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Member since: April 27, 2007
Last visit: February 14, 2016

beaverboard has posted 15 links and 3692 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

Recent Links

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

Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies

This may also end up impacting Archie's position and stature with the NFF and the College Football HOF.

But then again, perhaps not, as those organizations themselves have not been the squeakiest of clean over the years.

On a character basis, the top of the 1998 NFL draft is looking more and more like some of the choices that Louisiana voters have found themselves facing over the years.

posted by beaverboard at 10:54 AM on February 14

Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies

As of this evening, searching for "Manning HGH" brings up top results that all refer to this story, and not the supplements.

SI, SN, Fox and others are working on it. Of course, the Denver Post and Peter King are more concerned with who is going to sign Osweiler and for how much.

For sheer uninhibited vitriol and punch factor, Chris Kluwe's twitter account is the place to be.

posted by beaverboard at 08:49 PM on February 13

Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies

If this gains more traction, neither Archie nor Peyton will be going anywhere near a broadcast studio in the future.

Waiting to see where/when/if the first Peyton ads get pulled. Hopefully, the "This is Sportscenter" all-Manning spots are already DQ'ed.

I would think most people of the Mannings' stature would be content to pay the lawyers and get the original complaint suppressed and buried. But apparently, the Mannings are not most people. Why simply safeguard your reputation by any slimeball means necessary and quietly move on when you can violate a confidentiality agreement while trying to further burnish the family name?

posted by beaverboard at 03:34 PM on February 13

The Wow Factor

This gives another angle on the true cost to the owners of the Goodell commissionership. While Goodell was distracted and occupied once again grossly mishandling a critical situation (Ray Rice), this process got out of hand and he showed no ability to gain any sort of control over it thereafter.

Once all the filings pursuant to Deflategate and other debacles are over and done with, it would be interesting to run a tally to see how many billions Goodell's presence and management style (or lack thereof) has cost the league, both directly and indirectly. He has a knack for compounding one mess with another; none of them end simply or inexpensively in terms of money, public perception, or prestige.

If the NFL was being run on a cash basis with no payment trails out of a private hangar at LaGuardia Airport, Goodell would have been rolled up in a rug and double bunked with Jimmy Hoffa a long time ago.

I hope Don Shula is getting a piece of the NFL owners' steakhouse action.

posted by beaverboard at 11:02 AM on February 12

Texans Owner Robert McNair: Cherokees Can't Hold Their Whiskey

posted by beaverboard at 10:12 AM on February 10

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

Peyton knew what was riding on this game. Broncos glory? His own legacy and a storybook career ending? To hell with that.

To the victors go the spoils.

There must be one massive piss-a-thon going on right now in Azerbaijan with the jettisoned cases of Panthers title beer, being hosted by that nation's most deserving people.

Peyton may have upset a lot of brewmanic Coloradans with his Bud plug, to the point where the state's hallowed source of Rocky Mountain spring water may be put under armed guard for local use only.

Which is too bad for Busch, because the way they brew their beer, they need all the extra water they can get.

posted by beaverboard at 10:24 PM on February 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

I've submitted my name in nomination for the Gov. John Kasich Prize, awarded to the SpoFi contestant who displays a resolute determination to consistently remain mid-pack.

In my upcoming "Pick 'Em Pelotonics" instructional DVD, one of my principal play-it-safe teaching points will be: No Locks, No Bagels.

posted by beaverboard at 04:28 PM on February 08

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

It only took the revenue from selling 55 tickets to fund the cost of the special Super Bowl 50 turf at Levi's stadium. And it showed. Bogus, slippery shit.

posted by beaverboard at 03:57 PM on February 08

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

Speaking of monetary compensation, the national anthem stadium flyovers do not cost the league one cent. A request is put in to the particular service branch by the league and the flyover is considered part of flight training and pilot hours requirements. It's designated as a training exercise and budgeted for.

For everything else related to the connection between the NFL and the military, the damn league charges the armed forces up the behind for the privilege of being associated with pro football.

Wherever Denver's Budweiser was being poured last night, Jordan Norwood must have been hearing it big time from his teammates about being caught from behind by DE Mario Addison during his record setting punt return. Addison looked like was running the anchor lap of an Olympic 4 x 100 relay. Great form and mechanics.

posted by beaverboard at 01:31 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There was a point in the game at which I would have touted Kony Ealy for MVP. If not for the heroics of Von Miller & Co., he could have been a latter day Chuck Howley: MVP for the losing team in an uninspiring, error-filled game.

posted by beaverboard at 10:31 PM on February 07

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Denver by 4 (27-23 with Gano missing a PAT)

Total score: 50

First FG: McManus
First TD: Funchess
QB with most passing yards: Newton
Player with most rushing yards: Newton...(by design via Wade Phillips' game plan)
Player with most receiving yards: G. Olsen
Player with sack: Wolfe
Player with interception: K. Coleman
Player with first turnover: Ginn Jr.
Game MVP: Emmanuel Sanders
SpoFi contest winner: tommytrump

posted by beaverboard at 06:02 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think that anyone wearing either a Tasker or Don Beebe Bills jersey ought to be exempt from grief no matter what bar they go to.

posted by beaverboard at 04:32 PM on February 05

Toronto Maple Leafs Adopt New Logo

I'll be curious to see how they modify the rest of the jersey

I missed this when it first got posted, but Uni Watch held a contest to let some of their folks have a crack at a Toronto makeover.

posted by beaverboard at 06:18 PM on February 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

There have been several of these Super Bowl game rankings published in the run up to SB 50. It's like the massive revisiting of the Kennedy assassination in 2013.

I haven't totally agreed with any of the rankings that I've seen. But that's why they do them.

At least this guy admits to not taking himself overly seriously and also freely admits the absence of scientific method. And he says he isn't swayed toward favoring the more recent games, which is usually my main complaint.

At this point, my first instinct is to scroll down to see what the worst game is in the ranking. Then I can get a sense of the author's perspective.

I think my least favorite Super Bowl was the Ravens over the Giants. It seemed to have been played under dim interior lighting. It was grim and joyless. I can't remember any redeeming stories emerging from it. Neither of the opposing coaches ever held a head coaching position again (for better or worse). The league and the game itself just seemed to disappear down a dark hole. I was glad when Monday arrived the next day.

I don't know what my favorite one was. I've watched all of them and I associate where I was and what I was doing with the game itself. I watched SB XII, which is ranked #49 here, in the basement of a raucous college town student bar, and we all hollered for joy when Norris Weese was sent in for Craig Morton. The announcer intoned: "Weese, we are told, makes things happen". To which the room erupted in reply: "make it happen, baby!!!". So I remember that crazed energy more than how bad the game might have been.

I'm just now remembering that there wasn't a woman in that room at any time throughout the game. Just a bunch of young, screaming guys. It may be one of the most urgently male saturated events I've ever taken part in. The local police could have just sealed the building, had food and toilet paper sent in, and then rested assured that if they relaxed their 24 hour street patrols, they could have confidence in the safety of the community at large.

posted by beaverboard at 03:26 PM on February 04

Toronto Maple Leafs Adopt New Logo

I lined up the three logos and compared them and I have to say I do like the new one. Less busy than the classic older one it refers to. And I didn't realize how little I cared for the logo they just retired until I saw the three way comparison.

There are so many times when teams don't get logo changes right, but I think this one is well done. Considering it's intended use, I like the new one best of all.

posted by beaverboard at 08:37 PM on February 03