Recent Comments by beaverboard

ESPN Keeps Expanding Bowl Season With Its Own Games

They've chosen the name wisely. Recycling an old bowl name makes it seem like the game has been in continual existence for a while.

Strange thing - there's something about these obscure bowls that I find compelling. Sited in somewhat out of the way places like Albuquerque and El Paso, often played in half empty stadiums, and featuring teams that you hadn't seen play during the regular season (if ever), if you find yourself chilling in a hotel on the road on a nasty weekend afternoon with some liquid refreshment, these games are very watchable in their own way.

I like the fact that the noise and energy levels are lower, so the announcers maintain a rather low key, even keel throughout. And they go into the same level of detail between plays as they do for the bigger games to fill the time and space in the broadcast. So instead of hearing about how many schools recruited a player, you get to hear some interesting ground level stuff, like how a certain interior lineman is extra motivated to play hard because his cousin just surprised everyone by coming back from deployment and showing up at the family owned barbeque joint looking for a little home cooking. And then they've got footage of the serviceman getting overcome with emotion when he sees the pulled pork coming at him.

And it's not like they don't have their own Katharine Webbs sitting in the stands in case Musburger were to drop by and visit the production trailer for a look.

posted by beaverboard at 10:31 AM on December 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Jags fans must be on Cloud 4 1/2 after last night's win, despite allowing Clipboard Jesus to put up rather heavenly aerial numbers.

posted by beaverboard at 08:15 AM on December 19

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I'm hoping for a bit of new horizon - they now decide it's OK to reboot the Cuban League, a bit of electronic infrastructure gets run throughout (OK, a lot of infrastructure), and once the games go live online, I'll be forced to choose where to place my loyalty - whether Matanzas or Camaguey.

posted by beaverboard at 08:24 AM on December 18

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

If you grow up in a pro sports wasteland as I did in pre-Dolphins south Florida, you are free to place your allegiance wherever you wish, and move on whenever the mood strikes you.

I resented being in an area that got force fed its sportscasts by executive decree on a regional basis in the absence of having teams of its own, so I tend not to like the NY teams or the Braves very much.

I got deeply into the old AFL in the mid to late 60's and still miss that pre-merger era. I was devastated when the Raiders lost to the Packers in SB II and thrilled beyond measure when Stram's Chiefs won SB IV. (Watching SB III was an eerie out of body experience that I still haven't fully processed.)

posted by beaverboard at 03:24 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Heck no, let the foolhardy take their chances. (Pretty good facemask infraction there. )

The Bengals also need to show more ability when they try to hand a game ball to a fan in an opponent's stadium

I'd let the player jump up, then hold onto him and not let him jump back down. See how long you can keep him there. Not beat on him, just restrain him - cheerfully, without malice. If stadium security had to go rescue a player from fan clutches, his teammates would never let him hear the end of it.

I'm waiting for Kaepernick to jump into the Black Hole.

posted by beaverboard at 10:40 AM on December 17

The FSU Problem

I have a Gator or two in my family - they've been snickering about the Criminoles for years - then you go look at the Gainesville precinct books from the Urban Meyer era.

Like that Iago dude said:

Virtue! a fig! 'tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus.

And there must be at least a score of other topically appropriate utterances where that came from.

I am that merry wanderer of the night...

posted by beaverboard at 09:22 PM on December 16

Zemgus Girgensons Leads NHL All-Star Voting

Hey now, crowd of people - the day too late for Mr. Graeme Townshend, pride of Kingston, so big up the island chest and vote in a mighty swarm for the next mon up, seen?

posted by beaverboard at 12:54 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ottawa is about an 8 hour drive from Cleveland. Manziel might as well load up and hit the highway before winter sets in.

posted by beaverboard at 04:41 PM on December 14

Bitcoin Bowl Brings Virtual Currency to St. Pete

Glad to see Rice is in the Hawai'i Bowl. Makes me want to go pound a plate lunch.

Is the Quick Lane Bowl going to go a full ten frames?

posted by beaverboard at 10:16 PM on December 12

Bitcoin Bowl Brings Virtual Currency to St. Pete

As a fan of bowls with goofy names

The Independence Bowl is doing rather well in that department, having formerly been the Poulan Weed Eater Indy Bowl and now being the Duck Commander Indy Bowl.

