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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: September 23, 2020

tommytrump has posted 386 links and 3,741 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

What are all those people in the seats for?

I mean .... real, live, people used to go to baseball games?

posted by tommytrump at 09:46 AM on September 23, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 7
Bears by 22
Falcons by 11
Packers by 19
Jaguars by 2
Vikings by 15
Bills by 8
49ers by 21
Rams by 9
Steelers by 6
Buccaneers by 11
Cardinals by 17
Chiefs by 8
Texans by 5
Seahawks by 6
Saints by 16

posted by tommytrump at 06:22 PM on September 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I think Vegas had only five shots on goal in the 3rd, right? Is that correct? I can't find a box score that shows SOG by period.

As per NBCSports , shots on goal in the 3rd period were Vegas 9 Dallas 6

posted by tommytrump at 03:19 PM on September 13, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pickem

My picks:

Texans by 5
Falcons by 6
Bills by 6
Lions by 10
Vikings by 10
Dolphins by 4
Eagles by 21
Raiders by 2
Jaguars by 7
Ravens by 21
Bengals by 6
Saints by 7
49ers by 11
Rams by 9
Steelers by 14
Titans by 8

posted by tommytrump at 07:33 PM on September 10, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Game 5 of Playoff Series

Raptors VanVleet, Powell speak out against Blake shooting, consider boycotting games

posted by tommytrump at 09:05 PM on August 26, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Game 5 of Playoff Series

The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds game will not be played tonight.

posted by tommytrump at 06:14 PM on August 26, 2020

Fernando Tatis Jr.'s grand slam draws ire of manager Jayce Tingler, Texas Rangers

What is the situation. Outs? Count? If you are playing in Fenway, a base hit to left might not score a runner from 2nd. How about your pitching? Is your starter going well? Does your bullpen suck? All of these things must be considered. Up 6-0 in the 4th is a lot less comfortable than being up 6-0 in the 7th.

Globe Life Field

2 out

!-1

Fernando Tatis Jr. (6th)

Starter out of game

Used 7 pitchers

Final 6-4

posted by tommytrump at 09:16 AM on August 19, 2020

Fernando Tatis Jr.'s grand slam draws ire of manager Jayce Tingler, Texas Rangers

I am even starting to see the rationale for enforced standards of etiquette in a sport where participants throw dangerous projectiles at each other.

Repeatedly

posted by tommytrump at 08:27 PM on August 18, 2020

Fernando Tatis Jr.'s grand slam draws ire of manager Jayce Tingler, Texas Rangers

Otherwise it is just discourteous to steal a base with a 7 run lead in the 8th inning

What if your club is up 6-0 in the 4th inning, okay to steal 3rd?

posted by tommytrump at 07:46 PM on August 18, 2020

Fernando Tatis Jr.'s grand slam draws ire of manager Jayce Tingler, Texas Rangers

Tatis better keep his head up in about 7 months.

I'm guessing that's when Odor will settle the score.

posted by tommytrump at 05:37 PM on August 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Longtime Winnipeg Jets star Dale Hawerchuk dies after cancer battle

posted by tommytrump at 03:17 PM on August 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm with you 100%, NoMich. It takes decency, strength of character to admit mistakes. Good on the Stafford's.

posted by tommytrump at 05:01 PM on August 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Kelly Stafford, wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, apologizes for 2017 Colin Kaepernick criticism

posted by tommytrump at 04:40 PM on August 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A's bench coach Ryan Christenson says he didn't intend Nazi salute after game

posted by tommytrump at 09:16 AM on August 07, 2020

The Miami Marlins cancel their home opener after 12 players, 2 coaches test positive for COVID-19.

And...Phillies vs. Yankees is postponed.

posted by tommytrump at 11:12 AM on July 27, 2020