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beaverboard has posted 20 links and 5,784 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 3 comments to the Locker Room.

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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

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Shout out to Canadian SpoFites for their potable jewel that some of us down here are just finding out about: Kicking Horse Coffee.

A case quantity of Kicking Horse in several varieties came into my food rescue operation. None of us had heard of it. Now we no longer have that problem. It's getting a big thumbs up.

Of course, if you don't like premium grade coffee and simply want to get the most out of ordinary grocery store grounds, heck, just do what they do in Oklahoma.

posted by beaverboard at 11:40 AM on February 27, 2021

Tiger Woods suffers multiple leg injuries in single-car accident in Los Angeles

I think Tiger will always be a complex and irresolvable figure.

There are the rowdy parking lot forays with the pancake house server.
Then there's the 2008 US Open with Tiger barely able to walk and gutting out a landmark win.
Then there's the round the world moon putt on 16 at Augusta.

I think that for better or worse, Tiger has shown himself to continually be capable of feats of prowess that are barely able to exist on the fringes of the imagination of people like Verne Lundquist.

posted by beaverboard at 08:14 PM on February 24, 2021

Jeff Bezos Looking at Buying Washington Football Team

Hopefully, Elon Musk will train his attention on the NBA to keep things thematic. Perhaps buy a stake in the Houston Rockets or lead a campaign to re-establish a SuperSonics team to Seattle.

posted by beaverboard at 04:22 PM on February 24, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Knowing Alex Smith, Tiger is probably (hopefully) going to hear from him one way or another.

posted by beaverboard at 08:01 PM on February 23, 2021

Jeff Bezos Looking at Buying Washington Football Team

The problem is that the influential NFC East owners Mara, Tisch, Lurie and Jerry Jones love having Snyder's ineptitude in their division, which is by far the most highly valued in the NFL. They can count on Snyder to consistently make bad decisions which put his team at a disadvantage. Even if he does get fortunate now and then and land a good coach, make some good draft choices, design great new uniforms, and bask in the feelgood glow of Alex Smith (and Taylor Heinicke).

They've got a good thing going. Even though Snyder is predisposed to running his franchise into the ground, its valuation has grown at an astronomical rate, which upholds the value of their franchises.

If Snyder doesn't want to sell, Goodell won't force him to sell until the stink gets too overpowering to disregard. Just being the Dan Snyder he's been up to now as far as the public record is concerned hasn't been bad enough to jolt Goodell into action.

One of two things has to happen for Snyder to be forced out. Either he has to somehow begin negatively affecting the valuation of the other NFC East franchises or his presence has to create a situation that tarnishes the Shield to a point that Goodell can't tolerate.

If Bezos buys in, the Washington team is immediately at an operational advantage, as Mara is decidedly stodgy and old fashioned, Lurie and Howie Roseman are in the midst of wrecking the Eagles roster for the foreseeable future, and Jerry Jones has been a front office nightmare for generations.

Goodell should take notice that the mediocrity of the NFC East could continue for several seasons to come. This is not good for the league. Someone in the division needs to be competitive. That team could easily be Washington, and why shouldn't it be if the tumorous Snyder is excised?

Washington is also the NFC East team most in need of a new stadium and Bezos could write a check for a new stadium on the spot.

posted by beaverboard at 04:12 PM on February 23, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

They may just be doing the immediate conspicuous work in the aftermath of the crash. He recently had more back surgery so no telling what deeper setbacks may lurk beneath the crash-related injuries.

posted by beaverboard at 03:32 PM on February 23, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I would not have guessed that Tebow is as old as 33. Time flies by.

Well, he's got good options. He saw the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago. He knows he's got plenty of time left on the Brady / Brees scale. He could try to put a scare into Drew Lock. Or he could fulfill rcade's lifelong fantasy by making the Jaguars roster.

Heck if I was Urban Meyer, I'd sign Tebow to a personal services contract so he could be trotted out as an example of the outstanding young men Meyer coached in college. Maybe make folks forget about some of those other guys.

