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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

Hibachi!

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.

Fuck.

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

U.S. Wins Women's World Cup

For a game that was never competitive, it was still pretty fun to watch. It seems like pretty piss-poor stadium design though to have one team at such a distinct disadvantage to start an evening game.

Not to make excuses for the Japanese women. The US earned every one of those goals (I was especially fond of Holiday's volley). Congrats to them.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:57 PM on July 05

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

It's a good thing that Lloyd > O'Hara goal happened, otherwise the Germans would have a few things to complain about re: both PKs.

Gotta wonder how the game would've turned out if Sasic had put that penalty on the goal. I'm still not convinced the USWNT is all that great relative to other teams we've seen over the years, but with Germany, France, and Brazil out...who knows. They do have a staunch backfield.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:08 PM on June 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

In less than one week, Luke Ridnour has gone from ORL > MEM > CHA > OKC > TOR. I hope he can laugh about this.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:30 AM on June 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Cixelsyd

2/4ths of the way to the Costanza Grand Slam for the year. I believe in you.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:21 AM on June 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It's not a feat of Wade Boggs-level proportions, but Terry Francona ate 17 popsicles in one night.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:46 PM on June 24

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em final results

Correct final round picks:
Which team will win? - (2 pts) - Golden State
How many games will it take? - (2 pts - must choose correct team to get these points) - Six
Who will win MVP of the series? (2 pts) - Andre Iguodala (nobody picked correctly)

Bonus points -
Choose the player that will have the most total:
- Rebounds (1 point) - LeBron James
- Assists (1 point) - LeBron James
- Free throws attempted (1 point) - LeBron James
- Steals (1 point) - Draymond Green
- Blocks (1 point) - Timofey Mozgov
- Personal fouls (1 point) - Draymond Green
- Turnovers (1 point) - Stephen Curry
and
- which player will have the highest 3-point Percentage (min. 8 taken) (1 point) - Harrison Barnes (nobody picked correctly)

Also:

- How many total technical fouls will be called? (2 points, must get exact) - 2
- What will be the largest margin of victory in a single game be? (come within +/- 3 of the actual number - 2 points) - 21 (accepted range: 18-24)
- How many total triple-doubles will be scored? (must get exact - 3 points) - 3 (LeBron James 2, Draymond Green)
- How many total points will the leading scorer score (come within +/- 10)? (3 points - I like this one because it also takes into account how many games you think there will be) - 215 (accepted range: 205-225. Nobody predicted correctly)

Final Standings:
grum@work - 45 points (7 in final round)
ic23b - 45 (7)
bender - 38 (5)
dfleming - 37 (5)
tron7 - 34 (9)
holden - 31 (8)
rcade - 30 (7)
ufez - 27 (4)
HowardT* - 30 (10)
GoYouColts* - 19 (9)
NoMich* - 13 (5)

*ineligible for Costanza, which means I "won" the damn thing in my own pool. Hooray.

Thanks to all who played and to rcade for letting me take the reins on this. It was fun!

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:00 PM on June 22

St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros

Any guesses as to what his password was?

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:38 PM on June 16

St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros

Jinx!

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:42 AM on June 16

NBC Sports to NHL: Hey Good Lookin', Shave Those Playoff Beards

As someone that has been fully bearded since 2001 and is nearly universally accepted as drop-dead sexy, I politely invite Mr. Lazarus to suck on a moldy tangerine.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:43 PM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Still waiting on NBA finals picks from rcade, holden, HowardT and GoYouColts.

Also, dfleming, should you happen to see this, go throw in a pick for largest margin of victory.

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

SpoFil NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

- Which team will win? - Golden State
- How many games will it take? - 5
- Who will win MVP of the series? Curry
- Rebounds: T. Thompson
- Assists: James
- Free throws attempted: Curry
- Steals: Andre Iguodala
- Blocks: Draymond Green
- Personal fouls: Bogut
- Turnovers: Curry
- Which player will have the highest 3-point Percentage: J.R. Smith
- How many total technical fouls will be called?: 5
- What will be the largest margin of victory in a single game be?: 16
- How many total triple-doubles will be scored?: 1
- How many total points will the leading scorer score (come within +/- 10)?: 167

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:27 AM on June 04

SpoFil NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Still waiting on picks from rcade, holden, HowardT and GoYouColts.

