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Tampa Bay Rowdies Launch Campaign to Enter MLS

I lived in Tampa in the late 1970's when the original Rowdies were going at it in the old, now defunct leagues.

The face of the franchise was the one and only Rodney Marsh. For better or worse.

I think the cheerleaders were called the Wowdies.

Does anyone have any grainy videos of those TV ads Rodney did for Waterbed City that were once a local staple?

I knew a few adventurous women in the area that wondered out loud what it would be like to experience firsthand the source of Sir Rodney's confidence in the oceanic boudoir amenities he so energetically touted.

"Woht'bids! They've now done it right!"

At the time, Ray Hudson and Don Trump were still in utero. Or so it seems.

posted by beaverboard at 03:09 PM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I watched a few minutes of the Colts Jets game on Monday night. I couldn't believe how fresh Frank Gore's legs looked. He's 33 - and still a factor.

Yesterday I learned that his given name is Franklin Delano Gore. That would explain the longevity in office. But not the legs.

Speaking of FDR, when people my age see or hear the word "infamy", there is only one person we imagine saying it and only under one set of circumstances. And today is the day to remember those circumstances.

posted by beaverboard at 11:40 AM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Curse of the 1994 Heisman Trophy has now run its course.

Third place finalist Steve McNair was shot dead seven years ago.

Second place finalist Ki-Jana Carter had a pro career that was completely steamrolled by a series of major injuries, starting with an ACL tear on his third carry from scrimmage in his first rookie preseason game.

1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam was found dead in a Boulder Colorado park last night.

posted by beaverboard at 08:25 PM on December 06

Three conference champions and Ohio State walk into a stadium...

Lordy, brain freeze - Chris Petersen couldn't possibly make the Fiesta his personal playground for a third time, could he?

posted by beaverboard at 07:31 PM on December 05

Three conference champions and Ohio State walk into a stadium...

If I was the President, I'd invite a bunch of guys from the 2006 Dolphins to the Peach Bowl and give them full access sideline passes.

I wish that Bama and Washington had gotten assigned to the Fiesta Bowl instead because: Chris Petersen couldn't possibly make the Fiesta his personal playground twice, could he?

Besides, the Peach Bowl is as much Clemson's ancestral hunting ground as anyone's.

Somebody needs to tell Saban that there's a quart of strawberries missing from the officer's mess.

posted by beaverboard at 03:55 PM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Thinking ahead to possible AFC playoff pairings...

I watched the Oakland punter get run into by the Buffalo rush late in the game. A flag gets tossed, as appropriate. The punter (a damn good one) picks up the flag and uses it as a celebratory stage prop then tosses it back on the turf. Promptly gets rung up for a 15 yard penalty, assessed after the first down is awarded. So it's still Oakland's ball, 1st and 25.

Moments later, the punter and Del Rio are joking about it on the sideline. Ha ha - we can afford to do dumb stuff cause we're gonna beat the Bills. And it's fun.

Which moon of Saturn would that punter currently be orbiting if he had pulled that stunt on the deck of the USS Belichick?

The answer is no moon, because the stunt wouldn't have happened to begin with.

I'm not going to say that Del Rio has no chance in hell of prevailing in the playoffs, because this is the wrong year to say those kinds of things. But still...

posted by beaverboard at 09:55 PM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The idea that Steve Alford would ever make UCLA basketball exciting and relevant (couldn't bring myself to say "great again") once seemed as far fetched as Michael Moore's 2016 electoral prediction. I think I need to create a custom keystroke command for the phrase "Holy Shit". It sure would save a lot of typing.

(On the other hand, if I wanted to be a bit more efficient and, shall we say, "contemporary", Ctrl + % is only one keystroke less than WTF)

posted by beaverboard at 06:04 PM on December 03

Friday Night Lights Out

Thanks for posting. Good thing for me I started in on this without knowing its length. Not done yet, but not giving up till I get there.

posted by beaverboard at 11:34 AM on December 03

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

We'll have to get rcade a plate of Daytona Beach Wings from the Hooters menu as a consolation prize.

