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BMX Biker, X-Games Star Dave Mirra Dies

An hour before the shooting, Mirra posted a photo on Instagram of himself and his wife captioned "My rock! Thank god."

Ugh, that stings.

Part of me can't help but wonder (or fear) if this is going to be another wave of CET victims. Mirra was a big part of the era of street sports VHS tapes that my friends and I used to watch obsessively in HS and college, before the X-Games and YouTube and everything else.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:45 PM on February 04

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

Feb 4:
Detroit by 10
Pelicans by 14

Feb 5:
Atlanta by 6
(Tina Belcher moan) Spurs by 9 (increasing Tina moan) Slam Dunk

Feb 6:
Golden St. by 8

Feb 7:
Heat by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:33 PM on February 04

Toronto Maple Leafs Adopt New Logo

13 veins at the top of the crest to commemorate the club's Stanley Cup Championships.

...

Nah, too easy.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:33 PM on February 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

Feb 3:
Golden State by 14
Clippers by 9

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:00 PM on February 03

Ranking the Super Bowl MVPs

It'd be kind of handy if they'd list the year of the SB along with the roman numerals.

This derpy caricature of John Elway makes up for any transgressions, though:

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:36 AM on January 28

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

Hahaha. And that's what I get for meddling.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:49 AM on January 28

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

Begrudging thanks. I guess. (not even going to watch this)

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:15 PM on January 27

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

No Dirk or Zaza? Can I switch my spread in the Mavs/Warriors game to 28? (Yes, serious)

(if not, no biggie)

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:28 PM on January 27

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

Jan 27:
Angry Spurs by 12
(sigh) Warriors by 17

Jan 28:
Toronto by 13 (SLAM)
Chicago by 9

Jan 30:
Spurs by 6

Jan 31:
Clippers by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:39 PM on January 27

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

New England by 7
Arizona by 10 (lock)

Total yards (team) - Arizona
Most TOs - New England
Passing Yards - Brady
Rushing Yards - J. Stewart
Receiving Yards - L. Fitzgerald
Sack - Dwight Freeney
Interception - Rashad Johnson

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:35 PM on January 23

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12

The way they're playing right now I'm tempted to change my spread on the Friday game to Golden State at home against Indiana to 50.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:47 PM on January 20

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12

Jan 20:
GSW by 18
Atlanta by 7

Jan 21:
Cleveland by 9
Spurs by 15

Jan 22:
Miami by 5
GSW by 24 (SLAM)

Jan 23:
Cleveland by 11

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:02 PM on January 20

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

Kansas City by 6
Arizona by 13 (LOCK)
Carolina by 6
Denver by 14 (LOCK)

QB - Carson Palmer
RB - Johnathon Stewart
WR - Demaryius Thomas
INT - Bixby Oklahoma's own Chris Harris

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:05 PM on January 16

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 11

Ugh. Busy day and I missed out on the early game. Oh well, I've been wrong on Boston all season anyhow.

Jan 13:
Clippers by 4

Jan 14:
San Antone by 7 (please let me jinx them)
Golden State by 19 (SLAM)

Jan 15:
OKC by 13
Cleveland by 7

Jan 18:
Memphis by 5
Golden St by 9
LA Clippers by 11

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:17 PM on January 13

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Kansas City by 6
Cincinnati by 3
Seattle by 7
Washington by 7

QB - Roethlisberger
RB - Eddie Lacy
WR - A.J. Green
Sack - Ryan Kerrigan (WAS)

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:21 PM on January 08

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 10

Ugh. I blame (the otherwise brilliant) NBA Injury Report for not warning me that Mike Conley was out.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:26 AM on January 07

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 10

How are the Lakers getting back-to-back nationally televised games? I mean, I know the answer(s), but still... ugh.

Wed 6:
Miami by 4
Memphis by 6

Thu 7:
Chicago by 7
Sacramento by 16

Fri 8:
Cleveland by 11
OKC by 21 (Slam Dunk)

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:52 PM on January 06

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

New Orleans by 10
N.Y. Jets by 13
Detroit by 6
Cincinnati by 17
Pittsburgh by 11
Washington by 4
Indianapolis by 10
New England by 13
N.Y. Giants by 8
Houston by 11
Denver by 9
Kansas City by 13 (lock)
Arizona by 9
St. Louis by 12
Carolina by 3
Green Bay by 6 - 37 total points

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:04 PM on January 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

Sunday's games:
Carolina by 24
Buffalo by 17
Detroit by 8
Houston by 7
Kansas City by 17 (LOCK)
Indianapolis by 3
New England by 10
Tampa Bay by 7
Pittsburgh by 13
New Orleans by 6
Arizona by 7
Seattle by 21
Minnesota by 6
Denver by 13

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:01 PM on December 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

Oakland by 10.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:37 PM on December 24

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 9

What a great lineup. And I'm already pissed that I'm going to be at my SO's family's place, none of whom are basketball fans. And then I have a 10:00 PM flight to see my folks. So I'm basically going to miss all of it.

