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Member since: April 27, 2007
Last visit: April 08, 2020

beaverboard has posted 19 links and 5,374 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

Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend, dies at age 85

I didn't think there could be a more compelling World Series than 1967, then the 1968 Series happened. So glad that Kaline finally got to be a part of something like that. And he made the most of the opportunity.

As kids, we went through a lot of batteries and we could buy them in more sizes than are commonly available today, such as B and C. But they were all just batteries, plain and simple. No exotic long lasting varieties. Then Alkaline batteries came out, and we were stoked because we thought they were Al Kaline autograph models. We kept looking for his signature on the packages, to no avail.

We also pronounced them as though we were saying his name.

Kid: Hey Mom, look, they're selling Al Kaline batteries. Let's get some.

Mom: No, they cost more. Regular batteries are fine.

Moms: I wish the kids would quit asking for those new Al Kaline batteries. The way they carry on about them, you'd think those batteries were better.

Dads: They are better. I just read about it in Popular Mechanics

posted by beaverboard at 03:15 PM on April 07, 2020

Record-Breaking NFL Kicker Tom Dempsey Dies

I remember seeing the kick the day it happened. The network cut into the game we were watching to show the highlight clip. We couldn't believe it. The air he kicked into looked murky and still. It was all anyone that followed sports talked about for several days.

I've always admired Elam, Prater, McManus and the other great Broncos kickers, but the outdoor kicking conditions at sultry sea level Tulane Stadium and Mile High Stadium in Denver are about as different as they could possibly be.

Dempsey also was not averse to contact and suffered multiple concussions, which it is reasonable to assume took a toll.

posted by beaverboard at 02:45 PM on April 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Here's a fitting menu companion to the infamous Pizzagate affair of 2016:

CBS News reports that in a recent survey of beer drinking Americans, 38% said they would not order a Corona beer under any circumstances.

Stay safe, y'all. I guess even if it means denying yourself a Tony Romo approved beverage.

This actually might not affect Corona's quarterly figures that much, as overall March beer sales in Massachusetts were up 55%.

April is also shaping up to be a big month. And we haven't even gotten to Holy Week.

posted by beaverboard at 10:34 AM on April 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Good news! They have decided to extend April Fools Day for several extra days to help people cope with the ongoing virus pandemic in a lighthearted, positive way.

Here's your take home test for today. Which of the following news stories is an April Fools joke?

1) The Bucs have signed Blaine Gabbert to be Tom Brady's backup

2) An Ohio bakery is selling "quarantine cakes" shaped like toilet paper rolls

3) Joe Buck refuses to add play by play sports commentary to private sex tapes

posted by beaverboard at 09:45 AM on April 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

rcade's presence as a stalwart Scot wasn't enough to keep the Jags from having to endure cap hits of $21 mil from Bortles and almost $19 mil from Foles.

With the intolerable rascal Coughlin having had a hand in both.

posted by beaverboard at 04:13 PM on April 02, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In the 2020 census year, it's worth knowing that demographics can be defined by factors other than sheer numbers. For instance, identifiable attributes such as luck and thrift can be used to measure population segments.

Based on this knowledge, it is quite obvious that there are more Scots and Irish in Chicago than there are in Jacksonville.

posted by beaverboard at 08:38 AM on April 02, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It looks like Andrew Luck is coming out of retirement.

Great timing on his part to decide something like that in the middle of a pandemic.

It gets complicated from there:

1) He wants to play for the Buccaneers
2) He wants to be the starter - even though they recently signed Tom Brady
3) He wants to wear his usual #12 - but Chris Godwin had that number and just gave it to Brady

When asked why he wanted to play for the Bucs, Luck said: "Well, they're my first choice, but it could be any of the Florida teams. If I get re-injured and have to go to the hospital, it would be great if that happened in a state where a guy like Ron DeSantis is the governor."

posted by beaverboard at 02:33 PM on April 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Just think what it must have been like when the Bruins had both Tim Thomas and Rask on the roster. Between the two of them, hot air coming out high on the front end and down low on the back end. No escape possible.

posted by beaverboard at 05:39 PM on March 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

No, the old Garden did not have A/C. Check out the 1984 NBA Finals Game 5. Lakers-Celtics. Over 95 degrees inside the building. Rob't Parish was given a cup of water and just poured it on himself. There was a lot of extra mopping of the parquet that night.

I too have been in the old Garden right after the circus had been there. It became a legendary experience over the years.

posted by beaverboard at 05:26 PM on March 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If Howard T's tickets for Bruins home games are up high, far removed from the rink, it has nothing to do with cost and availability.

There's a much better reason behind it.

posted by beaverboard at 10:34 AM on March 31, 2020

New York Knicks Owner James Dolan Has Coronavirus

Several thoughts come to mind None of them appropriate

posted by beaverboard at 12:20 AM on March 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

John Prine just upgraded from critical to stable.

If he makes it, he'll want to know that for the last 24 hours, when you type "John" into the Google search box, the top autocomplete result has consistently been "Prine". It's not even close. There's a song in there somewhere.

posted by beaverboard at 02:01 PM on March 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Belarus defiantly keeps playing

Maybe part of the Belarus mindset is: hey, we survived Chernobyl (which is just across the border), we can handle the virus.

Tom Brady will be thrilled to reside in Tampa, where a megachurch ignored a sheriff's directive and met in large numbers for worship yesterday. The churchgoers may not have known that a 60 person choir practice in WA resulted in 45 corona cases and thus far two deaths.

Or then again, based on the way some people are responding to the virus, perhaps they did know and went ahead anyway.

a few friendly games this and last week between teams in Sweden.

Sweden is handling the pandemic differently than neighboring countries. Their version of the lockdown is less severe than Norway, Finland, Denmark, etc., so allowing friendly matches is probably within their guidelines. Their case numbers on a percentage of population basis are not that different thus far from the other Nordic countries. But if they made the wrong bet, they could turn into the New Orleans of Scandanavia. And if that happened, it would happen fast.

posted by beaverboard at 01:27 PM on March 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Not able to gather in worship this weekend?

Miss hearing the national anthem sung at sporting events?

This might help. Phillies content @ 2:17

posted by beaverboard at 11:04 AM on March 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I don't really know what to think about that link. I still definitely worry about the containerization and have been cleaning items like you mentioned.

I've been extra wary of pre-prepped food items lately. I have to have a high level of confidence in them before I accept them.

We're handling as much of it as we can. Oops, wrong language from prior post. Gives the impression that we're trying to physically handle the merchandise as much as possible. Meant to say we're sourcing and distributing as much food as we can. Not that we're touching it as often as possible.

For a few years now, in my own household, I've routinely stuck containers from the dairy department in the sink and hosed them down when I brought them in the house. Milk jugs, sour cream, etc. There tends to be a fair amount of dried dairy matter on the outside of those containers from shipping and warehousing etc.

I wrangle a fair number of milk crates in a given week, and some of those are walking, talking dairy residue art projects. It just takes one gallon jug leaker to muck up an entire pallet load of dairy products.

There's something very strange about watching milk seep from a leaker jug onto the conveyor belt when you're in the checkout lane. It's almost worse than if it was blood. OK, no it's not.

posted by beaverboard at 08:38 PM on March 28, 2020