Recent Comments by beaverboard

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I think Belichick enjoys seeing people becoming preoccupied with the prospect of subterfuge. While he's busy game planning.

posted by beaverboard at 01:49 PM on December 11, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Patriots film producer: "We're creating a documentary called "Do Your Job"

Videographer: "Why am I being sent to Cleveland? Freddie Kitchens is barely capable of managing that team."

Producer: "You're not going to film Kitchens. We already beat him. You're filming rookie head coach Zac Taylor and his staff in the midst of a 1 win season."

Videographer: "And then what? Are you going to splice in some footage of Ron Erhardt and Rod Rust?"

posted by beaverboard at 01:34 PM on December 11, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

When Scott Bell was reviewing the Stars' semi-tumultuous coaching history in the article, this detail was mentioned:

Both the Cowboys and Mavericks have had one head coach during that span.

The Cowboys' coaching continuity is not a comparative that most columnists would try to score points with.

Sometimes I wish the NFL was run like college football. Then the league could declare both the Cowboys and Eagles bowl ineligible.

posted by beaverboard at 01:01 PM on December 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

At this hour, the jaws of Boston area sports radio are clamped tight to the leg of the poor officiating in yesterday's Chiefs - Pats game. Not liable to let go anytime soon. They have slowly named each member of the officiating crew more than once. Making sure to note that one of them is CBS rules analyst Gene Steratore's brother.

Home addresses, phone numbers and DOB's seem likely to follow.

posted by beaverboard at 11:00 AM on December 09, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Just dialed 1-800-billsaysthis - I'm #4 in the caller queue.

posted by beaverboard at 08:34 AM on December 09, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

All hail the Niners - Saints shootout taking place on Sugar Bowl Drive in New Orleans.

In a heart warming additional note for Patriots fans, the Niners have a QB who can throw a 75 yard bomb and they traded for a veteran receiver who can catch and finish it.

That receiver can also throw 35 yard touchdown passes. (With a tighter spiral than Edelman throws).

posted by beaverboard at 02:20 PM on December 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

If Ovi maintains his current pace and passes Gretsky, by this time next year, Russian influence in Washington will be drastically reduced from its current levels.

posted by beaverboard at 10:20 AM on December 07, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

On this day in 1956

posted by beaverboard at 09:06 AM on December 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Checking to see if Mitch Trubisky and Ryan Tannehill had appointments at the Q.E.C.* on or around the same date.

*Quarterback Enhancement Clinic

posted by beaverboard at 08:28 AM on December 06, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Color Analyst Tim Ryan Edition

Jason Garrett is currently 6-6 and needs to go 8-8 to avoid having to update his Google and Facebook user profiles. Pick accordingly.

posted by beaverboard at 09:02 AM on December 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

No, a seasoned victim.

posted by beaverboard at 02:30 PM on December 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

For the skilled or opportunistic thief, noon to 2pm is a favored time to strike, whether the home or the car. Folks having lunch, kids not coming home from school yet, etc.
Good on him for getting the guy down. Hope it was vigorous, wish there was video.

posted by beaverboard at 11:08 AM on December 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In that dreamlike early am stage before being fully awake, I envisioned Ron Rivera coaching the Giants. Or if not them, then maybe the Bears.

But it looks like Norv did get promoted to some sort of almost HC position in NC.

Please tell me that the Panthers didn't act now because they wanted to move quickly to snap up Jay Gruden before anyone else got him.

posted by beaverboard at 07:28 AM on December 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Some coach in North Carolina got fired.

posted by beaverboard at 09:44 PM on December 03, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Nick Foles saga has to be one of the most intriguing in league history.

The Eagles can't win without him.

The Jags can't win with him.

Memo to Marrone: just designate him as your backup and watch the magic unfold.

posted by beaverboard at 12:48 PM on December 02, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Those crafty Bengals. As soon as Tua gets badly injured and may not be worth tanking for, they start winning ballgames.

This put a jolt into Washington and the Dolphins, both of whom promptly went out and won their games.

posted by beaverboard at 12:45 PM on December 02, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Mighty painful to watch the dissolution of Adam Vinatieri, who stayed too long at the dance.

posted by beaverboard at 06:20 PM on December 01, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Kicker Nick Folk: cut twice in one week.

