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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: April 04, 2020

tommytrump has posted 383 links and 3,708 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

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

It's raining happiness in the 'Peg as Blue Bombers end 29-year Grey Cup drought: After 29 years of waiting, after 348 months of heartbreak, after 1,513 weeks of despair and after 10,591 days of doubt, this can finally be written: the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are Grey Cup champions.

posted by tommytrump to football at 09:41 AM on November 25, 2019 - 3 comments

Detroit Red Wings' Ted Lindsay dies: A badass on ice, a gentleman off: On the ice, Lindsay was cocky and abrasive and would do anything to win. He was a highly unusual player in the post-World War II National Hockey League, a brainy boat-rocker who repeatedly challenged the conservative league establishment. Those qualities — plus his enormous talent — made him one of the most memorable and controversial players in NHL history and a fan favorite for decades in metro Detroit, where he lived for more than 70 years.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 11:11 AM on March 04, 2019 - 5 comments

Senators deal their superstar: The captain’s ship has sailed. As the Ottawa Senators officially opened training camp Thursday at the Canadian Tire Centre, two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson showed up to pack his bags after months of speculation ended when he was shown the way to San Jose.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 07:52 PM on September 13, 2018 - 4 comments

Finding Murph: He was the first overall pick in the 1986 NHL Draft. His name is engraved on the Stanley Cup. Now, Joe Murphy is living homeless on the streets of Kenora, in Northern Ontario. Rick Westhead searches for Murphy, as the close-knit hockey fraternity asks, “what can be done to help?”

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 07:03 PM on August 23, 2018 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

What is the highest amount of goals scored in the NHL in a season that matches that player's jersey number? (no subscribers to The Athletic are allowed to answer this question)

Damnit, I knew the answer (after reading The Athletic this morning).

posted by tommytrump at 12:07 PM on March 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Belarus defiantly keeps playing while the rest of the sports world goes on hiatus

posted by tommytrump at 10:22 AM on March 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Jari Kurri and Jokerit Helsinki pull out of KHL playoff series against St. Petersburg

posted by tommytrump at 12:17 PM on March 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Coronavirus scuttles Women's World Hockey Championship as professional sports brace for impact

posted by tommytrump at 12:48 PM on March 08, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I swore at Melnyk, says fired Ottawa Senators CEO Jim Little

posted by tommytrump at 07:02 PM on March 04, 2020

MLS Soccer Begins 25th Season

Jim Mora replied "No comment" when asked about Orlando's chances.

posted by tommytrump at 08:26 AM on March 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Iggy!

posted by tommytrump at 09:32 AM on February 28, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Jagsnumberone

Congrats Jag.

I just don't know what to believe any more.

posted by tommytrump at 09:07 PM on February 24, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Jagsnumberone

Congrats, bender !!

posted by tommytrump at 07:09 AM on February 24, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

If the score remains in favour of Carolina, this will be the Leafiest thing the Maple Leafs have ever Leafed.

posted by tommytrump at 09:18 PM on February 22, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Emergency Goaltender Alert in Toronto!!

Carolina Hurricanes are using 42 year old David Ayres in net, 8:41 to play in 2nd period. Ayres is normally the Toronto Marlies Zamboni driver.

posted by tommytrump at 08:41 PM on February 22, 2020

Daytona 500 Ends with Horrifying Airborne Crash

I posted moments after the crash. When I used the word 'spectacular', I was unaware of just how serious the situation may be. Terrifying is right, Ufez, I hope Ryan Newman is okay.

posted by tommytrump at 08:31 PM on February 17, 2020

Daytona 500 Ends with Horrifying Airborne Crash

Quite the ending to the Daytona 500.
Ryan Newman leading (in overtime), spectacular crash in last seconds of race.

posted by tommytrump at 08:03 PM on February 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Tony was one of 'our' 1st real stars. So easy to cheer for, smooth defensively, a terrific hitter. Four different times he wore the Blue Jays uniform. I was so angry when we traded him and Fred McGriff for Carter and Alomar. Turned out okay for Toronto, and Tony returned in the '93 season to be a big part of the World Series championship that year. From everything I've ever heard, or read about him, a better man than a ballplayer. Rest in Peace.

posted by tommytrump at 12:00 PM on February 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Toronto Blue Jays legend Tony Fernandez dies at 57

posted by tommytrump at 10:57 AM on February 16, 2020