Recent Comments by beaverboard

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Maybe one reason that Browns jersey got retired was that Cleveland had another piece of municipal treasure apparel coming down the pipeline.

posted by beaverboard at 02:58 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

And Manziel is not only out of the league but out of the country, texting his dad from Cabo.

And, the legendary Browns despair jersey has been retired.

(Maybe the team should permanently take # 2 out of circulation.
The QB string o' shame started with Couch and ended with Johnny Foobo).

posted by beaverboard at 12:19 PM on June 29

Legendary University of Tennessee Basketball Coach Pat Summitt passes away at age 64.

Truly one of the State of Tennessee's greatest daughters in its entire history.

posted by beaverboard at 10:31 AM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This precious stone set in the fearsome sea...

Against the envy of less solvent lands...

This vulcan plot, this pool, this moraine, this Iceland.

posted by beaverboard at 12:12 PM on June 28

NFL Coach Buddy Ryan Dies

Seems like half the 85 team is already in the afterlife waiting on Buddy to arrive. Or still here on Earth all messed up.

Like Son of Bum, a damn good DC who never should have been a HC. And always potentially toxic to a team given his zealous hatred of the offensive unit.

It'll be interesting to see how Rob and Rex coach up the Bills in his absence and under his presumed observant perch overhead.

Hopefully, people do not beat a path to Ditka's door looking for quotables. The less seen and heard from that guy the better.

posted by beaverboard at 12:04 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

If that had happened the night before the Brexit vote it would've been cited as a factor in the outcome.

Unfolding events spurred me to do the reverse and cite Brexit as a potential factor in the result of this match in last Friday's huddle.

posted by beaverboard at 04:06 AM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

What Ian Darke spewed forth throughout the second half should have gone straight into a wax-lined white paper bag with a fold over clasp at the top. A full on 48 minute call for Hughie.

posted by beaverboard at 05:12 PM on June 27

Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after Copa America final loss to Chile

I was more discouraged when Riquelme announced he was fed up with Maradona and walked off. That despite Riquelme's past history. Because he rightly called out Maradona as an illegitimate appointment. Others went along with the sham.

The Pope is unable to do anything about this sorry state of affairs at one level or another?

posted by beaverboard at 11:42 AM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Boateng has gotten his money's worth out of the Lilian Thuram motivational DVD.

posted by beaverboard at 12:19 PM on June 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Grass is suddenly not greener on the other side.

posted by beaverboard at 08:04 AM on June 26

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Recently, I've seen some penalty takers approach the ball with a fun house run up. They mix an exaggerated large slow loping stride in with shorter quicker strides - I guess so the keeper can't lock in to a rhythm and tempo as he prepares to react when the ball is struck.

I don't get to watch much international football, so perhaps this a common technique.

posted by beaverboard at 09:18 PM on June 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

After the selections of Yabusele from France and Zizic from Croatia, I heard one unhappy soul remark that at least they could have tried to draft someone whose name he could pronounce

After the deals and picks they made last night, when the Sacramento Kings go to an up tempo offense, they'll need an auctioneer to call the play by play.

posted by beaverboard at 07:10 PM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

the potential impact of Brexit on British soccer

First up will be England's uninspired play against Iceland on Monday being put down to the value of the player contracts being worth a fraction of what they were yesterday afternoon.

Of course, for cutting edge insights on all this, as always, we need only look to the online juggernaut that Marissa Mayer hath raised from the rubble of irrelevance.

Yahoo Finance describes Brexit as:

"a sharp rebuke for globalism, which has been a decade-long trend since World War II"

posted by beaverboard at 06:57 PM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I guess Bogdan Bogdanovic is more or less the Slavic equivalent of God Shammgod.

posted by beaverboard at 09:54 AM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just England's luck to be given the final match in the round of 16 UEFA Euro schedule.

By Monday night, the value of their per diem meal vouchers might not buy them a Bioburger and frites.

posted by beaverboard at 07:47 AM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I know several fabulous Italian-Irish women and they are so conflicted right now. I can't talk to them about football. I'll have to find something else.

posted by beaverboard at 06:28 PM on June 23

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Results

If rcade ever wins one of these Pick'Ems, that's when we get trolled by a member of the Bulger family.

(Whitey won the Mass. State Lottery while his brother was President of the State Senate).

posted by beaverboard at 12:22 PM on June 23

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Results

Vanna will sell you a "r" at a reasonable price. Unless you want to stick with Leboned.

posted by beaverboard at 12:16 PM on June 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I guess it's part of God's plan for former Iowa State coaches to preside over disintegrating Bulls teams.

posted by beaverboard at 04:11 PM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I had to stop watching the Copa. Romero has had more of the ball than Bradley, courtesy of all the picnic touches furnished by his backline.

