Recent Comments by beaverboard

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Camp opens tomorrow. I'm not sure whether to think "well, at least Goodell got this done before camp started", or "Goodell waited until the last possible moment before the start of camp to rule on this".

If Goodell had not issued a decision today and forced Belichick to prepare 2 QB's all through camp and then upheld Brady's suspension after the final pre-season game, Belichick would have made plans to eat Goodell's liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

posted by beaverboard at 06:04 PM on July 28

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Goodell upholds Tom Brady's suspension. So his maybe having something to do with some deflated footballs is in effect equal to Greg Hardy's proven assault and threat to kill.

posted by beaverboard at 03:09 PM on July 28

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

NoMich will be OK. Maddux will be looking for him in the Upper Peninsula, not knowing that he's actually in North Caro...oh shit, stop, what am I doing?

posted by beaverboard at 09:16 PM on July 27

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

This is cutting into Greg Biggio's moment in the spotlight.

posted by beaverboard at 02:40 PM on July 27

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

Don't hope him. Let him sofa.

posted by beaverboard at 01:31 PM on July 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

If he keeps playing like that, Herrera has a chance to be part of something special: the Phillies' all time dream defensive outfield with Luzinski and Incaviglia.

posted by beaverboard at 10:05 AM on July 26

NFL limits Junior Seau's daughter to video voiceover at HoF induction

Pro football has become downright archdiocesan in the skill category known as "What can we do to consistently and dependably keep making things worse than they already are?"

posted by beaverboard at 01:16 PM on July 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Tim Howard:

"I spoke to coach Klinsmann and we have had open lines of communication as recently as last week. We spoke but obviously they are very busy with the Gold Cup at the moment.

"We will speak again after that tournament finishes and I will make myself available for selection. We will see where we go from there."

Note to Tim: call Klinsmann right now, while Guzan is having a shaky go with the Jamaican set pieces.

posted by beaverboard at 07:18 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Imagine the carnage if they still had Kessel.

posted by beaverboard at 10:10 AM on July 22

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform

Can't quite see from the photo, but I'm assuming the size of the shorts will be more in keeping with current fashion.

I may be the only person who found the movie "Hoosiers" to be pretty lame and predictable. I had heard so many good things about it, I was sure it was going to change my life in some meaningful way. Did not happen.

Gene Hackman kissing Barbara Hershey? How do those two belong together by any stretch of the imagination? It was clear they were heading for contact from the first moment they encountered each other, in a clumsily scripted way. I squirmed just as I did when John Wayne kissed Angie Dickinson in Rio Bravo.

I'd love to see the Pacers schedule an Old Timers game in the throwback unis. Because I want to see Rik Smits take the floor in shiny gold shorts and above-the-knee black summer tourist stockings. He always looked like he was visiting the Acropolis with three cameras around his neck, and a fanny pack full of travel tissues and sunscreen.

posted by beaverboard at 12:29 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I also have not been disappointed in the ESPN coverage at various times. The absence of the hushed reverence is refreshing. Lord knows what sort of deferential apologist Jim Nantz would have been for the way the tournament was managed on Friday night and Saturday morning.

One of the things I like best about the coverage is that the crew misses no opportunity to give the course at Chambers Bay the hell it deserves. They are not done with hauling that place over the coals by a long stretch.

When St. Andrews was playing nasty tricks during the high wind, Chambers Bay was mentioned and one of the commentators said "at least this place has real grass". All the mikes must have been on, because 5 or 6 people laughed heartily at that one.

posted by beaverboard at 12:55 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I never worried about what the post-Tiger golf landscape would look like, but I did think there would be this sleep inducing interim vanilla period where we would have to watch a bunch of Lee Westwoods go at it.

I didn't think things would become this compelling this quickly. That's a hell of a board they've got stacked up there. Although the producer has seemed to be indifferent to showing Leishman for reasons unknown.

I still can't believe the scoring surges that have gone on. One of the best was on Friday as darkness was descending when Matsuyama and several other guys were shooting lights out.

I got caught staring at the scotch selection in the local liquor store yesterday by a curious neighbor. I was lookin' for a wee bit o' Black Grouse oor Monkey Shoulder. Found neither. A lad can only watch so many Glenmorangie ads before succumbing to temptation.

