Recent Comments by Ufez Jones

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

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

I get the point, but who in the hell wants to claim Ruben Sierra as their franchise's star?

Hey, this is only the Rangers' 43rd year and they didn't win their first playoff series until 2010.

Which makes it easier, I suppose, to pick their Franchise Four. Pudge, Nolan and Michael Young have to be shoo-ins. If Raffy hadn't completely blown his rep he'd probably be an easy 4th. Instead I assume it'll come down to Beltre v. Juan-Gone.

But good lord, I'd rather have Rusty Greer than Hamilton.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:10 AM on April 09

Who are the "Franchise Four"?

Oh my god. They have Josh Hamilton as an option for the Rangers but not Fergie Jenkins or Ruben Sierra or Jim Sundberg (who won 6 consecutive Gold Gloves as a Catcher for the team).

Josh Hamilton.

This is fucky.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:04 AM on April 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

All I can say for sure is that it's made the TrueHoop pretty much unreadable and I'm therefore about 99.5% done with ESPN as an entity entirely (not counting Grantland).

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm guessing the bails, although I've never seen lit ones either.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:48 AM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And then claim he's a "huge fan" of her and not sexist.

What an ass.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:57 AM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

HOF Linebacker/Center for the Eagles, the legendary Chuck Bednarik, has passed away at the age of 89.

I never saw him play, but he is the subject of my all-time favorite picture of an athlete.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:49 AM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Dontrelle Willis officially retiring at the age of 33.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:20 PM on March 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yeah, bill, that really doesn't make much sense. It's not like weather is going to be an issue and the PDX/SEA soccer folks have more than proved themselves worthy for international level matches.

holden: given that StL didn't get any game, I briefly considered popping over to KC or CHI, but then I remembered all of my Summer travel money and time are already claimed. Damn my good friends for having a wedding in San Diego.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:08 PM on March 12

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

I don't understand the Murray signing in light of the Mathews signing -- seems like a lot of money to be tied up in a position that probably does not warrant it and this coming on the heels of everyone assuming that Kelly understood the fungible nature of running backs when he traded McCoy.

And they upgraded the QB salary something fierce in swapping Foles for Bradford. I guess maybe they're going to dangle Sam out there to get up in the draft, but I can't imagine they're going to get more for him than they would have for Foles. Even if they wind up getting Mariota, I don't understand exactly what they're doing to get there.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:06 PM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This year's CONCACAF Gold Cup groupings and schedule have been released.
Group A features the US, Panama, Haiti and either Honduras or French Guiana.
Group B has Costa Rica, El Salvador, Canada & Jamaica.
Group C is Mexico, Guatemala, T&T and Cuba.

The tournament kicks off Tuesday, July 7 with a doubleheader in Frisco, TX.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:31 PM on March 12

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

Revis Island rejoins the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:33 PM on March 10

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

I'm sure I've missed some things here too. Feel free to add to the list.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:51 PM on March 10

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

- The Chiefs, who didn't have a single TD reception by a wide receiver last season are set to sign Jeremy Maclin
- The Lions acquire Haloti Ngata to replace Ndamukong Suh
- Buffalo lands LeSean McCoy
- Indy is expected to sign Frank Gore and (reportedly) Andre Johnson
- Arizona is reportedly signing LaMarr Woodley and Mike Iupati
- and the 49ers, new head coach in tow, seem to be reeling after losing a giant chunk of their team.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:50 PM on March 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A brief but interesting look at state income taxes for players as they enter free agency, using the NFL:

Including preseason, a Jaguars player's income is subject to state income taxes at most 16 days out of the roughly 180 days that make up an NFL season, including training camp, OTAs, etc. That's only 8.89% of each player's income that could possibly be taxed by a state. Assuming the average road tax rate is 6%, the most a Jaguars player who lives in Florida can expect to pay in state taxes amounts to 0.53% of his income. That results in only $5,333 of state tax per million dollars of income or $53,333 on $10 million.

The Raiders are in California, where tax rates are as high as 13.3%, the highest in the land. One of its AFC West opponents is in California, meaning at least eleven of its games each year, including preseason, are in California. Accounting for training camp, Raiders players are subject to California's high taxes on at least 93.3% of their income. A Raiders player making $10 million will pay California of at least $1.215 million in state taxes in addition to taxes while on the road, without regard to tax deductions.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:00 AM on March 10

Yu Darvish May Need Tommy John Surgery

Ugh. Between this and Profar, this is starting to feel way too deja vu-y to last season and spring training has barely started. Sucks for a lot of people, but you have to wonder how this'll impact Jeff Banister's tenure as manager (through no fault of his own). I guess they'll be sellers this year. Again.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:00 PM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Police in the Atlanta area are looking for a stolen vehicle. Specifically, Travis Kvapil's #44 Sprint Cup racer.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:06 PM on February 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Earl Lloyd, who became the first African-American to play in an NBA game on the night of Halloween, 1950, passed away yesterday at the age of 86.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:00 AM on February 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Former Blazer, Sonic and Spur Jerome Kersey passed away last night at the age of 52 of an apparent blood clot that traveled to his lung causing a pulmonary thromboembolism.

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:08 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Police in Paris and Scotland Yard launch investigation on Chelsea supporters that were videotaped in the Paris Metro pushing a black man off of a crowded train and chanting "We're racist! We're racist! And that's the way we like it!".

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:56 AM on February 18

NFL Pick 'Em Contest, Final Scoreboard

Um, I don't think I've participated in the NHL ones, so...maybe?

I was just picturing picking each series and some bonus points on a per-round basis. Highest PPG in X round, most fouls in X round, etc. I could probably get pretty creative with it.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:40 PM on February 13

NFL Pick 'Em Contest, Final Scoreboard

rcade: are you planning on doing an NBA playoffs version? If you want help (or just someone else to run it), I'd be happy to volunteer. It's should be a great post-season this year, especially in the West.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:22 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Slow day at work? Challenge your colleagues to this awesome new online golf game.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:53 PM on February 12