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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: February 04, 2023

tommybiden has posted 396 links and 4,054 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

Maple Leafs legend Borje Salming dies at age 71: It was Harry Neale who once said every Swede in the NHL should send Borje Salming a piece of their pay cheque. Brendan Shanahan, who arranged a tribute night for Salming earlier this month, recognized the defenceman as “a pioneer of the game and an icon with an unbreakable spirit and unquestioned toughness.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 11:33 PM on November 24, 2022 - 0 comments

Police open investigations into 2003 and 2018 Canadian world junior teams: Another Canadian world junior team is under a cloud of suspicion. Hockey Canada released a statement Friday regarding an alleged group sexual assault involving members of the 2002-03 national junior team. “We believe the alleged incident from 2003 should be investigated by the authorities, and we urge the police to open an investigation into this disturbing situation,” Hockey Canada said. “Hockey Canada will co-operate with and support the authorities in every way we can, and we once again urge anyone who may have relevant information about this alleged incident to contact Halifax police immediately.”

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 03:17 PM on July 22, 2022 - 1 comment

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hall of Famer Bobby Hull, the Golden Jet, dies at 84

posted by tommybiden at 01:08 PM on January 30, 2023

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

While most of us were sleeping, an EBUG Alert in Edmonton last night

posted by tommybiden at 12:34 PM on January 29, 2023

NFL Playoff Pickem: Conference Championships Edition

My picks:

Eagles by 10 (lock)
Bengals by 10 (lock)
Passer: Joe Burrow
Rusher: Miles Sanders
Receiver: Ja'Marr Chase
Player with sack: Brandon Graham

posted by tommybiden at 06:47 PM on January 28, 2023

NFL Playoff Pickem Week 2: Divisional Round

My picks:

Jaguars by 6
Eagles by 12 (lock)
Bills by 7
49ers by 9
Passer: Josh Allen
Rusher: McCaffrey
Receiver: Diggs
Player with interception: Marlowe

posted by tommybiden at 08:59 PM on January 20, 2023

NFL Pickem Champion: Truthhurts

Congratulations, Truth!

posted by tommybiden at 12:09 PM on January 17, 2023

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

49ers by 14 (lock)
Jaguars by 7
Bills by 19 (lock)
Vikings by 11 (lock)
Bengals by 18 (lock)
Cowboys by 5
Passer: Josh Allen
Rusher: Christian McCaffrey
Receiver: Justin Jefferson
Player with interception: Patrick Peterson

posted by tommybiden at 08:33 PM on January 13, 2023

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Bills by 10 (lock)
Vikings by 4
Bengals by 10 (lock)
Broncos by 5
Lions by 6
Texans by 3
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Dolphins by 5
Panthers by 6
Eagles by 4
Steelers by 2
49ers by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 5
Cowboys by 4
Jaguars by 10 (lock)

posted by tommybiden at 10:39 PM on January 06, 2023

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thanks rcade. Just wondered if I'd missed it.

posted by tommybiden at 08:01 AM on January 03, 2023

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hey rcade, have we ever gotten final results from the CFL Playoffs pool?

posted by tommybiden at 06:53 PM on January 02, 2023

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Well, THAT was fun (TCU 51 Michigan 45)

posted by tommybiden at 08:07 PM on December 31, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

'Citizen hero' Blaine Gabbert

posted by tommybiden at 05:08 PM on December 30, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 17: Zach Attack Edition

Revised picks:

Cowboys by 22 (lock)

posted by tommybiden at 03:26 PM on December 29, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 17: Zach Attack Edition

My picks:

Cowboys by 4
Cardinals by 5
Lions by 3
Broncos by 10 (lock)
Patriots by 2
Giants by 6
Eagles by 7
Buccaneers by 8
Browns by 9
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Jaguars by 9
49ers by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 4
Packers by 5
Chargers by 1
Bengals by 3

posted by tommybiden at 09:00 AM on December 29, 2022

RIP Franco Harris

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posted by tommybiden at 02:55 AM on December 23, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 16: It's a Tie Game Jakobi Edition

My picks:

Jaguars by 6
Bills by 16 (lock)
Browns by 6
Texans by 2
Chiefs by 11 (lock)
Vikings by 10 (lock)
Bengals by 14 (lock)
Lions by 4
Ravens by 5
49ers by 7
Cowboys by 4
Raiders by 6
Dolphins by 3
Broncos by 2
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Chargers by 13 (lock)

Merry Christmas & a Happy Festivus to one & all. I'm finding my late-season swoon quite impressive!!

posted by tommybiden at 10:01 AM on December 22, 2022