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Last visit: January 16, 2018

beaverboard has posted 17 links and 4441 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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111 NFL Brains Examined By Neuropathologist: All but one were found to have CTE.

posted by beaverboard to football at 12:24 PM on July 25 - 5 comments

Michael Powell follows the sad, dirty trail of big time high school and college ball: For some prominent college coaches, the disheartening math seems to go as follows: win wherever and however you can, and hope that not all of your prior triumphs end up getting vacated.

posted by beaverboard to basketball at 02:02 PM on March 04 - 1 comment

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

Recent Comments

Mike Mularkey Out as Coach of Tennessee Titans

Hard to picture the Titans doing this without knowing where they're heading next with some certainty.

There are several offensive minded candidates out there. Most of whom are known to have more imagination than MM.

Mularkey moves on best known as one of four head coaches to leave the Buffalo Bills voluntarily (Lou Saban resigned twice), and as the OC that drove Nick Saban from the NFL back to the college ranks.

posted by beaverboard at 02:51 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

The other 3 teams are taking on a bit of the 1990 Giants feel. Great defense and the latter day equivalent of Jeff Hostetler running the offense.

posted by beaverboard at 01:26 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Jaguars win has to be one of the all time best cold weather playoff wins by a Florida team. Maybe better than the 1997 Jags win in Denver because the Jags were the better team right from the start yesterday, and there was no shock and surprise factor - they had already beaten the Steelers decisively at Heinz Field during the regular season.

However, it should be noted that the record of cold climate dome teams in cold weather outdoor games is actually worse than that of Florida teams. We'll see how the Vikes fare in Philly this Sunday.

The Vikings played in 4 Super Bowls when they were an outdoor cold weather team. None since becoming a dome team.

posted by beaverboard at 01:16 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

After his masterpiece, Bortles remains calm and contented, stating that all the rivers that run through Pittsburgh are happy rivers.

posted by beaverboard at 09:41 AM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Sarkisian spotted arriving for the 11 am shift to begin his new job at the Home Depot in Buckhead.

posted by beaverboard at 12:44 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

posted by beaverboard at 01:04 PM on January 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Waiting to see if Col. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will claim that the president is a massive Big East fan and actually said "Seton Hall".

posted by beaverboard at 01:04 PM on January 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

RIP Keith Jackson. Many fond memories. The broadcast equivalent of comfort food.

If God has an OL, let us know who the bell cow is.

posted by beaverboard at 12:40 PM on January 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

When you've got game changing, versatile talents like Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey on your roster, you want a dynamic, innovative thinker to run your offense.

So the Panthers hired Norv Turner.

posted by beaverboard at 09:33 AM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Mathematician Wanted:

The standings calculator for the NFL Playoffs Pick 'Em is struggling. It's having trouble dealing with the widespread occurrence of negative values due to the outcome of last weekend's Chiefs game. The only way to get an accurate tabulation at this point is with a north Florida hand count.

Special thanks to Andy Reid, the sporting nation's Ambien Walrus, for helping create this situation.

posted by beaverboard at 09:17 AM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

What happened to Bama with their QB change is what should have happened to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII against those dominant, relentless Cowboys when coach Red Miller pulled beleaguered Craig Morton and inserted the energetic, mercurial Norris Weese.

"Who, we are told, makes things happen" intoned Pat Summerall as Weese come onto the field.

posted by beaverboard at 10:04 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tua also took the Tide kicker who had missed two FG's off the hook. I knew he was going to miss the second FG at the end of regulation. I watched his sideline warmups. The mechanics looked forced and his ankle was locked on the follow through in an awkward looking way. He was tight, not mentally ready for the moment.

I disagree with the prevailing practice of having the kicker set up his own practice kicks in complete isolation. I think there should be a couple of other players there with him to help, support, and reassure. It's like they're trying to reinforce the solitude of the job, which is already daunting enough. Better that the kicker be calmly reminded that it's a team sport. Words don't have to be spoken. Just people presence is enough.

I can't believe that whoever on Saban's staff recruited a kid as talented as Tagovailoa convinced him to come to Bama knowing he was going to sit behind Hurts. Most of the top teams have scary positional depth, but this guy is more ready to lead and a bigger difference maker than other #2 QB's. He could have gone to several other elite programs and become their 2017 starter. What he accomplished under the circumstances is greater than what Cardale did for OSU a few years ago.

I'd like to know whether it was Daboll or Saban who made the initial call to start Tagovailoa in the second half.

And the Bama OL coach deserves special mention. With a lefty QB being sent in, the pass blocking assignments suddenly changed from one side of the line to the other. And they had key injuries at tackle to begin with, so the line as a whole did heroic duty as the offense began to move the ball under Tago.

Saban and Belichick are good friends. No doubt Saban texted BB to tell him how great it is to be able to send in a young QB with a live arm and great presence and feel for the game at a moment's notice if the top guy who has always been so dependable just isn't getting it done.

posted by beaverboard at 12:41 PM on January 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The name Jack Clark triggers haunted house memories of Lou Gorman deals. They spent money in such an inept and strategically deficient way.

But fortunately, there was mirth amid the woe. The arrival of Danny Darwin was the source of a few memorable moments.

When the Red Sox signed Darwin, he was in his mid 30's and Gorman decided to pay him an annual salary almost 3 times what he had ever made before. By the time he came to Boston, he had already earned over 4.5 million dollars in his career. The Boston press asked him what it meant to him to suddenly have such a big increase in pay. Being from a small town in Texas up near the Oklahoma border, Darwin kept it homestyle. He said "now I can afford to help my folks add that second bathroom they've always wanted".

If you're from a place that's just south of the towns of White Shed and Telephone and you can't figure out how to put in a country bathroom on 4.5 million in gross just could be Lou Gorman's kind of guy.

posted by beaverboard at 06:41 PM on January 08

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Oh, I want to see the Titans do that. I'm already pondering how it would play out.

I think it begins with Belichick coming onto the field in a Giants windbreaker. Then the camera pans up to the owner's box and the only person sitting in it is Jonathan Kraft. Alex Guerrero leads the team out of the tunnel onto the sideline, followed by the ice cold Dr. Pepper guy with a tray full of kale smoothies. McDaniels sends Hoyer out to start the game.

The game broadcast gets transformed into a remake of "It's A Wonderful Life" with Mike Mularkey as George Bailey and Belichick as Old Man Potter. Roger Goodell as Uncle Billy. Josh McDaniels as Harry Bailey. Dante Scarnecchia as Clarence. Gino Cappelletti as Mr. Gower. Kraft's 20 year old girlfriend as Violet. Steve Nelson as Bert. Bridget Moynahan as Mary.

posted by beaverboard at 08:29 PM on January 07

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

If your daughter's anything like this, you've got lots of other options.

posted by beaverboard at 10:40 AM on January 07