Recent Comments by Ufez Jones

Remembering Amare as He Might Have Been

Oh, man. Yeah, I went to the Nash's first game back against the Mavs in '04 and he got a huge standing ovation from the Dallas crowd. But as the game progressed and it got really competitive, it turned into "holy crap, this team is dangerously good". That '05 series the Suns had against the Spurs was incredible.

He only had a cup of coffee playing for the Mavs last year (23 games), but even then, coming off the bench, you could still see how gifted he is. I have a lot of respect for that dude.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:29 AM on July 29

The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC

I was kind of on the fence about ordering League Pass this year. I don't have cable and I have no local team, so I really miss watching basketball outside of the holiday/playoff games on ABC.

This decision may have won me over. And if I decide to do so, I fully intend to let them know that this was a part of the reason why.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:10 PM on July 21

Tim Duncan announces retirement

19 years and he never once committed a personal foul (just ask him!). Pretty amazing run.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:57 AM on July 11

Kevin Durant signs with Golden State

If it means more Al Jourgensen during TNT broadcasts, sign me right up.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:15 PM on July 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

O.J. Mayo dismissed from the NBA for a minimum of two years, meaning he got popped for a drug of abuse (amphetamines and its analogs, cocaine, LSD, opiates [heroin, codeine and morphine], and PCP).

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:55 PM on July 01

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Results

Final Standings:

holden 37
rcade 34
Goyoucolts 33
HowardT 32
grum@work 31
tron7 29
ic23b 29
ufez 27
mkn 23
cixelsyd 23
NoMich 20

Finals Results:

CLE (holden, grum, rcade, goyoucolts, ufez, ic23b, HowardT) in 7 (goyoucolts, ufez, HowardT).
MVP = Lebron James (holden, grum, rcade, goyoucolts,ic23b, HowardT)
Largest Margin of Victory (+/- 3 points): 33 (nobody)
Highest Combined Game Score (+/- 8 points): 216 (rcade, ic23b, HowardT)
Total number of threes made in the series (tiebreaker) - not needed, but rcade came closest to the actual number of 150 (he guessed 145).

Thanks to everyone that played. See you next year when I wouldn't be shocked to see the same two teams in the Finals again.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:27 PM on June 22

"Mr. Hockey", Gordie Howe, has passed away at age 88.

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All my love,
Woodrow

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:10 AM on June 10

Chris Christie: Hot Female Tennis Players Are Hot

"how we talk about a women's sport".

And therein lies the rub (so to speak). The national sports media doesn't talk about women's sport at all until something like Maria Sharapova getting banned for two years happens and then they get all reactionary and chuckle-fucky about "well there goes my reason to watch women's tennis" even though they never actually did in the first place. It's an opportunistic laugh to actively push down a sport they passively ignore by not covering it in the first place. Not to mention horribly misogynist and defeating for many would-be female athletes in the country.

I think that's a perfectly valid thing to call out.

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Crazy 1st period. I doubt the 2nd will keep up that pace (it rarely does in games like this), but the 3rd should be pretty fun.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:10 PM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Kind of hard to suspend someone that doesn't currently have a job in the league, innit?

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:47 AM on June 06

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Finals Edition

CLE - in 7
MVP - Kyrie Irving
MOV - 14
Most combined points - 231
Tiebreaker - 129

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:24 PM on June 02

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Finals Edition

Standings after the Conference Finals:
holden 31
tron7 29
grum 25
rcade 25
Goyoucolts 24
mkn 23
cixelsyd 23
ufez 21
NoMich 20
ic23b 20
HowardT 20
rumple 16
billsaysthis 9

Finals Picks:
Pick the team that will win the Finals: 3 Points
Pick the team that wins & correct no. of games: 6 points
Who will win MVP: 3 points
What will be the largest margin of victory (come within +/- 3 points): 3 points
What will be the highest combined score in a single game (+/- 8 points): 3 points
Tiebreaker: How many total 3-pointers will be made in the series? (closest to actual value wins, first to post wins in case of an additional tie)

Total points available: 15

First game tips off at 9:00 PM Eastern tomorrow night (Thursday the 2nd).

