Recent Comments by beaverboard

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

Of course all my irony-and-doomsday-prone friends whose families came from the old country (via County Cork) are saying over pints that Brady will get to play but will get dinged up by Rex's defense and they'll have to send Garoppolo out there anyway.

posted by beaverboard at 10:21 AM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

The goal is continued relentless exposure of the incompetence of the commissioner and of the absurdity of his disciplinary strategy and decisions. The torment that the league is currently enduring is entirely of Goodell's making. Both through his bumbling actions and his derelict inactions. It's just a question of how long it will take for the owners to do what they need to do.

Despite all the prestige and persuasiveness that Kraft has accrued as an owner, he doesn't need to stand up and ask for Goodell's head at this point. He can (and should) let his colleagues do the deed themselves of their own free will without his influence. Kraft has previously shown a willingness to try to be reasonable and find a way forward, and has been compliant by accepting the fine and loss of draft choices that Goodell foisted on his franchise without ample foundation or merit.

I certainly wish that Kraft had fought back on that instead, as a firm defense on all fronts would have hastened the exposure and demise of this plague of a commissioner.

posted by beaverboard at 10:12 AM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

If Berman rules for the NFL, Brady will probably file for a stay, and this thing will continue on while Brady suits up and plays.

By now, there are probably some owners who are ready to place Goodell alongside Jimmy Hoffa for having orchestrated this fiasco on behalf of the NFL. Which is an understandable sentiment. The problem being that Hoffa deserves better company.

It's almost unimaginable to recall that at one time, the Pats were the league's golden boys to whom the commissioner was happily indebted for having tuck ruled the despised Al Davis' Raiders and kept them out of the Super Bowl. By the time the deflation tale is fully told, the bad blood between Davis and the league will be seen as practice squad level compared to the splendor of the enmity that now exists between Kraft and Goodell.

At this point, my main interest in seeing the Pats win another title is so I can watch the team stare Goodell's sorry ass off the stage in total silence at the trophy presentation.

posted by beaverboard at 09:02 AM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Noting that the Bills released Fred Jackson, the first thought that entered my mind was him going to Foxboro as Antowain Smith 2.0

posted by beaverboard at 05:13 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Youu Rangg?

posted by beaverboard at 02:43 PM on August 31

UNT Has Put 32 Football Walk-Ons On Scholarship in 4 Seasons

Great story. McCarney is the Anti-Saban.

posted by beaverboard at 10:33 AM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Roger Federer has KP beat by a mile. His monogrammed courtside ensembles feature a variety of logoture, including a crest on the blazer he sometimes wears at trophy presentations when he's still all sweated up. The script elegantly done in cream and gold. Put him on a butler's cart and roll him down the hall and it looks like room service at a 5 star hotel.

Then there's TW. That's a rigid, fugly logo that would lock up anyone's back just looking at it. No wonder his swing's gone to hell.

posted by beaverboard at 09:14 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The burgeoning Aussie Hayne may well make the 49ers squad on merit alone and then be overworked due to severe personnel shortages. Don't be surprised to see him at linebacker, as the team seems to have lost about 30 men at that position due to retirement, injury, dismissal, and arrest.

Right now, the Niners could field a 4-1-6 defense with Bowman as the lone linebacker as long as his repaired leg holds up.

As for Sav Rocca's brother Anthony, his failure to stay on and take hold in the NFL was chalked up to homesickness, when in fact it might have simply been a feeling of urgent need to leave Philadelphia, destination regardless. Which is not uncommon, and is easily explained.

posted by beaverboard at 01:16 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Does anyone hold the naming rights to the Basin Reserve?

posted by beaverboard at 08:01 AM on August 26

Peyton Manning Has No Feeling In His Fingertips

Orange ist das neue schwarz.

posted by beaverboard at 12:43 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

But I think that was in regard to the story about the Pats filming the Rams walkthrough before the SB way back when. Not about the bullshit 2 PSI shortfall in ball inflation levels pertaining to deflategate that ESPN rushed to the forefront with and then never retracted.

I am following the Berman hearing like a hawk. Among other things, I want to see ESPN honchos living out of a shipping container in Ft. Lee by the time all the suits are filed and the dust settles.

