Recent Comments by Ufez Jones

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Number 2 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft Darko Milicic is now kickboxing. He made his debut last night in Serbia, losing due to a laceration on his leg. Claims he's invincible.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:58 AM on December 19

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to Dallas

That said, the way he played in Dallas, I don't see a lot of playoff-worth teams who'll get a big upgrade by dealing assets to get him.

It's almost like you think the starting PG of a high-powered offense shouldn't finish a game with 0 points and 0 assists.

The crazy thing about this whole ordeal is that even with the pieces Dallas has acquired, they're still arguably the 3rd or 4th best team in the Southwest Division. The Western Conference playoffs are going to be especially brutal this year.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:45 AM on December 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

As I someone note elsewhere, at least there was one person in a Cleveland jersey attempting to play defense.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:39 AM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders have upset #17 Michigan 72-70 in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines were a 24.5 point favorite.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:36 PM on December 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Great moments in NBA telestrator history: the newest entry.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:11 AM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The other one I like are the very subtly Promoted Posts where there's this long homespun tale about fond memories of tailgating and then it turns out the whole thing is actually an ad for Knob Creek.

Nice to see that while Paul Harvey didn't make it to the 2010's, his spirit has.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:37 PM on December 03

MLB umpire Dale Scott comes out as gay in quietest way possible.

Referee has made the feature on Scott publicly available on their website here.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:53 PM on December 02

The Rise and Fall of The Great Kamala

Man, that brought me back. Kamala had kinda just started making his entry into the WWF right before I stopped watching.

I kind of resented the fact that my folks tried to shoo me away from the WWF when I was growing up. I don't think it had anything to do with how exploited their "stars" were. But in hindsight...they were probably right.

I'm glad to see that Harris seems to have his head on straight and a decent attitude about it all. There are so, so many wrestlers that aren't around any longer for a follow-up story like this.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:47 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Cards and Braves swap Shelby Miller for Jason Heyward.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:06 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Fearing ebola, nobody is willing to host the African Cup of Nations, scheduled to begin in January.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:29 AM on November 11

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

The Taveras (and his girlfriend, it should be noted) news is awful. 22 is incredibly young to bury someone. Dude seemed to have a bright career ahead of him as well.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:49 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It's a fluff piece, and maybe I'm just chomping at the bit for the NBA season to start, but I got 5 minutes of enjoyment out of this Grantland piece on top celebrity fans of each team.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:58 AM on October 23

"Kyle Korver: An Offense Unto Himself"

As an aside, Zach Lowe is probably the best thing going on Grantland. I find his articles really informative and his volume is bewildering.

I'll take it a step further and say that Lowe is providing the best coverage of the NBA right now, and it's probably not even particularly close.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:28 PM on July 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

My effort to out-disinterest anyone else in the Espys undone in just four words!

That may have been more of a rallying cry a la Who Dat?/Who Dey?

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:59 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Algerian WC squad is donating the $9MM they received for making the round of 16 to Gaza because "they need it more".

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:08 AM on July 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Chemistry of the Brazuca

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:36 AM on July 03

Jason Kidd joins Bucks as head coach

Bear in mind this is also the new Milwaukee ownership group that may have paid up to $150M more than needed to acquire arguably the league's weakest franchise.

Smart decisions may not be their forte.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:20 PM on June 30

Enter SportsFilter's World Cup 2014 Confidence Pool

In. Let's go Switzerland!

Thanks for setting this up rcade.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:22 AM on June 12

Audio: Racist Tirade by Clippers Owner

Yes, and worse, NoMich.

From former Clippers executive Elgin Baylor's legal complaint against Sterling in 2011:

"While ignoring my suggestions and isolating me from decisions customarily reserved for general managers, the Clippers attempted to place the blame for the team's failures on me," Baylor said in the declaration. "During this same period, players Sam Cassell, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette complained to me that DONALD STERLING would bring women into the locker room after games, while the players were showering, and make comments such as, 'Look at those beautiful black bodies.' I brought this to Sterling's attention, but he continued to bring women into the locker room."
The guy is a genital wart on the league.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:31 PM on April 26

LPGA players frustrated by Golf Digest cover of Gretzky

This is the path I was hoping things wouldn't take when Gretzky left Alberta for Janet.

I'm not defending anyone here, but 25 years is an awfully long path.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:29 PM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Heh. Benn's game-winner in OT will do just fine. Made a long train ride home in the rain much more tolerable.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:50 AM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

As a Stars fan, I'm with you on Peverley, grum. As soon as I saw a bunch of weird tweets, I tuned into the online broadcast and listened intently for about an hour and a half, including Salazar's presser. That was one of the spookiest sports moments I've tuned in to for a while.

I'm going to the Stars/Blues game in StL tonight. I have no idea how Dallas is going to play.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:23 PM on March 11

Manziel Would Draft Himself at No. 1

And Frito-Lay are headquarted in Plano, TX.

Clearly Jerry Jones should trade the farm to get JFF.

