holden's profile

Name: Holden O.
Location: Chicago
Member since: February 11, 2002
Last visit: June 23, 2020

holden has posted 53 links and 2,515 comments to SportsFilter and 8 links and 268 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

My Teams:

MLB -- Cardinals
NFL -- Saints
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

The Great Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever: A long, but excellent oral history from Bryan Curtis at The Ringer on how Fox went big for the NFL and ended up becoming the fourth major broadcast network in the process. Lots of fun nuggets in there, including the facts that (1) at the time John Madden signed with Fox for the 1994 NFL season, he was paid more annually than the highest paid NFL player, and (2) at the time it was introduced, people hated the "Fox Box" (the box containing the running clock and score at the top corner of the screen).

posted by holden to football at 02:08 PM on December 14, 2018 - 5 comments

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Adding the extraneous S is also a Chicago thing. "Going over to the Jewels to do my shopping..."

posted by holden at 09:00 PM on June 23, 2020

Premier League Returns Today

I saw a tweet that Luis got a red card once every 160 EPL games with Chelsea and once every 13 EPL games with Arsenal. And gave away a penalty once every 53 games for Chelsea but once every 6.5 games for Arsenal. So whatever he was with Chelsea is like 10-15x worse with Arsenal.

posted by holden at 06:40 PM on June 19, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

As a one who is notorious for abandoning well-intentioned projects, this likely ends here, but I bring you installment two of From the Archives.

It was February 2006, and the Winter Olympics were in full swing. And on SportsFilter, we were about to be treated to a level of creative crassness rarely seen on the front page.

While rcade would like to pretend this did not happen and quickly excised the offending post (thus limiting it to four comments), a Google cache of it remains (for now).

Some fun talk in the locker room on this as well.

posted by holden at 06:03 PM on May 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Love that you remembered "paradigm shift," tahoe.

posted by holden at 05:55 PM on May 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This probably goes in the bucket of navel-gazing, but I was thinking the other day "Was there some guy on SportsFilter who always used to go on about his proprietary training techniques that would surely revolutionize soccer or am I just imagining that?"

I present to you a very special edition of From the Archives (f/k/a Down the Rabbit Hole).

posted by holden at 02:56 PM on May 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I would not be surprised to see MLB do a season behind closed doors, with the tri-state plan (FL, TX, and AZ hubs) most likely. Apparently MLB teams make only 20% of their revenues from gate receipts, and I would have to think that even with a shortened season, ad revenues from the eyeballs of a sports-starved nation (nations, including Canada " that's for you, grum and and DJE) that is otherwise shut in could generate returns that might bring the networks to honor much of their commitments.

posted by holden at 12:01 AM on April 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

How dare you sully the name of Mike Trout like that. Clearly Ben Affleck.

posted by holden at 11:50 PM on April 27, 2020

49ers Get Trent Williams, Lose Joe Staley to Retirement

On the kicker, I guess they must have really been into him because the consensus seemed to be that he would be available as an UDFA.

posted by holden at 10:05 PM on April 25, 2020

49ers Get Trent Williams, Lose Joe Staley to Retirement

This Pats draft is cracking me up " two TEs in a row in the third and then a kicker in the fifth. They're drafting like my 10 year-old in our father-son fantasy football draft. Fifty-fifty chance this turns out to be genius vs this is just Belichick looking to confound everyone just for the hell of it.

posted by holden at 02:55 PM on April 25, 2020

49ers Get Trent Williams, Lose Joe Staley to Retirement

This trade must have been done before the first round, because the Niners traded back one position to let the Bucs get Wirfs, who many believed was the top OL in the draft (although the fourth one taken).

posted by holden at 02:33 PM on April 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I do think that the Staples Center likely takes the cake, between two men's basketball teams, a woman's basketball team, hockey, plus a boatload of concerts and then the one-offs like memorial services for Nipsey Hussle and Kobe (probably no more than a couple a year, but still).

And be safe, SpoFites. Wish during this time we could watch a game together and get on the old Campfire site and have a nice running play-by-play/minute-by-minute with snarky commentary and astute social observations.

I love that all these people are all about "I'm binging XYZ on Netflix" or "I've taken up the piccolo" during this quarantime (that's a deliberate portmanteau, by the way). I've got four boys we're allegedly trying to "home school" here in Chicago (9 year-old to me the other day: "If you taught at my school you would have been fired a long time ago." Followed by 12 year-old: "That's harsh, but let's just say you're not winning any teacher-of-the-year awards") plus a job that mercifully is still keeping me busy, and I just fall into bed at midnight most nights exhausted. So hats off to those of you in different life situations for which this is a nice respite to learn/do something different, but keep in mind that there are those of us out there suffering through trying to figure out 8th grade math by watching YouTube videos on the sly so as to not admit to our children that we have basically a 7th grade (or more accurately, something south of 8th grade -- could be 5th or 6th for all I know) understanding of math.

posted by holden at 06:35 PM on March 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This is great (and makes me sad).

posted by holden at 11:18 AM on July 21, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Between the cricket final and Wimbledon, must be something in the air in England today.

posted by holden at 02:51 PM on July 14, 2019

Marisnick Suspended 2 Games for Nose-Breaking Collision

Looks to me like he was going for a headfirst slide and ended up putting up his arm as an act of self-preservation. But because he throws himself headlong into Lucroy, also looks like he was trying to bowl him over. Tough one to call.

posted by holden at 12:16 AM on July 13, 2019

Project: Phenom

Thanks for this, Bill (although surprised you're enough over the Champions League celebrations to post). Great read.

posted by holden at 01:12 AM on June 05, 2019