What To Watch Thurs. 10/1 – Sun. 10/4

All times are Pacific.


Thursday October 1st

Miami at Cincinnati – 4:30pm ESPN: Well last week Cincinnati’s backup quarterback Hayden Moore threw for a school record 557yards and nearly led Cincinnati to a victory over Memphis. Now he is the starter in place of injured Gunner Kiel. On the other side is one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC in Brad Kaaya. Shootout alert.

LA Angels at Texas Rangers – 5pm MLB.TV:  First of four games that will decide the AL West.


Friday October 2nd

LA Angels at Texas Rangers – 5pm ESPN: Like we said, series will decide the AL West.


Saturday October 3rd

West Virginia at Oklahoma – 9am FS1: West Virginia has looked like the high flying offense coach Dana Holgorsen is known for. Oklahoma is no slouch when it comes to high flying offenses either. They are led by Baker Mayfield who does about three to four Johnny Football impersonations per game.

Texas Tech at Baylor  – 12:30pm ABC: Texas Tech lost a heartbreaker last weekend to TCU. No rest for the wicked as they now have to bring their ‘A’ game to Waco and take on National Championship contender Baylor. Shootout alert.

GeorgiaAlabama at Georgia – 12:30pm CBS: It’s the first time Alabama has been an underdog with the odds makers since 2009. Can Georgia live up to expectations or will Nick Saban have the Tide ready to roll in Athens?

Ole Miss at Florida – 4pm ESPN: This isn’t a walk in the park for OIe Miss. The Gators have a lot of confidence coming off a comeback win against Tennessee. The Swamp at night is never an easy place to play. Upset alert.

Notre Dame at Clemson – 5pm ABC: Notre Dame is undefeated because they have arguably the best offensive line in all of the college football. Death Valley on a Saturday night combined with Clemson’s sleeper Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Watson make this a tough task for the Irish.

UFC 192 – 7pm PPV: Daniel Cormier puts the Light Heavyweight belt on the line against Alexander Gustafsson. Tyrone Woodley vs Johny Hendricks, Ryan Bader vs Rashad Evans and Jessica Eye vs Julianna Pena round out the main card.

Portland Timbers vs Sporting KC – 7:30pm MLS LIVE: These two are separated by a single point in the Western Conference. SKC just won the US Open Cup on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Now they travel to the opposite side of the country and a hostile environment. No easy task here.


Sunday October 4th

Everton vs Liverpool – 4:25am NBCSN: Merseyside Derby and it means a lot. Liverpool is looking to prove that they are a top tier club once again while Everton thinks this could be they year they slip into the top four.

NY Jets vs Miami Dolphins – 6:30am CBS: One of three games in London this season. It’s an early start to your NFL Sunday and probably one of the better games of the day.

Arsenal vs Manchester United – 8:00am NBCSN: Manchester United is a top the Premier League but Arsenal can draw level with a victory.

Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos – 1:25pm FOX: The Broncos have sputtered on offense so far but they are also 3-0. The Vikings have one of the more interesting teams in the NFL. Should be a good one in Denver.

FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo – 2pm ESPN2: Dallas looks like a lock for the playoffs but they have to get better defensively. Houston needs three points or they risk slipping further out of playoff contention.



The Sunday: The Truth Comes Out…Or Not

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Meltdowns and Shootouts

Some teams rise to the occasion and others don’t. Tennessee gave up a 13+ 4th quarter lead for the second time this year to fall to 2-2. Texas shot themselves in the foot for the second week in a row. Last week it was a missed extra point and this week it was a dropped snap on the punt.

Oregon meanwhile got faded at home to a solid Utah team and we do mean faded. Utah had 55 points on the board after three quarters! There is a lot of head scratching going on in Knoxville, Austin, and Eugene this Sunday morning.

Meanwhile on the other side of the spectrum, Cincinnati vs Memphis on Thursday night had some 11 lead changes, 99 points and a combined 1322 yards. Not to be outdone, TCU and Texas Tech combined for 1357 total yards and 107 points. Either way, this Memphis fan was rocking out.



The Boston Red Sox season ended a few months ago. However, that didn’t stop Mookie Betts from giving his all on a potential homerun ball.

