Recent Comments by beaverboard

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tough conditions out there today at the Boston Marathon, but I'd still rather be one of those runners than the recruit whose drill instructor discovered a jelly doughnut hidden in his gear during inspection at boot camp.
RIP R. Lee Ermy.

posted by beaverboard at 11:31 AM on April 16

College Football Modifies Kickoffs for Player Safety

The NFL will likely not adopt major changes to kickoffs as long as teams like the Jets and Steelers want to keep providing their coaching staffs with opportunities to take out opposing players during returns.

posted by beaverboard at 08:16 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Can the Raiders pay Gruden just 8 million a year and let him take a temporary leave each spring so he can keep doing the QB Camp?

posted by beaverboard at 04:11 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I've always thought of MMQB as an NFL church bulletin, so it makes sense that there'll be some fruitcake content as part of the bargain. Along with the deviled eggs and the bean supper.

Quote from the faithful:

Church is like fudge ... sweet, with a few nuts

posted by beaverboard at 06:41 PM on April 13

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Whalers puck is a worthy incentive.

posted by beaverboard at 07:20 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I guess we're getting the Melissas and Lanas at SpoFi because all the Natashas are assigned to Book of Face.

posted by beaverboard at 12:55 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If it were Melissa Scott, I'd say let her stay so I could make better progress toward my redemption.

posted by beaverboard at 12:49 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Speaking of Indiana, this year, the Colts will be wearing 35 Year patches on their uniforms commemorating their surreptitious departure from Baltimore under cover of darkness and relocation to the Crossroads of America.

I understand the regional pride involved, but it remains an infamous episode and is perhaps best not conspicuously celebrated.

posted by beaverboard at 05:38 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

As a former Floridian, I never thought regular season MLB belonged there to begin with. It's just a fucking wall of wet air night and day all the way to mid-October.

Move the Fla. teams to Montreal and Indiana or somewhere else. End the suffering, especially before more Marlins-related dumb dollars go chasing after the previously spent dumb dollars.

posted by beaverboard at 05:12 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's not just you.

Jeter's game plan is simple:

First, look like Bezos.

Then, do like Bezos.

posted by beaverboard at 01:59 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Walk-up music at PGA events?

Coming soon to a thea-tour near you.

posted by beaverboard at 04:29 PM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Was the Minute Maid roof open or closed?

(Non-Ohtani MLB posts...this just seems wrong somehow.)

posted by beaverboard at 08:48 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

John Daly narrowly escapes misfortune at Augusta's other Amen Corner.

posted by beaverboard at 06:14 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Boston has such a notorious history with armored car robberies that if there is a Brink's curse, it's been in place for over 50 years.

posted by beaverboard at 10:43 AM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I just got an update from Augusta on the Masters Champions Dinner menu.

Some of those attending will likely be expanding their dinner options with side orders placed with the grillroom. There was a stampede to the grillroom the year that Sandy Lyle served the haggis.

posted by beaverboard at 11:25 AM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Bruins do a fair bit of charitable fundraising sports events like softball games in our region. I get a lot of calls on my office phone selling tickets for those events. You don't always know ahead of time which pro stars are going to play in the game.

The next time the firefighter's association calls to sell me tickets to a Jocks & Jakes game, I'll tell them: "If you can't confirm that Marchand WON'T be there, I can't help you".

I don't light votive candles for Whitey Bulger; I'm sure as hell not going to underwrite opportunities for Marchand to shed some of his slime.

posted by beaverboard at 10:48 AM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yesterday's news today:

Rockets, Spurs, Lakers all vying for the draft rights to Notre Dame's Ogunbowale so she can step in and assume the Robert Horry role.

posted by beaverboard at 10:55 AM on April 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Women's basketball notes:

- UConn has now lost seven straight overtime games
- UConn has not lost a game in regulation for five years
- The last team to beat UConn in regulation was...Notre Dame
- UConn has lost eight times in the Final Four, four of those times to Notre Dame
- UConn has been to 50% of the Final Fours in the last 38 years
- UConn has never lost a championship game, going 11-0 since 1995

posted by beaverboard at 12:45 PM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Congrats to the Mean Green of UNT for winning the CBI tournament last night.

