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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: March 03, 2015

grum@work has posted 174 links and 7768 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

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

The Gaming Obsession of the Green Bay Packers:
Which game do the Green Bay Packers obsess over during their down time? Madden 15? Poker? Dominoes? Something a little more...nerdy.

posted by grum@work to football at 09:18 AM on January 16 - 10 comments

Four players voted into the baseball Hall of Fame:
Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 02:16 PM on January 06 - 27 comments

Recent Comments

Curt Schilling Declares War on Twitter Trolls Abusing His Daughter

Yeah, this (naughty language) comic from 2004 pretty much explains it.

posted by grum@work at 10:17 PM on March 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Hard to imagine how it could be 5 times worse ...

Punching a woman in the face while not talking to the press.

posted by grum@work at 11:45 AM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

More rumours about athletes getting in trouble, Josh Hamilton has flown to NY to have a disciplinary hearing with MLB.

The top speculative reason is that he used cocaine a few months back, voluntarily admitted it to MLB, and is expecting to be punished for it (as he's a multiple-time offender when he was in the minors). However, because he voluntarily came forward, the belief is that he'll be treated as a first-time offender by MLB (minimal suspension, if any). It does seem that MLB can bring down an 80-game suspension on him, or even longer (as there was speculation that he was under some previous special agreement with MLB because of his earlier drug history, and there might not be any wiggle room).

In summary, Hamilton probably did cocaine, admitted it, and will either get a small suspension or miss most of the season.

(All we do know is that it definitely isn't PEDs.)

posted by grum@work at 09:16 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Hard to imagine how it could be 5 times worse that the Ray Rice hit without someone ending up in a full length file drawer at the morgue.

Punching 5 women in a row?

Punching a small girl in the face?

posted by grum@work at 09:09 PM on February 25

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

I think people need to give it some time still.

If you watch the game being played now compared to the 80s (which was incredibly high scoring), you'll see that the individual skill on display now is greater (on average) than back then. And it's greater than it was in the 90s, and probably greater still than the 00s.

You see plays now that were considered "amazing" back then (reverse passes when going behind the net, or between-the-leg passes/shots), becoming commonplace.

The age of Youtube is going to bring out even more creativity from young players.

I mean, watch these kids play!

posted by grum@work at 09:36 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Love to know where they think the State of RI is going to come up with money to build a new stadium for them.

Whatever they do, they shouldn't ask a certain Red Sox alumni to be the pitch man for some public Rhode Island funds...

posted by grum@work at 01:18 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"[Pawsox owner] Ben [Mondor] was a giant among men who saved baseball for the State of Rhode Island," Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino 2010

Obviously their love of Ben Franklin overrides their love of Ben Mondor.

posted by grum@work at 12:24 PM on February 23

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

LA Chargers? LA Raiders? LA Rams?

From zero teams to three teams in the blink of an eye?

posted by grum@work at 10:51 AM on February 20

Revealed: the ghost game bet on around the world ... that never actually took place.

How much of a degenerate gambler do you have to be to bet on a friendly match between Belarussian squads?

posted by grum@work at 11:32 AM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Cartoonist's take on the EPL's new five billion pound TV deal.

posted by grum@work at 11:30 AM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yup, they fired a ref right after the game to cover up a scandal that didn't yet exist.

Technically, the inklings of a scandal were already there before the game (since I think it was Baltimore that complained about it before, and that's why the league was looking into it during the AFC championship game).

posted by grum@work at 08:46 PM on February 18

Last Man (or Woman)

Didn't you think he was lying?

My initial thought was "Germany is outshooting Brazil 5 to 1?!", but then his buddy yelled back "GTFO!" and the first guy said "No, seriously. It's 5 to 1 for Germany!", and so I realized it was the score.

posted by grum@work at 09:33 AM on February 18

Last Man (or Woman)

I tried to do something similar with the Brazil/Germany World Cup game (so I could watch it after work), but on my drive home I had to get gas and I overheard one guy yell the half-time score to another. Granted, that's not the official final score, but you can be pretty damn sure you knew who won that game at that point...

posted by grum@work at 08:44 AM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Cross your fingers Julio Franco lights it up in Japan!

Regardless of your age, I hope EVERYONE does this. The world of sports is a better place with guys like Julio Franco still wanting to keep playing the game he loves.

posted by grum@work at 10:30 AM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

With Jason Giambi's announced retirement, there are now ZERO players in any of the four major sports (NHL/MLB/NBA/NFL) that are older than me.

Hand me my cane.

posted by grum@work at 09:00 AM on February 17