With all the gas exploration money being made from the Haynesville Shale, you'd think that some newly enriched Shreveport citizen would step up and compete with the duck people for the naming rights to the game. Unless there's already a Frack Brothers Bowl being sponsored somewhere else.

posted by beaverboard at 09:59 PM on December 12

Wage Lawsuit by Bills Cheerleaders Details Appalling Treatment

Goodell is eventually going to get hammered in slime court one way or another. He can't keep dodging these types of ugly associative occurrences indefinitely.

Glad that the editorial staff at the NYT continues to see fit to leave the acerbic edge in Michael Powell's work. It's especially worthwhile in a case like this, and when discussing the NFL in general.

This situation is beyond outrageous, and we need to know how many other franchises may have a similar situation happening, all carefully kept from public mention. Things should have never gotten anywhere near this point with any team.

Buy shares in the Packers if they're available. Community owned and no cheer squad. Just one or two SpoFites as shareholders would help lower the unctuosity index of NFL ownership in general.

I happen to know a former member of the Pats cheer team, and have met some of her colleagues. Not on a golf junket. They are bright, focused, hard working women who have training, abilities, and professional goals that range far beyond the requirements of their cheer careers. They are also proud of their sports-based accomplishments and associations. Wherever there are grievances, whether Buffalo or elsewhere, I hope the plaintiffs get the best representation possible to pursue them.

One further noteworthy detail regarding golf carts that tells you much of what you need to know about Rolex recreational golf: the 2 seater carts not only have no room for cheerleaders to sit other than on laps. They also have 4 hole cup holders. Golf is a draining endeavor. Players who don't actively follow a comprehensive fluid replenishment program don't get as much joy and fulfillment out of the sport.

posted by beaverboard at 01:16 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

LeBron fails to follow the principle that Ilgauskas tried to impart to him years ago: don't go looking to create contact.

posted by beaverboard at 02:41 PM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Right, but it went sort of viral and lurched into merch, and I figured someone might want to circle it on back home when the pics of Newton lying on the bridge before being boarded and strapped were posted.

posted by beaverboard at 11:28 PM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Haven't seen any "ice up son" chit chat in my travels thus far, which is encouraging.

Some folks did mention when they saw pics of his truck being hauled away on a flatbed that he drove a nicer vehicle when he was on the payroll at Auburn.

The Cats, the Cats, they're lucky ducks.
This week they're due to face the Bucs.

posted by beaverboard at 09:20 PM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The league needs to tell the Chargeros to stop wearing those yellow gloves. I thought there were flags being thrown on almost every Patriots running play.

posted by beaverboard at 12:42 PM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Son of Herschel. Most Interesting Coach in Football strikes again.

posted by beaverboard at 10:31 PM on December 07

538: 7 Other Schools That May Follow UAB Out of Football

Looking down the list of those schools, couldn't help but think: well heck, some of 'em are UNT's favorite folks to whup up on. During those occasional times when UNT is capable of laying on a whuppin.

posted by beaverboard at 02:10 PM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

All through the woods the critters know
All Husker men still sons of Bo



posted by beaverboard at 07:47 PM on December 06

College Football Fan Map

Fresno State's map area is much bigger than I would have guessed.

Kansas State should own Kansas on sheer merit alone. Their area looks like the spot where Dorothy's house used to be.

The display has a glitch that they haven't fixed yet. The map area for the Oregon Ducks sphere of influence should be changing color on a daily basis.

posted by beaverboard at 12:43 PM on December 06

Winter is Coming

The author is correct, in a way. The Cubs are indeed in contention, but not for a division title.

posted by beaverboard at 02:46 PM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

posted by beaverboard at 10:24 AM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Goodell is bringing back Bears-free Thursdays starting next week.

posted by beaverboard at 01:56 AM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This business of visiting the wife on Friday and leaving on Monday morning - where can I learn more about how to structure an arrangement like that?

posted by beaverboard at 09:56 AM on December 04

Texans' Andre Johnson Takes At-Risk Kids on Toys 'R Us Shopping Spree

This brought back memories of a nutty chunk of my childhood, which was not nearly as uplifting.

Main action begins around the 10:15 mark

posted by beaverboard at 10:20 PM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Unforgettable moment in radio history: Paul Harvey live on air being handed a bulletin saying that the Pope had been shot.

