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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: December 15, 2019

grum@work has posted 228 links and 9,318 comments to SportsFilter and 15 links and 920 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

Sports Bio

The Trophy Room

First of all, a trivia question. What are the 11 different ways for a baseball player to reach 1st base safely? Answer at bottom of page. I'm the saddest fan of them all: Toronto Maple Leafs Buffalo Bills (but not so much since the Holy Trinity retired...Kelly, Thomas, Reed) It could be worse...I could be a Boston or Chicago baseball fan. The most memorable sporting event was a hockey game back in the late 80's (not sure exactly when). A friend of the family got me really nice Leaf tickets during the Xmas holidays. They were playing the Bruins, so I took my friend Joe who was a big Boston fan. After two periods, the Leafs were getting killed, 5-1. My friend was really laying on the taunting thick, and I was contemplating how I could kill him on the way home. Then, to start the 3rd period, Wendel Clark scored a quick goal. Hey, at least they'll make it respectable, is what I figured. And then another goal is scored. And another. Well, lo and behold, the Leafs tie it up and send the game into overtime (the last goal was scored with an extra attacker, by Wendel again). Then, with about a minute left in the overtime, Wendel Clark blows one past the goalie and the place EXPLODES with noise. I must have gone hoarse from the shouting. The stunned/saddened look on Joe's face the entire ride home was like icing on the cake. ... Trivia Answer: 1. Hit 2. Base on balls 3. Hit by pitch 4. Catcher interference 5. Dropped third strike 6. Error 7. Fielder's choice 8. Hitting a baserunner with the batted ball 9. A ball, pitched to the batter or thrown by the pitcher from his position on the pitcher's plate to a base to catch a runner, goes into a stand, or player's bench, or over or through a field fence or backstop, or is touched by a spectator. (Obscure rule 7.05(h)) 10. The third strike becomes lodged in the umpires equipment (not touched by the catcher). (Obscure rule 7.05(i)) 11. Pinch Runner

Recent Links

Houston Astros accused of electronically stealing signs in 2017:
Early in the 2017 season, at least two uniformed Astros got together to start the process. One was a hitter who was struggling at the plate and had benefited from sign stealing with a previous team, according to club sources; another was a coach who wanted to help. They were said to strongly believe that some opposing teams were already up to no good. They wanted to devise their own system in Houston. And they did.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:53 PM on November 12, 2019 - 15 comments

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!:
At 19-31 in late May, with a less than 1% chance of even making the playoffs, the Nationals have come roaring back to win the franchise's first ever World Series championship, and the first one for D.C. baseball team in over 90 years.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:41 AM on October 31, 2019 - 15 comments

Pirates broadcaster complains about Reds player and goes too far.:
“I heard of him because of his grandfather (Steve Demeter) who used to be a minor league coach for the Pirates. He was the nicest, sweetest guy in the world. He’s rolling in his grave every time this guy hits a home run. He’s embarrassed of his grandson.”

posted by grum@work to baseball at 03:27 PM on May 30, 2019 - 6 comments

Mom, don't read this! - Seth Jones:
"Oh man, she’s gonna read this. She’s going to be all over this. Players’ Tribune, you should talk to her about all this, because she’s going to say I’m lying." Editor’s’ Note from The Players’ Tribune: No problem, Seth. Please welcome your special guest editor, Amy Jones.

posted by grum@work to hockey at 12:40 PM on February 27, 2019 - 7 comments

Ryan Reeves visits the barbershop to talk about hockey in the black community.:
"If you ever see a playoff hockey game, it's better than any other sport."

posted by grum@work to hockey at 12:15 PM on February 11, 2019 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: NFC Least Edition

Baltimore by 19
New England by 17
Tampa Bay by 6
Green Bay by 7
Houston by 10
Kansas City by 13
Miami by 3
Philadelphia by 7
Seattle by 10
Oakland by 3
Cleveland by 6
Minnesota by 10
L.A. Rams by 13
San Francisco by 10
Buffalo by 14
New Orleans by 17

posted by grum@work at 05:32 PM on December 11, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'll third The Athletic praise. I grabbed a sub when it was cheap back in February, and it was great for my fantasy baseball (my original reasoning) but I learned A LOT more about basketball (while following the Raptors reports) than I had ever before.

posted by grum@work at 11:35 PM on December 06, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Color Analyst Tim Ryan Edition

Dallas by 7
Carolina by 6
Baltimore by 7
Cleveland by 6
Green Bay by 17
Minnesota by 9
New Orleans by 7
N.Y. Jets by 3
Indianapolis by 10
Houston by 13
L.A. Chargers by 9
Oakland by 7
Kansas City by 3
Pittsburgh by 7
Seattle by 10
N.Y. Giants by 8

posted by grum@work at 09:08 AM on December 05, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Color Analyst Tim Ryan Edition

Dallas by 7

posted by grum@work at 07:06 AM on December 05, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: Offensive Rams Edition