As an alternative, I should mention that TCM is concurrently showing a mid-40's film that features the nimble and resourceful Fred Astaire fending for himself and holding his own in, you guessed it, Argentina. At least someone from our continent is up to the task.

Fortunately, I was able to see a portion of a worthy Euro match in the afternoon so I didn't have to go the whole day without encountering quality football.

Croatia is a beautiful city. The team is living proof that persistic is rewarded. And they have younger legs than the Spanish.

posted by beaverboard at 11:09 PM on June 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Or also could put a few bucks down on teams that have a mega star and make a mid-season coaching change.

posted by beaverboard at 10:10 AM on June 20

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland

Ty Lue after Game 4, heading back to Oakland for Game 5 down 3-1: "If you don't think you can win, don't get on the plane".

Steve Kerr after Game 5: "I still like our position a lot better than theirs".

That's what told me that Cleveland had a legitimate shot at doing this.

Barbosa and Varejao now have to regroup and go get ready to play host at the turbulent, insolvent, effluent Olympics. Varejao gets some sort of Dantley award for being traded out from underneath the title.

Crying Jordan meme, take the rest of the summer off. There's a new sheriff in town.

posted by beaverboard at 08:43 AM on June 20

Penguins claim fourth Stanley Cup with 3-1 win over Sharks

The NHL in Vegas...if the area Chamber of Commerce had anything to say about it, hockey fan Charles Barkley would be awarded an honorary minority ownership stake in the franchise. In recognition of his long standing support of the local economy.

When they put together the team's operational budget, they'll need to factor in armed guards to defend the ice surface against foragers after Lake Mead runs dry.

posted by beaverboard at 07:27 AM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Shame on the Cavs for busting out those comic book junior high road unis. Looked like they were designed by Rik Smits.

16 Robins; no Batman.

(Well, credit where credit is due: two heroes; no capes).

posted by beaverboard at 10:06 AM on June 14

Penguins claim fourth Stanley Cup with 3-1 win over Sharks

Bravo Pens. I feel badly for the unfortunate timing of their victory, which has caused them to be pushed far from the limelight by major concurrent tragic events.

That is completely understandable, but it's absurd that the Penguins have also been eclipsed by the Draymond - LeBron episode in the Sports section. That sort of bark mulching should never be the top story when there is excellence to cover.

posted by beaverboard at 04:55 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Draymond the Dong Fu master is learning fractured Latin the hard way...in flagrante le-dic-to.

posted by beaverboard at 07:06 AM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

For fundamentalist voters trying to make sense of the current political season, Creator beating Exaggerator in the Belmont Stakes is a long overdue sign from God.

posted by beaverboard at 12:51 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I am grateful to the Cavs for test driving Kevin Love on Brad Stevens' behalf.

If Ainge doesn't have that obsessive Love bug out of his system at this point, he'll need to take a leave of absence.

posted by beaverboard at 07:46 AM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm not watching Game 5 of the Sharks-Penguins series but I guess I should be ASAP.

Sharks went up 2-0 just a few minutes into the game and now the Pens have scored 2 just a few minutes later? Did that really happen? If so, the only conclusion I can draw is...that shit lit.

posted by beaverboard at 08:40 PM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

When the Super Bowl champion Broncos are feted in Washington today, Aqib Talib won't be with them. The recently married Talib was shot at a Texas pole dancing facility and is still in the hospital.

I had hoped that I would never again see a headline remotely close to the one that Talib managed to generate: "Shot in Dallas, Unable to Travel to White House". With the phrase "strip club" mentioned prominently in the accompanying story, no less.

posted by beaverboard at 09:40 AM on June 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Unfortunately, at the moment, we in the US do not have the right to call the Mexican kettle black. We have name calling issues of our own.

posted by beaverboard at 10:22 PM on June 05

The Greatest is gone.

I have vivid memories of listening to the Liston fights on an old AM radio as a kid. Most AM signals get wonky after dark as the stations reduce power at sunset. You had to keep your hand on the tuner dial to maintain the signal and the broadcasts were barely decipherable. It was like listening to the Voice of America in the Soviet Union.

I knew Foreman was in trouble in 1974 as soon as I saw that he had brought a police dog and a bunch of coordinated outfits to Zaire. I kept looking for the camel train and the concubines. He was displaced and uncomfortable. Ali was home.

posted by beaverboard at 08:36 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

MNT was told they'd be playing at Levi's Stadium so they made sure they came in and showed what the Relaxed Fit lifestyle was all about. Plenty of room in the crotch, no sense of urgency.

