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Member since: April 27, 2007
Last visit: July 29, 2015

beaverboard has posted 15 links and 3415 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 Wednesday Huddle

I didn't realize until yesterday that Papelbon is both the Sox and Phillies career saves leader. I suppose he's got a shot at accomplishing that in DC as well.

If he focuses on the business at hand and doesn't get too many ejections.

posted by beaverboard at 11:44 AM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Camp opens tomorrow. I'm not sure whether to think "well, at least Goodell got this done before camp started", or "Goodell waited until the last possible moment before the start of camp to rule on this".

If Goodell had not issued a decision today and forced Belichick to prepare 2 QB's all through camp and then upheld Brady's suspension after the final pre-season game, Belichick would have made plans to eat Goodell's liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

posted by beaverboard at 06:04 PM on July 28

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Goodell upholds Tom Brady's suspension. So his maybe having something to do with some deflated footballs is in effect equal to Greg Hardy's proven assault and threat to kill.

posted by beaverboard at 03:09 PM on July 28

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

NoMich will be OK. Maddux will be looking for him in the Upper Peninsula, not knowing that he's actually in North Caro...oh shit, stop, what am I doing?

posted by beaverboard at 09:16 PM on July 27

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

This is cutting into Greg Biggio's moment in the spotlight.

posted by beaverboard at 02:40 PM on July 27

Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class

Don't hope him. Let him sofa.

posted by beaverboard at 01:31 PM on July 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

If he keeps playing like that, Herrera has a chance to be part of something special: the Phillies' all time dream defensive outfield with Luzinski and Incaviglia.

posted by beaverboard at 10:05 AM on July 26

NFL limits Junior Seau's daughter to video voiceover at HoF induction

Pro football has become downright archdiocesan in the skill category known as "What can we do to consistently and dependably keep making things worse than they already are?"

posted by beaverboard at 01:16 PM on July 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Tim Howard:

"I spoke to coach Klinsmann and we have had open lines of communication as recently as last week. We spoke but obviously they are very busy with the Gold Cup at the moment.

"We will speak again after that tournament finishes and I will make myself available for selection. We will see where we go from there."

Note to Tim: call Klinsmann right now, while Guzan is having a shaky go with the Jamaican set pieces.

posted by beaverboard at 07:18 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Imagine the carnage if they still had Kessel.

posted by beaverboard at 10:10 AM on July 22

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform

Can't quite see from the photo, but I'm assuming the size of the shorts will be more in keeping with current fashion.

I may be the only person who found the movie "Hoosiers" to be pretty lame and predictable. I had heard so many good things about it, I was sure it was going to change my life in some meaningful way. Did not happen.

Gene Hackman kissing Barbara Hershey? How do those two belong together by any stretch of the imagination? It was clear they were heading for contact from the first moment they encountered each other, in a clumsily scripted way. I squirmed just as I did when John Wayne kissed Angie Dickinson in Rio Bravo.

I'd love to see the Pacers schedule an Old Timers game in the throwback unis. Because I want to see Rik Smits take the floor in shiny gold shorts and above-the-knee black summer tourist stockings. He always looked like he was visiting the Acropolis with three cameras around his neck, and a fanny pack full of travel tissues and sunscreen.

posted by beaverboard at 12:29 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I also have not been disappointed in the ESPN coverage at various times. The absence of the hushed reverence is refreshing. Lord knows what sort of deferential apologist Jim Nantz would have been for the way the tournament was managed on Friday night and Saturday morning.

One of the things I like best about the coverage is that the crew misses no opportunity to give the course at Chambers Bay the hell it deserves. They are not done with hauling that place over the coals by a long stretch.

When St. Andrews was playing nasty tricks during the high wind, Chambers Bay was mentioned and one of the commentators said "at least this place has real grass". All the mikes must have been on, because 5 or 6 people laughed heartily at that one.

posted by beaverboard at 12:55 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I never worried about what the post-Tiger golf landscape would look like, but I did think there would be this sleep inducing interim vanilla period where we would have to watch a bunch of Lee Westwoods go at it.

I didn't think things would become this compelling this quickly. That's a hell of a board they've got stacked up there. Although the producer has seemed to be indifferent to showing Leishman for reasons unknown.

I still can't believe the scoring surges that have gone on. One of the best was on Friday as darkness was descending when Matsuyama and several other guys were shooting lights out.

I got caught staring at the scotch selection in the local liquor store yesterday by a curious neighbor. I was lookin' for a wee bit o' Black Grouse oor Monkey Shoulder. Found neither. A lad can only watch so many Glenmorangie ads before succumbing to temptation.

Will the guardians of the legacy at St. Andrews decide they've made the Old Course too playable and put back some of the high gorse and devil up the bunkers?

posted by beaverboard at 12:44 PM on July 20

Cowboys, Yankees Most Valuable U.S. Sports Teams

How much of Jerry Jones' profitability is due to the residents of Arlington being willing to devote tax revenue to his lavish stadium project rather than to essential municipal investments and infrastructure?

It will be interesting to see if the Washington NFL franchise holds value going forward barring any changes to their naming, branding, etc.

Surprising to see the small market Packers included in the Top 50. Also surprising to see the Titans and Panthers up there.

The value of Ballmer's NBA team is only 400 million shy of what he paid for it.

posted by beaverboard at 06:01 PM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I watched the early morning restart of the second round of the British Open during the overnight hours (US time). That was a mess.

When the announcement was made that the final round would be played Monday, one of the ESPN guys said he fully supported a Monday finish, saying it was fitting for such a venerable tournament to crown a champion under proper circumstances.

My immediate thought was that such a venerable tournament also deserved better decision making and course management than it got last night and early this morning. All talk of proper circumstances is a bit hollow at this point.

This whole business seemed to hinge on the decision to get Tom Watson's final Open round finished last night at all cost. When they went through the major weather delay yesterday, they should have moved Watson's starting time up so his celebratory final Open round didn't affect the decision making for all the other groups. If the whole Watson thing was that important to them.

If DJ, Lawrie, Oost, Schwartzel, Day, or Matsuyama end up losing the tournament because of the continuance of play into darkness yesterday and/or the botched restart this morning, due to dropped strokes or missed scoring opportunities, that would be horrendous. The R&A had better hope that a clear cut champion is crowned, preferably with more than a 1 stroke margin. If any of those guys prevail, it will be in spite of how the tournament was managed.

posted by beaverboard at 11:25 AM on July 18