Miami by 8
OKC by 13
Cleveland by 7
Spurs by 14
Clippers by 19 (Santa Slam!)

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:42 PM on December 23

Final 2015 MLB 40-man payroll totals are released.

From August 1:

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:37 PM on December 21

Ranking all 30 NBA court designs

Lowe's rankings are always a bit weird to me because he is clearly not a graphic designer.

Yeah, I thought that was an interesting bit from the Tribune to get several designers together but then I quickly realized that, much like economists, you get 4 in a room together and somehow wind up with 5 strong opinions.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:11 PM on December 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: I Miss the Big Sombrero Edition

St. Louis by 6
N.Y. Jets by 14
Houston by 6
Minnesota by 8
New England by 13
Carolina by 16
Buffalo by 9
Jacksonville by 17
Kansas City by 14
Green Bay by 7
Seattle by 21 (lock)
Pittsburgh by 7
San Diego by 6
Cincinnati by 3
Arizona by 9
New Orleans by 10

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:50 AM on December 17

Ranking all 30 NBA court designs

Yeah, Lowe did one a few 15 months back.

(he did logo rankings this year)

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:16 PM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Gilbert Arenas confirms that the Zero in his nickname refers to how much class he has (mildly NSFW).

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:46 PM on December 16

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 8

Wed Dec 16
Chicago by 6
Golden State by 19 (dunk)

Thu Dec 17
Cleveland by 3
Houston by 12

Fri Dec 18
Spurs by 8
Phoenix by 9

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:58 AM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Rajon Rondo keeps doing trashy Rajon Rondo things.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:20 PM on December 14

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 7

Eh, that Hawks/Mavs game could've gone either way. I don't think anyone led by more than five throughout the game, there were 20-ish lead changes, and there was a foul called against Wes Matthews with less than 30 seconds to go that was "questionable", to put it kindly.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:16 AM on December 10

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Not So Hotlanta Edition

Arizona by 10
Chicago by 6
Cincinnati by 3
San Francisco by 7
Kansas City by 17 lock
Detroit by 24
Tennessee by 6
Buffalo by 10
Tampa Bay by 7
Carolina by 17
Indy by 9
Seattle by 14
Denver by 11
Green Bay by 13
Houston by 7
N.Y. Giants by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:46 AM on December 10

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 7

Wed. Dec 9
- Boston by 13
- Dallas by 6
Thu. Dec. 10
- L.A. Clippers by 11
- Sacramento by 5
Fri. Dec. 11
- Indiana by 4
- San Antonio by 25 (slam dunk)

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:01 PM on December 09

Coldplay Chosen for Super Bowl 0x32 Halftime

I've never seen them in concert

Well I know it's not cool to say this, but I have.

I think I saw them on that same tour. It was right around the time Yellow started getting some decent radio play. My girlfriend at the time was a huge fan, so I took her. It wasn't the worst show I've ever seen, but it's not in the top 100 either.

I kind of want them to do the surprise guest appearance by a rapper thing again and have Dizzee Rascal or maybe FKA Twigs pop out in the middle of a song for no reason.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:20 PM on December 04

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 6

Well hell. There goes being in first.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:35 AM on December 04

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Brock and Roll Edition

Detroit by 6
Houston by 7
Chicago by 17 - (L-O-C-K in the USA!)
Cincinnati by 13
Tennessee by 6
Arizona by 14
Miami by 3
Minnesota by 6
N.Y. Jets by 9
Tampa Bay by 4
Kansas City by 8
Denver by 10
New England by 13
Carolina by 17
Pittsburgh by 10
Washington by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:36 PM on December 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 6

Dec 3
Thunder by 11 (dunk)
Spurs by 6

Dec 4
Knicks by 9
Cavs by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:27 PM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

So the 76ers jacked up the prices for last night's Lakers game since it was Kobe's final hometown appearance.

Glad to see the fans got some quality entertainment out of it:

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:48 AM on December 02

Kobe Bryant announces retirement

I remember talking to a buddy of mine after his return from the Beach Ball Classic tournament in South Carolina my junior year of high school about how his team did. He said they did pretty well until they faced a team from Philly and that was the first time I heard the name "Kobe Bryant". I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that that was 20 years ago this December.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:47 AM on November 30

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

The rest of my picks:

Minnesota by 6
Cincinnati by 17
Oakland by 7
Tampa Bay by 13
Kansas City by 9
N.Y. Jets by 3
Washington by 6
Jacksonville by 8
Houston by 4
Arizona by 15 (lock)
Pittsburgh by 7
New England by 10
Cleveland by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:01 AM on November 28

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Detroit by 6
Carolina by 10
Green Bay by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:23 AM on November 26

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 5

Freaking Spurs. Even when they lose they piss me off.

