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New York Times to begin charging for online access: On March 28th, the NY Times will institute a pay wall and begin charging frequent readers of its content for online access via digital subscriptions. If they are successful and other content providers follow suit, the economic landscape of online content will change. How will this affect SpoFi and the linking to online content? When more online content sources have pay walls, SpoFi members may be able to continue following links to content without having to pay for the access, but will this coming transition end up imposing restrictions and/or an economic burden on SpoFi itself?

posted by beaverboard to general at 10:50 AM on March 19 - 5 comments

Income Inequality and the Superstar Effect: An article that goes beyond the sheer dollar amounts paid to top athletes (and executives) and examines the broader impact that megasalaries have on economies and societies at large.

posted by beaverboard to general at 06:32 AM on December 28 - 2 comments

Shaq is now a Green man.: Shaq is now preparing his own letter of farewell and thanks to the Cleveland fans after signing with the Boston Celtics.

posted by beaverboard to basketball at 05:50 PM on August 04 - 17 comments

College coach supports theft and suppression of news: College football coach Guy Morriss is fully in favor of his team's recent student newspaper caper, and feels that his players' actions are beneficial to the team.

posted by beaverboard to football at 12:46 AM on March 04 - 6 comments

RIP Mosi Tatupu: Former Patriots' stalwart Mosi Tatupu passed away earlier today. He was a fan favorite during his playing days. One of the most remarkable things about Tatupu was that, despite his Pacific island background, he was one of the Pats' best winter weather players. Somehow he almost always managed to keep his feet under him, even in blizzard conditions. Condolences to Lofa and family.

posted by beaverboard to football at 12:56 PM on February 24 - 10 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Bummed that Jonas Gray is inactive for today's game. I envisioned Blount being either ineffective or getting dinged up and Gray coming in to do what he does.

Critical factor in the game might be a key injury here or there.

posted by beaverboard at 11:18 AM on February 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Do they also have to leave the room if they hear Al Michaels say: "Do you believe in miracles?"

posted by beaverboard at 10:01 AM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Air was intentionally removed from the Patriots balls in violation of a league rule.

Where is the evidence of this? That someone in the Pats organization physically removed air from the footballs after the refs checked them over pre-game.

There is plenty of sound reasoning to suggest that the balls simply lost pressure when they were brought outside from a warm environment.

Why were the Colts' footballs not deflated? Because perhaps they are not as detail oriented and hadn't thought of inflating the balls to the bare minimum indoors and then bringing them outdoors. I admire the heck out of Chuck Pagano, but he is not going to out-detail Bill Belichick.

Maybe Andrew Luck prefers a fully inflated football.

Maybe Luck prefers a freakin' OVERINFLATED football a la Aaron Rodgers and Indy's overpumped footballs lost pressure outdoors and fell back within the league specs when they were measured.

The NFL has no more idea of how fully inflated the Colts balls were before the game than they do of how pumped up the Pats balls were.

The Pats saw that the league was asleep at the switch on game ball management and decided to provide their QB with footballs to his liking without breaking league rules by letting the outdoor atmosphere take care of business for them.

I'll bet they didn't do any fancy scientific calculations like some people have done after the fact.

"Hey Tom, were those game balls spongy enough?"

"Not quite. Looks like it's only going to be around 50 degrees at game time. Maybe warm them up a bit more before you give them to the refs to check. That should just about do it."

"But Tom, what if the game balls aren't quite soft enough by game time or at halftime?"

"Well then, we'll just take whatever balls we got on hand no matter how hard or soft they are and go out and kick their ass in the second half".

The more anyone discusses this, us or anyone else, the more it will become clear that the whole basis of this is sheer ineptitude on the part of the NFL. They are now sitting behind closed doors wondering how they could have ever been stupid enough to not see the need to manage game balls the same way they manage the kicking balls.

The inverse principle to "If you're so smart, how come you ain't rich?" is:

"As stupid and clueless as you are, how can you be making so much goddamned money?"

Or, even worse: the league knew that game balls were being messed with and just let it go.

"Gentlemen, until video footage emerges showing that a team ballboy sucker punched a bunch of footballs in a hotel elevator, this is a non-issue".

