Recent Comments by Ufez Jones

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't think I can ever be convinced that's not Tom Hardy.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:24 PM on October 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Alpha Chi Omega at Arizona State University would like to thank the Arizona Diamondbacks and Fox Sports for reaching out to the chapter after last night's game and subsequent media frenzy. We appreciate their generous offer of tickets to tonight's game. However, instead of chapter members attending the game, we have asked the Diamondbacks and Fox Sports to provide tickets to a future game for families at A New Leaf, a local non-profit that helps support victims of domestic violence.

Today, October 1, marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If everyone who viewed this statement took the time to make a donation in recognition of domestic violence awareness, which is Alpha Chi Omega's national philanthropy, we would be so grateful! We are happy to have the opportunity to shed some positive light on such a sensitive subject. All proceeds will go directly to A New Leaf to help struggling Arizona families get back on their feet by providing housing, food, childcare and more. You can donate using the link below. We appreciate your support!

Slow clap.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:18 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Apropos of nothing: I went to the Blues/Blackhawks preseason game last night which was pre-selected as one of the games that the NHL had the teams try out the new 3-on-3 OT format (regardless of the score, which was 5-2 STL - including two shorties!).

I'm not saying it's definitely going to be god awful because A) it was preseason and B) the game was over so the OT period was meaningless, but wow, was I underwhelmed. With only six skaters on the ice, everyone basically just seemed terrified to make a mistake that would lead to a one-on-one breakaway. A lot of tepid passing and standing around, what few shots were taken were slapshots from about a foot inside the blue line, etc. It was a stark contrast to what had been a pretty spirited preseason game. I hope it doesn't suck that much in the regular season, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:34 AM on October 02

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Hooray, I've peaked in week 3! Only downhill from here, surely.

Baltimore by 5
Miami by 3
Atlanta by 17
Buffalo by 11
Oakland by 9
Cincinnati by 7
Indianapolis by 14
Carolina by 6
Philadelphia by 7
San Diego by 17
Denver by 11
Arizona by 20
Green Bay by 17
New Orleans by 9
Seattle by 21

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:23 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Looks like the Cards are going to avoid that aforementioned potentially awkward situation.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:19 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Thanks, grum. I was wondering.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:52 AM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Thanks to yesterday's rain-out, the Cardinals have the odd opportunity to clinch the NL Central in the first game of a doubleheader today. I'm curious as to what they would do about the usual champagne party woo woo time that comes with clinching.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:37 AM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How's that whole "Larry Brown" thing working out for you, SMU? Good?

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:22 AM on September 30

Craig Finn's guide to the best ever sports music

Holy shit, a Bowler sighting. How the hell are you?

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:12 PM on September 25

Craig Finn's guide to the best ever sports music

Damn it, I was hoping that Art Blakey question was a sign! Glad you seem to be enjoying the suffering though. I'm shocked at how stupidly addictive that site is.

Mark your calendar for January 16 when I'll be making my trivia-writing debut. Totally not anxious about that at all.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:26 AM on September 25

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

New York Giants by 6
Oakland by 7
Atlanta by 10
Indianapolis by 11
Pittsburgh by 9
San Diego by 3
New England by 24 (Lock the Gates!)
New York Jets by 4
Carolina by 7
Cincinnati by 6
Tampa Bay by 3
Arizona by 12
Buffalo by 6
Seattle by 21
Denver by 7
Green Bay by 15

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:54 PM on September 23

Craig Finn's guide to the best ever sports music

Still trying to get me into THS, eh, fatty?

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:35 PM on September 23

Craig Finn's guide to the best ever sports music

I never considered Doublewhiskeycokenoice to be anything close to a sports song, but any reminder to listen to the Dillinger Four is a win in my book. It does have a high shout-along-ability factor, so I guess that counts for something.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:36 PM on September 23

In Hockey Gaming, It Will Always Be 1994

As a kid growing up in Tulsa, where hockey was decidedly not a thing, this game, combined with a good friend that moved to town from Detroit, was the primary influence of hockey into my wheelhouse. I spent many, many hours alternating between this, Might and Magic, and Mortal Kombat, taking breaks only to catch In Living Color or the music guest on Arsenio.

