The Sunday: From Nice To Sweet

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

How Nice It Is

This will probably be the only time we will say the following, ‘what an amazing goal by Steve Cronin.’ This was a thing of beauty.

Not to be outdone, look at the pass from Jose Villareal to Gyasi Zardes.


 Ah, Man!

Atlanta Braves third baseman Juan Uribe hit a two-run shot off of SF Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. It’s not the home run but the reaction by Bumgarner and catcher Buster Posey that makes this priceless.

damn it


Sweet Home Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks finished off the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night to go to their third Stanley Cup since 2010 (they have won the two previous appearances). Two impressive things about this; first, they won the final two games to take the series and second, tickets for the final are going for upwards of $1750 on the secondary market. 


What to Watch Fri. 5/29 – Sun. 5/31

All times are Pacific

Friday May 29th

Tampa Bay Lightning at NY Rangers – 5pm NBCSN: Game seven in New York for a chance to go to the Stanley Cup Final. Yeah, probably a tough ticket to get.

LA Dodgers at St Louis Cardinals – 5:15pm MLB.TV: Two good baseball teams in a great baseball town.


Saturday May 30th

FA Cup Final – Noon FOX: Aston Villa vs Arsenal. Last chance for both clubs to walk away with hardware for this season.

Orlando City vs Columbus Crew – 4:30pm MLS LIVE: Not one that jumps off the schedule at you but a solid game.

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks  – 5pm NBC: The second half of the Stanley Cup Final gets decided.

UFC Fight Night – 7pm FS1: Carlos Condit vs Thiago Alves. When these two are healthy (which it’s been a while for both guys) they have been know to put on a show and this one should be no different.


Sunday May 31st

Seattle Sounders vs NY Red Bulls – 2pm ESPN2: East meets West in a battle of top teams from each conference.

NE Revolution vs LA Galaxy – 4pm FS1: Rematch of last years MLS Cup. You can bet that the Revs want some payback.

Go North Young Man

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Michael Sam is going to get his shot at professional football alright but it will be north of the border. Sam signed a two year deal with the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Montreal Alouettes. It’s not only the right move but a smart one.

Michael Sam

Sam is a pass rusher plain and simple. He may not be the prototypical NFL pass rusher but he is a pass rusher none the less. Well that’s what you do in the CFL. With only three downs, a wider field and unlimited motion, the game is tailored for someone with Sam’s skill set.  He can pretty much pin his ears back and get after the quarterback all day long. People seem to forget that Sam was a consensus first team All-American, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and pretty much a bad ass on a very good Missouri team in 2013.

On paper Sam doesn’t fit the NFL mold for an outside rusher. So be it. A lot of players weren’t good enough ‘on paper’ and went on to have tremendous careers in the NFL while cutting their teeth in the CFL (Warren Moon for example). Now Sam has an opportunity to prove to the NFL that paper doesn’t matter, it’s what you do on the field that matters. Sam can follow in the footsteps of current NFL standout Cameron Wake who has gone on to be one of the better pass rushers in the league. If Sam can put up some decent numbers and show improvement when it comes to setting the edge then he will get another shot in the NFL.

Sam is in the right place. He has a chance to not just be a solid pass rusher for the Al’s but he has a chance to be one of the more dominant pass rushers the CFL has seen in a long time. Throw in a great city like Montreal and Sam may just decide that Canada suits him just fine.

The Sunday: Races, Selfies & Thank You’s

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


The last Sunday in May is the greatest day in racing. This past Sunday was no different. From the Formula 1(F1) race on the streets of Monaco to Indianapolis to NASCARs home base of Charlotte. All three had their share of drama too.

Defending F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton led most of the race and then, inexplicably, pitted and was passed by rivals Nico Rosberg (his teammate) and Sebastian Vettel. While the team apologized afterward at one point during the race Hamilton told them to stop talking  to him through the radio.

Juan Pablo Montoya won his second Indianapolis 500 but It wasn’t without it’s fair share of lead changes. Montoya, Will Power and Scott Dixon traded the lead several times before Montoya finally overtook Power for the win.