ATL by 8
GSW by 24 (I think I'll designate this one as my Slam Dunk)

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:14 PM on November 23

Baylor Takes College Football Belt from Oklahoma State

There was a graphic that Fox showed during the 4th quarter of this game that showed rushing yards. It was 300 for Baylor and 3 for Okie State. I'm not saying it's impossible to win in that situation, but it's awfully damn tough.

I'll be home with family watching Bedlam this Saturday. Coming from an OSU family, I don't feel real good about it.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:56 PM on November 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Jacksonville by 9
Atlanta by 13
Chicago by 10
Oakland by 7
Miami by 4
Philadelphia by 7
Carolina by 13
Baltimore by 3
Houston by 3
San Diego by 6
Minnesota by 3
Seattle by 12 lock
Arizona by 10
New England by 14

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:40 PM on November 19

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 4

November 18
OKC by 13
PHX by 7

November 19
CLE by 9
LAC by 3

November 20
SAS by 15 (Jabari Parker over Kevin Love slam dunk)
GSW by 10

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:48 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Not even Thanksgiving and we already have our first NBA head coach firing.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:20 AM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A quick scroll through and Howard T is the only one I saw that got his with Carolina over Tennessee.

Ugly week. Or nice, I suppose, if you're a fan of parity.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:06 AM on November 17

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 3

I have class Wednesday evenings so I didn't get to tune in until the 4th, but man, that was a fun quarter. If you told any past-me (including from this Summer) that I'd be getting pumped up over Zaza Pachulia's play in 2015 I'd've thought you were completely nuts.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:51 PM on November 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

N.Y. Jets by 6
Green Bay by 24 (lock)
Carolina by 17
St. Louis by 10
Miami by 3
Pittsburgh by 9
Tampa Bay by 7
New Orleans by 6
Jacksonville by 3
Minnesota by 4
Denver by 9
New England by 9
Arizona by 6
Cincinnati by 14

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:21 AM on November 12

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 3

Mavericks!

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:50 PM on November 11

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 3

Going completely against my head this week and following my heart.

Nov 11:
Dallas by 4
Spurs by 9

Nov 12:
GS by 19 (Dunk)
LAC by 9

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:57 PM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Pooooooorzingis!

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:08 PM on November 11

Oklahoma State Takes College Football Belt From TCU

My family are staunch Okie State fans (both of my folks went there as did one of my grandfathers) so my phone was blowing up all evening. That's one of the best all-around games I've seen them play in a long time. When your biggest beef is "they don't really seem to be able to control the ball well enough to run out the clock", things are probably okay.

That said, I'm probably not alone in thinking about 2011 going into Ames next weekend.

Mike Gundy must have a tough job. Under the constant gaze of Boone Pickens, sometimes in hot water for one thing or another, sometimes having great success, hardly ever mentioned as a candidate for other jobs that open up. Stuck in Stillwater, subject to high expectations at his alma mater. I can think of a few other uber boosters I'd rather work for.

I know what you mean, but every time there's a bigger opening (most recently at USC) the local media throws a tizzy about Gundy being poached and every time he quashes it immediately. That's not to say he wouldn't leave for the right opportunity, but he seems genuinely happy in Stillwater (which, let's face it, takes a certain kind of person).

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:08 AM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As ESPN Stats & Info just tweeted:

Lions' 2015 salary cap allocation
Calvin Johnson $20.6M
Matthew Stafford $17.7M
Entire OL & all RBs: $16.9M

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:31 PM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Kobe Bryant in Brickshakalaka (youtube link)

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:38 AM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 13
Buffalo by 6
St. Louis by 7
New England by 24
New Orleans by 17
New York Jets by 6
Pittsburgh by 10
Carolina by 3
Atlanta by 10
Tampa Bay by 6
Denver by 14
Philadelphia by 7
San Diego by 17

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:41 AM on November 05

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 2

Nov 5
OKC by 5
Portland by 6

Nov 6
Miami by 9
Houston by 11

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:28 AM on November 05

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 2

November 4
Cleveland by 16 (Dunkaroo)
Golden St. by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:24 AM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

ESPN officially cans Grantland, doesn't bother telling staff. Stay classy, Disney.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:20 PM on October 30

Jewelry Store Locks Doors at Sight of NBA Player

I was going to say that this seems like a great way to screw yourself out of a big sale, but on reflection it probably means no Bucks player will ever shop at that store again (and rightfully so).

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:09 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:44 PM on October 29

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night

New England by 10
Kansas City by 7
Atlanta by 15
Minnesota by 9
Arizona by 8
St. Louis by 21
New York Giants by 6
Pittsburgh by 3
Baltimore by 5
Tennessee by 7
Oakland by 6
Dallas by 3
Green Bay by 4
Carolina by 13

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:56 AM on October 29