That said, I just found a pretty decent emulator and quit after one five minute period. Modern games have probably ruined it for me.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:30 PM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Related: since I'm already guy-that-links-everything-Zach-Lowe-publishes, this recent piece on the NBA partnering with the Mayo Clinic to study the use of GPS trackers during games is an interesting read. It delves into pros and cons from both League/Management and the Players' points-of-view.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:45 AM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Not that we're doing eliminator, but still...

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:36 PM on September 20

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

Nice weekend to have Pelle as your captain. This is probably my team's peak performance. I'm gonna revel in it.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:00 PM on September 20

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Kansas City by 4
New England by 6
Chicago by 3
Cincinnati by 4
Tennessee by 10
Detroit by 9
New Orleans by 17 - Lock it down
New York Giants by 5
Pittsburgh by 14
St. Louis by 13
Carolina by 6
Baltimore by 11
Miami by 14
Philadelphia by 4
Green Bay by 9
Indianapolis by 10

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:35 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I can't stand him, but he's still more tolerable in the booth than Tony Kornheiser was.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:57 AM on September 15

James Blake reportedly thrown to the ground, cuffed and detained by several NYPD officers.

Video of the incident has been released by the NYPD. Seems to back up exactly what Blake has been saying.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:37 PM on September 11

Cheating in Sports

Psst, owly, you've been paged to the locker room. Just a heads up.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:45 PM on September 10

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

Pittsburgh by 6
Indianapolis by 13
Green Bay by 10
St. Louis by 3
Cleveland by 4
Miami by 14 - Smooth Jimmy Apollo's Lock of the Week
Jacksonville by 3
Kansas City by 9
Arizona by 7
San Diego by 6
Denver by 1
Cincinnati by 5
Tampa Bay by 3
N.Y. Giants by 6
Philadelphia by 7
Minnesota by 14

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:41 PM on September 08

Surprise military reunions at NFL games reach peak Bullsh*t

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

Great book.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:54 AM on September 06

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Man ESPN is the worst.

I feel like every SpoFi comment should start with this phrase, regardless of context, in perpetuity.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:12 PM on September 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

I just wanted to say a special thanks for doing this, DJE, as it helped me nail a Learned League question last week.

I might've come up with the Toronto Argonauts anyhow, but thanks to these posts it was a no-brainer.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:28 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I love Beltre so much. He's just the best.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:25 PM on August 23

Fantasy Premier League, Week Three

I keep trying to make sense of it all, but for me it kind of boils down to

I may actually get to watch a game tomorrow though since class hasn't started yet and my SO has to work. What's going to be televised stateside?

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:36 PM on August 21

Fantasy Premier League, Week Two

Brilliant management on my part, deciding to switch my captainship from Lukaku (2 goals today) to Pelle (0 goals, 1 yellow card).

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:29 AM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's like someone has messed up the colour settings on my monitor.

Wasn't that one of the color themes available on Windows 3.1? Does it come in hot dog stand?

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:30 AM on August 12

Teammate Sucker Punches Geno Smith, Breaks His Jaw

So childish Antonio Cromartie bought him a birthday gift out of habit.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:41 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Holy shit, that fruit salad one. I kind of want to buy one for the sole purpose of using it as a future bet payoff.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:03 AM on August 11

Texans RB, Arian Foster Publically Declares Himself an Atheist

Also, I'm glad this got published and a world as conservative as Professional Football has an outspoken atheist and maybe other atheist athletes won't feel obligated to pay lip-service to any higher power they don't believe in. I wouldn't put up with it in my workplace and I work (in a decidedly secular department) at a religious university.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:12 PM on August 07

Texans RB, Arian Foster Publically Declares Himself an Atheist

He was/is(?) vegan and has done a Namaste pose as a touchdown celebration (which may or may not have been a response to "Tebowing") but I don't think he ever claimed to be a Buddhist or Hindu or anything in particular.

This article is about the best I can find from cursory Googling on his past spiritual philosophy.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:06 PM on August 07

Report: Patrick Kane Target of Rape Investigation

Ah, so you like the piece I posted. Great!

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:08 PM on August 07

Report: Patrick Kane Target of Rape Investigation

Tim Baffoe: Patrick Kane is not your friend.

