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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: December 03, 2016

grum@work has posted 203 links and 8675 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

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.:
Man hit ball hard. Ball leaves domed stadium. World is stunned.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 10:46 PM on November 13 - 10 comments

CFL player Mylan Hicks (age 23) killed in night club shooting.:
It was a game worth celebrating for the Calgary Stampeders. Not only had they beaten the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers on a late and dramatic field goal, the victory had assured the Stampeders a berth in Novemberís Grey Cup run. So several Calgary players, including practice roster defensive back Mylan Hicks, met at the Marquee Beer Market. Hours later, police would find Mr. Hicks sprawled outside the nightclub, a gunshot victim who was rushed to Foothills hospital, where he died. He was 23.

posted by grum@work to football at 09:20 PM on September 25 - 2 comments

A Q&A with Ichiro Suzuki:
I really hope he plays forever...
When I first came, I had a three-year deal. At that point all I thought was that I want to do the best I can in those three years. But in my first game, there was a play I made that was pretty good. I came in and Lou [Piniella, Seattle's manager from 1993 to 2002] gave me a kiss. So I thought, "Three years is too long! If I am going to get kissed every day, I don't want to be here!"

posted by grum@work to baseball at 07:33 AM on July 31 - 1 comment

The Greatest is gone.:

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

Recent Comments

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

She also called me from the Playboy Super Bowl party.

wifecade: "Did you know that the Bunnies really DO walk around topless all the time?"

rcade: "...."

wifecade: "Big ol' boobies, as far as the eye can see."

rcade: "....any chance you can take some p"

wifecade: "No."

posted by grum@work at 07:00 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Picking all those locks and only blowing up on Seattle is impressive, Grum.

Of course, that game was the one I second-most confident about, too (behind NE).
I STILL have to go hog-wild to make up ground...

all bold are locks

Dallas by 7
Denver by 3
Detroit by 7
Green Bay by 13
Kansas City by 9

New England by 17
Miami by 6
Philadelphia by 10

Chicago by 3
Oakland by 9
New York Giants by 10
San Diego by 7
Washington by 6
Seattle by 9

Indianapolis by 10

posted by grum@work at 09:51 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Who would have thunk that the best Montreal/Toronto rivalry in sports would be in soccer?

That...was a hell of a game.

posted by grum@work at 09:46 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As is usually the case, the most entertaining football game of the night was actually the Grey Cup. The goal line stance by Ottawa in the last minute to force overtime was nail biting.

posted by grum@work at 06:55 AM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm thankful that even if the Jays end up losing Bautista and Encarnacion to free agency, I'll forever have their video highlights to enjoy.

The Batflip

The Parrot Walkoff

I'm thankful that the Leafs drafted Autson Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner. There is hope, and that's all we Toronto fans want from our NHL team right now.

I'm thankful for Michael Bradley scoring that second TFC goal to cut the score to 3-2 against the Impact in Montreal in the first leg. It suddenly gives Toronto a real chance of moving on to the MLS final (as a 1-0 win in the second leg wins it on away goals).

I'm thankful that DeMar DeRozan resigned with the Raptors, because I can't imagine where they'd be without his 30ppg right now.

But then again, I'm Canadian so I was thankful about this a month ago...

posted by grum@work at 11:18 AM on November 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Okay, I'm losing touch of the leaders, so time to start pushing all my chips onto the table. All games that are bolded are locks.

Detroit by 7
Dallas by 7
Pittsburgh by 13
Atlanta by 14
Baltimore by 6
Buffalo by 10
New Orleans by 11

Cleveland by 3
Houston by 6
Miami by 7
Tennessee by 11
Seattle by 17
Oakland by 7

Denver by 6
New England by 21
Green Bay by 3

posted by grum@work at 08:33 AM on November 24

NHL's Newest Team: The Vegas Golden Knights

"Vegas Knights" would have been MUCH better, but Golden is definitely better than Silver, or Knight Hawks.

I'm hoping the slate grey isn't a dominant colour in the design. The Diamondbacks looked TERRIBLE in that version of their uniforms.

That mock-expansion draft has 12 teams not listed as losing a player, and it's a mixed bag of good teams (playoff auto-qualifiers like Dallas, Washington, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Montreal), okay teams (wild-card teams like Columbus, LA, Boston), cellar dwellars (bottom two spots in the conferences like NYI, Arizona, Vancouver)...and also Toronto (neither good nor the worst).

posted by grum@work at 02:24 PM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Rangers farm system in the Dominican Republic is out of control.

I see aberrant behaviour runs in the Odor family...

posted by grum@work at 11:28 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Of course, I completely overlook the legend himself, Hank Aaron.

19 consecutive seasons (2nd to 20th) out of a 23 year career.

posted by grum@work at 04:34 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Side note around Mike Trout winning his second MVP award (and fifth straight season of finishing 1st or 2nd in the voting):

Miguel Cabrera has received MVP votes for every single season of his career (14 and counting).

It's (obviously) the longest active streak, and the longest streak from the start of a career.

Ted Williams received votes in all 18 seasons of his career where he didn't serve time in the war (out of 19 seasons total).

Stan Musial received votes in 16 consecutive seasons (over 17 years), starting with his second season and continuing to his seventeenth (and skipping over 1945 when he served in the war).

posted by grum@work at 04:16 PM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

I felt like the Sam Wang of NFL prognosticators last week.

Carolina by 6
Arizona by 7
Dallas by 6
Cincinnati by 3
New York Giants by 10 *LOCK*
Detroit by 6
Pittsburgh by 13 *LOCK*
Kansas City by 9
Indianapolis by 9
Los Angeles by 3
New England by 17 *LOCK*
Seattle by 7 *LOCK*
Green Bay by 3
Oakland by 13 *LOCK*

posted by grum@work at 02:33 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Please tell me this didn't happen because some Boston sportswriters resorted to Yankme tactics ...

It seems it was BOTH Tampa Bay writers that left him off their ballots.

They would have both had to give him at least 3rd place on each of their ballots to give Verlander the Cy Young award (by one point).

posted by grum@work at 11:24 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Oh. My. God.

posted by grum@work at 07:03 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

a blocked extra point run back for a safety is the margin of victory

Scratch that one off my list of things I've never seen happen in a football game.

posted by grum@work at 10:56 AM on November 14

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.

Here is the high-def version, with player/manager reactions and announcer amazement.

posted by grum@work at 07:38 AM on November 14