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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: January 18, 2020

tommytrump has posted 383 links and 3,681 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

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing: Astros owner Jim Crane fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Monday shortly after Major League Baseball announced the pair would be suspended for a year as part of the penalties for the investigation into alleged electronic-sign stealing.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 11:16 AM on January 14, 2020 - 9 comments

It's raining happiness in the 'Peg as Blue Bombers end 29-year Grey Cup drought: After 29 years of waiting, after 348 months of heartbreak, after 1,513 weeks of despair and after 10,591 days of doubt, this can finally be written: the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are Grey Cup champions.

posted by tommytrump to football at 09:41 AM on November 25, 2019 - 3 comments

Detroit Red Wings' Ted Lindsay dies: A badass on ice, a gentleman off: On the ice, Lindsay was cocky and abrasive and would do anything to win. He was a highly unusual player in the post-World War II National Hockey League, a brainy boat-rocker who repeatedly challenged the conservative league establishment. Those qualities — plus his enormous talent — made him one of the most memorable and controversial players in NHL history and a fan favorite for decades in metro Detroit, where he lived for more than 70 years.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 11:11 AM on March 04, 2019 - 5 comments

Senators deal their superstar: The captain’s ship has sailed. As the Ottawa Senators officially opened training camp Thursday at the Canadian Tire Centre, two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson showed up to pack his bags after months of speculation ended when he was shown the way to San Jose.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 07:52 PM on September 13, 2018 - 4 comments

Finding Murph: He was the first overall pick in the 1986 NHL Draft. His name is engraved on the Stanley Cup. Now, Joe Murphy is living homeless on the streets of Kenora, in Northern Ontario. Rick Westhead searches for Murphy, as the close-knit hockey fraternity asks, “what can be done to help?”

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 07:03 PM on August 23, 2018 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Kansas City by 21

San Francisco by 15

Passer: Mahomes

Rusher: Henry

Receiver: Kelce

Interceper: Martinez

Tackler: Evans

posted by tommytrump at 01:28 PM on January 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Stolen from Twitter:

Since November 20

7 NHL Head Coaches fired

5 Detroit Red Wings wins

posted by tommytrump at 09:15 PM on January 15, 2020

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

If the investigation into the 2018 Red Sox uncovers anything at all, I suspect Alex Cora will get a lifetime ban.

He gone. (I doubt lifetime)

posted by tommytrump at 08:04 PM on January 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

You get a raise! You get a raise! Everyone gets a raise!

posted by tommytrump at 02:22 PM on January 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Great Googly Moogly.

posted by tommytrump at 06:23 PM on January 12, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Another sports connection, Steve Shutt introduced Geddy Lee to Alex Lifeson.

posted by tommytrump at 09:28 AM on January 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Rest in Peace, Neil Peart

posted by tommytrump at 06:17 PM on January 10, 2020

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Divisional Round

San Francisco by 17

Baltimore by 9

Kansas City by 11

Seattle by 5

Passing: Mahomes

Receiving: Kelce

Rushing: Mostert

Sack: Watt

San Francisco

posted by tommytrump at 09:18 AM on January 09, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Canada's World Junior Gold a product of resiliency

posted by tommytrump at 06:17 PM on January 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Oh Canada!

posted by tommytrump at 05:58 PM on January 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

'He didn't even take a bite': Young Toronto Maple Leafs fan disappointed by birthday cake mishap

posted by tommytrump at 05:52 PM on January 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ontario-based entrepreneurs buy the Montreal Alouettes

posted by tommytrump at 05:48 PM on January 06, 2020

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em

Buffalo by 5

Tennessee by 7

New Orleans by 11

Seattle by 14

Passing: Brees (N.O.S.)

Rushing: Henry (T.T.)

Receiving: Thomas (N.O.S.)

Interception: Byard (T.T.)

Points: New Orleans Saints

posted by tommytrump at 08:32 AM on January 03, 2020

NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7

Well done, tron7, and jags1 !

posted by tommytrump at 06:54 PM on January 02, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What Howard_T said!

And, Happy New Year, all !!

posted by tommytrump at 08:54 AM on January 01, 2020