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grum@work
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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: June 13, 2022

grum@work has posted 238 links and 9,418 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

I Was In Net For...: CBC has put together a collection of short videos that interview goaltenders that were in net for famous hockey goals. The night Gretzky scored his 50th goal in 39th game? The "Michigan" goal? Marek Malik's legendary shootout goal? Find out what the goalies thought about those goals as they replay the historic goals.

posted by grum@work to hockey at 09:05 PM on March 10, 2021 - 1 comment

2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics to be cancelled.:

posted by grum@work to olympics at 12:08 AM on January 22, 2021 - 3 comments

Over Two Minutes of MLB Players Cursing in Empty Stadiums:
Language is definitely not safe for work.
It's been a tough month for sound engineers during baseball broadcasts.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:42 AM on August 22, 2020 - 6 comments

Body cam and long distance camera footage released showing Masai Ujiri's run-in with Almeda County sheriff deputy.:
In a surprise to no one, the deputy lied about the incident.

posted by grum@work to basketball at 12:16 AM on August 19, 2020 - 6 comments

Recent Comments

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals Round

My picks:

Lightning in 7
Top goals: Stamkos
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Game 1 winner: Avalanche
Top assists: Kucherov
Conn Smythe: Kucherov
Top penalty minutes: Perry
Tiebreaker: 44

posted by grum@work at 07:06 PM on June 13, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Third Round

My picks:

Avalanche in 7
Lightning in 5
Top goals: McDavid
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6 goals: Oilers
Team with shutout: Lightning

posted by grum@work at 08:13 PM on May 30, 2022

NHL Playoff Pickem: Second Round

My picks:

Lightning in 7
Avalanche in 4
Hurricanes in 5
Oilers in 7
Top goals: Connor McDavid
Top goalie (save %): Antti Raanta
Team scoring 6 goals: Oilers
Game 1 winner: Hurricanes

posted by grum@work at 09:37 PM on May 16, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Hurricanes in 5
Maple Leafs in 6
Wild in 5
Oilers in 6
Penguins in 7
Panthers in 4
Avalanche in 4
Wild in 5
Top goals: M.Tkachuk
Top goalie (save %): Darcy Kuemper
Team scoring 6 goals: Maple Leafs
Game 1 winner: Panthers

I'm picking the Flames over the Stars in 5.

posted by grum@work at 07:31 AM on May 02, 2022

David Ortiz First Ballot Hall of Famer

But what Rose did, was after his playing career.

He was in a position of power (manager) on a MLB team, so what he did was WORSE than if he did it while he was a player.

If he was a player and betting on games he participated in, then the only effect he can have is what he, himself, does on the field. He can't influence the outcome of the games except when he is batting, fielding, or running.

As a manager, he could affect the outcome of the game in so many different ways. Starting pitcher choice, batting lineups (where/whom), reliever usage (when/whom), pinch-hitters (when/whom), hit-and-runs or bunts (when/whom), and defensive alignments (when/whom) are all under his control as the manager.

Any and all defense for Rose is just pathetic in my eyes.

Comparing what he did to players who used PEDs and were not punished (like Clemens, Bonds, Mays, etc) is ridiculous.

If you want to keep Ramirez and Rodriguez out of the hall for being suspended for PED use, I have no problem with that. There were specific rules and they broke them.

The fact that the commissioner during the PED era (Selig), managers that obviously knew and benefited from the PED usage (LaRussa), and other players suspected of using PEDs (I.Rodriguez, Ortiz) are already in the HOF completely neuters any reason why Bonds and Clemens shouldn't get elected to the HOF when they come up for the Modern Era committee vote in the future.

posted by grum@work at 07:00 AM on January 27, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Happy Bat Flip Day!

It's not an official holiday in Toronto/Ontario/Canada...yet.

posted by grum@work at 11:09 AM on October 14, 2021

Jack Grealish to Man City for £100m

I wonder if they might have wanted to save a few pounds in case something else came out on the market.

posted by grum@work at 09:04 AM on August 06, 2021

Yankees Fan Throws Baseball at Red Sox Outfielder

Recent developments in the story suggest that it was a 16-year-old kid who was taunted/peer-pressured into throwing the ball back by the bleacher creatures around him. He then tossed it back and accidentally hit Verdugo.

posted by grum@work at 08:51 AM on July 19, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yes.

Wow, my link got absolutely mangled in the cut/paste process.

posted by grum@work at 09:00 AM on July 17, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

LET'S GOOOOOOOO!

posted by grum@work at 07:03 PM on July 16, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

England makes a major tournament finale.

The Toronto/Montreal Stanley Cup streak is broken.

I...I just don't know how to handle these momentous historical anomalies...

posted by grum@work at 10:52 PM on July 07, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Habs win game 4.

History.

Is.

Inevitable.

posted by grum@work at 11:51 PM on July 05, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem, Stanley Cup Edition

My picks:

Canadiens in 7
Top goals: Point
Top goalie (save %): Carey Price
Team scoring 6 goals: Canadiens
Game 1 winner: Lightning
Top assists: Kucherov
Conn Smythe: Price
Top penalty minutes: Weber
Tiebreaker: 18

History, man. You can't fight history.

posted by grum@work at 02:49 PM on June 28, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

LEHKONEN! HEROS NATIONAL!

Why doesn't Sportsfilter like the accented e?

Also, the three players that got a point on that OT winner...it was their first points of the series.

posted by grum@work at 10:07 AM on June 25, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition

My picks:

Canadiens in 7
Lightning in 7
Top goals: Tiffoli
Top goalie (save %): Carey Price
Team scoring 6 goals: Lightning
Team giving up 0 goals: Canadiens

posted by grum@work at 12:34 PM on June 14, 2021