This is by miles the best piece I've ever read in a situation like this and seems like the kind of writing that should be brought up again and again as other cases inevitably arise.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:01 PM on August 07

Texans RB, Arian Foster Publically Declares Himself an Atheist

Here's the source article from Tim Keown on ESPN if anyone else if having trouble with the WaPo Paywall.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:13 PM on August 07

The End of the Hoop Dream

This is a fairly long but utterly fascinating read.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:55 PM on August 06

How close are we to a London Jaguars NFL franchise?

Honestly, I'd probably be less likely to root for a US-based team, but that's my issue.

If a Premier League team moves over here and chooses a West Coast city, how many people in the Midwest and the East Coast are going to give a rip about them? What are the chances of two Premier League teams moving over here (one for the East and one for the West)?

In a certain way, having two two makes more sense than one. That way teams that are flying over can play away(s) at multiple sites before having to fly back. Especially if there were to be a West Coast team. Flying from JFK to London is vastly different than flying from LAX to London.

Why would I trade the scars Everton have given me over the last decade for some Johnny-Come-Lately that's even worse?

Eh, call me when you get relegated. /Magpie supporter.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:21 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Last night Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle for the third time in his career, becoming the third player in the modern era (and the first in 80+ years) to do so.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:18 AM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Now I'm not saying Madison Bumgarner is racist, but...

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:01 PM on August 01

The IOC announces Beijing as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Juliet Macur in the NYTimes:

The most obvious consequence of Friday's I.O.C. vote eliminating the annoying hurdle that the Winter Games host actually has natural snow is that it has created a precedent for holding a Winter Games almost anywhere. Imagine the possibilities.

A St. Tropez Winter Games. (Grenoble is, after all, just 140 miles away by air.) Slogan: Forget Snow, We've Got Sand.

Or Phoenix, where the luge track can run right down the side of the Grand Canyon.

Or Dubai, where the organizers have enough cash to fly everyone to the Alps for the skiing events. Then again, I take that back: People are probably skiing there as you read this, albeit inside a giant building. So bring on the Winter Games! Slogan: Keeping It Completely Indoors.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:47 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It is 2015 and thousands of white Australians are booing an outspoken Aboriginal footballer. But don't say it's racist you'll hurt everyone's feelings - Why do you boo Adam Goodes? Is it because ...

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:26 AM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

Brazilians officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes. But the government does not test for viruses.

Hey, we're all friends here, right? What's a little poliovirus between friends?

AP tests found its waters to be among the most polluted for Olympic sites, with results ranging from 14 million adenoviruses per liter on the low end to 1.7 billion per liter at the high end. By comparison, water quality experts who monitor beaches in Southern California become alarmed if they see viral counts reaching 1,000 per liter.

Holy Shitsnacks.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:59 PM on July 30

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

I may rejoin this year. I don't think I've played since...2005 or so? This kind of thing is a bit easier to keep up with when you have a desk job.

Regardless, as a totally half-assed Newcastle fan, it's probably best I remain impartial.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:51 PM on July 29

Arizona Cardinals hire NFL's first-ever female coaching intern

Between Welter, Sarah Thomas being hired as a full-time NFL Referee and Becky Hammon leading the Spurs to the Summer League title, there have quickly been some major inroads by women into new territory. Pretty awesome.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:37 PM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by Ufez Jones at 10:59 AM on July 27

Jose Bautista calls out Colin Cowherd for insipid remarks about Dominican ballplayers

Jeff Passan's Twitter feed is especially good right now.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:12 PM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bill Simmons lands at HBO with a "multi-year, multi-platform" agreement. Not terribly surprising.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:21 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

rcade: If you haven't seen this new Zach Lowe piece, it touches a bit on Ellis and this subject (and then does a full breakdown of Tobias Harris's value). Here's the section that reminded me of this conversation:

Teams have access to more statistics than ever, but when it comes to the good numbers/bad team dilemma, GMs fall back on the oldest method of talent evaluation: watching the damn games. That's in part because there is some degree of skepticism over whether numbers compiled on bad teams mean much even if a player compiles them efficiently.

"Put the best D-League team into the NBA, and someone is going to average 18 points per game," Celtics GM Danny Ainge says. "Someone is gonna get 10 rebounds. And that's why you hear the doubts you're hearing."