I've nominated rcade for grand marshal of the victory parade.

posted by beaverboard at 12:20 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Did you enjoy Les Miles' eccentric soliloquies at LSU? If so, now you're gonna to have to pay to watch 'em.

posted by beaverboard at 12:23 PM on March 30

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

After his retirement from football, Doug Flutie was a legend in goal among the men's leagues based around suburban Boston. I think he probably could have taken the ice for a pro club if needed. Just a talented all around athlete.

posted by beaverboard at 12:14 PM on March 30

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

First a 16 seed beats a 1 seed in the NCAA men's tournament. Now this. Wonder what's next in the unexpected historic firsts department.

posted by beaverboard at 06:14 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The start of MLB helps ease the pain caused by the absence of the Fool's Paradise music fest in St. Augustine this year. Also, TPC Sawgrass and the beer fest at Canaveral are on the horizon. So I'm just not gonna worry about northeast Fla.

posted by beaverboard at 04:34 PM on March 29

Mookie Betts Interviewed During Play

If you're riding a wave of good Fenway vibes, why not arrange to meet Stormy Daniels at Pesky's Pole?

I'll introduce you as an attorney from Reno. If that don't break the ice, nothing will.

Whatever you do, don't get her mixed up with Belichick's girlfriend. There are similarities.

posted by beaverboard at 08:47 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Enjoyed the cruelty of the pop up bottom banner that read "This Bud's For Dingers" as the Cards trudged off the field. Anheuser Busch paying for the opportunity to celebrate their own misfortune.

I liked the French TV audio. In a moment of unbridled elation, guttural hollers of Vlad-i-mir! and Guer-re-ro! are much more forceful and resonant than a messi-messi-messi-messi-messi-messi-messi tropical bird call.

posted by beaverboard at 05:27 PM on March 28

Mookie Betts Interviewed During Play

Back in the smoky 70's, we used to watch TV shows with the sound off and listen to music or progressive FM rock radio as the soundtrack. Or, we'd turn on another TV tuned to a different station and cover the screen and just listen to the sound.

One memorable event was watching Charlie's Angels on mute with the other TV tuned to Pastor Gene Scott's show. That was surreal. Hell, it was all surreal. On porpoise.

posted by beaverboard at 09:54 AM on March 28

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Take the Shot Markelle Edition

Are you saying that the carnage stops right here, right now?

posted by beaverboard at 04:32 PM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Good to see Markelle Fultz able to get back out on the floor for Philly this season. Glad the fans were appreciative.

posted by beaverboard at 08:07 AM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

No one talking about North Texas contending for college basketball championship. Total neglect. Too much attention being paid to failed high dollar NCAA tournament. Disney cricket Jim Nantz has lower ratings than pesky no conscience Cooper Anderson. SAD!
#High Cofive UNT CBI

posted by beaverboard at 10:29 PM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Having seen teaser clips of the upcoming Stormy Daniels interview, I'm at a loss to explain why she decided to dress for the occasion in her picnic clothes.

The footage looks like a recasting of the LeBron - Jim Gray "Decision" fiasco. Maybe she's taking her skills to South Beach.

posted by beaverboard at 10:14 AM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

There is no limit to The Verb's ability or sense of self.

But there is a ceiling. (Apologies to the Vatican).

posted by beaverboard at 08:14 AM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Relax, the rookie has fewer teeth than you do, and also falls down a lot more. And - Don Cherry doesn't know who you are or where you live. You're so deep into the plus column it's ridiculous.

posted by beaverboard at 04:44 PM on March 22

Former Bills GM Bill Polian is the co-founder of a new football league

Wish they'd started up this year. They could have saved the NFL some monetary nausea by signing Kirk To Enterprise Cousins and Sam Bankroll Bradford.

posted by beaverboard at 02:25 PM on March 21

Greg Schiano's Kickoff Idea Takes Spotlight Again As The NCAA Mulls Over New Proposal

Memo to Brotherhood of Raiders Placekickers: Schiano and Polian are trying to eliminate your profession.

Do they send Janikowski or Cole Ford to take care of this little problem?

posted by beaverboard at 02:19 PM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

With Friend of Vegas Michael Jordan's former coach Leonard Hamilton on the sideline and Friend of Vegas Charles Barkley declaring at halftime that Florida State would win the game, and with the announcers made speechless as replays of some of the fouls called against Xavier in the second half showed the calls to be preposterously erroneous, and with some major contact at both ends not being whistled as fouls, any reasonable person can be forgiven for thinking that the spirit of Tim Donaghy was alive and well and comfortably represented in the building.

posted by beaverboard at 09:37 AM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There is currently a war going on for the soul of Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy.