Will that be for here or to go?

Meanwhile, we've got to see if we can get him into one of the upcoming sessions of Jim Harbaugh's Bitter Man Sports Seminars. He is the current king of bitter. Nobody does it better.

posted by beaverboard at 08:42 PM on December 01

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

Maybe someday an NFL team will win a title in its own stadium. The closest a team has come that I can think of is the Raiders and Niners winning games at either the Rose Bowl or the Stanford stadium. Not too much geographic distance there.

Sorry to hear about the hate for the Jax-hosted Super Bowl. Those not in attendance missed the Belichick-Crennel-Weis group hug and maypole dance when the outcome was assured. The absolute highlight of the careers of the latter two.

posted by beaverboard at 05:40 PM on December 01

The Hot Seat is just lukewarm now

I haven't followed the Chip Kelly saga, but is he going to be stubborn and dig in at SF or return to college ball. Where everybody but him thinks he belongs.

Is Bill O'Brien going to tire of trying to make the Texans competitive with Osweiler and his crazy contract and also go back to college. I still think what O'Brien did at PSU was remarkable.

Somebody has to make SMU relevant because they just have one of the best team logos in the land. The Denver Bronco hood ornament/bottle opener logo is lame by comparison.

posted by beaverboard at 04:53 PM on November 30

How the Chicago Bears became NFL's most untroubled losers

I enjoyed watching the Dolphins beat the 85 Bears on a Monday night to keep them (Bears) from going unbeaten. Incredible intensity in that game, and Miami put the deer-in-the-headlights look into the eyes of QB Steve Fuller who was subbing for the injured McMahon.

In hindsight, now I wish that Chicago had won that game and run the table. Because even though I was growing up as a sports crazed youth in south Florida in the early 70's, the legacy theme I'm REALLY tired of is about the unbeaten Dolphins squad. I'd like to see another team go unbeaten so we can put that whole thing to rest and move on. Maybe Russia can find a way to prove the pundits wrong and make it happen for Cleveland or Detroit.

posted by beaverboard at 08:20 AM on November 30

How the Chicago Bears became NFL's most untroubled losers

It's always bothered me that Bears fans hang their hat entirely on the '85 season of glory and make it seem as though that one year was a vast golden legacy period that lasted a decade or more.

If I was a Chicagoan and had any pride, I'd never mention Ditka. Over the years, he's continued to venture further down into his own dimly lit quarry pit, step by precarious step.

posted by beaverboard at 12:50 PM on November 29

Strong Out, Herman In (probably)

I agree, and let the record show that Orgeron will be paid the same amount that Muschamp is being paid to sustain a strong odor in Columbia. LSU is getting much better value for their coaching dollar.

You toss the two of 'em in a bag and add Rich Rod, and that gets you to the annual salary level of Jim Harbaugh, which is beyond insane. Once you get above 6 mil per year, for the few that are up there, the money difference becomes exponential for some reason, and almost imaginary.

I think I had previously pegged Helfrich's buyout at around 3 mil but saw it reported earlier today at 11 mil plus, so I'm not sure what the accurate figure is on that. 11 sounds awfully high.

posted by beaverboard at 04:02 PM on November 27

Strong Out, Herman In (probably)

Seems as though when LSU came calling to Herman, it was a heaven sent leveraging ploy for him to use in his talks with Texas.

Might add an extra 1.5 mil or so per annum to the deal Herman gets from UT.

And it's not like Houston doesn't have money to throw around when they go to replace Herman.

