Recent Comments by grum@work

Barry Trotz just Zidane'd the Washington Capitals.

Statement from Barry Trotz.

One possible reason.

An extension of that reason.

The rumour is that the Islanders are going to open up their wallet and pay him close to $5million/yr to coach their team.

posted by grum@work at 04:08 PM on June 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I've collected enough jerseys now that I have one for the following World Cup teams:

- Germany (pure white with a 2014 WC champion patch)
- Denmark ("Danmark", the first national team jersey I ever owned)
- Mexico (the gorgeous 2014 WC green one with the red/white lightning bolts)
- Portugal (from a while back)
- Argentina (also from a while back, with the thick blue/white vertical stripes)

So I'm going to tend to pull for those teams. :)

In general, I'm going to pull for the underdog in 90% of the group matches...except against England. As a Canadian, this is the closest I can get to a "my team" in the World Cup.

posted by grum@work at 04:02 PM on June 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Kane's performance today is the purest definition of "right man in the right place".

posted by grum@work at 03:51 PM on June 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Imagine how hard that would have been if it was an Alouette's fan...

posted by grum@work at 04:01 PM on June 17, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It breaks my heart when smaller teams lose games in the World Cup because of own goals.

posted by grum@work at 12:58 PM on June 15, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Now imagine how things would be if the Maple Leafs won a championship...

posted by grum@work at 12:13 AM on June 15, 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: Russia, Uruguay

Group B: Portugal, Spain

Group C: France, Denmark

Group D: Argentina, Croatia

Group E: Brazil, Serbia

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 (Uruguay)

Group B player: Ronaldo (Portugal)

Group C player: Griezmann (France)

Group D player: Messi (Argentina)

Group E player: Milivojevic (Serbia)

Group F player: Muller (Germany)

Group G player: Kane (England)

Group H player: Bacca (Columbia)

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

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

5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively) : 4

6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively): 7

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

Post your picks in this discussion.

posted by grum@work at 09:25 PM on June 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Also, the boys at Sports-Reference.com have finally come out with their international football site, futref.com

It has leagues from the five big governing nations (England, Spain, Germany, France, Italy) + USA, plus World Cup stuff.

posted by grum@work at 07:10 AM on June 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Canada's going to be in another World Cup! Wooo!

Default! Default! Default!

posted by grum@work at 07:00 AM on June 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't think anyone is going to top Ovechkin's championship celebrations over the last week. He's been legendary, so it isn't a surprise that he's going to create a new meme to be used by NHL fans for the rest of our lives. NSFW

Side note: It's a continuation of his comment he made to some critics before the season who said the team isn't as good as previous seasons, and a shirt he wore during the season.

posted by grum@work at 07:58 PM on June 12, 2018

Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title

I had so little invested in this finals (because I knew the outcome before it started, and it's a fourpeat of teams), that I didn't even realize the final game was played on Friday night.

I woke up on Saturday and heard about the results sometime in the afternoon.

Durant broke the NBA.

posted by grum@work at 01:17 PM on June 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

NSFW warning!: It's Las Vegas. We shouldn't be surprised.

posted by grum@work at 10:01 AM on June 08, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Ovi's message to the fans.

posted by grum@work at 09:22 AM on June 08, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion Wins on Tiebreaker

I think that means I've won a hockey, baseball, and football pick-em in my time at Sportsfilter, and have now also earned a Costanza in hockey, baseball, and football pick-em.

posted by grum@work at 12:25 AM on June 08, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Olympics: Miracle team (Germany) loses to perennial powerhouse (Russia) in the gold medal game.

World Championship: Miracle team (Switzerland) loses to perennial powerhouse (Sweden) in gold medal game.

Stanley Cup: Miracle team (Vegas) loses to perennial powerhouse (Washington) in finals.

posted by grum@work at 11:12 PM on June 07, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

World Cup contest ideas as bonus points:

- For the group stage, pick which team will score/allow the most/least goals in the round.
- For the first round of knockouts, guess how many games will go to shootout.

