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Last visit: December 16, 2018

beaverboard has posted 18 links and 4,836 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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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

The Great Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever

I'm also enjoying working my way through it, and things were going great until they dragged Will McDonough's name into it, even if just momentarily.

Growing up in a household with a character like that, Sean McDonough figured out early on that the best way to survive was to perfect the art of becoming entirely unnoticeable. A skill that he continues to refine to this day.

posted by beaverboard at 08:36 AM on December 15, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The NFL playoffs pick 'em isn't far off, and that got me to thinking.

This year, maybe the prize should be something other than an official Goodell game ball.

I'd be inspired to compete extra hard to win one of these.

posted by beaverboard at 08:13 AM on December 15, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Don't worry about Maria Butina's future. She's got options.

There's no need for her to worry about the prospect of jail time when she can offer her services to the highest levels of the U.S. government.

Just like this guy.

posted by beaverboard at 02:21 PM on December 13, 2018

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time'

Interesting take on then vs. now:

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

posted by beaverboard at 12:01 AM on December 12, 2018

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time'

Ruth was used to baseball being played like a game that had some continuity and flow to it, with pitchers working briskly.

He would have a fit waiting for play to resume in between pitches in the contemporary game. Just like I do.

I stopped watching MLB sometime before the Red Sox won their first modern title in 2004. I listened to parts of Game 4 of that Series over the PA system in our local supermarket. Sad but true - a historic moment never thought likely in our lifetimes was unfolding and I was shopping for groceries in central Massachusetts.

posted by beaverboard at 10:04 PM on December 11, 2018

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time'

Assuming that Ruth would embrace having a nutrition and workout regime.

That's a big if.

Babe Ruth was Charlie Parker before Charlie Parker was in utero.

posted by beaverboard at 05:35 PM on December 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

On a worth and value basis, I don't know why Kirk Cousins decided to leave Washington, D.C.

If he had stayed there, he would have simply gone from an athlete under contract to a procurement.

posted by beaverboard at 10:38 AM on December 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Atlanta United's success in only it's second year in MLS is stunning.

Already, they

- Are newly crowned league champions
- Have the league MVP
- Have the highest average per game attendance
- Set a new overall attendance record for home games
- Set a new title game attendance record
- Have the most valuable franchise in the league

It was already clear that Atlanta wasn't a hockey town. The Falcons have regressed at an alarming rate. The Braves have left town and moved to the next county. The Hawks are one of the worst teams in the NBA. At this point it looks like Georgia belongs to soccer, the Masters, and the Dawgs.

posted by beaverboard at 08:11 AM on December 10, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

For several years, my friend Steve has had to work every other weekend.

Whenever the Patriots play the Dolphins when Steve is on duty, the Dolphins win. Always.

Steve is on duty today.

posted by beaverboard at 04:13 PM on December 09, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

RIP Tim Rossovich, who was a legendary figure when I was in high school. It seemed as though there was a new story about him every week. Each more outrageous than the last.

Here's an article written at the time that captures the flavor of his zany antics. I vividly recall reading it when it was published.

He sets fire to himself less frequently than you would think. "It is not something you do every day," he says.

posted by beaverboard at 01:20 PM on December 09, 2018

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Why couldn't the recent e-coli recall have been on arugula instead of romaine?


I want the Heisman to go to Haskins, for two reasons.

1) It would take some of the edge off of Ohio State as they head into the Rose Bowl. They're already going to be jacked up because it's Meyer's last game as coach. If they also felt that Haskins got jobbed in the award voting, that would add more fuel to the fire. I want the game to be competitive. If the Buckeyes go in double stoked, I fear for the Huskies' chances.

Plus, it's not like Haskins isn't deserving. He is way more dynamic than Troy Smith ever was.

2) If Tagovailoa and Murray got passed over by the Heisman voters, the Oklahoma-Alabama game would then feature two major talents with chips on their shoulders, and that game would become an intergalactic battle for the world to behold.

-- Also, I want Brady Quinn, Condoleezza Rice, or some other notable Golden Domer to say something really dumb and disrespectful about Clemson.

posted by beaverboard at 08:54 AM on December 08, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Adam Thielen was born ornery?

posted by beaverboard at 01:03 AM on December 08, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

An alternative would be the "Zeke Put Your Mama in the Christmas Kettle" Edition.

posted by beaverboard at 09:49 PM on December 05, 2018

Urban Meyer to Retire

I'm scared the Bengals are going to hire Schiano to bring some law and odor to the franchise.

posted by beaverboard at 09:55 AM on December 05, 2018

Urban Meyer to Retire

Kansas is so smart. They knew this was going to happen and sent their special forces unit out in full stealth battle dress under cover of darkness to pre-emptively sequester Les Miles so OSU couldn't get their mitts on him. Miles is being held at Leavenworth, less than an hour from Lawrence.

If Ryan Day doesn't work out, OSU has a Rolodex full of former Meyer assistants who are solid HC's to offer the job to if they so desire.

I'd like to know if they did explore bringing in someone else instead of transitioning to Day.

Unfortunately, any win that Harbaugh is ever able to manage over the Buckeyes will now have a virtual asterisk attached to it.

posted by beaverboard at 10:43 AM on December 04, 2018