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Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: August 18, 2018

holden has posted 52 links and 2,476 comments to SportsFilter and 8 links and 268 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

My Teams:

MLB -- Cardinals
NFL -- Saints
NCAA -- LSU
Football -- Spurs, Barca
Hockey -- Red Wings
Basketball -- Ambivalent

Sports Lowlights:

In my first real year of Wings fandom (I was a transplant to the North and was a latecomer to hockey), I saw the Leafs beat the Wings because Nicklas Lidstrom (of all people) allowed Nikolai Borschevsky to get his stick on the puck for the Game 7 overtime winner. I have attended my share of heartbreaking sporting events, including Game 7 of the 1994 Western Conference Quarterfinals (top-seeded Wings lose to eighth seeded Sharks, margin of victory is a goal by the Sharks due to Chris Osgood not getting back in position after playing the puck away from the net) and Game 4 of the 2004 World Series (Cardinals are ignominiously swept by the Red Sox in St. Louis).

Sports Highlights:

I have also attended a few fantastic (from my perspective) sporting events, including Games 3-5 of the 2006 World Series, Game 5 of the 2003 ALDS (Oakland v. Boston -- no rooting interest, just a great game, with Derek Lowe striking out Terrence Long looking with the tying run on third to end the game and then classily grabbing his crotch), and the 1998 ACC men's basketball tournament (with Vince Carter and Antwan Jamison-led UNC taking out Duke in the final).

Recent Links

Are You Ready for Some Football?: The World Cup draw was conducted earlier today. An Iberian showdown in Group B, while Groups D and F look, if not quite Groups of Death, at least Groups of Moderate Discomfort. The U.S. is in Group I.

posted by holden to soccer at 12:41 PM on December 01, 2017 - 6 comments

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow: After a short post-WC break, the season in England's top flight begins tomorrow. The first manager to quit or get fired has already left the building, in the form of a man who seems almost unrecognizable minus the hat. Don't forget to join the SpoFi Fantasy Premier League mini-league (anyone know the SpoFi league code?). Post your season predictions inside.

posted by holden to soccer at 11:30 AM on August 15, 2014 - 9 comments

Euro 2012 Confidence Pool (Final Standings): Congrats to our winner, goddam, who narrowly pipped second-place finisher owlhouse (and apologies to those of you whose entries the software ate). Full standings inside.

posted by holden to fantasy at 11:43 AM on July 05, 2012 - 1 comment

Euro 2012 Confidence Pool (Standings Post-Group Round): Standings after the group round inside.

posted by holden to fantasy at 02:59 PM on June 22, 2012 - 1 comment

Euro 2012 Confidence Pool: For those not interested in playing a full-blown Euro fantasy league or (like me) interested in both, click the link for the SpoFi Euro 2012 confidence pool. Additional details inside.

posted by holden to fantasy at 01:19 PM on June 07, 2012 - 22 comments

Recent Comments

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).

Argentina

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

Seven

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

Seven

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

Argentina

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