Props to make before the first game is played:

- Total number of red cards for the entire tournament.
- Total number of nil-nil regulation scores.
- Pick which team is going to score a goal (in regulation or extra time, but not penalty kicks) in every single match they play in the tournament.

posted by grum@work at 12:53 AM on June 06, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's an college infield version of the Pillar!

posted by grum@work at 12:47 AM on June 06, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Aaron Judge had more 3 strikeout games today (2) than Tony Gwynn did his entire career (1).

Aaron Judge struck out more times today (8) than HOF shortstop Joe Sewell in the 1929-30 seasons...combined (7).

Aaron Judge struck out more times in the city of Detroit (8) in ten plate appearances today than Shoeless Joe Jackson did (6) in 364 plate appearances.

posted by grum@work at 12:52 AM on June 05, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It was a bit windy in San Diego yesterday.

posted by grum@work at 11:21 AM on June 01, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The question has to be asked:

Just how HIGH was J.R. Smith at the end of regulation?

posted by grum@work at 12:40 AM on June 01, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

1. Winner: Golden State (but I'm pulling for LeBron)

2. Number of games that team will require: 6

3. MVP : James (CLE)

4. Player to score the most points in the series: James (CLE)

5 .Player to collect the most rebounds in the series: Green (GSW)

6. Player to score the least points in the series with at least 10 minutes played: Jones (GSW)

7. Player to score the most points in a game: James (CLE)

8. Largest margin of victory in a game (come within +/- 5 points): 29

Tiebreaker: Highest single-team score in a game. : 133

posted by grum@work at 11:12 AM on May 31, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I've been informed online that if I swap out Bryan Trottier for Mario Lemieux, my original run is even longer:

1994 - Messier
1993 - Roy
1992 - Trottier
1991 - Trottier
1990 - Messier
1989 - Roy
1988 - Messier
1987 - Messier
1986 - Roy
1985 - Messier
1984 - Messier
1983 - Messier, Trottier
1982 - Trottier
1981 - Trottier
1980 - Trottier

15 seasons of either Messier, Roy, or Trottier in the Stanley Cup finals.

posted by grum@work at 03:49 PM on May 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The 1980s/90s NHL had a similar (shorter) run:

1994 - Messier
1993 - Roy
1992 - Lemieux
1991 - Lemieux
1990 - Messier
1989 - Roy
1988 - Messier
1987 - Messier
1986 - Roy
1985 - Messier
1984 - Messier
1983 - Messier

Twelve consecutive Stanley Cup finals had one of three players in it: Mark Messier, Mario Lemieux, or Patrick Roy.

If you extend it to 2003:

2003 - Brodeur
2002 - Hull, Yzerman
2001 - Roy, Brodeur
2000 - Brodeur, Hull
1999 - Hull
1998 - Yzerman
1997 - Yzerman
1996 - Roy
1995 - Brodeur, Yzerman

That would mean 21 Stanley Cup finals had either Messier, Lemieux, Roy, Brodeur, Hull, or Yzerman in them.

posted by grum@work at 12:30 PM on May 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

There aren't too many team sports that have that few players (5) involved in the game at once.

Hockey has 6 players on the ice at once, but the one player that is on the ice ALL the time virtually no impact on the offense. The rotation of players throughout the game is MUCH higher than in basketball, and the top non-goalies only play less than 50% of the game.

The same with baseball, as the pitcher is the most important single player in the game, but has a minuscule effect on the offense for his team (even in the World Series in NL parks). Otherwise, there are 8 other players involved in the offense and defense.

Football relies on the quarterback almost entirely for its offense, but he has zero effect on defense. And with dozens of other players participating in the game, his influence is also reduced.

Soccer has the opportunity of single players dominating a game, but again they are one of 11 on the field at a time...

posted by grum@work at 12:11 PM on May 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Going back to the 1999 NBA Finals, there have been 20 NBA Finals (including this one).