Here's an entry that an ill-wisher posted on Kennedy's Wikipedia page recently:

Kennedy led A&M to a number five ranking early in the 2017-2018 season before a collapse of epic proportions. The team was heralded as the most talented A&M team ever assembled, but due to poor effort, lack of fundamentals, and bad coaching they turned out to be the most disappointing team in recent memory.

A short while ago, that was taken down and replaced with following:

Kennedy led A&M to a number five ranking early in the 2017-2018 season and the team finished with 20 regular season wins. The team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament to play North Carolina.

Then, that was taken down and the first entry reappeared. Then the second entry reappeared. Not sure who is going to win the battle. It could go on a while. If TAMU beats UNC, no telling what could happen.

posted by beaverboard at 06:24 PM on March 18

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

I had never heard of 1-24 Otterbein so I had to go to the linked page that grum so kindly provided.

Scrolling down their News Releases column, I came across the following entry:

Rob Purlee, who has coached Knox to nine wins in four seasons, is leaving to take a job on the Otterbein men's basketball staff

Once you have your standards and expectations set, you establish your continuity by hiring the right people.

I assume that it's a non-scholarship school and it costs over $30,000 a year to go there.

I can hear Warren Buffett now: "If you're determined to get educated on a spend-to-sweat basis, go to community college and get a gym membership".

posted by beaverboard at 03:00 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I think we've already reached the point where CBS has enough top shelf material for their One Shining Moment montage and if they wait till the end of the tournament to collect more footage they're going to break their video editing equipment.

I regained consciousness last night just in time to see UM deliver its game winning Poole dagger. You can not script this shit, even in childhood driveway dreams.

posted by beaverboard at 10:53 AM on March 18

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

I'm worried that grum is going to work up one of his indirect victory chains in reverse to show how truly bad this loss was. We'll probably find out that Virginia lost by association to a parochial school field hockey team.

- UMBC lost to Army 81-70

- Army lost to Binghamton 71-66

- Binghamton lost to UMass Lowell 79-71

- UMass Lowell lost to Sacred Heart 87-80

I have to stop there. I don't dare look further. Where's the stout and cabbage?

posted by beaverboard at 08:41 PM on March 17

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

Bennett needs a gunpowder guy to spark the team when things aren't clicking. Although John Thompson had an elite roster for several years, he couldn't win a championship at Georgetown without Michael Graham, who gave them that extra emotional and competitive gear they needed. If Graham had been on the team when Duke's Phil Henderson dunked over Alonzo Mourning, all hell would have broken loose.

You wouldn't want a player as problematic as Graham, but you would definitely want that intensity. It's a similar situation where the team is long on system and short on spontaneity. Sometimes you need to set aside the poise and discipline, step outside the system and just play ball more instinctively and freely. With passion.

Similar problem with the Peyton Manning Colts, another heavily scripted team. When the script ain't working, you need to be able to create and invent. Dungy's great Indy teams struggled to do that when they needed to.

I think there are a lot of families who would want their sons to play for Tony Bennett, and rightly so. He's a remarkable presence. But damn, coach, raise hell and throw your coat a little more often.

posted by beaverboard at 05:07 PM on March 17

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

This might end up being the year of dashing assumptions and playing with house money.

Federer at the Australian Open
Nick Foles vs. the Vikings and Pats
UMBC vs. Virginia

Could Tiger be next at Augusta?

posted by beaverboard at 11:56 AM on March 17

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

That was a spectacle to watch. Virginia will have to produce a monumental effort in some future tourney to counter the perception that they morph into mannequins in March.

Raftery's interesting comment was that the game was lost two days ago. It would be interesting to learn about Virginia's preparation for the game and whether or not they were thinking too much about the other heavies on their side of the bracket that they expected to face in the coming days.

Virginia looked like it was struggling against an unseen force and UMBC played in a magnificently loose and fearless manner. I had not realized that UMBC coach Ryan Odom is Dave Odom's son. Dave was highly regarded back in the days of the old ACC.

Now I want to see UMBC face Buffalo. That would be a ton of fun to watch. Nothing but Wildcats standing in the way of that happening.

posted by beaverboard at 01:29 AM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I only got to watch portions of the Buffalo - Arizona wipe out yesterday but good god what an effort Buffalo put on display. I couldn't believe their energy and fitness level - they were comfortable playing up and down the floor at top speed with no letup and no reduction of composure or skill level. They need to extend their strength and conditioning coach's current deal.