Is there an analysis somewhere that compares the escalating value of coaches' compensation packages with the recent budgetary history of state programs and services? Louisiana's comparison should be an eye opener.

posted by beaverboard at 03:12 PM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The coaching carousel, as ever, looms as a potential distraction factor, with Houston and UNC losing to Memphis and NC State respectively.

posted by beaverboard at 05:49 PM on November 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

LSU's head coaching courtship is running hot and heavy for Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman with no mention whatsoever of Ed Orgeron. Meanwhile, he busied himself blowing the doors off of A&M in College Station. During a tough short week after playing a hurricane delayed makeup game against Florida. What does that guy have to do to get an interview? Look at what happened to USC when they passed him up without giving him a serious look. That was the truest rendition of what HR people call "deciding to head in another direction".

Maybe the best thing a program could do would be to hire Ed as their D Line coach, then can the HC three games in and catch a ride on the Orgeron interim express.

Hello Oregon, you have little talent, Orgeron is a great recruiter, and Helfrich's buyout is only 3 million...

posted by beaverboard at 10:44 AM on November 25

NHL's Newest Team: The Vegas Golden Knights

Just a matter of time until Steve Wynn gets the naming rights to all team victories.

I thought the Golden Knights was a crack military parachute team.

The team is not hiring a Zamboni driver. David Copperfield is in charge of resurfacing the ice.

posted by beaverboard at 01:04 PM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Finding out that Ft. Wayne beat Indiana U. in hoops seems reminiscent somehow. I found myself thinking of small gyms, tall grasses rustling in a cold breeze, and Barbara Hershey.

posted by beaverboard at 07:24 AM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

With Duck Dynasty now cancelled, there's an opportunity for the House of Odor to become the next great TV reality family.

The two Rougned brothers plus uncle Rouglas, cousin Rouglas, and cousin Rouglas.

If it hasn't happened already, I predict the onset of a naming fad anchored by the use of the "Roug" unit. Rougrum@work, Rougers Cadenhead, Rougrumple, Rougtron7 (that is awesome), Rouger Staubach, Rougan Seacrest, Rougald Rougan. The possibilities are Odorless.

Aaron Rougers? No. Not until he gets his shit together.

Ladies, please...don't be left out. Rougney Mara, Rougeba McIntire, Rougnee Zellweger

Doctor, please pass the morpheme.


posted by beaverboard at 02:01 AM on November 22

Jurgen Klinsmann Out as U.S. Men's Soccer Coach

Job for him in the NFL. PK's can kick the ball into the next county but can't place it between the pipes to save their lives. Untold number of missed PAT's yesterday.

posted by beaverboard at 07:19 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Eli's coming, hide your heart girl.

posted by beaverboard at 08:14 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Anyone thinking of dipping into the bond market might want to look for a state of Texas municipal bond issue that will go toward covering Charlie Strong's buyout. I think it's a large number - I'll have to check.

The Texas AD might be appearing before the Board of Regents at this moment.

posted by beaverboard at 07:36 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm going to have Ivanka Trump create a solid gold Ayesha Edition Steph Curry Game 6 mouthpiece and present it to Kate.

The Giselean inscription on the inside of the box will read:

"My Husband Cannot Fucking Throw The Ball And Catch The Ball At The Same Time"

Waiting to hear back about whether Olivia Munn wants to add any Aaron Rodgers quips to the presentation.

I need sponsors for this. I'm thinking Turtle Wax. Oh, wait - that's an automotive product.

posted by beaverboard at 08:14 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't know why the NFL has to do those grotesque color rush games. All they have to do is let teams wear their regular unis and keep scheduling games like last night's Bengals-Giants prime timer. Great color matchup.

posted by beaverboard at 08:28 AM on November 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Thinking of the Pac-12, the thing that gets my attention is - who put the gunpowder in Washington State's Gatorade? It seems like they suddenly woke up and became a force to be reckoned with.

Would Chip Kelly really want to return to this conference once he bails on pro ball?

posted by beaverboard at 04:58 PM on November 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Herman Edwards should be begging to coach the Rams, proven winners of "nuthin' but field goals" wars of attrition. They should start running Dean Smith's Four Corners offense just to make things interesting.

posted by beaverboard at 06:29 PM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

National Mild Surprise Week carried on into the weekend and visited the nation's #2, 3, and 4 college football teams.

