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Last visit: June 26, 2017

beaverboard has posted 16 links and 4202 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

Ice Cube Begins 3-on-3 Basketball League

Seeing as I never enjoyed watching Iverson play one-on-one basketball and force up all sorts of shit in the name of carrying the team when he was part of a five man NBA unit, I sure as hell don't want to watch him play 3v3 ball.

Hope he's getting paid, though.

posted by beaverboard at 08:55 PM on June 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I can't believe the Nets took on the Mosgov contract.

Who owns that team anyway?

And here I thought the hot shot Russian money laundry was across the river and up 5th Avenue.

posted by beaverboard at 10:03 PM on June 20

Celtics Trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers

It's the Lonzo Ball "Chuck Connors as...The Rifleman!" mechanics I wonder about. That launch process starts from his erogenous zone. Muggsy Bogues could defend him on the perimeter.

"Lonzo got the shot off, even with a hand up in his sternum..."

posted by beaverboard at 07:40 AM on June 20

Soccer Rules Body Considers Timed 30-Minute Halves

I've ranted about this at length in the past. I don't like the running clock but I could live with it IF there is some sort of better administration of the timekeeping.

I don't want the whole thing to come down to the ref looking at his watch as he's running along and trying to keep the cute little spray bottle of line marking foam on his Batman utility belt from crawling up his ass as he runs and then blowing the whistle at his discretion which often doesn't coincide with the announcer's time accounting, or the display on the TV screen.

I can hear Ian Darke now: "well, that should be almost it, any second now, just waiting for the final whistle and this stunning result will send shock waves...the full 5 minutes of stoppage time has elapsed, neither side making a concerted effort to mount an attack now...surely there must can't be much more time left at this point...the referee letting play continue a bit longer...and... there it is, the final whistle, and this one is over, the people in the stadium in disbelief at this unexpected outcome..."

EVERYBODY in the goddamned stadium and EVERYBODY watching on television should ALL know EXACTLY how much time has elapsed and how much precisely remains, not possibly remains, and this should be accounted for with a scoreboard clock display that everyone can see. Not a couple of dudes in Adidas warmup suits on the sidelines holding up light up lap boards with the stoppage time allotment. This is not a frigging Bingo game at the Elks lodge.

We should know how much stoppage time is going to be allowed before it is awarded because there should be a diligent accounting of it during the running course of play. Not "well that guy flopped and cried for his mama for maybe two minutes and that other guy had his leg amputated and then magically reattached with aerosols and that took maybe three minutes, so OK guys, put up 5 minutes, that's probably good enough".

Americans are too accustomed to sweating out each precious well accounted for second of football, basketball, and hockey games to accept the idiotic, daisy picking way in which time is kept in international football.

So if they're going to stay with a running clock, all I ask is that they be baseline fucking competent and professional about how they administer it. I've seen too many refs allow one last corner kick to be set up when everyone knows damn well that the allotted stoppage time has already elapsed. And once the kick is in the air, the whistle won't blow until the ball is either out of bounds, in the net, or in the possession of the defending side.

If precisely measured time expires before the corner kick is struck, zeroes appear on the stadium clock, the horn sounds, the game is over. Sorry guys, you didn't get the kick off in time. You want to fix that problem, go watch the final play of the UNC-Villanova national championship basketball game.

posted by beaverboard at 04:21 PM on June 19

Celtics Trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers

I want to see the Sixers become relevant again. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the classic years of the Boston-Philly rivalry in the early 80's, when they were taking turns driving stakes into each other's hearts.

Celtics-Sixers back then was about much more than basketball. It had cinematic and cultural overtones. Boston columnists Ryan and Shaughnessy made it into a morality play and never missed an opportunity to spew venom about the Philly evil empire. Reading those guys, you'd think that righteous Boston didn't have a few rusty bridges of its own.

Boston fans hated Dawkins, decided Andrew Toney was deadly the first minute he arrived in Philly, and howled at Billy Cunningham (the Christopher Walken of pro coaching).

