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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: April 24, 2015

Ufez Jones has posted 318 links and 1922 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

Charles Barkley: Rick Carlisle should bench Rajon Rondo permanently.: Rondo's game 2 performance at Houston featured a first-half uncontested 8-second violation which he followed by drawing two personal fouls and a technical foul in the first 34 seconds of the third quarter. Rondo didn't see the court again and declined to speak to reporters after the game. He is widely rumored to sign a free-agent contract with the Lakers in the off-season.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 01:46 PM on April 22 - 6 comments

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em : Conference Quarterfinal Edition. First game tips off at 12:30 PM Eastern this Saturday the 18th, so get your picks in before then.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 11:45 AM on April 16 - 17 comments

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

Recent Comments

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
Caps in 7
Preds in 7
Canucks in 6
Rangers in 4
Lightning in 6
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