Recent Comments by Ufez Jones

NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: 60 Points in 29 Minutes Edition

Oh boy, a negative week!

CLE by 12 (slam)
GSW by 10
TOR by 15 (slam)
SAS by 9
OKC by 6
LAL by 15 (slam)

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

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

Broncos fans would just love that.

Probably not any more or less than the Texans fans actually will when it's played in Houston this February.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:51 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Dallas by 10
Denver by 7
New Orleans by 9
Green Bay by 12
Atlanta by 7
New England by 15 (lock)
Baltimore by 10 (lock)
Philadelphia by 6
San Francisco b 4
Oakland by 9 (lock)
Pittsburgh by 8
San Diego by 7
Washington by 6
Seattle by 13 (lock)
New York Jets by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:00 AM on December 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Doc Rivers Will Smash Edition

CLE by 13
GSW by 8
CLE by 6
DEN by 9

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:25 PM on November 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Detroit by 6
Dallas by 9
Pittsburgh by 24 (lock)
(upthread)

Atlanta by 16 (lock)
Baltimore by 10 (lock)
Buffalo by 8
New Orleans by 14 (lock)
New York Giants by 21 (lock)
San Diego by 7
Miami by 10
Tennessee by 19 (lock)
Seattle by 7
Oakland by 12
Kansas City by 8
New England by 11
Philadelphia by 14

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:15 PM on November 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Detroit by 6
Dallas by 9
Pittsburgh by 24 (lock)

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:45 PM on November 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: Michael Jordan of Greatness Edition

Spurs by 7
Minnesota by 9

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:59 PM on November 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

New Orleans by 7 (whoops)
Arizona by 10
Dallas by 7
Buffalo by 4
New York Giants by 14 (lock)
Jacksonville by 3
Pittsburgh by 21 (lock)
Kansas City by 11 (lock)
Tennessee by 6
Los Angeles by 7
New England by 24 (lock)
Seattle by 9
Washington by 8
Oakland by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:20 PM on November 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

New Orleans by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:24 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

God, Florida can't get anything right voting-wise, can they?

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:34 PM on November 16

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: All Hail the Clippers Edition

Golden State by 14
Los Angeles Clippers by 10
Minnesota by 14 (slam)
Utah by 6
Golden State by 11
Los Angeles Clippers by 15 (slam)

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:37 AM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Baltimore by 8 (previously)
Atlanta by 7
Chicago by 6
New Orleans by 10
Green Bay by 8
Houston by 6
Carolina by 4
Los Angeles by 9 (lock)
Washington by 7
San Diego by 17 (lock)
Pittsburgh by 8
Arizona by 13 (lock)
New England by 7 (lock)
Cincinnati by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:12 AM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:44 PM on November 11

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Baltimore by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:13 AM on November 10

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Enes Kanter Edition

Knicks by 14 (Porzingis slam)
Spurs by 8
Chicago by 10
Sacramento by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:30 AM on November 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Concussion Protocol Edition

Atlanta by 10
Dallas by 17 (lock)
Minnesota by 6
Kansas City by 14 (lock)
New York Jets by 7
Philadelphia by 6
Pittsburgh by 9
Carolina by 13
New Orleans by 21 (lock)
Green Bay by 9
San Diego by 10
Oakland by 6
Seattle by 4

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:15 PM on November 03

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Who Needs Kevin Durant? Edition

Boston by 7 (Wednesday)
Los Angeles Clippers by 6 (Wednesday)
Cleveland by 13 (slam) (Thursday)
Oklahoma City by 3 (Thursday)
Chicago by 10 (slam) (Friday)
Golden State by 14 (Friday)

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:10 PM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition

Consolidated picks - 404, Score not found version:
Tennessee by 11
Cincinnati by 9
Carolina by 6
Houston by 3
Kansas City by 7
New England by 9
New York Jets by 7
Oakland by 6
New Orleans by 5
San Diego by 8
Atlanta by 6
Dallas by 6
Minnesota by 14 (lock)

Dang. This is a tough week. Don't feel good about many (any?) of these, to be honest.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:19 AM on October 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition

Cincinnati by 9

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:59 AM on October 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition

Tennessee by 11

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:54 PM on October 27

Enter SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest

Hooray, the season is back!

Cleveland by 17 (slam)
San Antonio by 4
Oklahoma City by 14 (slam)
Houston by 19 (slam)
Boston by 7
Portland by 8
Cleveland by 9
Golden State by 17 (slam)

Thanks as always, rcade.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:19 AM on October 25

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition

New York Giants by 9
Baltimore by 7
Buffalo by 13
Cincinnati by 10 (lock)
Indianapolis by 3
Minnesota by 6 (Bradford's revenge!)
Kansas City by 9
Oakland by 6
Detroit by 3
Atlanta by 9 (lock)
Tampa Bay by 6
Pittsburgh by 6
Arizona by 8
Houston by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:09 AM on October 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition

Green Bay by 16 (lock)

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:53 PM on October 20

Video games are changing how professional soccer is played:

I've heard a similar thing about High School quarterbacks that start subconsciously start learning how to read defenses via playing Madden while growing up. No idea if there's anything legit about it, but it certainly wouldn't surprise me.