I don't know if Kraft can ever get his 1 mil and draft choices back. But simply firing Goodell would not be nearly enough payback at this point. I want ISIS to come get him.

posted by beaverboard at 12:40 PM on August 20

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

Where do I post a photo of the tennis bracelet and gift basket I got from Cat Zingano?

The hotel concierge told me I looked like I needed medical attention.

posted by beaverboard at 09:47 AM on August 17

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

My most demanding and time consuming volunteer roles have absolutely been related to youth sport. Because of the fucking grown ups. I have never had a kid cause me indigestion or a sleepless night. Or hours needlessly wasted over senseless, avoidable drama.

No mention here of the sport and the age group with Harrison's kids. Sometimes, the trophies are especially important because the sport is mixed gender.

U7 and U8 boys playing on mixed gender soccer teams are ball hogs and showboats. The girls need those trophies to help validate the experience after all the bullshit they put up with for an entire season.

That's why I love coaching U10 girls soccer. Especially with mostly or all 3rd graders just coming into the age division. This is the time of year when we have our first practices before the fall season. And I tell them: it took a few years, but we finally got rid of the boys and this is your game now. We jump right into the team building drills.

(Young parents looking at and listening to an old man telling this stuff to their daughters and shaking their heads...then they see what we do.)

posted by beaverboard at 08:00 PM on August 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Don't look now, but Y.E. Yang is currently one stroke behind the leaders at the PGA.

Nice article on Yang and the memorable beginning of Tiger's Untergang here.

posted by beaverboard at 12:07 PM on August 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Things are not looking well for the NFL in the latest chapter of the deflation proceedings. Tom Brady needs to help the cause by not giving the NYC press any more Christian Slater photo ops.

posted by beaverboard at 01:34 PM on August 13

All 15 MLB Home Teams Won Last Night -- Setting a Record

This may just be a warm up for a more compelling statistical analysis, which would be:

How many days in a row will all Canadian MLB teams win their games, regardless of whether home or away?

posted by beaverboard at 09:49 AM on August 13

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

If William Faulkner were alive and working as a sportswriter, he would be obsessed with the AFC East. There is no division more incestuous and filled with intrigue.

It's gotten to the point where if headline grabbers such as Revis, Jonathan Martin, or Welker leave the division, something seems horribly wrong and unnatural.

The "Real Housewives" producers need to do an AFC East reality show entitled "Exes and Oafs". While Parcells is still ambulatory.

posted by beaverboard at 07:36 AM on August 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

While Jets fans probably feel compelled to wear paper bags over their heads at the present moment, the Dallas Cowboys are busy making a different sort of name for themselves in this area.

posted by beaverboard at 11:30 AM on August 12

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

Neil O'Donnell has just taken out a restraining order on Bill Cowher retroactive to January 1996.

posted by beaverboard at 10:26 AM on August 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Pandora has done left the building.

I'll have to check the gift shop at the Philadelphia Patrolmen's Association office to see if there's a Phillies cap that looks like a fan threw up on it.

posted by beaverboard at 07:20 PM on August 11

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

With fans like this, who needs Enemkpalis?

posted by beaverboard at 04:24 PM on August 11

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

Enemkpali has garnered little attention this offseason, but he could be the talk of town by the end of training camp


I wonder if IK is in Rex's Rolodex.

posted by beaverboard at 02:29 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I picture these being sold at the historically named rest stops along the NJTP.

It would be interesting if every team did this. I would buy at least one item from the Pittsburgh Pirates Dock Ellis Collection.

posted by beaverboard at 08:58 AM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That's the cap they wore during the Horace Clarke era.

posted by beaverboard at 08:46 AM on August 11

Texans RB, Arian Foster Publically Declares Himself an Atheist

posted by beaverboard at 07:21 PM on August 07

Texans RB, Arian Foster Publically Declares Himself an Atheist

Anticipating that Rev. Pat Robertson will weigh in with a divine interpretation of Foster's recent groin injury.

posted by beaverboard at 01:18 PM on August 07

Drone footage

Drone: I hollered "Noooo!" at the monitor

First person: I literally couldn't watch

Cautious cam: I hung in there OK for a little while

I'm fine watching wingsuit guys zoom through canyons and Danny MacAskill work his magic on castle walls, but I can't handle the Sedona biking thing.