Instant journey to the distant planet Adlib 12, inhabited by unintelligible beings. Even with all the smoke-filled radio I listened to in the 60's and 70's, I had never heard anything quite like it.

posted by beaverboard at 08:57 PM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

We'll have to hear from tahoe or others on this, but I'm assuming that if he was empaneled and is tweeting this bullshit, the trial process is cooked and they'll have to regroup with new jurors.

I would like to see it be an arrestable offense. Contempt of court or something. Make him pay the costs of reconvening the case(s).

In a way, it's the legal system's own fault. Summoning a guy named Darnell Docket to a court proceeding is like visiting a whorehouse with Dick Paradise. There's no way to know what'll come of it.

posted by beaverboard at 05:48 PM on December 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Giants would be OK in the NFC South. The Bucs are mathematically still in contention.

posted by beaverboard at 10:31 AM on December 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Don't know what kind of coffin the Giants are being measured for, or what size hammers the Jags were issued, but Jax drove in a few definitive nails this afternoon.

posted by beaverboard at 05:50 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Looks like somebody yarn bombed a bronze bookend.

posted by beaverboard at 05:09 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

There is value and relative thrift in mediocrity. U. of Virginia decides to keep muddling coach Mike London for another year and promptly loses to principal rival Va. Tech who this year has been eminently beatable. U. Va had both a rivalry win and bowl eligibility in its grasp and could not hold on to the shiny object.

By not extending Coach London's contract and not firing him, the University has saved itself (for now) 2-3 million dollars. He's still overcompensated and is going to get a longevity payment soon, but the AD has seemingly decided that holding the damage to a manageable money hit and going 5-7 is not such a bad thing. In today's marketplace, they're more or less getting what they paid for.

The only way to win this casino game is to hire a Todd Graham, hope he takes your program to a bowl game while he's on your payroll, and earn some money off the buyout clause when he jumps ship for another school.

posted by beaverboard at 10:57 AM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The W. Kentucky - Marshall shootout must have been a heck of a game. Judging from the box score, W. Ky went for 2 after scoring a TD in overtime to win it. Boise State bravado.

posted by beaverboard at 04:25 PM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Find myself wondering what turkey day surprises Mark Sanchez will have in store for us in a short while. And whether I have what it takes to watch.

posted by beaverboard at 03:38 PM on November 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If I'd married a Canadian, I'd be able to celebrate the holiday twice. I was thinking about that this morning as I was pushing wet snow around.

Maybe I could find myself a Canadian GF and pretend...

posted by beaverboard at 01:24 PM on November 27

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

Back in the day, you had to do sets of shrugs and flexes if you wanted your neck to be able to support both your head AND a set of Koss Pro 4AA phones.

No reason why a pair of those things couldn't keep a skiff firmly moored in a sheltered harbor.

posted by beaverboard at 12:26 AM on November 27

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

Ken would never be seen wearing Beats. But Barbie would. Ill advised bass happy cans. The cranial equivalent of putting a pair of subs in a Datsun B-210 that's still running on its original shocks.

posted by beaverboard at 10:13 PM on November 26

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

Sherman and his guys better get back in their meetings and get some game plan on. If they were in the AFC North, they'd be just another 7-4 team.

Sherman and Baldwin didn't leave any room for questions. I'd ask them how did Houdini clear waivers and make the Rams punt return unit.

posted by beaverboard at 02:15 PM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Bates Motel photo shoot featuring Brian Wilson is close to wrapping.

posted by beaverboard at 01:46 PM on November 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Looking at that gif over and over is rather trance-inducing. It's like watching tropical fish.

posted by beaverboard at 10:41 PM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yug! goddam am a maddog guy.

Llamar: Uno - Ocho Cero Cero - Palindromo ahora.

posted by beaverboard at 06:10 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

When I realized that I had no hope of ever being commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, I began to pin my hopes on landing an honorary appointment to the Boone's Farm Apple Corps.

First began drinking the stuff as an underage high school kid and thought it was a syrup-titious local potion. I had no idea it was made in giant vats on an industrial basis and was widely available. I assumed they were making it in the barn on the sly because I was drinking it in my darkened room on the sly. When I saw the first national ad campaign for the stuff I had stashed under my bed, I felt like my cover was blown. It was terribly unsettling. I wanted to visit the kindly Boone family at their bucolic farm to lament the loss of our little secret.

posted by beaverboard at 09:51 PM on November 21

Lisa Saxon, the woman who helped change sports writing forever.