Heck, I remember hearing that Gretzky (I believe it was him) used to sit on the couch with a drawing of a rink and tracing the path of the puck of whatever game he was watching and how that gave him a better sense of how the puck would bounce/where it would wind up. If that has any basis in truth, I don't see why video games wouldn't help.

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:17 PM on October 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Denver at San Diego - Already screwed that one up
Baltimore by 5
Carolina by 7
New England by 6
Tennessee by 3
Chicago by 6
Detroit by 10 (lock)
Philadelphia by 7
Pittsburgh by 14 (lock)
Buffalo by 13 (lock)
Oakland by 6
Atlanta by 3
Dallas by 7
Houston by 3
Arizona by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:16 AM on October 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Denver by 7

Rest later. Just finished a midterm and I need to wipe my brain clean by watching Slap Shot (as is tradition at the beginning of each hockey season).

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:59 PM on October 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That ticket package is amazing, grum.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:38 PM on October 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I had these sheets in the 80s:

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:59 PM on October 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That NC State/Notre Dame game yesterday was something else.

Glad y'all are doing alright, NoMich.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:59 PM on October 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Touchdown John Kuhn Edition

For tomorrow night I'll (lock) Arizona by 12

Showoff !!

_(ツ)_/

The rest of my picks:
Indianapolis by 17 (lock)
Houston by 3
New England by 21 (lock)
Pittsburgh by 7
Philadelphia by 5
Tennessee by 7
Baltimore by 6
Denver by 4
Buffalo by 6
Cincinnati by 8
Oakland by 4
Green Bay by 6
Carolina by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:08 AM on October 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Touchdown John Kuhn Edition

Sorry rcade, I'll get the rest in later this weekend, but I have family in town so...

For tomorrow night I'll (lock) Arizona by 12

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:58 PM on October 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Throw the Ball Jameis Edition

Cincinnati by 14 (lock)
Indy by 4
New England by 8
Carolina by 6
Washington by 6
Detroit by 7
Oakland by 6
Seattle by 4
Houston by 5
Denver by 6
Dallas by 7
Arizona by 10 (lock)
New Orleans by 3
Pittsburgh by 4
Minnesota by 6 (lock)

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:38 PM on September 29

Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident

This is just awful. He was an absolute treat to watch when he was on his game.

This Grantland article from a few years back highlights his journey from Cuba to the US. It's a great (albeit now very sad) read.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:17 AM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Eh, po-tay-to / po-tah-to

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:03 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I think I heard on the broadcast last night (or read on Twitter) that Danny Amendola was the emergency backup for Brissett.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:49 PM on September 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

Houston by 3
Arizona by 10
Oakland by 7
Miami by 14 (lock)
Jacksonville by 6
Green Bay by 7
Cincinnati by 6
Carolina by 10 (lock)
New York Giants by 9
Tampa Bay by 6
Seattle by 9 (lock)
Kansas City by 5
San Diego by 3
Pittsburgh by 7
Dallas by 6
New Orleans by 3

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:10 PM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That's a huge gaffe by the normally very solid Gross. I'm, frankly, a bit shocked.

Is the NFL taking over anyone else's browser with a pop-up ad over websites that shows a team logo with several menu commands? I keep seeing the Jaguars logo and it takes up to 5 seconds to dismiss it and see a site.

Nope, but I run uBlock Origin pretty religiously.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:04 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Portion of Cedar Avenue where Don King stomped man to death to be named 'Don King Way'.

Ooookay.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:55 PM on September 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

Buffalo by 5
Baltimore by 13 *lock*
Pittsburgh by 3
Dallas by 6
Houston by 9
New England by 7
New York Giants by 9
Carolina by 13 *lock*
Tennesee by 3
Seattle by 6
Arizona by 7
Oakland by 6
Denver by 8
San Diego by 6
Green Bay by 6
Chicago by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:33 PM on September 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

Oddly, Fisher is reportedly getting a three-year extension. He must have some seriously deep shit on Kroenke.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:03 PM on September 15

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Carolina by 6
Atlanta by 4
Tennessee by 6
Philadelphia by 7
Cincinnati by 10
New Orleans by 7
Kansas City by 6
Buffalo by 8
Houston by 13
Green Bay by 7
Seattle by 9 **lock**
New York Giants by 6
Indianapolis by 7
Arizona by 8
Pittsburgh by 14 **lock**
Los Angeles by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:14 AM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Tony Romo to miss first 6-10 weeks of the season after an MRI reveals a broken bone in his back.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:38 PM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I imagine the Ryan family gets together every August 4th to have beers and laughs.

I prefer to think he watches it on a loop while drinking Lone Star with the Snow Monkeys.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:00 AM on August 05

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.

.

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