jmd82's profile

Location: Mankato, MN (sometimes Atlanta)
ZIP: 56001
Gender: I have an x chromosome
Member since: October 12, 2002
Last visit: October 04, 2015

jmd82 has posted 3 links and 796 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

Golden State Exposes Cleveland in Game 4 Rout

I haven't heard much from the media about LeBron can't win anymore - that seemed to dissipate somewhere around winning the 2nd championship. Now, I hear the talking heads talk about how it's a win/win for LBJ - A win is one of the greatest Finals victories ever, and nobody can blame him for loosing with a depleted cast. The idea of the media lambasting LBJ seems to be a carryover from before his Heat days.

posted by jmd82 at 08:56 AM on June 12

Cavaliers Beat Hawks by 12, Lead Eastern Finals 2-0

And that's what happens when Atlanta plays like the Cavs, only without a Lebron to play the part. Seems they forgot how to pass, and to make shots they were draining during the regular season. The offense needs a major tuneup before the next game to have a chance.

posted by jmd82 at 10:54 PM on May 22

Formula E Racing Comes to U.S.

Virtually all technologies are a waste of money in their infancy. It's called early adoption. And then you end up with the iPhone 6.

posted by jmd82 at 11:46 AM on March 15

"Why not go for 70?"

Yup: Wilkins wasn't just victimized by Bird on the court that night. He also was the victim of a good-natured prank by teammates afterward. Ray Williams, a backup guard for the Celtics in 1985 (he died in 2013) recalled in the days after Bird's feat that some of the Hawks had gone to a club after the game. Cliff Levingston, a backup forward, summoned a waiter and had a bottle of champagne sent to Wilkins's table. The inscription: Thanks. From Larry.' When Wilkins, known as the Human Highlight Film during his prime, was recently honored with a 13 -foot tall, 18,500-pound statue outside of the Hawks' home, Philips Arena, Bird quipped, I'm pretty sure it's not made in a defensive stance.'

posted by jmd82 at 10:56 PM on March 14

Josh Gordon: I Am Not an Addict

If he's telling the truth, I'm pretty convinced that he's not an addict and made some very poor decisions that got him in big trouble. I also read it as he taking full responsibility for his actions.

posted by jmd82 at 12:35 PM on January 30

Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl 0x31 with 16-Point Comeback

Tebow had a better game.

Look it up.

Statistically speaking, Wilson had a shit game, so ya?

posted by jmd82 at 08:11 PM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

With 18 combined punts!!

posted by jmd82 at 09:49 PM on November 22

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