Recent Comments by Ufez Jones

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Member since: January 12, 2004

I mean, you could at least spend some time here first, get to know the norms and all that before you start spamming all over the place.

(No but seriously, if you'd do me a favor and throw the link into your profile so I'd remember to check it out from time to time, I'd appreciate it)

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:57 AM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I loved those UNLV teams as a kid, mainly as a counterpoint to Laettner's Duke.

Yup. God I hated those Duke teams. They'd almost certainly never admit it, but Tark's Rebels set the path for Michigan's Fab Five.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:46 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bleak few days for great NCAA basketball coaches as Jerry Tarkanian passes away too.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:56 PM on February 11

Semi-regular update: Julio Franco is still playing baseball.

Yeah, but they were teammates for several years and the time before that was chalked up to no inter-league play.

I've always loved Julio. I hope he keeps on keeping on for as long as he can.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:05 PM on February 09

I got a big charge out of seeing Ted Williams hit. Once in a while they let me try to field some of them, which sort of dimmed my enthusiasm.

Admittedly, if I had heard of Bridges before reading this, I'd completely forgotten about him, but this is a very entertaining read for anyone looking to scratch their baseball itch.

Further reading for those that want more: here's the Sports Illustrated piece on Bridges from 1964.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:52 AM on February 04

Hey, NFL, Let Anyone Commentate the Next Super Bowl

I know this probably comes off as crankypants old-person talk, but I've always wanted the ability to just turn the announcers off but still hear the crowd and on-field sound. The only sport I really enjoy the play-by-play in is Hockey.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:19 AM on February 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Super Bowl 0x31 Round

NE by 10
Passing Yards: Brady
Rushing Yards: Blount
Receiving Yards: Gronk
First TD: Blount
Sack: Ninkovich
INT: Sherman
Total Score: 42 (life, the universe & everything)
Q1: 10
Half: 23
Q3: 33

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:48 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm loving the Boogie Cousins/Clay Travis back-and-forth.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:04 PM on January 30

AHL announces new Pacific Division

There was a lot of talk around the state about the Thunder-effect on the minor league teams in the OKC area, so I'm not surprised at all to see the Barons moving elsewhere. I guess the effect on the AAA ballclub* hasn't been as strong since they just signed a new affiliation agreement with the Dodgers.

(*including a team name change from Redbirds to Dodgers starting this upcoming season. The AA team in Tulsa also signed an agreement with LA but will remain the Drillers)

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Last night was Manute Bol Bobblehead night at Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors. In addition to the 10,000 10" Bol Bobbles (notably taller than average bobbleheads), they had a life-sized 7'7" version made for fans to pose with.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:21 PM on January 28

Don't hit me in the mouth, I gotta play tonight

If you've read any of Miles's biographies (or auto-bios), it may not provide much fresh information, as they pull a lot from those, but it's a fun article with some fantastic pics. I bet you'll dig it, fatty.

And thanks for the comment, beaverboard. My knowledge of boxing history is severely lacking (it wasn't a thing in my family when I was growing up and then by the time I graduated college, it was all downhill). At some point in time I'd like to study the old stuff as I think there's a lot of great stuff there, especially outside of the super mainstream cultural zeitgeist.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:05 PM on January 23

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Conference Championship Round

Seattle by 14
New England by 6
Most Points: NE
Passing: Brady
Rushing: Daniel Herron
Receiving: Edelman

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:59 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A look back at the Bullets' live dog mascots Alex, Tiny B-B and Tiny Too.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:24 PM on January 13

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Divisional Round

NE by 3
Seattle by 24
Dallas by 6
Denver by 6

Most Points: NE

Rushing: CJ Anderson

Sack: Elvis Dumervil

GB Temp: 16

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:53 AM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Roy Tarpley has passed away at the age of 50.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:31 PM on January 09

Canada defeats Russia 5-4 to claim first world junior hockey gold since 2009

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:03 PM on January 06

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Wild Card Round

Pittsburgh by 3

Dallas by 7 (although I wouldn't be surprised if Stafford has a big homecoming game and the Cowboys collapse again)

Arizona by 6

Indy by 10

Most points: Arizona
Most passing yards: Stafford
Interception: Glover Quin

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:47 PM on January 03

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.

Mathematical

Anti

Telharsic

Harfatum

Septomin

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