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Ufez Jones
Name: S.
Location: StL
Gender: disgruntled goat, MFFL
Member since: February 04, 2002
Last visit: July 11, 2024

Ufez Jones has posted 368 links and 3,045 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

Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, and Todd Helton elected to Cooperstown.: Beltre and Mauer are first-balloters; Helton makes it in on his sixth try. They will be inducted along with former manager Jim Leyland.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 07:29 PM on January 23, 2024 - 4 comments

Shohei Ohtani signs record deal with the Los Angeles...Dodgers: In the biggest MLB contract so far, the Dodgers and Ohtani have agreed to a 10-year, $700 million deal.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 09:17 PM on December 09, 2023 - 6 comments

Sports Illustrated accused of publishing articles written by non-existent, AI-generated authors.: Noting that several "authors" headshots and bios were available for sale from a third-party AI website under descriptions like "neutral white young-adult male with short brown hair and blue eyes" or "joyful asian young-adult female with long brown hair and brown eyes", Maggie Harrison at Futurism investigates suspicious pieces that have been published under the banner of the once-heralded magazine. The Arena Group, who runs SI's current publishing line, says the pieces were published by a third-party contractor named AdVon, who has assured SI that "all of the articles in question were written and edited by humans" and therefore this is all big misunderstanding. SI has admitted no wrongdoing, but has terminated their contract with AdVon.

posted by Ufez Jones to media at 09:41 AM on November 28, 2023 - 4 comments

The NBA Board of Governors approves new Player Participation Policy to combat excessive load management.: The policy, which only pertains to "Star Players" (defined as any player that has made an All NBA Team or All-Star Team in the previous three seasons*) includes measures to ensure that healthy Star Players will play in all nationally televised games and the In-Season Tournament, and will balance rest nights between home and road games in favor of away.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 04:43 PM on September 13, 2023 - 3 comments

Stephen Strasburg Retires from Baseball: Stephen Strasburg is calling it quits on a career that saw him debut as the most highly touted fireballer in years, become World Series MVP in 2019 and finally be undone by frequent arm injuries -- all while in the uniform of the Washington Nationals. His 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings is seventh all-time but his 113 wins are 31 lower than anyone in the Hall of Fame. "It's a miracle what he was able to accomplish despite the glitchy pitching mechanics that scouts warned would be his demise," writes D.J. Dunston of Deadspin.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 07:53 PM on August 24, 2023 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

NBA Playoff Pickem Champion: ic23b

Down with the ship!

Congrats, ic23b, and to Howard and the rest of the Celtics fans too (I suppose).

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:41 PM on July 10, 2024

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Today is one of those days that working from home really shines. Both of today's Euro Quarterfinals matches should be pretty fun.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:50 AM on July 05, 2024

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Of the top 6 taken in last night's draft, 3 are from France, including the first 2 picks, and only 2 from the college ranks.

Half-tuning into the draft coverage last night, it sounds like this isn't just going to be a one-off thing either. There is apparently a large pool of talent emerging in France. This class will serve as an interesting experiment in how NBA-ready that talent actually is (Wemby doesn't count, ofc).

I'd like to think this also serves as a slight tip in the favor of sanity in the ongoing public back and forth between Mbappe/Thuram and the right-wing National Rally Party, but I have no idea if the NBA draft really registers for the public over there, especially in the middle of Euro 2024.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:25 PM on June 27, 2024

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

My favorite scenario is the one where Boston, who picks just before the Lakers, scoops him up and fleeces the Busses out of an extra future pick or two just for shits and giggles. The resulting chess match would be pretty fascinating.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:07 PM on June 27, 2024

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Somewhere in Eastern Oklahoma, former Grizz Center Bryant "Big Country" Reeves is smiling contently thinking "This...this is my legacy".

