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Member since: April 27, 2007
Last visit: July 14, 2020

beaverboard has posted 19 links and 5,457 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

Recent Links

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

Op-Ed: 'The Texas Rangers Team Name Must Go'

She is qualified to speak to that particular concern. I am not.

But I will say that if such a change is going to be made, given the sins that my fellow Catholics at the Vatican and elsewhere have foisted on humanity since well before the printed word, the New Orleans Saints ought to be at the front of the cleansing line.

posted by beaverboard at 10:04 PM on July 14, 2020

The Washington Redskins

I hope that Snyder realizes that this is not bitter medicine, but a fabulous set of opportunities in the making. If his marketing /branding team gets this right, he'll be swimming in revenue, possibilities, partnerships, and positive momentum.

The Ravens are fortunate. They already named their team in reference to Poe the anointed prince of darkness, so even if they decided to rename the team the Ray Rice Elevator Sluggers, it would seem like a tepid step down.

Meanwhile, somewhere in God knows where - Kentucky, Arkansas, Idaho? - someone is setting up a warehouse to sell tons of good old Washington NFL football merchandise to the defiant and unconverted.

posted by beaverboard at 09:41 PM on July 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

RIP Jerry Maguire's girlfriend, commanding lioness of darkened rooms.

posted by beaverboard at 01:37 PM on July 13, 2020

The Washington Redskins

I would suggest Redhawks rather than Redtails for reasons previously elucidated. The tails thing becomes problematic.

Or they can go with the Washington Stonewall Jacksons if they want to see the president do a reverse somersault with 2 1/2 twists off the White House balcony in a state of sheer ecstasy.

posted by beaverboard at 01:34 PM on July 13, 2020

The Washington Redskins

The Washington All Caps. In reference to Snyder's comment:

"We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER " you can use all caps."

posted by beaverboard at 01:28 PM on July 13, 2020

The Washington Redskins

Reserving the names is a simple task. It's getting the team to qualify as a legitimate source of entertainment that's the challenge.

posted by beaverboard at 10:08 AM on July 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'd like to know more about how Steve Fisher figured into all that. He was usually portrayed in the media as a good guy. And sportcasters seemed pleased when he took several SDSU teams to the tournament after getting the boot from Michigan.

But even before the Fab Five, he had to deal with the championship team he inherited from Bill Frieder on short notice that included Rumeal Robinson, who turned out to be an unsavory character as a pro. And also Glen Rice, the future acknowledged paramour of Sarah Palin*.

I'd also like to learn more about the Fab Five's legendary introduction of the baggy shorts. Maybe have to read the Mitch Albom book about those guys.

* Palin: "One of the most important things that we have to engage is unleashing our domestic energy opportunities. It comes down to "drill, baby, drill..."

posted by beaverboard at 02:17 PM on July 10, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If the NBA had players like Tree Rollins, Laimbeer, and Ron Artest on current rosters, they'd probably have to scrap the season. Things would just be too unpredictable. And Danny Ainge's hand would have to be quarantined after Rollins bit down on it.

posted by beaverboard at 01:46 PM on July 10, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It's not just the rules, Howard. Picture being the plate umpire and getting into a major argument with a manager. In Finnish. It's probably the hardest of the Nordic languages. It doesn't seem to have the semi-connectivity that Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian do.

posted by beaverboard at 09:23 PM on July 09, 2020

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