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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I think Matthews may turn out to be a rekindler.
posted by beaverboard at 09:56 PM on October 12
Proof that Russia hacked into MLB by mistake:
- The Giants lost an elimination playoff game
- The Cubs were the beneficiaries of a devastating late inning rally
- The Cubs did not lose three games in a row after only needing to win one more to advance
I'm requesting a commemorative boxed DVD set of Games 3 and 4 as a 2016 stocking stuffer.
Also requesting a video compilation of pitchers' at bats to send to the AL.
(I kind of wish the Cubs had tied the game in the ninth and gone on to lose in extra innings so there could be a Game 5 at Wrigley - just to see what the hell could possibly happen).
posted by beaverboard at 07:24 AM on October 12
Still hoping to see Goodell in a lively scrub set, stenciled up with Boston Traffic.
posted by beaverboard at 12:00 AM on October 12
Anyone wanting to light votive candles for the Red Sox on Columbus Day, St. Leonard's on the corner of Hanover and Prince Streets is the place to be.
posted by beaverboard at 11:07 AM on October 10
If not broken, the thread is at the very least rougned for good.
posted by beaverboard at 08:28 AM on October 10
Hope you made it through the storm OK, rcade. And Gary and anyone else in its path.
posted by beaverboard at 11:16 AM on October 09
If NFC West and Pac 12 trends continue on their present courses, there's a case to be made for Chip Kelly going back to college ball sooner rather than later.
Angels sitting on Kelly's shoulder, whispering in his ear:
Spurrier: Go back to the conference you once dominated and make 'em suffer some more.
Petrino: You can leave the pros anytime you want. And you CAN go home again.
Rick Pitino: Polarize an entire region of the country and go coach your former school's bitter rival (Oregon State).
Pete Carroll: Don't go to a school with a manic, diagnosable fan base (LSU, Texas, Auburn, Penn State). Go to a place where you can have fun and enjoy yourself (USC).
Dabo Swinney: Get you a coordinator or Associate HC who can RECRUIT. (But you can't talk to Venables).
posted by beaverboard at 12:56 PM on October 08
rcade, be safe up there on the Duval County line with the storm approaching. Hope you have adequate shelter and that the coastal areas aren't overwhelmed with the storm surge.
posted by beaverboard at 01:00 AM on October 07
B/R Mag interviewed a number of NFL players about partisan politics and how the divisiveness of the current political climate has seeped into the locker room.
All of the players they interviewed requested anonymity before commenting.
Except for Richie Incognito.
posted by beaverboard at 07:04 AM on October 06
This is not really about fairness and due process.
It's more about the fear of pissing off Maria's friend.
posted by beaverboard at 06:12 PM on October 04
That is one of the great sporting photos in recent memory. It almost seems like a frame from a movie.
posted by beaverboard at 12:08 PM on October 03
Currently en route to a NASA aural observatory.
Mission: to identify and define in measurable terms The End of It That We'll Never Hear from Rex Ryan.
Some NASA personnel have said that such things are finite and quantifiable. Others aren't so sure.
posted by beaverboard at 09:43 PM on October 02
That Tennessee-Georgia game. Just called in a refill on the beta blockers.
There are no insects flying inside Sanford Stadium at the moment. They all ended up going into the open mouths of fans of both teams in the last 2 minutes of the game.
posted by beaverboard at 07:23 PM on October 01
Rcade will update the pick'em after the Pam Bondi recall hearing adjourns.
posted by beaverboard at 01:52 PM on September 29
It'll be a fun game, color-wise, enhanced by the updated Miami aqua.
posted by beaverboard at 01:48 PM on September 29
Yahoo with the obligatory headline claiming that Tebow pulled off a miracle.
He ran that thing out like he was determined to get to the Hall of Fame before Pete Rose does.
Dropped the bat like it was a hooker's thong and scrammed to first. Never saw him run like that in Gainesville.
posted by beaverboard at 06:41 PM on September 28
There is much that the comp committee needs to tend to, or have tended to well in arrears of issues having arisen. The league is lazy and indifferent about things that don't directly involve branding and revenue.
posted by beaverboard at 03:10 PM on September 27
If Goodell is interested in seeing what pro football would look like after a few more years of ongoing marginalization due to his administration and other factors, the overall interest level and viewership numbers from last night's Falcons-Saints game are probably a reasonable indication.
posted by beaverboard at 10:20 AM on September 27
The Jets fans who involuntarily and repeatedly emptied their stomachs watching Ryan Fitzpatrick yesterday woke up this morning with an unexpected benefit: six pick abs.