Regrettably, I couldn't avoid noticing that NoMich's dream of Carolina tournament supremacy has suffered a bit of a setback. The lonely Duke victory likely provided little consolation to the family.

posted by beaverboard at 08:45 AM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It won't be a non-profit once rcade's quarterly numbers come rolling in at the end of the month.

posted by beaverboard at 10:54 PM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Syracuse in the tournament is like the carpeting at Kennedy International Airport.

Been there a long time, painful to look at, and apparently not going anywhere.

posted by beaverboard at 10:13 AM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

While Kyrie is in knee-hab, he should not be allowed to read articles that refer to the "edge of the universe".

Unclear whether he should be allowed to read the interview with Tom Brady that quoted, in effect: "Yeah, we lost the Super Bowl. The sun came up the next morning".

posted by beaverboard at 12:27 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Note to the Kyrie Irving Astronomy Club: Stephen Hawking's death was announced on Einstein's birthday, which also happens to be pi day. Weird, huh?

posted by beaverboard at 12:23 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Brad Stevens needs to line up a few green beers with that guy from the Farmer's Insurance commercials. The guy who has seen it all, because Coach Stevens admits to being in uncharted attrition territory.

posted by beaverboard at 09:01 AM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If so, they have to name it after the rear end of Grayson Allen, pride of Jacksonville and king of the indefinite one game suspension.

I'm worried that Ainge will succumb to his recurring Blue Devil fixation and take Allen in the draft. The town isn't big enough for both him and Whitey Bulger.

posted by beaverboard at 04:15 PM on March 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Who the hell let Syracuse into the damn tournament.

posted by beaverboard at 08:19 PM on March 11

Seahawks Release Richard Sherman

Now that Sherman's a Niner, he and and Crabtree don't have to holler at each other across the bay. Sherman can just hook around to the east side and they can carry the battle up and down the 880.

posted by beaverboard at 09:20 AM on March 11

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Air Canada Centre fulfilling its naming rights

posted by beaverboard at 10:05 AM on March 10

Seahawks Release Richard Sherman

Sad to note that his last game as a Seahawk was in a lime green jello suit on color rush night.

If his heels don't recover adequately, I don't see why he and Skip Bayless couldn't do a food-based travel show.

Another option would be for him to try his hand at fully shouted post-game TED Talks.

posted by beaverboard at 03:38 PM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Thang has a bright future ahead of it as a sex crazed Hollywood mogul.

posted by beaverboard at 03:05 PM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

When the blockbuster feature film "The Indianapolis Colts Story" is eventually made, the role of Jim Irsay will be played by Frances McDormand.

posted by beaverboard at 09:34 AM on March 05

Roger Bannister has Passed Away

Nova Scotia must have been a wise choice of safe haven for Loyalists. At that time, the place still possessed much of its stunning Acadian forest, with the massive stands of pine being requisitioned for use as ship's masts by the Royal Navy. Also, Halifax was already an important military port and staging center. I can't picture much sympathizer unrest being allowed to take root there.

They sure timbered the hell out of the poor peninsula. I can't imagine what it must have looked like in the mid 18th century.

posted by beaverboard at 09:17 PM on March 04

Roger Bannister has Passed Away

That was a good article, except for the fact that it was carried by an upstart colonist tabloid and mentioned nothing of his knighthood, as a proper British article would have done from the outset. It's hard to imagine him being referred to as anything but Sir Roger.

posted by beaverboard at 07:22 PM on March 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If ever a player might be likely to have a soup clause in the conduct portion of his contract, this would be the guy.

How did Smith survive the recent Cleveland trade-o-rama? They could have packaged him and Shumpert for Jimmer Fredette. Wherever the hell Jimmer is.

Smith will be hearing "no soup for you" chants for the duration of his sparkling career.

posted by beaverboard at 01:36 PM on March 02

LeBron James: NCAA is Corrupt

A lot of damning info has come out recently about college hoops. I wonder if there's a larger bombshell about to drop right before Selection Sunday. One that would make some major teams suddenly decline to take part in the tournament after they'd been seeded and scheduled. Schools trying to limit sanction damage by voluntarily self-punishing on the spot and throwing the tourney into utter chaos.

posted by beaverboard at 09:59 AM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Coach Tubbs in the late 80's grabbing the mike to scold the crowd:

"Regardless of how terrible the officiating is..."

posted by beaverboard at 09:08 AM on February 27