Recent Comments by beaverboard

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If the Preds lose, the league won't have to donate their pre-printed championship shirts and caps to kids in Uganda.

Anything with the Predators logo on it will be eagerly snapped up by Luis Suarez fans around the world.

posted by beaverboard at 10:33 AM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Can't imagine why the league and the TV people would want the Penguins in the finals instead of the Senators.

posted by beaverboard at 08:24 AM on May 25

Left-for-Dead Celtics Beat Cavaliers in Game 3

Wasn't able to watch last night's NBA game, but I was able to follow the score. The Celtics being down by 17 in the first half wasn't too bad, I told myself. I figured - the guys won't let this get as horrific as the other night.

Then I check back in and they're down by less than 10 going into the fourth. Got the involuntary tightening in my gut. (Almost any amount of gut tightening is welcome these days, regardless of cause).

This may not be an accurate parallel, but when I saw the final score, the first thing I thought of was Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. After getting whomped by the Yankees 19-8 in Game 3 and with the inevitable doom of a four game sweep hanging overhead, the Red Sox tie Game 4 in the bottom of the ninth and win in extra innings.

I'm not expecting the Celtics to eventually prevail against all odds as the 2004 Red Sox did, but last night's win was a remarkable achievement. JR Smith only shot 3's and hit 50% of them. If he does that on a night when LeBron is having anywhere near his regular numbers, you'd have a different outcome.

But that terrific Boston bench scoring differential...I don't know...maybe there's a chance.

In pondering his upcoming roster moves, Ainge must be waking up every morning with a different thought in his head these days.

posted by beaverboard at 08:33 AM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Even juicier wishful thinking than the thought of Lonzo Ball going to the Lakers to continue the destabilization process in Buss country:

Ainge casually mentions that he's going to take Lonzo with the top pick and swap him to Philly. Just to see if the father's head explodes.

posted by beaverboard at 07:48 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When we get to Game 1 of the NBA finals, someone is going to have to take a loss.

posted by beaverboard at 07:09 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Speaking of getting old in a hurry, Danny Ainge is just a fake pair of wire rim glasses away from being Mitch McConnell's stunt double.

posted by beaverboard at 11:12 AM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

My post was a generational overreach. I grew up with the Hardy Boys books in the olden days. Never saw the TV show, movie, or rasslers.

Frank and Joe would be on a case and needed to ditch their school clothes. They changed into their sleuthing trail gear, with checkered shirts, ball caps and bomber jackets. When I saw the post game Curry and Durant presser, all I could think of was the outfitting of young detectives 50 years ago.

Styles come around in cycles. When I watched "The Decision" a few years ago, I wondered who had resurrected the nicest shirt ever worn on Hee Haw and loaned it to LeBron.

posted by beaverboard at 12:48 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Frank and Joe Hardy explain how they solved the case.

posted by beaverboard at 10:42 AM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I have Lonzo Ball fatigue
And the kid ain't even in the league

posted by beaverboard at 06:17 AM on May 12


Three wild card factors in this: injury, Josh McDaniels, and Gisele.

If McDaniels takes a HC job somewhere, no guarantee that the new guy would be able to keep the Pats' offense at the same high level. Football might stop being fun for that unit.

Brady is superb at avoiding injury, but he also takes a fair amount of contact. Anything can happen at anytime. It could start with an injury on the OL, and a sub who missed an assignment in a protection scheme.

Gisele has probably already said "enough already" a bunch of times, but you never know when the message might finally sink home. I always remind myself that her armed security detail have fired their weapons at people in public before. I wouldn't want to send her into Xena mode. She's already laid down the law about Tom's presidential buddy connection.

If any drama begins to develop, when the games are on, I'll turn off the sound on the TV. No way I want to listen to all the foaming at the mouth that would go along with shots of Brady sitting on the bench in uniform and not playing, or standing on the sideline in crutches.

I don't want to see this end up like Marino's career did - he was reduced to hobbling around and screaming at his offense after every play in a deep state of frustration.

posted by beaverboard at 08:51 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Unfortunate to see the Cavs and Warriors ho-humming their way along and checking their manicures at their leisure while their prospective upcoming opponents are having to work their behinds off to prevail and will be gassed when the conference finals start.

