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grum@work has posted 180 links and 7886 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

Remaining conviction against Barry Bonds is overturned.: More than 7 years after the original indictment (4 perjury, 1 obstruction of justice), Bonds is found not guilty of all charges.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:26 PM on April 22 - 6 comments

Who are the "Franchise Four"?:
A chance to vote for the four players on each franchise (plus 3 other categories) who have had the biggest impact on those franchises. The winners are to be revealed during the MLB All-Star Game.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:07 AM on April 09 - 16 comments

LA Dodgers set MLB payroll record.:
$277,000,000 for this season.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:56 AM on April 06 - 6 comments

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Maybe Sam will be able to follow the same path as Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia. Dominate in the CFL for a couple of years, and then catch the eye of an NFL team for a real shot this time.

posted by grum@work at 02:49 PM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It's like Joe Maddon becoming the manager of the Cubs;
If you succeed, you become a living god.
If you fail, you just get thrown on the pile with the rest of them.

Since they are paying over $6million/year, I think I would take that chance if I was Babcock.

However, if he thought the Detroit sports media was nuts, he has NO idea what's coming with the Toronto hockey media frenzy...

posted by grum@work at 03:26 PM on May 20

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

Okay, if they've left the two-point conversion attempt at the 2-yard line, then I applaud the NFL for the change.

posted by grum@work at 08:21 AM on May 20

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

Well, there goes the two-point conversion! The conversion rate for those from the 15 will be almost nil, and the chance of the other team getting two on a botched pass play...

Why bother? (Unless you absolutely had to...)

posted by grum@work at 09:47 PM on May 19

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

Uh...what?
I'm still in first?
Huh.

Cleveland in 5
Golden State in 5
East Points - L.James
West Points - S.Curry
East Blocks - T.Mozgov
West Steals - D.Green
Offensive Rebounds - D.Howard
Rebounds + Assists: L.James
Margin of Victory - 27

posted by grum@work at 05:15 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's actually a heady play.

By pushing the ball into the attackers feet, it forces a harder kick than he'd want and (I'm guessing) the keeper gets to it.

posted by grum@work at 11:33 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Canada beats Russia 6-1 in the IIHF World Championships.

It completed a perfect tournament for the Canadians, as they won every game in regulation, and outscored their opponents 66-15 in the 10 games (including 17-1 in the playoff rounds).

Canada now holds all three official men's ice hockey titles (Olympic, world championship, junior championship) simultaneously. They're the first nation to do so since 2001 (Czech Republic).

The Unofficial World Hockey Championship Belt changed hands six times during the tournament. Russia came into the tournament as the "champs", but then lost it to the USA. The USA then lost a stunner to Belarus (for their second time holding the title in history), before it quickly moved back to Russia, then Finland, then Czech Republic, before finally being won by Canada in the semi-finals (where they will hold on to it until next year's World Championship tournament).

posted by grum@work at 12:22 AM on May 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Chicago in 7
New York in 7
Goal scorer: C.Perry (Ana)
Power play goal scorer: C.Perry (Ana)
Penalized player: A.Sustr (TB)
Save %: H.Lundqvist (NY)

posted by grum@work at 11:01 AM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Are you always going to be so awesome, Mike Trout?

posted by grum@work at 04:15 PM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Oh, snap!

posted by grum@work at 01:54 PM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Gordie Howe International Bridge

posted by grum@work at 01:49 PM on May 14

Corey Kluber Strikes Out 18 in 8, But Doesn't Pitch 9th

This isn't a game "early" in the season. It was 8th start, in the middle of May.
This isn't a pitcher who is under 25 years old. He's 29, so not young by any stretch of the imagination.
This isn't a pitcher who had any taxing innings that game. He had one inning of 20 pitches, one of 16 pitches, and the rest were 15 and under. His last inning was 12 pitches.
This isn't a pitcher who had to worry about workload. He threw 235 innings last year, and won the Cy Young.

This was a pitcher about to face three batters who he had already struck out twice each that game.
This was a pitcher being replaced by a reliever with an ERA of 9.00.
This was a pitcher with a chance to tie (or break) history.

I've got him on my fantasy baseball team and would hate to see him get injured, but you have to leave him in there for the 9th inning. If he gives up a walk, or a hit, then you pull him.

posted by grum@work at 10:29 AM on May 14

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

I'd like to see stats on how many teams begin 2-2 or worse and get the No. 1 seed in their conference.

I found two instances in just the 21st century.

The 2005 Seattle Seahawks were 2-2 and finished atop the NFC.

The 2003 Philadelphia Eagles were 2-2 and finished atop the NFC. They also lost the fifth game of the season.

posted by grum@work at 08:56 AM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Oh, and in case people actually think it was a decision not to sign Bonds based on his age/performance/history, I'll point this out:

The season before Bonds was not given a contract, the 2007 Texas Rangers signed Sammy Sosa for $500K to DH for them.

Sosa did not play baseball in 2006, and had put up a 78 OPS+ in 2005.

I don't see how anyone can honestly believe that teams that would sign Sosa the year before would think that Bonds (162 OPS+) wasn't a good candidate to be signed.

How about the Dodgers re-signing Mark Sweeney in 2008, after he put up a 55 OPS+ for them (and an 89 OPS+ for the whole season)? He put up a 13 OPS+ for them before they finally cut bait.

posted by grum@work at 11:19 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Why is it bad that Barry Bonds is pursuing legal action against MLB?

I think it's great. I just used the "villain" simile because that's how MLB sees him.

What makes it even MORE interesting is that the MLBPA, in 2008, made a statement saying they found something that indicates a breach of the agreement with regards to Barry Bonds and free agency:

Michael Weiner, October 2008: "Our investigation revealed a violation of the Basic Agreement. It's a violation of the Basic Agreement related to Barry Bonds and free agency."

posted by grum@work at 11:03 PM on May 13