jmd82's profile

Location: Mankato, MN (sometimes Atlanta)
ZIP: 56001
Gender: I have an x chromosome
Member since: October 12, 2002
Last visit: October 09, 2019

jmd82 has posted 3 links and 814 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, 2008 - 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, 2007 - 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, 2004 - 12 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Has there been a demographics study done on the 20 active users of this site that shows us to be all naive billionaires or something?

That would be news to me...

posted by jmd82 at 08:29 AM on May 21, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Agreed, rcade. Saban is the coach who could make the change.

I felt really good if Hurts had stayed in. It was clear UGA was out to stop the run and could do so; the secondary had shown it could be beat throughout the year though. As soon as he hit that first pass in the second half, I knew we were in trouble. Still one helluva game!

posted by jmd82 at 09:22 AM on January 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

As a UGA alum, between the OU & 'Bama games, this week has taken years off my life. So stressful, but also proud of the Dawgs. After that sack in OT, I felt good - particularly considering the missed FG to end regulation. Alas.

Agreed that the Offense went away from what was working in the second half. "Oh, another run up the middle with Chubb for 2 yards? Hooray." It felt like the coaching staff was afraid to put closing the game out on Fromm's shoulders. To be fair, UGA did get a few holes to open up in the second half, and in other games (just last week versus OU), the running games takes a toll and large holes open on. Obviously, 'Bama's a different beast and that didn't quite work out.

I can't believe that whoever on Saban's staff recruited a kid as talented as Tagovailoa convinced him to come to Bama knowing he was going to sit behind Hurts.

UGA has a commit from Justin Fields, the top QB recruit. That's with Eason (who's transferring (and should!)) and Fromm (the #2 pro QB recruit in his own right) already on the team. Not sure how we get these QBs to commit with the depth chart - embarrassment of riches.

While I'm obviously disappointed UGA lost, all I could think is how Alabama's kicker would have taken it had UGA won. There would have been some serious hate.

posted by jmd82 at 08:13 PM on January 09, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I feel like Quinn recognized that in Q1 going for it on 4th and 6 at midfield. Try to give the time a jolt of energy. Play worked, but it was downhill from there.

posted by jmd82 at 09:07 AM on October 24, 2017

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Interesting analysis. If we look at UGA, who has a closer talent level to Bama, they're right in the mix. Smart's also a former DC - all the examples are OC's.

posted by jmd82 at 08:51 AM on October 22, 2017

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I love how Jagr skips in.

posted by jmd82 at 11:05 AM on October 09, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2016

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, 2016

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

/golf clap

posted by jmd82 at 10:43 PM on July 13, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016