Will the guardians of the legacy at St. Andrews decide they've made the Old Course too playable and put back some of the high gorse and devil up the bunkers?

posted by beaverboard at 12:44 PM on July 20

Cowboys, Yankees Most Valuable U.S. Sports Teams

How much of Jerry Jones' profitability is due to the residents of Arlington being willing to devote tax revenue to his lavish stadium project rather than to essential municipal investments and infrastructure?

It will be interesting to see if the Washington NFL franchise holds value going forward barring any changes to their naming, branding, etc.

Surprising to see the small market Packers included in the Top 50. Also surprising to see the Titans and Panthers up there.

The value of Ballmer's NBA team is only 400 million shy of what he paid for it.

posted by beaverboard at 06:01 PM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I watched the early morning restart of the second round of the British Open during the overnight hours (US time). That was a mess.

When the announcement was made that the final round would be played Monday, one of the ESPN guys said he fully supported a Monday finish, saying it was fitting for such a venerable tournament to crown a champion under proper circumstances.

My immediate thought was that such a venerable tournament also deserved better decision making and course management than it got last night and early this morning. All talk of proper circumstances is a bit hollow at this point.

This whole business seemed to hinge on the decision to get Tom Watson's final Open round finished last night at all cost. When they went through the major weather delay yesterday, they should have moved Watson's starting time up so his celebratory final Open round didn't affect the decision making for all the other groups. If the whole Watson thing was that important to them.

If DJ, Lawrie, Oost, Schwartzel, Day, or Matsuyama end up losing the tournament because of the continuance of play into darkness yesterday and/or the botched restart this morning, due to dropped strokes or missed scoring opportunities, that would be horrendous. The R&A had better hope that a clear cut champion is crowned, preferably with more than a 1 stroke margin. If any of those guys prevail, it will be in spite of how the tournament was managed.

posted by beaverboard at 11:25 AM on July 18

Colin Cowherd Leaving ESPN

I'm not sure that "upstaged" is the correct term for it.

posted by beaverboard at 03:28 PM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Just finding out something grum already knew:

Trout has now hit for the cycle in sequential order in his first at bats in the last 4 All Star games.

posted by beaverboard at 10:35 AM on July 15

USA 1-1 Panama

With both Donald Trump and Chapo Guzman now roaming at large, regional fairness is bound to be among the first casualties.

posted by beaverboard at 03:23 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I wonder if there's still time to slide Jordan into a computerized cameo as sky chum in "Sharknado 3".

Ann Coulter to Cuban: "Stop shooting Mr. President. Let them finish #6 while you reload".

posted by beaverboard at 10:33 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Cuban is trying to get him booked on the sister ship of the Costa Concordia.

Or any of those overbooked budget boats with the organisms in the water supply.

DeAndre also needs to work on his contractual and foundation court skills, so after he's done with the high seas, if he's smart, he'll enroll in a summer improvement program.

posted by beaverboard at 10:57 AM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

JPP has a strong cause for a lawsuit against the medical facility whose record Schefter shared

Blabbing Peter to Pay Paul

posted by beaverboard at 11:11 PM on July 09

Oakland Raiders Great Kenny 'The Snake' Stabler Dies

What a drag. I loved the Raiders even before Madden got there. Their league title game against the Oilers that sent them to SB II made a religion out of the old AFL for me. Just completely captured my imagination.

When the Raiders first took out Lamonica and put Stabler in a game, I was thinking, WTF? A left handed guy I had never seen play in the pros before? The first pass I saw him throw changed my mind right away. He threw such a pretty ball. The mechanics, the way that tight spiral came out, the accuracy...I could watch that all day. He didn't sling the ball. He directed it.

When people ask me "when were the 70's over?", sometimes I reply: "when the Raiders traded Ken Stabler to Houston for Dan freaking Pastorini".

posted by beaverboard at 10:42 PM on July 09

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

Any bad blood between Ballmer and Cuban that comes out of the DeAndre thing is going to be a dream come true for the demented yakkers at ESPN and elsewhere. Every time I think (hope) that they are going to run out of reasons to justify their existence, shit happens and life proves me wrong.

posted by beaverboard at 10:00 PM on July 08

Federal Judge Orders Cancellation of Redskins Trademarks

I'm concerned that the team will keep all the branding imagery, etc., and just do a name change to Warriors or something similar. Even though Snyder has long said never ever to changing the name.

posted by beaverboard at 11:07 AM on July 08

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

Sometimes I think that roster talent regardless, Phil Jackson not getting Steve Kerr will end up being analogous to Rick Pitino not getting Tim Duncan. An early sign that this ain't happening.