The newest addition to Monument Valley may well be Carson Palmer. In general, his decision making and accuracy have seemed OK, but it looks like it is taking the ball a day and a half to get to the receiver.
Here's hoping that Wentz to Ertz eventually becomes a Pennsylvania regional delicacy. It's got pretzels and fastnacht written all over it.
posted by beaverboard at 08:26 AM on September 26
I'd love to see Orgeron do well and get the job permanently. I always thought he should have gotten the USC job.
I'm guessing that not having a top flight QB, LSU is willing to mail in the rest of 2016 and get lined up early for Tom Herman or Art Briles.
posted by beaverboard at 10:17 PM on September 25
Grum has said it. And add in other names from other fields of endeavor and the year gets even worse. Historically bad, really, when the sum is totaled.
In fact this weekend alone is daunting to the human spirit.
This is one of those passings that will inspire me to go to multiple sources to read what a variety of people who are entitled and qualified to comment have to say.
posted by beaverboard at 09:56 PM on September 25
A&M is lucky to be going against So. Carolina while Muschamp is still there.
posted by beaverboard at 08:08 PM on September 25
It's a horrific bookend for Mattingly, who was drafted by the Yankees a month before Thurman Munson died.
posted by beaverboard at 08:04 PM on September 25
From a Mediterranean standpoint, Garoppolo and Amendola might be as close as today's Pats fans ever get to the venerated combo of Parilli and Cappelletti.
posted by beaverboard at 10:38 PM on September 23
They were working on Brissett's hand on the sidelines during the game.
Healing from that procedure is not a big deal. Getting your grip strength and throwing effectiveness all the way back after a thumb injury can be a lengthy process, however. Ask Kurt Warner.
This is where Belichick brings in Tom House to teach Jimmy G. and Brissett how to throw left handed. No word on whether Brady would be allowed to join the training sessions.
Tebow's still on an Atlantic League team bus somewhere in Pennsylvania, right?
posted by beaverboard at 03:43 PM on September 23
Fortunately for the Patriots, they now have a nice long 10 day stretch to regroup before their next game.
Belichick and McDaniels should be able to find the time to attend an upcoming session of Urban Meyer's "I Have Three Starting Quarterbacks" support group.
After lunch, the session breaks into small groups that emphasize role playing and discussion of "what if" situations.
This is where Meyer will find out that Tom Brady has never played wideout or extra DB in nickel packages.
posted by beaverboard at 09:49 AM on September 23
If grum wins, that would give him two balls, and some of us still have none.
Is there a plan to rectify that?
posted by beaverboard at 02:12 PM on September 21
Lord Gaga is taking tea at the pavilion with Lord Kenmore. They have much to talk about.
posted by beaverboard at 04:36 PM on September 20
Most pop stars I avoid like the plague, but I've grown to like Gaga in certain ways. Part of it is: I had a memorable encounter with an Italian-American woman from NYC back in the 80's. Once that happens...it's hard to hate another one.
Also, Gaga is hard working and isn't afraid to try stuff. There is also this air of vulnerability to her that is intriguing.
Tahoe will be proud to note that her backing band when she does the jazz standards and Tony Bennett stuff is all Cincinnati boys. Well, not all natives, but got their skills together there at the UC music school.
I did some work for one of them once upon a time. They're all talented and work their butts off. They deserve whatever good things come their way from the Gaga gig.
A word of caution: Lady G. had better not wear one of her patented meat dresses onstage in Houston, or it will be summarily removed and thrown on the cooker at Ronnie Killen's barbecue place.
posted by beaverboard at 08:53 PM on September 19
And the uniforms - are the Rams going back to their great old color scheme? I sure hope so. The newer "St. Louis" colors have always looked like the lobby of an office building by comparison. Muted brushed bronze, drained of all vibrancy and personality - corporate vanilla. Ugh.
posted by beaverboard at 05:34 PM on September 19
Must be a Five Guys joint.
posted by beaverboard at 12:41 PM on September 19
Could someone bring a Box O' Joe to Pats OC Josh McDaniels. Poor man was up all night designing a Gronk-Edelman-Troy Brown-Mike Vick wishbone package in case Houston puts the hammer to Brissett this Thursday.
posted by beaverboard at 07:42 AM on September 19
I saw an early part of the Oregon - Nebraska game and then followed the score online. Does Oregon have a PAT kicking unit? They attempted a 2 pt conversion after every one of their touchdowns and only made one of the 2 pointers. That cost them the game.