More than ever, I wish that the Thunder had closed the deal and defeated Golden State last year. I'd love to see what things would look like now if that had happened.

posted by beaverboard at 10:57 PM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A cold, wet Friday afternoon message to our Canadian friends.

My wife asked me if this was a warning. I said that I thought of it as an alert.

posted by beaverboard at 04:40 PM on May 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Kelly Olynyk's Dancing With The Stars invitation is now all but assured.

Meanwhile, Bradley Beal will be joining the dolphin act at Sea World as a summer celebrity guest.

posted by beaverboard at 09:11 AM on May 05


Like foot soldiers in a war, lawyers are merely rubber ducks on a great tidal swell of football-related backlash, doing what they are told, and being pushed by currents sweeping back from a century of American football's flailing about with no regard for itself or fellow swimmers.

Reminds me a bit of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Gatsby ending:

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

posted by beaverboard at 10:52 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Quite a last 10 days of April in Buffalo: the GM of the Bills and both the coach and GM of the Sabres have all been fracked by the Pegulas.

Not clear whether the decisions the Bills made during this week's NFL draft were authorized by Whaley (and therefore led to his demise) or someone else in the organization (if he was already in the process of being marginalized and shown the door).

The deposed individuals will have to remain in their respective sports and find other jobs. There are no longer any opportunities in broadcasting.

posted by beaverboard at 10:03 PM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Dice rolling redeemer Mike Brown is unable to resist the lure of troubled talent, with Mixon now added to his life list of charmers.

Risk takers who say that Mixon has a lot of upside could be talking about more than just potential.

posted by beaverboard at 09:25 PM on April 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Josh Rosen will come up with something.

posted by beaverboard at 04:23 PM on April 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Andy Reid sat down with a bowl of Doritos and a mega Slurpee and binge watched Gruden's QB Camp.

Gruden is a Mahomes zealot.

Also, some guy named Kiper likes Mahomes, but tends to keep his opinions to himself.

posted by beaverboard at 09:11 AM on April 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I keep thinking that the Browns drafted Jabrill so they could trade him to Belichick.

posted by beaverboard at 08:06 AM on April 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I wouldn't let any Bears fans anywhere near the lakeshore for a few days.

Or the observation deck of the John Hancock Building.

posted by beaverboard at 10:23 PM on April 27

MLB *Play of the Year* is pretty much locked up by Chris Coghlan after this bit of insanity.

The thing I liked was that Pillar was already rounding second base when the ball hit the outfield wall, and he got to third before Coghlan touched the plate.

posted by beaverboard at 06:14 PM on April 26

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities

We cut cable when our daughter was born and we really haven't missed it since then. That was 7 years ago. When she watches TV, it's nothing but PBS Kids and My Little Pony (that one is on Netflix).

When our oldest was a little kid (a long time ago), once she started watching TV, we had a weekly routine. Last adult awake on Friday night had to set the TV to the PBS channel before conking out. So if she woke up before us on Sat. morning and turned on the TV, there would be Big Bird, or some such thing. We didn't have the TV on all that much, so she had no idea there were other channels until she was about 8.

Then the younger ones discovered the remote and in the blink of an eye our cover was blown and we were deep into Power Rangers and other delights.

If PBS is de-funded, wonder if we'll see Oscar the Grouch courtside with Dick Vitale at Duke home games.

NoMich, do you know where BronyCon 2017 is being held? Asking for a friend.

posted by beaverboard at 06:04 PM on April 26

Former Bull Craig Hodges on Jordan, Kaepernick, and dissent:

I love that photo of Hodges. I haven't seen him in quite awhile. I would not have recognized him. He looks wise and fit, a knowing soul from an ancient country. The anti-Barkley.

posted by beaverboard at 03:49 PM on April 20

Former Bull Craig Hodges on Jordan, Kaepernick, and dissent:

Janice is currently not helpful or desirable in the marble hallways of the nation's capital.

posted by beaverboard at 03:44 PM on April 20

Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison; conviction will be voided

I always savored this nugget of wisdom from Ray Lewis the broadcaster: (not stated verbatim):

"The Patriots must have known what they were getting into when they drafted Hernandez"

Meanwhile, as calendar days go, April 19 continues to be a certified badass motherfucker.

posted by beaverboard at 07:57 PM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Should we trade Howard to the National League for Bucknor, draft choices, cash, and a player to be named later?

