The Sunday: Gone and Gone

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Back, Back, Gone!

The 2016 NFL season will apparently be Chris Berman’s last at ESPN. Retirement awaits for the Swami or possibly another network. It’s kind of hard to believe that the 61 year old would be ‘retired’ after this season.

 

11

That is how many three-pointers Klay Thompson (one half of the Splash Brothers) had in Game six against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was an NBA playoff record and even got the Golden State Warriors owner to bow down….

 

Beeramid

What do you do when it is $2 beers at a Cleveland Indians game? Well pictures speak louder than words.

 

The Impressive

He is Rafael Nadal and you are not. Nadal later dropped out of the tournament due to an injury.

https://streamable.com/ni5q?t=2.0

Impressive? How about Mohamed Diame’s strike to put Hull City into the Premier League.

 

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The Man Baylor Needs

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


While you can read about what is happening at Baylor at ESPN, Fox Sports, Deadspin, etc, I like to look to the next step, who Baylor should hire next. That person is a former Baylor All-American linebacker, Mike Singletary.

Fox Sports Bruce Feldman brought up this point on the latest edition of ‘The Audible’.

Singletary is the guy for right now. Not only is he the straightest shooter you’ll probably ever meet but he has also taken the time to learn more about the job of being a head coach. He’s been learning everything he can about the X’s and O’s since he left his head coaching job.

He’s a man of faith and family and this is his alma mater. How ill the allegations may make you feel, it’s even worse if that is your school and this is his school so one can only image how painful this is for him. 

Can he adjust to the collegiate game is the big question. The NCAA rules and regulations, recruiting, etc. It would be an adjustment for him for sure but if he got the right staff around him then one could only hope that he would run a good, clean program. 

Baylor needs Mike Singletary and needs him now.

What To Watch: Fri. 5/27 – Mon. 5/30

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 27th

Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays – 4pm MLB.TV: It’s always fun when these two get together.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors – 5:30pm ESPN: Game six with a chance for LeBron and company to close it out and head to the Finals.

Saturday May 28th

Champions League Final – 11:45am FOX: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid in a rematch of the 2014 Champions League Final. Big stars on display and some very animated managers.

Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets – 4pm FOX: Primetime game between two teams that both plan on going deep into October. Bonus: Noah Syndergaard is throwing for the Mets.

Montreal Impact vs Los Angeles Galaxy – 5pm MLS.TV: Lot of veteran star power on the pitch in this one. While the Impact have struggled as of late, they still have Didier Drogba.

Colorado Rapids vs Philadelphia Union – 6pm: The top teams in the East heads to the Rockies to take on the top team in the West.

Steph CurryGolden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder – 6pm TNT: Game six and probably the toughest game the Splash Brothers will ever have to play in one of the most hostile environments in the NBA.

San Jose Earthquakes vs FC Dallas – 7:30pm MLS.TV: The Quakes sit seven points back of Dallas and a win here would go a long way towards closing that gap.

Sunday May 29th

Monaco Grand Prix – 5am NBCSN: It’s the greatest day in racing and it all gets started on the streets of Monaco.


Indianapolis 500 – 9am ABC:
it’s the one Indy Car race you watch all year and it is the 100th running and sold out for the first time in long time. James Hinchcliffe has the pole after a nasty crash in qualifying a year ago.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals – 11:45am MLB.TV: Awesome pitching matchup as left-handed ace Chris Sale heads to the mound for the Sox and Edinson Volquez heads out for the Royals.

Coca-Cola 600 – 3pm FOX: The third and final race of the day live, under lights in Charlotte.

Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets – 5pm ESPN2: Sunday Night Baseball from New York with Clayton Kershaw pitching for the Dodgers and Bartolo Colon going to the hill for the mets.

Monday May 30th

Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs – 2pm MLB.TV: Cubs may not be the hottest team in baseball anymore but they are still the best. This is one mean road trip for the boys in blue.

Joe ThortonStanley Cup Final – 5pm NBC: Game one from Pittsburgh as the Penguins meet the San Jose Sharks. It is the Sharks first time ever in the Final and also a first for Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.

QB Quandary In Quebec

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Believe it or not but football is almost upon us. Canadian Football that is. Training camp opens in a couple of days and a lot of eyes are on the Montreal Alouettes. The main reason is because they traded for the rights for Vernon Adams to add to the other seven that are currently on the roster. That’s a quarterback competition if there ever was one.

Let’s make no mistake, Vernon Adams is tailor made for the CFL. It’s a wide open game but it takes some getting use to. Unlimited motion, three downs, 12 men a side and the field is significantly bigger. Some QB’s that should transition well fail miserably. So it is not a given that Adams will walk in and be anointed the starter. He better hope to just make team.

The Al’s have had QB issues ever since future Hall of Famer Anthony Calvillo retired. Calvillo is now the offensive coordinator and Head Coach/General Manager Jim Popp appears to be grooming him to be the Al’s headman down the line.

