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Member since: April 27, 2007
Last visit: April 17, 2014

beaverboard has posted 15 links and 2816 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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"What's a shork, for Christ's sake? A fuckin' midget with a dorsal fin? Was he on Ellen during Freak Week? Quit lookin' at me like that. What are you, a bouncer from a salad bar?"

- RIP Otto and George

posted by beaverboard at 11:42 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Flopping and the stretcher bearer and aerosol interludes that sometimes follow are the evil offspring of the continuous game clock. Everyone needs a breather now and then regardless of fitness level, so the players manufacture them. The episodes of phantom injury field theater then help create the evil grandchild, added stoppage time, which to a US viewer is disturbingly discretionary and opaque.

Often, it isn't clear that stoppage time will be added until near or even after the expiration of regulation time. Then, it is often not known at first how much stoppage time will be added. To top it off, there is often a time offset between when everyone expects the final whistle to be blown at the end of stoppage time and when it actually is blown. It's all rather casually scripted and apparently of secondary importance based on the way it's handled. And it's entirely out of the hands of the team managers trying to win the match.

We're accustomed to crisp, precise, accountable timekeeping that has a bearing on how the competition is conducted. We expect to see teams use the clock strategically and to treat the last few seconds of a close game as though they were pints of blood. I would far prefer clock stoppages in regulation instead of added stoppage time as it is currently administered.

As for the flopping men themselves, they should all be forced to stand in a cold windowless room and watch the USA - Brazil match from the 2011 Women's World Cup. I'll take the resilient, determined Xenas over the writhing Ken dolls any day.

posted by beaverboard at 08:19 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Most of the sidebar ads I see still feature voluptuous women, but are now all fantasy realm build-your-own-kingdom sort of stuff.

Not sure what happened to the Filipino single women seeking to cross the International Date Line.

posted by beaverboard at 09:16 PM on April 14

Video: Ball Girl Saves Run in Baltimore

The O's would be twitter toast if they fired her. The team has maybe a longer standing tradition of having young women serving on the field than most other MLB teams (have to check with the SpoFi stats yoda on that), dating way back to the Oriole broom gals that used to come out between innings and sweep off the bases, and maybe the tops of the players shoes, and perhaps give the players and field coaches a moment of personal recognition back in the day.

Hugh J. probably going to remember that business with more clarity and help us out.

posted by beaverboard at 05:44 PM on April 14

20-Year-Old Tied for Lead at Masters

Speith being in the final group with Bubba is a media dream pairing. My dream pairing would be the lad and Jimenez.

I'll probably still be at work when Speith gets to 13 and 15. Maybe just as well. Or maybe not.

Weather gods are smiling on the event. Today should be great. Wind and rain move in Mon. and Tues.

posted by beaverboard at 07:39 AM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Predicting the Masters champion: statistical analysis for those who scored better in reading comprehension than math.

posted by beaverboard at 10:34 AM on April 11

Exceptionally Small Crowds Greet New Baseball Season

I would welcome any indication that MLB (or the NFL, NBA, or NHL) is in economic decline, but I'm not holding my breath.

The last time I held my breath was when A-Rod did his own deal with the Yankees and kicked Scott Boras to the sideline. My thought was that Boras might have been on the verge of having the Senator McCarthy moment that he so richly deserved. But it was not to be. The serpent thrives on.

Whatever is going to happen with the economics of major league sports will happen when it happens. In the meantime, they don't have any of my money.

posted by beaverboard at 06:57 PM on April 10

Josh Hamilton Needs Thumb Surgery

Trying to figure out if Rangers fans are experiencing slidenfreude.

posted by beaverboard at 09:18 PM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Fox News anchor apologizes after congratulating 'NAACP' champions UConn on live TV

There's a whole hall of fame for this stuff. Such as Nancy Reagan, campaigning in New Hampshire in the 80's, addressing an outdoor crowd that had gathered in a picturesque and telegenic light snowfall. Looking around at the snow and the spectators, she got things a bit braided up and remarked that it was wonderful to see "all of you beautiful white people".

Or the disappointed would-be suitor who didn't understand why his co-worker rejected his date requests and wondered aloud if she might be Lebanese.

posted by beaverboard at 07:20 PM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Back in the 70's, guys had scraggly beards and there were no Brazilian waxing salons. There was a sense of balance that has shifted dramatically.

posted by beaverboard at 03:23 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I was in a college radio station staff meeting when the game was on. The sports department was all honey-I-shrunk-the-kids geeks. The music people were each in a personal designer cloud of their own. The sports guys made everyone stop the meeting and watch every time Aaron came up to bat. When he hit the big one, everyone knew it was a major moment well worth witnessing and savoring. Thank you geeks. You knew best.

posted by beaverboard at 01:20 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Champion's Dinner at Augusta tonight, featuring Moreton Bay Bugs with Pavlova for dessert.

(Lobster and meringue pie, for the curious uninitiated like myself).

Rumours that Adam Scott would be serving kanga turned out to be just that.

posted by beaverboard at 08:15 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Rogers didn't always know how to hold 'em, but he did know how to fold 'em.

posted by beaverboard at 07:33 AM on April 08

UConn Wins National Championship

If both UConn teams win (again), the roadside pride signs they put up for travelers to admire as they cross the state line on the interstate are going to be conspicuous.

And the signs won't be tarnished by carrying the signature of a soon to be disgraced governor as they were 10 years ago.

Kevin Ollie does not have a lot of coaching experience, but he does have presence and determination. He played 13 years in the NBA for 15 teams (including Magic twice and Sixers three times). He went year to year on a series of one year contracts. The last one paid him the league minimum. No one handed him anything.

Except Calhoun, who handed him the reins to the men's program after only two years as an assistant. I love what has happened since, because it must be driving boosters and administrators who dream of legacy, empire, and orderly succession at places like UNC crazy.

posted by beaverboard at 12:46 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It's not quite all there in real time, but nonetheless:

I Done Wet My Breeches, Chapter 2

posted by beaverboard at 08:13 AM on April 06