Hard to believe I used to climb around on rooftops for a summer job without thinking anything of it. I can barely wash an upstairs window without getting the shakes at this point.

On edit: I think I'd be perfectly fine watching someone fall agonizingly from a lofty place. As long as it was Roger Goodell. All the way to the bottom.

posted by beaverboard at 11:49 AM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Skilled women prank the men.

posted by beaverboard at 07:48 AM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Rex Ryan may be thinking about getting another shoulder tattoo.

(But she won't be wearing a Matt Cassel jersey).

posted by beaverboard at 09:15 AM on August 05

No Voter Approval Needed to Spend Public Money on New Rams Stadium

I guess this would be the logical next step in the lunacy of publicly funded major league pro sports facilities, but still -- there's no way to properly describe how criminally idiotic this is.

In terms of any possible public outrage this might generate, it couldn't happen to a nicer league.

posted by beaverboard at 10:15 AM on August 04

The IOC announces Beijing as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

How cold can they get the insides of those air conditioned World Cup soccer stadiums in Qatar?

posted by beaverboard at 04:06 PM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

Only two places competed for the 2022 winter games, and it seems like the IOC was lucky to have that many interested parties.

May soon come a time when the IOC will be begging prospective host cities to bid for the games.

posted by beaverboard at 11:38 AM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

I've been worried that some kayaker will run his boat smack into a large floating hunk of hardened bikini wax during a preliminary heat.

Meanwhile, for visionaries like the Wizard of Redmond:

Thar's Gold In Them Thar Filth

(and maybe bronze and silver too)

posted by beaverboard at 09:24 PM on July 30

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

That is correct. And the PA was outmaneuvered in that regard.

posted by beaverboard at 06:55 PM on July 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It's been over 20 years...

I think that for some people, that Series still seems like it was yesterday.

(Caution, high degree of slurrage).

posted by beaverboard at 02:22 PM on July 30

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

I don't know all the particulars of the suspension. Is Brady allowed to attend training camp if he's suspended?

If not, then a good plan would be to contest the ban now and get an injunction allowing him to train with the team, then drop the suit at the end of pre-season and serve the first four games.

Personally, I'd like to see Garoppolo play the away game against Buffalo. I think that would be a fair test.

The Pats catch a few scheduling breaks: not having to go to Miami in Sept. (or Jax for that matter) when daytime game temps are still in the upper 80's or worse; hosting the warm weather Dolphins at night in late Oct. and Titans in late Dec.; traveling to balmy Houston and Miami in Dec. and Jan.

If the Pats somehow won 3 of the first 4 games and Garoppolo was playing well, if I were the Pats, I would not put Brady on the field in Game 5. Have him in uniform and on the sidelines throughout the game. With no explanation what the fuck so ever to anyone. Let em wonder and let em talk. Don't announce the starter. Just send Jimmy out there without a word. Take that Pats at Colts mega rematch prime time night game national ratings blockbuster and shove it up Goodell's image and market-minded behind.

The correlation between the suspension and the season schedule is no accident. Why help the damn league coin an extra layer of money off of such a contrivance and affront?

Even have Tom warm up a few times on the sideline to get the announcers dripping saliva on their game notes, then have him go sit back down on the bench.

posted by beaverboard at 10:17 AM on July 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I didn't realize until yesterday that Papelbon is both the Sox and Phillies career saves leader. I suppose he's got a shot at accomplishing that in DC as well.

If he focuses on the business at hand and doesn't get too many ejections.

posted by beaverboard at 11:44 AM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Camp opens tomorrow. I'm not sure whether to think "well, at least Goodell got this done before camp started", or "Goodell waited until the last possible moment before the start of camp to rule on this".