First by surgeons performing an emergency appendectomy.

Then by Bill Belichick (before Folk could even get put back on solids after the surgery).

Kraftworld has gone from rub and tug to tuck and rub.

posted by beaverboard at 06:07 PM on November 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

There wasn't much of a field to storm, and not many reasons to do so. Also, attendance was scant. As a ROTC cadet, I was ordered to attend games, presumably to help the place look more populated. The Cavaliers were mired in pre-Welsh mediocrity, winning 4 or so games a year, with the two defining dictums being: beat Tech and don't lose to VMI. Tech wasn't that great either back then.

Scott Stadium was a quaint little place, in appropriate scale to its surroundings. It had a sort of old fashioned Ivy League feel to it. I can't believe they kept expanding and renovating Scott instead of building a new stadium somewhere in all that acreage up above U Hall. That would have made much more sense.

A reference marker that's not as much a measure of how old I am as it is of how slow progress can be: the Virginia team was finally integrated just two years before I got there.

posted by beaverboard at 05:51 PM on November 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The flood of people running onto the field at the end of the Virginia Tech - Virginia game is a sight I will long remember. Glad that the long losing streak was broken in front of the home fans.

posted by beaverboard at 11:12 AM on November 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Time to get a jump on the annual Black Friday retail madness.

At the top of my 2019 holiday shopping list is the blockbuster new bestseller entitled The Joy of Run Blocking and Cleaning House by Marie Kondo and the Baltimore Ravens.

Hardcover only.

posted by beaverboard at 08:35 AM on November 26, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

But it's OK to hire former Belichick players. I'm a Vrabel supporter. He seems to be unlocking the Titans beast code.

Thanks to Coach Vrabel, Ryan Tannehill now has more than one reason to be happy when he gets home on Sunday nights.

posted by beaverboard at 04:12 PM on November 25, 2019

It's raining happiness in the 'Peg as Blue Bombers end 29-year Grey Cup drought

Congrats Bombers.

The Grey Cup isn't as beautiful as the Stanley Cup, but it's still more impressive than the NFL's Lombardi Trophy, which looks like something Charlton Heston found lying on the beach in Planet of the Apes.

posted by beaverboard at 12:30 PM on November 25, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If Ron Rivera is heading to unemployment, I want him to get a better spot in line than Matt Patricia.

Jason Garrett I don't worry about. He's apparently unfireable.

posted by beaverboard at 12:22 PM on November 25, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Week 12 poster boy for the F-ed up state of 2019 NFL kicking:

Panthers PK Joey Slye makes 41 and 52 yard field goals, and misses TWO extra points and a potential game winning 28 yarder.

(Not picking on poor Joey just because he's from Virginia Tech. But I could I suppose. No, I shouldn't - not before this week's big game against Virginia. Don't want to have to eat crow two days after eating turkey.)

posted by beaverboard at 12:13 AM on November 25, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Cleveland Browns fans recreate helmet fight with Steeler pinata.

posted by beaverboard at 03:20 PM on November 24, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Jack is well known by the home constables as a flasher. He's just posting here to save fascia.

posted by beaverboard at 10:29 PM on November 21, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

As the 49ers ran a loose ball in for an apparent icing-on-the-cake touchdown against the Cardinals as time expired, announcer Chris Myers said:

"Now wait a minute. This could mean a lot to a certain amount of people."

Ever the consummate pro, thinking about the point spread and the win margin as the cameras showed the Niners and their home fans celebrating the victory.

posted by beaverboard at 07:02 PM on November 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Looks like the Markelle Fultz comeback train has left the station and is picking up a little speed at the city limits.

posted by beaverboard at 09:31 AM on November 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Since trading Sanu to the Patriots, the Falcons have suddenly become a force to be reckoned with. Their defense was locked in and opportunistic today. Too many prior losses for them to make it to the postseason, but they're causing discomfort in the NFC South and going for a third divisional win in as many weeks against the Bucs next Sunday. Falcons DB's will get an early turkey dinner feasting on pickmeister Winston's decisions with the football.

posted by beaverboard at 07:02 PM on November 17, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Stephen Gostkowski and Justin Tucker still have vigilante gangs out looking for the announcers that jinxed them. I think Harrison Butker does too.

posted by beaverboard at 12:23 PM on November 17, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'm surprised the league didn't try to move the workout up to Friday so they could get it over with while everyone was still talking about the helmet bashing incident.