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and umpire ‘Cowboy’ Joe West didn’t see eye to eye on the strike zone the other night which led them to a good ‘ole fashion country boy stare down. Boy are from the same neck of the woods in western North Carolina and neither was going to back down.

Chicago Blackhawks superstar winger Patrick Kane’s sexual assault case took many turns that honestly boggle the mind. 



Robert Lewandowski is a bad man. He is a forward for German Bundesliga mega club Bayern Munich. Why should you know who he is? He has scored a seven goals in two games and five in nine minutes. That’s right, five in nine minutes.


Run over

West Virginia rolled over the Maryland Terrapins 45-6. Like the Terrapins football team, one of their cheerleaders was run over by West Virginia wide receiver Shelton Gibson.

Alabama Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin is no stranger to running over people, places and things. Well he got runover by the internet this past week with speculation that he was being run out of Tuscaloosa for everything from sleeping with a boosters wife to sleeping with Nick Saban’s daughter. Wow do people not like this guy.


NY Yankee great Yogi Berra passed away this past week. The Hall of Famer left us with a lot of great memories but most of all he left us with Yogisms. Like Yogi would say, ‘You can observe a lot by just watching.’

What to Watch – Thurs. 9/24 – Sun. 9/27

All times are Pacific.

Thursday September 24th

Cincinnati at Memphis – 4:30pm ESPN: These two rank #6 & #7 in scoring offense. Shootout imminent.


Friday September 25th

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs – 11:20am MLBN: Two teams destined for an NL Wild Card showdown in about 10 days.

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros – 5pm ESPN2: These two are fighting for supremacy in the AL West with only about a week to go.

Stanford at Oregon State – 7:30pm FS1: Stanford has to regroup on a short week after beating USC in LA. Tall order.


Saturday September 26th

Tottenham vs Manchester City – 4:40am NBCSN:  Manchester City sits atop the Premier League table but Spurs can give them all kinds of problems.

BYU at Michigan – 9am ABC: BYU is just the funnest team to watch this college football season. They will give Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines all they want.

Georgia Tech at Duke – 9am ESPN2: Georgia Tech looks to rebound after a tough loss to Notre Dame. Duke, underrated as usual.

Tennessee at Florida – 12:30pm CBS: Tennessee thinks they are on the verge of “being back.” They haven’t beaten Florida since 2004 but only lost by one point last year. ESPN’s Chris Low gives us a look back at how important this game use to be. 

UCLA vs BYU 2015

UCLA at Arizona -5pm ABC: Gameday is there, Arizona’s linebacker Scooby Wright is trying to come back from knee surgery and UCLA lost Mr Everything Myles Jack this week to a knee injury. Big, big matchup in the desert and one that could decide who is going to win the Pac 12 South.


Utah at Oregon – 5:30pm FOX: Utah is a tough team and Oregon has shown some chinks in the armour and Vernon Adams isn’t 100%. Upset alert.


Sunday September 27th

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys – 10am FOX: Battle of 2-0 teams but the Cowboys have lost a lot of talent.

Pittsburgh Steelers at St Louis Rams -1pm CBS: Rams have one solid defense and they are even better at home. Big Ben is in for a long day.

Sporting KC vs Seattle Sounders – 2pm ESPN: Two teams fighting for playoff positioning in the Western Conference.

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs – 5pm ESPN: Getaway game of this very important series.

Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions -5:30pm NBC: Detroit has had a tough go of it early on but Denver’s offense has yet to find the explosiveness that they have been know for the last few years.


Downfall of the Gators

Urban Meyer FloridaA great article by Jeremy Fowler at ESPN (@jfowler). While we having nothing but respect for Urban Meyer and the job he has done, it’s clear by this article that things became so broken that they couldn’t be put back together. It also shows that it doesn’t matter how many high school kids you recruit with four or five stars by their name if they don’t come together as a team.

Great job Fowler.

Inside the Rise and Fall of Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators. 