With the provision, of course, that Howard remain in touch with us.

If we dumped Bucknor's contract upon arrival, his salary would only count against the SpoFi cap for 2017.

posted by beaverboard at 03:25 AM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I love that photo. Maybe "3rd - 2:12" will become the new "John 3:16" in placard land.

The other tweets also gave me a chuckle, at least the ESPN part of it.

posted by beaverboard at 02:15 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

This I understand, but as long as the sideline mikes are cranked during the games and offenses can choose whatever signal words they want, why hasn't Tom Brady ever called out: "Cougar, Cougar, White 90, Fuck Goodell"?

posted by beaverboard at 01:57 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Danny Willett went traditional British tried and true with his Champions Dinner menu at Augusta this week. Sunday Roast and Apple Crumble. Not as boring as Bubba Watson (grilled chicken and confetti cake - not once but twice) but well short of the culinary standard set by Vijay Singh or the drama created by the Sandy Lyle haggis spectacle.

Speaking of culinary standard, I assume that Charl Schwartzel was at the Tuesday banquet. I wonder if he asked the staff for some Monkey Gland sauce for the roast. It was one of the signature items on his Champions menu five years ago. It might be a staple condiment at Augusta at this point.

I've been meaning to make up a batch of that sauce. I'm only lacking a couple of the ingredients - the chutney being one of them. With many Federal agencies and animal rights organizations currently overwhelmed and understaffed, I figure that now is the time to stock up and get cooking.

posted by beaverboard at 11:28 PM on April 06

National Review Takes on NFL Relocation Shakedowns

Another article from a conservative viewpoint here. Written back in 2004. Some comments insightful, amusing and/ or ironic given the current state of things.

In the last 10 Super Bowls, 40% of the champions had home stadiums with less than 25% public funding, but only 20% of the title games were played in stadiums with less than 25% public funding. The NFL loves showcasing the fancy, fleecy venues.

Maybe the league's goal is for the Super Bowl to be played in Vegas as often as possible once the new stadium is up and running. Does the NFL have a luminary who could serve as a roving goodwill ambassador in Vegas during Super Bowl week? The NBA is all set in that department. They have Barkley.

posted by beaverboard at 08:40 AM on April 06

National Review Takes on NFL Relocation Shakedowns

A good companion to this piece would be the older article in The Atlantic on how the NFL fleeces taxpayers.

I was recently reading about the hundreds of millions of municipal debt still owed by cities that the NFL has recently deserted - St. Louis, San Diego, and Oakland. Amazing that this sort of thing has continued to happen.

Any sports fan on the verge of being done with the league can choose from a growing cafeteria menu of vexations that will put them over the edge.

Isn't there already a pirate-themed resort on the Strip?

posted by beaverboard at 03:08 PM on April 05

Tony Romo heading into broadcasting with CBS

11 rolled a 7 and up came 9.

I think Nantz's life is a matter of being rewarded for taking the bad with the good.

Has to call an ugly NCAA title game last night with the likes of Raftery.

Wakes up this morning to make his annual migration to a verdant, Feherty-free Masters tournament.

Finds out today on his way to Augusta that after umpteen years, Simms is finally out of the booth.

"Look, Jim, you see how it works. We heard about it in our Friday meeting with the coaches. This is what they want to do. So how are they going to do it? The viewer approval ratings have not been where they want 'em. They're going to have to get it done with the kicking game."

Haven't heard whether Simms will still be on the air in some capacity. I wouldn't want to be completely without a definitive source of straight talk, such as the fact that the Ravens' ground game had suffered the previous season is because "Ray Rice was beat up last year".

posted by beaverboard at 03:57 PM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

You look at all the attire that all the coaches in all the sports decide to wear on television, and why is it that Roy Williams is not getting a Gatorade bath after every game, win, lose, or draw?

