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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: July 26, 2021

tommybiden has posted 392 links and 3,854 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 - 3 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

Logan Mailloux a polarizing pick by Canadiens in first round of draft

Trevor Timmins, Assistant General Manager, Montreal Canadiens

posted by tommybiden at 02:19 PM on July 25, 2021

Logan Mailloux a polarizing pick by Canadiens in first round of draft

Such a trash move by the Canadiens organization.

posted by tommybiden at 12:19 PM on July 25, 2021

Yankees Fan Throws Baseball at Red Sox Outfielder

That's assault with a weapon, right?

posted by tommybiden at 03:04 PM on July 18, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

"the snake spit on my sausage biscuit".

Come on beaver, this is a family site!

posted by tommybiden at 11:24 AM on July 01, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Bobby Bonilla Day!!

posted by tommybiden at 08:08 AM on July 01, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem, Stanley Cup Edition

My picks:

Lightning in 6
Top goals: Point
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6 goals: Lightning
Game 1 winner: Lightning
Top assists: Stamkos
Conn Smythe: Vasilevskiy
Top penalty minutes: Maroon
Tiebreaker: 34

posted by tommybiden at 02:24 PM on June 28, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

2010 Blackhawks players widely knew of Bradley Aldrich's alleged sexual assault

posted by tommybiden at 09:37 AM on June 26, 2021

NHL Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition

My picks:

Golden Knights in 5
Lightning in 5
Top goals: Stone
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6 goals: Golden Knights
Team giving up 0 goals: Islanders

posted by tommybiden at 05:41 PM on June 14, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Vegas in 5

posted by tommybiden at 08:03 AM on June 14, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Tampa in 5

posted by tommybiden at 03:41 PM on June 13, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Nik Ehlers deserves a stick tap.

posted by tommybiden at 01:33 PM on June 03, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sickening hit

posted by tommybiden at 11:10 AM on June 03, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The comments accompanying the tommy - linked article were not cordial or welcoming. It'll be interesting to see how the culture war unfolds over the name change.

Alberta is, how shall I say this, not exactly the most enlightened province in Canada.

posted by tommybiden at 06:04 PM on June 02, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem Round 2

Revised picks:

Jets in 5

posted by tommybiden at 01:15 PM on June 02, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Edmonton Elks new name for CFL team

posted by tommybiden at 12:22 PM on June 02, 2021