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jmd82
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Location: Mankato, MN (sometimes Atlanta)
ZIP: 56001
Gender: I have an x chromosome
Member since: October 12, 2002
Last visit: November 21, 2014

jmd82 has posted 3 links and 789 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 11 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I'm a UGA alum. My one true loyalty in sports has and always will be to my beloved Bulldawgs (yes, Dawgs. I'm an alum and can call them whatever I want!).

My worse sports moment and the one that still pissed me off the most was when I was in college- a junior or senior, can't recall exactly- and the male basketball team was on the rise. Jarvis Hayes was a stud with a good cast of role-players and a PG who didn't turn the ball over. A good NCAA berth was on the horizon and Athens was optimistic, particlarly with revenge on our minds after a lackluster lost last year in the tourney the the Salukis. Stegeman Coliseum was rocking. We were going places.
And then He Who Shall Not Be Named got caught and all our hopes and dreams were shattered.

It's a good think our football team has a legitimate coach with whispers of longevity and integrity, because basketball ain't going anywhere anytime soon.

My favorite sports moment was at an elementary basketball game at the local church where my best friend's little sister was playing basketball. The opposing team had this really good player simply dubbed "mouth-piece girl." The game was intense. I think I temporarily lost feeling in my right hand as their mom held on to my freaking out at every little thing. It was a classic back-and-forth game, and I can still vividly see the ending in my mind where her team was down by a point with like 2 ticks left and they go for a shot and miss. The other team's crowd goes insane thinking they had won. At the same instant, my friend saw the ref's arm go up declaring a foul causing him to literally storming on to the court, screaming and waving his arms, "THE GAME'S NOT OVER, THE GAME'S NOT OVER." Their mom accidentally tried breaking my hand while freaking out from squeezing it too hard.
The girl made both free throws, and our fan section goes ballistic in adulation.
I've seen a lot of sports games and nail-biters, but nothing has ever topped the shear intensity of that game and the ending. I can see where the Gonzaga has such a homefield advantage.

Then again, I did go to a few Braves playoff games in the late 90s/early 2000s which might explain why it's the most exciting game I've ever seen!

Oh, that and when David Pollick, against South Carolina, got to their QB, stripped the ball, and caught the call as it fell down in one motion. All in the end zone. At Sanford Stadium, they always play the highlights of the Dawgs before games, and that plat always gets the loudest ovation. It was a play that, unbelievable as it is on replay, still sends shivers down my spine thinking back to seeing it live and realizing, "ZOMG, WTF JUST HAPPENED?!? OH HELL YES, IT DID JUST HAPPEN!!!" And a legend was forever cemented in Bulldawg lore.

Recent Links

Pitcher really don't like an ump? Have your catcher duck and hit him in the face!: On a high fastball, high school catcher ducks as the ball hits ump right on the mask (youtube link).

posted by jmd82 to baseball at 01:09 PM on June 18 - 25 comments

Could a morbidly obese goalie shut out an NHL team?: In an excerpt from 'Andy Roddick Beat me With a Frying Pan,' Todd Gallagher explores and tests the burning question of if very very large could effectively close off the net.

posted by jmd82 to hockey at 10:44 AM on December 13 - 21 comments

Umpire screws up in all-important tie-breaker: Instead of calling a second serve, umpire calls a point in favor of Croatia's Karolina Sprem helping her to upset Venus Williams. The question is, shouldn't have someone stepped in and corrected him (Venus??) or did something else happen the AP's not reporting?

posted by jmd82 to tennis at 02:22 PM on June 24 - 12 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's driving me bonkers!!!

posted by jmd82 at 12:26 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Ending of the Auburn-Ole Miss game was one of the more brutal endings I've seen. Looks like Ole Miss is going to score a TD to go ahead with 1:30 left. But not only is the ball fumbled on the 1 yard line and recovered by Auburn in the end zone, but the fumble is caused by Treadwell's injury, causing his fumble. Painful. You can see the GIF version here.

posted by jmd82 at 10:53 PM on November 01

Lights On

From what I've read, the NFL can (and does) still have contracts explicitly stating there are blackouts. It's just that it's not a required part of contracts now.

posted by jmd82 at 09:21 PM on October 01

Germany Wins World Cup

Contrast to Argentina, who had a number of similar opportunities near the box, but couldn't get the proper control for that final touch. Just that one magical touch for a goal to remember for a lifetime.

posted by jmd82 at 08:00 PM on July 13

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

The Red Wedding was a soccer match? No way!

posted by jmd82 at 08:32 PM on July 08

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach

The mark of a true leader isn't just how many championships you've won, but leaving teams better off than you found them.

How many teams are really better than when a future HoF player leaves?

posted by jmd82 at 10:14 AM on June 25

Minnesota State players refuse to practice as coach Todd Hoffner returns

In Mankato, most people take the side of Hoffner, calling the kids spoiled brats or entitles or something along those lines. Pretty much everyone likes Hoffner and thinks he deserves to get his life back together.

posted by jmd82 at 05:05 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Heh. Reminds me of Chuck Norris jokes. Only made in the 3rd person instead of my meme generators.

posted by jmd82 at 02:10 PM on March 17

Panthers Edge Patriots, Win Sixth in a Row

That run reminds me of Vick in his Atlanta days.

posted by jmd82 at 09:54 AM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I especially love it when the network takes the time to make a slo-mo replay of it, like they did with Jim Harbaugh today at the end of the Saints game.

I thought he was just yelling for more Fudge.

posted by jmd82 at 09:32 AM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

After being down by 20 to start the 4th quarter, UGA storms back to take the lead, with the defense managing to man up for the first time this season. Only to blow it by tipping a 4th & 18 Hail Mary straight into the fingertips of an Auburn receiver. It's kind if funny how it'll go down in Auburn lore, but it required a special bit of terrible from the UGA defense to make it happen. Probably the most madenning season of Georgia football in the last decade.

posted by jmd82 at 12:14 AM on November 17

Atlanta Braves plan to build new stadium in Cobb County

But wasn't Olympic Stadium built precisely with the Braves taking over in mind?

posted by jmd82 at 02:07 PM on November 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

As talented as Clowney is, I can't help but wonder if he's the monster he has been made out to be if he doesn't make that huge hit versus Michigan in the Bowl game last season.

I watch a lot of SEC football, and I definitely saw Clowney as being as dominant as reported. While that Michigan hit certainly helped pushed him into the stratosphere, he had dominant games during the regular season and was in the running for SEC defensive player of the year for a reason. Regardless, I've always had a hard time believing he'd go overall #1 in the draft.

posted by jmd82 at 06:21 PM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

And he got $4.5 Million to not play. I feel like there's a lesson about the government shutdown somewhere in there.

posted by jmd82 at 10:49 AM on October 01

Is Roger Federer Done?

He obviously isn't the player he used to be, and the competition has stepped up, but of 2004-2007 peak will always be some of my favorite tennis years. I loved watching Federer when he was nearly unstoppable (except on clay) with the grace and knowledge that he could beat anybody.

posted by jmd82 at 09:26 AM on August 21