If the team kept wrecking those country picnic sparkin' jackets with blue sports drink, the 70's Men's Shop at Sears would eventually run out of them.

Thank god he don't coach Clemson.

posted by beaverboard at 03:40 PM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Those rims should be taken to Bisbee and turned into wagon wheels. Or just melted down and poured off.

posted by beaverboard at 07:35 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm disappointed that lizard green Oregon wasn't able to do a better job of being Dinosaur Sr. in the paint last night.

posted by beaverboard at 09:43 AM on April 02

Bruce Bochy takes medical leave, Barry Bonds interim manager for San Francisco Giants

One member of the press was admonished after referring to the Giants skipper as "Chubby Core". As he should have been. There is absolutely no place for that sort of thing.

I had dinner with Ms. Slaydofo once. It was late. She had just made her deadline for the online edition and seemed very tired and had a distant gaze in her eyes. When I got the check, the waiter had scribbled "Loopy Lids Afar" on it. He understood.

posted by beaverboard at 03:15 AM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Unreal win by Miss. State over UConn in the Women's Final Four. An instant classic. From the start, it looked like MSU was up to the task. They spent most of the first half without McCowan and still took a nice lead into halftime.

posted by beaverboard at 12:23 AM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jamie Dixon's move from Pitt to TCU is paying worthy dividends thus far. He has a former 21 loss team playing for the NIT title in his first year back in Fort Worth.

posted by beaverboard at 08:56 AM on March 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I guess the Soldier Field corollary to "Let the sea set you free" is "That there lake will make you quake".

posted by beaverboard at 05:58 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

This photo is now available in an enhanced commemorative framed edition that makes a very attractive gift. It has a brass plaque that is engraved with the inscription:

"I'm not going in, Coach"

posted by beaverboard at 05:55 PM on March 28

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

Team laundry shouldn't be a problem. There are people in Vegas who can get stains out of almost anything.

posted by beaverboard at 11:31 AM on March 28

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

I don't know where they're going to find any cheerleaders.

posted by beaverboard at 10:56 PM on March 27

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

With a coach such as Jack Del Desierto, anything is possible.

posted by beaverboard at 06:05 PM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Heels, Cocks, Zags, and Ducks

(I know..that thought occurred to me too)

posted by beaverboard at 09:45 PM on March 26

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

As a grad of an "Original 8" ACC school, and with a wistful sense of irony*, I humbly welcome you to the damn-near-half-SEC Elite Eight.

*South Carolina left the ACC in 1971 which is something I still regret. (Also sad that Maryland left.)

But at least in the annals of the ACC, there's a time period we can refer to as "pre-Boeheim". I take a certain measure of comfort and solace in that.

posted by beaverboard at 09:49 AM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Georgia Tech knows how to ruin a good alphabet party, as they join UCF, TCU, and CSUB in the NIT Final Four.

posted by beaverboard at 08:16 AM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Durable sports records dep't.:

Antonio Cromartie's OBP.

12 kids, the last two designated BAV*

(*Boinked After Vasectomy)

posted by beaverboard at 12:39 PM on March 23

Chicago Fire Sign Bastian Schweinsteiger

This decree just in from his majesty Greg Oden:


posted by beaverboard at 12:03 PM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

True: Two Blue Duke Two Seeds Get Boot.

posted by beaverboard at 10:52 PM on March 20

Here’s Why the US Women’s National Hockey Team Is Going on Strike

I enjoy watching the women's game because it's well scaled to the size of the rink. There's more of a sense of space involved, which allows for more passing, playmaking, and possession. The male skaters have become bigger, faster, and more fit than they were in the late 1960's when I first got to see NHL hockey. The rink seems too small and claustrophobic now. Any space that is created is closed off instantly. The flow of the men's game has gotten chopped up into a series of dizzying micro moments.

