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beaverboard has posted 16 links and 4173 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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Michael Powell follows the sad, dirty trail of big time high school and college ball: For some prominent college coaches, the disheartening math seems to go as follows: win wherever and however you can, and hope that not all of your prior triumphs end up getting vacated.

posted by beaverboard to basketball at 02:02 PM on March 04 - 1 comment

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

Recent Comments

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

THE PATRIOTS, TOM BRADY AND THE GATHERING STORM

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

THE FUTURE OF FOOTBALL

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