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tommybiden
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Name: Thomas
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Gender: Male
Social Media Account: thowden@rogers.com (AIM)
Member since: January 30, 2006
Last visit: May 15, 2022

tommybiden has posted 394 links and 3,949 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 untold story of the most dangerous player in college football history: Before Jerry Sandusky, there was Todd Hodne. Before the serial sexual predator who ended Paterno's career, there was the serial sexual predator who left his career untouched. WARNING: Extremely disturbing content.

posted by tommybiden to football at 07:47 PM on April 11, 2022 - 3 comments

Blackhawks’ Stan Bowman resigns in overhaul over sexual assault cover-up: Stan Bowman’s 12-year reign as the Blackhawks’ general manager and hockey operations president is over. Bowman and right-hand man Al MacIsaac, formerly the two most powerful people in the 'Hawks’ hockey operations, were forced out Tuesday. Their departures headline an organizational overhaul enacted after releasing the results of an investigation into the handling of allegations that former video coach Bradley Aldrich sexually assaulted two players shortly before the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 04:04 PM on October 26, 2021 - 6 comments

Logan Mailloux a polarizing pick by Canadiens in first round of draft: The Canadiens selected the 6-foot-3, 212-pound London Knights defenceman with their first-round pick (31st overall) at the NHL Draft Friday night. The 18-year-old from Belle River, Ont., had renounced himself from the draft this week after paying a fine for an offence of a sexual nature in Sweden last year, which had several NHL teams vowing not to select him this weekend. “Being drafted into the NHL is an honour and a privilege that no one takes lightly,” Mailloux said in a statement released on social media before the draft. “The NHL draft should be one of the most exciting landmark moments in a player’s career, and given the circumstances, I don’t feel I have demonstrated strong enough maturity or character to earn that privilege in the 2021 draft. I know it will take time for society to build back the trust I have lost, and that is why I think it is best that I renounce myself from the 2021 NHL Draft and ask that no one select me this upcoming weekend.” Bergevin picked him anyways.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 10:30 AM on July 24, 2021 - 11 comments

Wild thangs: Double-A team draws 13 walks in an inning: “It just got out of control, literally,” longtime Barons radio announcer Curt Bloom said. “And it was contagious.” “It was 87 pitches with 24 strikes. Most of them weren’t even close, really,” he added.

posted by tommybiden to baseball at 01:35 PM on May 07, 2021 - 3 comments

Minnesota Duluth knocks University of North Dakota out in the longest game in NCAA tournament history : Bulldog forward Luke Mylymok scores at 2:13 of the fifth overtime to send the Bulldogs to a fourth-straight Frozen Four.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 07:59 AM on March 28, 2021 - 0 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Delaware State University 'incensed' after lacrosse team's bus stopped, searched in Georgia

posted by tommybiden at 05:00 PM on May 10, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Bruins in 6
Maple Leafs in 7
Wild in 7
Oilers in 6
Rangers in 7
Panthers in 6
Avalanche in 5
Wild in 5
Top goals: Nazem Kadri
Top goalie (save %): Jack Campbell
Team scoring 6 goals: Avalanche
Game 1 winner: Panthers

My 2nd pick of Minnesota is actually Calgary

posted by tommybiden at 08:26 AM on May 02, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur dies at 70

posted by tommybiden at 10:14 AM on April 22, 2022

Steelers Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Fatally Struck by Car

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regarding Brandt, what in the hell is wrong with some people?

posted by tommybiden at 03:30 PM on April 09, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk dies at 62

posted by tommybiden at 10:58 AM on March 29, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Nor can those Yankees players play Toronto based games.

posted by tommybiden at 05:28 PM on March 16, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Iggy!

posted by tommybiden at 08:12 AM on February 28, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x38 Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 10 (lock)
Passer: Joe Burrow
Rusher: Joe Mixon
Receiver: Chase
Player with sack: Donald
Player with first turnover: Stafford
Super Bowl MVP: Burrows
Tiebreaker: 54

posted by tommybiden at 11:07 AM on February 11, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Social Media Stunned by New Jersey Devils Lunar New Year Logo: I Maybe Would Have Gone in a Different Direction'

posted by tommybiden at 12:05 PM on February 02, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 3: 13 Seconds Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 14 (lock)
Rams by 14 (lock)
Passer: Joe Burrow
Rusher: Akers
Receiver: Chase
Player with sack: Miller

posted by tommybiden at 09:59 PM on January 29, 2022

Mike McDaniel is WHAT??!! -- Deadspin

Heh, Sean Beckwith's Twitter account is no more.

posted by tommybiden at 07:22 AM on January 27, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

Revised picks:

Bengals by 6 (lock)
Rams by 2 (lock)
Bills by 3 (lock)

posted by tommybiden at 01:49 PM on January 22, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 6
Packers by 10 (lock)
Rams by 2
Bills by 3
Passer: Aaron Rodgers
Rusher: Singletary
Receiver: Diggs
Player with interception: Hyde

posted by tommybiden at 08:40 AM on January 22, 2022

NFL Pickem Champion: Tahoemoj

Congrats to Tahoe on the win, rcade with a valiant effort!

posted by tommybiden at 07:01 AM on January 18, 2022

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

Revised picks:

Chiefs by 19 (lock)

posted by tommybiden at 05:15 PM on January 15, 2022