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grum@work has posted 219 links and 9,102 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

Barry Trotz just Zidane'd the Washington Capitals.:
Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals. We are obviously disappointed by Barry's decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise

posted by grum@work to hockey at 04:07 PM on June 18, 2018 - 5 comments

Seattle Mariners' star second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for drug violation.:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that second baseman Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Furosemide, a Diuretic, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 02:38 PM on May 15, 2018 - 1 comment

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.:
The 36-year-old accountant comes into the game with 14 minutes left in the game. And he makes a big save!

posted by grum@work to hockey at 12:55 AM on March 30, 2018 - 11 comments

Joe Morgan: "We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don't belong here.":
With the release of the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot this week, Joe Morgan has penned a letter that has been sent to all the Hall of Fame voters in the BBWAA.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 11:07 AM on November 22, 2017 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I wonder how many of those ARG fans booked hotel rooms for an extra week. Man, that's a long way to travel to see your team get beaten up and (probably) eliminated from the tournament.

posted by grum@work at 04:05 PM on June 21, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Is the Russian/Egypt match an "upset", given the home team advantage in these things?

posted by grum@work at 04:58 PM on June 19, 2018

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