I got to watch part of the Pittsburgh-Clemson game and the first half had that feel of a blow-for-blow barn burner, but I didn't think Pitt would be able to hang in there with Clemson for the entire 4 quarters. I thought Clemson would eventually, inevitably, pull away. Wrong again. Wish I had gotten to see the whole game.

The Clemson D is skilled and athletic, and Pitt QB Peterman patiently stood in, waited for routes to develop, and delivered quality throws knowing that he was about to get hammered. It was remarkable what he was able to accomplish with such tight windows of time and space in the pocket.

posted by beaverboard at 09:44 AM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That is awesome, and is of critical importance to me, as I have very recently developed an urgent interest in acquiring the ability to outlast.

posted by beaverboard at 01:47 PM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I haven't been following the Chargers closely. Is there much talk about moving them to Mexico?

posted by beaverboard at 11:53 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm not understanding why the Rangers need a new facility. The one they have now is not that old. Isn't it mid-90's, part of the ballpark renaissance that came on the heels of Camden Yards?

What was the justification for approving the expenditure? Was the team threatening to leave? Are the seats getting slimy?

Arlington has been known for this sort of prioritization and decision making. At one time, it was the largest municipality in the country without a public transit system of any kind. Then they did procure a small fleet of buses, so that claim is no longer valid.

posted by beaverboard at 01:50 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That was really messed up officiating. I think Geraldo needs to look into the frequency of funky occurrences that take place at Seahawks home games. Star witness for the prosecution: Tony Romo.

In other NFL news, at the voting station today, I looked for a ballot initiative that would mandate the dismissal of the Green Bay special teams coaching staff, but there's no such initiative on the ballot in my part of the country. Colts KR's ran like wild horses at Lambeau last Sunday.

posted by beaverboard at 10:43 AM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Sports news has had a lot of discussion of curses lately, so with both of those MLS matches having been played in New York, I guess we'll have to dub the results "General Burgoyne's Revenge".

posted by beaverboard at 10:16 PM on November 06

Cubs Win World Series

The premature clubhouse prepping is never a good idea. See Red Sox, 1986 World Series.

A group of reporters went in the Sox clubhouse during what looked like would be the end of Game Six to get positioned for the inevitable celebration - that never happened. The place was prepped and waiting. Bob Costas later said that being in there and then having to leave while the clubhouse was being frantically dismantled was one of the strangest things that had ever happened to him in his career to that point.

Note to management: Have the players wear their leaf raking clothes to the park. Don't cover the lockers. Let shit get wet if they win. Have it all hosed out afterward. Don't fuck with fickle fate.

Cubs fans, with what they've been through since the Mesozoic Era, would they ever approve of their team's clubhouse being prepped ahead of time? Doubtful.

Cleveland should certainly know better. At least one beat reporter had all but filed a victory story in the 1997 Series when the Mesa - Counsell geologic event took place and the planet began spinning in the opposite direction. History had to be hastily rewritten shortly thereafter.

Interesting note: the Marlin who scored the tying run against Cleveland in 97 was Steve Bartman's 2003 NLCS dancing partner, Moises Alou.

Cruel irony: the Indians, who were managed to the precipice of victory in 97 by Mike Hargrove were partly done in by... a rain delay.

Meteorological tidbit: the rain cell that caused the Game 7 weather delay went on to visit Grum in Ontario, and Howard and yerfatma in northern New England. Among other SpoFites who remain in undisclosed locations for national security reasons.

posted by beaverboard at 12:25 PM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If I had Joe Madden's phone number, I'd send it over to Rickles' table right now. Along with a pre-paid phone.

posted by beaverboard at 11:22 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I've always liked the concept of jumbo shrimp, with its built in contradictions.

