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Last visit: June 07, 2023

beaverboard has posted 21 links and 6,627 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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RIP Franco Harris: An icon and hero of my adolescence. Heading into the 1972 Draft, Franco was seen as a workhorse and his Penn State backfield mate Lydell Mitchell was seen as the skill stud. It was stunning when the Steelers drafted Franco well ahead of Mitchell, but they knew what they were doing. Lydell did OK for the Colts, but Franco ascended to the pantheon of immortals. He was a major tone setter for the great 1970's Steeler rosters, which caused great pain to Cowboys fans and others. I was somewhat ambivalent about the team until they handled the Fran Tarkenton Vikings in the Super Bowl. Then I got on board. Anyone who took care of Tark was deserving of a thumbs up in my book. With several teammates and coaches already deceased, I'm glad that Terry Bradshaw is still around and able to clearly articulate his thoughts and feelings in great detail as people reminisce about Franco and those Pittsburgh teams.

posted by beaverboard to football at 11:41 AM on December 22, 2022 - 2 comments

I Don't Want Cooperstown, I want Shaughnessy: Curt Schilling's thoughts on baseball immortality and settling scores.

posted by beaverboard to baseball at 01:58 AM on January 27, 2021 - 5 comments

Chargers Team Doctor Punctured Tyrod Taylor's Lung: Broadcasters during the Chargers/Chiefs game on Sunday were mystified by the last-minute absence of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who wasn't on the injury list but did not make the start. Coach Anthony Lynn revealed that Taylor missed the game because the team doctor accidentally punctured his lung while administering a painkiller injection for Taylor's cracked ribs. He's out indefinitely.

posted by beaverboard to football at 04:26 PM on September 23, 2020 - 2 comments

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

Recent Comments

Lionel Messi is Coming to Major League Soccer

Tough week for the Saudis. Not everyone is taking the blood money.

posted by beaverboard at 10:31 PM on June 07, 2023

PGA Tour Merges with LIV Golf, DP World Tour

Isn't it fitting that the PGA's press release was issued without prior warning on a Tuesday?

It's the day of the week that was specifically targeted by Mohamed Atta and his fellow hijackers as they researched and prepared for their Sept. 11 mission.

posted by beaverboard at 11:14 AM on June 07, 2023

PGA Tour Merges with LIV Golf, DP World Tour

This just in:

US golf commentators will no longer refer to course hazards as "bunkers".

They will henceforth once again be called "sand traps".

Of course, when Tour events are held at Trump properties, the sand traps will be called "bunkers".

It's a proper adjustment. More like the Fuhrer, less like Rommel.

posted by beaverboard at 11:52 PM on June 06, 2023

PGA Tour Merges with LIV Golf, DP World Tour

We should also mention that the PGA will control the greens and fairways while the Saudis are in charge of the second cut.

posted by beaverboard at 11:45 PM on June 06, 2023

PGA Tour Merges with LIV Golf, DP World Tour

The prominent PGA players who stood firm and upheld the tour must feel utterly betrayed.

The secrecy and blindsiding accompanying the negotiations and decision are beyond reprehensible.

Does this mean that tour players can now carry scimitars in their bag for when they hit into deep rough or their caddy displeases them?

No doubt Donald is already working the phones trying to get more events steered to his properties.

Are there any hedge fund honchos out there who want to say fuck the new PGA and start their own tour?

posted by beaverboard at 04:32 PM on June 06, 2023

French Open Boots Doubles Players After Ball Girl Struck by Ball

It would be nice to see a bit of consistency around the rules and etiquette of the game.

posted by beaverboard at 07:41 PM on June 05, 2023

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Your turn, Panthers.

posted by beaverboard at 10:45 AM on June 05, 2023

The Newest Running Guru is Slow AF and Proud of It

This is inspiring. I could start a club for old men regardless of weight whose running gait has been reduced to a slo-mo crawl.

You've seen us out there. We're painful to watch. It's the All Geezer Bedroom Slipper Shuffle Club.

Are we actually running? It would take the late Doc Edgerton sequencing us on laboratory cameras to figure that out.

Could an intriguing trim retiree who eats sensibly and gets plenty of exercise blow right past us while brisk walking?

