroll.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 04:03 PM on December 21 - 8 comments

David Price signs largest pitching contract in MLB history.:
The Boston Red Sox needed an ace, so they went out and got the best free agent on the market. David Price has reportedly come to terms with the Red Sox on a seven-year contract worth $217 million, according to The Boston Globe.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:12 PM on December 01 - 9 comments

Recent Comments

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

Manning owns 21 Papa John franchises in the state of Colorado. That's his main income after his retirement, and he probably has a strong relationship with him.

Manning had probably practiced his celebratory speech in order to avoid sounding too robotic, but then ended up sounding that way by using the same speech twice.

I'm just glad he didn't announce his retirement immediately after the game. Let the boys enjoy the moment.

posted by grum@work at 08:18 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Given the length of time and the brutality of the sport, I was VERY surprised that only one Super Bowl MVP (of the 50..two people tied one year) had passed away.

I couldn't help but notice how many of them were walking very gingerly, or with a limp...

posted by grum@work at 01:07 AM on February 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

I hate the fact that I "hedged my bets" by picking NE to win, even though I was cheering for Denver. I thought it would protect me if I was disappointed by Denver losing, but it did nothing but ruin my chances at winning. If you flip that game, I'm only 4 back of the lead.

Result: Denver by 3 - LOCK

Total Points: 29
(16-13 is my prediction as the defenses go crazy.)

Pick the kicker who scores the first field goal - G.Gano (Carolina)
Pick the player who scores the first touchdown - D.Thomas (Denver)
Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards - P.Manning (Denver)
Pick the player with the most rushing yards - C.J.Anderson (Denver)
Pick the player with the most receiving yards - G.Olson (Carolina)
Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack. - V.Miller (Denver)
Pick a player who will get an interception. - V.Miller (Denver)
Pick the player who commits the first turnover. - C.Newton (Carolina)
Pick the game's MVP. - V.Miller (Denver)
Pick the SportsFilter user who will win this contest - goyoucolts

posted by grum@work at 11:04 AM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I made the mistake of going to a huge local sports bar, and found myself perhaps the only one rooting for the Patriots. That experience of being in hostile territory, unable to cheer when your team does something well, having to endure the celebrations when the other team succeeds, is truly unpleasant.

When halftime came I saw the writing on the wall: this was not going to end well. I paid my tab, went back to my hotel and finished watching the game.

One day, I went to my university's local sports bar (Don Cherry's) to watch the Buffalo Bills play a wild card game. For some reason, the game was not a sellout Buffalo, so the local broadcast (which included my area) was blacked out. The only way to watch the game was through satellite, hence why I was there.

Buffalo would be considered the "local" team, but as a result of not actually being IN Buffalo, there was a lot of "anti-Bills" sentiment in the area. I was the only person at the bar wearing ANY Bills paraphernalia (my Steve Tasker jersey).

Well, the first half of the game was a nightmare, and they were trailing big coming out of half-time. Everyone around me was giving me the gears about the Bills, and I was NOT having fun. On the opening drive of the second half, the Bills turned it over...AGAIN. Now it was merciless from the "anti-Buffalo" fans. I paid my bill, and went back to my dorm. On the way, I hit the local arcade and killed some time there, then stopped by the computer lab to see if I had any email.

By the time I got back to the dorm, people were coming up to me and saying "Can you believe it?"

I had left the bar just before the beginning of THE GREATEST COMEBACK IN NFL HISTORY.

Thankfully, the local Buffalo station relented and re-aired the entire game at midnight, so I got to stay up and watch how it happened.

From that day forward, I swore I would never, EVER abandon a game in which I had a rooting interest.

posted by grum@work at 11:28 AM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

9: Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24. A notable game for many reasons. It was John Elway's first Super Bowl victory after multiple attempts. It featured one of the most brutal hits I've ever seen, on the game's second-to-last play, delivered by the Broncos' Steve Atwater, leveling both Packers receiver Robert Brooks and Atwater's teammate Randy Hilliard. (Atwater and Hilliard both had to leave the game.)

Uh, yeah. It was vicious. That's why they have those rules now. Atwater is out cold before he hits the turf.

posted by grum@work at 09:47 PM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Bills/Giants one stands out for me as it had zero turnovers, it was close the entire time, it had a memorable ending (*sob*), and it had the crazy pre-game hype (coming right after Gulf War I had just started).

I watched it during my first year at university, and everyone was sitting in chairs in the main quad watching it on a big screen TV. Just before they snapped the ball for the final kick, one of my dorm mates (a Giants fan) turned to me (a Bills fan) and said "You know he's going to miss the kick, right?"

I was momentarily stunned, and turned just in time to watch the kick sail wide.

I didn't talk to that guy for the rest of the semester.

posted by grum@work at 09:42 PM on February 04

Toronto Maple Leafs Adopt New Logo

If the team actually takes a step forward next year, the Leafs franchise is going to PRINT money with the new logo on hats/jerseys/t-shirts/cups/etc.