Quick cuts of Klinsmann enjoying lighthearted moments on the sideline did not help the cause.

posted by beaverboard at 08:27 PM on June 04

The Ringer

I'll take American Literature for $200.00

posted by beaverboard at 09:54 PM on June 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Rangers have more former managers being held in cryogenic storage than the Blue Jays do. If you end up needing a tiebreaker, that should do it.

posted by beaverboard at 04:01 PM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Tablets, craft beers, and swim noodles at dawn.

posted by beaverboard at 08:06 AM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Meanwhile, tennis players are blaming the administrators of the French Open for the rainy weather.

So while it may be National Macaroon Day on the official calendar in the US, in the world of top level competitive sports, it's actually International Perpetual Victims Day.

posted by beaverboard at 05:27 PM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

When Adams looked like Westbrook

When Westbrook looked like Adams

posted by beaverboard at 12:17 AM on May 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Last night's results were intriguing.

I thought we might be headed for a Weather Channel headline: "Thunder and Lightning Arrive Simultaneously"

Instead, it was more like the History Channel and National Geographic:

"Warriors Prevail, Stave Off Defeat"

"Penguins Move Past Wales, Now Face Sharks"

posted by beaverboard at 10:05 AM on May 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Oh, and when a proud Scot says that there will be hiccups, only the Lord above fully grasps the power of the demon amber spirits that induced them.

posted by beaverboard at 05:30 PM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

My google map is blurred out. Is the former vice president involved in this?

posted by beaverboard at 03:12 PM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How are you going to keep Trey Gowdy from finding out about it?

posted by beaverboard at 08:03 AM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Somebody's kid needs to dress up as Anderson Varejao ASAP.

(Alternate caption: Draymond forces Adams into involuntary reassignment procedure)

posted by beaverboard at 11:50 AM on May 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I still struggle with the concept of major league pro hockey being played in warm weather latitudes.

Not only did no Canadian teams make the NHL postseason, but if the Sharks end up facing the Lightning in the finals, I think they would be the most southerly pair of Cup finalists ever.

Heck, even if St. Louis faces Tampa Bay I think they still might be the most southerly pair.

(Except that St. Louis does get plenty cold and snowy in the winter - as well as hotter than hell in the summer. I've been there and seen both ends of that.)

Edit: just realizing that Avalanche v. Panthers might come pretty close.

posted by beaverboard at 09:43 AM on May 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

When he entered this series, Adams was of half Tongan ancestry, but who knows what his genetic ratio is at this point.

posted by beaverboard at 04:57 PM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Well, we now know that both Kerr and Donovan can coach in the pros and they are both good stories. Therefore, I'm OK with seeing the Cavs win the whole thing so we can put the "bringing a championship to Cleveland" narrative to rest.

The parts that add a wrinkle to the tale are the kid coaches: Walton going lights out on the Warriors' sideline while Kerr was on leave (and not getting credit for any of the team wins), and Lue possibly presiding over a Cavs title after Blatt was deep sixed while leading the conference.

posted by beaverboard at 08:35 AM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I read a lot about WW I aviation as a kid, so I knew right away who Roland Garros was when the name came first came up as a sports reference. I kept waiting and wondering when they were going to start talking about him and his war career. They never did, and then eventually mentioned him in an Aflac trivia sort of way. At this point, if you search the name, the actual person and his noteworthiness are tucked way down in the search results.

I keep waiting for a French retro 70's band to name themselves Rene Fonck.

posted by beaverboard at 03:22 PM on May 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't know if the Cavaliers will go Fo-Fo-Fo on their way to the NBA Finals, but the Eastern playoffs are starting to remind me of 1983. When the Celtics lost to the Bucks, Boston fans were upset -- until they saw what the Malone/ Erving Sixers did to the Bucks.

Even though the Bucks did manage to win a game from the Sixers, Boston fans realized that their team had been spared a disheartening and inevitable defeat to hated Phila., as befell the Hawks this year against Cleveland after they beat the Celtics.

posted by beaverboard at 12:11 PM on May 20

British Open Drops Muirfield for Not Admitting Women

What bold Scot wouldn't want to have a long lunch with Condi Rice in the comfort of the clubhouse whilst gazing out at the untamed sea?

As Rogers of Glenburn pointed out, they'll likely let women join the Club at some point. That's not where the critical, unwavering line will be drawn.