Also, dfleming - you didn't pick a largest margin of victory.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:22 AM on June 04

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Finals

Winner: Tampa
Duration: 7 games
Longest game: 2OT
TV rating: 2.0
First goal: Kucherov
Conn Smyth: Ben Bishop
Goals: Tyler Johnson
Assists: Duncan Keith
Points; Kane, in a losing effort
Plus/Minus: Victor Hedman
PIM: Brenden Morrow
GAA: Bishop
SpoFite: cixelsyd +1

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:12 PM on June 03

SpoFil NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Standings going into the final round:

grum - 38
ic23b - 38
bender - 33
dfleming - 32
tron7 - 25
holden - 23
rcade - 23
ufez - 23
HowardT - 20*
GoYouColts - 10*
NoMich - 8*
(*ineligible for the Costanza)

Finals points available - please choose one for each (looking at you, grum)

Which team will win? - (2 pts)
How many games will it take? - (2 pts - must choose correct team to get these points)
Who will win MVP of the series? (2 pts)

Bonus points -
Choose the player that will have the most total:
- Rebounds (1 point)
- Assists (1 point)
- Free throws attempted (1 point)
- Steals (1 point)
- Blocks (1 point)
- Personal fouls (1 point)
- Turnovers (1 point)
and
- which player will have the highest 3-point Percentage (min. 8 taken) (1 point)

Also:

- How many total technical fouls will be called? (2 points, must get exact)
- What will be the largest margin of victory in a single game be? (come within +/- 3 of the actual number - 2 points)
- How many total triple-doubles will be scored? (must get exact - 3 points)
- How many total points will the leading scorer score (come within +/- 10)? (3 points - I like this one because it also takes into account how many games you think there will be)

Total points possible - 24

Good luck!

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:44 PM on June 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'll have a NBA Pick 'Em conference finals write-up and finals picks post up tomorrow, but if anyone is curious, we've got a 2-way tie for first and a 3-way tie for the Costanza going into the Finals. Spreadsheet is here - total points can be found in column P of the Round 3 tab.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:51 PM on May 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:03 PM on May 20

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

Still waiting on picks from rcade and HowardT (and NoMich and GoYouColts if they want to hop back into the pool)...

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:13 PM on May 19

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

Gotcha, tron.

ic23b: In my initial writeup, I did give you credit for being the only person remotely close to getting the Assist Average bonus in the 2nd round. The final range wound up being 10.7-11.3 (11.0, Chris Paul) and you were damn close with 11.4. Just wanted to note that.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:16 PM on May 18

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

hey tron7 - Steals are only for the Western Conf Finals (Blocks are for East), so you may want to pick someone other than Millsap.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:22 PM on May 18

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

My picks:
CLE in 7
Golden State in 6
East points leader: Kyrie Irving
West points leader: Steph Curry
Blocks in the East: Mozgov
Steals in the West: Draymond Green
Fouls out: James Harden
Most Offensive Rebounds: Tristan Thompson
Highest Avg REB + AST: LBJ
Largest Margin of Victory: 19

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:00 PM on May 18

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

Finals picks:
Pick the winner and number of games for each series - bonus point for getting both:
Cavaliers v. Hawks
Rockets v. Warriors

Bonus picks:
1 point - Who will score the most points in the Cavs/Hawks series?
1 point - Who will score the most points in the Rockets/Warriors series?
1 point - Who will have the most blocks in the Cavs/Hawks series?
1 point - Who will have the most steals in the Rockets/Warriors series?
2 points - Name a player that fouls out of a game in the conference finals (personal fouls only; ejections do not count)
2 points - Name the player with the most Offensive Rebounds in the Conf. Finals
3 points - Name the player with the highest average REB + AST in the round
3 points - What will the largest margin of victory in the round be? Points awarded for coming within +/- 3 points of the correct number

Total points possible: 20

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:28 AM on May 18

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em

Round Two Results:

NameRound 1 PtsRound 2 Pts Total Pts
grum18927
ic23b16925
bender17522
dfleming12921
HowardT14620
tron712618
ufez10515
holden11415
rcade6915
GoYouColts10-10
NoMich8-8

And I just lost the write-up I did for the Conference Finals picks. I'll have it back up around lunch. Apologies.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:58 AM on May 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

ANA in 6
TB in 6 +1
Goals: Perry (ANA)
PP Goals: Kucherov (TB)
Penalties: Shaw (CHI)
Save %: Ben Bishop (TB)

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:01 PM on May 15

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:
Cleveland in 7
Atlanta in 7
Los Angeles in 6
Golden State in 6

East Rebounding leader: Pau Gasol
West Rebounding leader: Blake Griffin
Three pointers made: Kyle Korver
Assist Average: 9.0

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:47 PM on May 02

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Standings after round one:
grum@work - 18
bender - 17
ic23b - 16
HowardT - 14
dfleming - 12
tron7 - 12
holden - 11
GoYouColts - 10
Ufez - 10
NoMich - 8
rcade - 6

For the 2nd round same rules apply for series: one point for choosing the winner of each series, one point for choosing the correct number of games in each series, and a bonus point for getting both correct.