Except that Pitino was sure he was pre-ordained to win the draft lottery, and blamed both God and science when he didn't.

This is the time of year when Jackson must be thinking long and hard about the allure of Montana. I wonder if he's charting the water level and surface conditions of his favorite trout streams.

posted by beaverboard at 10:40 AM on July 08

U.S. Wins Women's World Cup

A wonderful two-stage tribute and show of honor and respect from within the US team:

When Wambach came on, Lloyd put the captain's armband on her. Then when Rampone came on, Wambach must have transferred the armband to her at some point. I didn't see the actual transfer to Rampone occur, but she was wearing the armband at the end of the match. Part of the perfect orderliness of the universe on this triumphant day for the USA side.

posted by beaverboard at 10:11 PM on July 05

U.S. Wins Women's World Cup

It seems like pretty piss-poor stadium design though to have one team at such a distinct disadvantage to start an evening game.

That's exactly what I kept thinking. Lloyd may have decided the outcome when she won the coin toss and chose to defend the shady end in the first half.

Solo was similarly hindered by the sun in the first 20 minutes of the second half, and Japan took advantage.

Absolutely appalling conditions for a championship match. They could have planned a later start time to avoid the sun factor. It wouldn't have killed the US East Coast to stay up until 10 or 11 to watch. People in England were willing to be up at all hours to watch their team.

posted by beaverboard at 09:30 PM on July 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Pleased to see England gain a historic victory at the WC yesterday, but wish that once again, questionable and inconsistent officiating had not played a notable role - with the whole match, not just the result.

Glad that Laura Bassett was able to play and do well in the aftermath of the devastation and heartbreak of her own goal against Japan. Deeply forthright BBC radio interview with Bassett here.

The way that England had come on in the tournament, they would have made a worthy opponent in today's final.

posted by beaverboard at 11:08 AM on July 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Holy moly. Stonie owns Coney. Perennial hot dog eating champ Joey Chestnut has been dethroned by Matt Stonie in a stunning turn of events that is apparently not a complete "upset".

Both the new and former champ are from San Jose, which can now be considered both a gastromonic and tectonic epicenter.

The new champ was not totally surprised by the outcome. "I trained hard for this." Stonie told ESPN.

posted by beaverboard at 03:04 PM on July 04

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

Also, it seems as though there has been a bit of an increase in handballs throughout the tournament, which I had partially attributed to the ball's speed and behavior on the livelier playing surface. Some of the refs have not called handballs on a consistent basis.

One more reason to be angry with FIFA: on some plays where a foul clearly occurred and the refs clearly did not make the correct call, replays were not made available to Fox and others broadcasting the matches live. On more than one occasion, Fox announcers mentioned that FIFA had chosen not to make a replay available for a certain critical play. All in the name of preventing FIFA and the tournament from appearing to be all the more poorly administered, one assumes. I think that falls under FIFA's "protecting the integrity of the game" fairy tale.

posted by beaverboard at 10:14 AM on July 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It was announced that Sepp Blatter, the self-proclaimed godfather of international women's football will not attend the WC final. Perhaps the decision had something to do with having to cross too many time zones, or the extended length of summer daylight at higher latitudes. Or the relaxed fit of the players' shorts in defiance of his stated preferences. No mention of any concerns with regard to the RCMP, CSIS, or any possible USDOJ indictments waiting to be unsealed.

posted by beaverboard at 09:16 AM on July 01

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

In hindsight, Australia's goal against USA in the group stage was one of the significant accomplishments of the Matildas' campaign.

I'm not sure that USA would have fared as well against France in the semi-final. France really found themselves after their bitter loss to Colombia. I would have loved to see Thomis and Delie test the USA backline. It's not just their size and speed, but also their fitness that makes them such a challenge to defend.

Disregarding all loyalties, I would have enjoyed watching a France-Japan final.

posted by beaverboard at 01:20 AM on July 01

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

I hope that Coach Ellis was not providing advance rationale for giving Wambach major minutes with that comment. Ellis will need to be at her very best and most intuitive (if she is capable of that) with the roster management for this match.