All of them have had at least one of these players:

  • LeBron James
  • Tim Duncan
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Shaquille O'Neal

2018 - LeBron James
2017 - LeBron James
2016 - LeBron James
2015 - LeBron James
2014 - LeBron James / Tim Duncan
2013 - LeBron James / Tim Duncan
2012 - LeBron James
2011 - LeBron James
2010 - Kobe Bryant
2009 - Kobe Bryant
2008 - Kobe Bryant
2007 - LeBron James / Tim Duncan
2006 - Shaquille O'Neal
2005 - Tim Duncan
2004 - Shaquille O'Neal / Kobe Bryant
2003 - Tim Duncan
2002 - Shaquille O'Neal / Kobe Bryant
2001 - Shaquille O'Neal / Kobe Bryant
2000 - Shaquille O'Neal / Kobe Bryant
1999 - Tim Duncan

If you include Michael Jordan in that list, you can take it all the way back to 1991 and only find one NBA Finals without those 5 players (James/Duncan/Bryant/O'Neal/Jordan):

1998 - Michael Jordan
1997 - Michael Jordan
1996 - Michael Jordan
1995 - Shaquille O'Neal
1994 - Someone else
1993 - Michael Jordan
1992 - Michael Jordan
1991 - Michael Jordan

That's 27 of 28 NBA Finals with at least one of those 5 players.

posted by grum@work at 11:12 AM on May 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Some people think that he was looking at his coach for instructions and by the time he realized what was going on, the turnover had already happened.

That doesn't excuse his lack of movement when the Warrior steps back for a 3.

posted by grum@work at 11:07 AM on May 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

James Harden just doesn't care.

posted by grum@work at 11:52 PM on May 28, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I think LeBron's chances of winning another title died with all the Houston 3pt attempts.

I can't see any way that LeBron can win 4 games on his own against this Finals-hardened Warriors team. I had hopes that Houston getting to the Finals might make them nervous and the Cavs could take advantage in the first couple of games.

But a fourth match-up against the Warriors?

I don't know which is more likely: a Warriors sweep or at least one Cavs win.

If the Cavs push this to even 6 games, LeBron should be handed the playoff MVP award.

posted by grum@work at 11:44 PM on May 28, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final Round

I've picked against them every round, so why not continue to bless the Golden Knights some more...

1. Winner: Washington +4

2. Number of games that team will require : 6

3. The longest game : 1 OT

4. First player to score a goal: Karlsson (VGK)

5. Conn Smythe winner: Ovechkin (WSH) +1

6. Player to score the most goals: Ovechkin (WSH) +1

7. Player with the most penalty minutes: Wilson (WSH)

8. Starting goaltender with the best save percentage: Fleury (VGK)

Tiebreaker: 27

posted by grum@work at 04:02 PM on May 28, 2018

LeBron James Lifts Cavs to NBA Finals Over Celtics

There was a play last night that they showed in the highlights where LeBron is going for a layup, and a Celtics player (Morris?) grabs BOTH of his shoulders and pulls back/down on him as he starts to go up.

He still made the layup (with a deflection from another Celtics player).

I think his raw strength is what separates him from guys like Kobe and Jordan.

One description I heard for James was "Michael Jordan in Karl Malone's body". That works for me. His one weakness is free throw shooting. He's only 74% for his career. If he was an ~84% shooter (like Jordan), he'd have ~1000 more points...

posted by grum@work at 12:58 PM on May 28, 2018

SportsFilter Has Switched to HTTPS

Every time I visit the page after firing up Chrome, it doesn't remember I'm logged in previously and I have to log back in again.

Thankfully, Chrome remembers my password, but it's an extra click every visit.

posted by grum@work at 07:41 AM on May 28, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Gurriel just missed that pitch with his swing:

posted by grum@work at 01:20 AM on May 28, 2018

LeBron James Lifts Cavs to NBA Finals Over Celtics

He led his team in minutes, points, assists, rebounds (both offensive/defensive/combined), blocks, and three-pointers (attempted and made) in game 7.

