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tommytrump
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Name: Thomas
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Gender: Male
AIM: thowden@rogers.com
Member since: January 30, 2006
Last visit: July 20, 2018

tommytrump has posted 378 links and 3,459 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 278 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I have two favourite sporting events. One as an adult and the other as a child. The most entertaining sporting event I ever saw as an adult was January 9, 1986. Toronto Maple Leafs at home versus the Edmonton Oilers, 99, Mess, Coffey, and the rest of the boys. At this point in my life I had seasons tickets for the Leafs, I lived in London Ontario, about 2 hrs west of Toronto and as a result sold most of my seats to friends who lived closer to Toronto. I kept tickets for 5 or six games that year and thankfully that was one of them. The Leafs led 5-1 at the end of the first period. The Oilers tied the game at 6, and early in the 3rd, Edmonton led 8-7. Final score 11-9 Toronto! We almost blew the roof off the Carlton Street Cashbox that night. When I was only 7 years old, living near Toronto, my mother and father threw us kids into the car, drove us to Malton (now Pearson) International Airport. From there, we flew to Montreal, Mom, Dad, my 3 sisters, my brother and I. We watched the Expos play the Astros in a double header. We picniced in the park outside Jarry Park before the games, went for a swim in the pool just beyond the right field fence, and most importantly got Rusty Staub's autograph. I still have it! We flew back to Toronto the same night, we even got to go sit in the cockpit of the Air Canada jet. That's something that wouldn't happen today! It was the first time any of us, my parents included, had been on a plane. Way too cool. I've seen the Leafs 4 times at the Air Canada Centre, each time as the guest of friends in their private box. It's the only way to fly, if you can afford it. I've seen plenty of NFL games in Detroit and Buffalo, C.F.L. games in Olympic Stadium, Frank Clair Stadium, C.N.E. Stadium and Skydome(Rogers Centre). My family had seasons seats for the Blue Jays for the first 8 years of their existence. I could only guess at how many games I attended, maybe 350? I go to Rogers Centre a couple of times a year for Jays games now, and Comerica Park to see the Tigers at least once a season. I've been to a Toronto Rock lacrosse game, entirely too much fun and entertainment. I've seen 2 N.B.A. games live, the Raptors home opener in MoPete's rookie season, and at The Palace of Auburn Hills, against the 76'ers, on the night the Pistons honoured Chuck Daly. My two sports loves are the Toronto Maple Leafs and the late, lamented Montreal Expos. May The 'Spo's rest in peace. Damn you Jeffrey Loria, Bud Selig, and the rest of you baseball bastards.

Recent Links

Toronto Raptors trade DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard: DeMar DeRozan, the kid from Compton, Calif. who once professed “I am Toronto,” is no longer a Raptor. The team’s longest serving and most successful player, who morphed from a shy teenager drafted by the Toronto Raptors into a four-time NBA all-star, is part of a franchise-altering trade for disgruntled San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.

posted by tommytrump to basketball at 11:55 AM on July 18, 2018 - 9 comments

Toronto Maple Leafs sign John Tavares for seven years, $77 million: As Free Agent Frenzy begins..... John Tavares is a Toronto Maple Leaf. Tavares tweeted out the news himself, bidding farewell to New York Islanders fans while saying he wanted to live out “his childhood dream.”

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 01:53 PM on July 01, 2018 - 5 comments

Humboldt gathers, and mourns, through a long and tragic night: Word spread fast — down the highway, across the prairie, into the farm community of Humboldt, where people huddled with phones and friends. ...With that word came numbing horror: Fourteen people on a bus carrying their beloved Humboldt Broncos, dead. They were en route to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game late Friday afternoon when their bus collided with a semi at a junction on Highway 35.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 11:00 AM on April 07, 2018 - 5 comments

Edmonton Oilers sign Connor McDavid to eight-year contract worth $12.5-million a year: Two years ago, I was at the Oilers development camp in Jasper. Now this you take it all in stride and run with it. McDavid will make $3.775 million with his performance bonuses this coming season and then the whopping extension kicks in.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 07:32 PM on July 05, 2017 - 4 comments

With words and a strong grip, an MLB umpire pulls a woman back from the brink in Pittsburgh : As a Major League Baseball umpire, John Tumpane often has to diffuse tense situations at the ballpark. None compared to the scene he came upon Wednesday as he walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on his way back from a run and lunch: A few hundred yards from PNC Park, he saw a woman climb over a railing and look toward the Allegheny River below.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 08:41 PM on June 28, 2017 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Hamilton by 11

Ottawa by 16

Winnipeg by 11

Calgary by 26

posted by tommytrump at 07:55 AM on July 19, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Blackhawks free themselves from remaining 3 years of Marian Hossa's contract in deal with Arizona

posted by tommytrump at 07:28 PM on July 12, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 11

Edmonton by 18

Winnipeg by 11

posted by tommytrump at 09:51 AM on July 12, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 9

Ottawa by 19

Edmonton by 19

Winnipeg by 9

posted by tommytrump at 03:19 AM on July 05, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Season is over for Toronto Argonauts QB Ricky Ray

posted by tommytrump at 06:44 PM on June 27, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Calgary by 11

Hamilton by 11

British Columbia by 11

Montreal by 3

posted by tommytrump at 04:43 PM on June 27, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A few years old, but worth a read, I thought: Is Charlie Brown the Worst Manager Ever?

posted by tommytrump at 07:59 PM on June 26, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Willie O'Ree, Brodeur and Bettman headline Hockey Hall of Fame's 2018 induction class

posted by tommytrump at 03:31 PM on June 26, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

John Carlson re-signs with Capitals for eight years, $64 million

posted by tommytrump at 01:19 PM on June 25, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Calgary Flames trade Hamilton, Ferland, Fox to Carolina Hurricanes for Hanifin, Lindholm

posted by tommytrump at 03:49 PM on June 23, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Ilya Kovalchuk returns to NHL with L.A. Kings in 3Yr/$18.75M deal

posted by tommytrump at 03:46 PM on June 23, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Ottawa by 16

Montreal by 4

Hamilton by 9

Toronto by 8

posted by tommytrump at 03:45 PM on June 19, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I can see what Ottawa gets out of that shipment, and I can see what Florida gained, but it looks like San Jose just got rid of Boedker.....

Cap space.

posted by tommytrump at 01:21 PM on June 19, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Senators trade Hoffman to Sharks, San Jose flips him to Florida for picks

posted by tommytrump at 11:43 AM on June 19, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Milwaukee Brewers reliever has less than pleasant inning of work today NSFWS (not suitable for weak stomachs)

Final Stat Line 1 I 2 H 1 ER 2 ML (Meals Lost)

posted by tommytrump at 06:26 PM on June 17, 2018