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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: September 28, 2022

tommybiden has posted 395 links and 4,001 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

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

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

Recent Comments

NFL Pickem Week 4: Fly Eagles Fly Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 11 (lock)
Vikings by 6
Browns by 15 (lock)
Cowboys by 11 (lock)
Lions by 9
Titans by 7
Bears by 5
Jaguars by 8
Jets by 6
Bills by 19 (lock)
Chargers by 15 (lock)
Cardinals by 9
Packers by 17 (lock)
Raiders by 4
Chiefs by 5
Rams by 8

posted by tommybiden at 02:50 PM on September 28, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 17: Playoff Considerations Edition

My picks:

Blue Bombers by 11 (lock)
Lions by 11 (lock)
Alouettes by 9
Argonauts by 11 (lock)

posted by tommybiden at 02:41 PM on September 28, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 16: Billy Sol Hurok and Big Jim McBob Edition

My picks:

Tiger-Cats by 15 (lock)
Argonauts by 17 (lock)
Stampeders by 9

posted by tommybiden at 09:18 PM on September 22, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 3: Jaguar Juggernaut Edition

Hey moder8, you didn't enter 'spreads' for any of your games!

posted by tommybiden at 06:01 PM on September 22, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 3: Jaguar Juggernaut Edition

My picks:

Browns by 7
Bears by 6
Titans by 7
Chiefs by 23 (lock)
Bills by 13 (lock)
Vikings by 8
Ravens by 16 (lock)
Bengals by 16 (lock)
Eagles by 6
Saints by 6
Jaguars by 3
Rams by 8
Seahawks by 5
Packers by 2
49ers by 5
Giants by 2

posted by tommybiden at 12:39 PM on September 22, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 15: Extended Summer Edition

My picks:

Roughriders by 17 (lock)
Blue Bombers by 19 (lock)
Stampeders by 7 (lock)

posted by tommybiden at 05:11 PM on September 15, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 2: Are You Ready for Jeff Bezos Edition

My picks:

Chiefs by 9
Jets by 4
Lions by 8
Buccaneers by 19 (lock)
Giants by 7
Steelers by 6
Colts by 17 (lock)
Ravens by 9
Rams by 22 (lock)
49ers by 11 (lock)
Bengals by 15
Broncos by 13 (lock)
Cardinals by 2
Packers by 6
Bills by 11
Vikings by 8

I'm amazed that I scored 19 Week 1.

posted by tommybiden at 11:23 AM on September 15, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 14: Saturday Tripleheader Edition

My picks:

Lions by 11 (lock)
Argonauts by 21 (lock)
Blue Bombers by 11 (lock)
Stampeders by 19 (lock)

posted by tommybiden at 10:05 PM on September 08, 2022

The SportsFilter NFL Pickem is Back

My picks:

Bills by 9
Saints by 14 (lock)
49ers by 14 (lock)
Bengals by 13 (lock)
Eagles by 6
Dolphins by 6
Ravens by 17 (lock)
Jaguars by 4
Panthers by 4
Colts by 8
Titans by 12 (lock)
Packers by 3
Chiefs by 11 (lock)
Chargers by 4
Cowboys by 9
Broncos by 17 (lock)

posted by tommybiden at 07:27 PM on September 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Brianne Jenner leads Canada to women's world hockey gold

posted by tommybiden at 11:54 AM on September 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

50 nifty facts on 50 years since Summit Series

posted by tommybiden at 06:51 PM on September 01, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 13: Labour Not Labor Day Edition

My picks:

Alouettes by 3
Blue Bombers by 10 (lock)
Tiger-Cats by 6
Stampeders by 9

posted by tommybiden at 08:01 AM on September 01, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 12: Regrets I Have a Few Edition

My picks:

Blue Bombers by 13 (lock)
Tiger-Cats by 8
Roughriders by 4
Redblacks by 4

posted by tommybiden at 07:11 AM on August 25, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Sun Devils up front, Coyotes in the back

posted by tommybiden at 03:59 PM on August 24, 2022

CFL Pickem Week 11: Winnipeg Didn't Win Edition

My picks:

Redblacks by 6
Lions by 9
Tiger-Cats by 14 (lock)
Stampeders by 7

Didn't pick the Winnipeg's last week, not gonna pick 'em this week either!

posted by tommybiden at 09:33 PM on August 17, 2022