I would not play Heath much if at all. She lacks the required fortitude to go up against the German midfield and backline. Also would not start Rodriguez. Her speed translates into pressure more than it translates into opportunities. Krieger should be ordered to ignore the temptation to send long balls forward.

posted by beaverboard at 04:11 PM on June 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Is there an injury report on the German WNT? They were nicked up pretty good in the process of getting past France. Personally, I would want to see Marozsan able to play. She made such a difference when she came in against France. Not sure if Kimme and Krahn were hurt as well, but I hope they can go. All in the name of seeing the best quality possible on the field.

posted by beaverboard at 12:54 PM on June 30

This is Vin Scully's 66th season broadcasting Dodger games. Seriously.

As a kid, I first saw Scully hosting daytime TV game shows and talk shows and had no idea he was the voice of the Dodgers. Then when he got some network TV sports gigs, I thought: "Great, now they've got talk show hosts doing games. Who'll they get next, Monty Hall or Mike Douglas?"

Little did I know...

The first couple of times I heard him on air doing network games, I thought: "Hey, this guy seems to have a knack for sports announcing. Let's give him a chance and see what he can do."

Eventually, I found out what many others already knew about this sublime talent.

All those years I had to listen to Garagiola when I could have been listening to Scully...

posted by beaverboard at 11:42 AM on June 30

U.S. Defeats China, Advances to Women's World Cup Semifinals

Yesterday's US team could hang in there with yesterday's first half German team.

I question the subbing off of both Thomis and Delie. And the order of PK's for France, where you have Lavogez with all of a dozen caps or so taking the 5th shot instead of the captain or an older player like Necib.

US is fortunate to be facing a team that just went through extra time and PK's. As the old Tarzan and Carradine/Kung Fu saying goes: "If after a journey of a thousand miles you meet an opponent, of what must you be sure? That the journey was theirs."

Germany will need to recover as best they can. US team fitness remains a strength and was not overly taxed yesterday.

posted by beaverboard at 09:19 AM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Knicks go Baltic; fans go ballistic.

posted by beaverboard at 09:55 PM on June 25

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Cixelsyd

I am stunned and deeply impressed that cixel routinely birdies the third hole, which is a killer Par 5.

posted by beaverboard at 03:58 PM on June 25

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

I need to read through that story a few more times to make sure I get what's going on.

I didn't realize that US Postal Inspectors had such dynamic crime fighting capability and initiative.

I didn't realize that evidence so critical could be kept off limits, unacknowledged, hidden from public view, and shuttled around between government bureaus like that. Even though the people keeping the documents hidden knew full well how useful they would be to an ongoing investigation. They could have redacted the documents to protect the third parties that they claim to be so concerned about.

The reasoning of the US Attorney's office for denying access to the material sounds and feels like discretionary nonsense. They were content to let the saga play out as it did without that evidence. So much time, effort, and bullshit wrangling could have been avoided.

How did OTL and Dowd finally get access to the docs since the FOI request was previously denied?

posted by beaverboard at 03:25 PM on June 22

Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata

It'll be interesting to see if either Hershey's or Nestle's tries to create a good time branding opportunity with the Nats, the way that Reese's did with ET.

"The official major league choco syrup of the nation's capital."

If that doesn't work out, a canned spinach company could always do a deal with sailor man Matt Williams.

When DiMaggio was in the midst of his legendary hitting streak, the Heinz company (home of the "57 Varieties") was going to give him $10,000 when the streak reached the 57th game. So of course, the streak ended at 56 games. Instead of the dough, he got Marilyn Monroe.

posted by beaverboard at 11:37 AM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Good to see Australia holding its own against Brasil. If AUS had just a tiny bit more team speed...

When two teams have a similar primary kit (yellow shirts), who determines which team wears their alternates? Is it done by world ranking or tournament seeding?

posted by beaverboard at 02:03 PM on June 21

Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata

I want to let grum get in on this with the details, but I'm a Dave Steib fan from way back, and I recall that he totally dominated on the mound in consecutive starts only to be cursed by fate. It may have even been more than 2 starts. It was landmark heavy shit. Grum will know.

posted by beaverboard at 11:43 PM on June 20

Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata

If you want to be perfect, you can't hit Tabata.

