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tommytrump
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Name: Thomas
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Gender: Male
AIM: thowden@rogers.com
Member since: January 30, 2006
Last visit: April 20, 2018

tommytrump has posted 376 links and 3410 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 278 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I have two favourite sporting events. One as an adult and the other as a child. The most entertaining sporting event I ever saw as an adult was January 9, 1986. Toronto Maple Leafs at home versus the Edmonton Oilers, 99, Mess, Coffey, and the rest of the boys. At this point in my life I had seasons tickets for the Leafs, I lived in London Ontario, about 2 hrs west of Toronto and as a result sold most of my seats to friends who lived closer to Toronto. I kept tickets for 5 or six games that year and thankfully that was one of them. The Leafs led 5-1 at the end of the first period. The Oilers tied the game at 6, and early in the 3rd, Edmonton led 8-7. Final score 11-9 Toronto! We almost blew the roof off the Carlton Street Cashbox that night. When I was only 7 years old, living near Toronto, my mother and father threw us kids into the car, drove us to Malton (now Pearson) International Airport. From there, we flew to Montreal, Mom, Dad, my 3 sisters, my brother and I. We watched the Expos play the Astros in a double header. We picniced in the park outside Jarry Park before the games, went for a swim in the pool just beyond the right field fence, and most importantly got Rusty Staub's autograph. I still have it! We flew back to Toronto the same night, we even got to go sit in the cockpit of the Air Canada jet. That's something that wouldn't happen today! It was the first time any of us, my parents included, had been on a plane. Way too cool. I've seen the Leafs 4 times at the Air Canada Centre, each time as the guest of friends in their private box. It's the only way to fly, if you can afford it. I've seen plenty of NFL games in Detroit and Buffalo, C.F.L. games in Olympic Stadium, Frank Clair Stadium, C.N.E. Stadium and Skydome(Rogers Centre). My family had seasons seats for the Blue Jays for the first 8 years of their existence. I could only guess at how many games I attended, maybe 350? I go to Rogers Centre a couple of times a year for Jays games now, and Comerica Park to see the Tigers at least once a season. I've been to a Toronto Rock lacrosse game, entirely too much fun and entertainment. I've seen 2 N.B.A. games live, the Raptors home opener in MoPete's rookie season, and at The Palace of Auburn Hills, against the 76'ers, on the night the Pistons honoured Chuck Daly. My two sports loves are the Toronto Maple Leafs and the late, lamented Montreal Expos. May The 'Spo's rest in peace. Damn you Jeffrey Loria, Bud Selig, and the rest of you baseball bastards.

Recent Links

Humboldt gathers, and mourns, through a long and tragic night: Word spread fast — down the highway, across the prairie, into the farm community of Humboldt, where people huddled with phones and friends. ...With that word came numbing horror: Fourteen people on a bus carrying their beloved Humboldt Broncos, dead. They were en route to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game late Friday afternoon when their bus collided with a semi at a junction on Highway 35.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 11:00 AM on April 07 - 5 comments

Edmonton Oilers sign Connor McDavid to eight-year contract worth $12.5-million a year: “Two years ago, I was at the Oilers development camp in Jasper. Now this … you take it all in stride and run with it.” McDavid will make $3.775 million with his performance bonuses this coming season and then the whopping extension kicks in.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 07:32 PM on July 05 - 4 comments

With words and a strong grip, an MLB umpire pulls a woman back from the brink in Pittsburgh : As a Major League Baseball umpire, John Tumpane often has to diffuse tense situations at the ballpark. None compared to the scene he came upon Wednesday as he walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on his way back from a run and lunch: A few hundred yards from PNC Park, he saw a woman climb over a railing and look toward the Allegheny River below.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 08:41 PM on June 28 - 2 comments

Lexi Thompson lost an LPGA major after a TV viewer’s email prompted a four-stroke penalty: Tiger Woods knows all too well how this feels. Dustin Johnson can identify. An eagle-eyed TV viewer, watching the LPGA’s first major of the year, spotted day-old rules infractions that left Lexi Thompson in tears and, unlike with Woods, it cost her the lead and the second major title of her career.

posted by tommytrump to golf at 06:45 PM on April 03 - 2 comments

This: happened, and This happened, and This happened

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 05:50 PM on June 29 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

Humboldt gathers, and mourns, through a long and tragic night

The death toll rises to 16 with Dayna Brons' passing today, the only woman on the bus, athletic therapist for the Broncos.

posted by tommytrump at 08:11 PM on April 11

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

**Mitch Marner

posted by tommytrump at 05:46 PM on April 11

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Winnipeg in 5

Pittsburgh in 6

Los Angeles in 5

New Jersey in 6

Toronto in 6

Washington in 6

San Jose in 6

Nashville in 4

posted by tommytrump at 04:51 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

NHL Playoffs 2018: One reason to root against every team in the Stanley Cup playoffs

posted by tommytrump at 02:41 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Montreal Canadiens season in one video

posted by tommytrump at 11:54 AM on April 08

Rusty Staub Dead at 73

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One of my favourite players of all time, I still have his autograph from a game at Jarry Park.

posted by tommytrump at 07:39 PM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Just an exhibition game, but still.....

posted by tommytrump at 07:25 AM on March 28

Former Bills GM Bill Polian is the co-founder of a new football league

No Montreal franchise during the Baltimore era does seem odd, but it was the case.

Once the Alouettes franchise was resurrected in Montreal, it was saved again by U2

posted by tommytrump at 10:41 PM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

#MelnykOut

posted by tommytrump at 05:32 PM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Happy 8th Anniversary "Iggy!!"

posted by tommytrump at 09:11 PM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That's not my record to have': An Iowa basketball star pays tribute with a missed free throw

posted by tommytrump at 09:36 AM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

NHL Trade Tracker

posted by tommytrump at 08:11 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Four fans ejected from United Center for directing racist taunts at Washington Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly

posted by tommytrump at 11:31 AM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Former Argonauts head coach and GM Leo Cahill dead at age 89

posted by tommytrump at 08:46 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Blue Jays radio man Jerry Howarth calls it a career after 36 years

posted by tommytrump at 07:07 PM on February 13