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:45 PM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

NBA Finals Pick 'Em will go up tonight. I wanted to get the scoring updated first before assigning point values for the Finals picks but that isn't going to happen for a few hours yet.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:03 PM on June 01

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round

1. Pittsburgh

2. 7 Games

3. One OT

4. Malkin

5. Crosby

6. Crosby

7. Thornton

8. Vlasic

9. Letang

10. Murray

Tiebreaker: 33 goals

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:18 AM on May 30

Baylor fires Art Briles over criminal coverups

If they do, Baylor had better retrofit that new $266M riverfront stadium to host women's basketball games.

As an Baylor grad (2001, long before their football program had any relevance whatsoever), I probably have a lot more to say about this, but I'm still sort of in shock (even though I knew this had been coming for a few weeks). It's awfully disgusting, though.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:14 PM on May 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It wasn't even the first time this series that Green has "accidentally" had an encounter with Adams' junk.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:54 PM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"Flagrant One"

Draymond's a (talented, admittedly) hack and this series is proving it.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:19 PM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Two horses died in the first four races of today's Preakness. One euthanized on the track due to a broken leg, the other collapsed on the podium after winning a race.

What a stupid, cruel "sport".

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:28 PM on May 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Texas Rangers broadcaster (and former Texas Ranger himself) didn't see anything wrong with the Texas Rangers player's action? I'm shocked!

If you can listen to that call without bias, you'd see it's a an example of TAG being about as vanilla and non-homery as he's always been (which he's often criticized for). He's about as straight up as it gets for a non-national guy.

I mean, the line "He did SLIGHTLY slide to the right of the base." is a howler of a homer line, as is the description that Simmons was "3 feet in front of the bag" and "in the base path".

Oh come on now, that's a bad angle and you know it. Call it 2.5 feet in front of the bag if you want, but that's awfully nitpicky. Plus it makes a big difference that the throw from the Odor slide here came from first base instead of third in the Bautista slide and Joey Bats came in knees up.

But as someone that worked in the old Dallas School Book Depository for several years, this is getting awfully Zapruder-y about an event that has been interesting but not all that important in the long run for my taste.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:06 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

FWIW, I still stand by my first comment in this thread: I don't find Rougie's actions defensible, I'm fine with him being suspended 8 (or 10 or 5 or whatever it winds up being) games. I just don't buy Bautista as an innocent victim (and I had zero problem with the batflip in the ALDS).

Curious as to how Jays fans feel about this Don Brennan column though. I don't know him from anyone, so if he's a muckity BS peddler, don't worry about it. The DFW media has plenty of those as well.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:24 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

And, as a final statement, I ask rcade to explain to me the difference between Bautista's slide into Odor, and this slide into a short stop three weeks ago. Is Bautista's any more dangerous or aggressive than that one (which didn't result in a brawl)?

21-year-veteran play by play broadcaster Tom Grieve seemed to do a pretty good job of that in the video you linked.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:12 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

And if we're bringing up history, Bautista isn't even clean this young season.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:14 PM on May 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

OKC in 7
CLE in 4
Pts + Reb + Ast: LBJ
Blocks: Stephen Adams
Steals: Westbrook
Fouls: Klay Thompson
FTs: Durant

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:38 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I would have thought Rangers fans would have PTSD about the playoffs by now. :)

Having suffered through decades of playoff irrelevance, I'll take heartbreak every year over not making it to the dance at all.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:29 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Not defending the Stinky Possum at all, but saying a (barely) 22-year-old has a history of anything is kind of premature.