Chicago by 7
Dallas by 3
New Orleans by 13
N.Y. Jets by 6
Indianapolis by 9
Philadelphia by 11
Green Bay by 14
Cleveland by 6
Carolina by 10
Jacksonville by 3
Baltimore by 7
L.A. Rams by 9
L.A. Chargers by 8
Kansas City by 13
New England by 3
Seattle by 9

posted by grum@work at 10:49 PM on November 27, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Baltimore is Pretty Good Edition

Fixing my Monday game prediction (since it's the RAMS and not the CHARGERS):

Baltimore by 9 (not locked)

posted by grum@work at 07:31 AM on November 22, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Baltimore is Pretty Good Edition

Houston by 6
Atlanta by 9
Buffalo by 7
N.Y. Giants by 3
Pittsburgh by 10
Cleveland by 7
New Orleans by 14
Oakland by 9
Seattle by 10
Detroit by 8
Tennessee by 3
Dallas by 3
Green Bay by 6
Baltimore by 17

posted by grum@work at 11:50 AM on November 21, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Baltimore is Pretty Good Edition

rcade: I had 8 locks last week, and you only gave me credit for 6 of them.

I had Dallas, Buffalo, Minnesota, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, New England, and KC.

I'm missing my extra 5 for Minnesota and my extra 8 for New Orleans, giving me 118 for the week (tops) and 734 total (still 4th place, but closer to 3rd).

posted by grum@work at 11:47 AM on November 21, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Baltimore is Pretty Good Edition

NFL pick for Thursday:

Houston by 6

posted by grum@work at 06:24 AM on November 21, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


posted by grum@work at 06:22 PM on November 20, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

My semi-annual "My Team is Better Than Your Team" post using NCAA football teams.

Gettysburg is a Division III football team that has gone 1-8 this season. Through the transitive property, here is why they are a better team than fourth-ranked Georgia.

Gettysburg beat Juniata (DIII vs DIII until further notice)
Juniata beat Ursinus
Ursinus beat Bethany WV
Bethany WV beat Carnegie Mellon
Carnegie Mellon beat Wash & Jeff
Wash & Jeff beat Wittenberg
Wittenberg beat Wooster
Wooster beat Bluffton
Bluffton beat Anderson IN
Anderson IN beat Cincinnati Chr (DIII team beats NAIA team)
Cincinnati Chr beat Warner (NAIA vs NAIA until further notice)
Warner beat Ave Maria
Ave Maria beat St Thomas FL
St Thomas FL beat Allen
Allen beat Eliz. City St (NAIA team beats Division II team)
Eliz. City St beat St Augustine's (DII vs DII until further notice)
St Augustine's beat Fayetteville St
Fayetteville St beat W Salem St
W Salem St beat Tuskegee
Tuskegee beat Kentucky St
Kentucky St beat Robert Morris (DII team beats DI FCS team)
Robert Morris beat VMI (DI FCS vs DI FCS until further notice)
VMI beat Citadel
Citadel beat Georgia Tech (DI FCS team beats DI FBS team)
Georgia Tech beat South Florida (DI FBS vs DI FBS until further notice
South Florida beat BYU
BYU beat Tennessee
Tennessee beat South Carolina
South Carolina beat Georgia

posted by grum@work at 05:18 PM on November 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Pour one out for rcade doubting himself on the weekend:

I only have 49ers by 10, so that's a relief.

Changing pick to San Francisco by 3 no lock.

posted by grum@work at 09:51 AM on November 18, 2019

Astros Exec Wrote Email Seeking to Steal Signs

The whole NCAA "vacate" thing is silly and I would hope intelligent people wouldn't think of adapting the same thing.


- MLB hasn't "vacated" an MVP award to a player who has later admitted cheating during that season. Why would they do that for a championship?
- NCAA themselves do a terrible job at "vacating" titles, as they still list the team in the "champion" column on their own damn website. If they truly cared about "vacating", that 2013 champion field would be blank, instead of the weak "asterisk and see below" indicator.

posted by grum@work at 11:59 PM on November 17, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Looking back at an old "Chart Party" video from SBNation/Jon Bois, it's amazing how quickly it became out of date.

In the video, the following statements were made and have since become invalid:

  • A list of teams was displayed under the heading "Schools that have never won an NCAA tournament game". Included in that list were Buffalo, UMBC, and Marshall. All of them have won an NCAA tournament game.
  • #1 Seed winning %, first round = 100%, #16 Seed winning %, first round = 0%. Of course, UMBC upset Virginia that very month the video came out.
  • Of the 122 professional sports teams in the NHL/NBA/MLB/NFL, only three have not won a playoff round: Winnipeg Jets, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Nationals. All three of them did so in the last 6 months.
  • There are 122 professional sports teams in the big four leagues that have made the playoffs. There are now 123 professional sports teams in the NHL/NBA/MLB/NFL, as Vegas Golden Knights played in the playoffs that year AND won at least one round.

posted by grum@work at 09:21 AM on November 16, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Mike Trout wins the AL MVP for the third time in his career, becoming the 11th player in history to win the award three times, and the second to win three times by his age 27 season.

He's also finished 1st or 2nd in MVP voting in 7 of the 8 full seasons he's played. He finished 4th in 2017 after missing 48 games because of injury.


posted by grum@work at 08:03 PM on November 14, 2019