Now begins the serious talk about his place in the "GOAT" list.

I don't see how he can be listed at anything worse than #3, and I think given his overall skill set he could make an argument for #1 (especially if he drags his Cavs to another title this year).

posted by grum@work at 11:46 PM on May 27, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That Liverpool keeper is going to have nightmares for YEARS about that final.

I'm glad that the winning goal was the amazing shot, and not either of the "oopsies".

posted by grum@work at 10:26 PM on May 26, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

LeBron James, man.

LeBron fucking James.

posted by grum@work at 12:36 AM on May 26, 2018

Abby Wambach, Remarks as Delivered

I received my award along with two other incredible athletes: basketball's Kobe Bryant and football's Peyton Manning.

I kind of cringed when I saw who she said also received the "icon" award.

One is a rapist-who-paid-off-the-victim, the other is a sexual-harasser-who-had-his-school-pay-off-the-victim.

Beyond that, that was a very cool speech.

posted by grum@work at 05:10 PM on May 24, 2018

NFL to Punish Players Who Don't Stand During Anthem

Surely, when it's not during the anthem, no one will find it objectionable anymore, right?

They better not...

posted by grum@work at 02:36 PM on May 24, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Here is why you should bet on Washington to win the Stanley Cup:

2018 Olympic tournament:
Unexpected underdog team (Germany) gets to the finals, plays hockey powerhouse (Russia), and loses in close finish (overtime).

2018 World Championship tournament:
Unexpected underdog team (Switzerland) gets to the finals, plays hockey powerhouse (Sweden), and loses in close finish (shootout).

2017-18 NHL season:
Unexpected underdog team (Las Vegas) gets to the finals, plays hockey powerhouse (Washington), and...(loses in Game 7 double overtime?)

posted by grum@work at 06:39 AM on May 24, 2018

Vegas Golden Knights Advance to Stanley Cup Final

When souvenirs might become nest eggs...

posted by grum@work at 04:20 PM on May 21, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Washington Capitals are now 0-10 in games after winning the first two games on the road of a playoff series.

2001 Eastern Quarterfinals: won first two games in Pittsburgh, then lost the next four.

2003 Eastern Quarterfinals: won first two games in Tampa Bay, then lost the next four.

2018 Eastern Finals: won first two games in Tampa Bay, have now lost the next two.

The collar begins to tighten...

posted by grum@work at 09:55 AM on May 18, 2018

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I think it might be time to implement a time delay between sign up and posting (but not commenting).

posted by grum@work at 06:30 AM on May 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Dustin Byfuglien is a big strong man.

"Stop it, kids! You're coming with me RIGHT NOW!"

posted by grum@work at 10:05 AM on May 17, 2018

Seattle Mariners' star second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for drug violation.

There had been rumours about his possible use for the past 9 years.

2009: Robinson Cano has nothing but love for Angel "Nao" Presinal, the Dominican trainer who has been banned from major-league clubhouses for his links to steroids.

2013 : Cano has denied knowing clinic founder Tony Bosch or having ever used performance-enhancing drugs. But as his best friend, Melky Cabrera, his mentor, Alex Rodriguez, and now his spokeswoman have all been connected to clinic documents, MLB wants to know whether any relationship between Cano and the clinic exists.

posted by grum@work at 02:41 PM on May 15, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Cleveland in 6 +1
Top: James (Cleveland) +1
Bottom: Osman (Cleveland)

Golden State in 7 +2
Top: Durant (Golden State) +1
Bottom: Anderson (Houston) +1

posted by grum@work at 09:15 AM on May 13, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

I have no idea what is going on any more in the NHL.

Lightning in 6: Stamkos (goals), Kucherov (points) +1

Winnipeg in 7: Karlsson (goals), Schiefele (points)

posted by grum@work at 01:10 PM on May 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Not available in my country. :(

posted by grum@work at 10:11 PM on May 06, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Keep Kevin Love, J R Smith, and the others down, let LeBron get his 35, and things should turn out well.

