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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: October 17, 2017

jmd82 has posted 3 links and 809 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 Sunday Huddle

I love how Jagr skips in.

posted by jmd82 at 11:05 AM on October 09

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

That was the most deflating game I've ever seen in my life. Was at a Falcons super bowl party, and we were obviously riding high after the first half. And then partway through the third quarter and going into the forth quarter... Brady just does his GOAT thing. When the Falcons got the ball to the Pat's 25 yard line and got pushed back to midfield preventing a field goal attempt to put them up by 2 scores with 5:00 minutes left... Uhg. Knew we were in even bigger trouble. Brady is no doubt the GOAT, but I can't even watch sports news this week now. And (rightfully so) this will be one of those games that's brought up in the lore Super Bowl history for years forcing us to relive one of the greatest collapses in sports history.

posted by jmd82 at 09:34 AM on February 06

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

Awesome! It's been a fun ride and looking forward to future intelligent sports discussions and articles.

posted by jmd82 at 11:06 AM on January 25

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

Perhaps Kelce needs to take a look at his own dropped pass and unsportsmanlike conduct call before casting blame elsewhere.

posted by jmd82 at 10:25 AM on January 16

Falcons Advance to NFC Championship

To be fair, if you lived in Atlanta, you'd understand. We understand quite well setting expectations too high and them flaming out. It doesn't help Atlanta's known as a city of bandwagon fans so they don't quite get the media hype of a Packers or Dallas who have a national audience.
Hello, most people called the game a blowout, but myself and all my Atlanta friends knew the game wasn't over until that final INT with a few minutes left.

posted by jmd82 at 10:23 AM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'm a UGA grad / fan watching the game on a bit of a delay - I always record so I can skip most the commercials. While UGA-UT is still a rivalry, it hadn't felt like too much of one lately with what was UT's slide over the last decade. I was at UGA in the early 2000's when UT was still good so it still feels intense to me.

Anyways, I think it's about 19 seconds lift with UGA still down, and my buddy texts me and I'm like, "The only reason he'd text me is because something batshitcrazy happened at the end of the game." It wasn't crazy (yet) so the only logical conclusion is UGA got a Hail Mary. And the next pass, BAM, Eason throws a rocket - not a Hail Mary mind you, but a thing of beauty our WRs would have dropped last week. I jump throwing my cat across the room to do the victory dance screaming. I read my buddy's text and it reads, "So Close too... ROCKY TOP! :)" What the hell? There's 10 seconds left! Then a penalty. Return to set up doable field position. Surly this can't be the same old Dawgs - a callback to a few years ago when GT comes back to win with almost no time. And then the Vols get their own Hail Mary. The joy, ecstasy, and pain and anguish of college football.

posted by jmd82 at 09:59 AM on October 02

Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky in the Same Relay? It Could Happen.

Or, ya know, mixed doubles.

posted by jmd82 at 09:33 PM on August 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

/golf clap

posted by jmd82 at 10:43 PM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It appears 1 singer changed the lyrics during his solo, unbeknownst to his fellow Tenors.

posted by jmd82 at 09:40 AM on July 13

Tim Duncan announces retirement

Yzerman reminds me more of Bird. Maybe because of the goal scoring, but they could both do a bit of everything. I think Duncan : Lidstrom is apropos.

posted by jmd82 at 06:47 PM on July 11

Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies

It's also not the initial incident that's causing issues. It's that, even after the initial settlement, the Mannings have continued to bring up the incident in the book and an interview. After UT, she got a job at Florida Southern. It was only when the book was being published that she was reportedly let go. It's also trying to cast blame elsewhere. Chances are that if this hadn't been brought up again by the Mannings, it wouldn't be news today.

posted by jmd82 at 10:50 AM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's annoying hearing all the ESPN talking heads screaming about how LSU football will never shutdown because it's Religion. Nobody disputes that football is religion. But the issue isn't shutting down football just 'cause, but rather that classes would be cancelled for all students making all athletes ineligible. Everyone will be caught in the crossfire. But who needs nuance on talk TV?

posted by jmd82 at 12:28 PM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I love how his teammate runs up, "He merely hit him with the side of his foot. No biggie!"

posted by jmd82 at 11:23 AM on December 22

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