Recent Comments by holden

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This is great (and makes me sad).

posted by holden at 11:18 AM on July 21, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Between the cricket final and Wimbledon, must be something in the air in England today.

posted by holden at 02:51 PM on July 14, 2019

Marisnick Suspended 2 Games for Nose-Breaking Collision

Looks to me like he was going for a headfirst slide and ended up putting up his arm as an act of self-preservation. But because he throws himself headlong into Lucroy, also looks like he was trying to bowl him over. Tough one to call.

posted by holden at 12:16 AM on July 13, 2019

Project: Phenom

Thanks for this, Bill (although surprised you're enough over the Champions League celebrations to post). Great read.

posted by holden at 01:12 AM on June 05, 2019

Farewell to 20th Century Baseball

All of this is just a reminder of how old we all (or at least some of us) are. I'm at the stage of life where when I go into a gas station or C-store and see "You must have been born before this date to buy tobacco products" and think to myself "That can't be right, can it?" Basically my unknown love child from high school can now rent a car without paying the extra "under-25" fees.

posted by holden at 11:33 PM on March 30, 2019

Steph Curry Taunts Refs, Then Dodgy Call Gives Warriors a Loss

Not sure why you'd taunt the refs in that situation (or any situation, for that matter). They can screw you that game (maybe was the case here) or in future games.

posted by holden at 11:29 PM on March 30, 2019

How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games

Great read.

Watching Lakers-Rockets last night made me wonder if the refs in that one were on the take.

posted by holden at 09:31 AM on February 22, 2019

The World According to Ray Ratto

Enjoyed this piece from Ratto, which was published at Deadspin yesterday.

posted by holden at 03:09 PM on January 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I think Rivera getting unanimous induction is more indicative of the changing nature of the electorate (i.e., the old dudes who would not vote for someone on the first ballot on which he was eligible as a matter of "principle" aging out of the electorate/dying - or maybe just happening to be Yankees fans) than any sort of statement about his place in the pantheon. Also does not hurt that he played for the most visible team in the sport, won multiple World Series, has never had a whiff of controversy around him, and exhibits humility, selflessness, philanthropy, etc. Kind of just a perfect storm of features.

The Matt Stairs comparison is kind of fun in the sense of two players that did a very good job in somewhat specific/limited role, but Rivera has a career bWAR higher than 17 starting pitchers who are in the Hall of Fame (including Koufax), whereas Stairs' overall value is lacking. (And I know (think?) grum was just using that comparison as a rhetorical device.)

And here's echoing the hope that Larry Walker gets a big bump in his last year on the ballot. Although if Tony La Russa (together with Jerry Reinsdorf, apparently) could get Harold Baines through via the Today's Game Era Committee (successor to the Veterans Committee), hopefully La Russa managing Walker for his last season plus in MLB provides enough juice in that room to put that Committee in a position to actually get one right.

posted by holden at 11:50 AM on January 23, 2019

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em

Indy by 3
Seahawks by 7
Chargers by 4
Bears by 8

Passer: Wilson
Rusher: Carson
Receiver: Hilton
INT: Fuller
Points: Indy

posted by holden at 03:58 PM on January 05, 2019

Plays of The Year?

The Henry run gets discounted in my estimation because of the lack of effort of some of the Jags players (I'm looking at you, Leon Jacobs and Myles Jack).

posted by holden at 02:15 AM on December 28, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A belated Merry Christmas to this cast of degenerates.

posted by holden at 02:12 AM on December 28, 2018

"My Dad's Friendship with Charles Barkley"

I saw that a week or two ago. Great story.

posted by holden at 03:46 PM on December 27, 2018

The Great Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever

An interesting point made is that TV executives at rival networks hated the idea of the Fox Box the most and thought it was a horrible thing for the networks because it would drive viewers away if the game was a blowout. Basically better to keep channel flippers in the dark as to score than to have them move on (which ignored the fact that disinterested viewers would probably flip before getting to commercials in any event as the networks already showed the score as the game cut to commercial).

posted by holden at 02:53 PM on December 14, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Navy Man would prefer they wear blues.

posted by holden at 10:32 PM on November 04, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Two things tonight - one a SpoFi observation, and one a fun chance encounter:

The SpoFi observation - love that Howard_T is the elder statesman (no disrespect intended) of SpoFi. If you told me you were on the Enola Gay, I wouldn't bat an eye (and yes, I know you're not that old -- but I'm probably closer in age to your kids than you and I've got a 12 year-old son myself).

