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beaverboard has posted 15 links and 3387 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 Saturday Huddle

Holy moly. Stonie owns Coney. Perennial hot dog eating champ Joey Chestnut has been dethroned by Matt Stonie in a stunning turn of events that is apparently not a complete "upset".

Both the new and former champ are from San Jose, which can now be considered both a gastromonic and tectonic epicenter.

The new champ was not totally surprised by the outcome. "I trained hard for this." Stonie told ESPN.

posted by beaverboard at 03:04 PM on July 04

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

Also, it seems as though there has been a bit of an increase in handballs throughout the tournament, which I had partially attributed to the ball's speed and behavior on the livelier playing surface. Some of the refs have not called handballs on a consistent basis.

One more reason to be angry with FIFA: on some plays where a foul clearly occurred and the refs clearly did not make the correct call, replays were not made available to Fox and others broadcasting the matches live. On more than one occasion, Fox announcers mentioned that FIFA had chosen not to make a replay available for a certain critical play. All in the name of preventing FIFA and the tournament from appearing to be all the more poorly administered, one assumes. I think that falls under FIFA's "protecting the integrity of the game" fairy tale.

posted by beaverboard at 10:14 AM on July 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It was announced that Sepp Blatter, the self-proclaimed godfather of international women's football will not attend the WC final. Perhaps the decision had something to do with having to cross too many time zones, or the extended length of summer daylight at higher latitudes. Or the relaxed fit of the players' shorts in defiance of his stated preferences. No mention of any concerns with regard to the RCMP, CSIS, or any possible USDOJ indictments waiting to be unsealed.

posted by beaverboard at 09:16 AM on July 01

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

In hindsight, Australia's goal against USA in the group stage was one of the significant accomplishments of the Matildas' campaign.

I'm not sure that USA would have fared as well against France in the semi-final. France really found themselves after their bitter loss to Colombia. I would have loved to see Thomis and Delie test the USA backline. It's not just their size and speed, but also their fitness that makes them such a challenge to defend.

Disregarding all loyalties, I would have enjoyed watching a France-Japan final.

posted by beaverboard at 01:20 AM on July 01

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

I hope that Coach Ellis was not providing advance rationale for giving Wambach major minutes with that comment. Ellis will need to be at her very best and most intuitive (if she is capable of that) with the roster management for this match.

I would not play Heath much if at all. She lacks the required fortitude to go up against the German midfield and backline. Also would not start Rodriguez. Her speed translates into pressure more than it translates into opportunities. Krieger should be ordered to ignore the temptation to send long balls forward.

posted by beaverboard at 04:11 PM on June 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Is there an injury report on the German WNT? They were nicked up pretty good in the process of getting past France. Personally, I would want to see Marozsan able to play. She made such a difference when she came in against France. Not sure if Kimme and Krahn were hurt as well, but I hope they can go. All in the name of seeing the best quality possible on the field.

posted by beaverboard at 12:54 PM on June 30

This is Vin Scully's 66th season broadcasting Dodger games. Seriously.

As a kid, I first saw Scully hosting daytime TV game shows and talk shows and had no idea he was the voice of the Dodgers. Then when he got some network TV sports gigs, I thought: "Great, now they've got talk show hosts doing games. Who'll they get next, Monty Hall or Mike Douglas?"

Little did I know...

The first couple of times I heard him on air doing network games, I thought: "Hey, this guy seems to have a knack for sports announcing. Let's give him a chance and see what he can do."

Eventually, I found out what many others already knew about this sublime talent.

All those years I had to listen to Garagiola when I could have been listening to Scully...

posted by beaverboard at 11:42 AM on June 30

U.S. Defeats China, Advances to Women's World Cup Semifinals

Yesterday's US team could hang in there with yesterday's first half German team.

I question the subbing off of both Thomis and Delie. And the order of PK's for France, where you have Lavogez with all of a dozen caps or so taking the 5th shot instead of the captain or an older player like Necib.

US is fortunate to be facing a team that just went through extra time and PK's. As the old Tarzan and Carradine/Kung Fu saying goes: "If after a journey of a thousand miles you meet an opponent, of what must you be sure? That the journey was theirs."

Germany will need to recover as best they can. US team fitness remains a strength and was not overly taxed yesterday.

posted by beaverboard at 09:19 AM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Knicks go Baltic; fans go ballistic.

posted by beaverboard at 09:55 PM on June 25

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Cixelsyd

I am stunned and deeply impressed that cixel routinely birdies the third hole, which is a killer Par 5.

posted by beaverboard at 03:58 PM on June 25

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

I need to read through that story a few more times to make sure I get what's going on.

I didn't realize that US Postal Inspectors had such dynamic crime fighting capability and initiative.

I didn't realize that evidence so critical could be kept off limits, unacknowledged, hidden from public view, and shuttled around between government bureaus like that. Even though the people keeping the documents hidden knew full well how useful they would be to an ongoing investigation. They could have redacted the documents to protect the third parties that they claim to be so concerned about.

The reasoning of the US Attorney's office for denying access to the material sounds and feels like discretionary nonsense. They were content to let the saga play out as it did without that evidence. So much time, effort, and bullshit wrangling could have been avoided.

How did OTL and Dowd finally get access to the docs since the FOI request was previously denied?

posted by beaverboard at 03:25 PM on June 22

Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata

It'll be interesting to see if either Hershey's or Nestle's tries to create a good time branding opportunity with the Nats, the way that Reese's did with ET.

"The official major league choco syrup of the nation's capital."

If that doesn't work out, a canned spinach company could always do a deal with sailor man Matt Williams.

When DiMaggio was in the midst of his legendary hitting streak, the Heinz company (home of the "57 Varieties") was going to give him $10,000 when the streak reached the 57th game. So of course, the streak ended at 56 games. Instead of the dough, he got Marilyn Monroe.

posted by beaverboard at 11:37 AM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Good to see Australia holding its own against Brasil. If AUS had just a tiny bit more team speed...

When two teams have a similar primary kit (yellow shirts), who determines which team wears their alternates? Is it done by world ranking or tournament seeding?

posted by beaverboard at 02:03 PM on June 21

Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata

I want to let grum get in on this with the details, but I'm a Dave Steib fan from way back, and I recall that he totally dominated on the mound in consecutive starts only to be cursed by fate. It may have even been more than 2 starts. It was landmark heavy shit. Grum will know.

posted by beaverboard at 11:43 PM on June 20

Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata

If you want to be perfect, you can't hit Tabata.

(Just trying to get out in front of the tabloids, who will have a hard time resisting the allure of that one, or some variant of it).

posted by beaverboard at 08:06 PM on June 20