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Ufez Jones
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Name: S.
Homepage URL: http://www.twitter.com/ufez
Location: StL
ZIP: 63144
Gender: disgruntled goat, MFFL
Member since: February 04, 2002
Last visit: July 30, 2015

Ufez Jones has posted 329 links and 1969 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

Miracle on ice goalie Jim Craig auctioning off his memorabilia: Seeking to secure his family's financial future, Craig is seeking $5.7 million for 19 items, including his gold medal, jerseys worn during the semi-final and gold medal games, and the flag that was draped over him after the US defeated Finland.

posted by Ufez Jones to hockey at 12:50 PM on July 29 - 0 comments

The Justice Department has ended its criminal case against Barry Bonds.: The U.S. Department of Justice will not appeal a court ruling that cleared baseball player Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice in a probe over steroids. The DOJ's move effectively ends the long criminal prosecution of the sport's career home run leader. The slugger was convicted on one obstruction charge in 2011, and the jury deadlocked on three perjury counts. His sentence of two years of probation and 30 days of home confinement was put on hold pending his appeal.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 01:11 PM on July 21 - 8 comments

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers: Now that Marc Gasol and Robert Pera have come down from their tapas-and-wine bender across Barcelona, the last big-name free agent outside the LeBron Show is off the board. The first free-agency period of the NBA’s new money era mostly unfolded over a whirlwind 90 hours, starting with Al-Farouq Aminu’s move to Portland and ending when LaMarcus Aldridge broke away and headed to San Antonio. Even when most players re-sign with their old teams, free agency jolts the league’s balance of power and explodes new trends in the player-sharing economy.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 10:21 AM on July 07 - 27 comments

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em final results: congratulations to grum@work and ic23b who tied for first place. (more inside)

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 04:59 PM on June 22 - 3 comments

WTF MLB? Baseball Strikes Out With Its Streaming Policies.: Iowa is supposed to be heaven for baseball fans – 'Field of Dreams' and all that. But if you want to stream MLB games, it's a virtual hell.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 12:54 PM on June 05 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

Brazilians officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes. But the government does not test for viruses.

Hey, we're all friends here, right? What's a little poliovirus between friends?

AP tests found its waters to be among the most polluted for Olympic sites, with results ranging from 14 million adenoviruses per liter on the low end to 1.7 billion per liter at the high end. By comparison, water quality experts who monitor beaches in Southern California become alarmed if they see viral counts reaching 1,000 per liter.

Holy Shitsnacks.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:59 PM on July 30

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

I may rejoin this year. I don't think I've played since...2005 or so? This kind of thing is a bit easier to keep up with when you have a desk job.

Regardless, as a totally half-assed Newcastle fan, it's probably best I remain impartial.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:51 PM on July 29

Arizona Cardinals hire NFL's first-ever female coaching intern

Between Welter, Sarah Thomas being hired as a full-time NFL Referee and Becky Hammon leading the Spurs to the Summer League title, there have quickly been some major inroads by women into new territory. Pretty awesome.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:37 PM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hibachi!

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:59 AM on July 27

Jose Bautista calls out Colin Cowherd for insipid remarks about Dominican ballplayers

Jeff Passan's Twitter feed is especially good right now.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:12 PM on July 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bill Simmons lands at HBO with a "multi-year, multi-platform" agreement. Not terribly surprising.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:21 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

rcade: If you haven't seen this new Zach Lowe piece, it touches a bit on Ellis and this subject (and then does a full breakdown of Tobias Harris's value). Here's the section that reminded me of this conversation:

Teams have access to more statistics than ever, but when it comes to the good numbers/bad team dilemma, GMs fall back on the oldest method of talent evaluation: watching the damn games. That's in part because there is some degree of skepticism over whether numbers compiled on bad teams mean much even if a player compiles them efficiently.

"Put the best D-League team into the NBA, and someone is going to average 18 points per game," Celtics GM Danny Ainge says. "Someone is gonna get 10 rebounds. And that's why you hear the doubts you're hearing."

But Ainge cautions: "Those doubts are legitimate, but not every player on a bad team deserves to be penalized."

Some front-office types give more weight to fat stats, and more sophisticated numbers some of them based on video track what GMs see on film. Dig deep, and you can quantify how often a guy closes out on defense, and how many of his rebounds are easy, uncontested jobs. "We are very quick sometimes to blame players for putting up numbers of a team that isn't successful," Myers says. "Sometimes the losses aren't their fault. Sometimes you put them in a better situation, and it clicks."

A popular example: Monta Ellis, derided as an empty-calories loser before emerging in Dallas as a pick-and-roll destroyer. Ellis's evolution was overstated in some corners; he had always been a skilled driver whose passes led to layups and 3s, and he remained a woeful defender with the Mavs. But Dallas bet that Ellis would look better attacking within the spacing Dirk Nowitzki provides, and the Mavs were right.

Numbers tell you a lot, but the process behind those numbers the "how" is the most important predictor for how a player will fit on a new team. There is no shortcut to making that kind of determination. You have to watch the film, watch it in the right ways, and do deep background work on a player's character: his work ethic, what he cares about, his relationships with coaches and teammates.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:00 AM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If scoring is easiest to replace, what is hardest?

Raw scoring, sure, but the league is overall moving as fast as they can towards efficiency (it's becoming the WAR of the NBA), so maybe that?

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:48 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

What's the over/under on fouls to Jordan by the Mavs in the first regular season meeting? 10? 15?

To be fair, that's just a sound general strategy against the Clips.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:10 PM on July 12

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

If they don't just blow it up and tank, Howard. Which Cuban is on record of saying they'd do if they hadn't landed DeAndre from the get go.

I don't know how not playing until December Wes Matthews (and now Zaza Pachulia!) affects that plan, but I can't imagine in a super competitive West they'll be even remotely decent.

I hope they just feed Dirk over and over and over and let him pad his career stats. He deserves better, but it's the least they can do.

I'm still despondent over this whole shitshow.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:29 PM on July 09

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

This is now easily top 5 worst moments of Dirk's career.

1) the 2006 Finals
2) 2007 historic first round loss to Golden St.
3) Nash leaving for Phoenix
4) This???
5) toss-up between Rajon, Lamar Odom, & Cristal Taylor

This hurts. Dirk deserves better. This morning there were rumors that the Mavs thought they were setting themselves up to court Kevin Durant next summer with the combo of Parsons, DeAndre and Wes Matthews + Dirk. Now it's all gone to a burning bag of shit on Mark Cuban's front porch.

Fuck.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:21 PM on July 08

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

The longer this lingers the more the novelty has worn off and I'm afraid he's going back to LA and this whole season, much less the post-Dirk future, is becoming less bright.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:02 PM on July 08

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

This is somehow amazingly silly and (as a Mavs fan) amazingly nerve-racking:

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:23 PM on July 08

Federal Judge Orders Cancellation of Redskins Trademarks

Why not:

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:47 PM on July 08

Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers

I also kind of want to add how excited I am about the prospect of Rajon Rondo joining George Karl and Boogie Cousins in Sacramento. HBO needs to do a basketball version of Hard Knocks with the Kings.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:23 PM on July 07