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Name: Thomas
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Gender: Male
Social Media Account: (AIM)
Member since: January 30, 2006
Last visit: April 15, 2024

tommybiden has posted 404 links and 4,213 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

Hockey Canada scandal, explained: Five members of 2018 World Juniors team facing charges of sexual assault: The names in an investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving members of the 2018 Canada World Juniors hockey team could be revealed at some point in the near future. The Globe and Mail reported on Jan. 24 that five players from the 2018 team have been told to surrender to face charges of sexual assault. The names of the players have not been revealed yet, and they have not been formally charged.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 01:08 PM on January 24, 2024 - 1 comment

Man arrested in death of former Penguins forward Adam Johnson: South Yorkshire Police on Tuesday said they arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter, and he remained in police custody. The man was not named. Johnson, who spent three years with the Penguins organization, was sliced by a skate in the neck Oct. 28 while playing a game in Sheffield, England, for Nottingham of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 12:53 PM on November 14, 2023 - 3 comments

Mike Babcock resigns as Columbus Blue Jackets coach after NHLPA investigation: Inquiries about the accusations were conducted by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association after former NHL player and TNT studio host Paul Bissonnette said Tuesday on the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast that Babcock was demanding access to players’ phones so he could scroll through photos. The Blue Jackets pushed back and attempted to explain what happened by adding context with statements from Babcock and captain Boone Jenner, whose meeting with the coach was referenced by Bissonnette.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 05:16 PM on September 17, 2023 - 2 comments

We have a trade to announce: • Pittsburgh acquires defenseman Erik Karlsson, forward Rem Pitlick, forward Dillon Hamaliuk & San Jose’s 2026 third-round draft pick. • San Jose acquires Pittsburgh’s 2024 first-round draft pick (top-10 protected), forward Mikael Granlund, defenseman Jan Rutta & forward Mike Hoffman. • Montreal acquires Pittsburgh’s 2025 second-round draft pick, defenseman Jeff Petry, goaltender Casey DeSmith & forward Nathan Legare.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 12:09 PM on August 06, 2023 - 2 comments

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS OWNER ROCKY WIRTZ PASSES AWAY AT 70: W. Rockwell 'Rocky' Wirtz, owner and chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks, has died at 70 years old, the team confirmed on Tuesday.

posted by tommybiden to hockey at 10:05 PM on July 25, 2023 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Happy birthday, Rogers!!

posted by tommybiden at 10:03 PM on April 13, 2024

Iowa Advances Past LSU to Final Four

One hell of a game.

My sister isn't a sports fan at all, but her g'kids and daughter/SiL are huge fans. I was up visiting for Easter, we all watched the game last night. Sis was on the edge of her seat the entire game (we all were), tons of questions, the biggest: "When's the next game?!?"

That was amazeballs.

posted by tommybiden at 06:14 PM on April 02, 2024

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

What Dan Monson said about being fired from Long Beach State

posted by tommybiden at 08:36 PM on March 20, 2024

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Chris Simon, former NHL enforcer, dead at 52 and former Pittsburgh Penguin Konstantin Koltsov dead at 42, both by suicide

posted by tommybiden at 01:39 PM on March 20, 2024

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tell me, where in the world are Jaromir Jagr's bobbleheads?

posted by tommybiden at 05:36 PM on March 14, 2024

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That's a Boldy move, Minnesota

posted by tommybiden at 03:17 PM on March 11, 2024

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle


posted by tommybiden at 12:08 PM on March 10, 2024

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

nooooooooooooooooooooo pineapple

posted by tommybiden at 07:37 PM on February 27, 2024

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Arkansas pitcher strikes out ... well, nearly everyone

posted by tommybiden at 10:04 AM on February 24, 2024

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x3A

I've decided to call an audible on the tiebreaker: There will be no breakup date, but Travis will propose Feb. 11, 2024

posted by tommybiden at 04:51 PM on February 11, 2024

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x3A

My picks:

49ers by 10 (lock)
Passer: Brock Purdy
Rusher: McCaffrey
Receiver: Samuel
Player with interception: Greenlaw
Player with sack: Bosa
Player with first turnover: Mahomes
Super Bowl MVP: Purdy
Tiebreaker: March 18th 2024

posted by tommybiden at 09:38 PM on February 09, 2024

NFL Playoff Pickem: Conference Championship Round

My picks:

Ravens by 10 (lock)
Lions by 10 (lock)
Passer: Lamar Jackson
Rusher: Gus Edwards
Receiver: Kelce (Kansas City)
Player with interception: Bosa (San Francisco)

posted by tommybiden at 09:07 AM on January 27, 2024

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Islanders fire Lane Lambert, stunningly name Patrick Roy coach

posted by tommybiden at 05:37 PM on January 20, 2024

NFL Playoff Pickem: Divisional Round

My picks:

Ravens by 14 (lock)
49ers by 20 (lock)
Lions by 13 (lock)
Bills by 8 (lock)
Passer: Lamar Jackson
Rusher: Cook (Buffalo)
Receiver: Diggs (Buffalo)
Player with interception: Bosa (San Francisco)

posted by tommybiden at 10:35 AM on January 20, 2024

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Browns by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Bills by 19 (lock)
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Lions by 10 (lock)
Eagles by 10 (lock)
Passer: Dak Prescott
Rusher: Cook (Buffalo)
Receiver: Kelce (Kansas City)
Player with interception: Bland (Dallas)

posted by tommybiden at 04:06 PM on January 12, 2024