Pretty sure Bautista was cocking his own punch before he got clocked too. Which is fine. But I don't buy his innocence here.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:41 PM on May 15

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

For the conference finals:

Pick the winner of each series and how many games it will take. One point for getting the winner right, 3 points for getting winner and correct number of games. No points for getting number of games but wrong team.

Bonus points:

- Pick which player has the highest average PTS + REB + AST in this round (2 points)
- Name the player that will have the most blocks in this round (2 points)
- Name the player that will have the most steals in this round (2 points)
- Name the player that will have the most personal fouls in this round (2 points)
- Name the player that will have the most Free Throws Attempted in this round (2 points)

Max points available: 16

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:13 PM on May 15

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

Standings after two rounds:

holden 22
mkn 22
tron7 21
grum@work 21
cixelsyd 19
Goyoucolts 17
rcade 17
ufez 16
rumple 16
NoMich 14
ic23b 14
HowardT 12
billsaysthis 9

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:09 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

(New NBA Pick 'Em post will be up in an hour or so)

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:01 PM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Pittsburgh in 7
St. Louis in 5

Goal scorer: Crosby
Goalie: Elliott
PP%: Pittsburgh
Penalties: Killorn (TB)
Team GPG: Pittsburgh

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:37 PM on May 13

Grosse Ile H.S. lacrosse team accused of killing animal before game

Not to read between the lines too much, but I kind of think that the fact that the linked article doesn't state what kind of animal it was means it was probably someone's pet.

The final straw of my quitting the Boy Scouts (just shy of Eagle Scout, at that) was coming back from a campout and waiting around in a church parking lot for my folks to come pick me up when a group of 3-4 of my troop members found a toad. And then proceeded to toss it up in the air as high as they could, over and over, and laugh every time it splatted on the pavement. While the troop leaders stood around and did nothing.

For some reason I no longer wanted to be associated with them.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:19 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Johnny Fucking Football is otherwise occupied at the moment.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:35 PM on May 05

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Miami in 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:51 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Complete round 1 fantasy NBA standings:

HowardT 10
Goyoucolts 11
billsaysthis 9
NoMich 10
tron7 13
grum@work 11
cixelsyd 10
ufez 10
holden 10
ic23b 12
rcade 14
mkn 14
rumple 16

Don't forget to get your MIA v TOR pick in if you haven't already.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:50 PM on May 02

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Nah, I don't mind if'n you're honest about it, cixelsyd.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:35 PM on April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

My picks:

CLE in 6
SAS in 5
GSW in 5

Tech: Westbrook
Threes: Durant

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:02 PM on April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Thanks, rcade. None of them had any listed in their profiles.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:03 PM on April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

The pairings we know about:

Cleveland vs. Atlanta
San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City
Golden St. vs. Portland

Two points for getting the series winner correct. 4 points for getting series winner and number of games correct. No points for getting number of games correct if you pick the wrong team.

Bonuses:
Name one player that gets a technical foul in the second round (2 pts)
Name the player in the second round that hits the most three-pointers (3 pts)

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:24 AM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

With 5 out of 8 series completed, you can check in on the NBA playoff pick 'em standings here. Pretty tight over all.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:22 AM on April 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Islanders in 7
Capitals in 6
Stars in 7
Sharks in 6

Goal Scorer: Spezza
Save %: Ben Bishop
PP%: Dallas
Goals per game: Capitals

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:16 PM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

And this comes less than three weeks after the Blackhawks announced a partnership with the You Can Play Project (who the NHL also have a partnership with).

I know it's almost certainly not going to happen, but he needs to be suspended now, not at the beginning of next season. And it should come down from the team, not the League.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:10 PM on April 20

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

Gotcha Howard. Thanks.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:55 PM on April 14

LA Rams Trade to Acquire 1st Pick in NFL Draft

This also may throw a wrench in Dallas's plans, which from what I've read were leaning heavily towards taking a QB with the 4th pick.