The Sunday: Bad Tackling and Big Mouths

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Bad Tackling

The story of Saturday was LSU running back Leonard Fournette. He literally ran through the Auburn defense. While he clearly has next level talent, his talent was greatly helped by some very good blocking by the LSU offensive line and supremely bad tackling by Auburn. As we said, Fournette literally ran through the Auburn defense but trying to jump up on his shoulder pads? What was that? Auburn has some work to do.

Another example of bad tackling was when Tennessee defensive back Evan Berry was wrapped up by a Western Carolina defender….sort of. He spun out of it on his way to an  88 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.


Bad Idea = Great Result

While the talk down South is how Ole Miss beat Alabama in back-to-back years for the first time in school history, the real talk should be about the horrifically bad idea Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly made that turned out great. Kelly took a bad snap and with a defender bearing down on him, heaved the ball up for grabs. Luckily Ole Miss wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo was there to come down with the ball and score a touchdown.

Pretty sure head coach Hugh Freeze said later, ‘great job, don’t ever do it again.’


Big Mouths 

Brett Bielema has done a great job of firing up the fanbase at Arkansas and pissing off other coaches along the way. Arkansas looked like world beaters in the last three games of 2014 and the first game of 2015. Now, they have lost two in a row and Bielema’s big mouth is coming back to haunt him. Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury made sure everyone knew how he felt about Bielema’s rants this offseason after Texas Tech beat Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR.

Having a big mouth ended up in fisticuffs after the Monday Night game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings. A Vikings fan was pummeled in the parking lot after trash talking with 49ers fans. Our question is, when did 49er fans become Oakland Raiders fans? This is sad and unacceptable.



Notre Dame defensive back Drue Tranquill blew out his knee after doing a celebration jump with a teammate.

This reminds us of a few years ago when Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell blew out his knee celebrating a touchdown with then Georgia running back Todd Gurley. Coaches may want to outlaw jumping celebrations.

But on a happier not, is there anything better than shots of sad Alabama fans? SBNationn put together a best of for us. We highly recommend checking it out here.

What To Watch Thurs. 9/17 – Sun. 9/20

All times are Pacific.

Thursday September 17th

Clemson at Louisville – 4:30pm ESPN: Your chance to watch Clemson QB Deshaun Watson in person. He is something to see.

ManningDenver Broncos at KC Chiefs – 5:25pm CBS: Denver is not the same offense it was a year ago but man was that defense impressive in week one. KC looks to finally get a touchdown pass into the hands of a wide receiver.



Friday September 18th

Florida State at Boston College -5pm ESPN: BC always seems to give people trouble when they play at home and at night. Well this game is at home and at night.

LA Angles at Minnesota Twins – 5pm MLB.TV: Both teams are chasing that final wild card slot in the American League. This is the second game of a four game set.

Pittsburgh Pirates at LA Dodgers – 7pm MLB.TV: Playoff preview and a decent pitching match up to boot.


Saturday September 19th

Chelsea vs Arsenal – 4:40am NBCSN: Two of the better teams year in and year out in the Premier League. Chelsea desperately needs to right the ship.

Air Force at Michigan State – 9am ABC: Michigan State is coming off of a high profile win against Oregon. Now they have to settle down and play assignment football against a disciplined Air Force squad. Michigan State wins but it’s close for a half.

Nebraska at Miami – 12:30 ABC: Remember when these two teams use to play for the National Title every year?

Georgia Tech at Notre Dame – 12:30 NBC: Notre Dame has had more injuries than you can shake a stick at and Georgia Tech is a pretty good bet to win the ACC this year. Notre Dame has to be like Michigan State, very disciplined on defense if they want to win against a triple option attack.

Auburn at LSU -12:30pm CBS: Auburn has been the most overrated team to start 2015. Can they put it together in Death Valley and knock off the LSU?

Western Kentucky at Indiana – 1pm ESPNEWS: Western Kentucky can put up points and so can IU. This could be WKU’s second win against a Power 5 conference school.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders  4pm MLS LIVE: Cascadia Cup matchup with big time playoff implications.

Colorado vs Colorado State – 4pm CBSSN: The Rocky Mountain Shootout may not garner national attention but it’s usually a heck of a game.

California at Texas – 4:30pm FOX: Cal has one of the better QB’s in the country in Jared Goff. Odds are he will light up the Longhorns secondary.