(Just trying to get out in front of the tabloids, who will have a hard time resisting the allure of that one, or some variant of it).

posted by beaverboard at 08:06 PM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

If Chambers Bay was tricked out like a miniature putt-putt golf course, instead of having a windmill or a pirate ship, it would have the Exxon Valdez.

posted by beaverboard at 03:30 PM on June 20

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

People were waiting for JR Smith to stop sucking and go into one of those nutty unconscious spells of his, and he finally did so - when it was too late. A couple of his 4th quarter threes were just ridiculous, with little or no shooting form and a defender draped all over him. If he had kept going and had helped the Cavs take the game when it looked like the Warriors were cruising home, that would have been wild.

Warriors minus Iggy have a tough time in this series, the Warriors without Curry aren't even recognizable.

One reason the Finals went as long as 6 games is because the Warriors were essentially playing without Klay Thompson. He was a non-factor and had a miserable series. Hope it wasn't because he was inappropriately rushed back into service after the head injury.

posted by beaverboard at 07:46 AM on June 17

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

Congrats to Australia for going through. Owl or someone here had thought they wouldn't get out of the group this time around.

Wambach has said that the US attack has been affected by having to play on turf fields. Perhaps so, but the service has looked awful at times for several of the top teams.

I would not want to face France at the moment. They look like a hornet's nest ready to take out their sheer annoyance with each other on an unlucky opponent.

posted by beaverboard at 07:20 AM on June 17

St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros

I worry about our perspective sometimes. I was disappointed when the posting of Blatter's resignation only got a handful of responses after we went to the wall about deflategate. I will be disappointed if this story does not exceed the deflategate response count.

The Cards? So clean and successful, so pleased with themselves, and proud of their "Way".

The Astros? They were a doormatting afterthought. Not really worthy of hackage at the time. Looks like they were more a victim of convenience than anything, with the idiot GM not being diligent and inventive enough to scrap his old passwords and come up with new ones. This is like hacking into Prince Charles' cell phone by looking up the names of his dogs and nannies.

Now I want to go look at the background on the process of moving the Astros out of the NL Central to the AL West. How was that engineered, and by whom?

I always felt it made more sense to move the Padres to the AL West and move the Astros from the NL Central to NL West, so that Texas would continue to have a team in each league.

posted by beaverboard at 12:33 PM on June 16

St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros

I posted this to huddle at almost the same moment, which was misguided. You guys win because this is way more than huddle material.

posted by beaverboard at 11:50 AM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The headline read: "Cardinals Face FBI Inquiry", and I figured it was more archdiocese malfeasance.

But no - the rest of the headline read: "In Hacking of Astros Network"

On edit: an extraordinary SpoFi occurrence: Ufez and BornIcon both created individual FPP's on this at almost the same moment that I posted this to the Huddle. This can be combined or deleted.

posted by beaverboard at 11:41 AM on June 16

Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

I wouldn't necessarily bet against fellated. Doc has got a hell of a list that he effortlessly draws from.

It is so remarkable how seamlessly Doc fits the upper levels of his exclamatory astonishment and incredulity into the flow of the broadcast.

posted by beaverboard at 11:41 PM on June 15

Warriors Win Game 5, Need One More for NBA Championship

What a difference having an extra day off between Games 4 and 5 made for LeBron. Unfortunately for them, the schedule doesn't allow for that extra down time again before Games 6 and 7.

I wish the Cavs could put the effort into total team recovery and replenishment that LeBron puts into his recovery between games.

A couple of interesting pieces on LeBron's workload and level of athletic stress and the intensity of his and his trainer's hour by hour dedication to recovery here and here.

posted by beaverboard at 10:34 AM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

If the Warriors win and they don't give the award to LeBron, they have to find some way to acknowledge what he has done in this series. His effort needs to be immortalized the way Willis Reed's Game 7 in 1970 has been. This is sustained heroic effort in the face of tremendous odds.

posted by beaverboard at 10:19 AM on June 15

Lightning Can't Get Out Of Own Way, Blackhawks Go Up 3-2

I like a series where the teams take turns winning two games in a row. Something about that dynamic is intriguing. Hoping to see this go 7 regardless of the eventual winner.

posted by beaverboard at 03:24 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Sepp Blatter has been sticking needles into the eyes of a voodoo doll created in the likeness of a Women's World Cup referee.

posted by beaverboard at 09:19 AM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Fox Sports' online streaming of the World Cup must be on overdemand at the moment. Access to USA-Sweden is all glitched. I had no trouble watching all the Swiss-Ecuador mismatch I wanted, then the issues began when the USA match got going and I tried to switch over to it.