On the chance encounter, I got stuck in NY over a December weekend a couple of years ago (I live in Chicago) for an M&A transaction I was working on and got back late to my hotel in Midtown and ended up seated at the hotel bar grabbing a late dinner next to none other than John Lynch. Great player (obviously) but a great guy as well. He was in town to call a Giants game when he was the color guy for a Fox team (with Kevin Burkhardt as the PBP guy?). Got a lot of good inside-baseball (or inside-football) info from him just chatting away, and he introduced me to the whole production team. As a Louisiana native, I told him I thought that maybe Eli to Odell was the most prolific QB-WR combination of two players in the NFL that went to the same high school (Isidore Newman in New Orleans) and that they should look it up. Lo and behold, on the broadcast the next day he mentioned that, as the stats team had looked it up. God bless the information age.

posted by holden at 12:45 AM on November 03, 2018

Altuve Ruled Out on Fan Interference in ALCS Game 4

I'm not particularly interested in whether or not they got this call right or not. I find it frustrating that MLB has a fan interference rule that applies to anything other than someone jumping over the rail and running onto the field. Either (1) let fans sit close to the action, and get over the fact that occasionally fans and players are going to touch each other while reaching for the same ball, or (2) engineer it out of the ballparks.

At Wrigley, they have a "basket" all the way around the outfield wall, so there's no real chance of fan interference on home run balls. But of course, possibly the most famous fan interference incident of all time (with apologies to Jeffrey Maier, the only other fan known by name for interference) happened at Wrigley, on a foul ball, so there's probably no designing it out of the game 100%.

Apparently the baskets at Wrigley were installed in 1970 because of fan interference, but in this case drunk fans in the 1969 season regularly jumping from the bleachers onto the field.

OK, just now seeing this play for the first time and, boy, did Boston ever get a gift there. Had nobody been there, the ball would've bounced off the side of the mitt and it would've been a home run. Crazy call

If you look at one of the replays, seems his glove hit the fan's hand before the ball hit the glove, so I think he may have been impeded in getting his glove as far over to his left as he needed to in order to make the catch.

posted by holden at 10:20 AM on October 18, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: First Down Browns Edition

Pats by 10

posted by holden at 07:49 PM on October 04, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Two bonus baseball games tomorrow. Great fun.

posted by holden at 07:49 PM on September 30, 2018

Frank Reich Hands OT Win to Houston Texans

I liked it. These teams are effectively playing for 3rd place in the AFC South and ties suck.

posted by holden at 06:09 PM on September 30, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: FitzMagic Stay Humble Edition

rcade - please deduct 10 points from my score for last week. I posted my picks on Friday, which is why I picked Cincinnati by exactly 11 and then subsequently wrote "(kidding)." Sorry for screwing around there. (Although will note that you didn't double my picks for the lock.)

Cleveland by 3
New Orleans by 7
Kansas City by 14
Miami by 6
Minnesota by 20 LOCK
Philadelphia by 7
Green Bay by 4
Carolina by 7
Jacksonville by 14 LOCK
Baltimore by 10
Houston by 7
L.A. Rams by 6
Chicago by 7
Seattle by 10 LOCK
New England by 14 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 7

posted by holden at 03:34 PM on September 20, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Browns Edition

Cincinnati by 11 LOCK (kidding)
Atlanta by 6
L.A. Chargers by 7
Green Bay by 3
Houston by 8
New Orleans by 13 LOCK
N.Y. Jets by 3
Pittsburgh by 6
Philadelphia by 7
Washington by 6
L.A. Rams by 20 LOCK
San Francisco by 10
Denver by 7
Jacksonville by 7
N.Y. Giants by 6
Chicago by 7

posted by holden at 10:52 AM on September 14, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I have no problem with what Bell is doing and would feel the same way were I a Steelers fan. The shelf life of NFL players is quite short, and running backs are on the low end of average career length. If NFL contracts were fully guaranteed, I might feel differently about the concept of "honoring your contract."

On the flip side, stoked to be learning some great tips about how to get backlinks. Although if rcade was still alive, this would never be happening.

posted by holden at 08:14 AM on September 09, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Also, please ban robinjack.

posted by holden at 06:46 PM on September 08, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Wait, there's a Beaverboard and a Bored Beaver?

I assume the Bored Beaver just is in need of some wood.

posted by holden at 06:45 PM on September 08, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Between this and the Losers Lunch thread, I hereby call upon the banhammer.

posted by holden at 06:42 PM on September 08, 2018

Play SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Atlanta by 3
Cleveland by 6
Indianapolis by 7
Tennessee by 6
Minnesota by 10
New England by 13
New Orleans by 17
Jacksonville by 3
Baltimore by 13
L.A. Chargers by 7
Denver by 6
Arizona by 3
Carolina by 8
Green Bay by 13
Detroit by 6
L.A. Rams by 13

posted by holden at 09:26 PM on September 06, 2018

Loser's Lunch

Great read, yerfatma. Thanks.

posted by holden at 12:49 PM on September 05, 2018

Gilbert Arenas vs. Javaris Crittenton

I grew up playing this on trips as a kid to visit family in Louisiana and summer vacations with that extended family in northwest Florida. It is similar to euchre (and other trick-taking games, for that matter), although with full deck, more intuitive ranking of trump cards (2 through A, as opposed to trump suit Jack and same color other Jack as top two trumps), and the whole betting/pot aspect plus trade-ins of cards.

