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tommytrump
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Name: Thomas
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Gender: Male
AIM: thowden@rogers.com
Member since: January 30, 2006
Last visit: November 26, 2020

tommytrump has posted 387 links and 3,766 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 278 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I have two favourite sporting events. One as an adult and the other as a child. The most entertaining sporting event I ever saw as an adult was January 9, 1986. Toronto Maple Leafs at home versus the Edmonton Oilers, 99, Mess, Coffey, and the rest of the boys. At this point in my life I had seasons tickets for the Leafs, I lived in London Ontario, about 2 hrs west of Toronto and as a result sold most of my seats to friends who lived closer to Toronto. I kept tickets for 5 or six games that year and thankfully that was one of them. The Leafs led 5-1 at the end of the first period. The Oilers tied the game at 6, and early in the 3rd, Edmonton led 8-7. Final score 11-9 Toronto! We almost blew the roof off the Carlton Street Cashbox that night. When I was only 7 years old, living near Toronto, my mother and father threw us kids into the car, drove us to Malton (now Pearson) International Airport. From there, we flew to Montreal, Mom, Dad, my 3 sisters, my brother and I. We watched the Expos play the Astros in a double header. We picniced in the park outside Jarry Park before the games, went for a swim in the pool just beyond the right field fence, and most importantly got Rusty Staub's autograph. I still have it! We flew back to Toronto the same night, we even got to go sit in the cockpit of the Air Canada jet. That's something that wouldn't happen today! It was the first time any of us, my parents included, had been on a plane. Way too cool. I've seen the Leafs 4 times at the Air Canada Centre, each time as the guest of friends in their private box. It's the only way to fly, if you can afford it. I've seen plenty of NFL games in Detroit and Buffalo, C.F.L. games in Olympic Stadium, Frank Clair Stadium, C.N.E. Stadium and Skydome(Rogers Centre). My family had seasons seats for the Blue Jays for the first 8 years of their existence. I could only guess at how many games I attended, maybe 350? I go to Rogers Centre a couple of times a year for Jays games now, and Comerica Park to see the Tigers at least once a season. I've been to a Toronto Rock lacrosse game, entirely too much fun and entertainment. I've seen 2 N.B.A. games live, the Raptors home opener in MoPete's rookie season, and at The Palace of Auburn Hills, against the 76'ers, on the night the Pistons honoured Chuck Daly. My two sports loves are the Toronto Maple Leafs and the late, lamented Montreal Expos. May The 'Spo's rest in peace. Damn you Jeffrey Loria, Bud Selig, and the rest of you baseball bastards.

Recent Links

The Miami Marlins make history with hiring of Kim Ng as general manager: The Miami Marlins have a new general manager, and it comes with some historical precedence. The Marlins on Friday announced they hired Kim Ng to oversee baseball operations. Ng, 51, is now the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among MLB’s 30 teams and is believed to be the first woman hired to a general manager position by any professional men’s sports team in North America.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 12:44 PM on November 13, 2020 - 8 comments

Explosive and shocking allegations against junior hockey in newly filed lawsuit: Just three days after a former major junior hockey player alleged that he was forced to do cocaine in a bathroom as a rookie with the Kitchener Rangers in 2016, two former CHL players have launched a class-action lawsuit alleging that players aged 15 to 17 were, “routinely victims to hazing, bullying, physical and verbal harassment, physical assault, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.”

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 07:22 PM on June 18, 2020 - 3 comments

NFL says it was wrong in handling of protests over racial injustice, encourages players to do so peacefully: “We, the National Football League condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said in a video released by the NFL. “We, the National Football League admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League believe black lives matter.”

posted by tommytrump to culture at 08:12 PM on June 05, 2020 - 4 comments

Hockey Is Not for Everyone: You ever fought for your life? Like, really fought for your life? In 2005, in a tiny arena in Windsor, Ontario, I fought for my life.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 05:08 PM on May 19, 2020 - 3 comments

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing: Astros owner Jim Crane fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Monday shortly after Major League Baseball announced the pair would be suspended for a year as part of the penalties for the investigation into alleged electronic-sign stealing.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 11:16 AM on January 14, 2020 - 9 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Fred Sasakamoose, Indigenous hockey pioneer who played in NHL, dies of COVID-19

posted by tommytrump at 12:56 PM on November 26, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition

If anyone else has scores they think are messed up...

My score is messed up, but I don't think you've added incorrectly, rcade

posted by tommytrump at 04:37 PM on November 25, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition

My picks:

Lions by 14
Cowboys by 9
Ravens by 11
Raiders by 14
Bills by 8
Giants by 2
Titans by 7
Vikings by 7
Cardinals by 7
Dolphins by 17
Browns by 6
Saints by 13
Rams by 7
Chiefs by 5
Packers by 21
Eagles by 4

posted by tommytrump at 08:09 AM on November 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

If he continues to be a profoundly inept celebrity financial wizard, he'll eventually be obliged to run for president.

Six championships, six bankruptcies, yup, checks out.

posted by tommytrump at 07:14 AM on November 22, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 11: Hail Murray Edition

Has anybody else noticed that I'm really, really bad at this?

Ummmm

posted by tommytrump at 01:47 PM on November 19, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 11: Hail Murray Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 11
Browns by 6
Falcons by 8
Bengals by 8
Lions by 6
Steelers by 15
Ravens by 8
Texans by 4
Dolphins by 9
Chargers by 17
Packers by 9
Vikings by 14
Chiefs by 15
Buccaneers by 2

posted by tommytrump at 08:18 PM on November 18, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 10: What Happened to the Bucs Edition

My picks:

Titans by 7
Browns by 7
Buccaneers by 17
Packers by 14
Lions by 17
Raiders by 17
Chargers by 7
Cardinals by 3
Seahawks by 7
Bengals by 7
Saints by 14
Patriots by 7
Vikings by 14

posted by tommytrump at 07:24 AM on November 12, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Howie Meeker, who went from Stanley Cup-winner to colourful analyst, dies at age 97

posted by tommytrump at 10:30 AM on November 11, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 9: Undefeated Steelers Edition

My picks:

Packers by 12
Falcons by 11
Seahawks by 11
Titans by 7
Colts by 14
Chiefs by 21
Lions by 6
Giants by 2
Texans by 8
Raiders by 9
Steelers by 19 (lock)
Cardinals by 17
Buccaneers by 4
Patriots by 16

posted by tommytrump at 11:38 AM on November 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Coyotes renounce draft pick Mitchell Miller after report of bullying, racism

posted by tommytrump at 04:23 PM on October 29, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 8: Don't Score Todd Edition

My picks:

Falcons by 7
Bills by 7
Titans by 7
Browns by 9
Lions by 3
Packers by 16
Chiefs by 31
Rams by 19
Steelers by 8
Chargers by 5
Bears by 21
Seahawks by 11
Eagles by 14
Buccaneers by 29

posted by tommytrump at 09:47 AM on October 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Arizona Coyotes top draft pick was convicted for bullying Black, mentally disabled teen

posted by tommytrump at 05:44 PM on October 26, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

From the nation's capital on a Monday morning.....

posted by tommytrump at 08:53 AM on October 26, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Belichick captures Breeders' Stakes to deny stablemate Mighty Heart the Triple Crown

posted by tommytrump at 03:13 PM on October 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

When asked for comment, Bob Cole replied: "Everything is happening"

posted by tommytrump at 10:29 AM on October 25, 2020