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:14 AM on June 27, 2024

Florida Panthers Win Stanley Cup

Big month for Chaminade College Prep School out in the Western STL Suburbs, where Jayson Tatum and Matthew Tkachuk were once classmates.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:27 PM on June 25, 2024

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I hope NBC sends Snoop to Paris to cover the Olympics. I've really enjoyed his bits during the Track & Field Trials.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:23 PM on June 23, 2024

Giants Legend Willie Mays Dies at 93

Here we go: Willie Mays Blasting Caps Spot.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:42 AM on June 20, 2024

Lots of Grousing About Refs as Celtics Take 3-0 Finals Lead

Well, that was very satisfying.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:34 PM on June 14, 2024

Lots of Grousing About Refs as Celtics Take 3-0 Finals Lead

I'm of two minds about Luka getting tossed last night: On the one hand, there is a tacit understanding in the NBA that sixth fouls are pretty damned difficult to earn in playoff games, so much so that I can recall Mavs' fans collective bootyholes pucker every time Lu Dort came back into the game with five fouls, assuming he'd get a few extra shots in before any ref would even raise a whistle to their lips. So it certainly felt like a huge break in protocol in the moment.

On the other hand: I'm not trying to add to the ongoing Luka dogpile too much, but he really has got to learn how to save his outrage for after the game. It wouldn't surprise me one bit to learn that Jaylen Brown went right at him on that drive figuring that he had a pretty good shot at getting a sloppy attempt at a charge as a result of Luka's mind being distracted and his reaction a half-step late. I'm also convinced that some significant portion of his injuries have been prolonged and/or exacerbated by some of the more outlandish foul-bait attempts. Maybe getting tossed in front of (most of) the 2011 Championship Squad *and* the Prime Minister of Slovenia will push him there. We can hope.

Overall I don't know that the reffing has been biased so much as just inconsistent within the games, which is really frustrating. Definitely feels like we've seen a lot of ticky-tack fouls one minute only to let someone get shoved out of the paint and into the third row during a rebound like they're in the pit at a Slayer show the next. For whatever it's worth, the Mavs have attempted six more free throws total in the three games, so it's not like we're seeing some kind of D-Wade getting 46(!) FTA's in two games in the '05 Finals-level bullshit or anything.

It was pretty amusing to see the ref completely ignore Derrick White intentionally try to foul on the inbound play at the end of the fourth last night. It's not often you see a basketball complain to the refs about not getting a whistle blown on them. Fortunately for Boston, Timmy Hardaway Jr. was the recipient of that inbound pass and he hasn't hit a field goal since game 6 vs. OKC back on May 18th, so one could argue the refs were doing them a solid on that one.

But really, I don't think it matters. This Boston team is incredibly good, and I'm not sure they're going to get the full respect they deserve for this run. They have four or five future Hall of Famers, two that are on the upswing of their primes, and are very well-coached and well-disciplined. And hoo-boy do they close out quarters well, something the Mavericks had been excelling at up until this series. I doubt there's another team in the West this year that would've fared much better (last season's Nuggets would have mad for a very fun Finals, but they didn't seem to have that same hunger this year for whatever reason; this Celtics squad would have cooked cooked the T-Wolves or OKC had either of them made the finals).

Okay, thank you for coming to my TED Talk.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:25 PM on June 13, 2024

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Always pay for the ferry.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:29 PM on June 13, 2024

NBA Playoff Pickem: NBA Finals

My picks:

Mavericks in 6
Top point scorer: Luka Doncic
Top rebounder: Dereck Lively II
Game 1 winner: Celtics
Team scoring most points in game: Celtics
Series MVP: Luka Doncic
Top fouler: Daniel Gafford
Top three-point shooter: Jaylen Brown
Winning team points last game: 119

Paisley the Lob Goblin is ready to rumble!

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:46 PM on June 05, 2024

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yeah, I'm grateful that several Mavs have some extra time to heal up but I may start getting a little twitchy come Monday night.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:57 PM on May 31, 2024

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Sorry Seattle, we need to put an NBA team in Halifax. For reasons.

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:25 PM on May 31, 2024

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I can't say I'm looking forward to Boston's fans taking their years-old grievances out on their former players.

Dwight Powell deserves better than that.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:33 AM on May 27, 2024