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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: July 05, 2020

tommytrump has posted 386 links and 3,724 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

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

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Happy Bobby Bonilla Day! (15 years to go!)

And, a Happy Canada Day as well !

posted by tommytrump at 10:39 AM on July 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Seattle Kraken!

+1

posted by tommytrump at 03:40 PM on June 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Seattle's NHL team to play at Climate Pledge Arena

posted by tommytrump at 09:38 PM on June 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Buffalo Sabres fire Jason Botterill, name Kevyn Adams as general manager

posted by tommytrump at 10:18 AM on June 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Youppi!

posted by tommytrump at 06:31 PM on June 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Memories ...

posted by tommytrump at 11:40 AM on June 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Chicago captain Johnathan Toews writes regarding recent news in the U.S.A.

posted by tommytrump at 05:50 PM on June 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Coronavirus is retiring the handshake. Here's why that could change sports forever

posted by tommytrump at 06:38 PM on May 20, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Scotiabank Arena turns into giant kitchen as MLSE looks to make 10,000 meals daily

posted by tommytrump at 12:33 PM on April 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Dear god, no !! The Video Replay Operator is suspended for 2020, and not allowed to perform that function in 2021. The horror, the horror!!

posted by tommytrump at 03:22 PM on April 22, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

MLB releases report on Red Sox: Alex Cora suspended through 2020 postseason, 2nd Round Pick lost

posted by tommytrump at 03:20 PM on April 22, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Last Call For The XFL

posted by tommytrump at 01:36 PM on April 17, 2020

Opening Day Baseball in Taiwan

Monkeys baseball is on the air!

posted by tommytrump at 07:18 AM on April 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Who the hell killed golf

posted by tommytrump at 03:17 PM on April 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Happy birthday, Rogers!

posted by tommytrump at 10:25 AM on April 13, 2020