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Ufez Jones
Name: Not really
Homepage URL: http://www.twitter.com/ufez
Location: StL
ZIP: 63130
Gender: disgruntled goat, MFFL
Member since: February 04, 2002
Last visit: March 04, 2015

Ufez Jones has posted 314 links and 1897 comments to SportsFilter and 27 links and 723 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

“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

Don't hit me in the mouth, I gotta play tonight: Miles Davis and boxing. "The legendary jazz trumpeter and composer isn’t the only person to ever make the comparison—George Foreman famously stated that “Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.”—but few are as uniquely qualified to ponder the relationship between music and pugilism as Davis was. Over the course of his life and career, the man’s connection to the sweet science was almost as complex and fascinating as his music was. It was a source of childhood inspiration, a muse, and even a lifesaver."

posted by Ufez Jones to boxing at 11:06 AM on January 23 - 4 comments

Hall of Fame voting raises more questions than answers: The fact of the matter is, Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame both recognize Barry Bonds as the all-time home run leader, and now they're trying to pass the buck on the BBWAA to shell out some justice. That's not a game I'm comfortable playing. C. Trent Rosencrans fills out his first HOF ballot.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 11:58 AM on December 24 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

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