If they do have a decent kicker, they're either fools or too clever for their own good. You start projecting point differential math in the first period (which is nuts); instead of taking the PAT's, you fail to convert the deuces, then you start to think you have to make up for the prior failures by continuing to go for 2 for the rest of the game.
At least the idiot Ducks coaches are just in the sports entertainment business, and not operating a hot air balloon or a submarine where lives would be at stake.
posted by beaverboard at 07:51 PM on September 17
I guess the NFL is testing rcade's team loyalty through torment.
During the next step in the campaign, he will be shown a 15 second montage of the success that Gabbert and "Blackjack" Del Rio are now enjoying on the other side of the continent.
Meanwhile, it appears that Peyton has a far greater aura of influence in the pizzasphere than we previously realized.
posted by beaverboard at 06:08 PM on September 16
Portion of Cedar Avenue...
As an organization steadfastly determined to be flawed and illegitimate, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame picked the perfect city in which to locate their headquarters.
posted by beaverboard at 05:59 PM on September 15
That's encouraging news, and also good to see that the NC schools are making their presence felt, because the state probably doesn't care a lick what northern conference crasher schools like Syracuse and BC have to say about it.
posted by beaverboard at 06:06 PM on September 14
I figured that NoMich was using a computer with auto correct that he borrowed from the office of President Duterte.
Such a computer would change a common everyday phrase like "I shit and you wave" to "I spit on your grave".
posted by beaverboard at 03:12 PM on September 14
I always liked Kevin Harlan. Soundwise, he sort of comes from the Charlie Jones-Verne Lundquist spectrum, which I'm comfortable with.
It's sinful that a skilled, seasoned vet like Harlan is relegated to radio calls while Berman, the human tablecloth, gets the TV gigs.
posted by beaverboard at 09:40 PM on September 13
If the ACC would follow suit and take its conference tournament action elsewhere, that would be massive.
posted by beaverboard at 10:41 PM on September 12
I can't believe how composed Coach Gundy has been about this. I thought the conference was going to have to shelter those refs at an undisclosed location, but Gundy has largely held himself above the fray from what I've seen.
posted by beaverboard at 05:40 PM on September 12
This is why Romo could have been caught letting the air out of the Met Life blimp and Goodell wouldn't have docked him a minute of playing time.
Jerry Jones has got a tough nosed approach to valuation. The current percentage of Brady's money that is guaranteed is almost twice Romo's percentage.
posted by beaverboard at 05:27 PM on September 12
Lane Kiffin wears Tyvek to a Nomex party.
posted by beaverboard at 10:08 AM on September 11
Not sure if wanting a Plimpton life for Tebow is meant to include all of GP's dalliances, robust sexual adventures, and deep connection to the spirits world.
posted by beaverboard at 08:39 AM on September 09
He's been a Jet, now a Met, next a Net.
posted by beaverboard at 06:23 PM on September 08
In honor of Tom Brady removing the NFL logo from his helmet during the preseason, wouldn't it be fitting to award a ball that had no shield and no commissioner's signature?
I'd love to see a rampant, widespread uniform alteration action by the players. Nothing would be more likely to cause the league office to have a meltdown. You can't fuck with the dress code. It's a much bigger deal than knocking women out cold.
posted by beaverboard at 03:47 PM on September 07
Once we see that there is a decent chance that the Jays and Rangers will meet in the postseason, I'm comfortable leaving the fate of the rest of the squads in the Lord's hands.
My sphincter likes it better that way.
posted by beaverboard at 02:12 PM on September 07
There was a reference to "Bayless loyalists". Who are they and how were they identified as such? Are they both from the same county?
posted by beaverboard at 08:45 PM on September 06
Cougars coach Tom Herman is going to have to block all calls coming from the state capital starting right now.
Heck, there'll be calls from a bunch of places.
posted by beaverboard at 09:49 PM on September 03
Midweek address from new Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich to his team:
"Men, this week will play a big part in your character development. I'm going to give you two choices. We can stay home and get ready for two serious storms: Hurricane Madeline and Hurricane Lester. Or we can go to Ann Arbor and play football".
posted by beaverboard at 02:33 PM on September 03
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