tommybiden's profile

Name: Thomas
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Gender: Male
Member since: January 30, 2006
Last visit: March 02, 2021

tommybiden has posted 389 links and 3,809 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

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 - 5 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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle


posted by tommybiden at 07:45 AM on February 28, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Montreal Canadiens fire Claude Julien and Kirk Muller

posted by tommybiden at 10:18 AM on February 24, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem Champion: Rumple

Congratulations, rumple ! As always, thank you for running this, rcade !!

posted by tommybiden at 08:49 AM on February 17, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Controversial ex-Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle resigns from Jaguars

posted by tommybiden at 07:23 AM on February 13, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Forgotten era of Toronto Maple Leafs history brought to life with donation of original contracts to hockey Hall

posted by tommybiden at 03:07 PM on February 12, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Sheriff's deputy drops lawsuit against Masai Ujiri from NBA Finals altercation

posted by tommybiden at 05:44 PM on February 10, 2021

Rescue Dog Charity Begun by WTA Tennis Player

Thanks for running things, rcade, great job Truthhurts!

posted by tommybiden at 08:13 PM on February 09, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks passes away at 67

posted by tommybiden at 06:55 AM on February 07, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x37 Edition

My picks:

Chiefs by 11 (lock)
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: Bell
Receiver: Hill
Player with interception: Mathieu
Player with sack: Clark
Player with first turnover: Brady
Super Bowl MVP: Mahomes
Tiebreaker: 69

posted by tommybiden at 03:12 PM on February 05, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Maple Leafs great George Armstrong dead at 90

posted by tommybiden at 02:08 PM on January 24, 2021

Baseball icon Hank Aaron dead at age 86


posted by tommybiden at 11:28 AM on January 22, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Conference Championship Round

My picks:

Packers by 9 (lock)
Bills by 11 (lock)
Passer: Aaron Rodgers
Rusher: Aaron Jones
Receiver: Stefon Diggs
Player with interception: Adrian Amos

posted by tommybiden at 11:03 AM on January 22, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

He Just Wanted to Play Catch. They Got Relief From Troubled Times.

posted by tommybiden at 10:31 AM on January 17, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Matt Stafford for Atlanta's first round pick. There, the Falcons now have a new QB.

Matt Stafford & Detroit's 1st round pick (7) for Matt Ryan & Atlanta's 1st round pick (4)?

As a Falcons fan, I'll sign off on this.

posted by tommybiden at 11:13 AM on January 16, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

When the Atlanta Falcons absolutely positively have to hire a head coach, they reach an agreement with Arthur Smith

posted by tommybiden at 10:15 PM on January 15, 2021