This reminds me of the amusement a manly linguist acquaintance has always found in Bill Gates' company. He once said, over ribs and beer, "What guy...WHAT GUY, names a company Micro and Soft?"

posted by beaverboard at 01:00 PM on November 02

Patriots Trade Jamie Collins to Browns for 3rd Round Pick

I had noticed that after posting previously, and I think it's the Browns' fourth round pick in 2018 rather than 2017, which led to more wondering as to why the Pats didn't just keep Collins for now, since if he walks in March, the Pats stand to get a compensatory third rounder in 2018 anyway.

Apparently, deeper diving on the finer details of that whole realm would shed more light on Belichick's reasoning. I decided to leave the diving to others.

Based on how well the Pats have done getting good trade value for key players in the past, it's surprising how little they got in return for Collins. Getting him gone ASAP (and ideally outside the division) must have been the primary objective.

posted by beaverboard at 10:53 AM on November 01

Patriots Trade Jamie Collins to Browns for 3rd Round Pick

The corner stones being that Brady has quietly signed for less than market value every time his contract gets redone, and that he and Belichick have established this extraordinary tenure. And it's not like the Pats don't have the cap room to work with. They are sitting on a goodly amount of cushion.

Sometimes they will pay players. They paid Richard Seymour pretty well - before trading him away. The key to that trade may have been how much the Raiders were willing to give up to get him. Which was more than a prudent front office would have given up.

Some chit chat suggests that the Collins deal was partially a cold water shot to the defense as a whole to wake that unit up. They don't need to wake up McCourty. He was laying the lumber to people on nearly a league office review basis last Sunday. I thought he looked like Aqib Talib's angry cousin out there.

Well, in New England, we are now done with Rex Ryan for the year, at least on a divisional basis. We needed something new to talk about. This trade gets us from Halloween to the election. After that, we'll need something else. Manziel or Tebow maybe. Or Harbaugh (at this point, there is really only one Harbaugh in the world of the imagination).

posted by beaverboard at 08:45 AM on November 01

Patriots Trade Jamie Collins to Browns for 3rd Round Pick

Chandler Jones got lucky. Richard Seymour did not. Neither has Jamie Collins.

There are no guarantees that you'll go to a good team. Just that you'll go.

We'll have to see where this latest move falls on the Lawyer Milloy scale. The Pats have overplayed their hand in this department before, parting company with too much talent (and intangibles) at the wrong moment and then paying a price down the road.

Doing the trade math, a Browns third rounder is roughly equivalent to a Pats second rounder. The Pats will be picking at the back end of Round 2 and the Browns at the top of Round 3. Perhaps just 2 or 3 picks separating the two slots, and then you can pay the third rounder less.

Good luck to the Browns convincing Collins that he ought to remain in Cleveland after his current deal is up at the end of the season. It will take an Egyptian pyramid of cash.

I think that Belichick values maintaining a continuum of high level competitiveness above all else. He'd rather win fewer championships and remain in the hunt all the time than break the bank for a narrow window one time event like Tampa Bay did. So he willingly ditches Collins knowing that it may lessen his chances of hoisting the trophy in the near term.

I'm waiting for Belichick to lose his mind and put together a Ditka all-for-one bundle so he can take Jabrill Peppers off the top of the board whenever Peppers decides to declare for the draft.

posted by beaverboard at 04:08 PM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The daggone tough choices in life. I just had to see if the Cubs could provide their fans with a World Series win at Wrigley, no matter what happens the rest of the way.

