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Member since: April 27, 2007
Last visit: August 22, 2019

beaverboard has posted 18 links and 5,089 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

Recent Links

Fools Rush In Where Scots and Augusta Members Fear To Tread: Notes and wanderings from the Waste Management Phoenix Open

posted by beaverboard to golf at 10:19 AM on February 28, 2018 - 1 comment

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, 2017 - 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, 2016 - 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, 2011 - 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, 2010 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

They decided to snag an undrafted RB from the SEC to go with the one they drafted. The Pats may no longer have Jacoby Brissett, but they now have a Jakobi and a Brossette.

Not to be outdone, the Raiders put together their own SEC / NC State combo plate. Nathan Peterman and Mike Glennon. Sheer magic.

posted by beaverboard at 12:56 AM on August 19, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Any Jakobi Meyers fans on here, NoMich?

posted by beaverboard at 08:06 AM on August 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That's great. Hope she has a great season (which must be right around the corner).

I remember when I expressed interest in kicking in HS back in the Mesozoic Era. I had been on the varsity soccer team, but the squad was talent laden and over rostered and PT was scant.

The football coach liked what I could do but he was old school and would not support the silly notion of having a kicking "specialist". Everyone on the team had to try out for a field position. Not with the goal of being a starter, you just had to be rostered as an "actual" player with a "real" position. He wanted to roster me as a DB. That was a good place to hide weaker players, since the defensive backfield typically saw less of the ball. There were very few live armed QB's that could stretch out a defense.

I had never played football; I was clueless. It didn't work out. Just as well. In those days, most HS plays were run-based, so as a DB, your golden opportunity to gain glory was to come running up so you could collide head on with a fullback (remember those?) who was on the verge of getting past the D line and reaching the linebacker level.

You can imagine what would happen in practice if a kicker got put in on D for a few plays and suddenly found the action coming right at them. A little additional contact, no extra charge, just so you got a feel for what it was like to be one of the real players.

The game balls were awful and were hard to control in the kicking game and they didn't care, because if it's just rock toting Barney or Fred hitting the hole 90% of the time, you don't need a well maintained football for that. Who cares what the French poodle kickers think?

posted by beaverboard at 04:51 PM on August 13, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Watching Antonio Brown self-destruct, imperiling his Raiders contract with all that ill-advised guaranteed money, my main thought is that idiots like Gruden and Mayock don't deserve to be this lucky.

posted by beaverboard at 10:30 AM on August 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Infamous Boston Marathon curb hopper and laurel squatter Rosie Ruiz has died. Among the many jobs she held after disappearing from public view was as an accreditation specialist at the Better Business Bureau.

Because if you needed someone with verification skills, why would you hire anyone else?

posted by beaverboard at 07:11 AM on August 09, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Both auto and manual.

posted by beaverboard at 07:23 AM on August 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The kind my inbox says I need.

posted by beaverboard at 10:07 PM on August 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tom Brady just got an extension. I need one a heck of a lot more than he does.

posted by beaverboard at 03:32 PM on August 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Thanks for posting that clip NoMich. That was great. Hadn't ever seen that.

posted by beaverboard at 08:43 AM on August 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

RIP Cliff Branch, frightening addition to an already powerful Oakland Raiders offense in the early 70's. Perhaps in death he will finally make the HOF, subject to the whim of the voters who, ironically, are appointed for life.

Daryle Lamonica throwing to Wells, Biletnikoff and Cannon was exciting to watch, but when Stabler and Branch arrived, they made the Oakland passing game deadly and clinical.

Branch retired from the NFL in the mid 80's but one day in the summer of 1988 I turned on the TV in a hotel room in Maryland after a long day of work and travel and promptly had my first encounter with the spectacle of arena football. And there, running routes on a short rug with tight sidelines, was the ageless Cliff Branch.

posted by beaverboard at 07:03 PM on August 04, 2019

Reds' Amir Garrett Fights Entire Pirates Team

I miss the days when both teams were relevant and badass. Both had new circular multi purpose stadiums near the water (ugh) and both wore doubleknit unis (gag). But the rosters were outstanding.

Pining for the days of two hour ballgames and low six figure salaries. Stargell, Parker, and Madlock in the pillbox layer cake hats looking like the crew of a battle tested Union ironclad.

posted by beaverboard at 10:56 PM on August 01, 2019

Jill Ellis to Step Down as U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach

The thing I don't like about this is that Hope Solo is going to think she made it happen all by her anointed self.

posted by beaverboard at 10:21 AM on July 31, 2019

Reds' Amir Garrett Fights Entire Pirates Team

Was Puig fighting to avoid any chance of being accidentally shipped to San Diego in the 3 way trade?

posted by beaverboard at 10:15 AM on July 31, 2019

Robot umps now!

Would a future Weaver or Piniella send out an IT guy to argue the bad calls with a tablet?

Would there be any allowance built into the system for teams whose lineups are savages in the batter's box?

posted by beaverboard at 05:01 PM on July 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Knicks owner James Dolan's band does requests. First up: Haul Away For Rosie.

posted by beaverboard at 02:00 PM on July 29, 2019