Ole Miss at Alabama – 6:15pm ESPN: Ole Miss got the better of Bama last year. Bama has trouble with the Rebels style of offense too.

BYU at UCLA – 7:30pm FS1: Awesome matchup with two highly touted freshman QB’s. BYU’s Tanner Magnum and UCLA’s Josh Rosen. BYU pulls this out like they have their first two games and they could be looking at a big 6 bowl berth.


Sunday September 20th

Southampton vs Manchester United – 8am NBCSN: Southampton are only four points behind the Red Devils in the Premier League table.

San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals – 10am CBS: Bengals ran over the Chargers AFC West cohorts (Oakland Raiders) last week. Chargers are a whole different proposition though.

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – 10am CBS: Well it’s Rex Ryan vs Bill Belichick again except this time Ryan heads up the Bills.

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – 1pm FOX: Cowboys pulled one out of the fire last weekend while the Eagles fell short trying to do the exact same thing. Chip Kelly will hear the boos if his team starts off 0-2 after the offseason they had.

Portland Timbers vs NY Red Bulls -2pm ESPN: Timbers and NYRB are both in the thick of the playoff hunt.

NY Yankees at NY Mets – 5pm ESPN: See why TV and MLB execs are wetting themselves over the possibility of another Subway World Series.

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers – 5:25pm NBC: Rematch of the wildly entertaining NFC Championship game from a year ago.

Tebow’s Bright TV Future

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Tebow FloridaTim Tebow is arguably the greatest collegiate quarterback to ever play the game. He is at the very minimum in the top 5. Like many great collegiate quarterbacks, his pro career hasn’t panned out. There is hope for Mr. Tebow though, he does a hell of a job on TV.

tebow on espn homepage


Tebow was let go by the Philadelphia Eagles during the final round of cuts at the end of training camp. Less than a week later ESPN sent out a tweet stating that Tebow was back on SEC Nation. It is a role he thrived in last season. He has the credibility, the look and is articulate in his analysis.

Analysts are a dime a dozen. You can throw a rock and find someone with decent credentials. What’s different about Tebow is that his creds are better than everyone else’s when it comes to college football. He is still involved in the game of football by continuing to chase an NFL career. Let’s also not forget the fact that fans love’em.

tebow on cameraThe best part about him is that he doesn’t do anything at 50%. ESPN executives know that Tebow is going to work is tail off and in another season or two, he could be one of the better college football studio analysts out there.

Becoming a gameday color commentator is the next logical step for the former Heisman Trophy winner. It’s a big step for him too. It’s very, very different from being a studio guy. The college game has gotten even faster since he played and you have to be quick, concise, and tell people things they don’t already know. This will take him time but if it’s a place that he wants to go then you have to believe he’ll get there.

Tebow probably still wants to pursue his dream of being an NFL quarterback. We wish him well in his endeavor but when he realizes that that dream over and devotes all his efforts to being a great broadcaster, we all win then.

The Sunday: Full Swing

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


There were a lot of questions about Marcus Mariota’s professional football prospects. Well things are looking good after week 1. First the Tennessee Titans beat up on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42-14 and second, Mariota was a big part of that as he went 13-16 for 209 yards and four touchdown passes. He was, in a word, perfect.


Showing Class

Oklahoma defeated Tennessee in a fantastic comeback in Knoxville, TN. However now it becomes about actions by OU players after the game. OU defensive end Eric Striker and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones got into it. Jones took issue with Striker’s celebrations after the game. He told him as tweeted by Jason Kersey,


Later, safety Hatari Byrd was caught on video flipping off the Tennessee fans. Safe to say that if these teams meet again in the future, there would be no love lost.

Cardiac Cougars

BYU may be the 2015 football version of the ‘Cardiac Pack’.  They won their second straight game via Hail-Mary

There is some questioning of the Cougars though. In the last three games they have had some questionable conduct. BYU offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho punched a Boise State player squarely in the nuts during a scramble for the football on Saturday night. This comes on the heels of the brawl BYU had with Memphis in the Miami Beach Bowl last season and some questionable hits on Nebraska players two weeks ago.

