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Member since: April 27, 2007
Last visit: December 22, 2014

beaverboard has posted 15 links and 3073 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

ESPN Keeps Expanding Bowl Season With Its Own Games

They've chosen the name wisely. Recycling an old bowl name makes it seem like the game has been in continual existence for a while.

Strange thing - there's something about these obscure bowls that I find compelling. Sited in somewhat out of the way places like Albuquerque and El Paso, often played in half empty stadiums, and featuring teams that you hadn't seen play during the regular season (if ever), if you find yourself chilling in a hotel on the road on a nasty weekend afternoon with some liquid refreshment, these games are very watchable in their own way.

I like the fact that the noise and energy levels are lower, so the announcers maintain a rather low key, even keel throughout. And they go into the same level of detail between plays as they do for the bigger games to fill the time and space in the broadcast. So instead of hearing about how many schools recruited a player, you get to hear some interesting ground level stuff, like how a certain interior lineman is extra motivated to play hard because his cousin just surprised everyone by coming back from deployment and showing up at the family owned barbeque joint looking for a little home cooking. And then they've got footage of the serviceman getting overcome with emotion when he sees the pulled pork coming at him.

And it's not like they don't have their own Katharine Webbs sitting in the stands in case Musburger were to drop by and visit the production trailer for a look.

posted by beaverboard at 10:31 AM on December 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Jags fans must be on Cloud 4 1/2 after last night's win, despite allowing Clipboard Jesus to put up rather heavenly aerial numbers.

posted by beaverboard at 08:15 AM on December 19

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I'm hoping for a bit of new horizon - they now decide it's OK to reboot the Cuban League, a bit of electronic infrastructure gets run throughout (OK, a lot of infrastructure), and once the games go live online, I'll be forced to choose where to place my loyalty - whether Matanzas or Camaguey.

posted by beaverboard at 08:24 AM on December 18

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

If you grow up in a pro sports wasteland as I did in pre-Dolphins south Florida, you are free to place your allegiance wherever you wish, and move on whenever the mood strikes you.

I resented being in an area that got force fed its sportscasts by executive decree on a regional basis in the absence of having teams of its own, so I tend not to like the NY teams or the Braves very much.

I got deeply into the old AFL in the mid to late 60's and still miss that pre-merger era. I was devastated when the Raiders lost to the Packers in SB II and thrilled beyond measure when Stram's Chiefs won SB IV. (Watching SB III was an eerie out of body experience that I still haven't fully processed.)

posted by beaverboard at 03:24 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Heck no, let the foolhardy take their chances. (Pretty good facemask infraction there. )

The Bengals also need to show more ability when they try to hand a game ball to a fan in an opponent's stadium

I'd let the player jump up, then hold onto him and not let him jump back down. See how long you can keep him there. Not beat on him, just restrain him - cheerfully, without malice. If stadium security had to go rescue a player from fan clutches, his teammates would never let him hear the end of it.

I'm waiting for Kaepernick to jump into the Black Hole.

posted by beaverboard at 10:40 AM on December 17

The FSU Problem

I have a Gator or two in my family - they've been snickering about the Criminoles for years - then you go look at the Gainesville precinct books from the Urban Meyer era.

Like that Iago dude said:

Virtue! a fig! 'tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus.

And there must be at least a score of other topically appropriate utterances where that came from.

I am that merry wanderer of the night...

posted by beaverboard at 09:22 PM on December 16

Zemgus Girgensons Leads NHL All-Star Voting

Hey now, crowd of people - the day too late for Mr. Graeme Townshend, pride of Kingston, so big up the island chest and vote in a mighty swarm for the next mon up, seen?

posted by beaverboard at 12:54 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ottawa is about an 8 hour drive from Cleveland. Manziel might as well load up and hit the highway before winter sets in.

posted by beaverboard at 04:41 PM on December 14

Bitcoin Bowl Brings Virtual Currency to St. Pete

Glad to see Rice is in the Hawai'i Bowl. Makes me want to go pound a plate lunch.

Is the Quick Lane Bowl going to go a full ten frames?

posted by beaverboard at 10:16 PM on December 12

Bitcoin Bowl Brings Virtual Currency to St. Pete

As a fan of bowls with goofy names

The Independence Bowl is doing rather well in that department, having formerly been the Poulan Weed Eater Indy Bowl and now being the Duck Commander Indy Bowl.

With all the gas exploration money being made from the Haynesville Shale, you'd think that some newly enriched Shreveport citizen would step up and compete with the duck people for the naming rights to the game. Unless there's already a Frack Brothers Bowl being sponsored somewhere else.

posted by beaverboard at 09:59 PM on December 12

Wage Lawsuit by Bills Cheerleaders Details Appalling Treatment

Goodell is eventually going to get hammered in slime court one way or another. He can't keep dodging these types of ugly associative occurrences indefinitely.

Glad that the editorial staff at the NYT continues to see fit to leave the acerbic edge in Michael Powell's work. It's especially worthwhile in a case like this, and when discussing the NFL in general.

This situation is beyond outrageous, and we need to know how many other franchises may have a similar situation happening, all carefully kept from public mention. Things should have never gotten anywhere near this point with any team.

Buy shares in the Packers if they're available. Community owned and no cheer squad. Just one or two SpoFites as shareholders would help lower the unctuosity index of NFL ownership in general.

I happen to know a former member of the Pats cheer team, and have met some of her colleagues. Not on a golf junket. They are bright, focused, hard working women who have training, abilities, and professional goals that range far beyond the requirements of their cheer careers. They are also proud of their sports-based accomplishments and associations. Wherever there are grievances, whether Buffalo or elsewhere, I hope the plaintiffs get the best representation possible to pursue them.

One further noteworthy detail regarding golf carts that tells you much of what you need to know about Rolex recreational golf: the 2 seater carts not only have no room for cheerleaders to sit other than on laps. They also have 4 hole cup holders. Golf is a draining endeavor. Players who don't actively follow a comprehensive fluid replenishment program don't get as much joy and fulfillment out of the sport.

posted by beaverboard at 01:16 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

LeBron fails to follow the principle that Ilgauskas tried to impart to him years ago: don't go looking to create contact.

posted by beaverboard at 02:41 PM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Right, but it went sort of viral and lurched into merch, and I figured someone might want to circle it on back home when the pics of Newton lying on the bridge before being boarded and strapped were posted.

posted by beaverboard at 11:28 PM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Haven't seen any "ice up son" chit chat in my travels thus far, which is encouraging.

Some folks did mention when they saw pics of his truck being hauled away on a flatbed that he drove a nicer vehicle when he was on the payroll at Auburn.

The Cats, the Cats, they're lucky ducks.
This week they're due to face the Bucs.

posted by beaverboard at 09:20 PM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The league needs to tell the Chargeros to stop wearing those yellow gloves. I thought there were flags being thrown on almost every Patriots running play.

posted by beaverboard at 12:42 PM on December 08