It's the distillery that will be the firm and final bastion of manhood. As the gods intended.

Immortalized in a more adventurous vein here.

posted by beaverboard at 07:07 PM on May 19

British Open Drops Muirfield for Not Admitting Women

Hopefully the loss of Muirfield won't create an opening for the Donald to push to have his new course up near Aberdeen added to the Open rotation. Seeing the documentation of the creation of that course angered me on an almost Monsanto level, and that is saying a lot.

Trump also owns Turnberry, so he's already in the rotation, for what that's worth.

If he hears that a shortage of women is the central issue, he'll see to that forthwith, one way or another.

posted by beaverboard at 09:49 AM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Once he got on base, should have pulled him and gone to a pinch runner.

posted by beaverboard at 08:27 AM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Once again, the NBA has admitted an OKC- favorable officiating mistake in the fourth quarter of a Thunder playoff game. This time for Westbrook's traveling violation that wasn't called in Game 1 against Golden State.

I think Billy Donovan likes coaching quarters instead of halves. Especially when the refs go on mental Caribbean vacations during crunch time.

posted by beaverboard at 11:55 AM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

New battle cry in hockey fights throughout Quebec: "Je t'Odor"

posted by beaverboard at 07:12 AM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I saw that during the prediction contest as to how many games Odor will be suspended, one commentator thought 10 games was about right because that's what Michael Barrett got for punching Pierzynski at home plate.

For goodness sake, that is no yardstick to go by. You have to take career long provocation and deservedness into account. Barrett probably got several dozen fruit baskets and boxes of bon bons from other players and managers who wished they could have been the ones to do the deed.

posted by beaverboard at 05:18 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Odor gets the Kardashian Award for handbagging Bautista with his glove after the big punch.

That either translates into extra scoring or a half point deduction. Can't decide which.

This is really a massive uptick in the connection between these two teams. I'm concerned that MLB fans are going to forget that there is quality baseball being played in Chicago this season, at both ends of town.

Rcade, I would suggest starting a playoff beard today. You could be Tebow by this weekend, Joe Thornton by October.

posted by beaverboard at 08:26 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Between the NHL and NBA, we've had our share of blowout Game 7's this spring.

Wonder if anyone has theorized about this sort of result in final elimination games, as it doesn't seem to be a rare occurrence.

posted by beaverboard at 06:34 PM on May 15

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

May one comment whilst on holiday?

I don't object to any of the words creeping into our discussion, as it helps familiarize adventurous sports zealots with the terminology if they decide to branch out and read commentary from overseas sources.

I think language is fascinating, and always enjoy observing usage differences such as the whole singular vs. plural group entity thing and the were/was syndrome. As in "Everton were at a disadvantage". (But Chicago was not.)

I'm intrigued by cultural measurements such as multiplicity of expressions for the same thing. The English have more expressions for throwing up than we have unlicensed firearms.

posted by beaverboard at 05:59 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Trofeo temporarily renamed the Pichiellini.

posted by beaverboard at 03:39 PM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Shows you what sort of preeminence Belichick has in the halls of Kraftland, as the Pats would never do a deal like the one the Revs did for that guy.

posted by beaverboard at 01:33 PM on May 12

Texas City Will Build $62.8 Million High School Football Stadium

The story didn't mention what other district or municipal needs might be not addressed or properly funded in order to make this project happen.

I've seen this sort of thing happen in my own school district. The minute one parcel of debt is retired, administrators think that they've got the green light to replace it with another round of brand new debt. No one ever talks about having a few fiscal years without the debt instead.

Doing capital projects like this is a big feather in the resume of superintendents and other district officials who will move on to other career opportunities at some point, leaving the debt and accompanying aspects of fiscal irresponsibility behind.

In my district, the superintendent pushed through an expensive sports improvement project that was approved. Then a year later, he came back with a project for badly needed upgrades to the classrooms, science labs, etc.

He thought he was pretty clever. Get the sports funding approved first, which is seen as discretionary. Then come back for the essential spending. He thought voters would never deny the district the classroom upgrades. He was wrong. Voters said: "we are at our limit - we can't do this right now". So now we have swank turf fields and substandard classrooms. And the asshole has moved on to a new job.

To me, this stadium is obscene, but at least three high schools will be using the facility. That means that no matter how many kids get pulled out of the sport due to repetitive brain injury concerns in the years to come, there will probably be the equivalent of at least one team playing there when the debt is halfway retired. At least it won't be like the Olympic facilities in Sarajevo.

posted by beaverboard at 12:19 PM on May 10