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grum@work
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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: October 14, 2021

grum@work has posted 238 links and 9,413 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

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

By the way, I'm not sure if everyone knew this piece of information, but it might be important going forward for any NHL predictions:

Since the foundation of the NHL (1917) one thing has remained true for every single season of its history:

If a Toronto team plays a Montreal team in the playoffs, the winner of that series wins the Stanley Cup.

Toronto Maple Leafs/St. Pats/Arenas
vs
Montreal Canadiens/Maroons

It does not matter. It has ALWAYS worked out that the winner of that series (at any point in the playoffs) wins the Stanley Cup.

1918 - Arenas beat Canadiens for Stanley Cup
1925 - Canadiens beat St. Pats in semi-finals, win Stanley Cup
1932 - Maple Leafs beat Maroons in semi-finals, win Stanley Cup
1935 - Maroons beat Maple Leafs for Stanley Cup
1944 - Canadiens beat Maple Leafs in semi-finals, win Stanley Cup
1945 - Maple Leafs beat Canadiens in semi-finals, win Stanley Cup
1947 - Maple Leafs beat Canadiens for Stanley Cup
1951 - Maple Leafs beat Canadiens for Stanley Cup
1959 - Canadiens beat Maple Leafs for Stanley Cup
1960 - Canadiens beat Maple Leafs for Stanley Cup
1963 - Maple Leafs beat Canadiens in semi-finals, win Stanley Cup
1964 - Maple Leafs beat Canadiens in semi-finals, win Stanley Cup
1965 - Canadiens beat Maple Leafs in semi-finals, win Stanley Cup
1966 - Canadiens beat Maple Leafs in semi-finals, win Stanley Cup
1967 - Maple Leafs beat Canadiens for Stanley Cup
1978 - Canadiens beat Maple Leafs in semi-finals, win Stanley Cup
1979 - Canadiens beat Maple Leafs in quarter-finals, win Stanley Cup
2021 - Canadiens beat Maple Leafs in first round...

posted by grum@work at 11:55 AM on June 08, 2021

Edmonton Ex-Eskimos Unveil New Name

That works for me.

They can even do a "throwback" helmet and still use the EE logo.

posted by grum@work at 07:51 PM on June 06, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem Round 2

Revised picks:

Jets in 7

posted by grum@work at 01:09 PM on June 02, 2021

Majors May Disqualify Osaka for Refusing to Do Interviews

There are some things that don't add up. A self proclaimed private person and introvert handling things in such a public and declarative manner for one.

Being public means that people have to talk about it, and maybe if they talk about it people will start to understand and won't belittle or demean an athlete who has mental health issues. Given the responses that have come out, that was probably wishful thinking...

The kicker for me is the fact that she took questions after her match from a Japanese broadcaster that she is under contract to, then said sorry, no media appearances.

I'm going to guess that the questions and discussion topics from the Japanese broadcaster were of a friendly variety, and probably not in an adversarial tone.

posted by grum@work at 07:36 AM on June 01, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem Round 2

My picks:

Bruins in 6
Lightning in 6
Avalanche in 6
Top goals: MacKinnon
Top goalie (save %): Tuukka Rask
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning

posted by grum@work at 10:22 AM on May 29, 2021