The day finished off with the longest race of the day, the Coca-Cola 600. While Martin Truex JR led the race most of the way Carl Edwards ended up taking the checkered flag. He even had to overcome a sticky foot pedal early in the race presumably from a Coke.

Edwards Backflip



Selfie? Really?  

Apparently security isn’t a big priority at Roland Garros as a fan ran out onto center court and tried to get a selfie with Roger Federer. He was not pleased, especially when the kid couldn’t get his phone to work.


Thank You

We have seen athletes do this is the past but it’s still cool to see even if it is a coach from Florida. Former Florida Men’s basketball coach Billy Donovan took out a full page ad In the Gainesville Sun to say thank you to the Florida fan base.

Billy Donovan

What To Watch Fri. 5/22 – Mon. 5/25

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 22nd

NY Rangers at Tampa Bay Lighting – 5pm NBCSN: If game four is anything like game three then we are in for a treat. Cue the dancing astronaut!

Bolts Astronaut Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks – 5:30pm TNT: Game two of the Eastern Conference Finals.


Saturday May 23rd

New England Revolution vs DC United – 4:30pm MLS LIVE: The top two teams in the Eastern Conference (points wise) square off in Foxboro.

Seattle Sounders vs Sporting KC – 7pm MLS LIVE: Clint Dempsey looks to get into the record books and SKC is coming off an impressive mid-week win over the Revs. Century Link Field should be in full voice.

St Louis Cardinals at KC Royals – 5pm MLB.TV: They are  in-state rivals and both are leading their respective divisions.

Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks – 5pm NBC: Game four of the Western Conference Finals in Chicago on a Saturday night…yes please!

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets – 6pm ESPN: Pivotal game three in Houston.


Sunday May 24th

F1 Grand Prix Monaco – 4:30am NBCSN: It’s the start to the greatest day in racing.

Indianapolis 500 – 9am ABC: It’s the one time of year that you care about Indy Car. Still one of the great American Sports Spectacles.

Nascar Coca-Cola 600 – 3pm FOX: The finally to the greatest day in racing live from Charlotte.

Tampa Bay Lightning at NY Rangers – 5pm NBCSN: Game five in Madison Square Garden.

Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers – 5:30pm TNT: How rocking in Cleveland going to be for game three?


Monday May 25th

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets – 6pm ESPN: Should be beyond loud in Houston for game four.

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks – 6pm NBCSN: Game five at the Pond. Last game here went into three OT’s.

Wisdom From The Top

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Mike Matheny is not going to be in the baseball Hall of Fame for his play on the field. He may get there one day because of his managerial skills. While he is busy leading the St Louis Cardinals on the diamond, he has been taking time out to talk about coaching little league.

Matheny wrote a book called ‘The Matheny Manifesto’ which talks about rules for parents in youth sports. He dives into the book during an interview on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’.  While some may consider Matheny’s methods tough it is worth noting that he is a tough guy by nature. In fact he once took a fastball to the face and then played the next day.

Sometimes tough is good. Oh, he can manage adults too. In his first three seasons as the Cardinals manager, he has taken them to the post season all three years.



The Sunday:

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

The Sunday


There is getting suspended and then there is getting suspended. Four time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady is currently suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season (which means he will be available week six) for his role in ‘deflategate’. While some people believe that is excessive it may not be nearly as excessive as the seven game suspension handed down by the WNBA to players, and spouses, Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson.

Griner and Johnson were arrested for domestic violence last month. The were married in Phoenix earlier this month. The two were suspended seven games a piece by the league, the longest in league history.


The Shot

While it wasn’t a game winner it was rather impressive. NBA MVP Stephen Curry hit a foot from over 60 feet. Well,  if you’re the MVP you should be able to do things like this.



Indy Car doesn’t get a lot of play until around this time of year with the running of the Indianapolis 500. It’s getting some play before the race though because of a series of crashes at the track during qualifying.

First it was three time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. Then Josef Newgarden on Thursday now two time winner Ed Carpenter.

Well it’s publicity none the less.



What to Watch Fri. 5/15 – Sun. 5/17

All times are Pacific.


