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Member since: April 27, 2007
Last visit: February 28, 2015

beaverboard has posted 15 links and 3198 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 Friday Huddle

Bill O'Reilly nearly got run over trying to stop the car thief as he was driving out of the hotel parking lot.

posted by beaverboard at 02:03 PM on February 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

So glad these pieces are being done about McCoy, and that McPherson referenced Dan Barry. Barry's stadium article was linked prominently in the NYT yesterday and also worth reading (if the NYT paywall will cooperate).

posted by beaverboard at 10:09 AM on February 27

College Player Scores 30 Points in Final 4.5 Minutes

Fun footage to watch, with the best part being that Bill Raftery wasn't there to call the action.

If he had been courtside when Rathan-Mayes hit the banked three while getting fouled, Raftery would have generated an indoor weather event.

posted by beaverboard at 02:47 PM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"Mr. Bryant, please proceed to the Sporting Goods department. Mr. Bryant to Sporting Goods."

posted by beaverboard at 11:56 AM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Tony lost a bet with Michael Phelps at a bong and cheeseburger party.

posted by beaverboard at 11:22 AM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Hard to imagine how it could be 5 times worse that the Ray Rice hit without someone ending up in a full length file drawer at the morgue.

posted by beaverboard at 07:06 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Think of how earth shattering even the first Cincy helmet was to Browns fans, with the understated "Bengals" logo. People in Cleveland must have thought Paul Brown had spent a week in Vegas with showgirls and substances to be able to come up with a departure that bold and imaginative.

The switch to the Bengal stripes motif must have driven Clevelanders to utter manic disorientation. There's a reason God put the city by the side of a lake instead of a river. Fewer bridges for people to jump off of.

The old Dawg Pound logo is far superior to the new one. By several orders of dawgnitude. They went from "Where is that Michael Vick motherfucker?" to "First they cut my balls off when I was asleep, now I need a root canal".

This much must be said: in the good old days, the Browns played in Municipal Stadium and wore all white at home. The weather was almost always terrible, and the grass field was almost always a mess. When you looked at Jim Brown or Leroy Kelly with their offensive linemen at the end of a game played in those conditions, you were looking at some truly bad ass old fashioned hard working football players. You could not read the numbers on their uniforms. What a vision of manly grit and endurance it was. I think the helmets were originally painted orange so Search and Rescue could locate players if a blizzard blew in off the lake.

posted by beaverboard at 03:07 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Major helmet redesign in the works for the Cleveland Browns.

Orange is the new orange.

They are referring to the helmet as a "logo". Interesting. That means that Neil Patrick Harris' Oscar ceremony underwear is a logo.

Cue the footage of Crocodile Dundee brandishing a Bengals helmet and saying: "Oh, that's not a logo. THIS is a logo".

posted by beaverboard at 12:33 AM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I own a piece of automotive equipment that supposedly once belonged to a junior member of the Cianci family.

I only found that out after the seller, who has a legitimate business enterprise, insisted that I pay cash and that there would be no invoice or receipt.

When I said that I would like to have some record of the transaction, he said to shaddup, that I was lucky he didn't charge more because of the family history on the item.

Not sure if that would be called Provenance or Providence.

I have no idea if that sales guy is now rolled up in a rug somewhere, or if my gear is one day going to be impounded for investigative reasons.

I know what you're thinking. It's not a backhoe. Or a DeVille.

posted by beaverboard at 10:06 AM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

There was an entertainer named Betty Stark who was quite popular at the time.

I'm just remembering that the same thing happened to Elijah "ZaSu" Pitts when he played for the Packers.

posted by beaverboard at 09:36 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It was t̶w̶e̶n̶t̶y̶ thirty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play

posted by beaverboard at 02:04 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Love the Upton name thing, which triggers my long held fascination with non-given-name nicknames and other related curiosities.

There seems to be an old tradition among various groups such as business executives and the military of people being called by a name that has no relation to their given first or middle names, such as Lloyd M. "Pete" Bucher or H.R. "Bob" Haldeman and on the women's side, Melinda Lou "Wendy" Thomas. Or, to mix and match a bit, Harold "Betty" Stark.

In my scoring system, you get full marks if your non-related nickname is a real name like Bob or Jack.

Honorable mention goes to folks like Kenneth Stanley "Bud" Adams or Gary Lester "Bubba" Watson because, heck, anybody could end up with a nickname like that no matter what your given names are. Butch and Buster and some others are in that group.

You get much more honorable mention if your nickname is cooler and more distinctive than Bud and Bubba but doesn't border on the absurd, like "The Great Asparagus". Anyone can have a really nutty nickname. No matter how cool your name is, you are likely never going to be king of this category because of Tug McGraw and Stonewall Jackson. They rule.

(In the smoke-filled late 70's, I did think that Bake McBride was a world class moniker).

You get major mention for having a legendary nickname that many people think is your real name, like Magic or Tiger and you totally own those names in perpetuity.

You want to be really cool, you go in the other direction and have a regular name with an initial that is only there to mess with the minds of curious nerds like me. Harry S. Truman's legal middle name is "S". Yer goddamn right. Fuckin' A.

posted by beaverboard at 01:48 PM on February 23

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

There may be a few woof woofs in there that the boat captain thought was superfluous.

It's a thinly veiled reference to Benedict Art Modell and the Dawg Pound.

posted by beaverboard at 04:21 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Suns have traded their disgruntled point guard Benedict Cumberbatch to the Miami Heat.

posted by beaverboard at 06:55 PM on February 21

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Arlington happily took on the tax burden of JerryWorld

Arlington TX became infamous for deciding to fund stadiums for the Cowboys and Rangers instead of investing in municipal infrastructure, and until recently was the largest US city or town without any sort of public transportation system.

Area voters have repeatedly refused to allow earmarked tax revenues to be used to fund public transportation, thereby fully reversing the Jagger/Richards theory which states that you don't always get what you want, but you do get what you need.

posted by beaverboard at 11:59 PM on February 20