So I was forced to miss virtually all of Dak-Wentz Vol. 1

What a shame. At this point, I can not picture Romo being under center when the two teams meet again on New Year's Day.

posted by beaverboard at 10:26 AM on October 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A 2016 NFL London season ticket holder overheard entering Wembley Stadium this morning:

"When the US sends its people, they're not sending their best".

posted by beaverboard at 08:32 AM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Confirmed Jack Del Rio sighting in Jacksonville today - there to watch son Luke lead Florida against a Georgia squad playing their first season in this century without Mark Richt (who was usually bowl eligible by Halloween).

posted by beaverboard at 09:24 PM on October 29

Divorcing Couple Go to Court Over Cubs World Series Tickets

John's lawyer is fortunate to have the case. If this were happening within a certain segment of his fellow White Sox fans, attorneys would likely not be involved and the dispute would never get as far as a court of law.

posted by beaverboard at 12:16 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Something tells me that I've already done my locks and bagels routine at SpoFi. I'll move on to the Mirage or the MGM Grand and try my act there.

posted by beaverboard at 09:49 PM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Who approved the Jaguars' Honey Mustard color rush unis?

Showing up looking like that can give you Notre Dame Syndrome. Mess with the uniforms/get smoked.

My wife walked in the room last night and thought it was Georgia Tech and UNC.

I said, "No, the ACC plays mostly on Saturdays. Though sometimes, it's hard to tell."

posted by beaverboard at 11:37 AM on October 28

Aviation Loses a Legend

I had read a couple of obits about Hoover, and I was so struck by the universal admiration for his pure flying ability. Among fellow aviators of multiple generations - biplane guys, WW II guys, jet fighter guys, etc. They all thought he was the best.

posted by beaverboard at 07:29 AM on October 27

MLB Commissioner Red-Faced Over Indians Logo

Is someone in broadcasting afraid of having two teams with "C" on their caps and unis playing each other in the Series? Is that a problem?

FFS, get rid of Wahoo now. Do it today.

For anyone who is nostalgic about Wahoo (and there are more than a few of these folks), they can go buy merch from a small time online seller and enjoy that image off on their own.

Wahoo is so much worse than the imaging that the Atlanta Braves, Florida State, etc. have.

Why would the players want to have a belittling cartoon caricature as their logo? If there is a Kaepernick on that team, this is the time to stand the hell up. Just get a piece of black duct tape and cover that fucking thing up. Or at least get a Sharpie and color in the teeth and whites of the eyes. Simple shit. Dare them to defend the image and justify their doing something about it.

Even just rub some infield dirt on it and obscure it a bit.

posted by beaverboard at 04:28 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm still unsettled in my thoughts about the GS Warriors.

I do wish that Durant wasn't on the team. I am not interested in that.

And I was stunned and thrilled to find out that the Spurs whomped them on their own court in the season opener last night. It was an instantaneous gut reaction. I didn't even think about it.

Here's hoping that they underachieve and that Durant opts out and goes elsewhere.

posted by beaverboard at 08:27 AM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Regional campaign headquarters: last night's Seahawks - Cardinals game was rigged.

posted by beaverboard at 08:41 AM on October 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Seems like a greater than usual number of "bowls" in the NFL today.

Not sure I'll be able to name all of them.

Hank Stram Legacy Bowl (Saints-Chiefs)
Jack Del Rio Bowl (Raiders-Jags)
Hue Jackson Bowl (Browns-Bengals)
Sam Bradford Bowl (Vikings-Eagles)
Angry Birds Bowl (Seahawks-Cardinals)
Brock Osweiler Bowl (Texans-Broncos)
Hideaway Tavern Grudge Bowl (Bears-Packers)
Blessed Rest Bowl (Panthers- bye week)

And of course the "Will the Rams fire Jeff Fisher on the flight home from London?" Bowl

posted by beaverboard at 01:45 PM on October 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm not sure how to reconcile my thoughts on Schilling. I think of his work with ALS and my friends who have that disease, then I hear (or see) the thoughts that come out of his mouth.