Part of me wonders if this is a sign that Kroenke is actually caring about the team he fields now, but really, fuck that guy.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:05 PM on April 14

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

My picks:

East -
CLE in 6
TOR in 5
CHA in 6
ATL in 5

West -
GSW in 4
SAS in 4
OKC in 7
LAC in 7

Highest team score: 129
Highest individual score: 44

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:55 PM on April 14

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

I'll be tracking picks and scoring in a Google spreadsheet, which can be viewed here.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:54 PM on April 14

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

Thanks Howard! Don't forget the bonus picks, though.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:34 PM on April 14

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

Round One
Choose the winner and number of games for the following series (1 point for getting winner correct, 1 point for getting number of games correct, 1 bonus point for getting both winner and number of games correct)

East:
(1) Cleveland vs. (8) Detroit
(2) Toronto vs. (7) Indiana
(3) Miami vs. (6) Charlotte
(4) Atlanta vs. (5) Boston

West:
(1) Golden State vs. (8) Houston
(2) San Antonio vs. (7) Memphis
(3) Oklahoma City vs. (6) Dallas
(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Portland

Bonus Points:
- What will be the highest single game point total a team reaches in the first round? (1 bonus point for guessing +/- 5 of actual total)
- What will be the highest single game point total a player will score in the first round? (1 bonus point for guessing +/- 3 of actual total)

1st round maximum points: 26

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:07 PM on April 14

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Ufez, you might want to rethink your Stamkos pick, he's out 1-3 months.

Oh crap. Thanks, tommy!

Put me down for East - John Tavares then.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:26 AM on April 13

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

East (I have no idea what I'm doing here)
Islanders in 7
Lightning in 7
Penguins in 6
Capitals in 5

West (I only have a vague idea of what I'm doing here)
Stars in 5
Chicago in 6 (though I'd be happy to be wrong here)
Nashville in 7
Sharks in 7

Scorers:
East - Stamkos
West - Tarasenko

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:32 AM on April 13

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Final Week

4-10
SAS by 6. I hear the Spurs *really* want to be the only team to go through a season undefeated at home. They'll give it Kawhi's all.

4-11
ATL by 10
SAC by 8

4-12
OKC by 6 (I'd love to see the Spurs blow ^ here, so that's what I'm picking)
LAC by 14

4-13
BOS by 7
GSW by 15
UTA by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:01 PM on April 10

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season

April 5:
Miami by 7
GSW by 23 (SLAM)

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:35 PM on April 05

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season

Holy hell, this week.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:52 PM on April 02

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season

Well this is going terribly so far...

April 1:
CLE by 9
GSW by 19 (SLAM)

April 3:
OKC by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:14 PM on April 01

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season

Hooray, I've been missing this.

Mar 29:
Cle by 14
GSW by 10

Mar 31:
HOU by 8
LAC by 5

I'll put the rest in on Friday.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:12 PM on March 29

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

Well this week is starting out ominously.

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

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

Mar 14
Memphis by 4
Cleveland by 17 (Slam dunk)

Mar 16
OKC by 4
Clippers by 10

Mar 19
San Antone by 6 (provided Pop doesn't go all Pop-py and sit a bunch of his starters. I'll be keeping an eye out)

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:28 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The University of Illinois has hired Lovie Smith as their new head football coach.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:11 PM on March 07

Shelter Dogs Serve As 'Ball Boys' At Brazil Tennis Open

I love the wristbands. Also, the black and tan dog kind of reminded me of

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:12 AM on March 07

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

Shit sandwich, I missed the Spurs game. It's been (and will continue to be) a long, fraught week.

Give me GSW by 6 tonight

March 4
CLE by 7
ATL by 12

March 5
Houston by 3

March 6
GSW by 14

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:42 PM on March 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

March 2
Spurs by 14 (slam)
OKC by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:52 PM on March 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I don't know if I was supposed to read that in Paul Harvey's voice, but I sure as hell did it anyways.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:43 AM on March 01