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Ufez Jones
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Name: S.
Location: StL
Gender: disgruntled goat, MFFL
Member since: February 04, 2002
Last visit: February 29, 2024

Ufez Jones has posted 368 links and 3,008 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

Max Strus Sinks Mavericks with 59-Foot Buzzer Beater

Mavs play-by-play announcer Mark Followill described the game-winning shot as "back-breaking, heart-breaking, soul-breaking", which might be a little over the top for a game played in late-February, but it was certainly gutting to watch. Strus just hit peak Steph Curry beast mode in the fourth and nailed four straight threes in around (less than?) a minute, fueling CLE's late push. When I saw him launch the half-courter there was a bit of a sense of "ah, fuck, this is going in, isn't it?".

Big bummer, for sure, but the season presses on. Gotta take care of Toronto tonight and see if we can somehow pull off a win at Boston to salvage a .500 record on this mini road-trip out East.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:27 AM on February 28, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 17: Enough Basketball For You Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 16 (slam dunk)
Thunder by 14 (slam dunk)
Pacers by 7
Clippers by 9 (slam dunk)
Knicks by 8 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 14 (slam dunk)

I love this time of year, just wall-to-wall games that matter.

Time for everyone to start making some moves.

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:58 PM on February 27, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 16: Ufez Gets Results Edition

My picks:

Thunder by 5
Suns by 7
Cavaliers by 14 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 9
Bucks by 15 (slam dunk)

I'm definitely willing to clear my calendar should any MFFLs feel inspired to fund my way into some playoff games.

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

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x3A

Yeah, I had a fun time explaining Ice Spice (including her new hit, "Think U The Shit (Fart)") to my nearly 75 y/o mother this morning.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:58 PM on February 12, 2024

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x3A

My picks:

49ers by 6
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: McCaffrey
Receiver: Kittle
Player with interception: Fred Warner
Player with sack: Chris Jones
Player with first turnover: Mahomes
Super Bowl MVP: Kittle
Tiebreaker: Never. Those crazy kids are gonna make it after all.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:34 PM on February 11, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 15: Blown Locks Edition

I will say, MSG is a fantastic live experience. I'm very grateful that the stars aligned just right this year and I was finally able to catch the Mavs there.

And this pass was something to behold. I had to pull my phone out at halftime to dig up a replay and wound up passing it down the row so the other Dallas/Luka fans could gawk.

That was a really fun night.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:52 AM on February 09, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 15: Blown Locks Edition

lol, I love it.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:33 PM on February 06, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 15: Blown Locks Edition

My picks:

Mavericks by 7
Suns by 8
76ers by 6
Clippers by 12 (slam dunk)
Mavericks by 2
Nuggets by 8
Suns by 12 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 6

Locking Dallas to take home an L from New York hurts. Why did it have to be this way, Jalen?

I'll be at the Garden Thursday night, which will *surely* tilt things in the Mavs favor.

...right?

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:09 PM on February 06, 2024

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Aww, I hate to hear that. Thanks for sharing, NoMich.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:29 PM on February 01, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 14: Luka Puts Up 73 Edition

My picks:

Celtics by 11 (slam dunk)
76ers by 6
Suns by 13
Bucks by 12 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 9 (slam dunk)
76ers by 12
Knicks by 17 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 17 (slam dunk)

The only mildly frustrating thing about Luka's 73-burger is that if any number of his teammates make just three of the numerous blown layups that he had set them up for during that game he would have wound up with a 70-something triple-double, which is even sillier and more awesome. And it easily should have happened that way.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:47 PM on January 30, 2024

NFL Playoff Pickem: Conference Championship Round

My picks:

Ravens by 6 (lock)
Lions by 3
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: McCaffrey
Receiver: Amon-Ra St. Brown
Player with interception: C.J. Gardner-Johnson

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:18 PM on January 28, 2024

NFL Playoff Pickem: Conference Championship Round

I believe Will Anderson Jr had a sack as well.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:14 AM on January 27, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 13: Saturday Tripleheader Edition

My picks:

Mavericks by 9
Thunder by 13 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 7
Kings by 11
Knicks by 8
Nuggets by 9
Warriors by 4

I appreciate NoMich's tribute to Antoine Walker.

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:31 PM on January 24, 2024

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I spent a fair bit of time on conference calls this morning with some colleagues in Detroit and can confirm that the Lions have even the healthcare researchers up there all abuzz. It reminds me a lot of my office during the Blues Stanley Cup run in 2019. Here's hoping they can keep it going.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:29 PM on January 22, 2024

NFL Playoff Pickem: Divisional Round

My picks:

Ravens by 13 (lock)
49ers by 10 (lock)
Lions by 17 (lock)
Bills by 8
Passer: Lamar Jackson
Rusher: McCaffrey
Receiver: Diggs
Player with interception: Will Anderson Jr.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:07 PM on January 20, 2024