The Sweetness

Love soccer or hate soccer but you have to admit, this was a thing of beauty.


What To Watch – Thurs. 9/10 – Sun. 9/13

All times are Pacific.

Thursday September 10th

Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees – 4pm MLB.TV: It’s the first of a four game set for the lead in the AL East.

Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots – 5:30pm NBC: Well Tom Brady is playing and we can only hope that NBC Sports doesn’t pull some nonsense with Ryan Seacrest again.


Friday September 11th

Utah State at Utah – 6pm ESPN2: The battle for the Beehive Boot. A tough, hard nosed football game.

Houston Astros at LA Angels – 7pm MLB.TV: The Angels look to keep their playoff hopes alive as the division leading Astros come to SoCal.


Saturday September 12th

Everton vs Chelsea – 4:40am NBCSN: The Premier League season has yet to settle down which means there is a chance of an upset in this match.

Liverpool vs Manchester United – 9:30am NBC: Yes it’s a College Football Saturday but this is a classic match-up.

Oklahoma at Tennessee – 3pm ESPN: A power 5 matchup, two Top 25 schools with a lot of history and an orange and white checkerboard stadium. Oh yeah.

Oregon at Michigan State – 5pm ABC: Sparty shut down the Ducks for three quarters last year in Eugene. Then Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota took over and led the Ducks to victory. Mariota is now in the NFL and Sparty wants revenge.

LSU at Mississippi State – 6:15pm ESPN: LSU’s game was cancelled last week and Miss State got in a preseason game against Southern Miss. How big of a factor will that play?

Boise State at BYU – 7:15pm ESPN2: BYU pulled one out of the fire last week with a backup QB fresh off his two year mission and Boise almost blew it against Washington. Should make things interesting.

LA Galaxy vs Montreal Impact – 7:30pm MLS LIVE: Didier Drogba hits LA to take on Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane. Drogba had a hat trick in his first start for the Impact. What will he do for an encore?



Sunday September 13th

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears – 10am FOX: One of the games best QB’s in Aaron Rodgers against one of the games most overrated in Jay Cutler. Can Rodgers still air out the ball without Jordy Nelson and a one shouldered Reggie Cobb?

New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals – 1pm FOX: Can Drew Brees find someone in the redzone now that Jimmy Graham is in Seattle?

Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos – 1:25pm CBS: Could be Peyton Manning’s last go round. And with a new offense no less.

NY Giants at Dallas Cowboys – 5:30pm NBC: It should be a fantastic game but man, Cris Collinsworth twice in one week?

The Sunday: The Ups & Downs of Our Labor

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Cheap Shots

Football is full of cheap shots. We saw them this weekend during the first full week of college football. We also saw them in a High School game in San Antonio and during a halftime show.

Two players from John Jay High School blind sided a referee during a game on Friday. Both has been suspended from school, football and could have criminal charges on the docket.

No matter how bad a referee messed up they don’t deserve this. They are working out of a passion for the game and for very little money. There job is dangerous enough without having to get a cheap shot from a safety.

On a less criminal note, the Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky levels a kid during a halftime show and then stands over him like Ali standing over Liston back in the day. Criminal charges are not pending here.


Fastest Weiner

They use to say that you should never work with kids or animals. Well if you are a minor league baseball team in El Paso, TX you just kind of do your own thing. Minor league baseball teams are known for their promotions to get people out to the ballpark but sometimes those promotions can be hard to wrangle.


Fruits of Your Labor

Wilfork's Inner CowbouWhen you have won multiple Super Bowls and you are a five time All Pro, you get to have some fun every now and then. Vince Wilfork had some during training camp with the Houston Texans. He channeled his inner Texan when he showed up for a walkthrough.



There are very few coaches in College Football considered to be a nicer guy than Washington’s Chris Pederson. Pederson showed why he is so well respected on Friday night after his Washington Huskies lost to his former team Boise State.

After missing a field goal that would have tied the game and sent it into overtime, Pederson shook hands and hugged just about every single one of his former players. He was then given a standing ovation as he left the field. Being the nicest guy doesn’t always equal wins but it sure does command respect.