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Last visit: December 06, 2016

beaverboard has posted 16 links and 4008 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

Three conference champions and Ohio State walk into a stadium...

Lordy, brain freeze - Chris Petersen couldn't possibly make the Fiesta his personal playground for a third time, could he?

posted by beaverboard at 07:31 PM on December 05

Three conference champions and Ohio State walk into a stadium...

If I was the President, I'd invite a bunch of guys from the 2006 Dolphins to the Peach Bowl and give them full access sideline passes.

I wish that Bama and Washington had gotten assigned to the Fiesta Bowl instead because: Chris Petersen couldn't possibly make the Fiesta his personal playground twice, could he?

Besides, the Peach Bowl is as much Clemson's ancestral hunting ground as anyone's.

Somebody needs to tell Saban that there's a quart of strawberries missing from the officer's mess.

posted by beaverboard at 03:55 PM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Thinking ahead to possible AFC playoff pairings...

I watched the Oakland punter get run into by the Buffalo rush late in the game. A flag gets tossed, as appropriate. The punter (a damn good one) picks up the flag and uses it as a celebratory stage prop then tosses it back on the turf. Promptly gets rung up for a 15 yard penalty, assessed after the first down is awarded. So it's still Oakland's ball, 1st and 25.

Moments later, the punter and Del Rio are joking about it on the sideline. Ha ha - we can afford to do dumb stuff cause we're gonna beat the Bills. And it's fun.

Which moon of Saturn would that punter currently be orbiting if he had pulled that stunt on the deck of the USS Belichick?

The answer is no moon, because the stunt wouldn't have happened to begin with.

I'm not going to say that Del Rio has no chance in hell of prevailing in the playoffs, because this is the wrong year to say those kinds of things. But still...

posted by beaverboard at 09:55 PM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The idea that Steve Alford would ever make UCLA basketball exciting and relevant (couldn't bring myself to say "great again") once seemed as far fetched as Michael Moore's 2016 electoral prediction. I think I need to create a custom keystroke command for the phrase "Holy Shit". It sure would save a lot of typing.

(On the other hand, if I wanted to be a bit more efficient and, shall we say, "contemporary", Ctrl + % is only one keystroke less than WTF)

posted by beaverboard at 06:04 PM on December 03

Friday Night Lights Out

Thanks for posting. Good thing for me I started in on this without knowing its length. Not done yet, but not giving up till I get there.

posted by beaverboard at 11:34 AM on December 03

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

We'll have to get rcade a plate of Daytona Beach Wings from the Hooters menu as a consolation prize.

Will that be for here or to go?

Meanwhile, we've got to see if we can get him into one of the upcoming sessions of Jim Harbaugh's Bitter Man Sports Seminars. He is the current king of bitter. Nobody does it better.

posted by beaverboard at 08:42 PM on December 01

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

Maybe someday an NFL team will win a title in its own stadium. The closest a team has come that I can think of is the Raiders and Niners winning games at either the Rose Bowl or the Stanford stadium. Not too much geographic distance there.

Sorry to hear about the hate for the Jax-hosted Super Bowl. Those not in attendance missed the Belichick-Crennel-Weis group hug and maypole dance when the outcome was assured. The absolute highlight of the careers of the latter two.

posted by beaverboard at 05:40 PM on December 01

The Hot Seat is just lukewarm now

I haven't followed the Chip Kelly saga, but is he going to be stubborn and dig in at SF or return to college ball. Where everybody but him thinks he belongs.

Is Bill O'Brien going to tire of trying to make the Texans competitive with Osweiler and his crazy contract and also go back to college. I still think what O'Brien did at PSU was remarkable.

Somebody has to make SMU relevant because they just have one of the best team logos in the land. The Denver Bronco hood ornament/bottle opener logo is lame by comparison.

posted by beaverboard at 04:53 PM on November 30

How the Chicago Bears became NFL's most untroubled losers

I enjoyed watching the Dolphins beat the 85 Bears on a Monday night to keep them (Bears) from going unbeaten. Incredible intensity in that game, and Miami put the deer-in-the-headlights look into the eyes of QB Steve Fuller who was subbing for the injured McMahon.

In hindsight, now I wish that Chicago had won that game and run the table. Because even though I was growing up as a sports crazed youth in south Florida in the early 70's, the legacy theme I'm REALLY tired of is about the unbeaten Dolphins squad. I'd like to see another team go unbeaten so we can put that whole thing to rest and move on. Maybe Russia can find a way to prove the pundits wrong and make it happen for Cleveland or Detroit.

posted by beaverboard at 08:20 AM on November 30

How the Chicago Bears became NFL's most untroubled losers

It's always bothered me that Bears fans hang their hat entirely on the '85 season of glory and make it seem as though that one year was a vast golden legacy period that lasted a decade or more.

If I was a Chicagoan and had any pride, I'd never mention Ditka. Over the years, he's continued to venture further down into his own dimly lit quarry pit, step by precarious step.

posted by beaverboard at 12:50 PM on November 29

Strong Out, Herman In (probably)

I agree, and let the record show that Orgeron will be paid the same amount that Muschamp is being paid to sustain a strong odor in Columbia. LSU is getting much better value for their coaching dollar.

You toss the two of 'em in a bag and add Rich Rod, and that gets you to the annual salary level of Jim Harbaugh, which is beyond insane. Once you get above 6 mil per year, for the few that are up there, the money difference becomes exponential for some reason, and almost imaginary.

I think I had previously pegged Helfrich's buyout at around 3 mil but saw it reported earlier today at 11 mil plus, so I'm not sure what the accurate figure is on that. 11 sounds awfully high.

posted by beaverboard at 04:02 PM on November 27

Strong Out, Herman In (probably)

Seems as though when LSU came calling to Herman, it was a heaven sent leveraging ploy for him to use in his talks with Texas.

Might add an extra 1.5 mil or so per annum to the deal Herman gets from UT.

And it's not like Houston doesn't have money to throw around when they go to replace Herman.

Is there an analysis somewhere that compares the escalating value of coaches' compensation packages with the recent budgetary history of state programs and services? Louisiana's comparison should be an eye opener.

posted by beaverboard at 03:12 PM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The coaching carousel, as ever, looms as a potential distraction factor, with Houston and UNC losing to Memphis and NC State respectively.

posted by beaverboard at 05:49 PM on November 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

LSU's head coaching courtship is running hot and heavy for Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman with no mention whatsoever of Ed Orgeron. Meanwhile, he busied himself blowing the doors off of A&M in College Station. During a tough short week after playing a hurricane delayed makeup game against Florida. What does that guy have to do to get an interview? Look at what happened to USC when they passed him up without giving him a serious look. That was the truest rendition of what HR people call "deciding to head in another direction".

Maybe the best thing a program could do would be to hire Ed as their D Line coach, then can the HC three games in and catch a ride on the Orgeron interim express.

Hello Oregon, you have little talent, Orgeron is a great recruiter, and Helfrich's buyout is only 3 million...

posted by beaverboard at 10:44 AM on November 25

NHL's Newest Team: The Vegas Golden Knights

Just a matter of time until Steve Wynn gets the naming rights to all team victories.

I thought the Golden Knights was a crack military parachute team.

The team is not hiring a Zamboni driver. David Copperfield is in charge of resurfacing the ice.

posted by beaverboard at 01:04 PM on November 23