If Goodell had not issued a decision today and forced Belichick to prepare 2 QB's all through camp and then upheld Brady's suspension after the final pre-season game, Belichick would have made plans to eat Goodell's liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

posted by beaverboard at 06:04 PM on July 28

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Goodell upholds Tom Brady's suspension. So his maybe having something to do with some deflated footballs is in effect equal to Greg Hardy's proven assault and threat to kill.

posted by beaverboard at 03:09 PM on July 28

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

NoMich will be OK. Maddux will be looking for him in the Upper Peninsula, not knowing that he's actually in North Caro...oh shit, stop, what am I doing?

posted by beaverboard at 09:16 PM on July 27

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

This is cutting into Greg Biggio's moment in the spotlight.

posted by beaverboard at 02:40 PM on July 27

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

Don't hope him. Let him sofa.

posted by beaverboard at 01:31 PM on July 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

If he keeps playing like that, Herrera has a chance to be part of something special: the Phillies' all time dream defensive outfield with Luzinski and Incaviglia.

posted by beaverboard at 10:05 AM on July 26

NFL limits Junior Seau's daughter to video voiceover at HoF induction

Pro football has become downright archdiocesan in the skill category known as "What can we do to consistently and dependably keep making things worse than they already are?"

posted by beaverboard at 01:16 PM on July 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Tim Howard:

"I spoke to coach Klinsmann and we have had open lines of communication as recently as last week. We spoke but obviously they are very busy with the Gold Cup at the moment.

"We will speak again after that tournament finishes and I will make myself available for selection. We will see where we go from there."

Note to Tim: call Klinsmann right now, while Guzan is having a shaky go with the Jamaican set pieces.

posted by beaverboard at 07:18 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Imagine the carnage if they still had Kessel.

posted by beaverboard at 10:10 AM on July 22

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform

Can't quite see from the photo, but I'm assuming the size of the shorts will be more in keeping with current fashion.

I may be the only person who found the movie "Hoosiers" to be pretty lame and predictable. I had heard so many good things about it, I was sure it was going to change my life in some meaningful way. Did not happen.

Gene Hackman kissing Barbara Hershey? How do those two belong together by any stretch of the imagination? It was clear they were heading for contact from the first moment they encountered each other, in a clumsily scripted way. I squirmed just as I did when John Wayne kissed Angie Dickinson in Rio Bravo.

I'd love to see the Pacers schedule an Old Timers game in the throwback unis. Because I want to see Rik Smits take the floor in shiny gold shorts and above-the-knee black summer tourist stockings. He always looked like he was visiting the Acropolis with three cameras around his neck, and a fanny pack full of travel tissues and sunscreen.

posted by beaverboard at 12:29 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I also have not been disappointed in the ESPN coverage at various times. The absence of the hushed reverence is refreshing. Lord knows what sort of deferential apologist Jim Nantz would have been for the way the tournament was managed on Friday night and Saturday morning.

One of the things I like best about the coverage is that the crew misses no opportunity to give the course at Chambers Bay the hell it deserves. They are not done with hauling that place over the coals by a long stretch.

When St. Andrews was playing nasty tricks during the high wind, Chambers Bay was mentioned and one of the commentators said "at least this place has real grass". All the mikes must have been on, because 5 or 6 people laughed heartily at that one.

posted by beaverboard at 12:55 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I never worried about what the post-Tiger golf landscape would look like, but I did think there would be this sleep inducing interim vanilla period where we would have to watch a bunch of Lee Westwoods go at it.

I didn't think things would become this compelling this quickly. That's a hell of a board they've got stacked up there. Although the producer has seemed to be indifferent to showing Leishman for reasons unknown.

I still can't believe the scoring surges that have gone on. One of the best was on Friday as darkness was descending when Matsuyama and several other guys were shooting lights out.

I got caught staring at the scotch selection in the local liquor store yesterday by a curious neighbor. I was lookin' for a wee bit o' Black Grouse oor Monkey Shoulder. Found neither. A lad can only watch so many Glenmorangie ads before succumbing to temptation.

Will the guardians of the legacy at St. Andrews decide they've made the Old Course too playable and put back some of the high gorse and devil up the bunkers?

posted by beaverboard at 12:44 PM on July 20

Cowboys, Yankees Most Valuable U.S. Sports Teams

How much of Jerry Jones' profitability is due to the residents of Arlington being willing to devote tax revenue to his lavish stadium project rather than to essential municipal investments and infrastructure?

