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Location: Canada
Member since: February 21, 2002
Last visit: April 26, 2021

grum@work has posted 238 links and 9,394 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 Monday Huddle

A pretty rare moment (first time in almost a century) in baseball tonight.

The home run leader for the season is going to be the starting pitcher in an MLB game.

posted by grum@work at 02:48 PM on April 26, 2021

Will a 'Super League' blow up global soccer? Here's what we know after bombshell announcement

Howard: Don't forget the WHA trying to step up against the NHL back in the 1970s. Just like the AFL/ABA, the smaller league eventually was (partially) absorbed into the bigger league.

The dissolution of the minor league baseball system this off-season is SORT OF like this. Instead of this large interconnected system of Rookie/A-/A+/AA/AAA teams, they major league teams sliced off 60% of the teams and pulled them into the official minor league system. The remaining minor league teams have to get by on their own as independents.

posted by grum@work at 09:46 PM on April 19, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I assume it's just random chance that the last few days have seen some absolutely outrageously lopsided scores in the NBA for this season.

Every 40+ point differential in the NBA this season, and four of them have been in the last two days:

Rk              Date                    Team               Opponent +/-    Final
1     Fri Apr 2 2021         Toronto Raptors  Golden State Warriors +53 W 130-77
2    Sun Dec 27 2020        Dallas Mavericks   Los Angeles Clippers +51 W 124-73
3    Sun Feb 28 2021       Memphis Grizzlies        Houston Rockets +49 W 133-84
4     Sat Apr 3 2021  Portland Trail Blazers  Oklahoma City Thunder +48 W 133-85
5    Tue Dec 29 2020         Milwaukee Bucks             Miami Heat +47 W 144-97
6     Sat Apr 3 2021               Utah Jazz          Orlando Magic +46 W 137-91
7     Sat Apr 3 2021         New York Knicks        Detroit Pistons +44 W 125-81
8     Fri Jan 8 2021         Houston Rockets          Orlando Magic +42 W 132-90
9    Sun Mar 21 2021        Dallas Mavericks Portland Trail Blazers +40 W 132-92

posted by grum@work at 08:45 AM on April 04, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This hit by Nikita Zadorov on Patrick Hornqvist may be the biggest, banished-to-the-shadow-realm, clean hockey hit I have ever seen.

posted by grum@work at 11:18 PM on March 25, 2021

Blue Jays Will Use TV Audio on Radio Broadcasts

I'm not a fan of this plan, but they've got the right guy to be broadcasting the play-by-play: Dan Shulman.

He's been the voice of ESPN radio baseball broadcasts for years, so he knows how to do it.

I'm going to hold final judgement until I hear how Shulman performs for the first few games.

posted by grum@work at 08:47 AM on March 10, 2021

Daniel Snyder is the Kindest, Bravest, Warmest, Most Wonderful Human Being I've Ever Known in My Life

I loved it. The WFT is much better than Cats. I'm going to see it again and again.

posted by grum@work at 08:35 AM on March 09, 2021

EA Sports is Returning to the College Football Game

They try to match the skill level of the players in the game to real life by assigning statistical ratings for various physical components: speed, size, strength, stamina, skills, intelligence.

So slow plodding fullbacks are noticeably different than speedy lithe wide receivers. Strong armed pocket quarterbacks will be different than noodle-armed running QBs. 300lb linemen will tend to overpower their smaller opponents, but maybe the smaller guys are faster/more maneuverable...

posted by grum@work at 09:14 PM on February 03, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

STRETCH to stay onside!

posted by grum@work at 11:53 PM on January 31, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The closest you can get to making a free throw, without actually making the free throw.

posted by grum@work at 08:21 AM on January 26, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

What does the arena operator do at an NHL game during intermission when there is no one in the stands?

If you're curious, they did win.

For the old folks here, the music is from 70s TV game shows "Card Sharks" and/or "Double Dare".

posted by grum@work at 11:41 AM on January 14, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Because it could only happen to the Knicks, they somehow ended up with two different players wearing #23 on the back of their jersey's last game.

Mitchell Robinson and Reggie Bullock both had #23 on the back of their jerseys. Bullock had his correct number (#25) on the front of his jersey, but for some weird reason had #23 on the back of his jersey.

In summary, the New York Knicks.

posted by grum@work at 12:24 PM on December 27, 2020

Robinson Cano Suspended for 2021 Season Over PEDs

He's making ~$24million a season until he turns 40, and he still used PEDs?

What a maroon!

Now, if the 2021 season is only 60 games again, does he get off lightly, or do they stretch it into the 2022 season as well?

posted by grum@work at 08:32 PM on November 18, 2020

The Miami Marlins make history with hiring of Kim Ng as general manager

She's been considered a GM candidate for over a decade now, so this was probably long over due.

posted by grum@work at 12:19 AM on November 14, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

The last "Tony La Russa is old" statistic:

- Currently, the second oldest manager in the majors is now Dusty Baker. When Dusty Baker was a player, the last manager he ever had was...Tony La Russa, in 1986.

posted by grum@work at 10:01 AM on October 30, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

and a reputation for being player-friendly.

He hasn't always been that way.

In 2016: "I would not, to the best of my ability, I would not sanction somebody taking a knee.
"I think that's disrespectful, and I really question the sincerity of somebody like Kaepernick. I remember when he was on top. I never heard him talk about anything but himself. Now all of a sudden he's struggling for attention and he makes this big pitch. I don't buy it. And even if he was sincere, there are other ways to show your concern. Disrespecting our flag is not the way to do it."

And again: "No, sir, I would not allow it. ... If you want to make your statement you make it in the clubhouse, but not out there, you're not going to show it that way publicly and disrespectfully."

In 2020, he's kind of walked it back: "I know in 2016 when the first issue occurred, my initial instincts were all about respecting the flag and the anthem and what America stands for. There's been a lot that's [gone] on in a very healthy way since 2016, and not only do I respect but I applaud the awareness that's come into not just society, but especially in sports. If you talk about specifically baseball, I applaud and would support the fact that they are now addressing [and] identifying the injustices, especially on the racial side."

posted by grum@work at 08:25 PM on October 29, 2020