I don't think I ever saw college plays that were more consistently slow to develop than those Tebow runs between the tackles at UF that announcers used to fawn over irrationally. Tim would take longer to get to the line than Le'Veon Bell or Refrigerator Perry.

posted by beaverboard at 11:44 AM on February 22, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Teams going for the Jurgular now. Our Bill will not be pleased.

posted by beaverboard at 08:31 PM on February 20, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Hey, any of y'all refinancing without locking in a rate?

If so, you're in championship company, because just like Tom Brady, you are floating that loan.

Except you come out ahead because you aren't faced with a petition with over 160,000 signatures demanding that you repay the loan.

posted by beaverboard at 03:21 PM on February 18, 2021

Eagles Trade Carson Wentz to Colts

Yet in recent years, the overall starting talent at QB around the league has been at a remarkable high point compared to previous eras. There were only a few teams in the last couple of seasons who would not be considered "set" or at least had an established starter at QB. Taking into account that "being set" might mean that your starter was out with an injury like Big Ben.

Let's say the Jags, Bengals (2019), and Washington, with the jury still out on Drew Lock and no one knowing what the heck to make of Trubisky.

Back when the unwatchable Joe Pisarcik was the starting QB for the Giants, current backups like CJ Beathard, Nick Mullens, and Jacoby Brissett could have been solid starters in the NFL.

posted by beaverboard at 03:09 PM on February 18, 2021

Eagles Trade Carson Wentz to Colts

This completes the jettisoning and reassignment of the top two picks of the 2016 draft.

I always questioned the amount of value that the Rams and Eagles gave up to put themselves in position to draft Goff and Wentz in the first place.

Then you add in other decisions like lavish premature contract extensions and it starts looking like one fistful of crazy money after the other.

The Rams are no Einsteins in the front office by any means. Goff's dead cap hit (and Gurley's too) plus Stafford's contract adds up to a lot of pain.

But the Eagles seem determined to purposely and perpetually suck. They ditch Pederson, presumably to put a new coach in a position to rehabilitate Wentz. Then they start shopping Wentz with a wild price tag. Then they hire Sirianni, who impressed no one who watched his intro presser, to replace Pederson. Then the word goes around that Wentz wantz out of Philly.

Now that they've shipped Wentz to Indy, his 2021 Philly cap hit is an astronomical $33 million plus. It's insane. The picks they're getting from the Colts could turn out to have decent value, but a lot of money has already gone overboard. I don't know how they expect to build a competitive roster before the next presidential election.

I remember a few years ago some pundits were saying: wait till other teams around the league figure out how Belichick achieves sustained excellence. Pretty soon, he'll have a lot of imitators when it comes to value rostering and competition for middle round and compensatory draft picks.

That day may eventually arrive, but at this point, it sure seems like a long way off.

posted by beaverboard at 01:08 PM on February 18, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

She must have had triplets the year that Gronk put a dent in the Lombardi.

posted by beaverboard at 02:28 PM on February 15, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Now, on to sports. There are storm clouds and trouble a brewin' in paradise.

Lots of rich older guys have trouble with their trophy wives. Only Tom Brady would find himself in deep hot water with a trophy daughter.

posted by beaverboard at 09:15 AM on February 15, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Happy Presidents Day! Hope all your major appliance and mattress dreams come true.

posted by beaverboard at 09:14 AM on February 15, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Can you imagine if Doyle had been hired by the 2017 Jaguars? He would have had at least three grown men standing on his chest within 24 hours.

Regarding the Iowa football program, Doyle was identified as one of two problems in the building. The other was Brian Ferentz, son of HC Kirk Ferentz.

Why does that matter? Well, there's this.

You get into Urban Meyer's web o' stuff and the connections start snaking their way into all sorts of places. Kind of like the Nixon administration.

posted by beaverboard at 10:05 AM on February 13, 2021