tommytrump's profile

Name: Thomas
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Gender: Male
Member since: January 30, 2006
Last visit: April 23, 2014

tommytrump has posted 363 links and 2873 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

Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera agree to 8 year extension: Miguel Cabrera’s bid to become one of the greatest hitters of all time apparently will take place in a Detroit Tigers uniform. Fox Sports reports the extension is for 8 years and $248 million ($31 million per year), the second deal in baseball history worth at least $30 million per season.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 09:59 PM on March 27 - 8 comments

Ralph Wilson, founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, dies at 95 : He brought major league sports to Buffalo in 1959, when he joined a group that became known as “The Foolish Club,” eight businessmen led by Texas oilman Lamar Hunt, who founded the American Football League. The initial cost to Wilson was $25,000, and it was considered a risky venture to challenge the established National Football League.

posted by tommytrump to football at 04:19 PM on March 25 - 14 comments

Roberto Luongo traded to Florida for Jacob Markstrom, Shawn Matthias: The Roberto Luongo era in Vancouver ended today, as the one-time cornerstone Canucks goaltender was traded to Florida for goalie Jacob Markstrom and centre Shawn Matthias. The Panthers will presumably take on the final eight years remaining on Luongo’s contract, which pays the goalie $6.714 million for the next four seasons but has a cap hit of $5.33 million. But it has been reported that the Canucks will pay 15 per cent of Luongo’s salary or about $800,000 per season. The Canucks also sent minor leaguer Stephen Anthony the other way in the trade.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 05:17 PM on March 04 - 5 comments

Miller & Ott traded to St. Louis; Sabres get Halak and Stewart, prospect and two picks: In one of the biggest trades in Buffalo Sabres history and the 1st one under new G.M. Tim Murray, goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott have been dealt to the St. Louis Blues. In return, the Sabres are getting goaltender Jaroslav Halak, right winger Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 1st-round pick in '15 and a 3rd-round pick in '16.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 08:07 PM on February 28 - 5 comments

Rogers reaches 12-year broadcast deal with NHL worth $5.2-billion : Rogers Communications Inc. will be the exclusive national rights holder for the NHL for the next 12 years in a $5.2-billion deal that fundamentally reshapes the sports broadcasting landscape in Canada. Rogers will make annual payments of $300-million to the NHL, which will incrementally increase until they reach $500-million in the final year of the deal. There is also an upfront payment of $150-million. In addition to the Rogers deal, the NHL gets about $300-million (U.S.) a year from U.S. network NBC, which is also shared among the 30 teams. In total, each team will get about $25-million a season in television revenue, not including fees for local broadcast.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 12:01 PM on November 26 - 8 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Go Shorks!

posted by tommytrump at 11:05 PM on April 16

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1


Boston in 6
Tampa in 7
Pittsburgh in 6
New York in 6


Anaheim in 6
St Louis in 6
San Jose in 6
Minnesota in 6

posted by tommytrump at 05:58 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ryan Smyth

posted by tommytrump at 06:35 PM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ryan Malone charged with DUI, possession of cocaine

posted by tommytrump at 06:20 PM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Canucks fire general manager Mike Gillis

posted by tommytrump at 03:24 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Nothing to see here, move along!

posted by tommytrump at 09:25 PM on April 06

Baseball Fan Hurt in 30-Foot Fall in Montreal

Toronto was playing the Mets, not Les Expos (very sad panda here).

posted by tommytrump at 04:34 PM on March 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Vin Scully provides play-by-play of 5.1 earthquake as play continues at Dodger Stadium

posted by tommytrump at 01:40 AM on March 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This too.

posted by tommytrump at 01:05 PM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Tim Thomas leans left

posted by tommytrump at 01:46 AM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That guy with the axe looks kinda familiar

posted by tommytrump at 08:55 PM on March 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Dallas Stars press conference with team president Jim Lites, Dr. Salazar, and Coach Lindy Ruff

posted by tommytrump at 11:41 PM on March 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

When asked if he thought the game should have gone to a shootout, [Coach Pat] O'Rourke said he'd rather play 1,000 overtimes than see it come down to a shootout.

I like the cut of that gentleman's jib.

You and me both, Etrigan, you and me both. I'd rather lose playing hockey than win in a skills contest.

posted by tommytrump at 09:57 PM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ohio hockey state final declared tie between St. Ignatius, Sylvania Northview after 7 overtimes

posted by tommytrump at 08:53 PM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Dr. Frank Jobe has died

posted by tommytrump at 11:18 AM on March 07