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Member since: April 27, 2007
Last visit: February 04, 2023

beaverboard has posted 21 links and 6,493 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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The transitive property from my schoolboy days is alive and well in the NBA.

The Magic, having learned the finer points of hand to hand combat from the Malicemeister Pistons in a melee a few weeks ago, carried their newly acquired skills and know how into yesterday's massive brawl with the Timberwolves.

Now it's the Wolves' turn to pay the love forward. They play the Grizzlies next Friday.

posted by beaverboard at 12:27 PM on February 04, 2023

Tom Brady Retires from Football

The nerve of the guy, interrupting the national two weeks of gushing over the Kelce brothers and Mahomes. Tom and Sean Payton should be ashamed of themselves.

I feel bad for the sports yakkers who had started revving up all the musical chairs possibilities of a Niners QB chart that included Brady, Lance, Groppo and Purdy. San Fran is now down to three guys. (I say keep em all, you're gonna need them and you'll still have to bring in a Colt McCoy to get through the entire season).

I hope Brady is not annoying in the broadcast booth. I have enjoyed the playoffs much more this year with the greatly reduced presence of Joe Buck.

Now, Tom and ex-wife Gisele can start a personal alms race to see who can coin more moolah in separation. And we'll be treated to a string of non-sports related sightings of them stepping out on the town with hotties half their age.

posted by beaverboard at 10:43 AM on February 01, 2023

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The 2023 Chargers sideline is going to look like a Boy Scout jamboree with new OC Kellen Moore standing alongside HC Brandon Staley.

posted by beaverboard at 10:19 AM on February 01, 2023

Super Bowl 0x39: Chiefs vs. Eagles

Who is Chad Henne's backup? Maybe he should get a few reps.

Thinking back on the Niners' season long QB saga, it seems like it was 3 or 4 years ago that Trey Lance got injured.

posted by beaverboard at 10:24 PM on January 29, 2023

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I wasn't sure Reich was going to get another HC job so quickly.

Doug Pederson called the plays when they were both in Philly. And Pederson has a lively offensive mind.

I'd like to see Reich get hired as a play calling OC first and see how that goes before re-anointing him.

Wilks certainly deserves another shot somewhere after the job he did at Carolina. He probably isn't getting near the termination money David Culley got from the Texans. Culley's money was the only positive thing that emerged from the way he was treated by Houston.

It's a story that's oft been told, an assistant coach of color stepping up to serve as a stopgap HC in the wake of another big coach hiring and firing disaster.

As much as Black coaches not getting fair opportunities to lead teams, it's the money that front offices willingly throw at questionable or unproven White coaches that then turns into crazy buyouts that I find bothersome.

Sometimes it's coaches like Rhule - I thought Tepper was supposed to be smarter than to back up the Brinks truck for a coach with very limited NFL experience. Or fuck, who in their right mind would think of bringing in Jeff Saturday, even as a temp? That's right, Mr. Irsay, no one in their right mind.

Trent Baalke takes the cake. He hired Jim Tomsula, Chip Kelly and Urban Meyer. Spreading his genius across the entire contiguous US.

Sometimes, teams compound their idiocy: first they sign a HC of questionable merit to a huge extension, THEN they fire them. What the hell did Kliff Kingsbury put in the Cardinals' punch bowl?

In the end, a coach who has proven his worth under adverse conditions deserves proper consideration, color regardless. Guys like Gruden, Josh McDaniels, Hackett, or Dennis Allen ought not be whisked to the dotted line at the signing table while coaches like Rich Bisaccia and Steve Wilks get a pat on the back and have to go looking for their next jobs hat in hand.

posted by beaverboard at 07:26 PM on January 26, 2023

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The man who once coached the immortal Blake Bortles and recently oversaw the Broncos' tanking to provide Seattle with the #5 pick in the draft has been hired as the Jets' new OC.

To borrow from Liza Minnelli and Sinatra's ode to New York, if you can Hackett there you can Hackett anywhere.

posted by beaverboard at 04:04 PM on January 26, 2023

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

From the theatrical career change desk:

- Mike McCarthy would make a great addition to any retro film noir in the tradition of Charles Coburn or Edward G. Robinson. Either dispatching detectives or hiding from from the law.

- If anyone is looking for a lead for a future Whitey Bulger biopic, Sean McDermott is your man.

posted by beaverboard at 11:30 AM on January 23, 2023

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So great to see the Bengals in their all whites in a snow game.

posted by beaverboard at 03:26 PM on January 22, 2023

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Looking forward to seeing the progression for both Jags and Giants in the upcoming season.

The dance contest is getting crowded. Teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots are going to have to get their staffing and rostering decisions right if they want to get back in the hunt.

Gawd, we're only 3 weeks away from going all Kiper all the time.

Guys with lightbulb foreheads like Mel Kiper and Matt Gaetz concern me.

posted by beaverboard at 11:52 PM on January 21, 2023

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's sort of a bittersweet day.

I lost my "Forget about the guaranteed money, what about Greg Roman?" talking point in the ongoing Lamar Jackson contract / status discussion.

Roman stepped down as Ravens OC yesterday.

I grew up with "you won't have Dick Nixon to kick around any more" and now Roman is fulfilling that role, at least until some other team hires him.

posted by beaverboard at 10:59 AM on January 20, 2023

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Brett Maher downed six of those Jangles units before last night's Cowboys - Bucs game.

After the game, Maher was seen taking part in a high stakes poker game with other NFL players including Trevor Lawrence.

Maher to Lawrence: "I'll see your 4 INT's and raise you 4 missed PAT's".

posted by beaverboard at 01:54 PM on January 17, 2023

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The way Daniel Jones played yesterday, excelling under Brian Daboll after seasons of prior inconsistency, you wonder why anyone in their right mind would let Joe Judge anywhere near a young, developing quarterback like Mac Jones.

Also, the Ravens haven't won a ton of games with Tyler Huntley at QB but they've come close on various occasions, and it continues to seem as though Greg Roman is more comfortable game planning for Huntley than Lamar Jackson.

posted by beaverboard at 02:55 PM on January 16, 2023

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Just getting confirmation from Ray Hudson that:

- Lawrence is indeed a Jedi

- And also a Bernini sculpture

- And that the second half was an eruption of solar proportions

posted by beaverboard at 08:10 PM on January 15, 2023

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The SpoFi Message Center will continue to take all of rcade's calls until Mission Control confirms that he has re-entered Earth's orbit.

Brandon Staley will make some lucky team a fine DC in the near future.

Interestingly, there were a few YT postings on topics such as the "Top 10 Most Devastating Wild Card Losses Of All Time" in the days leading up to the Jaguars game.

Would be Nostradamuses are now aware that Duval has become somewhat of a graveyard for supposedly superior teams with higher aspirations.

posted by beaverboard at 11:54 AM on January 15, 2023

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

You are absolutely right. I will now go take a commemorative Bud Grant cold shower.

I think I overlook the Vikes because of the pleasure I once took at any shortfalls and discomforts in Fran Tarkenton's professional life.

And Super Bowl IV (pre-Tark) remains one of my favorite SB's.

At least Minnesotans got to see the Patriots lose their fifth Super Bowl in the Vikings' home stadium.

posted by beaverboard at 07:27 PM on January 14, 2023