I loved the late 60's and early 70's Oakland A's as a schoolboy, and was sad when the team began to be disassembled.

But in hindsight, the fact that someone of Reggie Jackson's character ended up playing for two owners like Finley and Steinbrenner is firm proof that there is a God.

posted by beaverboard at 12:32 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That is hysterical. Holy Mary and Sweet Saint Joseph.

posted by beaverboard at 09:20 AM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

2008 Lions uncorked the champagne at the conclusion of the Raiders-Chiefs game last night.

posted by beaverboard at 07:53 AM on November 21

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

The NFL is scrambling to move this weekend's Jets-Bills game due to the snow. They're looking at various stadiums as options, all in the US. Nothing about Canada. Maybe they're missing an opportunity there, even though the CFL playoffs are in progress.

Would it kill revenues for the upcoming Hamilton game if the Bills game went to Toronto either side of Sunday?

posted by beaverboard at 09:35 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bravo Ontario.

Christina Aguilera...Roseanne Barr...Josh Groban...Carl Lewis...Steven Tyler...

Your voices just took one hell of a beating.

(Apologies to Lillelien)

posted by beaverboard at 12:20 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Looked to me like an interception. He jumped the route. Footage of that takeaway is being sent to all NFC South secondaries to be used in meetings as a motivational tool. Cue the "U Can't Touch This" soundtrack.

posted by beaverboard at 08:00 PM on November 18

Penny-pinching, no more!

Kevin Bacon, fuggetaboudit. SpoFi rules. Loria to Holmes in just six posts.

posted by beaverboard at 09:41 AM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Speaking of photos, one can only hope that Brent Musburger doesn't see any stills or video of Charles Manson's 26 year old bride-to-be. He might feel compelled to transfer his flag from Miss Alabama.

posted by beaverboard at 09:29 AM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If "L'avion" is French for airplane, I guess that La'Veon is Yinzer for 18 wheeler.

Wish I cold have gone to Primanti Bros. last night to see if they were running a Roesthlisberger-Mettenberger special. Lord knows how unmanageable that sandwich would be.

posted by beaverboard at 07:15 AM on November 18

Penny-pinching, no more!

Dang, Howard has done won the literary reference wars this rainy evening.

Encountering Coleridge was where I found out that the word "soporific" had nothing to do with hygeine.

posted by beaverboard at 08:54 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I thought they overworked Gray. Save him up a bit for the road ahead. I was surprised he, Brady and Gronk were still in there after the outcome had been decided. Wouldn't have wanted to miss seeing Gronk score that runaway freight TD, though.

posted by beaverboard at 01:15 AM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That's remarkable, and he's wreaking the havoc in one of "defensive wizard" Pelini's last games as Huskers' coach.

posted by beaverboard at 06:47 PM on November 15

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

I think the Miami NFL team should remove the dolphin from their helmet and put the mid-flight van Persie on it instead.

posted by beaverboard at 11:11 AM on November 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Complimentary SpoFi test kit and sarc meter has shipped and is on its way.

As always, recalibration services are available 24/7 at the Rogers Center help desk.

Online chat with an associate now?

(x) No Thanks

posted by beaverboard at 01:32 PM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

At this point, Bears fans at Fatman's in Gurnee must have voided the warranties of all the televisions on the premises.

posted by beaverboard at 10:20 PM on November 09

The End of Daisy Buchanan's

Well, almost anything. If you want to see Anne Hathaway in a space suit (which is a really fucked up concept), you have to go to a movie theater. Thank god.

posted by beaverboard at 06:03 PM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Based on what happened tonight, it might have been Nero.

posted by beaverboard at 12:10 AM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Special Agent Frank Horrigan can't come out of retirement and do something about the ownership of that Washington franchise?

posted by beaverboard at 03:19 PM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Memo to Patriots: wear the white unis at home today and make the Broncos wear their orange.

posted by beaverboard at 08:34 AM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Read that yesterday and immediately began reassessing my principles and priorities.

All the years guys like Iverson and Derrick Coleman were in Philly, wish they would have let Hopkins feel their ribs and give them some of his sage advice.

Go Bernard this Saturday against a daunting foe.

posted by beaverboard at 08:30 AM on November 02