I was always a fan of the old logo (I have it on a Sittler jersey and on a Sundin jersey in my closet) because it was crisp, clean, and uncluttered.

That said, it was time to update it as it had been the same logo for my entire life (44 years) and they really, REALLY needed to try to put some space between themselves and the past 40+ years of failure (with brief moments of excellence...1978, 1992-1994, 1999-2002).

The new version looks very nice, but I'll be curious to see how they modify the rest of the jersey (stripes/arm crests/fonts).

posted by grum@work at 12:18 AM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Someone's going to make a nice 30-for-30 story about this.

John Scott wins All-Star MVP award

posted by grum@work at 08:58 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Let's ask Denver Broncos fans if they would like to trade Tebow for Newton straight up. They would laugh in your face. Football fans know even if the experts have no clue. We can spot a fraud when we see one.

In five years, when Tebow is leading Denver into the playoffs and Cam Newton is riding someone's bench, remember this article.

Oh, you couldn't POSSIBLY have concocted a better last paragraph than that one.

posted by grum@work at 09:02 PM on January 29

Ranking the Super Bowl MVPs

What's amazing to me is that I completely forgot that the Broncos beat the Falcons in John Elway's last Super Bowl (I couldn't remember who they played other than the Packers the year before), and that Ottis Anderson was the MVP from the classic XXV (Bills/Giants) Super Bowl (thought it was Jeff Hostetler).

posted by grum@work at 10:08 AM on January 28

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50


"He's started running!"

[head to fridge to grab a drink]

[sit back down]

"Oh, he just finished running. I didn't miss anything."

posted by grum@work at 02:28 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Running up the middle twice, then throwing sideline and then punting gave the ball to New England at the 50 with one timeout and 1:52 left.

In your scenario, ("don't-get-fired-three-runs-and-a-punt"), even if you cause New England to use their final timeout, the Patriots now have to gain a whopping 17 yards in ~100 seconds to have a chance to win the game.

I didn't suggest three straight rushes. I advocated against three straight passing plays. A<>B in this case.

Also, it wasn't like New England was going to run the ball to get those 17 (probably more, since that would still be a 50 yard field goal) yards (because of time management requirements). So if they were forced to pass, I'll point out that Brady was getting eaten alive by the Denver pass rush. He completed only 9 positive-yard passes in 25 attempts in the fourth quarter, including only 3 in his last 12 attempts.

posted by grum@work at 02:25 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Instead Denver throw the ball on second and third down, if not all three downs, convert for a first down, get to the two minute warning and then run into the line twice, cause New England to use its timeouts and Brady never has another serious chance.

Three passing plays when you're trying to chew up clock? Isn't that how coaches get fired?

posted by grum@work at 01:26 PM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

We're into butterfly wing territory here though. You can't rewrite the last six minutes of a football game and only change one team's script.

Denver's script after the first two drives (assuming no touchdown) would have probably been pretty much the same: chew up the clock, hold onto the ball, get a couple of first downs.

The play calling would still have been conservative (because the fear of a turnover is much greater than the fear of the drive after a punt), and Denver's defense would still be playing with the same objective (get the ball back ASAP, kill the drive or turnover).

I think a field goal on the first drive would have made a lot of sense because (I have to assume) a 34-yard field goal (from the 17 (+7 for the hold, + 10 for the endzone) has a higher make chance than a 2-point conversion. There was more than enough time to get the ball back after the first drive to get the non-converted touchdown.

posted by grum@work at 11:46 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

While that is obviously true, it's hard to say how the game would have played out had the Patriots kicked field goals -- would have made a difference in field position (Denver's starting field position and Patriots field position after Broncos punts) and amount of clock available for the Patriots (at a minimum, due to kickoffs), and might have influenced Bronco's offensive strategy.

3rd last drive for NE:
Real last play: Brady threw a pass to Edleman for -1 yards. That gave the ball to Denver at the 17 yard line.
Alternate result: NE kicks the field goal. Then they kick-off through the end zone (no time expires), and Denver starts at the 20 yard line.
Change: Denver starts 3 yards ahead. Negligible difference.

2nd last drive for NE:
Real last play: Brady threw an incomplete pass. That gave the ball to Denver at the 14 yard line.
Alternate result: NE kicks the field goal. Then they kick-off through the end zone (no time expires), and Denver starts at the 20 yard line.
Change: Denver starts 6 yards ahead. Tiny difference.

Last drive for NE:
Real last play: Touchdown pass from the 4 yard line! The two-point conversion fails (no clock change). Then follows an onside kick. Denver gets the ball, but it's inconsequential.
Alternate result: This is where things really go wild with speculation. Since NE only needs a field goal, they probably aren't throwing the ball as far and deep as possible. As well, Denver isn't trying to stop a touchdown, they're trying to stop ANY movement (since NE started with the ball at the 50 (or their own 44 if you assume previous alternate result)). As well, you now have a case where maybe DENVER is the one using timeouts once New England gets past a certain point on the field (to ensure they have time left to counter if the field goal goes through).
Change: Who knows...

posted by grum@work at 10:26 AM on January 25