Al's QB

Calvillo will have to devote time to seven other QB’s besides Adams. From former Tennessee signal caller Jonathan Crompton, Marshall’s Rakeem Cato, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and under-appreciated CFL vet Kevin Glenn among others. While CFL teams are known for having to use least two QB’s during a season, eight QB’s on a roster is lot no matter what league you are in.

Kevin Glenn MontrealIt would appear that Glenn would be the opening day starter. He is seventh all time in passing which puts him in front of Hall of Famer’s Doug Flutie, Matt Dunigan and Tracy Ham. Glenn also has 255 career TD’s which puts him 10th on the all time list.

Adams has the tools to be a very successful CFL quarterback but he has his work cut out for him. He would have been better served staying in Vancouver and signing with the BC Lions or even getting shipped off to the Toronto Argonauts because both teams have seen their veteran QB’s fail to stay healthy. Either way let’s see what Adams can do in his third offensive system in as many years.

The Sunday: Fighting, Fires and Freebies

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


MMA In Baseball

It’s safe to that the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays don’t like each other. it goes back to last years playoff series that the Blue Jays won. Things escalated last Sunday after Jose ‘The Bat Flipper’ Bautista’s slide into second. Rangers shortstop Rougned Odor didn’t take to kindly to it and then the beginnings of an MMA fight broke out. Odor was later suspended for eight games.

Dinner

Speaking of MMA, you know you’ve made it when fans pick up your dinner. UFC Featherweight Champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson had that happen to him this past week.

Horses

Two horses died in the pre races before the Preakness and one jockey broke his collarbone. One was euthanized on the track after breaking it’s left front cannon bone and the other appeared to die of a heart attack after winning a race.

Set Fire To The Place

What happens when your team gets relegated in the Turkish league? Set fire to the place. Literally.

The Flop

Cmon LeBron…you’re better than this.

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

Steph Curry dove into the stands to save a ball and then in the 2nd half he had 15 points in under two minutes. To add insult to injury he gave Serge Ibaka the no look three.

Not to be outdone, somehow Andre Iguodala made this shot….

From Sports To Tech

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


I came across an uplifting article on Mashable this week about former San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis. Willis retired from the sport a year ago and now works for storage company in Silicon Valley. Not exactly what you were expecting from the former linebacker was it? Funny thing, he won’t be the only former athlete in tech.

Patrick Willis LinkedIN

Sam Laird’s article touched on how Willis went from gridiron to boardroom and it’s really refreshing to see. There are so many stories about players having health and financial issues after their playing days are done. To see a man go from the poorest of the poor in the deep south to first round draft pick and now Executive Vice President of a tech company. Pretty impressive stuff.

Willis isn’t going to be the exception. Golden State Warriors forward and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala signed with Warriors a few years ago in part because of the tech industry. He works closely with Andreessen Horowitz, invests heavily in tech and it’s pretty clear that he will join the industry after his playing days are over.

Willis and Iguodala are showing other athletes how it can be done especially if you live in the Bay Area. You don’t have to be a megastar to be able to pivot and find success in another industry. While you will always hear the story about the athlete who lost it all, you will also be hearing, I hope, more stories like the one about Willis and Igoudala.

What to Watch: Fri. 5/20 – Sun. 5/22

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 20th

Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning: 5pm NBCSN: Sidney Crosby and company look to go up 3-1 in the series. Should be easier since the Lighting’s have goaltender Ben Bishop and center Steven Stamkos out.

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants – 7:15pm MLB.TV: The Cubs start their one and only regular season series in San Francisco tonight. Jake Arrieta goes for win number eight while the Giants have won their last eight.

Saturday May 21st

FA Cup Final – 9:30am FOX: Crystal Palace takes on Manchester United. Time to see if Louis Van Gaal gets some hardware before he leaves Old Trafford.

NYCFC vs NY Red Bulls – Noon FOX: The NYC Derby with NYCFC leading the Eastern Division.

Preakness Stakes – 3:40pm NBC: Well let’s see if Nyquist can get 2/3 of the Triple Crown knocked out.

St Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks – 4:15pm NBC: There is blood in the water and the Sharks are taking full advantage. This is really a make-or-break kind of game for the Blues.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors – 5:30 ESPN: Will the Cavs lose a playoff game this postseason?

Sunday May 22nd

Amgen Tour of California – 1pm NBCSN: The final stage of this years race wraps up in Sacramento, CA.

LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes – 4pm FS1: The California Classico wraps up Rivalry Week in MLS.

Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder – 5pm TNT: Pivotal game three.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning: 5pm NBCSN: Game 5,

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants – 5pm ESPN: Madison Bumgarner heads to the mound for the NL West leading Giants.