Friday May 15th

Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards – 4pm ESPN: Game 6 in DC. This may turn out better of the Wizards than it did for the Washington Capitals…maybe not.

Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies  – 6:30pm ESPN: Game 6 down off Beale Street with the leagues MVP (Stephen Curry). Yeah, so you’re watching this.


Saturday May 16th

UFC Fight Night: Frankie Edgar vs Urijah Faber – 7am FS1: Edgar and Faber won’t square off until around 9:30am – 10am Pacific in a fight that has been in the works since Faber was the crown prince of the now defunct WEC’s 145lb division. Not a bad main card with Mark Munoz making his final mixed martial arts appearance and Gegard Mousasi vs Costas Philippou.

Tampa Bay Lightning at NY Rangers – 10am NBC: East Conference Finals….here we go.

The Preakness – 1:30pm NBC: Let’s see if we American Pharoah can make it two out of three for the Triple Crown.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders – 4pm MLS LIVE: A Cascadia Cup matchup is never to be missed.


Sunday May 17th

Manchester United vs Arsenal – 7:30am NBCSN: Chelsea may have wrapped up the title but this is always one of the better games to watch.

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks – Noon NBC: Well, both teams should be well rested for the Western Finals.

Orlando City vs LA Galaxy – 2pm ESPN2: This should be as loud as a soccer game on TV can be.


The Fear Of The New

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

One thing that sports organizations don’t well is embrace new technology. Not many companies do for that matter. Most of the time companies have this knee jerk reaction to new technologies or methodologies and that reaction usually involves lawyers. This is the case with Periscope (and a similar service called Meerkat). Instead of freaking out they should be generating ideas on how to integrate this application as opposed to trying to shut it down.

Periscope at work

The Mayweather v Pacquiao fight has brought in close to $500 million. That’s half a billion dollars which is revenue than some publicly traded companies generate in a year. Yet the winner of the fight may have been Periscope. Not only was it it’s coming out party but the promoters of the fight are threatening legal action which always means you did something right.

While Periscope may seem like a threat on the surface it really isn’t much of one. So some people watched the fight through the app and didn’t pay for it. That number didn’t effect the overall number of buys (which was around 4.4 million) and those people were either at the fight or watching the fight where someone had already paid for it.

While Periscope is a very cool app, it still lacks the video and audio quality that an HD broadcast can deliver. Not to mention the fact that you are relying on someone on the other end to have a steady hand while shooting a TV screen or being at the event.

The PGA and NHL have already banned it’s use. The PGA went as far as pulling the credentials of prominent Golf blogger Stephanie Wei then later streamed content through their Periscope PGA account (read Stephanie’s blog post here). The NHL has banned the use in NHL arenas ‘before, during and after the game’. Oh, the NHL, several of their teams and the owner of their American broadcasting rights (NBC) all have their own Periscope accounts.


First, if you make a half billion dollars on a fight that went the distance and then it is revealed afterward that one of the fighters had an injured shoulder….you’re not going to find a whole lot of sympathy in the court of public opinion. Second, pulling the credentials of a popular blogger in a slowly dying sport, not the kind of promotion you’re looking for. Besides, she made a conscious effort not to show anything that may have been used in the national broadcast.

Is Periscope and Meerkat a threat? Not really. It’s a video version of Twitter which is why Twitter owns it. The fact is people will watch a sporting event on their iPhone however the quality has to be there and you are not going to get solid quality watching from someone shooting a TV screen on their iPhone.

Are their uses for this technology, yes! Most of them we haven’t even thought of yet so why take drastic steps now to limit the technology? Let it grow, support it and find out how it can help your business vs trying to play whack-a-mole. As far as the ‘piracy’ aspect is concerned, how about not charging a $100 for a pay-per-view? How bout charging half that and making up the difference in volume? It was, after all, the ‘Fight of the Century’.

Periscope and Meerkat are here to stay. How they evolve is the question. That evolution should not be left to entities that see it as a threat. If that were the case then we wouldn’t have airplanes or the internet. Give these technologies a chance to grow and see how they can help vs hurt sports.

‘Change is inevitable, growth is optional’