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

beaverboard has posted 15 links and 3238 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

Kind of hoping that Vladimir Putin decides to predict victory against the Kentucky basketball team.

posted by beaverboard at 11:36 AM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

my daily baseball trivia calendar wants "four players who would be eligible for a Solar-System Team"

Not sure if there are four specific players who are more correct than any others, but you could maybe knock out a complete answer with one response - Cassiopeia.

posted by beaverboard at 04:34 PM on March 26

The Hidden Value of a Knuckleballer

I remember when knuckleball pitchers were not an occasional oddity, but more or less standard fare. In the late 60's and 1970's there were pitchers that were farther removed from the ordinary than a knuckleballer. There were submariners like Kent Tekulve -- and Steve Hamilton and Lindy McDaniel were still throwing the folly floater/blooper/eephus pitch (and throwing it for strikes and outs). More guys doctoring the ball too, so it seemed.

posted by beaverboard at 08:34 PM on March 24

The gym on the Titanic, and other early 19th century ocean liners.

Some of the passengers in the pics got horizontal - had some ability.

Eerie seeing those vacant rowing machines in the Titanic gym. No pics of people in the swimming pool doing the breast stroke in evening attire, thankfully.

posted by beaverboard at 10:54 PM on March 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

NoMich, we need to acknowledge your supernatural powers. Can you do anything about Roy Williams' wardrobe? Wanda's letting him shop the 70's rack at the general store.

Wish we could snag Williams' suits and put him in one of those classic Bob Huggins Saturday afternoon "I changed my oil, then I went bowling" ensembles.

posted by beaverboard at 11:23 PM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I don't want to jinx anything by saying that this NC State business that NoMich come up with last Sunday is starting to get a bit freaky, so I'll refrain from comment.

He might have to change his name to NostradaMich.

(Looks like I was tapping keys while NoMich was posting).

posted by beaverboard at 09:54 PM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Thanks for posting that. I had been wondering about Bednarik's condition. I always thought he was too tough and ornery to die.

I had a dream once that he walked onto the team sideline during an Eagles home game at the Vet and administered a schoolboy whupping to Buddy Ryan. I hated waking up from that one. It was gratifying.

posted by beaverboard at 11:17 AM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

So interesting that the NCAAM Midwest Region is now down to four games that are all highly territorial.

And there's not another third round matchup in the tourney that's even remotely close.

posted by beaverboard at 10:00 AM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Outcome regardless, voting Amaker into the greater Boston area open collar, necktie hating HOF behind the Splinter.

posted by beaverboard at 09:30 PM on March 19

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Just happened to be watching footage of the young Christopher Hitchens on Firing Line with Wm. F'Buckley recently. Properly schooled debate club boyz with game. In front of a live studio audience that paid to sit there and hang in whilst those guys streamed it.

Mostly pre-Quayle era of American discourse. We don't venture that high up the marble mountain any longer. Not anywhere close.

posted by beaverboard at 08:09 PM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I just wrote a chorus of blues lyrics and sent them to my ex-girlfriend.

I begged her to stop treating me like a #3 seed.

I had SMU going deep into the tourney (they wuz robbed). I also liked Iowa State.

The whole thuckin fing is busted on Day 1.

posted by beaverboard at 05:26 PM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Laila Ali, Christian Laettner, and Hope Solo help kick off this year's NCAA Tournament.

posted by beaverboard at 01:52 PM on March 18

Obama Proposal Could End Taxpayer-Subsidized Pro Sports Stadiums

Love the Niners model. Get a new stadium, then force restart.

Closing programs still running may cause loss of unsaved work in progress.

Force Restart? Cancel?

Start Windows normally?

Disable C:/program files/tomsula.exe?

After the growing mob of torchbearers finishes restructuring the NCAA against its will, pro stadium financing needs to be the next jihad.

posted by beaverboard at 11:41 AM on March 18

Tim Tebow Working Year-Round on Throwing Mechanics

The way House describes Tebow's physical strength makes me wonder if a QB can be too strong to throw effectively.

If you compare Brady's build and mechanics as a rookie to where he is now, he hasn't bulked up much, but he has been transformed into an optimized QB. Every aspect of his positional ability set has been broken down and rebuilt. He used to put his whole shoulder into intermediate sideline throws and looked like he had a permanent case of banjo arm. The ball release took forever and the forward throwing motion began from a point about a mile and a half behind his helmet.

Now, he stands taller and is a model of efficiency. Without being blessed with a natural Marino release, he still gets the ball out much quicker than he used to, and with power and accuracy. His mechanics are equal to his observational and processing powers and decision making speed. He has become noticeably more mechanically efficient than Peyton.

(Which is why, when Brady makes a poor decision or throws a dumb pick as he's falling back on his butt, people start screaming and tearing their hair out like Larry Fine).

posted by beaverboard at 02:06 PM on March 17

SF 49er rookie Chris Borland retires at age 24 due to worries about his future health from concussions.

Faced with the prospect of playing for Jim Tomsula and eventual CTE, I'd go bag groceries at Safeway. I'd buy my own apron.

posted by beaverboard at 12:09 AM on March 17