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Last visit: September 02, 2015

beaverboard has posted 15 links and 3452 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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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

If You See Bart Starr at Brett Favre's Number Retirement Ceremony ...

Thanks so much for posting this. Haven't gotten all the way through it yet due to a temporary shortfall in emotional fortitude. But I will.

One of the things this piece made me wonder about for the first time is how the hell the Packers were able to gather themselves after the punishment they took in the Ice Bowl, to the point where they were able to go out and dominate a damn good Raider team in the Super Bowl.

posted by beaverboard at 11:08 AM on September 02

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

Of course all my irony-and-doomsday-prone friends whose families came from the old country (via County Cork) are saying over pints that Brady will get to play but will get dinged up by Rex's defense and they'll have to send Garoppolo out there anyway.

posted by beaverboard at 10:21 AM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

The goal is continued relentless exposure of the incompetence of the commissioner and of the absurdity of his disciplinary strategy and decisions. The torment that the league is currently enduring is entirely of Goodell's making. Both through his bumbling actions and his derelict inactions. It's just a question of how long it will take for the owners to do what they need to do.

Despite all the prestige and persuasiveness that Kraft has accrued as an owner, he doesn't need to stand up and ask for Goodell's head at this point. He can (and should) let his colleagues do the deed themselves of their own free will without his influence. Kraft has previously shown a willingness to try to be reasonable and find a way forward, and has been compliant by accepting the fine and loss of draft choices that Goodell foisted on his franchise without ample foundation or merit.

I certainly wish that Kraft had fought back on that instead, as a firm defense on all fronts would have hastened the exposure and demise of this plague of a commissioner.

posted by beaverboard at 10:12 AM on September 01

Only 1 Game Apart, But Brady/NFL Negotiations Fail

If Berman rules for the NFL, Brady will probably file for a stay, and this thing will continue on while Brady suits up and plays.

By now, there are probably some owners who are ready to place Goodell alongside Jimmy Hoffa for having orchestrated this fiasco on behalf of the NFL. Which is an understandable sentiment. The problem being that Hoffa deserves better company.

It's almost unimaginable to recall that at one time, the Pats were the league's golden boys to whom the commissioner was happily indebted for having tuck ruled the despised Al Davis' Raiders and kept them out of the Super Bowl. By the time the deflation tale is fully told, the bad blood between Davis and the league will be seen as practice squad level compared to the splendor of the enmity that now exists between Kraft and Goodell.

At this point, my main interest in seeing the Pats win another title is so I can watch the team stare Goodell's sorry ass off the stage in total silence at the trophy presentation.

posted by beaverboard at 09:02 AM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Noting that the Bills released Fred Jackson, the first thought that entered my mind was him going to Foxboro as Antowain Smith 2.0

posted by beaverboard at 05:13 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Youu Rangg?

posted by beaverboard at 02:43 PM on August 31

UNT Has Put 32 Football Walk-Ons On Scholarship in 4 Seasons

Great story. McCarney is the Anti-Saban.

posted by beaverboard at 10:33 AM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Roger Federer has KP beat by a mile. His monogrammed courtside ensembles feature a variety of logoture, including a crest on the blazer he sometimes wears at trophy presentations when he's still all sweated up. The script elegantly done in cream and gold. Put him on a butler's cart and roll him down the hall and it looks like room service at a 5 star hotel.

Then there's TW. That's a rigid, fugly logo that would lock up anyone's back just looking at it. No wonder his swing's gone to hell.

posted by beaverboard at 09:14 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The burgeoning Aussie Hayne may well make the 49ers squad on merit alone and then be overworked due to severe personnel shortages. Don't be surprised to see him at linebacker, as the team seems to have lost about 30 men at that position due to retirement, injury, dismissal, and arrest.

Right now, the Niners could field a 4-1-6 defense with Bowman as the lone linebacker as long as his repaired leg holds up.

As for Sav Rocca's brother Anthony, his failure to stay on and take hold in the NFL was chalked up to homesickness, when in fact it might have simply been a feeling of urgent need to leave Philadelphia, destination regardless. Which is not uncommon, and is easily explained.

posted by beaverboard at 01:16 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Does anyone hold the naming rights to the Basin Reserve?

posted by beaverboard at 08:01 AM on August 26

Peyton Manning Has No Feeling In His Fingertips

Orange ist das neue schwarz.

posted by beaverboard at 12:43 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

But I think that was in regard to the story about the Pats filming the Rams walkthrough before the SB way back when. Not about the bullshit 2 PSI shortfall in ball inflation levels pertaining to deflategate that ESPN rushed to the forefront with and then never retracted.

I am following the Berman hearing like a hawk. Among other things, I want to see ESPN honchos living out of a shipping container in Ft. Lee by the time all the suits are filed and the dust settles.

I don't know if Kraft can ever get his 1 mil and draft choices back. But simply firing Goodell would not be nearly enough payback at this point. I want ISIS to come get him.

posted by beaverboard at 12:40 PM on August 20

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

Where do I post a photo of the tennis bracelet and gift basket I got from Cat Zingano?

The hotel concierge told me I looked like I needed medical attention.

posted by beaverboard at 09:47 AM on August 17

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

My most demanding and time consuming volunteer roles have absolutely been related to youth sport. Because of the fucking grown ups. I have never had a kid cause me indigestion or a sleepless night. Or hours needlessly wasted over senseless, avoidable drama.

No mention here of the sport and the age group with Harrison's kids. Sometimes, the trophies are especially important because the sport is mixed gender.

U7 and U8 boys playing on mixed gender soccer teams are ball hogs and showboats. The girls need those trophies to help validate the experience after all the bullshit they put up with for an entire season.

That's why I love coaching U10 girls soccer. Especially with mostly or all 3rd graders just coming into the age division. This is the time of year when we have our first practices before the fall season. And I tell them: it took a few years, but we finally got rid of the boys and this is your game now. We jump right into the team building drills.

(Young parents looking at and listening to an old man telling this stuff to their daughters and shaking their heads...then they see what we do.)

posted by beaverboard at 08:00 PM on August 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Don't look now, but Y.E. Yang is currently one stroke behind the leaders at the PGA.

Nice article on Yang and the memorable beginning of Tiger's Untergang here.

posted by beaverboard at 12:07 PM on August 14