People treated the subsequent arrival of Barkley in Philadelphia as a big deal, but a lot of the heavy Boston-Phila drama of the period had already happened by then. He was a continuation of it. We'll probably never see the likes of that type of rivalry again, but I still want the Sixers to be a dangerous, worthy team in the conference.

posted by beaverboard at 10:01 AM on June 19

Celtics Trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers

Ainge didn't have to take on a warm body or any salary in trade, which is good.

This is a nice move for Philly, but it's not quite enough to make me forget the stupidity of trading Nerlens Noel.

The Kings could be sad sacks for the foreseeable future, so the C's getting the 2019 pick is OK if the 2018 pick doesn't pan out.

I still want Lonzo to go somewhere un-thought of and un-cared about, like Orlando.

posted by beaverboard at 12:48 PM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Where hath gone Ertz and Wentz, so shall goeth Fultz.

posted by beaverboard at 10:29 AM on June 18

Cristiano Ronaldo 'wants to leave' Real Madrid after being accused of tax fraud

Is there a version of Kickstarter for football players who are found to be tax evaders and need to make restitution and pay massive fines? What fan wouldn't want to chip in?

In the case of players like Ronaldo, Messi, and Rooney, maybe they could name the funding campaign "SetPiece".

posted by beaverboard at 12:07 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Glad to see that the US Open tournament is underway. The Masters seems like it was played months ago.

It takes me a lot longer to find and bookmark a suitable online leaderboard than it used to. There are a lot of visually displeasing leaderboard pages out there. Some are accompanied by screaming auto-load video. A clear violation of Buick Nation principles.

Have any SpoFites been recruited by the Church Lady to watch film of each player on a hole by hole basis to spot possible infractions so they can be called in to the rules committee two days later?

posted by beaverboard at 04:39 PM on June 15

SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: rcade

I'm thinking of Whitey and the winning lottery ticket he cashed in on that was issued at his very own convenience store in Southie.

posted by beaverboard at 01:58 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I couldn't believe that the NBA had THREE DAYS in between games.

They needed the extra time to send the Game 4 officiating crew to state-sponsored "rehabilitation" at an undisclosed location.

Tonight's Game 5 does not feel like a 3 games to 1 Game 5. It doesn't even feel like a 2-2 Game 5. It feels like the Warriors have to take this game or else -- the shit will strike again.

With this many notables taking part in the Finals, it almost seems like All-Star week. There should be an undercard of skills competitions. My vote would be for a Dumb Foul Contest between Draymond and JR Smith.

I want to see if the Cavs show up in their ugly sleeved dark unis that they wore in Game 2 and also wore in Games 6 and 7 last year. They clearly feel that those sets now have vital mojo. I don't blame JR for going shirtless in the victory parade after having to wear one of those things.

posted by beaverboard at 01:54 PM on June 12

SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: rcade

Congrats, rcade.

I'll have to consult with Howard and yerfatma, but in a case like this where the house wins at its own game, if the low end of the standings is called the Costanza, shouldn't the top end be called the Bulger?

posted by beaverboard at 07:59 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Glad to see that the Cavs are cranking and not folding as other teams have in the past (2004 Lakers being a juicy example).

But maybe let the teams play and not have the refs try to tilt things by fouling out the entire Warriors squad. Cleveland may not need the help.

posted by beaverboard at 10:00 PM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

From the You Can't Make This Stuff Up Department:

It has been reported that the ace of the Oregon State baseball team pitching staff has a troubling criminal record.

The main man on the mound for the Beavers is a registered sex offender.

And of course, his last name is - you guessed it - Heimlich.*

*(They used to call it the Hug. Now it's called the Maneuver).

However, OSU is so talented overall that nobody is expecting the team to choke if Heimlich is taken off the roster prior to this month's College World Series.

posted by beaverboard at 08:34 AM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If the NHL had known that the 2017 Stanley Cup would be this bipolar, they would have told Pittsburgh not to tear down the Igloo.

posted by beaverboard at 10:32 PM on June 08