Haven't found any evidence that his charitable work is anything less than reputable. Two sides of a complex coin that won't stop spinning, for better or worse.

posted by beaverboard at 01:17 PM on October 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Love seeing that Orgeron train keep on rolling in Baton Rouge. Coaching change and a new OC has woken those guys up and turned them into a big play beast.

posted by beaverboard at 11:15 AM on October 23

Cubs Beat Dodgers, Head to the World Series for the First Time in 70 Years

When Canada won the gold medal in men's hockey at the 2010 Olympics, grum posted an audio clip of the moment Crosby scored the winning goal, recorded out in the harbor at Vancouver. Complete with boat horns going off, etc.

This clip from Chicago is not quite as stunning and surreal, but it's the next best thing:

Go Cubs Go

posted by beaverboard at 06:54 AM on October 23

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

The management are idiots for not going with the classic big red "C" on the caps instead of Wahoo.

I've seen shots of fans in the stands togged up like Wahoo and mimicking the giant grin. Not good.

I'm happy for Tito. I thought that when he took the Cleveland job, he was being sentenced to the same post-Boston purgatory that John McNamara went to back in the early 90's. I didn't expect a run this deep from this club.

posted by beaverboard at 11:17 AM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Well they can't run any more services underground to the sidelines at Gillette. That's where all the compressed air and vacuum lines are. Along with escape tunnels for low level team personnel should investigators show up.

Gosh, I wish the insufferable Will McDonough was still alive - I can't believe we got all the way through the psi-fi of DefGoodellFlatusGate without him. Lord only knows what he would have had to say about it. Whatever it was, by his reckoning, it would have been the end-all gospel truth. Because he and no one else got it directly from Parcells.

posted by beaverboard at 06:48 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

NoMich, with what Hurricane Matthew did to NC, I'm just glad you had a downstairs that was (I hope) unflooded and fit to spend time in.

My Cubs fanatic stepfather passed away in 2003 with the Cubs up 3-1 on the Marlins in the NLCS. I woke up on Oct 12 feeling sad that he would not get to see the Cubs finally go to the World Series.

A few days later, I gave thanks that he was spared the eventual crushing defeat. The condolence version of "sports is dumb and only dumb people like sports", at least for Cubs fans, is: "he's in a better place now".

posted by beaverboard at 11:59 AM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Can you move the SpoFi server out of the Ecuadorian Embassy?

There's rack space available in the closet at Platte River if that helps.

If tahoe isn't winning, the pick'em must be rigged.

Trying to think of a recent coaching job change that has incurred more overall negative flow than Hue Jackson's. Browns are 0-for-6 and all beat up, and the Bengals are struggling.

When Cleveland visits Cincy this Sunday, can Jackson just defect after the game and stay behind while the Browns board their chartered school buses for the 4 hr open window ride home on I-71?

posted by beaverboard at 02:48 PM on October 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I started worrying about the Bills' potential to succeed when they canned their OC. Hard to know exactly how close Rex was to getting canned himself. And now look at 'em. I view them as a solid threat to win the division.

Also, I don't think I could pick against McCoy's Hallmark opportunity to send a greeting card to his former coach and banisher.

posted by beaverboard at 12:17 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Last time I was in Chicago, I ordered a two egg omelet and out came a three egg omelet. I thanked the waitress for the extra generosity and she said that adding the third egg was standard procedure. No big deal. You order two eggs, they assume you really want three.

Not sure if this translates to apparel sizing or not. If I had to guess, I'd say that Chicago garments are sized under different guidelines than LA garments.

My late stepfather, who was a lifelong Cubs fanatic, would probably say: don't order a 1969 Cubs jersey. It'll shrink in the wash.

posted by beaverboard at 10:12 AM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tonight's TNF game was the best Color Rush contest I've seen. Really love those Chargers unis.

I still don't care too much for all orange sets - the Denver players look like doses of pediatric strep throat medicine. But the Broncos brought out their old helmet logo, which was a great move. I never have liked the bottle opener horsehead logo that is now almost 20 years old.

posted by beaverboard at 11:59 PM on October 13