I used to think this story was reminiscent of the 1983 America's Cup, where Australia found and exploited an opportunity in the rigid 12 meter yacht competition rules to create the famous winged keel.

But that battle was won in a design shop and a float tank by sheer brilliance and innovation. This is different. This is back pocket shit done without closely monitored parameters, and for all we know, this battle was fought in a fucking clothes dryer in the laundry room.

posted by beaverboard at 06:56 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I still go back to the K ball situation. The NFL became aware that kicking teams were altering their own kicking balls, and decided to place all K balls under direct league supervision. End of problem.

They chose not to do anything about the game balls. They were aware that various teams do various things to their game balls and chose not to address it.

They're only addressing it now because their hand was forced, and they realize that the more that becomes known about the whole business of how game balls have been dealt with up to now, the more the public will see that the league has been negligent and irresponsible. So I don't blame them for not being more visible and vigorous about pursuing this. The harder they push, the worse they will look in the end.

If the Pats are guilty of taking advantage of the league's dereliction to suit their own competitive purposes, then the league is guilty of being lax and indifferent about game balls to begin with when they knew better from prior experience.

posted by beaverboard at 02:12 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Have we worn it out yet? If not, here's more postulating from whiteboard wizards. Who seem to have their ducks in better alignment.

Including a guy who looks startlingly like Cumberbatch.

(Enigma? Belichick? How did we get here?)

posted by beaverboard at 01:31 AM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Putin should seize this golden opportunity to annex Kazakhstan while the entire US is totally preoccupied with the Pats' ball scandal and otherwise sensible people are clinging like shipwrecked survivors to the scientific flotsam of these charlatans.

posted by beaverboard at 10:56 AM on January 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

RIP Bill Monbouquette, a Boston legend.

From the NYT obit, a snippet of Monbo's retelling of how he struck out Luis Aparicio to wrap up his no-hitter. I just about croaked when I got to the historical reference.

"It was Aug 1, 1962," Monbouquette recalled to The Boston Globe in 2008. "I had Aparicio 0 and 2 and threw him a slider off the plate. He tried to hold up, and I thought he went all the way. The umpire, Bill McKinley, called it a ball, and as I was getting the ball back from the catcher, someone shouted from the stands, They shot the wrong McKinley.' I had to back off the mound because I had a little chuckle to myself."

posted by beaverboard at 07:11 PM on January 28

College Football Playoff Pressured to Change Dates

Although there's something horribly wrong yet wonderfully perverse about the idea of Nick Saban getting bumped from a time slot by the likes of Kathy Griffin, in general, the fargin' countdown shows can go lower their loins into a Slurpee.

posted by beaverboard at 06:53 PM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I found my mailbox about an hour ago.

I found the post late last night.

I want to stop digging because I'm afraid I'll unearth a well preserved hominid and then I'll be obliged to do an on-camera interview with Geraldo.

posted by beaverboard at 06:45 PM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

my kitchen has been taken over while the young'uns bake cookies, and the TV is stuck on chick flicks

I had the same problem. Only one child left still living at home; she's a senior in high school. And in full charge of the TV.

Gilmore Girls isn't over. They're just not making any new episodes.

If I call "The Blind Side" a chick flick just because Sandra, the matron saint of chick flicks is in it, nobody will get to watch it.

If my neighbor, who was snowblowing at the same time I was, had come over to ask me why I seemed to be attacking the snow with such vigor and relish, I would have told him that after watching just 20 minutes of Fashion Police, I felt like I was fully capable of indiscriminate aggravated assault.

posted by beaverboard at 08:43 AM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

grum, I feel your pain, because who has ever had to replace a shear bolt in conditions other than the frozen hell you perfectly described.

my plow hit SOMETHING under the snow

Local wags are fond of saying that their snowblowers can handle a daily newspaper without too much trouble, but aren't quite up to the challenge of swallowing the Sunday paper.

Whenever I find myself outdoors on my hands and knees in the snow, bare fingered, and cursing cold metal while trying to revive a piece of equipment, I remind myself of the Nova episode entitled "B29 Frozen in Time". The discovery, salvage, and restoration of an abandoned and long forgotten bomber on a frozen lake bed in Greenland. The only way to get the plane out of there was to make it airworthy and fly it out after having sat there for 50 or so years. Only way to reach the lake bed was via a vintage Caribou supply/transport aircraft.