We played for pennies and I do remember my sister swiping all of her pennies off the table onto the floor in a fit of pique after a particularly involved series of hands - I guess the 10 year-old's version of threatening to shoot some one.

posted by holden at 03:58 PM on August 10, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Someone want to renew the EPL fantasy league? First game starts in about 2 hours (3:00 p.m. ET).

posted by holden at 12:54 PM on August 10, 2018

How the Delmon Young Draft Pick Worked out for Tampa Bay

Article could have been written by grum. Fun read.

posted by holden at 07:26 PM on August 09, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

shoutout (damn autocorrect)

posted by holden at 06:30 PM on June 28, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

rcade getting the Twitter shootout in this article at The Ringer (scroll down to Group H).

posted by holden at 12:53 PM on June 28, 2018

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

1. Pick the two teams that will advance out of each group (5 points each).

Group A: Egypt, Uruguay

Group B: Portugal, Spain

Group C: France, Peru

Group D: Argentina, Croatia

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland

Group F: Germany, Mexico

Group G: Belgium, England

Group H: Poland, Colombia

2. Pick a player in each group and get 1 point for each goal he scores.

Group A player: Suarez

Group B player: Ronaldo

Group C player: Griezman

Group D player: Higuain

Group E player: Neymar

Group F player: Lozano

Group G player: Kane

Group H player: Lewandowski

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage (5 points).


4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage (5 points).


5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and


6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively).


7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play (penalty kicks excluded) (5 points).


posted by holden at 11:41 PM on June 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Seek out Filip Forsberg's second goal from Game 1 of Preds-Avs (can't link a video because it just happened). Through his own legs and then the defender's legs and then beats the goalie. Amazing.

posted by holden at 12:00 AM on April 13, 2018

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

Holy cow. Guess it was bound to happen sooner or later, but my goodness would have thought it would have been a buzzer beater or a 42-40 grind-it-out game or something.

posted by holden at 12:07 AM on March 17, 2018

LeBron James: NCAA is Corrupt

Dude needs to shut up and just dribble a basketball.

posted by holden at 11:54 PM on March 01, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

(how did you do that?)

I just put a closed bold tag < / b > (but without the spaces) at the beginning of my post, thus having the courtesy to do what grum apparently could not bring himself to do in his outrage.

Whoever had money on a curler being the first 2018 Olympian being stripped of a medal for doping made a lot of money on what surely had to be really long odds (although I assume the odds were flipped the other way for anyone betting on the first medalist stripped being Russian).

posted by holden at 04:08 PM on February 22, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I thought grum was upset about the U.S.-Czech Republic game.

And yes, you're welcome for me taking off the bolding.

posted by holden at 12:52 PM on February 22, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Poor Leonard Fournette must have been having a strong sense of deja vu from his LSU days with the Jags' play calling in the second half. Patriots obviously made some adjustments, but seems like the Jags were playing scared with the lead and went away from what got them ahead in the first place.

posted by holden at 10:01 PM on January 21, 2018

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Atlanta by 7
New England by 14 [LOCK]
Pittsburgh by 10 [LOCK]
New Orleans by 5

Passer " Brady
Rusher " Fournette +5
Receiver " Cooks
Sack " Calais Campbell
Points " Patriots

posted by holden at 10:56 PM on January 12, 2018

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Well, at halftime my Chiefs lock and Alex Smith as top yardage QB were looking pretty, pretty good....

posted by holden at 10:39 PM on January 06, 2018

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Not sure why I cannot edit, but should be Tre'Davious (not Tre'Dacious) White.

Also, will lock all four games.

posted by holden at 09:43 PM on January 05, 2018

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

KC by 11
Rams by 7
Jacksonville by 10
New Orleans by 13

QB: Alex Smith
RB: Todd Gurley
Receiver: Michael Thomas
INT: Tre'Dacious White
Points: Rams

posted by holden at 09:40 PM on January 05, 2018

Home Fitness Equipment made for you

Hell, as long as the inmates are running the asylum, Did anyone see that clam shot of Arakawa???

posted by holden at 12:07 AM on December 20, 2017

Home Fitness Equipment made for you

Either this is rcade's mom posting or something horrible has happened to rcade!

posted by holden at 11:59 PM on December 19, 2017

Why don't we care about the biggest sex abuse scandal in sports history?

