eldoop's profile

Name: Joel
Member since: May 29, 2003
Last visit: December 04, 2003

eldoop has posted 1 link and 6 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I am first and foremost a baseball fan; other sports interest me so much less than baseball that I am sometimes able to see them for how trivial they truly are.

The Boston Red Sox are honestly my first love. I became a fan early in the 1986 season when I began playing tee-ball and some of my most vivid memories from that period of my life are from the Sox' collapse in the Series (which began on my 8th birthday). This, however, IS the year.

If I had to pick a team in the other major sports:

Football: I really liked Denver until Elway retired, at which point I stopped caring entirely. Denver it is.

Basketball: A friend recently convinced me to become a Lakers fan. I'm trying my best. This year's playoff performance didn't help matters.

Hockey: I guess by virtue my New England heritage, I'd pick the Bruins, but it would really be by default.

The only team I truly loathe is, obviously, the New York Yankees. That said, I always like to see the Cowboys lose. Also the Baltimore Ravens, for screwing the fans in Cleveland.

I have never attended a memorable (to anyone else) sporting event in person, but the most notable was seeing Pedro lose the opener of a double-header againt Cleveland, 1-0 (on a Pesky's Pole homer) in the heat of a pennant race in 2000. I also once saw a college hockey game between Clarkson University and the University of Vermont that resulted in ~10 ejections due to fighting. That was cool.

That's me and sports...

Recent Links

Blue Jays going with a 4-man rotation for the month of June;: then again, maybe they're not. There's been a fair amount of discussion on the subject, but the last team to experiment was the 1995 KC Royals. It seems that every year more and more emphasis is placed on the scientific approach to baseball, and the SABR nerds seem to favor the 4-man rotation. Will a team really give it a try? If so, will it go over better than the closer by committee?

posted by eldoop to baseball at 01:42 PM on June 03, 2003 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

Table Tennis!

I was severely addicted to this game for a time several months ago. I could fairly consistently skunk any of the computer players. The trick is consistency and keeping the computer player moving. Eventually, they'll miss the table.

posted by eldoop at 01:03 PM on November 29, 2003


This article is pretty priceless: The Bobcat: Athletic, Fierce, & Hardworking Nobody in the NBA has to worry about their mascot being too lame as long as the Raptors remain in the league, though...

posted by eldoop at 05:50 PM on June 11, 2003

Pedro is running his mouth again,

Bernreuther, it's really surprising that you're a Yankees fan and you have that sort of vitriol for Pedro. I thought Yankees fans were above the rivalry, content to buy the pennant every year. That said, the claims of racism are fairly unfounded. When Pedro was robbed of the MVP, it went to Ivan Rodriguez. Barry Zito winning the ALCY last year was similar to Karl Malone winning the NBA MVP a few years back; everyone was tired of giving it to MJ. The hullabaloo over Sosa seems to have a lot more to do with the fact that the guy is obviously (to some) juicing, and his accomplishments were already questionable before the incident. So the real question is, what is so awful about Pedro's life that he's in such a foul mood all the time lately? I suppose it could be the constant injuries or finishing in second place for 5 years running...

posted by eldoop at 12:46 PM on June 06, 2003

Another rockin' little mini-golf game.

It took me 3 tries, but I got it down to 43. It took an unbelievably lucky second shot on that sadistic 17th to do it, though. Great link. Thanks.

posted by eldoop at 04:17 PM on June 02, 2003

"Who is the most boring superstar,"

Hear, hear, vito90. Randy Johnson = cool. Barry Sanders = supercool. Ugueth Urbina = not so cool.

posted by eldoop at 02:52 PM on May 30, 2003

Shea Hillenbrand, exit stage left. Byung-Hyun Kim, welcome to Boston.

Hillenbrand is a fine hitter, but his lack of discipline doesn't bode well for future success. Kim may be flaky, but he's clearly a step up from Bruce Chen. And with the Sox's glut of 1B/DH types and Bill Mueller playing very well at 3B, there's really no way the Sox can lose trading Hillenbrand. This will mean more PT for Ortiz/Millar/Giambi, all of whom are capable of Hillenbrand's performance. Also, Shea is from Arizona, so with any luck he'll be happy to go home and will produce well for the D-Backs.

posted by eldoop at 03:07 PM on May 29, 2003