mkn's profile

Name: Mike Nowak
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Location: Toronto
Member since: February 01, 2002
Last visit: November 26, 2014

mkn has posted 46 links and 576 comments to SportsFilter and 26 links and 283 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio



2006 MLB Playoffs Confidence Pool

4th place: Sportsfilter OlymPicks

Games I have attended:
* a Raptor double overtime win, in which Vince Carter tied the game in the last seconds with a rare four point play.
* an Argos win that put them into the Grey Cup, which they consequently won (in the Gretzky-Candy-McNall days.)
* a Toronto Rock game. Nothing to add.
* a Blue Jays game, which I spent the last two innings in one of the SkyDome bars watching the Leafs play
* a number of Maple Leaf games, from second last row greys in Maple Leaf Gardens to second row gold in the ACC.

Best game I have ever been to: a Leaf OT comeback victory against the Flyers, during game 5 of the first round of the '99 playoffs. The Leafs then went on to win the series in Philly. I got the tickets off of my History teacher (one of the biggest Leaf fans I knew!)

I fell asleep during both of the Blue Jays' championship winning games. Baseball ZZzzzz.


Recent Links

Might It Possibly Be OK If We Kick Some Ass?: Why the world finds Canada's quest for Olympic gold strange and adorable.

posted by mkn to olympics at 03:20 PM on February 17 - 20 comments

Clint Malarchuk accidentally shoots self in the chin with a rifle: Best for having his throat slashed by a skate, he is recovering in hospital despite refusing help from paramedics. This man must be unbreakable.

posted by mkn to hockey at 04:29 PM on October 10 - 4 comments

Iconic ace Darvish pushes Japanís boundaries:

posted by mkn to baseball at 12:42 PM on March 25 - 2 comments

Legendary Canadian sportscaster Don Wittman dies.: A sports broadcasting renaissance man that covered any and every sport around, from NHL hockey on HNIC and international hockey to the Grey Cup to curling, but he will forever be known as the voice of Canadian olympic track gold.

posted by mkn to culture at 05:33 PM on January 19 - 6 comments

Ice Hockey gets its own Champions League: : the Victoria Cup. Beginning 2008, the IIHF plans on hosting an annual exhibition series between the top three European teams and an NHL franchise. A likely alternative to that quiet but old topic: NHL European expansion

posted by mkn to hockey at 08:30 PM on May 08 - 12 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ecclestone won't be tried for bribery because he basically paid the government lots of money (not bribery). Uh, OK.

posted by mkn at 07:50 AM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

posted by mkn at 10:20 AM on June 24

World Cup Confidence Pool Leader

Going hard for that last place spot. Not sure how I ended up puttng Netherlands in #17 but now I'm fucked (guess I did top 6 / bottom 6, random shit in the middle)

posted by mkn at 06:39 AM on June 19

Enter SportsFilter's World Cup 2014 Confidence Pool

I'm in. Too many teams to guess right so my thing is a bit of a mess in the middle but it's ok.

posted by mkn at 12:11 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Can we talk about the NHL Hall of Fame class? Chris Chelios and a bunch of other guys.

posted by mkn at 10:31 AM on July 09

NHL hockey returns to the 'Peg!

Finally something to do in Winnipeg besides drink!

posted by mkn at 01:58 PM on May 31

2011 Stanley Cup Pickem: The Final Chapter

Vancouver 6, H. Sedin (I was gonna pick Thomas too but having the same picks as owlhouse, whom I'm tied with, seemed like I wouldn't make much progress)

posted by mkn at 12:08 PM on May 31

2011 Stanley Cup Pickem, Conference Finals Edition

I don't know if it's too late -- I've been so very, very busy -- now that Game 1 of the East has been played (I was gonna pick Boston anyway : ). But here are my picks before the West starts (and what I was gonna pick for the east):

Boston 6 San Jose 6

posted by mkn at 10:02 AM on May 15

2011 Stanley Cup Pickem: Part Deux!

Washington in 6 Philly in 7 Vancouver in 6 San Jose in 6

posted by mkn at 03:27 AM on April 28

The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Pickem is here!

Washington vs. NY Rangers in 5
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo in 6
Boston Vs. Montreal in 7
Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay in 6
Vancouver vs. Chicago in 6
San Jose vs. Los Angeles in 4
Detroit vs. Phoenix in 7
Anaheim vs. Nashville in 6

posted by mkn at 01:01 PM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Two stupid hand balls lead to the results in both of the early games (although it is worth noting that the red card for Serbia a few minutes earlier seemed to inspire them to their most lively play of the day). Will Germany or Australia continue the trend?

YES! But the damn refs didn't call it. And that red card was bullshit. And the diving from the German non-German players was annoying, glad they got carded. And as a Pole, I'm conflicted about the first two opening German goals being scored by, er, Polish born players.

posted by mkn at 06:18 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Water Consumption in Edmonton during the Olympic hockey gold medal game.

posted by mkn at 05:32 PM on March 08

Canada captures gold

Man, I keep seeing everyone saying that this is the new 72 Summit Series. That this will be remembered by the generation for the rest of their lives. A great day for Canada. Yadda yadda... and it seems as though everyone has already forgotten 2002. Fuck, 02 was the BIG win for me with a far more legendary team (Lemieux, Yzerman, Sakic.) The first Canadian win with a pro team at the Olympics. The first gold. The loony in the ice.

This is just a repeat.

posted by mkn at 06:23 PM on March 02

US Sets Record for Most Medals at Winter Olympics

By official Olympic tallies, and indeed most worldwide tallies, total medals is meaningless. What you count is total golds -- champions -- rather than runner-ups. The US and Canada are mostly unique in the world in that they tally totals. I can't remember exactly when this started but I think it came as a response to constant Soviet domination.

And as an insecure Canadian used to constant Olympic disappointment, once in my life I want to say: congrats USA on being the first place and second loser more often!

posted by mkn at 06:15 PM on March 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Olympic half pipe: go big or go home. Olympic figure skating: play safe and win gold.

posted by mkn at 07:08 PM on February 19