For future USA matches, I'll have to get logged in and hunkered down before the center ref grabs the match ball on the way out of the tunnel.

From the Unsolved FIFA Mysteries Department: no explanation given thus far for why 4 minutes of added stoppage time were announced and displayed for the end of the Australia-Nigeria match, but it was ended by the ref's whistle with only 1 minute of added stoppage having elapsed. I was trying to imagine what it would be like if a North American pro basketball, football, or hockey game got casual with the clock like that. The refs wouldn't be safe at the Vatican.

posted by beaverboard at 08:55 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I had trouble with that time link as well, and my take on it was that local time meant the time in the province where the match was being played. If you look at Vancouver matches, clicking between the links amounts to a 2 hour difference (I think) if you're in the eastern US.

When I saw "WHAT THE HELL SEPP!" before reading the text above it, my initial gunshot reaction was that Blatter had named Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has just been acquitted on pimping charges, as the next FIFA president.

posted by beaverboard at 01:17 PM on June 12

American Pharoah vs. Secretariat

No horse compares to Secretariat in those 3 yr old races. I think he holds the track record in all 3 events. He's in a class of his own.

Better to compare Pharoah to Seattle Slew and Affirmed. And probably toss out Pharoah's Preakness run on a slow, sloppy track.

I'm not sure that any of those 3 horses even turned in the second fastest times after Secretariat in any of the three races. They just took on all comers and won all three races in their respective seasons of glory. Affirmed's accomplishment being the most memorable because he had such a capable and valiant rival in Alydar.

posted by beaverboard at 10:44 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I couldn't figure out why they couldn't fill the modest stadium in Moncton for England v France of all things. The place looks like a decent sized high school or small Division 2 collegiate facility at best.

I don't think the weather could have been that much of a factor. I can't imagine anyone from the maritimes would be discouraged by a bit of lashing rain. They know how to handle it. Very few umbrellas in the stands, and many full foul weather sets.

I noticed that they cleverly lit Olympic Stadium for the evening Brazil v Korea match, so that the vast empty upper sections of seats were concealed by darkness.

Here in the US, schools are still in session, and I know lots of families in the northeast are planning to head up to see some matches as soon as the kids are done, so hopefully, the crowds will start to swell a bit toward the end of the group stage.

posted by beaverboard at 11:12 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I watched part of the 30 for 30 segment on Reggie Miller last night during breaks in the NHL action. I now have a much broader appreciation for the dynamics of his formative years. What a daunting family environment he grew up in.

Those two escaped killers in upstate New York better hope the US Marshals find them before Cheryl Miller does.

posted by beaverboard at 10:10 AM on June 11

LeBron James Puts Cavaliers Up 2-1 on Warriors

The closest King and court team I can think of off the top of my head is the 1988 Dodgers with Hershiser. But nobody had dubbed Hershiser the best of his generation only to have him exceed all expectations and venture beyond the existing accolades. And his supporting cast wasn't that pedestrian, but they were significant underdogs going into both the LCS and the Series. Hershiser just had a historic extended supreme moment that carried his team to the title.

posted by beaverboard at 12:09 PM on June 10

LeBron James Puts Cavaliers Up 2-1 on Warriors

No matter what happens from this moment forward, it already feels historic. And the Cavaliers have already made their mark. If the Warriors prevail, it will be seen as the Cavs being supremely valiant in defeat. LeBron has a locked in look about him that is unreal.

I'm still living off the afterglow of what the Pistons did to the Lakers in 2004, and thus far, this is more remarkable. What Cleveland has going for them is that LeBron knows what it's like to be on the more talented team and get outplayed for the title.

The Warriors right now remind me of Tony Dungy's Colts: brilliant when things are going according to the script, and at a loss when the script is tossed out and victory has to come from marshaling what core essentials can be found deep within. I greatly admire what Steve Kerr has done this year, but I'd fly Coach Izzo in to talk to Draymond and his teammates before Game 4.

posted by beaverboard at 10:52 AM on June 10