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Ufez Jones
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Name: S.
Location: StL
ZIP: 63139
Gender: disgruntled goat, MFFL
Member since: February 04, 2002
Last visit: July 21, 2019

Ufez Jones has posted 355 links and 2,495 comments to SportsFilter and 27 links and 725 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

How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games: ESPN's Scott Eden takes a deep dive into the Donaghy saga. Well worth the long read.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 07:10 PM on February 20, 2019 - 10 comments

MLB and MLBPA announce a deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation that allows Cuban baseball players a safe and legal way to sign with a MLB club.: The objective of the agreement, which is the product of years of negotiations with the FCB, is to end the dangerous trafficking of Cuban players who desire to play professional baseball in the United States, a practice that has been documented in legal proceedings and media reports, and which has caused significant hardship to Cuban players and their families.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 09:13 PM on December 19, 2018 - 2 comments

What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles? : Written by Darius Miles, edited by Quentin Richardson -- Dudes like me ain’t supposed to talk about this type of stuff. I’m about to tell you some real shit. Things I haven’t told anybody. But first, we gotta go back in time. We gotta go back to when the NBA was still the NBA. Way back when I had the pager with the two-way alert. I’m about to tell you the most Y2K story ever. I’m about to tell you how I almost died at Alonzo Mourning’s crib in the year 2000 on some dumb shit.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 11:48 AM on October 24, 2018 - 3 comments

Gilbert Arenas vs. Javaris Crittenton: Inside the Gambling Showdown That Rocked the NBA. Jon Gold gets a lesson in Boo-Ray from several NBA Players and the story from Agent Zero himself on the infamous 2009 locker room showdown between Arenas and Crittenton that left both players with season-ending suspensions.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 01:51 PM on August 10, 2018 - 5 comments

The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball: (W)hy do minor league basketball and hockey players get a better deal than minor league baseball players, despite those leagues’ parent clubs bringing in less money overall? It’s not because basketball and hockey owners are less interested in maximizing profits at all costs—many baseball owners have a stake in another pro team, and even if the people running the NBA, NHL, and MLB aren’t literally the same people, they all went to the same business schools and hang out at the same golf courses. No, it’s about power and leverage.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 11:30 AM on April 20, 2018 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

Only 12% of Men Think They Could Win a Point Off Serena Williams

Neither one of them were 'bad-asses'. Just well-trained in the sport. But like pitchers, a lot of the technique on serves depends on the spin, like a throwing a curveball, sinker, or cutter except you don't know which side it's going to go on.

It's a pretty common training thing for tennis players to set up the canisters on the corners of the court and snipe them with different serves. In this scenario, it's like pitchers warming up in the bullpen and not throwing their hardest but working on the spin and placement. And even at 70% speed, your average Joe has no chance at hitting it, because they can nail it every time.

So no, your chances of getting a point vs. Serena (or anyone on the WTA) aren't any better or worse than getting one against Nadal or Djokovic unless you get incredibly lucky on your serve. Otherwise, you aren't going to touch the ball. And that's where the misogyny (and being Wimbledon, racism) comes in.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:52 AM on July 13, 2019

Only 12% of Men Think They Could Win a Point Off Serena Williams

Granted, I never took any formal lessons or played competitively, but in my late teens/early 20s I was a pretty damn decent rec tennis player. I befriended a guy in high school a bit older than me that was a former junior national team tennis player in a Middle-Eastern country that also played for a bit at a small Div I school on scholarship until injuries took him down.

A few years after he'd stopped training and playing competitively - and put on 40-50 lbs after living in the US - we'd go out and hit balls. When he warmed up and got his serve correct, I couldn't touch it. Not even close. Even if he told me where it was going to go.

Later, when I was at Baylor, there was a South American guy on the Bears tennis squad that used to come to our parties occasionally. No doubt on a very late night, a group of us asked him if we could sometime just stand on the court while he served at us to see what it was like. He wasn't their ace at all (maybe their 4 or 5, and Baylor's never really been known for their tennis program), but it actually came to fruition. We took turns standing there for four or six serves apiece, and then laughed while kind of shaking in fear. I tried serving to him a couple of dozen times and it was laughable how his returns were, even on my 1 in 10 decent ones.

I don't really want to get into if this is related to the USWNT or if it's misogynist or not (it probably is, and it definitely is), but if you're gonna tell me you could get on the court with Serena and somehow luck your way into a point, I'll bet my annual salary to yours in a goddamn heartbeat without even thinking twice.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:47 PM on July 12, 2019

Grayson Allen Doesn't Play Well With Others

What an idiot.

The fun part is that the Grizz and Celts play again in the Summer League Quarterfinals tomorrow.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:42 PM on July 12, 2019

L.A. Clippers Land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

I'm not all that surprised that Kawhi signed with the Clips. But I'm shocked at the OKC trade, especially this late in the FA season. Best case scenario for the Thunder it winds up like the Herschel Walker trade. Kind of (more than) sucks for Russ though.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:48 AM on July 06, 2019

St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

Thanks for finding that clip, tahoemoj. Not to take anything away from Schenn's goal, but Jaden Schwartz's puck-handling there was just gorgeous.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:59 PM on June 13, 2019

St. Louis Blues Win First Stanley Cup

What a crazy, improbable run by a team that still officially has an interim head coach and a 25-year-old rookie goaltender. Boston came out swinging heavy in that first period and Binny just shut them down. Hell of a series. Hell of a night in my neighborhood, too.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:31 AM on June 13, 2019

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round

My picks:

Warriors in 7
Top point scorer: Klay Thompson
Top rebounder: Kawhi Leonard
Game 1 winner: Warriors
Most points single game: Warriors


Series MVP: Klay Thompson
Most technical fouls: Serge Ibaka
First Durant game: Game 4
Winning team points last game: 108

Not what I want to happen, but I'm guessing probably will.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:46 PM on May 30, 2019

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

My picks:

Blues in 6
Top goals: Patrick Maroon
Top assists: Ryan O'Reilly
Top goalie (save %): Jordan Binnington
Conn Smythe winner: Binnington
Top penalty minutes: Bortuzzo
Game 1 winner: Bruins
Team giving up 0 goals: Blues

Tiebreaker: 28

Thanks rogers. Any chance we can get a standings update?

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:59 PM on May 27, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Trail Blazers in 7
Raptors in 6
Top point scorer: Leonard
Top rebounder: Giannis
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Raptors

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:20 PM on May 14, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

Revised picks:

Team with shutout: Blues

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:04 PM on May 09, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Hurricanes in 7
Blues in 7
Top goal scorer: Jaden Schwartz
Top goalie (save %): Jordan Binnington
Team scoring 6: Hurricanes
Team with shutout: Sharks

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:53 PM on May 09, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Revised picks:

Trail Blazers in 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:16 AM on April 28, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Bucks in 6
Warriors in 7
Top point scorer: James Harden
Top rebounder: Giannis
Top scoring team: Bucks
Team scoring 130: Warriors

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:26 PM on April 27, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Blue Jackets in 7
Stars in 6
Islanders in 7
Sharks in 7
Top goal scorer: Logan Couture
Top goalie (save %): Ben Bishop
Team scoring 6: Sharks
Team with shutout: Stars

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:00 PM on April 25, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Top point scorer: LeBron James

Bold pick.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:02 AM on April 13, 2019