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Member since: April 27, 2007
Last visit: April 24, 2014

beaverboard has posted 15 links and 2826 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

Manchester United Fires David Moyes

Not since Steinbrenner eventually calmed down. Well, there are Mike Brown and Melrose...

posted by beaverboard at 10:21 AM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Reminds me a bit of Patriots' fans begging the Bills to "leave Dick Jauron alone and just let him coach the team. He's a Yale man, for god's sake".

posted by beaverboard at 07:26 PM on April 21

Boston Marathon Begins, One Year After Bombings

I enjoy it when aggressive branding moments go off the rails, so I savor the annual rite that unfolds when the men's and women's winners cross the finish line and are immediately accosted by a race official who attempts to drape them in a logo-festooned John Hancock towel, no doubt on strict orders of the principal race sponsor.

It's often an awkward moment with no audio, the official insisting on putting the towel on the champion, and the champion reacting as if to say: "I just ran 26 miles - will you get the hell away with that towel, already?"

There's a mild defensive flailing of runner's arms and repeated attempts to get the friggin' towel over the sweaty shoulders. Then, if all goes well, the champ eventually accepts the towel and spreads his/her arms wide and shows the towel like Batman's cape.

Someday, the towel bearer is going to pester the wrong person at the wrong moment and find himself getting a terrycloth colonic on live TV.

posted by beaverboard at 02:27 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Or cookies, for that matter.

posted by beaverboard at 08:52 AM on April 21

Who You Gonna Call? NBA Teams Afraid of Ghost

A bit of home fiend advantage might come in handy this time of year.

posted by beaverboard at 12:36 AM on April 20

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World.

Howard, you forgot the part about the rod and the staff.

Begorrah, I'm goin' to hell.

posted by beaverboard at 05:02 PM on April 18

Pro Golfer Attacked by Hornets at Malaysia Open

The Chinese government is saying that their air search has located him, and that he's still in the water hazard, but closer to the Indonesian border than previously thought.

posted by beaverboard at 12:02 PM on April 18

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World.

Right column SpoFi ad at the moment reads:

Take 29 Seconds and Learn How to Pitch Harder and Faster

Can't make this stuff up.

posted by beaverboard at 10:38 AM on April 18

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World.

This guy is sort of the anti - Jim Abbott. Two fully functional arms, but one is always occupied.

Any clips of him fielding a comebacker to the mound, then having to make the excruciating decision about whether or not to let go of himself and throw the runner out?

posted by beaverboard at 10:32 AM on April 18

Secret Service Once Threatened to Kill Mr. Met

Why couldn't a sitting president have been at Game 6 of the 1986 World Series?

posted by beaverboard at 09:06 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"What's a shork, for Christ's sake? A fuckin' midget with a dorsal fin? Was he on Ellen during Freak Week? Quit lookin' at me like that. What are you, a bouncer from a salad bar?"

- RIP Otto and George

posted by beaverboard at 11:42 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Flopping and the stretcher bearer and aerosol interludes that sometimes follow are the evil offspring of the continuous game clock. Everyone needs a breather now and then regardless of fitness level, so the players manufacture them. The episodes of phantom injury field theater then help create the evil grandchild, added stoppage time, which to a US viewer is disturbingly discretionary and opaque.

Often, it isn't clear that stoppage time will be added until near or even after the expiration of regulation time. Then, it is often not known at first how much stoppage time will be added. To top it off, there is often a time offset between when everyone expects the final whistle to be blown at the end of stoppage time and when it actually is blown. It's all rather casually scripted and apparently of secondary importance based on the way it's handled. And it's entirely out of the hands of the team managers trying to win the match.

We're accustomed to crisp, precise, accountable timekeeping that has a bearing on how the competition is conducted. We expect to see teams use the clock strategically and to treat the last few seconds of a close game as though they were pints of blood. I would far prefer clock stoppages in regulation instead of added stoppage time as it is currently administered.

As for the flopping men themselves, they should all be forced to stand in a cold windowless room and watch the USA - Brazil match from the 2011 Women's World Cup. I'll take the resilient, determined Xenas over the writhing Ken dolls any day.

posted by beaverboard at 08:19 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Most of the sidebar ads I see still feature voluptuous women, but are now all fantasy realm build-your-own-kingdom sort of stuff.

Not sure what happened to the Filipino single women seeking to cross the International Date Line.

posted by beaverboard at 09:16 PM on April 14

Video: Ball Girl Saves Run in Baltimore

The O's would be twitter toast if they fired her. The team has maybe a longer standing tradition of having young women serving on the field than most other MLB teams (have to check with the SpoFi stats yoda on that), dating way back to the Oriole broom gals that used to come out between innings and sweep off the bases, and maybe the tops of the players shoes, and perhaps give the players and field coaches a moment of personal recognition back in the day.

Hugh J. probably going to remember that business with more clarity and help us out.

posted by beaverboard at 05:44 PM on April 14

20-Year-Old Tied for Lead at Masters

Speith being in the final group with Bubba is a media dream pairing. My dream pairing would be the lad and Jimenez.

I'll probably still be at work when Speith gets to 13 and 15. Maybe just as well. Or maybe not.

Weather gods are smiling on the event. Today should be great. Wind and rain move in Mon. and Tues.

posted by beaverboard at 07:39 AM on April 13