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Last visit: May 27, 2015

beaverboard has posted 15 links and 3327 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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Swiss Precision: Several FIFA officials were arrested on corruption charges at their luxury hotel in Zurich in a well coordinated surprise operation.

posted by beaverboard at 12:45 AM on May 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

There is still a lot of German bloodline legacy in Huntsville from what I can tell. Families from there would vacation in So. Florida when I worked odd jobs near tourist "destinations".

As an 18 year old boy, after the third or fourth stunning blond girl who was taller than me and looked like she was ready to do a decathlon said that she and her family were from Huntsville, that just about popped the squatchee off of my Castrol cap.

"Yes ma'am, we'll have this tire fixed in no time. After I get the rim sealed, the durn thing's liable to pump its own self up for all I know. And once it gets up to the right pressure, it'll stay there, I gare-on-tee it."

posted by beaverboard at 01:01 PM on May 26

Phillies GM: Our Fans 'Don't Understand the Game'

Just his luck to be named after the wrong sandwich in a town that runs on Cheez Whiz.

Where is Weedy McSmokey anyway? He moved from Ontario to Philly and promptly disappeared from our midst.

(Not that disappearances and basement imprisonments are unusual in that part of the country. There is definitely something in the wooter down there.)

posted by beaverboard at 11:49 AM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Tic Tac D'oh

Now I understand why von Braun's group weighed their options and decided to take their chances in Huntsville. I had always thought it was the mosquitoes.

Back in the pre-orbital days, they had locals like these available and sent dogs and chimps up into space instead?

posted by beaverboard at 10:35 AM on May 26

LeBron's Epic Night Puts Cavaliers Up 3-0 on Hawks

The Hawks have Damon and Ortiz under contract?

posted by beaverboard at 12:17 PM on May 25

Cavaliers Beat Hawks by 12, Lead Eastern Finals 2-0

Could be heading for a Finals that Jackson Pollock would love.


posted by beaverboard at 12:00 PM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I guess I'd be intrigued to see an excessive celebration penalty on a successful extra point conversion.

posted by beaverboard at 10:49 PM on May 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Friends don't let Yanks drive drunk.

posted by beaverboard at 02:37 PM on May 21

Kraft Says Patriots Won't Appeal DeflateGate Punishment

Being a Brady and Belichick believer comes with so many rigorous and stressful complexities. Perhaps some folks in Pats land like myself should consider waxing nostalgic for the simpler, less astute days of Patrick Sullivan.

I kept expecting to see Mr. Haney from Green Acres show up at Schaefer, trying to sell Patrick a washing machine.

posted by beaverboard at 11:37 AM on May 20

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

In the next Pats-Ravens game, the Pats line up for a PAT kick at the 15, then sub in 6 guards and tackles, all of whom are declared eligible, and move up to the 2 yd. line for what looks like an old fashioned PAT kick. Harbaugh howls.

Before the ball is snapped, the Pats declare the guards and tackles ineligible and do a direct snap to the kicker, who runs it in behind the holder's lead block.

After the next TD, the Pats line up at the 15 for a PAT, declare the long snapper eligible, and the holder throws to him for a 2 pt. conversion. Ravens say that a PAT play from the 15 should only be good for one point. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver happens to be at the game and says that scoring a conversion from that far out should really be worth 3 points.

After the game, it is revealed that Kraft's IP attorneys have gained exclusive rights to the usage of the term "PAT" in NFL games. Goodell has to pay Kraft 1 million to license the usage of the term after a touchdown is scored.

posted by beaverboard at 08:30 AM on May 20

Kraft Says Patriots Won't Appeal DeflateGate Punishment

The thing that bothers me is that Kraft's abrupt change of position has legitimized and validated a highly flawed investigation and report and the league's conduct, which has been an utter charade.

And Kraft supposedly choosing the wiser course of action (from any number of different perspectives) has not silenced one bit of anti-Patriot rancor and hatred. On the contrary, the haters are more revved up and irrational than ever. Additionally, many Pats fans are infuriated at Kraft's tent folding. No waters have been calmed by Kraft's reversal.

The other thing that bothers me is that only now is it quietly being reported that the league is going to take control of the management of the game day footballs. Goodell should have addressed this problem and taken responsibility for it months ago. Years ago, really, because the routine doctoring of footballs by teams around the league has been a known issue for a long time.

posted by beaverboard at 11:52 PM on May 19

Kraft Says Patriots Won't Appeal DeflateGate Punishment

Meanwhile, Pats fans continue to consult with Lorena Bobbitt Associates on Goodell's severance package.

posted by beaverboard at 05:26 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The fourth time, he was escorted back to his hotel in a champagne limo by three female volunteers from the Tourism Bureau who mistook him for the Governor of New Jersey and were worried he might close two northbound lanes on the Michigan Avenue bridge.

posted by beaverboard at 12:29 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

They should make US pro athletes Anglicize their tweets.

Yough brough, dig that hough.

Goodell has the authority to do this.

posted by beaverboard at 09:40 AM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Garo was in several entertaining local TV ads in south Florida when he played in Miami. As a colorful guy on Dolphin teams that didn't have a lot of flamboyant characters, he stood out easily.

A bit of spinal fortitude was also required, as teams around the league were transitioning from old fashioned kickers who also played a field position and looked like football players to soccer style specialists who often came from other countries and did not look like NFL athletes. These new little guys with the funny names weren't always given the warmest welcome by football traditionalists.

I'm just now reflecting on how many times Shula was involved with notable placekicker moments. Garo's Super Bowl pass, Garo's OT winning kick in the marathon Xmas Day game against KC, von Schamann's misses in the legendary Chargers-Dolphins playoff game, the Snowplow game...

Shula must have loved Garo's accuracy after having to depend on his old straight ahead toe-style PK Lou Michaels in Baltimore, who only made around 50% of his FGA's.

posted by beaverboard at 11:34 AM on May 17