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Last visit: June 30, 2020

beaverboard has posted 19 links and 5,448 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike: Elite runner Mary Cain's harrowing tale of breakdown in the grips of the Nike training program.

posted by beaverboard to general at 07:34 PM on November 08, 2019 - 3 comments

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

These COVID masks are raising hell with the facial recognition software on my new smart toilet.

posted by beaverboard at 09:39 AM on July 07, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The concern is that the name is bound to be shortened to "The Tails", and it won't take long for that to conjure up a sea of references to congressional and executive naughty business, from Nan Britton to Marilyn Monroe to the firm of Daniels, McDougal, Carroll, Holvey and Leeds (acting on behalf of numerous others).

Oops, that reminds me, didn't mean to leave the judicial branch out of it.

posted by beaverboard at 06:23 PM on July 04, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

From the Money Rules Above All Desk:

The coming Washington NFL team name change is partly being caused by a hefty projected loss of revenue if Daniel Snyder were to continue to refuse to change the name.

But also, the merchandise light bulb went on:

1) If they do a good job with the name change and uniform design, they are going to sell a ton of the new team gear.

2) They are also going to sell a ton of the old gear to die hard fans who liked things the way they were. One way or another, the old stuff will remain available for a long time to come.

What's the team going to wear for Throwback games?

Memo to Snyder: When renaming the team, you have got to do better than "Wizards". That name still feels like it was lifted from Marques Haynes and the Fabulous Magicians.

posted by beaverboard at 02:18 PM on July 04, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

When I was in high school in the early 70's (in the US), just Canuck by itself with no adjective was seen as at least semi derogatory. It was jumbled in with all the other derogatory ethnic names that kicked around in common usage at the time. Mick, spic, etc. Damn near every kid I knew was one thing or another.

A friend of mine who had strong Polish heritage was stunned when the Canucks team name was announced as they joined the NHL. I remember him bellowing out: "For Christ's sake! What's the next team going to be called? The Warsaw Polacks?" That's the context I grew up with (being a Mick myself). The name was seen as a perplexing shock at the time, as there was a push going on to clean up all the ethnic name usage, regardless of how mean-spirited (or not) it was.

More recently, the vibe I get from some Canadians is: "Yeah, Canuck is a name. We can use it. You can't." So I'm content to leave it alone, except when it regards the hockey team.

posted by beaverboard at 06:49 PM on July 02, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Mets specialize in albatrosses.

Bernie Madoff will die in prison long before the final installment is paid to Bonilla.

And while Canada Day is being celebrated, a question that has popped into my mind once or twice:

With all the renaming of places and things and tearing down of statues going on here in the US, if the Washington NFL team gets renamed, would some people eventually demand that the Vancouver Canucks change their name?

posted by beaverboard at 12:07 PM on July 01, 2020

Patriots Sign Cam Newton to 1-Year Deal

If Newton wants to wear #1, he'll have to play on special teams - so say fans of Tony Franklin and John Smith. In the pre-Belichick era, the Pats were a barefootin', snowblowin' bunch.

If Cam does well and they want to keep him on, they can pay more next year once the Brady dead cap hit is gone.

If he gets signed away by another team after 2020, the Pats will get one more of those juicy comp picks that have been a key part of their rostering strategy.

If he fails miserably, he'll still be better off than Albert Haynesworth.

posted by beaverboard at 01:36 PM on June 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I saw the story break on CNN online just when a nasty storm line was rolling through the area, so when my wife heard me say "Oh, Fuck!", she thought I was commenting on the severe weather.

She had no idea I was reacting to the news that Cam Newton had signed with the Patriots.

It's a Belichick-friendly one year deal, but still, who in the Foxborobunker thinks Newton is a good bet to buy into the team's approach, and where would he have suddenly gotten the required mental toughness?

Versatility memo to Cam at 6'5", 245 lbs.:

1) James Develin just retired.

2) During the 2020 bye week, you may be tucked in with the LB's and safeties watching Lamar Jackson game film. Any questions, call 1-800-DAVID-FULCHER.

3) Amazon is releasing a new children's book entitled "Steve's Daddy Has Three Tight Ends".

4) Josh McDaniels has been waiting a long time to run the Philly Philly. The previous QB ran like he'd stepped into two buckets of paint at the line of scrimmage.

posted by beaverboard at 09:35 PM on June 28, 2020

What the Hell, Bill Simmons?

Simmons is a bright, knowledgeable, talented guy, but at times is a bit too pleased with himself and the glow of his presence on the scene. Comes with the territory I suppose.

Poor Ohio sports fans - imagine their shock at being made uncomfortable by a Michigan native.

posted by beaverboard at 10:30 AM on June 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Very enjoyable hockey highlights. What are those green uniforms?

(former Hartford rez)

posted by beaverboard at 09:10 AM on June 26, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Can't say that I ever heard a Chicagoan say they were in a hurry to get to Garys Indiana.

posted by beaverboard at 11:30 PM on June 23, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Big Bird says: Look, Oscar - Everyone has three names!

It has been announced that Martha Firestone Ford is stepping down as principal owner of the Detroit Lions.

She is the widow of the late William Clay Ford.

Control of the team is being passed to her daughter Sheila Ford Hamp.

The Ford family purchased the Lions on Nov. 22, 1963, the day that John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated - allegedly by Lee Harvey Oswald.

The team has no connection to Detroit native Francis Ford Coppola, who apparently got his middle name as a salute to the auto manufacturer's sponsorship of his family's music broadcasts.

Long suffering Lions fans will not gain a renewed sense of hope from this transition. According to former Great Lakes resident No Ford Mich, it's just another day at the orifice.

posted by beaverboard at 02:41 PM on June 23, 2020

Dak Prescott Will Sign Franchise Tag Today

I remember too well the lean years at quarterback in Dallas between Aikman and Romo.

The thing I remember most is the lean years at head coach. I don't know if we're done with 'em yet.

I've always wondered how far the team might have gone if Parcells had a bit more fire still left in the belly and Quincy Carter had been able to stay clean and focused on playing his position.

posted by beaverboard at 09:29 AM on June 23, 2020

Dak Prescott Will Sign Franchise Tag Today

Tag and trade time.

By moving to Vegas, the Raiders have suddenly gone from being one of the lowest valued franchises in the league to a revenue rich farce to be reckoned with.

They showed they were eager to overpay when they were in Oakland and couldn't afford to do it. If anyone in the Davis-Gruden-Mayock junta has a special feeling about Prescott and they can find a taker for Carr's contract, they'd be the first suckers I'd call.

If Dak had been under contract with New England, he would have become someone else's roster wrecker six months ago.

posted by beaverboard at 12:41 PM on June 22, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I feel really old now:

RIP Jim Kiick, stalwart of the pinnacle Dolphin teams of my youth in the early 70's.

posted by beaverboard at 11:21 PM on June 20, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Buccaneers new uniforms look good. They had their new QB help unveil the sets.

The thing I like best is that they made the size of the flag on the helmet just a bit smaller.

It's not as small as the original helmet flag logo that they introduced in the late 90's, but it's smaller than what they've had the last few years, which always looked oversized and reminded me of the funky fireworks shops up and down old Rt. 17 and 301 in Georgia and South Carolina back in the days before I-95 was completed.

It turns out that a fair percentage of Bucs fans were pushing for the team to go back to the old original creamsicle uniforms, but there was some disagreement about whether to bring back the Bucco Bruce logo.

posted by beaverboard at 09:58 AM on June 17, 2020