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Member since: April 27, 2007
Last visit: March 21, 2018

beaverboard has posted 18 links and 4516 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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Fools Rush In Where Scots and Augusta Members Fear To Tread: Notes and wanderings from the Waste Management Phoenix Open

posted by beaverboard to golf at 10:19 AM on February 28 - 1 comment

111 NFL Brains Examined By Neuropathologist: All but one were found to have CTE.

posted by beaverboard to football at 12:24 PM on July 25 - 5 comments

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

Recent Comments

Former Bills GM Bill Polian is the co-founder of a new football league

Wish they'd started up this year. They could have saved the NFL some monetary nausea by signing Kirk To Enterprise Cousins and Sam Bankroll Bradford.

posted by beaverboard at 02:25 PM on March 21

Greg Schiano's Kickoff Idea Takes Spotlight Again As The NCAA Mulls Over New Proposal

Memo to Brotherhood of Raiders Placekickers: Schiano and Polian are trying to eliminate your profession.

Do they send Janikowski or Cole Ford to take care of this little problem?

posted by beaverboard at 02:19 PM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

With Friend of Vegas Michael Jordan's former coach Leonard Hamilton on the sideline and Friend of Vegas Charles Barkley declaring at halftime that Florida State would win the game, and with the announcers made speechless as replays of some of the fouls called against Xavier in the second half showed the calls to be preposterously erroneous, and with some major contact at both ends not being whistled as fouls, any reasonable person can be forgiven for thinking that the spirit of Tim Donaghy was alive and well and comfortably represented in the building.

posted by beaverboard at 09:37 AM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There is currently a war going on for the soul of Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy.

Here's an entry that an ill-wisher posted on Kennedy's Wikipedia page recently:

Kennedy led A&M to a number five ranking early in the 2017-2018 season before a collapse of epic proportions. The team was heralded as the most talented A&M team ever assembled, but due to poor effort, lack of fundamentals, and bad coaching they turned out to be the most disappointing team in recent memory.

A short while ago, that was taken down and replaced with following:

Kennedy led A&M to a number five ranking early in the 2017-2018 season and the team finished with 20 regular season wins. The team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament to play North Carolina.

Then, that was taken down and the first entry reappeared. Then the second entry reappeared. Not sure who is going to win the battle. It could go on a while. If TAMU beats UNC, no telling what could happen.

posted by beaverboard at 06:24 PM on March 18

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

I had never heard of 1-24 Otterbein so I had to go to the linked page that grum so kindly provided.

Scrolling down their News Releases column, I came across the following entry:

Rob Purlee, who has coached Knox to nine wins in four seasons, is leaving to take a job on the Otterbein men's basketball staff

Once you have your standards and expectations set, you establish your continuity by hiring the right people.

I assume that it's a non-scholarship school and it costs over $30,000 a year to go there.

I can hear Warren Buffett now: "If you're determined to get educated on a spend-to-sweat basis, go to community college and get a gym membership".

posted by beaverboard at 03:00 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I think we've already reached the point where CBS has enough top shelf material for their One Shining Moment montage and if they wait till the end of the tournament to collect more footage they're going to break their video editing equipment.

I regained consciousness last night just in time to see UM deliver its game winning Poole dagger. You can not script this shit, even in childhood driveway dreams.

posted by beaverboard at 10:53 AM on March 18

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

I'm worried that grum is going to work up one of his indirect victory chains in reverse to show how truly bad this loss was. We'll probably find out that Virginia lost by association to a parochial school field hockey team.

- UMBC lost to Army 81-70

- Army lost to Binghamton 71-66

- Binghamton lost to UMass Lowell 79-71

- UMass Lowell lost to Sacred Heart 87-80

I have to stop there. I don't dare look further. Where's the stout and cabbage?

posted by beaverboard at 08:41 PM on March 17

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

Bennett needs a gunpowder guy to spark the team when things aren't clicking. Although John Thompson had an elite roster for several years, he couldn't win a championship at Georgetown without Michael Graham, who gave them that extra emotional and competitive gear they needed. If Graham had been on the team when Duke's Phil Henderson dunked over Alonzo Mourning, all hell would have broken loose.

You wouldn't want a player as problematic as Graham, but you would definitely want that intensity. It's a similar situation where the team is long on system and short on spontaneity. Sometimes you need to set aside the poise and discipline, step outside the system and just play ball more instinctively and freely. With passion.

Similar problem with the Peyton Manning Colts, another heavily scripted team. When the script ain't working, you need to be able to create and invent. Dungy's great Indy teams struggled to do that when they needed to.

I think there are a lot of families who would want their sons to play for Tony Bennett, and rightly so. He's a remarkable presence. But damn, coach, raise hell and throw your coat a little more often.

posted by beaverboard at 05:07 PM on March 17

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

This might end up being the year of dashing assumptions and playing with house money.

Federer at the Australian Open
Nick Foles vs. the Vikings and Pats
UMBC vs. Virginia

Could Tiger be next at Augusta?

posted by beaverboard at 11:56 AM on March 17

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

That was a spectacle to watch. Virginia will have to produce a monumental effort in some future tourney to counter the perception that they morph into mannequins in March.

Raftery's interesting comment was that the game was lost two days ago. It would be interesting to learn about Virginia's preparation for the game and whether or not they were thinking too much about the other heavies on their side of the bracket that they expected to face in the coming days.

Virginia looked like it was struggling against an unseen force and UMBC played in a magnificently loose and fearless manner. I had not realized that UMBC coach Ryan Odom is Dave Odom's son. Dave was highly regarded back in the days of the old ACC.

Now I want to see UMBC face Buffalo. That would be a ton of fun to watch. Nothing but Wildcats standing in the way of that happening.

posted by beaverboard at 01:29 AM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I only got to watch portions of the Buffalo - Arizona wipe out yesterday but good god what an effort Buffalo put on display. I couldn't believe their energy and fitness level - they were comfortable playing up and down the floor at top speed with no letup and no reduction of composure or skill level. They need to extend their strength and conditioning coach's current deal.

Regrettably, I couldn't avoid noticing that NoMich's dream of Carolina tournament supremacy has suffered a bit of a setback. The lonely Duke victory likely provided little consolation to the family.

posted by beaverboard at 08:45 AM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It won't be a non-profit once rcade's quarterly numbers come rolling in at the end of the month.

posted by beaverboard at 10:54 PM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Syracuse in the tournament is like the carpeting at Kennedy International Airport.

Been there a long time, painful to look at, and apparently not going anywhere.

posted by beaverboard at 10:13 AM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

While Kyrie is in knee-hab, he should not be allowed to read articles that refer to the "edge of the universe".

Unclear whether he should be allowed to read the interview with Tom Brady that quoted, in effect: "Yeah, we lost the Super Bowl. The sun came up the next morning".

posted by beaverboard at 12:27 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Note to the Kyrie Irving Astronomy Club: Stephen Hawking's death was announced on Einstein's birthday, which also happens to be pi day. Weird, huh?

posted by beaverboard at 12:23 PM on March 14