I am stunned by the reflexes, skill, and athleticism that happen in those micro moments when the broadcasters slow the action down on instant replay and you can see what happened in detail. But purely on a space and flow basis, I enjoy watching penalty killing and power plays and 4 on 4 action more than I do full strength men's hockey.

posted by beaverboard at 01:59 PM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

When Westbrook gets a night off, does it include a drip line?

posted by beaverboard at 09:54 PM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I want Bill Raftery to continue trademarking as many of his "famous" phrases as he can.

The less chance anyone else has to use them, the better. One guy like that is bad enough.

Although I do think that if a sultry, nefarious female agent in a spy film were to purr in heavily accented English: "Onions, with a kiss", she should not have to pay a usage rights fee.

posted by beaverboard at 04:38 PM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If Indiana U grabs Brad Stevens from Boston and Illinois grabs Tony Bennett from Virginia, I will be severely displeased.

posted by beaverboard at 02:29 PM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Muirfield has relented and now joins Royal Troon, St. Andrews and other historic UK courses in deciding to admit women as members.

No Condi Rice green jacket express lane for would-be Muirfield women, though. The membership waiting list is still two years, gender regardless.

Nothing to do but get in line and wait for a number of old codgers to be wheeled in and out of church on a dark purple gurney.

posted by beaverboard at 11:08 AM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I need to hustle my talented nephew over to Foxborough while Belichick is suddenly paying full retail prices and beyond for available talent.

What happened to the Bob's Discount Furniture Holiday Sale approach to rostering in the Dark Kingdom? I became a believer in the "Buy Low - Coach High" strategy years ago. I looked at all the celebrating players on the Duck boats in the Pats' 2017 victory parade and I saw nothing but solid value and overachievers.

The only consolation is that teams like Arizona and Cleveland are now paying ex-Patriots players alarmingly vast sums of money of their own free will.

posted by beaverboard at 08:42 PM on March 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

On a geographical basis, sorry to see that the Arizona Cardinals' English Channel tandem has been broken up.

Rodney Gunter, formerly of Dover, is still on the roster, but Calais Campbell has headed off to the Jags.

posted by beaverboard at 10:53 PM on March 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

would it not make sense for Patriots to pick up Cutler as Brady's backup

I think Belichick does better managing supposedly high maintenance types like Moss and Dillon than he does with Eeyores like Cutler.

Cutler just doesn't have a deep burning desire to be a professional quarterback. It happens to be something he's good at and it pays well. When he got to Chicago, there was a lot of general euphoria about the team finally making a dynamic roster move, but some locals who live and breathe the Bears worried that Cutler's kielbasa was not hanging from an iron hook.

One devastating passing remark from Belichick on the training camp practice field and Cutler would be reduced to a mass of quivering aspic.

posted by beaverboard at 08:31 AM on March 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The best part of the Osweiler trade is that the Texans apparently didn't have to take any Cleveland players in return.

Here's what Osweiler's comet trail might end up looking like:

- Fair haired boy steps in for Peyton, captures hearts and minds, creates optimism for the future, helps win a Denver championship
- Wooed by division champion Texans as a top dollar free agent
- Ugly year as first time full time starter
- Sent to Cleveland
- Cut from roster; salary absorbed by club
- Seen fishing off the rocks at Lakefront Park with no concern as to how bills will be paid
- Charlie Whitehurst signs with his 42nd NFL team, is immediately worried that Osweiler will show up at camp as a walk-on and steal his clipboard and his job
- Osweiler lands starring role in splashy feature film entitled "The Sam Bradford Story". Director sees immediately that Osweiler has the requisite wide-eyed "oh shit, those are big, fast men" expression they've been looking for.
- Ends up playing in the Super Bowl for the Patriots or Falcons, because that's what happens to players who used to play for the Browns.

posted by beaverboard at 08:28 PM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I have to say, that was pretty good. I remember that war as a kid.

If Israel goes way into extra innings and wins with a heroically and improbably manufactured walkoff run, there will likely be some Entebbe comments.

posted by beaverboard at 01:43 PM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Just add an umlaut over the "u". And pronounce the "e".

posted by beaverboard at 11:40 PM on March 08