And I'll get my popcorn ready.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:07 AM on February 15

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

What fatty said. Remember all the coverage of Manti Te'o around this time last year? How often did you hear his name once the season actually started?

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:26 AM on February 11

Pete Carroll: NFL Should Consider Medical Marijuana

I've never much cared for pot, but if I was in a medical situation where I had to choose between that or (legal, prescription) opiates, give me the former every time.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:25 PM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That was my gut reaction too, NoMich, but the sentence was handed down by the jury, not the judge. I'm *far* from a "lock them up and throw away the key" guy, but yeah, definitely seems light.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:10 AM on January 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If it means Bruno Mars freezes in his boots during the halftime show, I think that's a concession a lot of us are willing to make.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:29 PM on January 23

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

Denver by 9 +2

49ers by 5

Passing: Manning +1

Receiving: Decker +1

Rushing: Blount

Def Player: Ahmad Brooks (SF)

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:22 PM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Off-topic, I don't know what game this was from, but a hell of a heads' up play:

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:08 PM on January 15

Rangers' Holland Tears Knee on Stairs

I know that feel, NoMich. My 55-lb Border Collie mix damn near took me out on some very icy rocks a couple of weeks ago. I cut my hand catching myself on the chain link fence, but at least I didn't crack my tailbone or something.

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

Rangers' Holland Tears Knee on Stairs

This is the most Derek Holland-y of Derek Holland stories.

I do knew a woman that broke her ankle tripping over her six pound Pomeranian, though. She wore a walking boot for about 8 months after the injury.

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

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

I'm not sweating it, rcade. It's just been a while since I've had any Chimay. (and the Econ-degree holder in me cringes a bit, but it is what it is).

Just remind me to never gamble at your casino

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

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

Ah. Okay. Thanks, LionIndex. I'll adjust for the over next weekend.






posted by Ufez Jones at 09:36 PM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

So 6 points picked *.3 = 7.8 gets rounded all the way down? Even if it's closer to 8 than someone that picked 11?

I'm not mad, but man, my middle school math teachers sure would be.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:17 PM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

1. SEA by 6 +1
2. IND by 7
3. SF by 3 +1
4. DEN by 11 +1
5. T.Y. Hilton (IND)
6. Julius Thomas (DEN)
7. Logan Ryan (NE)

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:13 AM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

Not just prizes, but Chimay!

Chiefs by 3
Saints by 6, +1
Bengals by 11
49ers by 9, +1
Andy Dalton
Jamaal Charles
Junior Galette

Thanks, rcade.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:09 AM on January 04

Texas Rangers Land Shin-Soo Choo

I was thinking more along the lines of Ellsbury's inability to stay on the field for more than 6 weeks at a time, but now that you bring it up, yeah, that too.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:53 PM on December 23

Texas Rangers Land Shin-Soo Choo

Nah, Choo isn't gonna play CF. Presumably Leonys Martin will get the majority of those starts.

And yeah, it's a long deal for a 31-year-old, but I actually prefer this one to the contract the Yanks gave Jacoby Ellsbury.

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:07 PM on December 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In the rule 5 draft, the Texas Rangers selected Russell Wilson. Yeah, the QB Russell Wilson. I wonder if he'll show up at Spring Training?

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:50 PM on December 12

Tigers and Rangers Swap Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler

What does Prince do for the other 20 games at home?

Convince the management at the ballpark to make an all tofu version of the Boomstick?

Sorry, busy time studying Renal Phys. I don't recommend it

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:28 PM on November 20

Tigers and Rangers Swap Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler

Granted, it's only one side of the analysis, but I was listening to some Dallas area sports-talk radio this evening when this hit and the crux of it (from their point of view) is:

The Rangers get a hard-hitting lefty that'll play 61 games at the Ballpark providing some much-needed power, which they obviously needed once Nellie Cruz got suspended and now is gone. And it solves the problem of what to do with Jurickson Profar, given they had Kins and Elvis Andrus in the way of him getting legit playing time.

The Tigers get a solid (if prone hot/cold streaks) diverse infielder and now have the money to keep Max Scherzer around long-term.

Seems win-win other than Fielder's got a longer/more expensive contract than Kins right now. As a Rangers fan, I'm pretty stoked about it.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:11 PM on November 20

Breaking Real Bad: Inside the Sam Hurd Drug Case

Update: Hurd has been sentenced to to 15 years in federal prison.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:20 PM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Remembering Bobby Rhine

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:49 PM on September 05

It's all fun and games until you don't cover the spread.

It'll let you import picks from one league to another jjzucal. Once you have one set submitted, go to the other league and you'll see a dropdown menu on the upper right-had side.

Oh, and I'm in again. Thanks MrFris

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:31 PM on September 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Feminist Jose Bautista (Tumblr)

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:51 PM on July 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Well done, grum! And fatty. Good luck to you both.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:47 PM on May 21

Jerry Jones Continues Odd Draft Strategy

And then they go TE in the 2nd round. Jerry may just wind up wackier than Al Davis at his peak. Either way, it's funny as hell to watch.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:54 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Best part about that was Yu's giant grin. And that it wasn't Nellie Cruz that blew it.