Absolutely. Leaving us in a cloud of pastel Patagonia dust with more questions than answers.

posted by beaverboard at 05:20 PM on June 04, 2023

Denver Has a Height Advantage Over Miami

I've been thinking about this. I also want to see what happens to Denver when they get to Miami and the wall of heavy air.

You know that if Red Auerbach were in charge of the Heat, he'd have the A/C mysteriously go kaput in the Kaseya Center.

Miami may have a slight advantage due to the 2-2-1-1-1 series format. If the Heat can split the first 4 games, there will be a good bit of travel, and the Heat have logged more air miles in the playoffs than the Nuggets have. The schlepping could wear on Denver.

I'd like to see Spoelstra use his roster in wizardly fashion to avoid altitude fatigue and if Denver comes out rusty after a long layoff, Miami might be able to steal Game 1 on the road.

Man, I wish I could get the Joker a Kelly Olynyk fright wig. I can't believe he's still rocking the Eric Montross / Greg Ostertag look.

posted by beaverboard at 07:08 PM on June 01, 2023

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There have been times when the Celtics' Brad Stevens has seemed like an untouchable golden boy. No doubt other teams would like to have him running things.

But this season has raised questions about how well he's doing his job in the front office.

What if the C's ownership did something really bold and canned Stevens so they could bring in Bob Myers, who just stepped down from his post with the Warriors?

And let Myers start making bold moves of his own, including finding a Steve Kerr 2.0 to replace the overmatched Joe Mazzulla.

With the right person in charge, the right coach, and not overcommitting to Jaylen Brown, the Celtics might have something. The team feels sort of like a junior version of the Warriors when Mark Jackson was coaching them. Needing the right leadership to come in and unlock the full potential.

Oh, and sign an aging spiritual descendant of Maurice Lucas to suit up, sit on the bench, and serve as Tatum's backbone.

posted by beaverboard at 10:57 AM on May 31, 2023

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

NHL Finals: 8% humidity versus 80% humidity

NBA Finals: 5280 foot elevation versus 6 foot elevation (and declining)

posted by beaverboard at 10:02 AM on May 30, 2023

Celtics One Win from Making NBA Playoff History

Joe Mazzulla is fortunate. In his first season as a head coach, he's been administered the career changing pain that Erik Spoelstra endured in the 2011 Finals.

But it doesn't matter because if Brad Stevens has any backbone, Mazzulla won't have the opportunity to learn and grow from the experience.

posted by beaverboard at 09:57 AM on May 30, 2023

Celtics One Win from Making NBA Playoff History

Thank you for representing, Howard.

Are you going to carry emergency locator transmitters so rescue personnel can locate and evacuate you in the event of bedlam?

Lord if Johnny Most was alive to call this game. There'd have to be an oxygen tank high above courtside. I can still hear him almost reaching his laryngeal threshold when Ralph Sampson slugged Jerry Sichting in 1986. And that was just a warmup for the Pistons series in 87.

posted by beaverboard at 08:04 PM on May 29, 2023

Celtics One Win from Making NBA Playoff History

I don't know what to expect tonight. I'm not convinced of the inevitability of the Celtics' momentum. I can see either team winning it.

Looking at it from the Heat perspective, yesterday reminded me of the feeling I had in between Game 6 and 7 of the 1986 World Series. The Heat thinking as the Red Sox must have back then: how did we let things get to this point?

Tonight will be historic regardless. Either the Celtics become the first team to win a series after going down 0-3, or they become the first team to force a Game 7 and lose it at home rather than on the road.

When you look at the Celtics' remarkable turnaround, there's something that no one is talking about. In my mind, the Boston team that lost Game 3 with everyone wanting to run the young coach out of town doesn't get transformed on the fly without a hidden presence behind the green curtain: the unseen hand of Brad Stevens. I want to hear what role he's had in all this after the series is over. Whether he's been a puppetmaster of sorts or hung back and let Mazzulla and the players figure things out on their own.

posted by beaverboard at 02:56 PM on May 29, 2023

Luton Town is a Better Story Than Wrexham

Corrugated Yea

Corrugated Nay

posted by beaverboard at 11:09 AM on May 28, 2023