You can't even run an impeachment hearing with Myles Garrett out there taking the top off the news cycle.

posted by beaverboard at 10:46 AM on November 17, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

How do I get approved for NBA style load management?

posted by beaverboard at 08:38 AM on November 14, 2019

Houston Astros accused of electronically stealing signs in 2017

Astros had a crude system no doubt. Sort of like having the cast of Stomp place bids at an art auction.

Waiting for a televangelist to claim that Verlander's World Series losses are God's revenge for the sins of the sign stealers.

posted by beaverboard at 04:27 PM on November 13, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The NFL counterpart to NBA players who jam and shoot threes but can't hit a layup or sink a foul shot:

Kickers who hit 45 yard FG's and miss extra point kicks. The league seems to have a few of those this year.

posted by beaverboard at 09:41 AM on November 12, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Lots of jobs in the current US Executive Branch still waiting to be filled. Don would have to tone down the sartorial splendor a bit, but otherwise he'd be a tidy fit.

posted by beaverboard at 05:54 PM on November 11, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Watched the Chiefs - Titans game summary last night.

Not only has Vrabel's staff unlocked Derrick Henry's potential and turned him into a force of nature, they're also busy making a hoss out of Tannehill. He gained critical yards after contact on QB runs and the whole unit plays more physically with him in there. There is no going back to Mariota now.

Andy Reid is also the coach of the team that dialed up one of the worst fake field goal attempts in recent memory yesterday. That call qualifies him to enter the Federal Witness Protection Program.

posted by beaverboard at 01:14 PM on November 11, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I grew up watching pro wrestling in Florida. Ron MacLean's role with Don Cherry reminds me of the legendary Gordon Solie, who served as the straight man and held the mike while the wrestlers went into their rants.

Here's an example.

At least there's good money in it.

posted by beaverboard at 08:44 AM on November 11, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Reason #132 for French speaking people to have second thoughts about visiting the US:

Watching a Clemson game and hearing Travis Etienne referred to as "Eighteen".

Wouldn't have helped much if he had gone to LSU. They don't really need him. They got Eee-lair.

posted by beaverboard at 09:13 AM on November 10, 2019

I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike

Apologies if the NYT paywall intervenes and disallows the page view.

The article includes a link to the story of skater Gracie Gold, who has a similar tale to tell.

posted by beaverboard at 07:36 PM on November 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If the Oakland Raiders had an annual spring game like college teams do, Gruden would sign Philip Rivers to QB the Black Team offense in a heartbeat.

posted by beaverboard at 03:14 PM on November 08, 2019

Kevin Harlan's Cat Call

I loved the look on Witten's face: "Damn, I could be up in the booth calling this".

We have a herding dog and fostered a cat for a year. I found out that there absolutely is such a thing as herding cats, and that done properly, it's an impressive sight to behold. My dog would have given anything to have been out there helping corral the critter.

Not sure if my dog also has cadaver skills, but if she had turned her attention away from the cat and gone to the 50 yard line and alerted, that's when you call Geraldo, bring in a backhoe, and start looking for Hoffa.

posted by beaverboard at 11:14 AM on November 05, 2019

These Browns are more disappointing under Freddie Kitchens than with Hue Jackson's failed run

It isn't Kitchens' fault that the Browns decided to hire him. But he wasn't ready for the job. He needs to build an OC resume for a bit, then maybe have another go. He also has people skills that might be better suited to the college game.

posted by beaverboard at 09:28 PM on November 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tessitore, McFarland, and Witten are all on the same TV broadcast once again, but it's a much more tolerable experience than it was last year.

posted by beaverboard at 08:33 PM on November 04, 2019

These Browns are more disappointing under Freddie Kitchens than with Hue Jackson's failed run

I can't believe the league allowed those Broncos and Browns uniform choices yesterday. There was not nearly enough visual distinction between the two. If Vinnie Testaverde had been playing for either team, he would have thrown five or six interceptions.

posted by beaverboard at 12:35 PM on November 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The allen invasion from Planet Who is bearing fruit -

Kyle Allen, Josh Allen, and Brandon Allen all won their games yesterday.

posted by beaverboard at 10:24 AM on November 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Looking for rcade in the blimp shots of the GA - FLA cocktail party, but no dice thus far.