I recommend this episode to all who haven't seen it. Viewable online at YouTube and elsewhere. Provides a healthy, hearty dose of perspective whenever you fancy yourself as doing something heroically resourceful or think you have problems that no one else could comprehend or endure. (Those who have seen it, please don't reveal the ending to those who haven't seen it.)

I'll bet that all the race teams that participate in the 24 Hours of LeMons have probably seen that show.

posted by beaverboard at 04:28 PM on January 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

yerfatma, my average measured snow height during round one was 32". Just above the top of the gas tank on my venerable rebuilt snowblower. I'm halfway between Bost. and Worcester. I think you and Howard have it worse.

Beautiful snow to blow. The powder swirls and envelops the adventurer. You feel like you're backstage with Duff McKagan.

Dale Jr. sez: yer snowblower oal may be OK for the time being, but check them belts and shear bolts.

My local power equipment parts place has all their replacement belts hung from an old ceiling beam way overhead. It took me years of handing them my money before they let me get the pistol grip pole picker snatch grabber from its secret hiding place and take belts down from the display all by myself. I felt like I'd been ushered into a secret brotherhood. I think there's a membership initiation. You have to prove that you own and regularly listen to the classic Best of Bobby Goldsboro collection on 8 track.

posted by beaverboard at 02:53 PM on January 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Just completed round one of significant snow removal in pastoral New England. New York is spared the worst but the more Northerly states suffer - that feels like a couple of recent Super Bowl outcomes. The Belgian ale and Polish potato vodka that I buried in the snow in the overnight have been retrieved and are not being taken for granted. The goal is to become temporarily DQ'ed from being able to operate power equipment. Temporarily.

I never ever want to be in a position where the good people of Buffalo feel sorry for me. We're nowhere near that yet. I could show up at Howard or yerfatma's place with my dog toting a small keg of brandy under her chin if it gets worse. I just need to line up a couple of sponsors.

I do resent how anything over 12" of snow in the nation's media and financial epicenter in the Northeast is a national crisis, whereas up to 5 feet around the Great Lakes is just another day at the office. Those people don't count?

Having grown up in Florida, I hate it when they frickin' name a storm in January. Hurricane season ends in late November. And it's even worse when they dip into Roman mythology. Winter Storm Juno? Really? Let's have a real live woman's name. OK, or man's name. I'll bet there are darned few babies in the South that have been named Camille since 1969. Or Hugo for that matter. I had the most wonderful GF named Katrina at one time and I feel very bad that her name got dragged through so much human misery.

This is properly "huddle" venting, but if it carries on too much further, I may have to file under the 'Extreme" category.

posted by beaverboard at 01:11 PM on January 27

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

Tyson bungles science of Deflate-gate scandal

posted by beaverboard at 10:08 PM on January 26

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

Tyson doesn't specify the measurement scale and may not have employed accurate discrepancy data in psi. His 15% number casually tossed into a tweet without references is happy hour finger food bullshit.

We've talked about the warm room/hot air proposition.

FWIW, 125 degree air is not hard to achieve. Anyone who has operated an underpowered, small displacement air compressor knows that those things cycle on and off almost continuously just trying to keep the air hose pressurized.

Air compressors can get damn hot. The air can too. For the true air sleuth, the telltale clue would be trace amounts (or more) of oil, which can be smelled for one thing as air is let out of a pressurized enclosure. Some oil tends to migrate into the air line when a compressor pump head gets a bit overheated. Basic small compressors don't have fancy filtering apparatus and let the oil into the air fairly readily.

Of course, the refs weren't letting air out of the Pats' balls. They were busy putting more air in.

Where are those game balls now? If we're going to get uber technical with the postulations, how has the physical evidence been handled from the first moment someone took action on this during the AFC title game? I don't get a sense that this thing has been handled in a tidy, ironclad manner. The overall feel of this is not that far removed from the Secret Service balling up and tossing Kennedy's clothes into the back of the Lincoln after the autopsy at Parkland.

posted by beaverboard at 07:32 PM on January 26