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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: October 21, 2021

tommybiden has posted 392 links and 3,890 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

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

Minnesota Duluth knocks University of North Dakota out in the longest game in NCAA tournament history : Bulldog forward Luke Mylymok scores at 2:13 of the fifth overtime to send the Bulldogs to a fourth-straight Frozen Four.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 07:59 AM on March 28, 2021 - 0 comments

Pittsburgh hires Ron Hextall to be their new G.M. Brian Burke as President of Hockey Operations: Less than 2 weeks after Jim Rutherford surprisingly resigned, the Penguins dramatically reshaped their front office with a pair of hires. Ron Hextall, a fiery former goalie and a member of the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame, fills the vacant G.M. spot. Brian Burke was hired in a newly created position as president of hockey operations.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 11:18 AM on February 10, 2021 - 6 comments

Columbus Blue Jackets ship Dubois & 3rd round pick to Winnipeg Jets for Laine, Roslovic: Blue Jackets trade the disgruntled center to the Winnipeg Jets and a 3rd round pick for 2 skilled forwards – Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic, an unsigned restricted free agent from Columbus who is currently training with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets while unsigned. Dubois, 22, requested a trade upon signing a two-year contract extension the week prior to the start of training camp Jan. 4 at Nationwide Arena. The team’s former No. 1 center didn’t publicly offer a reason, but it’s believed to be multi-faceted – tied to both prolonged contract negotiations and a feuding relationship with coach John Tortorella.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 12:48 PM on January 23, 2021 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

NFL Pickem Week 7: Thanks Brocephus Edition

My picks:

Browns by 5
Packers by 11 (lock)
Chiefs by 12 (lock)
Falcons by 5
Patriots by 6
Ravens by 4
Raiders by 9
Rams by 21 (lock)
Buccaneers by 14 (lock)
49ers by 7
Seahawks by 3

posted by tommybiden at 09:53 AM on October 21, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Maple Leafs backup goaltender tonight is not a Zamboni driver, but a 24 year old from the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

posted by tommybiden at 07:12 PM on October 16, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Dr. J., I think I only scored 4 points last week, if you want to doublecheck?

Winnipeg by 19

Ottawa by 8

Calgary by 4

posted by tommybiden at 09:12 PM on October 14, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 16 (lock)
Dolphins by 10
Packers by 11 (lock)
Bengals by 7
Colts by 6
Rams by 14 (lock)
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Panthers by 4
Chargers by 7
Cardinals by 4
Raiders by 7
Cowboys by 9
Steelers by 9
Bills by 9

posted by tommybiden at 12:26 PM on October 14, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Happy Thanksgiving!

Toronto by 14

Winnipeg by 14

Saskatchewan by 14

Hamilton by 14

Montreal by 14

posted by tommybiden at 08:24 AM on October 06, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

My selections for the CFL Pick 'Em

Happy Thanksgiving!

Toronto by 14

Winnipeg by 14

Saskatchewan by 14

Hamilton by 14

Montreal by 14

posted by tommybiden at 08:01 PM on October 05, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Rams by 5
Falcons by 3
Packers by 5
Vikings by 3
Steelers by 8
Buccaneers by 21 (lock)
Saints by 6
Panthers by 9
Titans by 17
Patriots by 4
Raiders by 11
Browns by 2
Cowboys by 13
Cardinals by 6
Bills by 2
Ravens by 8

posted by tommybiden at 07:58 PM on October 05, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 15 (lock)
Falcons by 3
Bills by 17 (lock)
Lions by 2
Cowboys by 4
Dolphins by 1
Browns by 4
Saints by 9
Titans by 5
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Rams by 8
49ers by 5
Ravens by 4
Packers by 7
Raiders by 3

posted by tommybiden at 05:17 PM on September 30, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Changing Ottawa pick to Edmonton by 26

posted by tommybiden at 06:12 PM on September 27, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Ottawa by 7

Winnipeg by 14

Montreal by 8

Saskatchewan by 7

posted by tommybiden at 02:38 PM on September 27, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

IIHF condemns blatantly racist' on-ice gestures made by Andrei Deniskin

posted by tommybiden at 12:32 PM on September 27, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Tommybiden: You have Winnipeg winning tonight's game. Maybe I don't understand the CFL well enough yet but that seems unlikely.

Winnipeg is Just. That. Good. so far this season.
They're going to dust both the lads from The Hammer & the Bytown Gang.

If I can't pick the Blue Bombers, fine, I'll take the Redblacks.
It'll be a tight game, because that seems to be the trend in Ottawa, they'll eek out a win, but only by 5.

posted by tommybiden at 06:27 PM on September 22, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition

My picks:

Panthers by 15
Bills by 15 (lock)
Browns by 11 (lock)
Ravens by 6
Titans by 6
Chiefs by 12
Saints by 2
Falcons by 4
Bengals by 1
Cardinals by 19 (lock)
Broncos by 4
Buccaneers by 9
Seahawks by 7
Packers by 3
Cowboys by 3

posted by tommybiden at 12:44 PM on September 22, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Winnipeg by 18

Toronto by 9

Saskatchewan by 9

posted by tommybiden at 12:40 PM on September 22, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Hamilton by 7

Toronto by 7

Montreal by 7

Winnipeg by 17

posted by tommybiden at 07:41 AM on September 16, 2021