Big crowd on hand. Looks like Wembley on Jaguars game day.

posted by beaverboard at 05:12 PM on November 02, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

Howie Kendrick's Game 7 foul pole home run ball.

posted by beaverboard at 01:41 PM on November 01, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Weird was supposed to be yesterday. Did you see Heidi Klum's outfit?

posted by beaverboard at 01:06 PM on November 01, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

Historical footnote:

The late John Bateman caught Houston's first no hitter in 1963 - against the Phillies (on May 17).

He also caught the Expos first no hitter in 1969 - against the Phillies (on April 17).

posted by beaverboard at 01:39 AM on November 01, 2019

Piffle, or not piffle?

I just watched the Sports Machine clip embedded in the article that rcade linked to.

"Obviously, King Hussein is in the control room".

Thought I was going to go myocardial when he said that.

posted by beaverboard at 10:33 PM on October 31, 2019

Piffle, or not piffle?

Late on Sunday nights, I waited for the drag racing segments on the Sports Machine. George would not show a racer on his program unless he lost control of his rig when he came off the line and it turned into a fiery runaway land rocket.

George would calmly narrate the segment while all hell was breaking loose and then end it by mentioning that the unfortunate driver had "devastated his equipment".

That became a catch phrase for a period of time.

posted by beaverboard at 10:15 PM on October 31, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

Also the Virginia Cavaliers (if you're counting NCAA hoops teams).

Tottenham had a chance but to join the parade but wasn't able to do their part in the Champions League final.

posted by beaverboard at 09:46 AM on October 31, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

I remember the Expos first season 50 years ago. And the Pilots too (now the Brewers whose hearts the Nats broke on their way to the WS).

The Nats are clearly comfortable in Minute Maid Park. I wonder how many people on the team besides Rendon and manager Martinez have connections to Houston or have spent time there.

Five Thirty Eight gave the Nats something like a 19% chance to win as the Series went back to Houston. I'm currently at around Day 1090 of not trusting anything that American pollsters and stats peddlers try to foist upon the public.

posted by beaverboard at 01:44 AM on October 31, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I think they should play Game 7 at a neutral site. No road team advantage.

posted by beaverboard at 03:05 PM on October 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Finally acknowledging the inevitable and bowing to the wishes of at least two SpoFites, the Bengals have benched Andy Dalton in favor of the untested Ryan Finley.

Finley at times has looked like one of those young QB's who lack nothing but an opportunity to get on the field.

Current search trends for the name "Ryan" have Finley still lagging behind international celebrity Ryan Fitzpatrick, but ranking ahead of Ryan Seacrest.

posted by beaverboard at 03:33 PM on October 29, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

In my neck of the woods, the city of Worcester MA got tired of hosting hockey games and agrarian contests simultaneously, so they let the bovines have the run of the rink.

posted by beaverboard at 11:29 PM on October 27, 2019

'The French Olympic logo tumbles out of bed on a Parisian morning.'

This is so great. I scrolled in awe of the procession of lively, cultivated minds.

posted by beaverboard at 09:07 AM on October 27, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Time to establish a line of credit for Lou Piniella at AFG Defense.

posted by beaverboard at 11:59 PM on October 23, 2019

Astros Exec Celebrated ALCS Win by Taunting Female Reporters

If the Astros win the Series, they may be the first franchise whose front office gets invited to the White House instead of the players.

If the Astros lose the Series, they may be the first franchise whose front office gets invited to the White House instead of the winning hometown team.

posted by beaverboard at 11:39 PM on October 23, 2019