Thanks for posting. I must admit I first came across this in the last two weeks and was shocked. If this was in some higher profile sport (at least more than two weeks every four years) it would be saturation coverage. While I'm no supporter of outrageously long prison sentences when there is an opportunity for rehabilitation, seems like he deserves the sentence he's already gotten and that he's still yet to get. And seems like a reckoning is in order for the institutions that either enabled this or turned a blind eye to it.

posted by holden at 10:42 PM on December 17, 2017

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Another option would be to throw out each participant's lowest scoring week, which would basically give each participant a mulligan on a missed week.

posted by holden at 09:54 AM on December 08, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Get Better Ryan Shazier Edition

Do I get the Costanza for having lodged one pick (NE over KC) and then forgetting about it for a couple of weeks and thereafter deciding not to participate? Or is there a minimum picks/participating weeks requirement to qualify for the Costanza?

Just trying to figure out if I should submit the next couple of weeks just to try to pass the other folks ahead of me who seem to have packed it in as well.

posted by holden at 04:28 PM on December 07, 2017

Doctors Feared Zach Miller Would Lose His Leg

I'm a Saints fan, but still not sure how that's not a touchdown.

posted by holden at 11:31 PM on October 31, 2017

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yes, Roberts' usage of Morrow was bordering on criminal. Especially in light of the fact that Roberts failed to rectify his mistake when he did not lift Morrow either immediately after the Springer homer (which was just crushed) or the Bregman single.

Holy hell what an entertaining game though.

posted by holden at 11:45 AM on October 30, 2017

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

What a disaster. Now the finger-pointing begins I guess (primarily at Klinsmann and his "creative" team selection I suppose, but Arena bears some responsibility as well). No excuse to not qualify out of this confederation, particularly in playing a game against a squad with nothing to play for -- but this qualification was lost in the early phases of the Hex.

posted by holden at 11:11 PM on October 10, 2017

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Patriots by 11.

posted by holden at 07:29 PM on September 07, 2017

Jaguars Demote Blake Bortles in Preseason

It would have been better if one or both of those garbage cans was on fire, but guess that would be difficult in a hurricane/torrential downpour.

posted by holden at 06:42 PM on August 25, 2017

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Jinxed it, Tommy.

Well, lots of Jays fans in the neighborhood this weekend with Toronto at Cubs. Probably a good quarter of the people we saw in baseball gear, so way to represent, Canadians. My boys did a lemonade stand yesterday out front of our house before and after the game and charged the Jays fans half price, as we (as Cardinals fans) have a common interest with them and plus many had traveled from Canada. (More than made up for the reduced pricing in tips/"keep the change."). Thought today was the one the Jays would get, but not meant to be.

Oh and my boys netted $100. Not a bad day at the office when you're 11, 9, 6, and 2. Buys a lot of bubblegum, but seems they're saving up and the suspect it's for something more sinister.

posted by holden at 08:47 PM on August 20, 2017

Cubs Give Steve Bartman a World Series Ring

It's "Go Cubs Go" that grates. Even if I were a Cubs fan and not a Cardinals fan, I would hate that song.

posted by holden at 09:12 PM on August 02, 2017

Cubs Give Steve Bartman a World Series Ring

If Steve Goodman were still alive, they would have to consider giving him one.

That Cubs song is truly horrible.

We moved a couple of weeks ago to a house 4 or 5 blocks from Wrigley. Far enough away to largely avoid the drunk bros. But close enough that the other day when I was outside grilling, I could hear the cheer of the crowd for a home run (pretty cool) but also the fans in the stadium singing that infernal song at the conclusion of the game (awful).

The way the Cubs have been trending, could make for a pretty long summer into early fall.

posted by holden at 06:12 PM on August 02, 2017

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

I assume Leicester's turnover is in large part due to payouts resulting from their winning the League last year. I suspect Everton would be a larger earning club if you look over for the past 5-10 years and likely future earning potential.

posted by holden at 11:50 PM on July 09, 2017

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I know it's said so much as to be trite, but greatest trophy in sports and greatest trophy-related traditions.

posted by holden at 08:36 PM on June 12, 2017

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Having waded (as a passive, as opposed to active, participant) into the comments threads in a couple of articles about ESPN's layoffs and declining viewership, it appears that a vocal segment of right-leaning people think ESPN is very liberal and believe that right-of-center-types are abandoning ESPN in droves.

(As far as I can tell, the basis for this complaint has to do with there being a "black" SportsCenter, plus The Undefeated, plus firing Schilling, plus Michael Sam, and generally bending over backwards for, or "hitting us over the head" with, multiculturalism and moral relativism or somesuch.)

So I do wonder whether this re-engagement of Bocephus is a conscious or subconscious attempt to "balance" the ledger, so to speak.

posted by holden at 02:44 PM on June 05, 2017