Great game.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:51 PM on April 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

In the humiliating news department, this story from the Oklahoma 3A high school boys state basketball tournament:

Hugo guard Trey Johnson bolted away from his defender, securing the ball with enough space to securely run out the final 2.9 seconds.

The Buffaloes led perennial state power Millwood 37-36 in the closing moments of Thursday night's Class 3A state quarterfinals. All they needed was an accurate inbounds pass to complete the wild upset. And they got it.

But what happened next, in one stunning moment filled with jubilation and arena-wide disbelief, flipped the end result on its head, leading to a 38-37 Millwood win and heartbreaking Hugo defeat.

Johnson received the inbounds pass heading toward his own hoop, needing only an innocent dribble or two to close it out. But instead, in a moment of confusion (as his coach would explain it), Johnson lofted a layup toward his own basket, thinking he was going the other way.

"When I saw the kid going that way, I was like, No, he's not. No, he's not ... Oh, yes he is,'" Millwood assistant coach David Samilton recalled. "I couldn't believe it."

As the buzzer went off, Johnson's layup fell through. And for a brief moment, the entire arena fell silent.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:56 AM on March 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

"With his 25,000 points, 10,000 boards, 5,000 assists 1,500 blocks and steals, Kevin Garnett one. He's all alone."

Damn, that's impressive. Imagine what he could've done with a token year playing college hoops.

(Honestly not sure if sarcastic or not)

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:37 PM on February 07

Rajon Rondo Tears ACL, Out for Season

Well, phaedon, all eyes will be on Derrick Rose as he begins his comeback. Not only to see how well his recovery goes, but also to see if anyone can give the Heat a little trouble in the playoffs. Unless the Pacers get really hot, Miami may now have a cakewalk to the finals.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:04 PM on January 27

Dodgers Infielder Caught After Police Chase

I dunno. I mean, it's impressive, but it's not Delonte West impressive.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:20 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

A whole murder of crows.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:56 PM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Most Esoteric. Huddle. Ever.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:44 PM on December 17

Russian Team's Fans Demand All-White, All-Straight Team

At this point in time, were I of colour or gay, and had the mad skills to play that level I wouldn't even consider Zenit St. Pete...

Or even a straight white guy that has no tolerance for a hostile, bigoted fan base.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:37 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That whole "San Antonio Spurs versus the league" thing continues.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:04 PM on December 03

Cole: Football Should Eliminate the PAT

So you want to take the "foot" out of football entirely?

I mean, unless....

*wavy hand motions*

Imagine Ndamukong Suh stomping on a quarterback's junk forever....

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:22 PM on November 22

College Player Scores 138 Points In A Game

I hear the Bobcats have already offered him a max-deal.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:54 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Blue Jays continue to add to their line-up, signing Melky Cabrera to a two-year $16MM deal.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:48 PM on November 16

The Miami Marlins fire-sale continues.

Scott Miller of CBS Sports has a wonderfully scathing piece up today about the state of the Marlins:

This is what club president/assistant snake oil salesman Samson said last December as the Marlins were signing Reyes, Buehrle and Bell: "Three years ago, looking ahead to this free-agent class, to our new ballpark, we made a decision not to wait for the excitement, but to bring the excitement to our fans.

"It was the perfect storm for our philosophy."

These guys don't even have the decency to allow a full year to pass before revealing even further that their only philosophy is lying and deceiving.

Here is what president of "baseball operations" Larry Beinfest said last month upon firing Guillen: "Our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture."

Only culture the Marlins have is the kind you swab, put on a Petri dish, place under a microscope and look for contagious bacteria. Mike Redmond just signed to manage in baseball's sewage system.


The Marlins ran their payroll up to a club-record $100 million in 2012. After trading Hanley Ramirez (Dodgers), Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante (Tigers), Edward Mujica (Cardinals), Bell (Diamondbacks) and, now, Reyes, Buehrle and Josh Johnson (Blue Jays), they're down to around $16 million before arbitration for 2013.

In Reyes (six years, $106 million) and Buehrle (four-years, $58 million), the Marlins are shipping to Toronto two marquee free agents who had made good-faith commitments to them, given the absence of no-trade clauses.

In Miami, there is no good faith.

There only is a new shortstop, Yunel Escobar, best-known for wearing a gay slur on his eyeblack in September.

What we'll hear from the Marlins con men is all sorts of sonnets to the prospects they're receiving from the Jays, but don't buy it. Sure, of the seven players headed to Miami, three were ranked among Baseball America's top 10 Blue Jays prospects (starter Henderson Alvarez, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and outfielder Jake Marisnick).

But at this time, in this place, after last winter and with a taxpayer-funded ballpark, this blight on the game of a franchise should be about the now, not the future.

This didn't have to happen. It shouldn't have happened.

And whether it's by Commissioner Bud Selig, the Securities and Exchange Commission or Secret Agent Man, the swindler Loria must be stopped.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:47 AM on November 14