So pick winner and number of games for:
Cleveland vs. Chicago
Atlanta vs. Washington
Houston vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis vs. Golden State

Additional points:

1 point - choose the player with the highest 2nd round rebounding average in the Eastern Conference
1 point - choose the player with the highest 2nd round rebounding average in the Western Conference
2 points - choose the player with the highest number of three-pointers *made* in the 2nd round
3 point moneyball - pick the highest assist average in the 2nd round (credit for coming +/- 0.3)

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:24 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Just a warning to those playing the NBA playoff pick 'em: next round will go up tonight right after the Spurs/Clips game since round two starts mid-day tomorrow, so keep an eye out.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:22 AM on May 02

Chris Rock on baseball losing the Black market

(gentle reminder to not read the Youtube comments)

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:48 PM on April 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Chicago in 5 +1 (Keith)
Anaheim in 6 +1 (Kesler)
Montreal in 6 (Plekanec)
Rangers in 7 +2 (Brassard)
GAA: Price (Mon)

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:02 PM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Congrats to grum who is (I think) the only person so far to get the ejection bonus point in the SpoFi NBA Playoff pool.

Also, everyone picked Golden St. Five picked them to sweep (tron7, grum, ic23b, bender & HowardT) earning three points for that series.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:38 PM on April 26

Charles Barkley: Rick Carlisle should bench Rajon Rondo permanently.

Or maybe he's misplaced his spine.

Maybe he can befriend Lamar Odom out in Hollywoodland. They seem like they have some common qualities.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:55 PM on April 22

Charles Barkley: Rick Carlisle should bench Rajon Rondo permanently.

ESPN's Marc Stein: Mavs are ruling out Rajon Rondo indefinitely after back injury he sustained in Game 2.

So I guess Dallas will be going without his services.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:05 PM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If by some miracle The 700 Club were ever cancelled, I'd have a hell of a time annoying my wife on weekend nights.

My meager kingdom to have Hee-Haw available on Netflix.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:01 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I've seen a handful of similar articles, but this one has a nice graphic representation: What The MLB Would Look Like If Players Played For Their Home States

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:26 PM on April 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

(Highest scoring avg is independent of your choices for leading conference scorer. Just pick where you think the number will land. If you're within .5 over or under, then Cha-ching! you've hit the Mavs Moneyball.)

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:33 PM on April 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Hawks in a sweep
Cavs in 5
Bulls in 6
Wizards in 6

GSW in 5
Mavs in 6
Spurs in 6
Memphis in 7

East Leading Scorer: LBJ
West Leading Scorer: Steph Curry
Ejected Player: Mat Fucking Barnes
Moneyball: 32.7 PPG

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:58 AM on April 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

You have the chance to earn three points for each series. One for picking the series winner, one for picking the correct number of games in the series, and a bonus point for getting both correct.

Eastern Conference:
(1) Atlanta Hawks vs (8) Brooklyn Nets
(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (7) Boston Celtics
(3) Chicago Bulls vs (6) Milwaukee Bucks
(4) Toronto Raptors vs (5) Washington Wizards

Western Conference:
(1) Golden State Warriors vs (8) New Orleans Pelicans
(2) Houston Rockets vs (7) Dallas Mavericks
(3) Los Angeles Clippers vs (6) San Antonio Spurs
(4) Portland Trailblazers vs (5) Memphis Grizzlies

Bonus Points! Bonus Points!
One bonus point for picking the Eastern Conference player with the highest scoring average during the first round (to one decimal point)
One bonus point for picking the Western Conference player with the highest scoring average during the first round (to one decimal point)
Two bonus points for naming a player or coach that gets ejected during the first round (straight ejection or two technical fouls - does not include players that foul out via personal fouls)
Three-point Moneyball: To the first decimal place, what will the highest overall scoring average in the first round be? Come within +/- 0.5 points and you'll land this bonus.

Max points in the first round: 31

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:46 AM on April 16

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Habs in 6 +2

Caps in 7 +2

Preds in 7

Canucks in 6

Rangers in 4 +1

Lightning in 6 +1

Blues in 6

Jets in 6

Goal scorer: Stamkos (TB)

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:18 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Fans: don't be like this guy.

1) Doesn't do anything to help Shane Victorino but waves his arms anyhow

2) Arm-waving leads to knocking phone out of woman's hands, breaking it on the field

3) And then manages to land the rare solo triple-play of Nope.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:04 AM on April 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Do you want me to just run the NBA one, rcade? The pairings aren't final yet, but I should be able to have something up by tomorrow evening. First game is Saturday afternoon.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:19 AM on April 15