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Name: Thomas
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Gender: Male
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Member since: January 30, 2006
Last visit: May 08, 2021

tommybiden has posted 391 links and 3,830 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

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 - 1 comment

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Practice can legally buy alcohol in Ontario as of today

posted by tommybiden at 05:24 PM on May 07, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Always an adventure when James Dolan is running the show

posted by tommybiden at 03:10 PM on May 05, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Statement from the New York Rangers

posted by tommybiden at 06:56 PM on May 04, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

NHL fines Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson $5,000 for instigating massive brawl against New York Rangers

posted by tommybiden at 06:53 PM on May 04, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Adrian Aucoin tells an Alexander Mogilny/Mike Keenan story

posted by tommybiden at 12:20 PM on April 27, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The American League West Standings

posted by tommybiden at 05:40 PM on April 26, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Memorial Cup put on ice for second straight season

posted by tommybiden at 05:47 PM on April 13, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Happy birthday, Rogers !!

posted by tommybiden at 01:51 PM on April 13, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

NHL says referee Tim Peel will no longer work games after hot mic incident

posted by tommybiden at 11:11 AM on March 24, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

'It's been a tough day': Ralph Krueger fired as Sabres' coach

posted by tommybiden at 06:06 PM on March 17, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Texas Rangers to open Globe Life Field at full capacity, with masks, for 2021 season

posted by tommybiden at 06:48 PM on March 11, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Canadian Football League and XFL ownership formalize talks on growing the game

posted by tommybiden at 08:17 PM on March 10, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Tom Wilson suspended seven games for boarding Bruins' Brandon Carlo

In an 82 game season, 7 would equal ~10, not enough, but it's what the NHL tends to do.

posted by tommybiden at 10:22 AM on March 07, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

in-person interview

It's my understanding that an in-person hearing tends to mean minimum of 5 game suspension. I would be hopeful for 12-13, but I suspect 5 or 6 will be the number.

posted by tommybiden at 05:12 PM on March 06, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Vegas Golden Knights forced to find new lodgings in San Jose

posted by tommybiden at 05:08 PM on March 06, 2021