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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: July 29, 2016

grum@work has posted 200 links and 8547 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

The Greatest is gone.:

posted by grum@work to boxing at 01:07 AM on June 04 - 13 comments

Vin Scully recites the speech about baseball from "Field of Dreams".:
This should be played in every MLB park before the last game of Scully's career.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:27 PM on May 26 - 3 comments

Joe Paterno (and Penn State) may have known about the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976.:
The line in question states that one of Penn State's insurers has claimed "in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky."

posted by grum@work to football at 08:23 AM on May 06 - 10 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

all the more impressive for only recording 2 outs in the 1st

Damn it!

I don't know why I dropped the ---END OF INNING-- after the first groundout. It should obviously be after the second one:

Home run
Double (advanced to third on groundout)
Walk (stole 2nd)

(I bolded the baserunners that scored, in case there was confusion)

posted by grum@work at 04:01 PM on July 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Worst MLB Debut Contest! Who had it worse?

Ron Wright - April 14, 2002: In his debut, and only appearance in the majors, he struck out, hit into a triple-play, and then hit into a double-play. Three plate appearances producing six outs.

Adam Greenberg - July 9, 2005 - In his debut, he was hit in the head with the first pitch he ever faced in the majors. It almost killed him, and he didn't make it back to the majors for another 7 years, and then only as a late season promotional stunt by the Florida Marlins.

Mike Mayers - July 24, 2016 - In his debut as an emergency starting pitcher (due to a rain out earlier in the week and an extra-inning game the night before), his appearance went like this:

Home run

A final line of : 1 1/3 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 9 ER

Harry Heitman - July 27, 1918 - In his debut, he allowed all four batters he faced to reach base, and score, before being pulled. He has an infinite ERA as he immediately retired from MLB and joined the Army to go fight in WWI.

Larry Yount - September 15, 1971 - In his debut, he was brought in as a relief pitcher. During his warm-ups, he injured his arm, and was pulled from the game. He never pitched in the majors again.

posted by grum@work at 02:38 PM on July 26

The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC

The NBA should do whatever they want.

posted by grum@work at 07:10 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Demba Ba suffered a Theismann-like leg break in China's Super League.

I was expecting a hard feet-first tackle, or someone falling onto his leg after jumping for a header, but that's such an innocent looking collision that it took me a second (stomach-churning) viewing to even see where the contact occurred.

posted by grum@work at 09:40 PM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If you told Mickelson that he'd go into the final round of the Open Championship, trailing the leader by just one stroke, and that he'd shoot -6 for the final round, do you think he'd be happy with that?

And yet, he lost ground and finished 3 strokes back.

posted by grum@work at 01:38 PM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

With the new 4 day break for the All-Star game, we now have today (Thursday) as another hour long sports show that will feature important things like:

- We care about the NBA summer league!
- Silly interviews we've been keeping in reserve!
- Best/worst/weirdest plays of the first half!
- Obscure free agents have been signed in NBA/NHL/NFL!
- Let's speculate about MLB's "second half".

posted by grum@work at 12:04 PM on July 14

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

Also, it would be a nice thing if picks could be entered in a way that keeps them secret until the "lock-in" time. I doubt it happens, but you could have someone wait until all the other picks are made for the final round, and then they make their picks based on best chance to win (by choosing the opposite of the leader, for example).

posted by grum@work at 12:43 PM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

So the Canadian singing group (The Tenors) decided to alter the lyrics to the Canadian national anthem at the All-Star game, and held up an "All Lives Matter" sign while doing so.

That's...not good. If you want to protest, go ahead and hold up a sign or raise a fist or show a tattoo or whatever. But you don't fuck with the lyrics to the national anthem.

posted by grum@work at 08:31 PM on July 12

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

Did people like the smaller point increases in the Euro, the larger ones in the Copa, or no point increases at all for picking winners from round to round?

Here is my take on how I'd do it, but remember I put this together in about 10 minutes of pondering...

Let's say that there are a total of X points available for the entire tournament.


Breaking it down by how points are earned:

I think 75% of X should be allocated to picking the group winners/runners-up/3rd place teams, plus each round of the elimination rounds.
You should almost assuredly win if you pick every winner correctly, as that is the real skill.

I think 20% of X should be allocated to picking the scores of each game.
You can make up some ground by getting some games wrong, but getting the scores of others right.
That shows you might know how competitive each team is in the elimination rounds.

I think 5% of X should be allocated to the prop bets.
Guessing goal scorers, or card earners, or shots on goal is pretty much guessing for most people.
Reward the lucky guesses, but it should only be important in separating the almost identical picks each round.


Breaking it down by rounds:

50% of X should be in the group stage.
That's the real challenge as there are multiple games and smart players should be able to separate from barely cognizant players like myself.

10% of X for the Round of 16.

10% of X for the quarterfinals.

10% of X for the semi-finals.

20% of X for the finals.
It's the most important one, and it still gives someone a chance to leap frog (like Bender did) over people to win the title, but stops someone from making TOO much of a move if they had no clue in the previous rounds.

posted by grum@work at 04:45 PM on July 12

Tim Duncan announces retirement

NBA : NHL :: Tim Duncan : Steve Yzerman Niklas Lidstrom

(Changed my mind)

posted by grum@work at 04:25 PM on July 11

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

Changing my yellow card list:

Pepe, Giroud, Alves

posted by grum@work at 12:52 AM on July 10

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

France 2, Portugal 0

Goal: Griezmann

Yellow cards: Pepe, Payet, Giroud, Alves

Shots on target: 9

Clarification: If a player draws two yellow cards in the match, will they get 35 points (5+5+25), or just 30 points (5+25).

posted by grum@work at 01:48 AM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Well, look at that!

posted by grum@work at 11:38 AM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I had trouble on replay seeing it strike the hand.

I didn't have to actually see the contact to know hit his hand.

After the French player headed the ball, the direction the ball bounced afterwards said it struck SOMETHING (as it went up softly instead of horizontally quickly). The only thing that it could have struck was the hand.

And yes, like yerfatma said, what they hell would you jump in the air like that?

posted by grum@work at 10:30 PM on July 07