It didn't work for the Pacers.

Nobody on the Cavs scored 20 points in ANY of the games against the Pacers, except for Lebron James.

And yet the James and the Giant Backpack (since he carried them) still made it to the next round.

posted by grum@work at 07:48 PM on May 06, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This is why I was hoping the Pacers would get past the Cavs in the first round.

As a Raptors fan, I would never want to face Lebron James. I don't care how "bad" his supporting cast is, he can take over entire games and do things like he did last night.

I hear lots of fans being disappointed that the Raptors are (probably) going out to the Cavs again. To me, it's like being disappointed that Michael Jordan's team knocked you out of the playoffs. For the past 7 seasons, nobody can stop him from getting to the championships, and the fact that he might do it for an eighth consecutive season really isn't that surprising.

It just cements his legacy even more as one of the three greatest NBA players in history (your order may vary).

posted by grum@work at 09:56 AM on May 06, 2018

Ichiro Suzuki Steps Away, Leaving Albert Pujols on the Path They Took Together

Seattle plays in Japan at the start of next season.

It would be great if Ichiro is playing for the Japanese team on a 1-day deal or something, and that's how he finishes his baseball career.

posted by grum@work at 07:45 PM on May 04, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Edit:

I'm changing my pick in the Raptors game.

Raptors in 7 - LBJ +1

(I'm going to chalk it up to being VERY tired and forgetting who the Raptors were playing.)

posted by grum@work at 10:13 PM on April 30, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Raptors in 7 - DeRozan

76ers in 5 - Simmons

posted by grum@work at 12:27 AM on April 30, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

We seem to be inundated with spammers and self-promoters.
They write something half reasonable (or, I'm guessing based on the Spanish post) and then include their spam link.

posted by grum@work at 02:13 PM on April 29, 2018

donde comprar equipaciones de futbol

#BANHAMMER!

(the link has nothing to do with sports)

posted by grum@work at 09:57 AM on April 29, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Houston in 5 - Harden +2 +1

Golden State in 5 - Durant +2 +1

posted by grum@work at 08:59 AM on April 28, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This year it really appears as if Toronto is challenging Boston as the best sports city in North America. Having 3 teams in the postseason or in international league championships, and one team a strong possibility to also make the postseason in the fall, makes for strong credentials.

It all started with Toronto Wolfpack (inaugural season in the UK's third-tier professional rugby league, League 1) winning all of their League 1 games and getting promoted to the Championship (a step below the Super League) in September 2017.

Then the Toronto Argos won the Grey Cup in November 2017.

Then TFC finished off their domestic treble by winning the MLS Cup in December 2017.

The Raptors finished first in the Eastern conference.

The Leafs finished in the top 5 in the NHL.

The Blue Jays are going to finish with their first .500 (or better) April since 2012.

The Marlies (the Leafs' AHL minor league team) finished first in the league and are currently leading their first round playoff series.

(The Toronto Rock are struggling in the NLL right now.)

It's the golden age for Toronto sports (regardless of how things went last night).

posted by grum@work at 12:36 PM on April 26, 2018

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Nashville in 6, Forgsberg

Las Vegas in 7, Karlsson +1

Tampa Bay in 5, Kucherov +2

Pittsburgh in 5, Crosby

posted by grum@work at 01:17 AM on April 26, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

As a Canadian with English grandparents, I think I'm quite confident in saying that penalty kicks suck.

posted by grum@work at 11:35 PM on April 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Experience beat out youth, and Freddy Andersen finally had a bad period (after 8 good ones in a row).

Both Toronto teams had a lead against the Boston teams at some point tonight, and both lost in the end.

Raptors won, Marlies lost, but TFC is currently deadlocked with Chivas (3-3 aggregate and even in away goals) in the 2nd half of the final.

posted by grum@work at 10:44 PM on April 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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posted by grum@work at 10:44 PM on April 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

You mean tomorrow night, right?

posted by grum@work at 07:30 PM on April 24, 2018