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Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: January 17, 2020

grum@work has posted 228 links and 9,327 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

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

I wonder if the Red Sox should get in front of this situation and fire Cora now and give the new manager a chance to start fresh with the team at spring training. It's possible that the MLB investigation into the 2018 Red Sox might not finish until pitchers/catcher report (since it only started a couple of weeks ago).

Even if they find the Red Sox innocent, Cora is still going to be suspended for his actions with the 2017 Astros, so clean the slate and start with a new manager.

Now, if the Red Sox are found guilty of something, then the extra team punishment should be the rehiring of Bobby Valentine for the 2020 season.

posted by grum@work at 04:36 PM on January 14, 2020

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

I think this is going to take the "replay challenge video review" out of team's hands in the near future. It's quite possible that the league will force the managers on the field to challenge calls based on their own eyes (and not being able to consult with their "replay team").

That removes any reason for the team in the dugout to communicate with any personnel outside the dugout (or bullpen), and thus minimize sign-stealing opportunities.

It will also make it easy to say "any communication, except bullpen phone, is forbidden" and then drop harsher penalties on anyone who tries again.

posted by grum@work at 04:33 PM on January 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's depressing to think that I'd be higher in the standings for the pick'em if I simply skipped the first two rounds of the playoffs.

posted by grum@work at 09:18 AM on January 13, 2020

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Divisional Round

San Francisco by 13
Baltimore by 17
Kansas City by 10
Seattle by 3

Passer: Mahomes (KC)
Rusher: Jackson (BAL)
Receiver: Hill (KC)
Sack: Evans (TEN)
Most Points: Baltimore

posted by grum@work at 07:49 PM on January 09, 2020

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em

Buffalo by 3
New England by 9
New Orleans by 10

Seattle by 3

Passing: Brees (New Orleans)
Rushing: Henry (Tennessee)
Receiving: Thomas (New Orleans)
Interception: White (Buffalo)
Points: Buffalo

posted by grum@work at 04:20 PM on January 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yes, they might have gotten hosed by the non-call, but getting the delay of game call at the 1 yard line was their own doing and I have a hard time feeling any sympathy for them after that.

posted by grum@work at 10:54 AM on December 30, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: Crunch Time Edition

There is a chance I won't be able to submit my week 17 picks any time after this, so I'm going to do so now:

Browns by 13
Patriots by 17
Vikings by 13
Chiefs by 10
Bills by 13
Lions by 3
Saints by 17
Buccaneers by 9
Eagles by 10
Titans by 3
Cowboys by 10
Ravens by 13
Jaguars by 3
Raiders by 10
Cardinals by 10
49ers by 13

Again, there is no reason not to push all the chips in, so let's lock them all!

posted by grum@work at 12:08 AM on December 27, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I love the unique set of circumstances that are required for the Oakland Raiders to make the playoffs (from

OAK win + PIT loss + TEN loss + IND win + at least one of CHI/DET/LAC/NE wins as well.

posted by grum@work at 12:07 AM on December 27, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Another Fine Mess in Jacksonville Edition

Houston by 6
Buffalo by 3
San Francisco by 9
Jacksonville by 10
Baltimore by 17
New Orleans by 9
Carolina by 13
Miami by 6
Pittsburgh by 13
N.Y. Giants by 9
Detroit by 7
L.A. Chargers by 13
Dallas by 13
Seattle by 10
Kansas City by 17
Minnesota by 3

There is only a prize for first place, right?


posted by grum@work at 10:00 PM on December 20, 2019

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