But Ainge cautions: "Those doubts are legitimate, but not every player on a bad team deserves to be penalized."

Some front-office types give more weight to fat stats, and more sophisticated numbers some of them based on video track what GMs see on film. Dig deep, and you can quantify how often a guy closes out on defense, and how many of his rebounds are easy, uncontested jobs. "We are very quick sometimes to blame players for putting up numbers of a team that isn't successful," Myers says. "Sometimes the losses aren't their fault. Sometimes you put them in a better situation, and it clicks."

A popular example: Monta Ellis, derided as an empty-calories loser before emerging in Dallas as a pick-and-roll destroyer. Ellis's evolution was overstated in some corners; he had always been a skilled driver whose passes led to layups and 3s, and he remained a woeful defender with the Mavs. But Dallas bet that Ellis would look better attacking within the spacing Dirk Nowitzki provides, and the Mavs were right.

Numbers tell you a lot, but the process behind those numbers the "how" is the most important predictor for how a player will fit on a new team. There is no shortcut to making that kind of determination. You have to watch the film, watch it in the right ways, and do deep background work on a player's character: his work ethic, what he cares about, his relationships with coaches and teammates.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:00 AM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If scoring is easiest to replace, what is hardest?

Raw scoring, sure, but the league is overall moving as fast as they can towards efficiency (it's becoming the WAR of the NBA), so maybe that?

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:48 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

What's the over/under on fouls to Jordan by the Mavs in the first regular season meeting? 10? 15?

To be fair, that's just a sound general strategy against the Clips.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:10 PM on July 12

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

If they don't just blow it up and tank, Howard. Which Cuban is on record of saying they'd do if they hadn't landed DeAndre from the get go.

I don't know how not playing until December Wes Matthews (and now Zaza Pachulia!) affects that plan, but I can't imagine in a super competitive West they'll be even remotely decent.

I hope they just feed Dirk over and over and over and let him pad his career stats. He deserves better, but it's the least they can do.

I'm still despondent over this whole shitshow.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:29 PM on July 09

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

This is now easily top 5 worst moments of Dirk's career.

1) the 2006 Finals
2) 2007 historic first round loss to Golden St.
3) Nash leaving for Phoenix
4) This???
5) toss-up between Rajon, Lamar Odom, & Cristal Taylor

This hurts. Dirk deserves better. This morning there were rumors that the Mavs thought they were setting themselves up to court Kevin Durant next summer with the combo of Parsons, DeAndre and Wes Matthews + Dirk. Now it's all gone to a burning bag of shit on Mark Cuban's front porch.


posted by Ufez Jones at 11:21 PM on July 08

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

The longer this lingers the more the novelty has worn off and I'm afraid he's going back to LA and this whole season, much less the post-Dirk future, is becoming less bright.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:02 PM on July 08

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

This is somehow amazingly silly and (as a Mavs fan) amazingly nerve-racking:

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:23 PM on July 08

Federal Judge Orders Cancellation of Redskins Trademarks

Why not:

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:47 PM on July 08

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

I also kind of want to add how excited I am about the prospect of Rajon Rondo joining George Karl and Boogie Cousins in Sacramento. HBO needs to do a basketball version of Hard Knocks with the Kings.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:23 PM on July 07

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

And now Marc Stein is saying that the C's have swapped Gerald Wallace for David Lee. So see, fatty, things are already looking up.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:57 PM on July 07

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

The section on Boston really stuck out to me due to this line: "Fans are getting restless, but rebuilds take time. Boston will strike at some point, and the Celtics are among a pile of teams hoping Love will eventually force his way out of Cleveland."

Are things so dire/weird in Danny Ainge's head that their best hope is for the FA they just lost out on to eventually leave the team he signed with and then choose Boston? Is that Ainge's only plan? Were there no contingencies?

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:37 PM on July 07

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

TL:DR -- The Spurs? They always win. It's too early to declare them undisputed favorites, especially since the reloading Cavs have a much easier path to the Finals. The Thunder could earn their way back into this stratosphere fast. The defending champs are young, and the Spurs are leaning on at least five key players over 30. But the Spurs have a chance to be devastating.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:22 AM on July 07