That Didn’t Last Long

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Jaryyd Hayne’s venture into the NFL didn’t last long. In fact it lasted only one full season. Hayne ‘retired’ this past week to return to the world of rugby. Specifically he is playing with Fiji Rugby Sevens team in the Olympics this summer. Does this effect future non-football athletes from getting a shot in the NFL?

When Hayne left the Parramatta Eels he said, ‘I’m always telling people to chase their dreams and follow their hearts, if I don’t live by that I’m not being honest with myself.’ Now instead of sticking to that dream he is giving up on it to pursue another one.

While his circumstances have changed with the San Francisco 49ers as they changed out head coaches this off-season (Jim Tomsula is out and Chip Kelly is in). Kelly said that he was ‘surprised’ by Hayne’s decision but that he understood it. This leads one to believe that Hayne did have a shot at the 49ers roster with the new coach and that continuing his dream of playing the NFL was still a viable option.

It was less than a week a go that the 49ers were talking about how they expected Hayne to make a ‘major impact’ with the team in 2016.

Hayne could have been a solid NFL player. A great player? Maybe but the percentages of that were probably low and maybe that was a deciding factor is his decision to leave and pursue yet another dream. The fact is is that only Hayne knows for sure. What we do know is that Hayne had a legitimate shot at becoming a solid NFL player and I wish him the best of luck in the Olympics.

The Sunday: Winning Even When You Lose

Back To Back

Riley CurrySteph Curry is the NBA MVP…again. It was unanimous this time and while he deserves it for the things he has done on the court it is what he has given us off the court that wins our hearts. By that I mean his adorable kiddo Riley who stole the show again at her dad’s acceptance speech.

He also became the human scoring machine with 40 points in his first game back from a knee injury with 17 of those coming in overtime to set and NBA record.

Then of course he was left hanging by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after the MVP on court presentation.

None the less, he and the Warriors proceeded to finish of the Portland Trail Blazers with efforts like this….

 

Golf’s Triple Play

Let’s face it, Russell Knox is not a well know golfer…but he is now after doing his best impersonation of Roy McAvoy from the movie Tin Cup. He hit three shots into the water at 17 at the Players Championship on Saturday. Ouch.

 

Bad Week

Manchester United may be one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world but even they can have a bad week. That week was this week as they had their bus attacked as they arrived at West Ham for a match on Tuesday. A match they lost 3-2.

Then today they had the final match of the season postponed due to a suspicious package found in the stands at Old Trafford. It’s safe to say that things could have gone better.

MLS’ 2015 Golden Boot winner Kei Kamara had an interesting week too. After arguing with Columbus Crew teammate Federico Higuain on who would take a penalty kick (Higuain) and then opening up to the media about the teams terrible performance he was then traded to New England. His behavior was apparently the last straw and he is now on his fifth MLS team in his career.

 

Wow

There are goals and then there are goals. Blas Perez gave us one of the goals on Wednesday night.

 

Crash

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are both drivers for Mercedes and two of the best drivers in F1. So you can understand why the rest of the drivers were very excited when these two crashed into each other on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix.

 

What To Watch: Fri. 5/13 – Sun. 5/15

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 13th

DC United vs NY Red Bulls – 4pm UNI MAS: These are separated by goal differential only. While that may not mean much in mid-May, add in the fact that this is a pretty decent rivalry and you have the makings of a solid game.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning – 5pm NBCSN: The conference finals are finally here and both these teams are as hot as they get.

WadeToronto Raptors at Miami Heat – 5pm ESPN: Dwayne Wade and the Heat look to force a game seven back in Toronto on Sunday and prove that he and the Heat can win clutch playoff games without LeBron.

Saturday May 14th

Montreal Impact vs Philadelphia Union – 2pm MLS.TV: These two are, surprisingly, neck-and-neck in the East.

New York Mets at Colorado Rockies – 5pm MLB.TV: The NL East leading Mets take on Nolan Arenado and the Rockies. Rockies pitching at home is terrible but they still have plenty of firepower in the lineup.

UFC 198 – 7pm PPV: Heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic in Brazil. Jacare vs Vitor Belfort and Shogun Rua vs up and comer Corey Anderson. Oh yeah, Cyborg makes her UFC debut against Leslie Smith. Demian Maia vs Matt Brown headlines the undercard.

Sunday May 15th

Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors – 12:30pm ABC: Game seven up north and the Air Canada Centre should be rocking.

Amgen Tour of California – 2pm NBCSN: Stage one of the biggest race in the USA. Peter Sagan returns to defend the race he won by a smidgen last year.

Portland Timbers vs NYCFC – 4:30pm FS1: Let’s see how Mix Diskerud and David Villa do in the toughest road environment in MLS where the forecast calls for rain. It’s the full Portland experience!

San Jose Sharks at St Louis Blues -5pm NBCSN: Game one of the Western Conference Final. Sharks might be the team to beat out of the remaining four.

St Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers – 5pm ESPN: Sunday Night Baseball and two of the better franchises in baseball.