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Ufez Jones
Name: S.
Homepage URL: http://www.twitter.com/ufez
Location: StL
ZIP: 63144
Gender: disgruntled goat, MFFL
Member since: February 04, 2002
Last visit: March 28, 2015

Ufez Jones has posted 316 links and 1909 comments to SportsFilter and 27 links and 724 comments to the Locker Room and 1 column.

Sports Bio

In StL, but a fan of most Dallas teams. Jerry Jones as a general manager is the best reality show around.

Recent Links

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves: Including the New Orleans Saints trading TE Jimmy Graham to Seattle, the Eagles and Rams swapping quarterbacks and...

posted by Ufez Jones to football at 07:49 PM on March 10 - 34 comments

Baseball's fight with fatigue: Last year, less than 9% of position players appeared in 150 or more games. That is the lowest such percentage in major-league history, according to Stats LLC. Run scoring in September last year was 7% lower than it was during March and April, twice as steep a decline as the historical norm. So, as full squads report to spring training in Florida and Arizona this week, teams aren’t worried so much about hitters being ready for Opening Day. They’re worried about keeping them fresh for the stretch run, and they’re exploring myriad new ways to boost their endurance.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 02:09 PM on March 06 - 6 comments

“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.”: A Futility Infielder tribute to Rocky Bridges (1927-2015), one of the game's most colorful characters - When Don Zimmer passed away last June after 66 years in baseball, I called him the ultimate futility infielder. Allow me to amend that, for Rocky Bridges, who died last week at the age of 87, was every bit as worthy of that title, and every bit as much an inspiration for this site. The secret of futility infielders is their ability to thrive despite their shortcomings in talent, thanks to persistence, flexibility and a command of fundamentals that go well beyond the playing field. They’re the laces that hold the leather together, the very soul of baseball.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 10:50 AM on February 04 - 2 comments

Former Portuguese footballer Luis Figo joins crowded field looking to unseat Sepp Blatter as President of FIFA.: The 78-year-old Blatter is seeking his fifth consecutive term as FIFA President in an election to be held May 29th. Figo joins Frenchman Jérôme Champagne, Jordanian Prince Ali (who has won the backing of England's FA), Dutch FA President Michael van Pragg, and a bookmaker-backed publicity candidate. ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti offers a brief primer (autoplay audio/video warning).

posted by Ufez Jones to soccer at 11:02 AM on January 28 - 2 comments

Ernie Banks, legendary 'Mr. Cub,' dead at 83: Banks was an 11-time all-star and back-to-back NL MVP. With career totals of 512 home runs and 1,636 RBI, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. He is the only National League shortstop to hit 40+ home runs in a season, a feat he accomplished five times.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 11:01 AM on January 24 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

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

Matt Haughey is Stepping Down at MetaFilter

A slightly edited version of what I posted on another site (not MeTa):

I'm slightly more maudlin about this than I would've figured. I got my first MeFi account in April of 2001, registered from the Econ department of my undergrad university while doing work-study mere weeks before I entered the adult world.

I was such a baby then and MeFi has (for much more better than worse) forever shaped my perception of what the internet is and what its social capabilities are. Hell there are people that I've known for well over a third of my life thanks to MeFi that I would have otherwise never gotten the chance to interact with or meet IRL. And that's pretty fucking awesome. I'm not alone, but I'm awfully indebted to Matt. I wish nothing but the best for him, whatever his next (ad)venture is.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:25 PM on March 04

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