It will be interesting to see if the Washington NFL franchise holds value going forward barring any changes to their naming, branding, etc.

Surprising to see the small market Packers included in the Top 50. Also surprising to see the Titans and Panthers up there.

The value of Ballmer's NBA team is only 400 million shy of what he paid for it.

posted by beaverboard at 06:01 PM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I watched the early morning restart of the second round of the British Open during the overnight hours (US time). That was a mess.

When the announcement was made that the final round would be played Monday, one of the ESPN guys said he fully supported a Monday finish, saying it was fitting for such a venerable tournament to crown a champion under proper circumstances.

My immediate thought was that such a venerable tournament also deserved better decision making and course management than it got last night and early this morning. All talk of proper circumstances is a bit hollow at this point.

This whole business seemed to hinge on the decision to get Tom Watson's final Open round finished last night at all cost. When they went through the major weather delay yesterday, they should have moved Watson's starting time up so his celebratory final Open round didn't affect the decision making for all the other groups. If the whole Watson thing was that important to them.

If DJ, Lawrie, Oost, Schwartzel, Day, or Matsuyama end up losing the tournament because of the continuance of play into darkness yesterday and/or the botched restart this morning, due to dropped strokes or missed scoring opportunities, that would be horrendous. The R&A had better hope that a clear cut champion is crowned, preferably with more than a 1 stroke margin. If any of those guys prevail, it will be in spite of how the tournament was managed.

posted by beaverboard at 11:25 AM on July 18

Colin Cowherd Leaving ESPN

I'm not sure that "upstaged" is the correct term for it.

posted by beaverboard at 03:28 PM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Just finding out something grum already knew:

Trout has now hit for the cycle in sequential order in his first at bats in the last 4 All Star games.

posted by beaverboard at 10:35 AM on July 15

USA 1-1 Panama

With both Donald Trump and Chapo Guzman now roaming at large, regional fairness is bound to be among the first casualties.

posted by beaverboard at 03:23 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I wonder if there's still time to slide Jordan into a computerized cameo as sky chum in "Sharknado 3".

Ann Coulter to Cuban: "Stop shooting Mr. President. Let them finish #6 while you reload".

posted by beaverboard at 10:33 AM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Cuban is trying to get him booked on the sister ship of the Costa Concordia.

Or any of those overbooked budget boats with the organisms in the water supply.

DeAndre also needs to work on his contractual and foundation court skills, so after he's done with the high seas, if he's smart, he'll enroll in a summer improvement program.

posted by beaverboard at 10:57 AM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

JPP has a strong cause for a lawsuit against the medical facility whose record Schefter shared

Blabbing Peter to Pay Paul

posted by beaverboard at 11:11 PM on July 09

Oakland Raiders Great Kenny 'The Snake' Stabler Dies

What a drag. I loved the Raiders even before Madden got there. Their league title game against the Oilers that sent them to SB II made a religion out of the old AFL for me. Just completely captured my imagination.

When the Raiders first took out Lamonica and put Stabler in a game, I was thinking, WTF? A left handed guy I had never seen play in the pros before? The first pass I saw him throw changed my mind right away. He threw such a pretty ball. The mechanics, the way that tight spiral came out, the accuracy...I could watch that all day. He didn't sling the ball. He directed it.

When people ask me "when were the 70's over?", sometimes I reply: "when the Raiders traded Ken Stabler to Houston for Dan freaking Pastorini".

posted by beaverboard at 10:42 PM on July 09

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

Any bad blood between Ballmer and Cuban that comes out of the DeAndre thing is going to be a dream come true for the demented yakkers at ESPN and elsewhere. Every time I think (hope) that they are going to run out of reasons to justify their existence, shit happens and life proves me wrong.

posted by beaverboard at 10:00 PM on July 08

Federal Judge Orders Cancellation of Redskins Trademarks

I'm concerned that the team will keep all the branding imagery, etc., and just do a name change to Warriors or something similar. Even though Snyder has long said never ever to changing the name.

posted by beaverboard at 11:07 AM on July 08